'Holiday Salute to Maryland Quilters' at State House this month


December 01, 1997|By Melinda Rice | Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RICHARD and Georgina Fries, Dick and Jean to their friends, missed last year's holiday quilt show at the State House even though Jean had two quilts on display. They were visiting one of their five children in Florida -- "our only live-away daughter," said Dick.

Not this year.

The Frieses (pronounced "Freeze," as in "Something will freeze over before the Frieses miss this year's show") are anxious to see the display, which will include one of Jean's quilts.

Jean's is one of 19 full-sized quilts and a number of wall-hangings that will be on display until Dec. 31 as part of "A Holiday Salute to Maryland Quilters." The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas.

Norma Campbell, who is coordinating the show again this year, will start arranging the display today and expects everything to be in place by Wednesday.

"The show is really quite exciting," said Dick, who operates Bellwether Dry Goods with Jean out of their Lothian home. Bellwether employs about 40 Amish women nationwide and has an international client list.

"We're not making a million bucks, but we're having fun," said Dick, who marks quilts and cuts quilt pieces while Jean designs and pieces them together.

During the show, the Frieses will be keeping company with folks, including Doris Collier of Annapolis and Jean Beall of Riva, two enthusiastic quilters.

Collier, who has lived most of her 66 years in Anne Arundel County, contributed a wall hanging. She belongs to a group called Eternal Quilters and likes the idea that her creations will outlast her.

Beall contributed two quilts and said she enjoys the creativity of quilting.

The highlight of the show, at least for the quilters, is Dec. 14, when all 27 will be on hand from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to answer questions for the curious and accept praise from passers-by.

Spread the word on Mayo

Ever heard of Mayo? If the first thing that comes to mind is a sandwich spread, Caroline Britt Mullins has a thing or two to tell you.

In fact, she's got about 230 pages of stuff to tell you. Mullins wrote a history of her hometown, then spent about $13,000 publishing it herself.

"I will never get that money back, but that's not what it was about," said Mullins, who credits her husband, Dallas K. Mullins, with making the project possible.

For the uninitiated, Mayo is on the south side of the South River, where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay.

The book began as a project to keep Mullins occupied while she recuperated from an auto accident and two subsequent surgeries to fuse vertebrae in her neck. She started on her family tree, then expanded her research to the town's history.

She talked to about 30 residents and added what they knew to information she culled from the state archives and her collection of books.

"I feel so bad," said Mullins. "Almost everyone I talked to has passed away."

15K run

Looking for ways to burn off those Thanksgiving calories? Join Tamyka Johnson, who plans to help the Annapolis Striders celebrate the club's 19th anniversary with a 15-kilometer run Dec. 14 at Quiet Waters Park.

"I'm not a member, but the run sounds good and the park is a really nice place," Johnson said.

The starter's gun goes off at 10 a.m., and prizes will be awarded to the top three men and women finishers.

Preregistration, which ends today, is free to Annapolis Striders members and $5 for nonmembers such as Johnson.

To register the day of the race, the fee is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-268-1165.

Pub Date: 12/01/97

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