QUILTS OF ALL sizes, colors and styles will be displayed during this weekend's Mount Airy Millennium Quilt Exhibit. Twenty-seven local quilters ranging from 8 to 80 years old have assembled their handmade quilts in an exhibit to benefit the Historical Society of Mount Airy.
Judy Elwood, event organizer, says that the idea for a Millennium Quilt Exhibit is in response to the amount of interest generated by the centennial antique quilt show held several years ago. With the support of Travis Norwood, historical society president, planning began early in the year for the show.
The quilt show is not a judged affair, but the public will vote for its favorite quilt. Two viewers' choice ribbons will be awarded for favorite large and small quilts.
Elwood, who has been quilting for more than 20 years and is a former National Quilter Association judge, plans to exhibit four quilts during the weekend show.
Her quilt, "Pleasures and Prose," is appliqued with paper cut designs. Hand sewn in primary colors, the quilt depicts hobbies and meaningful poems important throughout her life. It took her two years to complete.
Contemporary designed quilts are Billie Tolmach's specialty. Based on the old black and white circular television test patterns, Tolmach will display "Test Pattern 1" and "Test Pattern 2" in the exhibit.
Tolmach says it takes her two to three weeks to complete each wall hanging, which are mostly machine sewn. She often works 12 hours a day. "It's work for me," she says, "but I do enjoy it."
The "Hammond Cradle Quilt" is one of the quilts Jeanne Hammond will display. The small, colorful quilt was designed to fit a family heirloom, a 100-year-old cradle.
Hammond, who has been quilting for seven years, does all her sewing by hand. "I take little tiny stitches," she says.
A quilt portraying favorite books will be exhibited by pupils from Mount Airy Elementary School. Completed a year ago, the quilt has blocks with an illustration of each class's favorite book. It was assembled and quilted by parent Barbara Gardner.
The Mount Airy Millennium Quilt Exhibit will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Firemen's Carnival Activities Building, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road. Admission is $4 for adults with discounts for seniors and children. Parking is free.
School spirit was the theme this week at South Carroll High School, as homecoming festivities draw to a close.
Tonight's homecoming parade and football game against Liberty High School end a week of spirit activities that included a powderpuff basketball game, class color day, state representation day, patriotic day, hat day, and black and gold day.
Culminating the week is the homecoming dance tomorrow night at the high school.
The homecoming parade begins at 6 p.m., and game time is 7 p.m. at South Carroll High School, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.
Senior citizens should mark their calendars for Wednesday for the annual health fair sponsored by Mount Airy Senior Center, Frederick Memorial Hospital and Carroll County Health Department. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mount Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Ave.
A range of health screening options will be available from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., including blood pressure, glucose, vision, foot, dental, hearing, pulmonary function, nutrition, depression, plus more to be announced. A pharmacist will be on hand throughout the day to do a medicine check and answer questions.
Lunch may be purchased at the center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Information: 410-795-1018M-5 or 301-829-2407.
Pasta lovers won't want to miss St. Michael's annual spaghetti dinner tomorrow. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the menu will feature spaghetti, salad, bread, iced tea and coffee. The dinner supports Knights of Columbus No. 10525 and the Father Michael J. McGivney 4th Degree Assembly No. 2595.
The Ladies Auxiliary will sell specialty desserts to benefit its charity fund.
Dinner is $6.50 for adults, $4 for children and $20 for families. St. Michael Roman Catholic Church is at 1125 St. Michael's Road, Mount Airy.
Information: 301-829-0380M-5 or 410-489-7667.
Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.