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Raffle, demonstrations, vendors at St. Croix guild’s quilt show

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

The St. Croix International Quilters Guild will hold a quilt show, Autumn Splendor, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the First Congregational Church, Calais Avenue, in Calais.

Members of the St. Croix organization, guilds throughout Maine and New Brunswick and the general public will display their works at the event, which also will feature antique quilts.

Ten vendors from throughout the state will have quilting related items available for purchase. They also will demonstrate some of their products, including long-arm machine quilting.

The event will coincide with the Apple Fest at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Calais.

“We have [a show] every two years,” said guild president Mary Ann O’Brien.

She said the guild donates 16 to 20 lap robes to Methodist Homes each year. The guild donated 17 lap robes to the Eastport Dialysis Center in Eastport and also makes and donates Anti-Ouch Pouches (for those who have undergone mastectomies) to hospitals on both sides of the border.

O’Brien and Joanne Spencer of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, are the quilt show coordinators.

Two years ago, the raffle quilt raised $2,076 that was donated to Ronald McDonald House in Bangor.

“We want to beat that total this year,” said O’Brien. “The best part is when we take that check to Ronald McDonald House.”

This year’s raffle quilt is called “Cabin Splendor” was crafted by Joanne Spencer and Dana Bard. Raffle tickets are $1 or six for $5 and will be available at show or from any guild member. The drawing will take place Saturday, Sept. 25.

Admission to the show is $3 and includes a beverage and a cookie. A Chinese auction will be conducted. Proceeds from admission and the auction will be donated to Eastern Agency on Aging Meals for Me Program in Calais.

For information, call Mary Ann O’Brien at 454-3014, Bonnie Hunter at 726-5117 or Joanne Spencer at 506-466-4775, or visit


Spinner Penelope Olsen of Appleton wants to remind everyone to celebrate rural living at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s 34th annual Common Ground Country Fair, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 25-26, in Unity.

The frosting on the cake for fiber lovers will be the Fleece Tent, showcasing Maine-grown wool and specialty fibers. The tent will be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Look for informal fiber talks and demonstrations, including a presentation by Tom and Kate Chappell, founders of Tom’s of Maine, at 11 a.m. Saturday. They will talk about their new venture, Ramblers Way Farm and Rambouillet sheep.

“Next door” at the Wednesday Spinners tent — in addition to spinning demonstrations and information all three days —there will be talks on dyeing with fresh indigo and mushrooms, wool combing and many other activities. For schedule details, visit

New to this area is the “pocket park,” a circular stone sitting wall created over the course of the past few fairs by the Maine Stoneworkers Guild. This spring the Wednesday Spinners designed and planted a dye-plant garden in the park, at the center of which is a garden loom donated by Weaving a Life of Brooksville. All are invited to take part in the weaving of a new tapestry each day of the fair. And spinners everywhere, young and old, experienced and novice, are invited to an open spin with the Wednesday Spinners 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26.

Be sure to visit the many booths at Maine Fiber Farms; the Fiber Marketplace, adjacent to the Fleece Tent; and the fiber businesses in the Maine Agricultural Products and Maine Marketplace areas.

For information about the Fleece Tent or Wednesday Spinners, contact Penelope Olson at or 785-2784.


• Pine Kneedlers Knitting Guild will welcome Susan Plachy and Dana Bard of Perry as guest speakers at the guild meeting 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Bangor Parks and Recreation facility, 647 Main St., Bangor.

Plachy has created a website and is seeking volunteer knitters to make miniature sweaters and hats with leftover yarn to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Bard, a breast cancer survivor from Eastport, begin knitting as a teenager. She is an English and French teacher at the high school in Eastport.

For information about the guild, call Cheryl Zey at 943-6909.

• The SAD 22 adult education program has scheduled one-night craft courses — Halloween Card Making, Mommy and Me Card Making, Thank You Card Making, Christmas Wreath Making, Christmas Kissing Ball, Holiday Paper Crafting, Christmas Ornament Crafts, Christmas Evergreen-Floral Centerpiece Design, Snowman Lovers Workshop.

Or register for the Penny Rug Wool Applique Class, Rug Hooking I and Rug Hooking II.

Classes take place at Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden.

For information, call the adult education office at 862-6422 noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

• Blueberry Farm Alpacas, 170 Melvin Heights Road, Camden, will be open to the public for National Alpaca Farm Days, Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept 26. Included in the event will be fly-tying and carding demonstrations. Yarn, roving and fleeces from the farm’s herd, as well as hand knitted and imported apparel, felted animals, Bully Woolies Knit Kits, and hand woven baskets from Ghana, West Africa will be available for purchase. For directions, visit

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