Scrappy Quilters present Quilts of Valor to local veterans –
By Patricia Beech –
The Senior Fair Board hosted its annual Senior Citizens and Armed Forces Day Tuesday, July 10 at the 2018 Adams County Fair.
Dozens of senior citizens and veterans from across the county were treated to refreshments, door prizes, entertainment, an open quilt show, and a series of guest speakers who provided information on community resources available for senior citizens.
The importance of walking to maintain good health; health screenings; the basics of memory loss, dementia, and Alzhiemer’s Disease; traffic safety; and the latest in first responder training were just a few of the topics seniors and vets could learn more about.
Also presented during the day-long event were: the “Oldest Woman Award” which went to Audrey Swayne, age 104 of Locust Grove in Franklin Township, the “Oldest Man Award” went to 87-year-old Wilbur Morrison of Manchester, and the “Oldest Couple Award” was presented to Glad and Phillip Lewis who have been married 65 years.
Marsha McCormick, of the OSU Extension Office, was the event organizer. She said community donations were critical to making the day a success.
“We couldn’t do it without them,” she says. “Also, the agencies that set up booths are key to our success because there wouldn’t be anything here if they weren’t participating.”
Walmart of West Union, Prather’s IGA, Winchester Wholesale Foods, plus local businesses and individuals donated refreshments and door prizes for the event.
“Our donors were very generous with door prize donations this year,” said McCormick. “Plus, we have more and more people that want to be involved in making this event happen for the seniors and the veterans in our county.”
An open Quilt Show featuring the work of local quilters was on display throughout the day and visitors were encouraged to cast a vote for their favorite quilt.
Among the eight quilts on display, the People’s Choice award went to Nicki Knox for her “Deer at the Window” quilt which was made using the Attic Window quilt pattern.
Two “Quilts of Valor” were also presented to local veterans by the Scrappy Quilters Club in recognition of their service to their country.
Receiving the quilts were Matt Williams, U.S. Army from 1972-75 and Rick Johnson, U.S. Army 1965-73, Vietnam, 1970-71; and the Ohio National Guard, Athens, 1980-95.
“Giving these quilts to our local veterans is just a little thing we can do for the lot they have done,” said Bobbi Kitchen, President of the local Scrappy Quilters club,
Each “Quilt of Valor” square was sewn by club members, and Ann Taylor, owner of the Quilt Barn in Manchester, finished the job of stitching all the squares together.
Taylor says she would like to see quilting become more of a multi-generational craft.
“I’d love to see more young people get involved,” she says. “Quilting is easy, it’s as simple as putting two pieces of cloth together, but many people won’t try it because they believe it’s too difficult.”
The Quilt Show also featured the 14 x 22 quilt created in 2010 by Taylor and the Scrappy Quilt Club members to commemorate the Quilt Barn Trail began by Donna Sue Groves. Seniors and veterans were also treated to a special viewing of the new documentary, “Pieced Together”- a film about the American Quilt Trail movement.
Entertainment for the day was provided by Dakota Nehus, a West Union High School fine arts student, who teamed up with his mother, Jennifer Griffis, to present a medley of gospel, country, and pop music with keyboard and guitar accompaniment. West Union High School music teacher Carl Schneider wowed the crowd with a variety of electronic clarinet melodies; the Adams County Liberty Band got the room clapping with their traditional patriotic tunes; and the Fancy Free Cloggers dance troupe finished off the entertainment with a selection of high-kicking, clogging routines.
McCormick, who acted as emcee for the event, said bringing all the different participants together for Senior Citizens and Armed Services Day becomes less of a chore with every passing year.
“We’ve been doing it for so many years, it isn’t too difficult anymore,” she said. “We’ve pretty much got it down to a science, and as long as people are coming, we’ll continue to do it.”