Celebrating the Unveiling of Hoosick’s Barn Quilt Project
Join HAYC3 at the Armory on Saturday, August 30, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., for the unveiling of the Hoosick Barn Quilt Trail and community celebration. This event is free and open to the public. Before or after you head out on the Trail, you can view exhibits of exquisite hand-made quilts (some for sale) by local and regional quilters in 120gallery90. Beginning at 10 a.m., quilters will be demonstrating quilting techniques: you’ll see step-by-step how a quilt is made, from choosing the right colors, to cutting the pieces, to putting it all together and finishing techniques. Fiddler Martha Von Shilgen will provide lively entertainment. Her repertoire includes jigs, reels, hornpipes and waltzes, all with an old-time feel.
At 11 a.m., HAYC3 presents a lecture called ‘Underground Railroad Quilt Signals,’ with Russell and Noreen Hinton. What did quilt patterns and runaway slaves have in common? They shared a secret – a secret so guarded that only recently has it been shared with the world. Unable to read and write, or communicate openly about escape plans, the slaves turned to everyday objects so common they could be displayed anywhere, anytime without arousing suspicion. The quilts were used to communicate hidden messages to runaway slaves traveling north towards freedom. Noreen has combined her love of quilting with an interest in history to create a quilt containing 16 of the patterns used during the time when slavery was common. Using reproduction fabrics from the Civil War era adds authenticity as the tale of the Underground Railroad Quilt Code is told.
There will also be a Poker Run that day, an event in which participants riding any kind of vehicle must visit five checkpoints, drawing a playing card from a paper bag at each one. Checkpoints will, of course, be at Hoosick Barn