Thursday, March 16, 2017
The burgundy, beige and gold log cabin quilt with each block radiating out from a golden wheat field has been assembled over many months by a core of 12 volunteers led by Nancy Grundy. As she has for the past several years, Grundy will co-ordinate the quilt display at the farm show, focusing in 2017 on heritage creations.
According to Grundy, in early Nov. 2016, ladies met and began to sew the individual log cabin blocks. She sewed them together, with help from Pauline Farey and Joanne Hunter, who put on the border and binding.
All of the fabric was donated by Ruth Liscumb at Flair with Fabrics in Chesterville, and Pauline Clarke from 3 Dogs Quilting in North Gower did the quilting with her long arm quilting machine.
“We decided on the log cabin as it is an older pattern; normally the centre should be red to represent the hearth of the home, but we chose a golden colour to represent the golden wheat fields,” Grundy explained. “The centre of the pattern also represents the centre of the farm radiating out into the community. Pauline chose gold thread to represent the grain crops, and a pattern that has leaves and sprouts for the wheat sheaves and vines.”
In addition, the large stone fence pays tribute to the hard work of forefathers clearing the land and creating the stone fences throughout the area.
“All the ladies’ names who helped or worked on the quilt are handwritten on the stones,” Grundy said. “The landscape was hand-appliqued on to the back of the quilt. The name of the quilt is ‘Farmer’s Joy.’ It is a joy to be a farmer and it was a joy for us to create this priceless commemorative quilt.”
The display will be held in the front exhibit halls along with 4-H projects and antiques organized by Vintage Iron & Traditions of Eastern Ontario. This year, one hall has been reserved for the 90th celebration, with a focus on live fiddle music and step dancing, local food, farm-themed bingo, the president’s Cookie Contest, and much more.
The quilt will fit a king-sized bed. It’s reversible, with the flip side featuring a 40-by-40-inch appliqued landscape encompassing both the old and new logos of the farm show and the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association which has sponsored it since 1927, back when it started in Renfrew County as a rotating seed competition and exhibition.
“The landscape celebrates evolution of the farm show. You can use it on the bed or flip it over and hang it on the wall,” Grundy observed, adding that it’s priceless. “It’s the one and only.”
Friday, March 10, 2017
ENGLISH TRAILER FOR 'VERSAILLES' EPIC TV SERIES SEASON 2 WITH GEORGE BLAGDEN! JASON ISAACS IS THE NEW CAPTAIN IN 'STAR TREK: DISCOVERY' SF SERIES
HIRES JASON ISAACS AS CAPTAIN
Although it has been postponed again, for Borg knows which time, and will now air sometime late summer instead of May, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY new sf series has just drafted its captain! Jason Isaacs will take the helm of Star Fleet's starship Discovery as Captain Lorca opposite Sonequa Martin Green who will be the commander and actually the lead character of the new show which will air on CBS and Netflix around the world. The story will follow the first adventures of the crew at the beginnings of Star Fleet's exploration of space and will also feature Michelle Yeoh as the captain of another Star Fleet Starship. The series will also feature first gay character in a Star Trek series.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
A LONG CRUISE ON A SHORT STREET
Nobody would pretend that Selma Avenue in Hollywood is one of the great walking streets, nor one of the great places for urban exploration - it runs for about a mile and a half, east/west, between and parallel to Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. But it’s not without interest, because nowhere is.
Back in the day Selma used to a be a place where young men, inspired perhaps by Midnight Cowboy, hung out and plied their trade. There’s still a YMCA in the street, but you can’t stay there these days however much fun it might be. This is John Rechy below on the steps of the First Baptist Church of Hollywood, which has stood on Selma in its present form since 1935.