The Town of Colton’s 2020 Winterfest is set for January 23-26, 2020. This year’s theme “Our Future Looks Bright” celebrates 100 years of progress from 1920-2020, and includes both outdoor and indoor activities including the annual Winterfest Quilt Show.
The Quilt Show will include a wide array of creations made by women from classic patterns to art quilts created in free flowing ways. It also will include painted barn quilts which honor and reflect the tradition of quilting.
The two-day Quilt Show will be held on Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26 in three venues. There is no admission charge to attend the show.
At Catamount Lodge, located along State Highway 56 about nine miles south of the hamlet of South Colton, quilts made by ‘The Quilting Friends’ will be displayed on both Saturday (9 am to 4 pm) and Sunday (10 am to 4 pm). Each of the twelve accomplished quilters, all of whom are members of the Borderline Quilt Guild, plans to contribute five to fifteen pieces for the show. The show quilts will complement wall quilts that permanently hang in the Lodge for guests and others to enjoy. While at the Lodge visitors also can enjoy snacks and hot drinks, get warmed by fires inside and outside the Lodge, and use trails (weather permitting) on the property for recreational snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
In the Colton Hepburn Library on Main Street visitors can view quilts created by The Fiberistas who collaboratively craft their art and their quilts. They will be debuting their newest group quilt reflecting a landscape of their imagination; and they will be showing other quilts that each has made. During the Quilt Show the Library will be open from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday but only from noon to 3 pm on Sunday.
Nearby in the hamlet of Colton, painted barn quilts will be the focus at St. Patrick’s Church Parish Center along State Highway 56 just south of CPCS. On both Saturday (9 am to 4 pm) and Sunday (10 am to 4 pm) the ‘Towns of St. Lawrence County Barn Quilt Mural’ created during 2019 by 25 painters will be on display along with a variety of barn quilts painted with the help of CPCS students. Also barn quilts inspired by the mural will be available to purchase as well as other products including Colton apparel.
Art this year also is featured in Winterfest fundraising activities to benefit the Neighborhood Center serving Colton, Pierrepont, and Parishville. Ten pieces of artwork donated in hopes of raising $500 for the center include framed prints of paintings by Dick Bailey and Judy Filarecki, fine pyrography by Steve Hewer, and a locally painted Harvest Star Barn Quilt. The auction artwork is now on display in the Colton Town Hall on Main Street where sealed bids are being collected by the Town Clerk. On January 23 the auction moves to CPCS during the Spaghetti Dinner in the cafeteria and then to the Parish Center on January 25-26. Winning bidders will be notified during the week of January 27.
The complete four-day festival schedule with contacts for events is available on the town’s website with hard copies available in the Colton Town Hall and at the Colton Hepburn Library.
For more information about the Quilt Show and the Silent Auction, call Ruth McWilliams at (315) 262-2450.
Photo of Colton-Pierrepont Central School art teacher Krystal Hewer teaches barn quilting to elementary students provided by Ruth McWilliams.