(photo by Ruth McWilliams): Barbara Watson is the featured quilter this year for the town of Colton’s Winterfest Quilt Show being held January 12-13.  A selection of the quilts she’s pieced and hand quilted during the last forty years or so for her three children, ten grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren will be displayed in Catamount Lodge located about nine miles south of the hamlet of South Colton.

(photo by Ruth McWilliams):
Barbara Watson is the featured quilter this year for the town of Colton’s Winterfest Quilt Show being held January 12-13. A selection of the quilts she’s pieced and hand quilted during the last forty years or so for her three children, ten grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren will be displayed in Catamount Lodge located about nine miles south of the hamlet of South Colton.

The town of Colton’s Winterfest Quilt Show is being held on January 12-13 during the first of three festival weekends being held this year. Once again there are three venues for the show – Catamount Lodge along State Highway 56 located about nine miles south of the hamlet of South Colton, St. Patrick’s Church Parish Center along State Highway 56 in the hamlet of Colton, and the Colton Hepburn Library on Main Street in the hamlet of Colton. About one hundred pieces are expected to be exhibited with some items available to purchase. There is no admission charge to attend the show

Catamount Lodge will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm for people to tour the Lodge and see the display which focuses on quilts as family treasures in keeping with the “Celebration & History” emphasis of the first festival weekend. Barbara Watson, a Colton native, is the featured quilter who has made quilts for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In addition to Barbara’s quilts show goers will be treated to vintage and heirloom quilts owned by people in the community and nearby, some of which were made in the 1800s and are now quite fragile. The show quilts complement wall quilts that permanently hang in the Lodge for guests and others to enjoy. In addition to touring the Lodge visitors also can enjoy snacks and hot drinks available in the Lodge, get warmed by fires inside and outside the Lodge, and use trails on the property for recreational snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

On Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm in St. Patrick’s Church Parish Center just south of Colton-Pierrepont Central School (CPCS) there will be a combination of fabric quilts and painted barn quilts displayed related to the festival theme “Rockin’ in the Great South Woods.” This is where Phyllis Dumas, owner of The Fabric Corner on Pollock Road in Canton, will have fabrics, patterns, notions, books, quilts, and more for sale. Also the town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee will display and sell barn quilts in support of the town’s collaborative ‘Art Around Town’ project with CPCS. Fabric inspirations made by a variety of quilters will be displayed along with the barn quilts being sold. The committee also will be selling raffle tickets for an Owl Barn Quilt measuring 3×3 feet to raise funds for the Neighborhood Center serving Colton, Pierrepont, and Parishville. Raffle tickets are just $5 each; and only 100 tickets are available.

Nearby at Colton Hepburn Library visitors will be treated to the new group quilt created by The Fiberistas who collaboratively craft art quilts through the modern use of color and design. On Saturday the Library will be open from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 12noon to 3pm.

The town’s winter festival includes many more indoor and outdoor activities throughout the weekend and month. The complete schedule of activities is available on the town website (www.townofcolton.com), in the Colton Town Hall, and at festival locations. Updates are posted on the Town of Colton page on Facebook.

For more information about Winterfest please call Grace Hawley (315-262-2439). Anyone wanting information specifically about the Quilt Show can call Ruth McWilliams (315-262-2450).