Quilts keep Wentworth warm

Justin Dickie
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WENTWORTH Die hard quilters rejoiced at the Wentworth United Church recently as the Wentworth United Church Women hosted their third annual Wild Blueberry Quilt Fair & Tea in celebration of the Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival.

Quilts keep Wentworth warm

WENTWORTH Die hard quilters rejoiced at the Wentworth United Church recently as the Wentworth United Church Women hosted their third annual Wild Blueberry Quilt Fair & Tea in celebration of the Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival.

Quilters from across the Maritimes brought their detailed handicrafts to Wentworth, some with rich family tradition just on display for public viewing and some newly created works of art for quilt lovers to purchase.

The event tied in to the harvest festival with a blueberry tea in the churchs basement, serving up sandwiches and blueberry desserts. Each member of the UCW donned a Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival T-shirt with a colourful blueberry bow.

But why celebrate with a quilt fair?

This is what we do. Were old ladies, said UCW vice-president Twila McMaster.

Well, as the ladies get older, the interest keeps growing. Attendance has inclined gradually at the event each year, with roughly 130 people attending over the events two days this year.

UCW president Marie Duranceau said the blueberry industry is a big part of the small community, and should be acknowledged as such.

Its something that should be celebrated. A lot of people in the community make a living this way, she said.

Wentworth and Westchester are the centre of Cumberland Countys blueberries, where theyre grown and where theyre harvested, McMaster said. There probably isnt anybody here in this community that hasnt got some relationship to the blueberry harvest.

Organizations: Wentworth United Church Women, Wild Blueberry Quilt Fair & Tea

Geographic location: Westchester

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