More than 1,000 people arrive for Tunkhannock's annual 'Airing of the Quilts'
TUNKHANNOCK - Not even a light drizzle seemed to dampen the mood of the people who showed up in Tunkhannock for the 11th Annual Airing of the Quilts Saturday.
Hundreds of local people walked around town during the course of the day's events, with more than 1,000 more out-of-towners, who came from such places as Reading, Harrisburg, Stroudsburg, Syracuse, N.Y., and even Ohio - some on charter buses.
Quilt displays dotted the town, including ones at the Tunkhannock Area Middle School, the Dietrich Theater, the Wyoming County Courthouse and Nativity B.V.M. Church.
In addition, most homes and businesses along Tioga Street in downtown Tunkhannock got in on the act, displaying their own quilts from windows, porches, storefronts and fences.
"Everything today has just gone fantastically," Jeanette Kitlan, who runs Endless Mountains Quiltworks said. "We actually got lucky with the weather today. The rain mostly held off."
The annual quilt day was Kitlan's idea and she has been spearheading the event for the past 11 years.
The Dietrich Theater held a quilt display of local designer Kent Ward, plus a presentation by nationally renowned quilt designer, Joyce Hughes of Warminster.
Hughes brought along several of her quilts to display to the 150 audience members in attendance. Afterwards, she decided to make a day of it.
"I was planning to leave after my presentation but there is just so much enthusiasm here about quilting that I couldn't leave," Hughes said. "I was very impressed with a lot of the local talent and Jeannette is so passionate about the whole day."
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