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August 10, 2018 - Arts Council's Barn Quilt Trail adds three new pieces (by MICHAEL REID mreid@somdnews.com )

April 20, 2018 - Three new squares were installed in North Beach. 

The first square is the Maple Leaf, which will reside at Chesapeake's Bounty, 9124 Bay Avenue, North Beach, MD.  The classic Maple Leaf quilt design is a perfect fit for Chesapeake's Bounty. Chosen and painted by Veronica Cristo of Chesapeake's Bounty, the Maple Leaf reminds us that trees help sustain life as we know it. Veronica and Will Kreamer, founder of Chesapeake's Bounty and a third generation farmer, believe in the health and economic benefits of local food, supporting local farmers, watermen, and other producers and paying fair market prices for their products. The new North Beach Market is an ideal complement to their local food system vision in that it brings local food from throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed right to the doorstep of the community.

 The second square is Trip Around the World, which will reside at The Wheel Store, 4109 7th St., North Beach, MD.  The Trip Around the World quilt block hanging on the back fence at The Wheel Store was first designed by Marilou Winkler, age 87, as a quilt to be raffled off at a fundraiser at The Wheel for the National Parkinson's Foundation, to honor Marilou's school principal who was diagnosed with the disease. The Wheel, established in 2011 by Celia Molofsky, is a "Boutique-Gallery-Tavern" whose goal is to support the community through the Arts. Hosting the fundraiser for Parkinson's research is one of the ways she is doing just that.

The third square is Sister's Choice, which will reside at Sisters' Corner, 8905 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach, MD. With a multitude of quilt block patterns available, the decision was an easy one for sisters Kathy Brookes and Carol Koenig, owners of Sisters' Corner since 2007. Their research led them to the naming of the Sister's Choice block by the Ladies' Art Company in St. Louis about 1890, in honor of British novelist Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra. They were devoted sisters and lived as single women in their family home their entire lives. Cassandra lost her fiancee early in her life and never married. Jane died while Cassandra was in her forties. Kathy and Carol knew that the Sister's Choice block was an ideal reflection of their lifelong love of reading, needlework and floral design.


September 22, 2017

The Solomon's Island Visitor Center is hosting a display of six of the Calvert Barn Quilt Trail's mini squares to raise awareness of the Trail among visitors to the Center.


September 9, 2017

The second square of the Calvert Barn Quilt Trail was unveiled Saturday, September 9, at the first "Taste The Beaches" festival in Chesapeake Beach. The "Oyster Square," which was placed beside the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail, was designed by Janet Jones of North Beach, MD, and is sponsored by the Town Council of Chesapeake Beach. The square's stripes reflect the sea and sky and the 9 patch corner blocks include the Chesapeake Beach logo colors. The oyster in the center honors the work of John Bacon, President of the Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society, CBOCS.

Since 2011, CBOCS has been dedicated to improving the ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay. The volunteer members of CBOCS grow oysters in cages along the Railway Trail which are then placed on local reefs where they will continue to grow and sustain oyster populations. CBOCS offers guided Railway Trail walks along beautiful Fishing Creek to point out the wonderful diversity of plants and animals that call the Creek home. The history of the Trail can be viewed on the Town's website .




September 8, 2017

The Arts Council of Calvert County is pleased to announce the installation of the first square of the Calvert Barn Quilt Trail on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM. The square, designed by Karla Sisson, is hosted by the Cox family at Mulberry Hill Farm, at 50 Mulberry Lane on Rt. 4 in Huntingtown, MD.

Mrs. Sisson's square was inspired by one of her favorite designs, "Hole in the Barn Door," and her childhood on a farm. For her friends, Wilfred (Fred) Cox, Jr., and his wife, Esther, she incorporated a tobacco leaf and colors of the Calvert County flag to reflect the Cox family's long history of farming.

Mulberry Hill has been farmed by five generations, starting with Ernest Cox, Wilfred Cox, Sr., Fred Cox, Jr., his son Mark Cox, Sr. and now Mark Cox, Jr. The barn hosting the square was constructed in several stages, beginning in the early 1900's, and was used as a tobacco barn. Since the tobacco buyout, the family has farmed produce and mums, and added wine grapes in 2013.

If you would be interested in learning more about the Calvert Barn Quilt Trail and hosting and / or sponsoring a square, please contact us at info@calvertbarnquilttrail.org .

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