The Summit County Historical Society is offering a sneak preview of more than 250 art quilts and historic coverlets that will be displayed at its 2nd Annual Mutton Hill Quilt Show.
“A Salute to Ohio Craft” will allow guests to sip craft beers, wines, and whiskeys at a preview event at the John S. Knight Center Friday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.
“Akron’s first manufactured product was the whiskey made by Captain Joseph Hart at his still on the Little Cuyahoga after arriving at Middlebury in 1808,” says Society Chairman Dave Lieberth. “We’re happy toast this history by hosting this special event.”
The Friday night preview allows patrons to enter the show at 5:00pm. The 6:00pm reception features craft beers from Akron’s Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., wines from the Winery at Wolf Creek in Copley, and whiskeys from Tom’s Foolery in Burton – pot-distilled bourbon and rye whiskeys and Applejack. Along with a Buckeye Buffet of hors d’oeuvres craft soft drinks that are made the old-fashioned way will be served as well.
An auction of quilts will be held at 7:00pm along with an antique milk steamer stocked with spirits. Attendees will make their own craft beverage coaster to take home, guided by Kent metalsmith Rachel Smith. The entire display of quilts will be on view 7:30pm -9:00pm. Some of the show’s 25 vendors will be open.
Admission is $75, with patrons who reserve at the $125 and $250 levels receiving special gifts and exclusive access to the show.
Tickets for the Salute to Ohio Craft Preview must be purchased in advance by going to www.summithistory.org, or the Society offices at 550 Copley Road, Akron, or by calling (330) 535-1120. Seating is limited.
The Mutton Hill Quilt show on Saturday-Sunday, October 22-23 may be Ohio’s largest showing of contemporary and antique quilts, including the stunning work of international artists assembled for the “Quilt National” exhibit – 45 such art quilts are part of the display. Admission to the Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday is $10. Parking for all weekend events is free.
Many of the contemporary quilts have been submitted for competitive judging. Merchandise vendors will offer a variety of supplies and machinery for quilters as well as scissor sharpening. The weekend will also feature speakers on related topics.
Information about the Quilt Show is available at www.MuttonHillQuilts.org and at Facebook at “Mutton Hill Quilt Show.”