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Colton quilt show expands to five locations this weekend


COLTON - The annual Colton Winterfest Quilt Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

Show organizer Lorraine Gowing says the annual Quilt Show is expanding to five locations this year—Colton Hepburn Library, Colton Town Hall, Zion Episcopal Church, Colton Methodist Church and Catamount Lodge. There is no admission charge.

Four of the venues are located in the hamlet of Colton and the fourth is Catamount Lodge in South Colton. The venues in the hamlet of Colton are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Catamount Lodge, located on state Highway 56 inside the Adirondack Park about eight miles south of the hamlet of South Colton, is open 10 a.m. to dusk both days.

Most quilts being displayed are made by area quilters. The quilts of Great Camp Sagamore also can be seen in the Zion Episcopal Church, providing a virtual tour of the Camp through quilts.

Phyllis Dumas, owner of The Fabric Corner, will have fabric, patterns and notions for sale in the Town Hall. And at the Methodist Church, where crafts and food will be for sale, quilters are invited to work on a quilt for the Linus Project.

Catamount Lodge is the site where show goers can see more than a hundred quilts created by the Rexford Ladies of East Higley Road in Colton—Judy Rexford, Christine Rexford and Christine’s daughter, Jennifer Smyth, who now lives in Vermont.

Judy began quilting in 1969 and her sister-in-law Christine in 1995. The love of quilting runs deep in the Rexford family, and the show will include creations of Judy’s mother, Iris Rexford ,who was born in 1920 and her grandmother, Manie Leonard, born in 1900. In addition to the quilts, antique buttons from Iris Rexford’s extensive antique button collection will be on display.

While at Catamount Lodge visitors also will be treated to wall quilts made by Patty Blickwedehl of South Colton, which permanently hang in the Lodge for guests and others to enjoy.

Winterfest Weekend is the last chance to purchase raffle tickets for the Higley Flow Trails Lodge Quilt designed, pieced and donated by Terri and Pat Burdick to the Friends of Higley Flow State Park. The machine quilting was done by Mandy Applebee of Port Byron. Raffle tickets are $2 for one ticket or $5 for three. The winning ticket will be drawn at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Town Hall.

The complete Winterfest schedule is on the town of Colton website ( During Winterfest Weekend schedules and maps showing event locations will be available at Colton-Pierrepont Central School and other major sites. For more information about the Annual Quilt Show please contact Lorraine Gowing (315-379-9392).

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