Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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Anna Westmire (1828-1916) and her square and compass quilt.

About a month ago Beth Conway contacts me asking if I could meet with her and her father John to help them gain some insight into an antique family quilt. The quilt is a beautiful hand quilted red/white quilt that is one of the most popular two-color combinations as far back as the 1840s and still popular today.

Beth shares a photo of the quilt’s maker Anna Westmire at age 73 taken in Miller, South Dakota where the quilt was made. Anna (1828 -1916) is John’s great-great grandmother.

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Days like this, said Doc, a guy has to get out and get his yard work done early, before it gets too hot.

“So when does it get too hot, Doc?”

“Oh, about three o’clock in the morning. Makes it a toss-up. Do you get up early without the benefit of coffee and conversation and go weed the petunias with a flashlight, or just stay up late and party, and weed them before going to bed?”

“Is this a multiple choice, Doc?” said Steve, ever the practical cowboy. “Was this a rhetorical question or can we...

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We all watched as the flag came by. It was the first thing in the parade, of course. Great big one, carried by two of the kids from the ROTC at the high school. The bands followed, along with the mounted patrol, the ski patrol in their summer-weight jackets, the float with the princesses on it, and the local kids leading dogs and cats – some rather reluctantly – on leashes.

For some of us, the Fourth of July parade is a chance to see just how much the local kids have grown over the past year...

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June’s blue moon shone last night, although at 5 o’clock this morning it was full and orange. Matthew called me outside to look at it, as wispy black clouds floated over the surface and clothed it in eerie shadows. As it sailed away over the horizon, it carried the last vestige of June with it, making way for the hot days of July. Half of our year is already gone.

Independence Day is upon us, and the weather is “hotter than a firecracker.” July brings so many good things, though, in addition...

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A happy and glorious Independence Day to all!

It hardly seems possible: 39 years have passed since America’s bicentennial celebration. At that time colonial home skills like quilting, candle and soap making came back into vogue. Here in Fort Wayne the first Johnny Appleseed Festival was held in 1974 showcasing the arts, crafts, games and food of the era and Historic Fort Wayne opened giving visitors a taste of the daily life of the people who called it home.

The quilts of 1750-1800 are quite...

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My youngest son loves to go to the “Confession Stand.” He doesn’t want to make an appointment with the local priest, however. He wants a Slurpy and an order of onion rings. Since he first learned to put words together, the “Concession Stand” at any sporting event is referred to as the “Confession Stand.” Well “Amen” and pass the ketchup.
Actually, Confession Stands do exist, but they are not slinging cold drinks and hot food. With confession in steep decline in the traditions that employ the...

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