Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show set for March 10
PARKERSBURG — The 14th annual Mid Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show will open March 10 and run through March 18 at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History, 137 Juliana St., in downtown Parkersburg
The show will begin with an opening reception from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 10. It sponsored by the Friends of Blennerhassett. Admission will be regular museum admission.
Museum hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Sunday and admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Admission includes the quilt show and the access to the historical displays at the museum. For more information call 304-420-4800.
Applications to enter a quilt are available at the museum or at the Blennerhassett Island State Park Facebook page.
Along with standard categories, the themed category for this year’s exhibit will be “Spread Your Wings … All Things that Fly” Other quilt categories include bed, crib, wall, duet, group, antique, mixed, with one entry per category.
Awards are given in each category along with Best of Show (hand-quilted), Best of Show (machine quilted), Superintendent’s Choice, and Best of Themed and Best of Show. Visitors of the quilt show can vote for the People’s Choice which will be announced on March 18.
Another activity planned as part of the quilt show is “Bed Turnings,” a free program presented by Marilyn Horton showing and discussing various quilts from the museum’s quilt collections.
Door prizes will be given away throughout the week. Come to the museum see the quilt exhibit and sign up to be a winner. For more information, call the Blennerhassett Museum at 304-420-4800.
Beginning May 1, the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will open for the 2018 season as visitors begin taking sternwheeler rides to visit the restored mansion and tour the historic island.
With the opening of the island for the summer season, visitors can board the Island Belle Sternwheeler at Point Park in downtown Parkersburg for the trips to and from Blennerhassett Island. Boat ride tickets will be sold at the Blennerhassett Museum with boarding at the docking area at the city floodwall.
The main feature of Blennerhassett Island is the reconstructed Blennerhassett Mansion, which is furnished with many artifacts owned by Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett or coming from that period.
Other artifacts and items can be seen on display at the Blennerhassett Museum, which features three stories of exhibits, a video display telling the story of the Blennerhassetts and a gift shop.
Visits to the island provide visitors with the opportunity to take mansion tours guided by docents in period clothing and take narrated wagon rides. There are also bicycle rentals, a gift shop and a concession stand. A volunteer-operated golf cart is also available for those with mobility issues.
The Hardly Able Carriage Co., owned by John Smith of Ellenboro, W.Va., will return for another year of offering the wagon rides on the island. The company also provides wagon rides at North Bend State Park using wooden wagons hand-built by Smith and his family.
The Island Belle is also available for charters when not involved in transporting visitors between Parkersburg and the island.
Like the mansion, the historic Putnam-Houser House, which was transported to the island from Belpre, is open for tours Fridays through Sundays this summer. Tours are free and will be guided by docents. A donation box is available with proceeds going to help maintain the historic home.