The Algonac-Clay Historical Society will host its annual Log Cabin Day and Quilt Show on June 26th.
The event will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Clay Township property located at 4710 Pointe Tremble Road. Participants can tour inside the cabin to see how a family lived during this time in history. Members of the historical society will be there to answer any questions people may have about the cabin and the family who lived there.
The event will also include a quilt show by the Algonac Piece to Peace Quilters, music by the River Strings dulcimer, a farm equipment display, an ice cream social, and additional exhibits.
“We draw a good crowd of people who enjoy seeing the cabin, the many beautiful quilts, great music, ice cream and displays,” said Mary Adkins, Log Cabin Day organizer and ACHS member. “We also have the (Detroit Urban Railroad) waiting station open with displays, as well as our annex area filled with lots of farming tools. This year we will have a Chris Craft Kit travel trailer from the 1950s – very little made.
The Clay Township log cabin was found as part of the Bedford home in Pearl Beach when it was demolished and was moved to the current location and reassembled by members of the historical society in 1984. When completed, the historical society began celebrating Log Cabin Day.
The Algonac Piece to Peace Quilters has sponsored the annual Log Cabin Day and Quilt Show since 2005, said Jan Evans, leader of Piece to Peace Quilters.
“It’s been a great way to show off the talents of our local quilting family and bring a warm feeling to our community, as well as add some brightness to our world,” she said. “Maybe that’s why people come back year after year.”
Evans said attendees will find a variety of different skills and techniques as they see exhibits ranging from beginners to seasoned quilters and all in between as they showcase their new creations, as well as some favorite historic quilts.
“Every quilt has a story, and I believe the quilter says a lot about herself and the person she’s quilt making in her designs,” she said. “Such a symbol of someone’s love and hard work for family, friends or charity is priceless.”
One quilter in particular will be highlighted during the show.
“This year we will be highlighting some of the work, love of the art form and talent of our local quilter Cindy Goulet, who passed away last week,” said Evans. “As a member of Piece to Peace Quilters for many years, she has shared her skills and her heart to bring comfort and warmth, not only to her family and friends, but also her heart for charity quilting to bring comfort and warmth to strangers in need.”
“She especially loved teaching others to quilt for sharing her passion and enjoyment in the quilting process with so many people,” she continued. “She will be missed by her PTPQ quilt family and we wanted to honor her and her work at this annual event.”
Evans said the exhibit has always attracted more than 100 people.
“I’m sure with the lockdown for the past two years, it will continue more and more,” she said.
There will be a quilt raffle on the day of the event which will benefit the historical society. Participants will also vote for awards such as People’s Choice, Made Me Smile, Favorite Holiday, Reminds Me of Someone Special and others.
The Piece to Peace Quilters meet at the Algonac Church of Christ and are made up of about 50 quilters from all over with all kinds of skills and talents, Evans said. The group recently returned from a bus trip to Missouri to visit the Missouri Star Quilt Company and are currently teaching a history lesson on quilts on the Underground Railroad.
“The Care Bag movement that takes care of foster children and children in distress, as well as the cancer quilt, are just two examples of the many ways they share their love for charity, the community and others,” said said Evans. “The Cancer quilt will be on display this year at the Algonac Art Fair on Labor Day weekend – you won’t want to miss this amazing love quilt.”
Those who have a quilt they would like to display or would like more information can contact Evans at 586-206-9726 or Sue DeLange at 810-278-7590.
For more information about the Log Cabin Day event and Quilt Show, call 810-794-9015 or visit achistory.com or facebook.com/algonacclayhistory.