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Fahrney-Keedy residents make one quilt, start another

September 01, 2006

BOONSBORO - People at Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village were busy holding a Heritage Day celebration - and making two special quilts to benefit the retirement community.

Fahrney-Keedy's second annual Heritage Day celebration was Aug. 19.

Residents, family and visitors enjoyed a chicken barbecue and other foods. Numerous vendors participated, offering a variety of crafts, and specialty and handcrafted items. Entertainment included children's games, and musical performances by Country Gospel Aires, By Faith and the Rohrersville Band.

Proceeds from Heritage Day will benefit the retirement community, administrative assistant Betsy Miller said.

The auxiliary displayed the "Giant Dahlia" quilt it will be auctioning Sept. 9 at 1 p.m.

The quilt, which is 96 inches by 108 inches, was made by Fahrney-Keedy residents, Miller said.

Residents Delores Grossnickle, Edna Pryor and Arminta Reynolds have done much of the work, piecing the quilt and doing the binding, batting and backing, Miller said.

"They did everything as a team," she said

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The auction, which is open to all, will be part of a yard/food/bake sale.

In addition, about 20 people at Fahrney-Keedy are coordinating the making of a celebrity quilt that might be sold in a special auction around Christmas, Miller said.

The Celebrity Autograph Quilt committee wrote to celebrities, and sent each one a quilt square and asked them for autographs, said Miller, who is coordinating the committee's work.

"We are up to 60 autographs now ... that includes such celebrities as Elizabeth Taylor and Charlton Heston and NASCAR folks, and NFL stars including Terry Bradshaw and John Madden," Miller said. "So it's a nice little mix of celebrities."

Fahrney-Keedy residents are "having such a good time with it" as celebrities are mailing the autographed quilt squares back to the home, she said.

"Residents come up to the window and say, 'Who'd we get today?'" Miller said.

How soon the celebrities quilt is put up for auction depends in part on how many area residents volunteer to help Fahrney-Keedy make the quilt, Miller said.

"If anyone is interested, they can give me a call," she said.

For information, call Miller or Michelle Morris at 301-671-5016.

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