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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Barn Quilts

I've just spent two wonderfully restful days visiting my cousin and her husband in Liberty, NY. Liberty is located in the Catskill Mountains area. It has been an economically depressed area for several years. They are starting to rebound, beginning with the Bethel Arts Center. Bethel is the area of New York where the Woodstock Festival was held in 1969.

They also are starting another arts exhibition - Barn Quilts. I had never heard of them before, but evidently they are more common in the middle of the country. They are eight foot square pieces of wood on which are painted various designs similar to those in fabric quilts. We took a ride around the area and saw about 20 Barn Quilts and they are quite nice.

They are actually a project in the town of Neversink, NY, but all the town around there are so close. Economic recovery in one town is sure to spill over into another. If you're in the area, it's worth a visit.

I guess if Pennsylvania can have its hexes, then New York can have its Barn Quilts.

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