Around Town: Danville quilter's life in stitches

October 05, 2003|ANNABEL GIRARD

Marlene Martin of Danville has her life all stitched up. She has had quilted projects accepted in four shows.

All the exhibits are juried and three are major quilting shows. "I'm pretty thrilled," she said.

Earlier this year, she had a crazy quilt at the American Quilt Society show in Nashville.

In April 2004, one of her quilt's will be in the American Quilt Society Show in Paducah.

This month, Martin will have the distinction of having three pieces on exhibit at the International Quilting Society show in Houston. A kimono was selected for the show.

But she will also have a long vest and a quilt on display. The vest won third place in the amateur division of the Sulky exhibit. That exhibit starts in Florida, and will travel to the Houston show.


She also has a quilt accepted in the American Quilt Society show in Paducah in April 2004. That same quilt will be seen first at the Houston show.

Martin is able to make it to most shows to see her work. She has an aunt who lives in Houston so she and her mother are taking time to visit family and check out the show.

Martin said it was fitting that her mother be in Houston. "After all, she's the one who taught me to sew."

Film generated excitement in 1914

Probably there was not as much excitement watching Danville portrayed during the 2000 vice-presidential debate as there was in 1914 when "Danville in Motion" came to town.

The motion picture has pictures of the city of Danville, Beckham speaking and "eating at the lunch counter," the local fire company "followed by thirty Auto and Motorcycles making a run. See our firemen and their chief, George Thurmond, all arrayed to protect your home."

There also was Mrs. Lowndes' tea party and private dance and Mat Cohen riding Kentucky Choice, the champion 5-gaited horse of the world.

The film was the opportunity to "see yourself as others see you."

Flowers brought pride in 1890

The begonias that started the flower phase of Danville's modern life were not the first time flowers were prime in this town.

In 1890, there was a $6,000 flower garden across from the Advocate offices. Earlier in the year, "an accomplished florist," took over the care of the garden "placing the flowers in their appropriate positions for the summer. This spot is one which our city is justly proud of."

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