Welcome To The
"Airing of the Quilts"
This festival, "Airing
of the Quilts" follows on the
age old U.S. custom whereby the winters warm quilts, made by the women
folk, were hung out to air in the sun for a day or so prior to their being
"packed-away" for summer storage.
This being decided
these ladies hung their quilts along the main street, Northwest Coastal
Highway and it's now part of local history with well in excess of 350
quilts having been on display throughout the town in each of more recent
years and the festivals fame has spread far and wide with the U.S. Consul
General to Western Australia Robin McClellan attending last year and
bringing a number of her quilt collection with her. Ms McClellan also took
an opportunity to Visit HRH Prince Leonard in the Principality with HRH
only too pleased to receive her whilst she was in the area and guide her
around the Principality buildings.
The festival consists of a day of entertainment and celebration throughout Northampton, family entertainment such as music, choirs, bands and a large market atmosphere with market stalls selling local produce and goods located throughout the townsite as well as the hundreds of Quilts displayed for viewing alongside various local organisations joining in with the celebrations and providing and operating various food and drink stalls to help with ever needed fundraising and all culminates in a street parade during which the Northwest Coastal Highway through Northampton is closed to northbound traffic for a short while as the street procession marches and proceeds for about 1Km north up the highway.
As has also become custom, this
years parade main body was again led, by a keen supporter of the day, HRH
Some members of the Hutt's Royal Family along with other overseas citizens of Hutt could have been found 6.00am Saturday morning helping Northampton locals in preparing the town and hanging the huge number of quilts that were to be aired this year.
Following, you will find many photo's taken on the day that I hope are found of interest to many of you, clicking on any of the thumbnails will result in a much larger image for viewing. This is a day that I would strongly recommend those "crafty ones" amongst you to come spend a bit of time in the region, visit Hutt and take in the Airing of the Quilts in Northampton this time, next year!
P.S. For all those other blokes out there, this is a great day on which to drop of the partner and take-in the local history found in any of the nearby pubs!
"Airing of the Quilts 2006"
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