In the mid-1970s and leading up to the United States’ Bicentenniel celebration, a local group of seven women nearing their ’50s collectively began meeting to share a common interest: quilting. Inspired in part by the American colonial quilting demonstrations and other displays that were prominent during the 200-year anniversary, the women continued to meet each Tuesday to stitch, socialize and in some cases, pray for each other.
Three knew each other as classmates: Janet Confer, Frances Spring and Lola McCarty, my mother. Others included Kim Singer, Connie Egli, Helen Marsh and Gloria Sones (please extend forgiveness if any names were excluded). After being introduced to quilting, my mother, already a well-known area seamstress, called quilting her purpose in life, and became an expert in the art, teaching and mentoring young and old. She and her friends looked forward to each Tuesday gathering, meeting initially at the Hughesville Public Library when it was located on the corner of Water and Main streets. Their meeting place eventually relocated to the Pennsdale United Methodist Church when a guild was officially created in 1993.
Although four of the original women have since passed away, Janet, Frances and Kim remain, still piecing together quilt tops and stitching partners. A small display was erected at last week’s annual Susquehanna Valley Quilt Guild quilt show, honoring those deceased who fell in love with quilting and passed that love along to countless others. Special thanks to Gail Kocher Smith and everyone involved who put much time and energies into preserving that love.
Belated birthday wishes to the Luminary’s favorite “Farmer,” Richard VanBuskirk, who celebrated March 6.
Save the Date
Wednesday, March 11-Huntersville/Pennsdale Senior Citiziens will meet on at 12 noon at the Pennsdale United Methodist Church for a catered meal, followed by a meeting.
March 12, 13, and 14-Mamma Mia! presented by Muncy Jr./Sr. Ars Nova, beginning at 7 p.m. except on March 14, when a special show begins at 6:30 p.m.
March 12, 19, 26-Benediction and Beer, Church of the Resurrection, 5:30-7 p.m., ages 21 and over.
Monday, March 16-Muncy School Board meeting, 7 p.m., Elementary cafetorium.
Tuesday, March 17-Wendy’s fundraiser benefiting the Speech and Debate Club at Muncy Jr./Sr. High School, 5-8 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18-Muncy area senior citizens luncheon, noon, First United Methodist Church, Muncy.
Wednesday, March 18-Smelly Shoe basketball game, faculty vs. seniors, 7 p.m. Muncy gymnasium. The elementary girls basketball, sponsored by PTSA, will play during halftime.
Monday, March 23-Wendy’s Fundraiser to benefit the Pennsdale Trinity United Methodist Church, 5-8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, March 27, 28-Ward L. Myers Elementary sixth grade theater club presents “The Enchanted Bookshop” beginning at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium.
Saturday, March 28-Used book fundraiser, Muncy Public Library, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 2, Muncy Borough community yardsale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Community and Organizations
Son Light House, 130 Carpenter Street, Muncy. Distribution hours are for those receiving goods are Wednesday, March 18, 8-12 p.m. and Thursday, March 19, 4-7 p.m.
Muncy Area Lions Club: second and fourth Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Orlie’s.
Auxiliary meeting, VFW Post 3428 Muncy, third Monday night of each month, 7 p.m., rear 12 N. Market St.
Hughesville Area Locals
Wednesday, March 11, 5-6:30 p.m., Free Community Dinner at St. John Lutheran Church, 68 Gorder Church Rd., Unityville.
Wednesday, March 11, the 39+ Club meets at noon at the Hughesville Fire Hall for a tureen lunch. Bring food and table service, and an item for bingo. Dues will be collected; new members are welcome.
Sunday, March 15-Hughesville High School Soup Wars, 2-4 p.m., Ashkar Elementary School. Small admission cost, benefits Aly’s Monkey Movement.
Saturday, April 4-Hughesville Rotary Easter Egg Hunt, Lycoming County Fairgrounds, 1 p.m.
May 16 and 17-Central Pennsylvania Fiber Festival, Larabee Building at Lycoming County Fairgrounds, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.
Community and Organizations
Clothing give-away at the Franklin Fairview Church is held the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
All area teens are invited every Sunday night, 6-7:30 p.m., to Youth Impact at Bible Baptist Church in Huntersville. Exciting, fun activities, great food, and a challenge from God’s Word will be presented each evening. For more information call Pastor Rob McKenzie at 435-3440.
Legion Post 35 Ladies Auxiliary monthly meeting, second Monday of every month at 7 p.m., first floor meeting room, 76 N. Main St., Hughesville. All members and prospective members welcome.
Hughesville Rotary: second and fourth Tuesday, 6:15 p.m., Silverthorn Tavern.
Women’s volleyball class, each Thursday evening, 7-9 p.m., Ashkar Elementary School. Small cost per semester; schedule follows the school calendar. Receive updates via their Facebook group by entering WomensCommunityVBall in the search engine.
Free mammograms, breast exams and pap tests available for eligible women. To qualify, women must be 40 to 64 years old, have no or limited insurance and low to moderate income. For more information call River Valley Health & Dental Center, 570-567-5400.
Free and confidential STD clinic, River Valley Health & Dental Center, 471 Hepburn St. Wmspt. Appointments recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to make an appointment, call 570-567-5400.