100413 Belknap Mill Quilters 36th Annual Harvest of Quilts Oct. 5 and 6 (330 w/2 col quilt festival) 2 col. photo


LACONIA — A year of preparation by a legion of Belknap Mill Quilters will culminate on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6, as the doors open to the guild's 36th annual Harvest of Quilts at the Conference Center at the Lake Opechee Inn, 42 Doris Ray Court.
More than 200 member quilts will be on display Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Guild President and Show Chairperson Ann Rampulla  says "This year's quilt show will have two featured quilters, June Pease and Margaret O'Brien. Their quilts are stunning," Rampulla said. "Also, our popular Harvest Cafe has a new and exciting lunch menu."
In keeping with the format of previous shows, there will be a special exhibit, the Hoffman Challenge this year, while American Quilters' Society Certified Quilt Appraiser Julie Crossland will be present on Saturday for those who with to bring in their quilts.
Twelve vendors are expected to be present, and a number of demonstrations of quilting skills will be ongoing through the show. A Special raffle drawing of a King Size Quilt made by guild members will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. One of the newer attractions, the boutique, will have hand made items such as table runners. afghans, holiday decorations, pocketbooks and book covers for sale.
Other attractions include door prizes and a penny sale, while coffee and muffins will be available. For those who wish to tarry, the Harvest Cafe will feature homemade soups, chowders and sandwiches.
Admission is $7 adult and $5 student to the air conditioned, wheelchair accessible center. There is free parking, with a shuttle bus available. Bus tours are welcome.
The annual show is the major fundraiser for the guild, which provides scholarships and supports charities of local communities.


A quilt made by Belknap Mill Quilters Guild members will be raffled off at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, near the end of the 36th annual Harvest of Quilts. The winner need not be present for the drawing. (Courtesy photo)