OXFORD — The Oxford Historical Society will host its first quilt show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Center Meeting House on Route 26.

 
Organizers expect more than 100 entries, society member Suzanne Hall said. “They will be draped over the pews, hung from the balcony and over racks.”

The suggested donation will be $5, with proceeds benefiting the society.

“There will be some vintage quilts, some machined quilts, some done by hand and also there will be many, many quilted bags,” Hall said.

Each quilt will have a form stating who made it and/or owns it, and where the person lives. If it’s for sale, there will be a contact person and other information.

“Our form says: ‘Every quilt has a story, What’s yours?'” Hall said.

The society will hold a quilt raffle and a bake sale. The history book, “The Annals of Oxford,” and picture postcards of the town will be on sale. Some members of the society will be dressed in vintage clothing.

“Our only vendor will be our hometown business, the Oxford Mill-End Store,” Hall said. Owner Cathy Corbett will have a display of kits, patterns and accessories for quilters and seamstresses.

The society chose the site because of its rich past.

The Center Meeting House is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The town was incorporated on Feb. 27, 1829. At a town meeting on March 2 that year, voters agreed to erect a meetinghouse for no more than $1,200 and on no more than 3 acres, including common and burial ground. It was built at the intersection of Route 121 and Whittemore Road.

The yellow clapboard building was used for almost all town meetings until March 2000. In 2002, the town received a $10,000 grant from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission for foundation work.


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