The other, 'renegade' quilt show
By Stephen Kopfinger, Correspondent
It's jokingly known as the "renegade" quilt show, but the Lancaster Quilt Show at the Continental Inn on Route 30 has a most respectable pedigree.
It's been around for 23 years, and while the good people of Lancaster County didn't invent quilting, the show is very much an homage to a great tradition that's as at-home here as shoofly pie.
["There is] a very rich quilting heritage in Lancaster County," says show chairwoman Cynthia Turnbow in a phone interview from Hampton, Va. She's an enthusiast for such Lancaster County towns as Bird-In-Hand and Intercourse, where quilts are admired and sold to appreciative visitors.
The Lancaster Quilt Show is known as a renegade show because it is small and intimate and keeps company with bigger quilt shows such as the American Quilter's Society exhibit at Lancaster County Convention Center and the Lancaster Spring Quilt Show across Route 30 at the Lancaster Host Resort. All three shows run Wednesday through Saturday, and if you stop by the Continental, there's free shuttle service to the Host.
Even better, admission and parking are free.
Though it is a smaller show, quilt fans will see plenty. Some 35 vendors and exhibitors will showcase their works, hailing from all over the country, including Indiana, New York and Illinois.
The show at the Continental Inn is the longest continuously running quilt show in the county, founded as a free-admission show in 1990.
There's a reason for that.
"Usually, towns are picked for their rich history," Turnbow says. Lancaster apparently fits the bill. People visit, and it benefits the towns, Turnbow says.
According to the list of vendors, there is one Lancaster connection. But, as the locals say, it's not from around here. One vendor, The Weaving Edge, is, indeed, from Lancaster, but that Lancaster is in New Hampshire. Nevertheless, they should fit right in with the quilt fans here.
The Lancaster Quilt Show runs Wednesday through Saturday at the Continental Inn, 2285 Lincoln Highway East. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit lancasterquiltshow.webs.com.