HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Barn Quilt project is on the verge of becoming the Hoosick Barn Quilt trail and HAYC3 is getting ready to celebrate big-time.

Twenty-one 8’x8’ barn quilts and six 4’x4’ barn quilts have been delivered to their permanent homes and are about to be installed. From East Hoosick to West Hoosick, from the village of Hoosick Falls to Breese Hollow and South Hoosick, you will be able to follow the official map and see these beautiful Barn Quilts all over town.

Join HAYC3 on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon at the HAYC3 Armory for the Hoosick Barn Quilt Trail unveiling and celebration of our community.

The event will be jam-packed with exciting quilt-related happenings and activities. Get your free trail map and explore among the first explorers to follow the Hoosick Barn Quilt Trail. This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to this big community event.

The celebration starts with a "Meet the Barn Quilt Artists" reception.

Before or after you head out on the Trail, you can view exhibit of exquisite hand-made quilts (some for sale) by local and regional quilters in 120gallery90.

Beginning at 10 a.m., experienced quilters will be demonstrating different kinds of quilting techniques like English and other methods of paper piecing, accu-quilting, hand quilting, applique, and more. You’ll see a step-by-step how-to on how a quilt is made, from choosing the right colors to cutting the pieces, to putting it all together and finishing techniques.


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Martha Von Shilgen will provide lively entertainment. Her fiddling repertoire includes jigs, reels, hornpipes and waltzes, all with an old-time feel.

At 11 a.m., HAYC3 presents a lecture called "Underground Railroad Quilt Signals." Russell and Noreen Hinton of Newport, Vermont will share their interest in this fascinating topic. They will bring a sampler quilt they have made together which depicts 16 of the patterns commonly in use during the period when there was slavery was in the south.

What did quilt patterns and runaway slaves have in common? They shared a secret, a secret so guarded that only recently has it been shared with the world. Unable to read and write, or communicate openly about escape plans, the slaves turned to everyday objects so common they could be displayed anywhere anytime without arousing suspicion.

The quilts were used to communicate hidden messages to runaway slaves traveling north towards freedom. The Hintons will share the secret meanings of the Underground Railroad quilt code that was used to convey those messages. Noreen has combined her love of quilting with an interest in history to create a quilt containing 16 of the patterns used during the time when slavery was common. Using reproduction fabrics from the Civil War era adds authenticity as the tale of the Underground Railroad Quilt Code is told.

There will also be a Poker Run that day. A poker run is an event in which participants, in riding any kind of vehicles must visit five checkpoints, drawing a playing card from a paper bag at each one. On the day of the unveiling, the checkpoints will, of course, be at Hoosick Barn Quilt locations. The objective is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run. Winning is purely a matter of chance. The fee to enter the Hoosick Barn Quilt Poker Run is $20 for the driver and $10 for each passenger. The prizes are the same as our Texas Hold’Em tournaments, based on entries. You don’t have to be a poker aficionado to participate; you just need a vehicle, a sense of fun and adventure, and a desire to help a worthy cause.

Participants should meet at the HAYC3 Armory to pick up details of the route and the stops they need to make. At each designated stop, the participant will draw a card at random and the winner of the event is the participant who makes the best five-card poker hands at the end of the event. Prizes will be awarded for first, secnd and third place.

For more information, visit the HAYC3 website at http://hayc3.org, call 518-686.-9050 or email contacthayc3@gmail.com.