HOOSICK FALLS -- The Hoosick Youth Center and Community Coalition kicks off warm weather with its farmer's market, "hoosical furnishings" auction and new Hoosick barn quilt project.
Bea Peterson and HAYC3 creative director Deb Alter came up with the idea at the end of last year to install large, eight by eight foot quilt squares around the community symbolic of a collective community patchwork quilt.
The quilt squares will go on barns and buildings on of main roads in the area, and will eventually be shown on a map as a driving tour. Peterson said the quilt squares are a way to get people to notice things that happen in the Hoosick community as they pass through. "People drive right by Hoosick Falls, and we have so much to offer in this community that people aren't aware of," she said.
An individual or a group of people can sponsor a quilt piece with a donation to help pay for the supplies and a $50 fee to defray the cost of printing maps. Maps will be available at the Hoosick Falls armory and other locations to point out where the quilt squares and other geographical landmarks are located. They will be available in August, once all of the painted barn quilts are installed.
"Some of the quilts have specific places, in which people are working together with the (property) owners to paint the pieces," Alter said. "(Other) quilts will be painted and then we can pick which barns they will go on."
The quilt patterns can be painted in colors to match the properties of which they are placed on.
HAYC3 community members volunteered to paint some of the HAYC3 quilt pieces during the second painting session on Wednesday. Nancy and Greg Lauren were at the session to start taping off the paint lines on theirs. They sponsored a barn quilt to go on Ron Seifert's red barn and auction hall, 4957 NY Route 7, which anyone driving into Vermont will pass by. With a donation of $360 dollars to the armory for the square, the Laurens chose the pattern and colors.
"Our quilt that we sponsored is going on his barn," Greg Lauren said. "The part I didn't realize when I signed up for it is that I was going to be painting it."
The painting sessions will be in the armory every Wednesday throughout May, sharing space with the artisan's exchange and farmer's market that started Wednesday. In its second season, the Hoosick Falls Farmer's Market will continue weekly on Wednesdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
A table is $5 for each week: Vendors, artisans and farmers can come whatever weeks they choose. HAYC3 doesn't intend to make money from the farmer's market, but offers it for the community. The armory is able to offer those events due to larger fundraisers they hold every year, one of which approaches this Saturday.
HAYC3 is holding its third-annual, adult-only auction (ages 21 and over), "hoosical furnishings," in which artists donate painted furniture to be auctioned off. Tickets are $20. Items will be on view and a cash bar will be open at 6 p.m. Bidding starts at 7 p.m. Ron Seifert is the auctioneer. All proceeds go to HAYC3 and its operations.
"People have a great time there and keep coming back: It is fun," said Alter. "There are groups of people who try to outbid each other just because they know the money is for HAYC3."
For more information about HAYC3's activities and future events, go to http://hayc3.org/.
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