In celebration of Armstrong’s 100th anniversary, Abbeyfield House is looking forward to hosting an afternoon heritage tea and quilt show.
This event will take place Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Abbeyfield House of Armstrong, located at 3725 Wood Avenue.
The afternoon will feature displays of items old and new, made by local quilters.
The Abbeyfield Society is a non-profit organization that operates homes with a family-styled setting for independent seniors who no longer wish to live alone.
There will be a few items created by Abbeyfield residents, their families and board members on display at the afternoon tea and quilt show Saturday.
Quilted items help capture history and culture in many ways, and they have often become treasured mementos of times past and family stories.
The tradition of quilting can possibly be traced back to Egyptian times, but it was definitely seen in garments worn by the Crusaders of Europe in the 12th century.
Locally, there is a connection to the Overlanders of 1862 when Catherine Schubert and her family joined a troop travelling by Red River carts to Fort Garry (Winnipeg) heading to the goldfields out west.
Her oldest son was to become the great grandfather of well-known quilting expert Carol Cooney of Armstrong, who is involved with the Canadian Quilters’ Association which recently held its national convention in Penticton.
Local history was recorded in a special community quilt project in 2008 as part of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Crown Colony of B.C. The response led to almost 2,400 squares being created by individuals and organizations.
The tea and quilt show Saturday will be held in conjuction with Abbeyfield Week in Canada, which runs June 9 to 14.
The Abbeyfield House of Armstrong came about as the result of a bequeath in 2011 from local resident Peter Unrau, who wished to see an Abbeyfield developed on his property.