During an April 27 Afternoon Tea, members of the Harvest Quilters of Central New Jersey will discuss the fascinating history, evolution and art of quilting as portrayed by a colorful selection of quilts to be shown. The program — “Stitches in Time” — will explain how and why each quilt was made and share insight into the story that it tells, reflecting the group’s long-held view that “quilts are the homespun art of women’s history.” Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.
The “Stitches in Time” Tea will begin at noon at the Kenilworth Gospel Chapel hall, 557 Newark Avenue, Kenilworth, where the ambience of a lovely tearoom, creatively accented with quilting decor, is being created for the event. An array of teas, tea sandwiches, scones and desserts will be served. The event also will feature a gift auction and door prizes.
Admission is $30. Advance reservations (by April 17) are requested, as seating is limited. For reservations/tickets, please call 908-709-0434 or visit Especially Yours Florist at 13 North 20th Street, Kenilworth.
Proceeds from the April 27 Tea and Gift Auction will benefit the Kenilworth Historical Society’s Oswald J. Nitschke House (c. 1880) “living history” museum and cultural arts center by helping defray the cost of an elevator that makes all levels of the site (“living history” museum, exhibition center and cultural arts center) fully accessible to everyone.
Based in Scotch Plains, N.J., the Harvest Quilters of Central New Jersey comprises more than 50 quilters who are dedicated to creating and celebrating quilts as art and functional design with an emphasis on education and bringing traditional needle arts to all generations. The group’s feeling that quilting reaches beyond the expertise of stitches, pattern and color into the heart of the community is reflected in the range of educational and charitable projects that it has undertaken over the past 36 years. Annual quilt shows presented by the Harvest Quilters of Central New Jersey help raise funds for such worthy causes as food banks, museums, cancer foundations, scholarship funds, wounded veterans organizations, hospice groups and victims of natural disasters.
The Kenilworth Historical Society is a volunteer-based, independent, non-profit, tax-exempt, 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to the research, preservation and interpretation of the Oswald J. Nitschke House, local history and culture.
The Kenilworth Gospel Chapel is an independent community Bible church with a congregation of approximately 165 adults and children. The chapel was constructed in 1936 by a number of chapel members, including the family of local pioneer James Arthur, Sr., who built many homes in the area in the late 19th/early 20th centuries and who founded the New Orange Park project.