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Glisson Vineyards & Winery Tastings
Dates: Starting Feb 16, 2012
Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Times: Noon-7 PM
Venue: Glisson Vineyards & Winery

Savor wines grown and made by Glisson Vineyards in the new downtown tasting room. Available for tastings and by the bottle or glass.
Mixed Media Club at Ephemera Paducah
Dates: Feb 27-Jun 26, 2014
Recurring monthly on the last Thursday
Times: 6:30-9 PM
Venue: Ephemera Paducah

Technique-driven club gathers on the last Thursday of each month to explore tools, techniques, products, new trends, and old friends. The goal is to have fun and learn from one another.

Each Club Night will be part learning and part Open Studio. Show and Tell, learn something new and hone the skills using the Ephemera Paducah Stash and Studio tools.

Bring whatever you are working on for "Show and Tell." On Mixed Media Club night, all Ephemera Paducah store merchandise (excluding commissions) is 25% for participants!

Pre-register or pay at the door. Just zip Kristin an email and let her know you're coming. Show up with a basic kit which includes: your favorite scissors, adhesive, bone folder, your art journal if you keep one, and whatever else you absolutely can't live without.

50th Annual Dogwood Trail Celebration
Dates: Apr 1-30, 2014
Recurring daily
Times: Beautiful by day and glorious by night. The Dogwood Trail Celebration depends on the blooming of the dogwoods. Stay tuned for map and details.
Venue: Paducah's historic and beautiful residential neighborhoods

Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Western Kentucky in the springtime with this self-guided driving tour through Historic Downtown, LowerTown, and other residential neighborhoods.  Tour is 12 miles and showcases Dogwood, Japanese Maple, Red Bud, and Weeping Cherry trees, as well as other blooming and flower gardens.

Stay tuned to the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau Facebook Page and follow our tweets (@PaducahCVB) for word that the dogwood are in bloom.


John's Pass Carriage Service offers Dogwood Trail carriage ride tours by reservation. Call 618.458.7095 to make a reservation.

Quilt Display at McCracken County Library
Dates: Apr 1-30, 2014
Recurring daily
Times: Mon.-Thurs., 9 AM-9 PM; Fri.-Sat., 9 AM-6 PM; Sun., 1-6 PM
Venue: McCracken County Public Library

Paducah Stitch 'n Quilt wall hangings will be on display during the month of April. Books, magazines and internet access available.

The Piecemakers Quilting Celebration - Mayfield, KY
Dates: Apr 2-26, 2014
Recurring daily
Times: Tues.-Fri., 10 AM-4:30 PM; Sat., 10 AM-1 PM
Venue: Ice House Art Center

Quilted fiber arts exhibition, demonstrations and bazaar make the Piecemakers Quilt Club's month-long celebration.

1893 Chicago Fair Crazy Quilt in "The Urge to Embellish" Exhibit
Dates: Apr 15-May 1, 2014
Recurring daily
Times: Daily, 9 AM-5 PM
Venue: Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center

See the 1893 Chicago World's Fair Crazy Quilt and Urge to Embellish exhibit on the way to AQS QuiltWeek - Paducah at the Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center.

Whittington - Perhaps no other object in the Illinois State Museum collections better exemplifies the true spirit of embellishment than the spectacular crazy quilt attributed to Leonard F. Mitchell (1857-1912), a copper miner by trade. When the Illinois State Museum received the quilt as a gift to the collection, the family explained it had been handed down through the women in the family. It is in amazingly good condition considering its age and the materials used. Its composition—comprised of irregular patches of multi-color silk, velvet, satin, and brocade, lavished with extensive embroidery—is characteristic of the ubiquitous crazy quilts or crazy patchwork so popular in the late Victorian era.

Mr. Mitchell’s quilt, however, surpasses a typical crazy quilt in its technical execution and extensive use of materials. More importantly, it commemorates a specific event: the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

The central image of Christopher Columbus is masterfully embroidered with a solid plane of densely packed, multi-colored stitches. His necktie is a ruffled cravat and he’s wearing a black velvet hat trimmed with metallic thread. Around his head is a bedazzling display of metallic thread embroidery that spells out “Chicago” in large letters.

An embroidered panel of George Washington is just below Columbus with embroidered lettering that Washington was “The Man That Made This Land.” Another embroidered panel is of President Grover Cleveland, who opened the fair. Clearly defined (because of her Fair official portrait) is an image of Mrs. Potter Palmer who was the manager of The Woman’s Building at the Fair.  Other officials associated with the Fair, and special guests from Spain are also depicted with embroidered vignettes. Unlike the other more colorful portraits in the quilt, that of Carter Henry Harrison, Mayor of Chicago, is limited to a black outline stitch on a white background. Harrison was assassinated during the final weeks of the Exposition, and his image is ironically placed next to an embroidered horse shoe bearing the words, “Good Luck.”

The names and images of the top three winning horses from the 1893 American Derby also receive a place of honor within the composition. The use of metallic thread for the embroidered stars, eagle, crown, and fringe found throughout the quilt add sparkle which, when added to the cacophony of patterns, textures, and colors found elsewhere, captures the excitement surely experienced by visitors to the actual Fair. There is, however, no evidence that this quilt was exhibited at the Fair.

The Urge to Embellish exhibit will be on display through May 25, 2014. The Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center is located 6 miles north of Benton just off I-57, west of Exit 77. We are opened daily from 9 am to 5 pm. For more information, please call 618-629-2220.

Steel Magnolias at Market House Theatre
Dates: Apr 18-27, 2014
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Venue: Market House Theatre

Written by Robert Harling, Steel Magnolias is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser; an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Steel Magnolias draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the characters the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Fabric & Fiber Re-Imagined at Jefferson Street Studios
Dates: Apr 21-26, 2014
Recurring daily
Times: Mon.-Sat., April 21-26, 10 AM-6 PM; Opening Reception, Mon., April 21, 6-9 PM.
Venue: Jefferson Street Studios & Helene's Hand-Dyed Fabrics

A showing of the works of New Jersey fiber and quilt artist, Randy Keenan.

Jefferson Street Studios & Helen's Hand-Dyed Fabrics features hand-dyed fabrics, hand-made porcelain beads and art quilts.

Sewing School 2014 with Eleanor Burns
Dates: Apr 21-28, 2014
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday

Join Eleanor Burns in Paducah for 2014 Sewing School. Three innovative Quilt in a Day classes will be offered in April 2014 at the Quilt in a Day location, 609 Jefferson St. Classes fill quickly, so book your class today. Visit the website for more details.


April 21 & 28 - Twisted Log Cabin

Eleanor's added a twist to her traditional Log Cabin Quilt with the help from the 2.5" Strip Wonky Ruler. Ruler, pattern and kit included.

April 22 - Flower Power Tablerunner

Creating this charming honeycomb tablerunner is all about straight sewing - no pivoting, no pinning and no inset seams. Pattern and kit included.

April 27 - Nouveau Wedding Ring Tablerunner

The modern flair of this classic wedding ring pattern is taught with Eleanor's ease. Pattern and kit included.


30th AQS Anniversary Celebration & Awards Presentation
Dates: Apr 22, 2014
Times: 5:30-7 PM
Venue: Carson Center

Time flies when quilters are having fun! Come and celebrate our 30th anniversary with Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry and other special guests. Be among the first to learn the winners in the AQS QuiltWeek Contest and to see the Janome America Inc. Best of Show, AQS Hand Workmanship, BERNINA of America, Inc. Machine Workmanship, APQS Longarm/ Midarm Machine Quilting, and Moda Best Wall Quilt award winners as they are unveiled on stage. Refreshments will be served in the lobby prior to the program in the main auditorium. Contestants should plan to attend this event.

Bus transportation will leave the AQS Bus Stop starting at 4:45 p.m. and will return you to the Bus Stop at the conclusion of the presentation.


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