Mountaineer Week at West Virginia University wraps up this weekend with the annual quilt show, craft fair and country vittles dinner.
The quilt show and craft fair will be on the second floor of the Mountainlair from 1-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. The country vittles dinner will be 5-7:30 p.m. Friday in Hatfields.
People always seem to come out for the quilt show, craft fair and country vittles dinner,said Sonja Wilson, coordinator.They represent the traditions we celebrate as part of Mountaineer Week.
The quilt show, which will be in the Mountaineer Room, has been a part of Mountaineer Week since 1977. Sponsored by the Country Roads Quilt Guild, the show features colorful handmade quilts loved by generations.
About 60 quilts and wall hangings will be on display during the show, said Terry Chilko, vice president of the guild and chair of the committee. Members of the guild will also demonstrate quilting periodically throughout the three days.
Almost all of the quilts are coming from our members that either they have made or are in their families,she said.There will be some quilts from very experienced quilters, some from beginners and some from quilters in between.
Chilko has been quilting for 18 years.
Its not only that a quilt physically comforts you and keeps you warm, but its beautiful to look and it comforts your soul as well as your body,she said.Its a great artistic outlet, a great way to be creative.
The craft fair, which dates to 1972, will be in the Ballrooms and hallway. More than 50 artisans from West Virginia and neighboring states will showcase their handcrafted products. Items on display for sale include baskets, ceramics, clothing, jewelry, leather goods, specialty foods and wood crafts.
Gourmet Central, a Romney-based specialty foods processor and co-packer, will be among those participating.
The companyfounded in 1989 by HarveyChef HarvChristie of public televisionsWest Virginia Cooksmakes jams, jellies, salsas, mustards and barbeque
sauces, said Chuck Jeffries, production manager. The condiments are made from regionally grown produce.
Besides selling its products under theChef Harvlabel, Gourmet Central is also the condiment supplier for some of the worlds top resorts, including The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., and The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.
This is the sixth straight year Gourmet Central has participated in the craft fair and eighth or ninth year altogether, Jeffries said.
I enjoy it tremendously,he said.I think its a well-run program. They have a good group of crafters and a decent crowd. It makes it profitable for the people who put it on and the crafters. Still, it gives the people who attend a nice selection of arts and crafts at a fair price.
Plus, it gives me a chance to come back to my alma mater,added Jeffries, who graduated from WVU in 1973 with a bachelors degree in agriculture.
If youre hungry for a down-home meal like grandma used to make, stop by Hatfields for the country vittles dinner, a Mountaineer Week mainstay since 1972.
The feast fit to fill a mountaineers stomach includes Turkey a la Drummond, chef-carved ham, beef stew, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, sweet potato casserole, green beans, soup beans with cornbread, tossed salad, tomatoes and cucumbers with sour cream sauce, and biscuits with honey, apple butter and jelly.
For those diners still not full, they have a choice of pumpkin, peach, berry, apple or pecan pie for dessert.
Beverages include coffee, iced tea and lemonade.
Cost is $11.50 for adults, $9 for WVU students and $6.70 for children 12 and under.