The Shady Ladies Quilting Group will host its 16th annual quilt show "Quilt Art by the Shady Ladies” at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in the historic Hazelwood school from Friday, June 8, through Sunday, June 10.

The featured exhibit will be an artistic tribute to Frog Level Historic District.

"Named for the frogs that emerged after flooding by Richland Creek, this area of Waynesville is rich with history and architectural interest," said Jane Cole, one of the group's leaders. "Waynesville would not have developed as it did without the railroad, which arrived in Frog Level in 1884. We felt that the Frog Level buildings are worthy of a tribute in fabric and challenged these talented quilters to represent them on 12-inch quilt blocks."

After the arrival of the railroad, tourist hotels and boarding houses were built around Main Street. Frog Level was the center of commerce and industry, with buildings for wholesale grocers, coal delivery, feed and seed warehouses, mills and automobile dealers.

“Frog Level Facades” will include about 25 quilts depicting different views of numerous buildings along Water, Depot and Commerce streets.

The small quilts range from realistic representations to artistic interpretations of buildings such as the Mia Salon and Spa, a Queen Anne dwelling built around 1900; the Frog Level Studio, a one-story building constructed around 1920 as a store with dwelling on the back; the warehouse that is now Panacea Coffeehouse, begun in 1913; the building housing the Open Door Ministries, built around 1920; and the frame building on Commerce St. built about 1915 as a Ford dealership.

In addition to the Frog Level squares, the Shady Ladies will exhibit 100 recently made quilts, ranging from artistic wall hangings to traditional bed quilts.

"The show is really a benefit for the community," said Shady Lady leader Wendy Bowen. "All the $5 entry fees will go to Folkmoot and proceeds from our raffle quilt will be divided between Meals on Wheels and the Pigeon Street Community Center."

The quilt show will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

For information about the Shady Ladies, visit Shady Lady Quilting Group on Facebook. For information about the Folkmoot Friendship Center and directions, visit FolkmootUSA.org. For information about Historic Frog Level, visit historicfroglevel.com.

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