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i 10 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATF - Thursday, April 14, 2005 Dot Snyder 725-7769 Sunday, April 10. Today the sun is shining; however, it is not as warm as yesterday, but it is getting there. Nature is one of the most precious re- sources of life. It is always with us in some form. This morning I went out on the porch to look around the yard. There always seems to be a lot to clean up af- ter winter, but in the midst of it all was beauty. The big round forsythia was in full bloom and the large jonquils were out. Along the side of the yard there were big beautiful, colored tu- lips in bloom. My daughter planted so many for me and they are certainly a joy. Sever- , al of the trees are beginning to leaf out and the world is chang- ing before our eyes. I started to go inside and up the sidewalk came a huge robin, the first I had seen this spring. Reading I have done a lot of reading on these dark and dreary days. Several good mysteries were '.'Blow Out" and "Blind Side" by Catherine Coulter; "The Second Time Around" by Mary Higgins Clark and "Nightime is My Time" also by Clark, and"Pay- ment in Kind" by J.A. Jance. Others are "The Shenandoah Valley" a guide book and I fin- ished "Rating the First Ladies" by John B. Roberts, II. News Carmen and John Creamer ~nd son, Philip spent the last week of March in Phoenix, Ariz. They visited the Grand Canyon and other sites of interest. Recently, Carmen and Julia Creamer spent several days in Waynesboro, Va visiting with a cousin, Frances Scruby. Cherry Blossom Time The beautiful cherry blos- soms around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. were in full [)loom this weekend. It was 93 years or 1912 when Japan pre- sented the trees to Washing- ton. The Cherry Blossom Parade was on Saturday and it was great. The bands and music were outstanding and the cos- tumes of the Japanese dancers werv beautiful. It was one of the most enjoyable I have ever se(?n. Quilting Today many people are doing quilting. One of my daughters made many beautiful quilts over the years. Last week a friend brought a large quilt by to show me, that she had just finished. The design was her own and the quilt was lovely with bright colors on a white background. Quilting goes far back in his- tory. The earliest known exam- ple of a quilted garment is pre- served by a little carved ivo- ry statue of a Pharoah of the Egyptian First Dynasty dating around 3400 BC. The figure of the ruler is wrapped in what appears to be a quilted robe. There is evidence that peo- ple were quilting in ancient Greece, India and China centu- ries after the birth of Christ. In 1540, Katherine Howard, who later became the fifth wife of Henry VIII of England was given 23 silk quilts from the royal wardrobe as a mark of royal honor. The Dutch and English col- onists brought quilts to this country to protect them from the severe American winters. Women and girls of that time wore quilted petticoats with wool linings. Baby cradles, chairs and benches had quilted cushions to keep out the cold. During the Norman Con- quest of Britain (1066 A.D.), Chain mail was worn by those rich enough to afford it, by pro- tection in battle. The chain mail could inflict bad bruises to the flesh, ff enough was not worn beneath it. Horses sad- dles were made wood and sitting on such saddles in the chain mail was very uncomfort- able. When the Europeans left for the first crusades in 1096, they found the Saracens, who they were fighting wore quilted gar- ments under the chain mail. The knights knew a good thing when they saw it and when they returned to their castles they had adopted the quilted garments. Once quilting reached Europe it was adopted for clothing and during Elizabeth's reign clothes were decorated with many jew- els. The clothes became so heavy that the skirts had to be mounted on little wheels in or- der for her to walk. For years some people kept their quilts packed away in chests. Some sat in attics for years and then one year, quilts became popular as decorations. They were hauled out of their hiding places and began to ap- pear on walls, over furniture and any place in sight. Ma- chine made quilts began to ap-' pear in stores and have become a very popular item. Potato Salad Combine: 4 cups cubed, cooked, Russet potatoes; 1 cup chopped celery; 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/4 cup chopped sweet pickle; and 4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped. Dressing: Blend 2/3 cup mayonnaise, 2 tea- spoons mustard from jar; 1 1/2 teaspoon salt; 3 tablespoons chopped pimento (optional) and 2 teaspoons celery seed. Mix with potato mixture until well coated. Easy Baked Beans Cook 4 slices of bacon til crisp, drain, reserve 2 tablespoons drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside. Cook 1/2 cup chopped onions in reserved drippings until tender. Stir 2 (1 lb) cans pork and beans in tomato sauce with bacon and onions. Stir in 4 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tea- spoons Worcestershire sauce and 1 teaspoon prepared mus- tard. Pour into ungreased 1 1/2 quart casserole. Cover and bake at 375' for 1 hour. i:. NO INTEREST, NO PAYMENTS ' LX2~O 406 N, MILDRED ST." Dennis Crawford, Dave Kelly, Joe Knotts, Jordan Holton $$$ for It's not often that you hear vent infant mortality and birth March of Dimes. The band will some good ole rock & of rock and roll bands associat- defects," said Joe Knotts, gui- also collect donations during werejoinedbybassist ed with good deeds. In fact, it tarist for Unfinished Business. the evening from individuals ly, an experienced and t is not uncommon to hear me- "We believe that our contribu- who wish to make an additional musician with a great dia stories about the negative tion will help support the valu- donation, standing of music and things bands are involved with able research, education and "All of the bands involved are desire to jam. including shock value antics, community service programs looking forward to this event line up is Jordan violence and drugs. The band offered by the March of Dimes. being a huge success," said Joe amazes the crowd with "Unfinished Business" is plan- Every contribution small orKnotts. "We hope it will help ible and versatile ning to show the Eastern Pan- large can help continue thedraw more awareness among style along with his handle how musicians have the fight against premature births Rock & Roll fans gathered that sonality and zeal. power to make a difference in and give families a chance for night. Hopefully, they will con- gan tackling a list of the lives of families by hosting their children to have a more sider walking in the Jefferson in only a a benefit concert for the March positive future." County Walk America on Sat-their sights set on of Dimes on Saturday, April 16, Unfinished Business will beurday, May 7 at Shepherd Col- to the community. at 6 p.m. at the Cliffside Bar joined at the benefit concert by lege. of Dimes Benefit and Grill located at the Qual- two other local bands, Trouble- Unfinished Business was be the group's first ity Inn and Conference Center maker and The Hellcombers. formed in September of 2004fundraising project. in Harpers Ferry. The three bands have workedafter vocalist Dennis Crawford, For more Beihgfathers themselves, the together to organize an out- Jr and guitarist Joe Knotts, the April 16 concert, band members have decided to standing show to bring the had split ways with their pre- .www.unfini~ help the March of Dimes Or- community together in support vious bands. The two musicians net. For more ganization in the fight against of the March of Dimes. All pro- began talking about the idea of becoming premature births. '~rhe March ceeds collected at the door that a band with members who were of Dimes Walk America I of Dimes mission is to help pre- evening will be donated to the looking to have fun playingSherri Janelle e Shepherd University's George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War will host Lighting the Fuse: The Causes of the Civil War and the Opening Battles, Thursday, June 23-Sunday, June 26. Dr. Charles B. Dew will serve as the scholar in residence. Dew is the Ephraim Williams professor of American history at Wil- liams College in Williamstown, Mass where he teaches courses on the American south, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. His keynote lecture will draw on his research for his most recent book, "Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War," for which he received the 2001 Fletcher Pratt Award. Dew's other works include "Bond of Iron: Master and Slave at Buffalo Forge" and "Ironmaker to the Confederacy: Jo- seph R. Anderson and the Tredegar Iron Works." The seminar will also feature a tour of Harpers Ferry by Dennis Frye, chief of interpretation at Harpers Ferry National Histori- cal Park, focusing on John Brown's raid and 1861 capture, and a tour of First Manassas and Balls Bluff by Dr. Ethan Fafuse, asso- ciate professor of military history, Department of Military History, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Other presenters at the seminar include David Ward, assistant library director at Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Conn.; Dr. Thomas Clemens, professor of history and political science at Hagerstown Community College; Colonel Robert Dalessandro, director of the United States Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle Bar- racks, Carlisle, Pa Dr. Christopher Stowe, former Nethken Fel- low at the George Tyler Moore Center; and Dr. Mark Snell, George Tyler Moore Center director. Plans include $425 double occupancy, $550 single occupancy, and a $275 commuter plan. Resident plans include tuition, accommo- dations, meals and transportation. The commuter plan includes tuition and transportation. A meal plan is available for an addi- tional fee. A $50 deposit is required by Friday, May 27 to secure a space for the seminar. For more information, call 876-5429. I ::! 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