Caroline Heinrichs

Sewing Smithers Into History

Smithereens, who don’t know a rotor cutter from a rail fence, will still be able to help construct the Smithers Centennial 2013 Quilt.

Smithereens, who don’t know a rotor cutter from a rail fence, will still be able to help construct the Smithers Centennial 2013 Quilt.

Next year is the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of Smithers and a number of events are under way to celebrate.

One such project is the creation of a one-of-a-kind commemorative quilt that will be presented to the town next summer.

Caroline Heinrichs is the project leader.

As many of the valley’s quilters are snowbirds and head south for the winter months, she felt it would be best to include other types of artists and the community at large.

“I wanted it to be a community project,” said Heinrichs. “How do you express a very traditional community, with the history that its got, encompassing forestry, mining, First Nations, the railroad and our fantastic opportunities for recreation? I mean, that’s really what spells Smithers.”

As such, she invited 10 artists to each work on separate blocks—for the centre portion of the quilt—which will highlight the unique history of Smithers.

Joanne Van Horn, Carol Burger, Charrine Naziel Lace, Tod Lace, Martha Wertz, Anne Havard, Linda Stringfellow, Perry Wath and Nicole Tessier are the other artists participating.

She is also inviting all Smithers residents to participate by donating fabric, clothing, doilies, pins, photos, menus, posters, tickets, pay stubs, minutes from meetings, ribbons, etc.

The project is a visible demonstration of reusing, reducing and recycling; combining elements of the past with those of the present.

All suggestions for donations are welcome.

While the final design is a carefully-guarded secret, donated items selected for the quilt are planned to be sewn into the “crazy quilting” area, which will make up the border of the quilt.

Gladys Atrill, chair of the Smithers Centennial 2013 Core Committee, is looking forward to the grand unveiling.

The quilt is expected to be completed and presented to the Town of Smithers before the annual trade show in 2013.

“It seems like a beautiful project,” said Atrill.

Atrill also hopes residents will take the opportunity to put a centennial flavour on events and activities they may have planned for next year.

“The centennial celebrations belong to everyone, and people are invited to create any events and invite others to share in it with them,” she said.

Other plans under development include a book on the history of Smithers, a history of hockey, a “then-and-now” street map and more.

Atrill said one big thing being discussed now is the Smithers 2013 Homecoming, August 2-10.

All current and former residents of Smithers are encouraged to participate in reunion festivities and entertainment during this time.

A homecoming meeting is scheduled for tonight, May 16, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall for those who would like to take part in helping to organize the weeks events.

If you have something you would like to see added to the quilt, please call Caroline (Carli) Heinrichs at 250-846-5985.

 

Just Posted

RCMP searching for missing Lax Kw’alaams resident

Public urged to help in search for 42-year-old Lawrence Maitland

July 17 discussion on opiod crisis in Houston a chance to start conversation

The HHRC was started last year by Northern Health to find local solutions to the overdose crisis.

COLUMN: To web poll, or not to web poll

Although not scientific, web opinion polls have their place Thom argues

CN train derailment cleared between Terrace and Prince Rupert

The CN mainline is now open, following a train derailment mid-way between… Continue reading

President and CEO leaving Coast Mountain College

Burt will say goodbye to CMNT come September

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Latest plan is to fly trapped fish by helicopter over Big Bar slide

Multi-pronged plan set in motion to freesalmon blocked by landslide in the Fraser River

Family of missing B.C. senior with dementia frustrated with situation, heartened by community support

Nine days since Grace was last seen the question remains: ‘How can an 86-year-old just disappear?’

Unsealed record suggests U.S. man convicted of murdering Vancouver Island couple left DNA on zip tie in 1987

William Talbott is set to be sentenced Wednesday in the murders of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg

Coast Tsimshian sign historic stewardship agreement

Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla plan to work as one to preserve traditional lands

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Two brands of ice cream sandwiches recalled due to presence of metal

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall on Iceberg and Originale Augustin brands

Most Read