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home : pender times top stories : pender times top stories August 17, 2017

Reinvigorate barn quilts ahead of tourism program

The Beautification Committee is asking Pender residents for their support in reinvigorating the local barn quilts and the community in anticipation of the upcoming Pender Barn Quilt Tour, one of 80 stops that are a part of the 2017 Nebraska Passport Program, which runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

Pender can expect to draw hundreds of new visitors seeking to enjoy the 200-plus barn quilts on the Barn Quilt Tour during this time and get their passports stamped at either Main Street Thriftique or Uptown Pix.

While in town, visitors will likely check out points of interest, stop at local shops and visit the village’s eating establishments while also taking in the beauty of the community. Community members can help make sure these visitors leave Pender with a positive impression and help in making the tour a success by doing any of the following:

• Residents who currently have barn quilts are asked to keep them up and even refurbish them if needed. 

• Residents who have taken down their quilts are encouraged to put them back up or donate them to the Beautification Committee.  

• Residents without a barn quilt who are interested in having one may want to “adopt” a quilt taken down by someone else.  

• Residents who did not initially do a barn quilt or have recently moved into town may want to make a new one. 

• In addition to sprucing up barn quilts, all residents are asked to clean up their properties, yards and green spaces.

Those who would like to donate, adopt or make a barn quilt are asked to contact a member of the Beautification Committee for details.

Debbie Christiansen is the committee’s chair and can be reached at 402-385-3147. Other members of the committee are Susan Strahm, Jean Karlen, Pat Sharp, Lori Minert, Corky Malmberg, Claudia Simonsen and Linda Nitzschke. 

“We need to be ready to make a great impression,” Karlen said. “For many, it may be the only time they are ever here. We want them to remember Pender as the awesome, interesting and progressive community it is.”  

On another note, the Beautification Committee has decided that it is okay to take down the wooden barn quilt name boards that say “Pender Q125” and the name of the quilt pattern.

The group is including the barn quilts on the map with their names, so the name boards are no longer needed. However, the committee would like to repurpose the signs, so any residents who have one in their garage or just need to take theirs down, there’s still a use for them.  

Drop them off at Christiansen’s garage at 601 Maple Street or Strahm’s garage at 605 Elwood in Pender and they will be repurposed for another project.

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