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Washta Methodists to host 75th Harvest Festival

Monday, August 25, 2008

Historical quilt One particular item featured in this year's Harvest Festival auction is a page out of Washta's past. It is a quilt crafted in 1938 by the Washta Needle Craft Study Club. The quilt, which features the signatures of the club members, is seen in this photo being displayed by Washta Methodist members Wally and Joyce Johnson. Photo by Ron Flewelling.
WASHTA - The folks from the Washta Methodist Church have been spending the past several weeks working up a storm in preparation for their Annual Harvest Festival.

Since this year marks the 75th anniversary of the event, the Washta Methodists are toiling overtime to ensure that this celebration will be remembered for some time to come.

This year's harvest bash will have something for just about everyone...a little old, a little new and a lot of remember when as well as a bevy of good times and great food.

Protestant pans - This year's Washta Methodist Harvest Festival will include a silent auction for two items that have seen exemplary service in the church's kitchen back in the harvest days of yore. They are a canning pan, (displayed by Joyce Johnson,) and a large coffee pot (displayed by Ruby Wych). Photo by Ron Flewelling.
The evening's festivities will be launched on August 24 as folks converge on the Washta Methodist Fellowship Hall for a bake sale and silent auction.

Two items right out of the church's past, in particular, will be the featured items at the silent auction portion of the event..

These are a vintage canning pan and an "oldie but goodie" large coffee pot.

Just in case they are of a mind to work up a little appetite for the harvest supper, those dropping in can participate in a number of games that will rate right up there on the fun factor scale.

The bake sale, silent auction and games will all take place from 4 p.m. till 6 p.m.

Live entertainment will also be featured at this year's harvest festival with Ray Arp squeezing a song or two out of his accordion when the tuneful presentation starts at 4:15 p.m.

The bill-of-fare for this year's harvest supper is a gastronomic sashay back to the good old days of the festival.

The menu will once again include chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, biscuits, green beans and other assorted veggies, anniversary cake and ice cream.

Meal serving will take place in the Fellowship Hall from 4:30 p.m. till 6:30.

The auction, which will feature a large number and variety of items, will commence as soon as supper is over.

One special item will definitely spark this year's harvest festival auction.

It is a hand-made quilt crafted by the Washta Needle Craft Study Club in 1938.

There will undoubtedly be a lot of interest in this quilt, a true blast from southern Cherokee County's past.

It contains the signatures of all the club members who worked on it, with the effect of making it read like a who's who of Washta 70 years ago.

The names featured prominently on the quilt are

Myrtle DeWitt, Blanche Ritts, Lovetta Gearhart, Pearl Conley, Gladys Hatch, Opal Beazley, Blanche Conley, Nettie Wilson, Jennie and Mabel Sherman, Eva Volkert, Rose Witcomb, Josephine Barwick, Belle Myrtue, Faye Fogelman, Hazel Kissinger, Lottie Jenkins and Jessie Beazley (club president.)

The quilt was donated for the harvest festival by Louise Gray.

A second quilt, crafted by church member Nancy Harder, will also be sold during the event.

This patchwork piece of art is decorated with notable moments in the Washta church's past.

Throughout the evening, a historical slide show will be taking place that will feature old photos, newspaper clippings, posters and other chronological nuggets of the festival's colorful, three-quarters of a century past.

The slide show will be presented periodically every 30 minutes from 4 p.m. till 6:30 p.m.

For the past 75 years, the Harvest Festival has served not only as a fund-raiser, but has provided an opportunity for both the Methodist Church and the community to enjoy a super-sized helping of fellowship.

Needless to say that over the years, it's also been a great vehicle for having a whole lot of fun.

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