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Annual Old Mulkey Celebration of Quilts and Quilting coming to Tompkinsville

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Even when she was blind and suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, Lucille Page was able to check her grandchildren’s work when they made a quilt.

“It was amazing to see,” said her grandson, Trevor Bean, of Tompkinsville. “She used her hands to see if I did it the correct way.”

Quilting was a family tradition in Page’s family, said Bean, and she made sure to pass it along to her 10 grandsons and five granddaughters. Quilts marked significant points in the family’s life, like a birth or marriage. There was always quilting going on in her house, Bean said.

Page’s love of quilting led to the annual Old Mulkey Celebration of Quilts and Quilting, which will be held Friday-Sunday in Tompkinsville. The event began in 2014, a year after Page died at the age of 86.

During the inaugural event, dozens of Pages quilts were on display. This year’s celebration will be held at locations throughout Monroe County, with the Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site serving as the event headquarters. One of the displayed quilts will be a work by Page.

More than 200 quilts can be seen at satellite locations on Saturday. Homeowners and busi- nesses throughout the community will also dis- play quilts in windows and yards for drive-by viewing through-
out the weekend.

The park will also serve as the location of this year’s featured exhibit: “70 Quilts” by the Nimble Thimbles of Franklin, Indiana.

In addition, the park will host a variety of quilting-related demonstrations, a country quilt store and more. Saturday’s activities will include an introduction to button collecting with the Tennessee State Button Society, and Sunday’s program will include the popular Trunk Show and Tell.

Admission, which includes all satellites, must be purchased at the park. Friday is free. The ticket price Saturday is $5 and Sunday’s charge is $1. Times vary daily.

For more information, visit www.parks.ky.gov. n