Sunday, October 23, 2016

Way Down Upon the Suwanee River...

This is one of the beautiful and traditionally Southern buildings at The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, Florida. It's located along the banks of the Suwanee River and is a perfect setting for a quilt show. That's where we went for one on a beautiful Saturday in October. Stephen Foster is known as "the father of American music", having written more than 200 songs. Some well-known ones include Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair, Camptown Races, My Old Kentucky Home, and Oh! Susannah. He also wrote Old Folks at Home which is alternatively known as Way Down Upon the Swanee River. He took some poetic license with the spelling, perhaps to make it fit better in the lyrics. And, surprisingly, Stephen Foster, a Pennsylvania native, never saw the Suwanee River. It just fit nicely in the song!

Some vintage utility quilts on a fence marked the building where the vendors were located.

And two smaller buildings flanking the main house also housed displays.

In addition to lovely quilts, the park museum has some miniature, moving dioramas depicting various Foster songs, like Camptown Races. Camptown is a community in Pennsylvania. I made this photo large, hoping the line of race horses on the track can be seen.

Oh, look! The Art Warrior Dolls showed up and were on display. These were made by members of a class taught by Celeste Beck. I showed my doll in the previous post.

We usually take our bikes and ride around the grounds of the park after attending the show. This 97-bell Carillon Tower is a beautiful structure that tolls out Stephen Foster songs hourly.

I was probably thinking of the Carillon Tower when I made this cityscape for my art journal. It's one of the lessons in Robin Mead's online class Crazy Colorful Cityscapes. I enjoy learning with online classes, and am discovering lots of new interests. All of which require their own set of supplies. That makes for storage and space issues in the sewing room! But it's all worthwhile. I spend so much happy time in the sewing room.

And here is a "coming attraction." After completing the sewn Art Warrior doll class, instructor Celeste also offered a class in how to make painted faces for the dolls. This is the start of my next doll creation. More to come! Please come back to see.


Createology said...

Such an amazing location for a quilt show. I would LOVE to hear the bells. You are super smart to bring your bikes to ride around this property. Your Cityscape is gorgeous. Enjoy your classes as learning is always fun and keeps us "active". Autumn Blessings...

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wonderful quilts that led the way to the vendors. This old mansion is certainly well kept and beautiful

Loved seeing more of the art doll girls, and fell in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with your city scape. It is beautiful. I look forward to seeing your next doll, too.

Robbie said...

The Warrior Dolls look so cute!!! Cityscape looks so professional...good golly, are so good!!!! Can't wait to see your next doll!!! The face looks great!

sonja said...

Do Dah! what a great venue for a quilt show! and an interesting bit of backstory to all those SF songs we sang, those of us of a certain age, as school children.
I love your city scape journal art too. AND the clouds above the racehorses grabbed me!
do dah, Do DAh!