Young and old welcome to Quiltistry

NEW ULM – Community members in their teens on up to any age are welcome to take part in free Readers Theater classes and performances of “Quilters: Lives of the PIoneers” among other related events on Saturday, June 22.

Free, one-act play performances at 11 a.m. and noon plus Pieces of the Past Bed Turning classes will be held at the Brown County Museum Annex, 2 North Broadway, New Ulm.

The play is about the trials and tribulations of American pioneer women and children, and how quilting got them through tough times.

Production format is Readers Theatre, a theatre style in which actors do not memorize lines and use vocal expression to help the audience understand the story instead of visual storytelling with sets, costumes, and intricate blocking.

Cast members are LaRonda Bourn, Mary Kissner, Opal Dewanz, Doreen Dietrich, and Brenda Nielsen. New Ulm Actors Community Theatre and their Executive Director Paul Warshauer will produce and direct the play.

Rosemount quilt artist Shawn Mothershead of Quilt Dreamers – an organization that donates all of its projects to charitable causes, will lead a free, mystery quilt class for children ages six and older from 10 a.m at noon, Saturday, June 22 at the Wanda Gag House, 226 N Washington.

Quilting enthusiasts are invited to walk, drive or ride a horse-drawn carriage on a self-guided tour of more than 250 quilts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at various New Ulm and area locations.

Quilting workshops and demonstrations will be held at Sewing Seeds Quilt Company, 1417 S State, Spinning Spools Quilt Shop 106 S Minnesota, The Thimblebox 10 N Minnesota, Patchwork Manor Bed & Breakfast Retreat Center, and the Historic Harkin Store. For more information, contact Joleen K. Koch at

The New Ulm Popcorn Wagon will be operating from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Center Street, outside the Brown County Museum.

Anna Johannsen will provide a three-dimensional quilt presentation at German Park.

All events are free and open to the public except Artisans at the Grand Tea. Tickets are available at all three New Ulm quilt shops and the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce office at Center and Minnesota Street. Seating is limited.

The Free Readers Theatre performance of “Quilters: Lives of the Pioneers” will be performed at 11 a.m. and noon, Saturday, June 22 was adapted and directed by Paul Warshauer and produced by Judy Sellner.

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Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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