Monterey, Virginia! Our Virginia Consortium of Quilters meets quarterly all over the state, usually in centrally located, high population areas. Ocassionally we gather in more remote locales – as we did this past Saturday. Somehow the town got the word almost as soon as the decision was made last summer, and they’d been planning for our arrival every since! It showed – we were treated like royalty, there was a show of antique quilts and a picnic in our honor in nearby McDowell, and every store on Main Street had quilts on display! It helped that it’s a very picturesque mountain hide-away. If you’re planning a visit, here’s the link to the Highland County Chamber of Commerce: http://www.highlandcounty.org/
On our way over the mountains on Friday we stopped at Cestari (formerly Chester Farms), a sheep farm with sales barn that’s been in operation since 1946. They specialize in yarn spun from their own sheep, as well as wool socks. (They make the socks used by the reenactors in Colonial Williamsburg.) Once we got to Monterey, we checked out the weekly Friday afternoon Farmer’s Market at the Highland Center. There were maybe 10 vendors, with quality produce and crafts.
We stayed Friday and Saturday nights in Bobbie’s B&B – I highly recommend her hospitality. She and her husband have a working cattle and sheep farm, with several resident horses. There were lovely gardens all over town and delicious cool breezes off the hills. I took a long sleeve shirt, but it never got that chilly. Just very pleasant. On Saturday 92 VCQ members met for classes, business meeting, and general chatter. Sunday on our way out of town we stopped by the studio of the felting teacher and she shared tips and stories with us (http://www.chiexperience.com/iWeb/Site/Artful%20Gifts.html).
Planning our next visit…!