The Heritage Quilters will host a free quilt exhibition and a fundraising program next month in celebration of the group’s 15th anniversary.

The theme for the observance will be “Wouldn’t take nothing for my journey …” as an opportunity for reflection on the group’s efforts since it was established in 2001 to fulfill its mission of supporting, encouraging and documenting quilting traditions and activities.

In the words of its members, the group will celebrate its friends gained, lessons learned, dances done, quilts made, growth experienced and gifts shared over the past 15 years.

The Heritage Quilters are known in the community for exploring the traditions and varied styles of quilting as well as teaching the craft to people of all ages. 

The group also will celebrate its giving circle’s efforts to help the community. Over recent months, the Heritage Quilters has supported the summer enrichment program offered by the WCTS-NWHS Alumni and Friends Association and the summer reading program held at Oak Chapel AME Church. In addition, the group awarded a scholarship to a college-bound student and held a tour highlighting the history and culture of Warren County for new teachers and other school personnel.

As part of the celebration, the Heritage Quilters will host a quilt exhibition at the historic Aaron Hendrick House, 105 S. Front St., Warrenton, which serves as a quilt center and headquarters for the quilting group. The exhibition will feature the quilt creations of members and friends of the Heritage Quilters in styles ranging from traditional to narrative.

The exhibition will be offered free of charge to the public from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15; and 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 9 and 16, both Sundays.

The Heritage Quilters will host a 15th Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Connect 25, at 927 US Hwy. 1 south, Manson.

The program will feature storyteller Dorothy Clark, a singer, actor, playwright and director.

She is the founder or co-founder of two theatre companies and serves as their artistic director. Clark has performed on stage and at church events throughout North Carolina and the Northeast. 

In addition to her theatre work, she serves as a trainer, workshop leader and ordained Baptist minister.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $25. For more information or tickets, call Portia Hawes at 252-257-9194 or email Jereann King Johnson at jereking@ncol.net.