Mother’s Day Founder Festival seeking vendors and quilt entries


WEBSTER—Taylor County residents are proud of their heritage and rich history that includes being the birthplace of Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother’s Day. To help commemorate that history, each year, the Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum holds a special celebration.

Join organizers for their annual Mother’s Day Founder Festival on Saturday, May 7.

The day of fun will include vendors, food, music and of course tours of the historic home where Jarvis was born and spent her youth.

“This year, we have added a new and exciting event,” said museum curator Olive Ricketts. “We will be holding a silent quilt auction, featuring beautiful quilts made by locals and will have the owner of Living the Dream Quilt Shop on hand.”

Do you have a newly created quilt, or maybe an older quilt that you just don’t put to use anymore? Either are perfect submissions for the silent auction. And Ricketts reported that there are no size limitations or restrictions on entries.

“We would like to have a description of the quilt along with any minimum bid you would like to put on it,” she added.

Those wishing to enter quilts into the silent auction will need to bring their works to the museum by Thursday, May 5 so that they may be added to the display.

“We need to have them in advance so that they can be set up and ready for bidding on festival day,” Ricketts voiced.

Those wishing to take part in the auction as buyers should take note that bidding will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and will continue until 3:00 p.m. At that time, quilts will be awarded to the highest bidders and passed out accordingly.

Be sure to join in on the fun at 2:00 p.m., as organizers will be holding their special Mother’s Day Program and will introduce this year’s Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum Mother of the Year.

“The program will consist of beautiful music, a wonderful speaker and some special surprises,” Ricketts revealed.

During the day, Author Marjorie Thurgood Barton will be on hand selling and signing her new book, Anna’s Celebration: How a Girl Changed the Calendar, an interesting read that takes readers on a colorfully illustrated adventure of the life of Anna Jarvis, and the impact and inspiration of her mother Anna Reeves Jarvis.

The event will culminate with a musical performance by country artist Glen Sheldon, who has been the opening act for Randy Travis, and who has shared the stage with more than 50 national acts including Joe Nichols, Jameson Rodgers and many other well-known artists.

The concert will kick off the museum’s Music in the Park series for the 2022 season. The music is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. and will continue until 9:00 p.m.

“As always, we will have food for purchase beginning at 5:00 p.m.,” Ricketts noted.

She shared that anyone wishing to showcase their goods, sell their wares or provide food items, as well as those who would like to enter quilts in the silent auction should call her at the museum at 304-265-5549.

“We are looking forward to a wonderful day celebrating Anna Jarvis and her contribution to history,” Ricketts voiced. “All ending with a great start to our Music in the Park series with a great musical performance by Glen. You don’t want to miss out on all the fun at the annual Mother’s Day Founder Festival!”

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