The Endless Mountains Quilt Guild puts on a quilt show every other September at Lynch-Bustin Elementary in Athens, Pa. With each show, the guild presents the public with hundreds of beautiful quilts, a selection of quilt shop vendors, a special exhibit or artist, and this year for the fourth time, entertainment by Cathleen Koons Wiggs.
Wiggs will be performing her Storytime Trunk Show Mail Order Bride several times over the weekend of Sept. 29 and 30, during the Endless Mountains Quilt Guild Show at Lynch-Bustin Elementary School in Athens, Pa. Her performances will be held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. in the school library on both days.
No stranger to theater, Wiggs began acting in the now defunct Valley Players when she was 12 years old. She continued acting through high school, but took a long break while she served her country. After she retired from the United Sates Marine Corps in 1997, she eventually began acting again as well as writing and directing plays.
Researching and writing the stories herself, Wiggs is also the actress in the one-woman show. She was inspired to create the stories after she was asked to do a bed-turning narration for the guild’s 2012 show. She has since written and performed four 45-minute shows – Civil War, Depression Era, Fairy Queen of Quilting, and this year’s Mail Order Bride.
Along with the informative and entertaining narrative, Cathleen dazzles the audience with a trunk show of her many beautiful quilts.
“I put all of my hobbies together – love of history, acting and quilting. When I retired from the Marines, I found out that I wanted to get paid to talk,” she remarked.
Wiggs adds a new show to her repertoire every year or two. She does shows for museums, school groups, libraries, nursing homes, quilt guilds, and at quilt shows. She performs regionally and has also done shows in Dallas and in Ireland.
For more information about Cathleen’s shows, visit www.thequiltladystories.com.
The show is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, and there is a $5 admission fee. Lunch and snacks are available.
This year’s special exhibit will be a vintage sewing and quilting museum. For the first time this year the guild will also be displaying five special “rooms” with specific themes.
For more information about the guild and the show, visit www.emqg.org.