Yesterday afternoon I went with the Golden Agers from our Church to a production of Quilters 2011 at White Pines Inn...We arrived at lunch time and our group was taken into the theater-dining area. This inn is in the piney woods of Oregon Il. The trees are just beginning to change there. A very rustic place all done in knotty pine and timbers.I think that there must have been 150 or more people there. Mostly women and a few men. Our Priest went with us...the announcer said it would be considered a "chick flick" We enjoyed a delicious buffet...waiting for the intermission to have our dessert.
This production is the 2nd most popular one in the theater's 22 years of existence. The story is about one woman's life with her 6 daughters...told through the blocks of a patchwork quilt. The cast of 8 woman (the 8th was the piano accompanist who kept the show going" was a sampling of the wonderful talent we have in our area. Music, dance and drama depicted their life on the frontier. The story relates the happiness and hardships that women faced while aging....making a trip in a covered wagon to their home on the plains. The music was lively and fun. An occasional glance at our Priest to see his reaction to "womanly problems discussed on stage." He never flinched...At the end of the production a huge quilt was brought on stage. The mother had passed and left this treasure to her daughters, who were to pass it on to each other, after keeping it for 1 year. This group of women, using the simplest props, made the story come alive. Sometimes I felt as though I was transported in time, back to a day that I would have loved to experience. I wouldn't trade my "convenient" life for anything, but I've always been fascinated with that period of our American history. As we were leaving the theater the 8 women were lined up in the courtyard to talk to us and thank us for coming. Words of praise came from everyone there. It was a beautiful day...the smell of pine was in the air and the leaves were gently falling. I really enjoyed it.