A large quilt is displayed as you walk into the reception area of the Liberty Assisted Living on the Heather Hill Care Communities’ campus. Bold blues, deep burgundy, and other colors blend together in this one-of-a-kind quilt being raffled off to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. The quilt is on display now through the end of the Thirteenth Annual Holiday Boutique, being held November 30 and December 1 at the Liberty.
This isn’t your ordinary quilt, though. Residents at the Prentiss Memory court made the individual quilt squares during a weekly Creative Arts group, and the squares were pieced together for the final product. Other items donated by Chardon and local-area businesses are also being raffled.
Although it is still “early” in the holiday season, the Heather Hill campus has been gearing up for the boutique and other festivities in an effort to reach out to greater Geauga County visitors and residents.
“We really want to highlight the talents of our Heather Hill Family and reach out to others at the same time,” says Kathy Louis Hawkins, Staff Music Therapist and Coordinator of the boutique for the fourth year in a row. Louis notes that with the economy still bringing difficulties for many area families, she received the go-ahead from administration to “think out of the gift box,” so to speak, which includes contacting all area churches and senior centers about the craft fair.
“We want people to feel encouraged to do the creative endeavors they love,” she said. Those talents include a resident who sold more than $200 of hand-crocheted dish rags and chair covers last year who is returning this year; a family member of a Special Care Center resident who makes stained glass art; cookies made by residents; a daughter of a Liberty resident who is making pies; and Red Hat pins made last year for the Liberty Red Hatters. Local artisans and crafters also have table space reserved. Additionally, local area musicians Louis knows from her alma mater, Baldwin-Wallace College, and those with whom she works on the campus will also be donating their time to perform. Music will be provided both days of the boutique between 10-6 on Friday and 10-4 on Saturday.
“We have visits and pictures with Santa, which always seems to go really well, a coloring table for kids to take home, and lots of hot chocolate” Louis noted. She also commented that many vendors are providing items below $20 to allow for the younger ones to be able to “shop for Mom, Grandpa, or whoever is on their list.”
For more information about the Holiday Boutique, contact Kathy Louis Hawkins, 440-279-2447 or Kathy.firstname.lastname@example.org.