Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Mae West: Quilt Queen

MAE WEST used to joke, "I've been on more laps than a napkin." Visitors to a new exhibition of colorful quilts will see the movie queen on a coverlet — — but no one is permitted to touch this nor drape it across a lap.
• • Commemorating the county's 150-plus years of history by displaying several dozen superb hand-sewn vintage quilts will certainly attract attention and attendance. The exhibit began on Tuesday, 1 March 2011 at the Anoka County Historical Society, said Vickie Wendel, the society's program manager. Though most of these quilts were assembled decades ago, Ms. Wendel described one of the two modern quilts in this array as a Women's History project created by the students from Anoka High School. Each square was designed to celebrate a different inspirational woman: Mae West, artist Georgia O'Keeffe, broadcaster Barbara Walters, singer Diana Ross, and the Statue of Liberty, among other notable female icons.
• • WHERE: Anoka County Historical Society: 2135 Third Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303; T. 763-421-0600.
• • Mae West on 2 March 1913 • •
• • It was on 2 March 1913 that Mae West began a one week booking at Hammerstein's Victoria in the theatre district on West 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online:
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