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To kick off Pine River Heritage Days, a women’s event at the Pine River Depot was dedicated completely to “her”itage on Sept. 6.

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Tea at the Station, a Petticoat Junction Function was an event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Pine River Depot in cooperation with Heritage Group North. Women throughout the area were invited to enjoy a traditional style tea ceremony while learning about important women in Pine River history.

Those who attended sampled wild strawberry or darjeeling teas with scones, tea sandwiches and specially made desserts. These women dressed up, some in large dresses with sun hats, and Miss Pine River royalty served them wearing British serving hats.

During each course of the tea there were different presentations going on at the front of the room. The event concluded with a PowerPoint presentation by archeologist Douglas Birk. Participants had an opportunity to win items donated by the individuals or families of the individuals featured in the historical presentations, and everyone returned home with a sample of Korean tea.

The Pine River United Methodist Church hosted a quilt show and lunch Sept. 6 and 7 during Pine River Heritage Days. Among those quilts on display were some purchased from stores, some sewed together and signed by township members and some dating from the 1800s.

Certified quilt appraiser Maryann Smith shared information regarding one quilt from 1845 that was originally from Connecticut and entirely hand sewed. It featured a pattern called Carolina Lily, which only became popular in 1850. The Carolina Lily pattern is usually done with red flowers, though this quilt was done with yellow flowers. Smith said the quilt was probably done in French fabric and was in good condition. These qualities made the quilt unique and important.

The quilt’s owner preferred not to be named, but the piece will be featured at the International Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky., as one of 15 Carolina Lily quilts on display.

The 2013 Heritage Days Rendezvous Encampment displayed period style arts, skills and lifestyles to all who were curious Sept. 6-8 at Forbes Park. This year’s event brought weavers, rope makers, a blacksmith, a flintknapper and recreators of all sorts. Attendance to this display was free, and visitors were invited to practice tomahawk throwing and to learn to start a fire without matches. Event organizers said the event was a hit, though they hope to expand even more in the future.

Free Hobo Stew was served at the Pine River Information Center on Sept. 7. The stew was made from vegetables donated by residents and businesses. Irene Gearey prepared the stew at First Lutheran Church in Pine River, and it was served for free to an estimated 150 visitors.

Raya Newbold won the Heritage Days freezer and meat raffle. The raffle was for a chest freezer and $300 worth of meat or $400. Proceeds from the raffle go toward maintenance and improvements to the Pine River Information Center.

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