In the Gallery
September 15 through October 6
Opening Reception September 20
1:00 - 3:00 pm
More than 200 beautiful quilts have taken over the Water Mill Museum's gallery spaces
hand-crafted quilts, crazy quilts, traditional quilts, baby quilts, vintage and new.
2 floors of quilts on sale at very reasonable prices!
Water Mill resident Arthur Muller was recently installed as an honorary lifetime member of the Water Mill Museum owing to his decades of service to the community as Postmaster and supporting the Water Mill Community Club and the Museum. This inspired the present design and installation of a new exhibit about the rich history of the Water Mill Postal Service.
In the cyber-age of Stamps.com, email, FaceTime and tweets, this show will jog memories, remind us of the excitement of getting a letter and expose something of how things happened in this hamlet since colonial times. It is located on the 1st floor of the Museum, accessible to all and complements all the local history we already have to share.
Please note: The Water Mill Museum’s 2nd floor, has for years, housed an old Post Office exhibit, which includes the old clock from the Post Office wall, a counter desk, PO Boxes and more. But, this year’s new exhibit is different— it’s packed full of facts and stories from the past, in more detail.
in the Gallery
September 17 through October 6
'Works on Paper and Canvas'
from our Postcard Collection
2014 Raffle Quilt
This year's Raffle Quilt is a lovely queen size hand quilted quilt. It has a white background with a design in shades of blue and yellow.
The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the Bowls of Plenty event, another not to be missed occasion coming up on October 11th.
Honoring Janet Lavinio
The Water Mill Museum is a volunteer entity with a hard working board of committees who each play an important part in the running of the Museum.
Janet mastered the secretary role- a job she would perform with grace and competence for decades. She reports, “I loved the job of Corresponding Secretary. I liked to write. It’s personal when you write by hand and I think it makes our members feel closer to the mill”. Her hundreds of Thank You notes written in beautiful handwriting with personal content were a priceless contribution to the Museum. Moreover, Janet did a great deal of record-keeping very consistently- listing who was written to, what content and when.
One museum member and local resident told Janet, “I contribute to the mill every year because of your letters”, referring to the quality of the handwritten Thank You notes he received. In 2003 Janet stepped down from the secretary job to take care of Francis, and until recently, remained a part of the board, giving wisdom and support.
Recognizing her 25 years of service, when asked how the mill has changed, Janet replies, “It’s clean”. It’s hard to keep a non-winterized building neat and tidy enough for a Nurse’s approval. Exhibits are so much better. There’s a fine sense of camaraderie and cooperation now, more than years ago. Today with new people, everyone is focused in the greater good of the mill and its mission”.
Today, if you see Janet in Waldbaums, or in Church, or around town, ask her why the mill matters. She’ll tell you, “The mill can’t be secure without the community behind it. We should all be right there, both in person and financially to help. This is a major landmark and we are entrusted with its valuable mission”.
The Water Mill Museum Board and members all join in celebrating Janet Lavinio for her years of service and contribution to the Museum.