Northwest NEWS

September 30, 2002

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New Old Time Chautauqua leaves a lasting gift baby quilts for Hopelink

by Carolyn Butler
   Chair, Duvall Arts Commission
   DUVALL If you witnessed the zaniness of the New Old Time Chautauqua's vaudeville show during their residency in Duvall this August, you got a generous taste of the outrageous brand of entertainment they provide. But there is a more serious side of the Chautauqua experience that goes on behind the scenes.
   In each community they visit, the Chautauqua artists donate baby quilts to a local hospital or social service agency. Throughout the year, Chautauquans work with residents in assisted living facilities to create dozens of individually designed baby quilts. When the New Old Time Chautauqua hits the road each July, the quilts travel with them to rural towns all over the Pacific Northwest. Five or six quilts are left in each place where the Chautauqua does a residency.
   At a recent Duvall City Council meeting, the Duvall Arts Commission presented Kristen Avery, director of the Carnation branch of Hopelink, with six baby quilts donated by the Chautauqua.
   According to Kristen, baby items are always in high demand at Hopelink's food and clothing bank.
   Hopelink provides food, shelter, transportation, family support and hope to Eastside families working toward self-sufficiency. They rely on the local community for donations of financial resources, time and goods.
   To make a financial contribution, send your check to Hopelink, P.O. Box 485, Carnation, WA 98014.
   If you would like to donate food or clothing, Hopelink is located at 31957 E. Commercial St. in Carnation. They are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Hopelink's programs, call (425) 333-4163.