Stitching for history at the historic courthouse

Photo courtesy of Washington County
Courthouse Quilters Judy Toft, left, Carol Mayala, Jane Johnson, Judy Symalla, Diana Larson, Mary Pozzini, Carolyn Minor, Kathy Berger and Diana Aysta display the quilt donated for the Victorian Christmas at the Courthouse raffle the weekend of Nov. 16-18.

Visit the Washington County Historic Courthouse the first Monday of every month and you will find a group of women doing handiwork around a large table in the building.

The group is the Courthouse Quilters, who have long supported the Historic Courthouse with their quilts and other textile art, along with numerous volunteer hours at special events and on committees.

Their latest donated quilt will be raffled during the Victorian Christmas at the Historic Courthouse event starting Nov. 16, with the drawing at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Raffle tickets are $1 each and the winner does not need to be present.

In addition to the quilt raffle, the Courthouse Quilters will be selling a wide variety of goods from baby blankets to wall hangings and quilts at their main floor booth at the event, Don’t be surprised to see a few knitted, crocheted or embroidered items available as these are multi-talented women.

Victorian Christmas at the Historic Courthouse is Nov. 17 and 18 with the Preview Event Nov. 16. The event is at the decorated Historic Courthouse on Third and Pine streets in Stillwater. It features costumed vendors of crafts and art, live music, a Tea Room, a holiday exhibit, Santa, tours of the old county jail and more.

The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; admission is $3. The Friday Preview Event is 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost of $25 in advance and $30 at the door includes champagne, Lift Bridge Beer, sparkling cider, appetizers and desserts. For more information, call 651-275-7075, visit or [email protected].

Victorian Christmas at the Historic Courthouse is supported by Action Rental, Brines Market, the Courthouse Quilters, Echo Valley Tree Farm, George Siegfried Construction, The Grand, Kane’s Catering, Kowalski’s Catering, Lake Elmo Inn and Event Center, Lee F. Murphy Insurance Group, Lift Bridge Brewery, Oertel Architects, Rivertown Inn, River Valley Catering, Rose Floral, and the Water Street Inn, which provide donations of food, beverages, supplies and door prizes.