Airing of the Quilts Weekend Information
Airing of the quilts returns to downtown La Porte in 2016! Click here to download the entry guidelines to enter your masterpiece and click here to fill out the registration form! We can't wait to see your beautiful work on display in our gorgeous downtown this Spring!
In addition to the Airing of the Quilts this year we will be hosting the ladies with the Texas Tea Affair! Check out the schedule of events for the weekend of April 16th:
- Friday Night Flicks - Come join us at Five Points Plaza for a special showing of Breakfast at Tiffany's at 8pm! Grab a glass of wine in a cute colored mason jar from our mobile winery Frascone Vineyards and sit under the stars with your girlfriends as you enjoy a glass of wine and a classic for the ages!
- Saturday Airing of the Quilts - Join us in downtown La Porte from 9am to 4pm for the 2nd annual Airing of the Quilts where we will have quilts placed throughout our downtown on display for viewing. See registration links above if you are interested in showing your work during this event. Stay tuned for a map with locations for viewing!
- Sip & Stroll Farmers Market - Every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 5-8p the City plays host to the best farmers market in the area featuring wine, music, food, and art! Join us at Five Points to continue your day from the Airing and we will treat you to the best vendors and wine in the Houston area!
- Texas Tea Affair - The 12th Annual Texas Tea Affair will be held on Sunday, April 17th, 2016 in La Porte at the Sylvan Beach Pavilion. This unique afternoon tea and vendor market of hand-crafted goodies benefits the TURNING POINT Shelter offering support to local women escaping domestic violence in the Gulf Coast region. Each year, the Tea Affair provides an afternoon of speakers, fun, decorated tables and workshops to the Greater Houston community who enjoys the fineries of tea and fellowship. Click here to purchase tickets to the 2016 Texas Tea Affair!
La Porte Quickly Becoming Quilters Haven On Galveston Bay
For over 25 years La Porte has been home to one of the most coveted quilt shops in Texas, the Painted Pony. With over 8,500 square feet and over 10,000 bolts of fabric that date back to the early 1900’s quilters have long traveled to the area just to visit their store. Now, with the help of an Enhancement Grant from the City, quilters can soon make a retreat weekend out of their trip! And Sew It Began – Pieceful Stitches will be the first quilters retreat to open in the Houston area and is located in the heart of La Porte’s historic downtown area. They will be ready for groups to book their retreats beginning January 1. With its proximity to one of the top 10 quilt shops in the United States, easy access to downtown eateries and antique shopping, and a short walk down to the water, this cabin is likely to quickly become the most sought after quilters haven on Galveston Bay.
The City offers enhancement grants to businesses open, or opening, in their historic downtown district that consists of Main Street & Broadway. The incentive allows the City to encourage business owners to enhance their property in that district by granting them a match of up to $25,000 for any improvements made to their business. Eligible projects include façade, renovation, beautification, new awnings, canopies, porches, and signage. “The idea is to encourage our redevelopment in our downtown. We have a lot of great things happening in La Porte right now and a lot of momentum building downtown. What better way to encourage new businesses to call La Porte home than to offer them this program as an incentive!” says the Economic Development Coordinator Scott Livingston.
“We have an incredible Airing Of The Quilts event planned for the third Saturday in March on our Main Street and we would love to see the Pieceful Stitches retreat venue booked, the Painted Pony swarming with quilters, and our streets lined with beautiful quilts from all over the United States.” says recreation superintendent Megan Mainer.
With La Porte’s welcoming atmosphere and small town charm, there is no doubt that with this new addition and our landmark in the Painted Pony it will quickly be on every quilter’s wish list of places to visit.
Want to find out more?
For more information on our quilters haven visit www.visitlaportetx.com/quilting.