Unveiling of the Stronger Together Memorial Quilt
The Stronger Together Memorial Quilt will be unveiled in ceremony on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7 p.m. As a tribute to and in memory of loved ones, residents of Hancock and surrounding areas wrote the names of 263 loved ones on 240, 4-inch quilt squares. Over the past two years, master quilter, Helen Layton joined these squares to create a single, uniquely beautiful, hand-crafted quilt.
The Unveiling Ceremony will honor the memory of those on the quilt as well as provide an opportunity for community residents to come together to share stories of their loved ones. Community Outreach Coordinator for Hospice of Washington County, Bernadette Wagner, explains, “This project was always about more than just remembering those who have passed.” From the beginning, the quilt was seen as a way to bring people together and build community. “While searching the quilt for the names of friends and relatives, folks will have an opportunity to connect with each other and recall favorite stories from the past”, Wagner continued.
The Stronger Together Memorial Quilt evolved out of Helen Layton’s desire to lead a program at the Hancock Community Life Center, one of the three centers established by Hospice of Washington County to better meet the needs of those living in underserved areas. Layton says, “Everyone has talents. People just have to figure out how they can make a difference. I’m proud to use my talents in a way that strengthens the community.”
The Stronger Together Memorial Quilt recently traveled to hospices across the state of Maryland and representatives were invited to sign the back in support of the Hancock community. Wagner said, “Like the squares in the quilt, we are all connected. We wanted to share what’s happening in Hancock but we also hoped to bring back support from around the state.” Judy Shifflet, a volunteer at the Hancock Community Life Center, who was instrumental in the project, said of the trip, “It was a lot of fun. All who saw the quilt were inspired. The Stronger Together Memorial Quilt put Hancock on the map!”
As part of the ceremony, professional Story Teller, Fanny Crawford will share a story and refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Call 301-791-6360 for more information.