Wednesday, March 23, 2011

AQS Quilters Party a Huge Success!

Our last blog post talked about the reception party that our B&B association (Authentic B&Bs of Lancaster County) was throwing for visiting quilters attending the American Quilter's Society show here in Lancaster last week, so we wanted to give you a quick update.  We had almost 300 quilters at the party, as well as about 25 of our local tourism partners who provided food, beer, crafts, music, and information about the many activities available throughout Lancaster County, to entice the quilters to return to our wonderful destination.  We also had a best-selling author, Kelly Long (who writes novels based on themes from quilt patterns), signing and giving away 200 copies of her latest book. Plus there were dozens of door prizes to remind visitors of the great time they had in Lancaster. 

The venue for our party was the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum, which is a gorgeous place for a reception... and we hope to return for next year's party!  So if you missed the Lancaster AQS Quilt Show this year, we hope you'll plan for next year's event (March 14-17, 2012).  And while you're at it, please add the Authentic B&B party to your agenda, and of course a stay at our Apple Bin Inn... we'd love to have you!

Hey wait a minute!... why wait until next year to visit our beautiful county?!  Just plan a trip for this spring or summer!  There are dozens of Amish quilt shops dotted around our area, plus tons of other things to do, see, taste, and buy!  So give the Apple Bin Inn a call (800-338-4296) and we'll see you soon!

Friday, March 11, 2011

A New Twist for St. Patrick's Day in Lancaster!

Chicago River on St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is such a wonderful tradition across America, and you don't need a drop of Irish blood in your veins to feel Irish on March 17th. We've lived in places like Chicago, where the river flowed green on St. Patrick's Day each year, and Cleveland, where green beer somehow tasted better than your usual brand. And our many years in Nashville included a rousing mix of bluegrass and Irish music each St. Paddy's Day.

But this year, here in Lancaster County, we have special plans for March 17th. You see the American Quilter's Society is holding its 2nd Annual Lancaster Quilt Show next week, and our B&B association (Authentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County) is hosting a huge party for visiting quilters on March 17th at the renowned Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum. There will, no doubt, be plenty of green mixed in with the rest of the festivities, including green quilts, green beer, and some Irish music performed by local musicians. There'll also be quilting demonstrations, book signings, great door prizes, and lots of food & fun. If you can make it to Lancaster County during the March 16-19 AQS Quilt Show, please make it a point to join our party. And of course we'd love to have you stay with us here at the Apple Bin Inn while you're in town.  We'll save a room for you!