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Cobblestone Sports Widows’ Series-Log Cabin Quilt Pillow by Brenda Radzinski

Three great seasonal events are planned to help our Sports Widows (Noun: A person married to a still-living spouse, but who has minimal interaction with this spouse during one or more sports’ seasons) get the fellowship and companionship they need to make it through a sports season with their sanity intact. We have three great projects lined up in November and December.

Sports Widows’ Series-Log Cabin Quilt Pillow

Date: Sat. November 18
Time 1-4pm
Location: Cobblestone Museum Gift Shop
Cost $30
Nov. 18 from 1-4pm. Local quilt artist, Brenda Radzinski, will offer a hands-on sewing workshop to produce a Log Cabin Quilt Pillow, just in time for holiday gift giving. Basic sewing skills (on your own machine) are required. Students will bring a sewing machine, thread, and their own notions. The Christmas fabric and pillow form will be provided. Everyone will leave with their own finished 12” pillow. The pattern is also yours to keep for other quilting projects. Limit of 10 students, so call early. Cost $30.

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Sports Widows’ Series-Welcome Home Holiday Wreathe

Date: Sunday, November 19
Time: 1:00-2:30
Location: Cobblestone Museum Gift Shop
Cost: $30

Join Toni Plummer in making a festive wreathe made of artificial greens, burlap, and a variety of nature inspired decorations to adorn your creation. You will be supplied with everything you will need to complete your Welcome Home Holiday Wreathe and will be able to hang it up as soon as you get home. Light refreshments will be served to warm you while you gather with friends on a wonderful fall day! (Please bring a glue gun if you have one.)

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Sports Widows’ Series-Quilted Christmas Ornament


Date: Sat. Dec. 2
Time:1-3pm
Location: Cobblestone Museum Gift Shop
Cost: $15

Veteran instructor Brenda Radzinski will help you make a quilted Christmas ornament, just in time to decorate your tree or give as a gift. No sewing skills required. You will receive a complete kit to make a 4” ornament. Every student will take home their finished ornament. Class size limited to 20 students. Cost $15.

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Childs Universalist Church

In 1833, the First Universalist Society was organized at Fairhaven (now Childs) and a building committee consisting of John Proctor, Joseph Billings, and William W. Ruggles was selected. Built in the Federal style, the Universalist Church represents the oldest cobblestone church in North America. The building was constructed using fieldstones set in courses roughly 4 1/4″ high, with rough cut limestone quoins varying in size from 8″ x 14″ to 9″ x 23″. Bricks were used for lintels and the sills were fashioned from wood. Masons used the depressed hexagonal or “Gaines Pattern” of mortar embellishment.

The first resident pastor arrived in 1834, ending the cycle of itinerant circuit preachers typical of the burned-over district. Rev. William Andrews’ stay with the congregation was short-lived, and he left the following year for a church in Buffalo. Over the next four decades, the church saw numerous preachers walk through the doors, only to leave shortly after. Due to the rapid succession of preachers, the congregation closed the building’s doors in 1865.

The arrival of Rev. Nelson Snell in 1874 instilled a newfound zeal in the hearts and minds of the Fair Haven Society, which raised $1,000 to repair and remodel the building. During these renovations, the pulpit was moved to the north end of the sanctuary and placed on a newly constructed platform, the pews were turned to face north, and the old pew doors were removed. A mural was added behind the pulpit to give the effect of an out cove, and the white pews were repainted with faux wood grain. It is likely that during this time, the front brick and stone terrace was added.

After the construction of the society’s new church in the Village of Albion in 1895, the cobblestone building was used two times per year for summer services and the basement was rented out to the Balcom brothers for cabbage storage. In the 1920s, the tower was in need of repair and the society elected to remove it instead. In 1960, the State Board of the Universalist Church declared the Childs church abandoned and had considered selling it. To avoid potential demolition by commercial interests, the Cobblestone Society Museum was formed and purchased the building. It was during this time, in the 1960s, that the museum carefully repaired and restored the interior and exterior. The roof was repaired, broken glass replaced, woodwork painted, plaster repaired, interior painted, the mural repaired, the terrace rebuilt, and a concrete basement floor added. In July of 1964, thanks to a generous donation from John Brush, the church’s tower was reconstructed and installed.

The interior of the church is arranged to look as it would have in the 1880s.

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