PreQuilt Hop pattern cutting class.

Another Fun Addition to the 2021 Quilt Hop

The Quilt Hop Committee is excited to announce that Nannette Moss, the owner of MNM Creations and Quilt Shop in El Dorado. AR will be returning this year with her Acuquilt Go machines and dies.  Many of you have purchased a machine or dies from her extensive collection in past years.  This year she is offering a class in which you will cut out a whole quilt using dies and the Acuquilt Go machine.  The quilt to be made is called Hunter Star.  It is a two-color pattern.  The class is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at the Roy Floyd Civic Center (the old national guard armory).  The class will be held from 12 noon to 4 PM.  The cost of the class is $25.00.  Please note the date for this class is two days before the Quilt Hop begins. To get more information about the class or to register for this class visit: mnmquiltshop.com and look under classes.  If you have questions regarding the class, you can email Nannette at: moss154@hotmail.com or call 870-862-0580.  You will also be able to register for the class by calling Emily Porter at 903-640-6698.

The 2021 Quilt Hop will be Friday, July 30 from 9 AM to 4 PM and Saturday, July 31 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  If you wish to display a quilt this year quilts may be brought to the Bonham Visitor Center 327 North Main Street on Friday, July 23, from 9 AM to 5 PM.  A quilt display form may be downloaded from the Bonham Visitor Center website @ visitbonham.com. or you can pick up one from the Visitor Center Monday-Friday 9 AM to 5 PM.  

New stop added to Quilt Hop

Something New is Being Added to Quilt Hop Attractions This Year

The Quilt Hop committee is excited to announce that the Four Winds Victorian Venue and Suites will be included this year as a stop on the Quilt Hop tour.  The Four Winds was formally known as Granny Lou’s Bed and Breakfast.  The new owners have graciously invited us to their home to see their large family quilt collection.  One of the many quilts that will be showcased is a vintage pattern called Wildflowers.  It is hand embroidered and hand quilted with an all-over diagonal pattern.  The inscription in the center reads “To Mother and Father 1941.”  Other vintage quilts that will be shown are from the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Visitors to this beautiful Victorian home who book a reservation to spend the night during Quilt Hop will received a 10 per-cent discount on their room.  The Four Winds Victorian Venue and Suites is located at 317 W. Sam Rayburn Dr.   They can be reached at 903-449-4928.

The 2021 Quilt Hop will include stops at 10 different locations and over 300 quilts will be on display.  Vendors and Demonstrations, as well as the ever-popular Fat Quarter Bingo will be held at the Bonham Civic Center.  If you have a quilt that you would like to display or if you are a crafter and are interested in being a vendor forms are available on the Visit Bonham web site – visitbonham.com or you can call 903-583-9830 for more information.

Quilts stored at the Fannin County Museum of History

Quilt Hop is Scheduled

July is Quilt Hop Time and the City of Bonham is planning to hold this event Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31.  If you are a quilter, vendor, or if you just love quilts these are the dates to remember.  

We will be monitoring the Covid situation and some changes may have to be made in the sites, but we are planning on having the event July 30-31 from 9 am to 4 pm.

If you have quilts that you would like to display we would love to have them. The forms to be a vendor or to display a quilt will be available on the website, www.visitbonham.com.  If you have questions please call 903-583-9830.  If you are in Bonham and have questions come by the Visitor Center at 327 N. Main Street and we will be happy to answer them. 

By Emily Porter

Time to Plan For Highway 82 Yard Sale

This year Highway 82 Yard Sale, will be held on June 4 and 5.  It is always the first Friday and Saturday of June.  This is an event of Red River Valley Tourism Association of which Bonham is one of the founding members.

Spring is here and it is time to plan for fundraising activities. Does your organization need funds for a special project or just to meet your annual obligations?  If your pile of clutter is too high or too deep, or you just think it is time to make room for something new.  It is time to plan a yard or garage sale.  Being a part of the Highway 82 Yard Sale is one place to begin.

This event brings shoppers into our area because Red River Valley has members from Bowie in East Texas to Quanah and Paducah in West Texas, as well as Broken Bow, Ardmore, and Duncan Oklahoma.  With each of these advertising this event we always have visitors from several states in our area to shop.

So, gather all those treasures that you wish someone else had and have a money-making good time selling and visiting with great folks that come here to get your treasures.

Call the Bonham Visitor Center 903-583-9830 to get listed on the map of this great big sale.

Heritage Day 2021 is Postponed.

Heritage Day Is Postponed

Heritage Day which was to be held on May 1, 2021 will be postponed until 2022.  It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors of the Bonham Heritage Festival have decided to postpone this great family event until May 2022.  With social distancing of booths as well as people and the lack of electricity available for booths because of the courthouse construction, it was felt that it would be the safest idea to wait until next year when the event could hopefully return to the great event it has been in the past.  The board is looking forward to next May and a bigger and better Heritage Day.

A Busy Week-End in Bonham

So many events to choose from this weekend, October 8-11 in Bonham.   Begin with our monthly Trade Days, located at the corner of Hwy. 56 and Hwy. 121. Vendors begin arriving on Thursday and will have treasures for you to find from Thursday through Sunday.  The vendors begin to close about 3 to 4 on Sunday, October 11.  Masks are not required but encouraged.

The annual Bonham Public Library- Pumpkin Patch will be held on Saturday morning starting at 9 am-1 pm.  Decorated Pumpkins, crafts, and baked goods as well as their famous hot sauce.  Go early for the best selection.

Great Days of Service will be going on Saturday with service projects being done all over the town.  Sign-up to participate @ gdsbonham.org

Feet can tap and heads can nod at the Bonham Snap Center Gospel Singing on Saturday night from 6 to 8 pm.

The Powder Creek Pavilion is showcasing “Still Kicking” which will entertain you with Classic Rock at 8:00 pm.  On Saturday they are presenting “C7” both Rock and Traditional Country.

Sam Rayburn House Museum is open showing the home life of the longest-serving U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Friday-Saturday 10:00 am- 4 pm.

Fannin County Historical Museum will take you from the earliest times of Fannin County to the “Turbulent 1940s and the Rocking 1950s. They will be open Friday and Saturday from 12 to 4 pm.

Creative Arts Center is open Friday  10-5 pm and Saturday 9-1 pm.  for your viewing of their art exhibits as well as shopping for hand-made crafts.

Farming Heritage Day at Sam Rayburn House

Virtual Farming Heritage Day is Saturday, September 26, 2020

This year Farming Heritage Day at the Sam Rayburn House Museum will be a fun and exciting virtual event.  This event will be on their Facebook page, starting Saturday, September 26, at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. It’s a tradition to have activities for youth at this event and this year the virtual Heritage Day will include craft demonstrations.  At home make your own kite, paper loom, corn husk doll, and more!  Activity kits, including all the supplies you need to follow along with all our craft activities, are available for purchase at our Museum Store for just $5.00.  For attendees who cannot come by the Museum, a list will be posted on the Facebook page in advance, or message the Facebook page and a list of supplies will be emailed to you!

It’s Time for the Bug Tussle Trek

Saturday, August 29 the Trek will arrive in Bonham at about 10:00 am and leave us for the drive to Bug Tussle at about 11:15.  This year they will be parking on the parking lot next to the Panther Row Eatery.  Their arrival is even more exciting this year as we have had to cancel so many events this year due to the COVID 19 PANDEMIC.

The Bug Tussle Trek has been making this trip for 51 years.  Nicole Waggoner, the organizer of the group says: “It has been continuous for all those years and has always followed about the same route.” She states: “The biggest difference is that they now have less Model T’s and more 1950’s and 60’s cars.”

According to several AACA Texas Region members the Trek started after a conversation among members about one last car tour for the summer.  They opened a copy of the Farmer’s Almanac and picked the hottest day of the year which happened to be the last Saturday of August that year.  They really did stop in Bug Tussle where a once thriving general store was the only place they could find to get something cold to drink.  Ever since, the Trek has been on the last Saturday of August.  And of course, they always go to the Bug Tussle store. 

The Trek starts in Farmersville.  All the cars line up by age.  The vehicles travel about 30-40 mph toward their stops.  Upon leaving Bonham, they will travel to Bug Tussle where tradition has it that cheerleaders lead the group in the Bug Tussle cheer. 

The City of Bonham Tourism Committee invites you to come to the BEDCO parking lot about 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 29 to see the cars and visit with the Trekkers.  Join us in wishing them Happy Trekking.

Aerial photos give perspective to Bois d’Arc Lake

By Allen Rich, with aerial photography by Mike Porter

Jun 3, 2020

Fannin County, Texas — The aerial photography of Mike Porter on May 29, 2020 gives perspective to how the location of 16,641-acre Bois d’Arc Lake will relate to Lake Bonham, Coffee Mill Lake and Lake Crockett. 

It is important to note that North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) is not currently impounding, or capturing water at Bois d’Arc Lake. Water from Bois d’Arc Creek is currently flowing into the raw water intake structure, under the dam embankment through two 78-inch pipes and being diverted back into Bois d’Arc Creek on the north side of the embankment.

NTMWD expects to close the gates on the intake structure and begin impounding water at the end of the year.

Link to e-news article

The ninth year of Quilt Hop is rapidly approaching.

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Friday, July 27th, and Saturday, July 28th are the dates to remember for this year’s event. Our United States has been celebrating 100 years since World War I all of this year. The Sam Rayburn House will be continuing this celebration with quilts that were made or thought to have been made during the World War I Era. These quilts are on loan from the University of Texas, Winedale collection. They will be on display in the climate-controlled building south of the caretaker’s cottage, which is by the garden at the Rayburn House. An added attraction at this location is one that the men visitors will enjoy. Some of the vehicles that belonged to the Rayburn family will also be displayed in the same building.

IMG_3123The Bonham Public Library will display quilts that are smaller than a twin sized bed. These could include wall hangings, baby quilts, lap quilts, table runners and other items. If you have items that you believe could be part of their displays and you would like to display that item please call the Bonham Library, 903-583-3128.

Saint Mark’s church in Honey Grove will be displaying family quilts with a story. This historic church is worth the drive and the beautiful quilts are a wonderful addition. When you finish looking and enjoying these quilts, please feel free to drive around town and see the Barn Quilt Squares that are on the backs of most of the downtown buildings. Maps of the Barn Quilt Trail will be available at the church and at several other locations in Bonham.

file81Again, there will be ten different locations for you to visit and see the over 300 quilts that will be displayed. The Quilt Hop will open Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th at 9:00 am. On Friday the attractions will close at 4:30 and the reception at the Creative Arts Center will open at 5:00 pm. Please do not miss this opportunity to meet and visit with this quilt artist. She takes applique to a new level. On Saturday the event will close at 4:00 to allow all quilts to be taken down and readied for pick-up at 4:30. Come Hop Along With Us!