Red River Valley Tourism Comes to Bonham – April 4th 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, the City of Bonham Tourism Committee hosted the Red River Valley Tourism Association at the Fannin CountHistorical Commission office in the depot building. The Red River Valley Tourism Association is composed of cities along the Red River from New Boston on the east to Childress on the west.

Attending the meeting were members from Nocona, two from Paris, Detroit, two from Clarksville, Denison, Burkburnett, and as well as members from Oklahoma, two from Duncan, and one from Broken Bow. Red River Valley Tourism is the only tourism association in the U.S. that has members from two states. Because of this relationship, RRVTA is able to place brochures in the state travel information centers in both Texas and Oklahoma and in both state’s travel shows.

The information that was discussed at the meeting included: Discussion of whether or not to purchase pop-up booth displays for travel shows. Report on website development and what was needed from each city. Discussion of the 2018 Hwy. 82/287 Yard Sale, the first weekend in June. Stroll and Roll event in September. Wrap-up discussion of the travel show in Wichita Falls and discussion of cities to be in charge of taking Red River Valley Tourism Association brochure/maps to the Texas State Travel Information Centers in May during Texas recognition of tourism month.

Following the meeting and lunch, the group was lead on a tour of the Fannin County Museum by members of the museum board and members of the Historical Commission. They also toured the caboose in front of the History Museum. Bonham Tourism committee was happy to host this tourism group and to have the opportunity to show off the “Best Small Town Museum in Texas”

Quilts are going up all over.

Bonham Quilt Hop quilt hangings have begun all over Bonham. The Bonham Visitor Center is overflowing with color and textures of all kinds. Many local and Grayson County residents have offered quilts to be displayed at the Bonham Visitor Center this year. Twenty-seven quilts were hung for display there yesterday.  The quilt entries have grown over the years and it should be easy for anyone to find a favorite.

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For your viewing will be T-shirt quilts and “quilts made by men for men” as well as “Art in a different way” quilts. The colors are different because they are for men or of memories of a college or of high school activities.

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The main purpose of this display is to show all visitors that quilts of today are not the quilts of your grandmother. They can be about a hobby or about any subject that you are passionate about. You will see different techniques used as well as different materials in construction. The purpose of the Bonham Visitor Center exhibit is to show that quilting can be fun for anyone and to inspire and encourage young people into the art of quilting. Quilting could become a dying art and we would like to show the visitors to this exhibit that whatever your interest, it is possible to share it with someone else in a very useful as well as artistic way.

Please use the hashtag #BonhamQuiltHop when posting photos or blogging about our Quilt Hop, that way everyone can enjoy them also!

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