IRON MOUNTAIN - The annual Silver Tea to benefit the Carmelite Monastery in Iron Mountain has been set for Sept. 22-23.
The large drawing prizes include a $200 cash prize donated by Audrey Jensen, a multicolored pearl necklace donated by Kingsley North, a GE microwave oven donated by Peterson Electric, a four-by-six foot handmade hooked rug donated by Dr. L. Ladriere, a $100 cash prize donated by the Secular Order of Discalted Carmelites, and a one night stay at the Americinn in Norway.
The grand prize quilt is called "Remembrance" and is nostalgic in two ways. The fabric is from reproduction prints of the 1920s and 1930s.
The alternating squares were cross stitched by the late Marjorie Pientkewic, a former member of St. Barbara Catholic Church, co-sponsor with St. Mary Catholic Church of Norway.
Pientkewic always loved sewing and crafts. She had finished 12 squares, neatly done in greens and pinks, but she had never made them into anything.
One of her volunteer jobs after her retirement was at St. Vincent de Paul.
"She brought the squares there one day when my husband, Deacon Ron LeMire was working," said Marcia LeMire. "He said, 'I know my wife will find a way to use them in her quilting.'"
"Marge died on Jan. 25, 2011, and I have prayed for a worthy way to honor her," adds LeMire. "This quilt was a labor of love and a special 'prize' for this year's event."
Chairwomen of the event are Sue Giesen, (906) 563-8514, of St. Barbara Parish in Vulcan, and Jody Kelly, (906) 563-5203, and Marie Bal, (906) 563-9966 of St. Mary Parish in Norway.