History of Dillsboro Indiana

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HISTORY OF DILLSBORO Presented by Jim Deaton                             Saturday September 17, 2016           10:00am

In conjunction with the Town of Dillsboro and it’s Bicentennial Celebration the Dillsboro Public Library will have a program taking you on a pictorial tour of the town of Dillsboro with local resident Jim Deaton. Jim will be showing past pictures of Dillsboro and share some of the history of the town. You will be amazed of how much he knows.

We are looking forward to seeing you on September 17th.

Quilting Memories by Cindy Claycamp

Cindy Claycamp

Expert Quilter and Author Cindy Claycamp will talk about her new book “Quilts Reflecting the Poetry of James Whitcomb Riley” at 6:30pm September 20th at The Dillsboro Public Library.

The public is invited to this Bicentennial book talk, where Claycamp will autograph and sell books, too. She will also bring quilts to show.

James Whitcomb Riley was an Indiana writer, poet and best-selling author in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Claycamp is one of only under 100 certified quilt appraisers approved by the American Quilt Society in the United States. She has been quilting almost 40 years and has owned antique and fabric shops for many years.

She sells quilt and antique pieces at quilt and craft shows through her business, Quilting Memories. She recently was president of the Indiana State Quilters Guild and is on the board of directors for the Quilters Hall of Fame.

We look forward to you joining us on September 20th!

William Zimmerman Print Exhibit

Judy Zimmerman, wife of nationally recognized wildlife artist, William Zimmerman, will be coming to The Dillsboro Public Library during the Dillsboro Heritage Day Festival to display and sell some of her husband’s prints.

William Zimmerman
William Zimmerman

Zimmerman, born in Dillsboro Indiana, his life-long passion for drawing and painting birds was ignited at the age of ten when he discovered his neighbor’s copy of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America, that had been published more than a century earlier.  His work has been shown in many museums and galleries including the Smithsonian and British museums and in private collections.  View his website here.


Judy will be at the Dillsboro Public library on Friday, September 16th from 4:00 to 6:00pm and again on Saturday, September 17th at 10:00am. Please stop by and view  or buy some of William’s prints and hear what Judy shares of the wonderful memories of her husband.


Red Hat Society Day – April 25

In the fall of 1997, Sue Ellen Cooper, an artist from Fullerton, California, purchased an old red fedora for $7.50 from a thrift shop during a trip to Tucson, Arizona. When a good friend was nearing a 55th birthday, Cooper cast about for an idea for an original gift. Inspired by a well-known Jenny Joseph poem, Warning, which begins “When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple, with a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me. ” Cooper wanted to encourage her friend to grow older in a playful manner. She gave her friend a red hat of her own suggesting that she keep it as a reminder to grow older playfully and on her terms.

The symbolism behind the red hat had an impact on women Cooper encountered. Those women responded by wearing their own red hats and entering a new women’s movement that embraced a renewed outlook on life filled with fun and friendship, fulfilling lifelong dreams.

Cooper repeated the gift on request several times, and eventually several of the women bought purple outfits and held a tea party on April 25, 1998. The Red Hat Society was born.

The Aurora Public Library has two of Sue Ellen Cooper’s books,” The Red Hat Society Fun and Friendship After Fifty” and “The Red Hat Society’s Laugh Lines” which I am reading now. Let me tell you what a laugh you will get out of this book. I read parts to my husband and he said it was the biggest laugh he has gotten for awhile. Now I could share some of the stories but take my word you will just have to pick up the book and read for yourself.


Red Hat SocietyRed Hat Society



This is the poem that inspired the books.

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Jenny Joseph

Exciting New Author Chris Colfer

Land of Stories The Wishing Spell

If you are looking for a wonderful juvenile fiction author to encourage youth to read as I was, Chris Colfer has a series called The Land of Stories. In this series, a brother and sister fall into a book of action-packed adventure. I was totally hooked after reading the first book and could not wait to get my hands on the next book to see what happens next with Alex and Conner. Characters such as Mother Goose, Fairy God Mother, Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Snow White, Jack, Froggy, Sleeping Beauty and Prince Charming will take you on an adventure like nothing you have read before.

The Land of Stories is a children’s fiction series written by actor and singer Chris Colfer. The first title, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, was released on July 17, 2012. The second, The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns was published on August 6, 2013. The third book, “The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning”, was published on July 18, 2014. The fourth book, “The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms”, was published on July 7, 2015. The books are described by Colfer as a “modern day fairy tale,” following twins Alex and Conner Bailey as they fall from the real world into a world full of fairy tales they have only ever read about before.

Parents need to know that The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, by Glee‘s Chris Colfer (who plays Kurt Hummel), is warm and heartfelt, as well as imaginative. Twins Alex and Conner are transported to the world of fairy tales, in which they meet such characters as Goldilocks, Cinderella, and Snow White, all living new lives and playing a role in helping the kids get home. There’s some fleeting danger to the kids at the hands of assorted villains, from wolves to the Evil Queen, and a number of wicked characters come to a violent but not graphically described end. (Review from Common Sense Media)