Saturday, October 18, 2003

Family troupe tells slaves' life

For the kids

Seven members of the Williams family of Clayton, N.J., calling themselves Seven Quilts for Seven Sisters, have stitched together a performance of heartwarming tales and soul-stirring harmonies.

The practical craft of quilt-making and how it flourished in early African-American slave life is a story seldom told. The Williams family will be performing two shows: "A Stitch in Time" and "A Day in the Life of a Slave."

"A Stitch in Time" travels back to the old South and the days of slavery with song, dance, history, storytelling, skits and quilt-making. It depicts the joys of sisterhood and how quilting helped them cope with life.

In "A Day in the Life of a Slave," the sisters demonstrate how their enslaved ancestors survived. You will see how and what they ate, and how they dressed, worked and lived.

Seven Quilts for Seven Sisters can be seen today at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation Stage (Schott Amphitheatre) in Sawyertown at: 9:15 a.m.; 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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