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Page 18E April 27, 2000 The Kalona News 29th Annual Kalona Lioness "pin" quilt show For the last 13 years, the Kalona Lioness Club has offered a unique momento of the annual Kalona Quilt Show & Sale: a special label-size quilt pin. Starting in 1988, the club has offered a cloisonn6 pin featuring a particular quilt pattern. In fact, one of them has the spe- cial Kalona quilt design from Stitch 'n Sew Cottage. Others have stars, and fans and trees, all of which are identified as to a particular pattern. The 2000 pin features a rose wreath, and like all its predecessors, is identified as Kalona, Iowa. Although some previ- ous years' pins are still available, there are not pins left from every year. With 500 made, the pins are a limited issue, and ai $2.50 each a reasonable bar- gain for the quilt aficionado who prefers a smaller version of the original. Club member Doriene Nell said that "the idea for the pin was suggested by Gary Kallaus who thought it would be a good Kalona item, as well as a fund rais- er tbr the Lioness Club." Proceeds from the sale of the pins ben- efit club activities. During the annual quilt show weekend, Yotty's, Inc., a on the corner of B Ave. and 5th St., sets up a quilt rack, anyone who wants to lend a hand. Kalona By-Ways mini-tour is introduction to area Since the spring of 1996 when they began, the Kalona By-Ways mini-tours of the area's historic Amish countryside proved to be instantly popular with visi- tors to the community. Sponsored by the Kalona Historical Society, tours are available without advance reservations and offer an approx- imate 90-minute guided view into the backroads of Amish life. It also includes a visit to a local shop. Tours leave from the Kalona Chamber of Commerce Building, 514 B Ave., at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily (except Sunday) and can accommodate up to 14 people per tour. Travel is via the air-conditioned Washington County Mini-Bus. Unlike the larger tours, the smaller version does not feature a luncheon in a Mennonite home. Tours are $8 for adults, $5 for children (ages 7-12) and, besides transportation, include a narration about the area. In fact, a special portable sound system was devised to guarantee the passengers will hear, as well as see, what makes the area unique. Routes vary and what is observed, of course, relates to the season. During the spring and summer months, it is not unusual to see Amish at work in the fields, using horse-drawn equipment to plow, plant and harvest fields. Besides the countryside, the tours offer an opportunity to visit the Kaiona Historical Village at a reduced admission fee. The Village, which occupies the site between 7th and 9th St. along Highway 22 East; contains restored, authentic struc- tures that are part of the Kalona area his- tory. The main feature is the Kalona Depot, erected in March, 1879 before Kalona was even platted. The restored depot was moved to the Village in 1970 and has since been joined by several other buildings (all restored) including an Amish Grandpa House and the South Sharon Methodist (Grout) Church. The mini-tours are available from April 15 through October 31. , ,    ,,   ,, i , , , ,,- , , , ,  ...... , .... The Woodin Wheel Antiques & Gifts, 515 B Ave., has a museum room. This year the show is Spring Welcome from Collection and features pastels and other spring colors. Kalona's five fabric shops have everything that the mediate, and professional quilter would want, including tern s, computerize d s ew!ng machines and helpful a dvicZ