Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Paducah - Part One -The Flood Waters

 Where to begin? The American Quilt Society 2011 Quilt Show in Paducah was FANTASTIC! This was my very first time to the Paducah show. Folks from Paducah kept apologizing because of changes in the venues for the show, but I thought it was wonderful. Everyone in the town was kind and helpful. Every effort was made for the Quilt Show to be successful in spite of rising flood waters. To the folks at AQS and the town of Paducah, THANK YOU!
 This photo was taken last Thursday from downtown Paducah. The flood gates were installed around the Convention Center. All activities planned for the Convention Center were moved to the Pavilion (folks on the shuttle bus called it the Balloon or Marshmallow) or the First Baptist Church.


 Vendors and quilts first scheduled for the Pavilion were moved to two empty stores near the Mall of Kentucky. On the AQS website, a webcam is set up to view current water levels of the Ohio River.

 Our hotel was in Metropolis, Illinois. It was a "dump", but at least we had a room. The folks with room reservations at the Casino in Metropolis received a call on Sunday that the Casino was closed because of flooding. I think rooms were located for them. We tried to visit the Superman statue in Metropolis, but couldn't get there because of road closings.
This "lake" is actually a state park across the street from our hotel.

8 comments:

Gretchen said...

Wow! That's a trip you'll never forget. I'm so glad you were still able to enjoy the show and the town & AQS moved things around so they didn't have to cancel

Diane said...

I'm finding all of this quite fascinating. Thanks for all the info. I look forward to more.

kathy leppich said...

Think I stayed in that same "dump" but it was worth it just to be in Paducah and at the show.

scottylover said...

We stayed at Kentucky Dam Village Resort this year. There were 5 of us so we got a cottage and it was great. If you are looking for a place next year, you might try them. It is about 30 minutes from Paducah. We got our reservations in November, so you do need to make them early!

Sandy A

Quilt Hollow said...

WOW....thankfully it didn't cancel.

Brenda said...

So glad that you had a good time. I am still recovering.

Brenda said...

So glad that you had a good time. I am still recovering.

SuzyQ said...

That was sure a memorable trip!
Glad you were safe!