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.