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Villagers’ Exhibit at Coral Gables Museum to Celebrate “50 Years of Saving Places”
Coral Gables — On Friday, October 7, During Coral Gables Art Walk Night, The Villagers will host the premiere of their curated exhibit “The Villagers, Quilts and 50 Years of Preservation.” The exhibit will run through Saturday, October 23 during Museum hours. On the October 7th Gallery night admission is free, and the museum is open to the public from 6:00-10:00 PM.
The Villagers, Inc. is Miami-Dade County’s oldest historic preservation organization, founded in 1966, to help save Coral Gable’s landmark Douglas Entrance. Today, with membership of more than 200 women and men, The Villagers have supported more than 60 local projects, many with multiple grants, as well as funded college scholarships for those studying historic preservation.
With a clear-cut mission, “dedicated to the restoration and preservation of historic sites,” special events and publications were launched to serve as fundraisers. During their annual Holiday House Tour, The Villagers have raffled an historically-inspired quilt for the last 26 years.
Fourteen of the quilts, handmade by members, will be a featured part of the museum exhibit to help illustrate The Villager’s story and, simultaneously, the story of historic preservation in Miami-Dade. The quilts showcase the unique, and often quirky, tapestry that makes Miami-Dade so special. Visually, the Quilts will transport visitors on a journey through SoBe Art Deco and Biscayne Bay, through the Coconut Grove Jewels of El Jardin and Old School House, the environmentally significant Everglades, the iconic pop-culture of the “Tan Don’t Burn” Coppertone sign, and Key Biscayne’s Lightkeeper’s Cottage at the Cape Florida Lighthouse.
Members of The Villagers will be on-hand to answer questions.
Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon until 6:00 PM; Saturday 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM; and Sunday, noon until 5:00 PM. The Museum is closed on Mondays. Admission is $7 per adult, $5 per student, and $3 for children 6-12; children under 6 and military families are free. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon Avenue; on-street and garage parking are nearby.
For more information about The Villagers’ history, projects, events, the Gardens of Miami coffee-table book, and membership opportunities, visit: www.thevillagersinc.org.