The Saxtons River Fourth of July is asking the community to check its closets and drag out those old Saxtons River Fourth of July T-shirts so they can be turned into a commemorative quilt.
Patricia Bellows of Westminster has offered to sew the shirts into a quilt that will be raffled off to help pay for this year's fireworks display.
Kathleen "Daze" Mortensen, a member of the committee for over 30 years and a former president, is credited with first coming up with the idea of selling a special Saxtons River Fourth of July T-shirt.
"I had just come back from the Cocoanut Grove Art Show where everyone was going nuts for the T-shirts," she said. "I thought we could do that."
Joan Campbell, Rockingham resident and Fourth committee president at that time, remembered the first shirt.
"I am guessing '83 or '84," Campbell said recently. "Mary Hepburn designed it, and we silk screened them at Main Street Arts."
The first shirt had a large number four on it and sold out. That was the beginning of what has become one of the marketing cornerstones for the village's yearly celebration.
Each year, the committee spends hours selecting a design that it feels best reflects the theme for that year. Many people collect them, and some years they sell out, while other years there are leftovers.
Anyone wishing to donate a shirt should call Sue Hernandez at 869-2033, Bellows at 869-2280, or mail the shirt to Debbie Wetzel at P.O. Box 539, Saxtons River, VT 05154.
Chances for the quilt will be on sale in June, with the winner drawn on the Fourth of July.