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Closed! In the Shadow of the Moon: Making Quilts for the Great American Eclipse

Great American Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA's GSFC
November 14-17, 2023
Volunteers must commit to entire session

Join us for another great commemorative quilt-making project on the Shawnee! The "Great North American Eclipse" will trace a narrow path of totality across 13 U.S. states and parts of Canada and Mexico in April 2024. In 2017, during the last solar eclipse, nearly 300,000 people visited the Forest to witness the umbra (moon's shadow) shade out the Earth for almost three minutes. Next year, on April 8, 2024, the moon’s shadow will be almost twice as long at 4 minutes and 8 seconds! During those minutes, darkness will descend upon the Forest and the day will become evening as we watch this amazing natural phenomenon!

We would like to celebrate this exciting solar event by recording our thoughts and feelings in fabric to make a solar eclipse quilt or quilts! We are looking for volunteers that would like to help us to commemorate past eclipses as well as to mark the upcoming solar/lunar happening. Please bring your scissors and thread, sewing machine, and cutting wheel/board, and join us in learning about this rare celestial event happening on the Shawnee National Forest!

Please note that current COVID-19 protocols as recommended by the CDC and Forest Service will be followed to ensure the safety of volunteers and staff.

Number of openings: 8

Special skills: Previous quilting, sewing, cutting & working with fabric experience and, of course, creativity a plus, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: The worksite will be in a large conference room at the Robert L. Mees Village Center, at John A. Logan Community College located in Carterville; restroom facilities, water; Carterville, Carbondale, and Marion are full-service communities with numerous hotel and other lodging options, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging, meals, and daily transportation to and from project site

Nearest towns: Project based in Carterville; Carbondale, ~ 9 miles; Marion, 10 miles

Applications due: Deadline Extended

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