Columbian Literary society meets

Judy Snyder hosted the November meeting of the Columbian Literary Exchange at her home and also presented the program, From Hex Signs to Barn Quilts. Hex signs which are notable on Pennsylvania barns, are usually circular in form displaying images found in nature, numbers and colors. They symbolize qualities such as protection, love, luck or purity. Barn quilts, which are less familiar, are big squares of wood that hang on the barn. They are painted with various colors and symbols also signifying themes representative of the farm or family. Snyder took guests on a tour of barn quilts across America chronicled by the book, “Following the Barn Quilt Trail” by Suzi Parron. She also created a barn quilt to be hung at her home and provided everyone with a pamphlet of a self-guided driving tour of barn quilts in northeastern Pennsylvania.