The North Carolina Quilt Symposium, Incorporated (NCQSI) is a non-profit corporation formed after the first North Carolina Quilt Symposium in Raleigh in 1979. It was formed to promote and perpetuate quilting in North Carolina.
That’s the historically “correct” answer. WHAT IS SYMPOSIUM???
It is FUN! Yearly, quilters from all over North Carolina come together for 3 glorious days devoted to quilting. Quilters from other states also come to join in the fun.
A typical Symposium begins on a Thursday afternoon in late May or early June. We get settled in, shop in the local shops and/or at the Vendor Mall, begin taking in the Quilt show that rarely has less than 200 quilts, eat dinner and gather for an evening of door prizes and meeting the teachers who will be teaching all weekend.
Friday and Saturday are a whirlwind of quilting activities: lectures, classes, Quilt show, Vendors, meals, and evening activities. Activities could be an Ice Cream Sundae bar or Line dancing – one never knows what to expect, but it is always FUN!
Sunday concludes with a last flurry of classes and lectures and at the very end, around noon, we gather for a final time. During this last gathering, the location for the next year’s Symposium will be announced and there are more door prizes! The BIG FINALE is the awarding of 3, THREE, Scholarships for the next year’s Symposium!! The drawing for these Scholarships are a “you must be present to win” drawing and the anticipation is palpable as we all wait to see who will get to attend the following year at a greatly discounted price!!
Back to a bit of history and information about how Symposium happens:
NCQSI is not a membership organization. NCQSI’s work is done by a Board of Directors who meets regularly throughout the year. They are charged with the duty of making sure there is a Symposium each year in North Carolina. They select guilds to host the Symposium (interested guilds apply to NCQSI); provide seed money to hosting guilds; and offer planning assistance to the hosting guild.
Each Symposium is a bit different because each year there is a different hosting guild that chooses teachers, location, and activities. The Board does not regulate these choices.
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