There is a sewing society that meets weekly and helps keep this community warm. Up to 25 members bring their cutting tools, sewing machines and projects and meet every Thursday morning at Hollister Senior Center. It’s a society because it’s members socialize while sewing. They chatter away. They laugh and tease, tell stories and share life experiences. They describe themselves as kind of crazy, sometimes a little nutty and they call themselves the Mad Hatters.
Membership fees are a very reasonable $0.25 per week. That pays for the rent. Although each member provides their own tools and fabric, expertise is not a requirement. People join who want to learn to sew and quilt. No fee for a lesson. They welcome fresh faces. There are about 25 members-mostly hardy Michiganians, but some go south for the winter.