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Happy Haunted Birthday Carolyn Reese

Our favorite Road to California ghoul is celebrating another Halloween birthday!!Carolyn

Carolyn Reese was born on her grandparents’ homestead in Oklahoma on Halloween.  Her family settled in California in 1953. She worked in the yardage department of the May Company store in Lakewood while going to college. In the 1970’s, Carolyn and her mother opened a fabric store, The Fabric Patch, which quickly became a trend-setting quilt store in Southern California. Carolyn purchased the Road to California brand when it was just a few classes, nothing more. Her vision has turned it in to a premier quilt show with classes and vendors. 2015 will mark the 20th Anniversary Show and promises to be a very special event with many surprises throughout the five days. 

What makes Road to California so special for Carolyn is that her family gathers each year to help support her with the show._i4c4160pg

Carolyn’s favorite Halloween memories revolved around her children trick or treating when they were growing up. These days, her Halloween birthday usually finds her at trade shows. Carolyn is reminded daily of her Halloween birthday every time her cell phone rings with its haunted house melody. 

Join us in wishing Carolyn Reese a very Happy Halloween Birthday!!


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5 Responses to “Happy Haunted Birthday Carolyn Reese”

  1. Cindy Zabuska says:

    Happy Birthday, Carolyn!! This will be my 20th consecutive year to attend Road to CA!! Can’t wait!

  2. Deborah Barrett says:

    Happy Birthday Carolyn.
    Have a great day. See you in January! It will be my 12th year for attending in a row. It’s the best show ever. I come for the week and take class’s. Love it!

  3. kerry faraone says:

    Happy happy Birthday, Carolyn!!!!
    october babies are the best!!!

  4. Connie Wells says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Carolyn…….I cannot believe all we have in common. I too moved to CA in 1953 (but from Kansas) and I have old home movies of the Lakewood Center being built…..including the main store May Co. I lived less than a mile from the center and frequented it often. My 1964 Lakewood High class pictures were taken at the photography dept at May Co. I have been quilting about 30 years now. And while living in CA I never missed the Road to California. Now I live in North Carolina and although we have great quilt shows here, it is NOT the Road to California. So I have booked a flight in January to meet up with quilting friends and come to the show again. I have really missed it. Thank you for all the hard work you’ve put into it. I’ve organized smaller shows, but I know how much work and dedication it is. I hope to see you in January !

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