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Title: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: calluna on July 25, 2019 01:09:52 PM


It's happening! You're invited to my place for a bit of crafting (by the fireplace if it's cold, out amongst the oak trees if not), tea, and autumnal snacking in my little 1830s cottage in Charles County, Maryland, on Saturday, October 26th.

Arrive as early as you like, and then at noon we'll go have lunch - indoor if the weather is bad, or else picnic at Piscataway National Park (https://www.nps.gov/pisc/index.htm). Piscataway Park is home to the National Colonial Farm (https://accokeekfoundation.org/agriculture/), where the Stitch 'n Time volunteer group (both run by the Accokeek Foundation (https://accokeekfoundation.org)) will be meeting from 1-4pm to process wool from the farm's heritage-breed flock of sheep. This group does all kinds of heritage crafts so there may be other activities going on as well, and you're welcome to join in to learn, share your knowledge, spin some yarn, or just be excited about making things!

This will be a very low-key, unstructured day, in terms of my hosting. :) Feel free to come and go, join us whenever, feel no pressure or obligation. I would be doing these things even if no one showed up! But regardless, if there's a good chance you'll be there please RSVP by sending a PM to calluna, even if you're only planning to join us for the afternoon at the Farm. The volunteer coordinator for the Stitch 'n Time group (who you're going to love) is super excited we're coming but she needs a rough head-count ahead of time.

Further notes (check back here closer to the event in case there are more things added):

  • You're welcome to bring supplies or projects to share or swap, but you don't have to bring anything, just money for your lunch! No admission fees at Piscataway Park.
  • Please carpool if possible. Bring a friend or significant other if you like! Piscataway Park is on the Potomac River and has a fishing dock on the Potomac River, if you want to bring a fisher.  :)
  • I'll send address, phone, and directions to everyone who RSVPs once we get closer to the date.
  • The larger property (on which I rent this little cottage) is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the remaining 20 acres of what used to be a massive tobacco plantation dating back to the 1700s. I am still slowly working on learning the history of the place and who lived and was enslaved here (no books have been written on it, as best as I can tell). Rather than any specific events, the architecture of the remaining structures is what historians have found most notable on this property. Both houses are private residences, and as such the property isn't open to the public. So, come visit in October to see some yet-to-be-explored history!
  • Living in a space this old means things are rustic, and not always in a charming way. I do have electricity, WiFi, and running water, but  I'm telling you right now that the toilet looks disgusting even though it is clean.  :D The house's well water is gross and it stains most surfaces; it also gets dark and filmy after exposure to oxygen, so the water sitting in the toilet bowl will make you question whether the last person flushed. They did. Also, my toilet is upstairs, and the steps are unusually steep, so be aware of that if you have mobility concerns.
  • I highly recommend bringing a camping chair--even if we aren't outside very much, I don't have a great deal of seating at my place, and I think all the seats at the Farm are wood benches.
  • One of the really popular elements of past meetups has been workshops; I don't think there will be sufficient time at my place to hold one and also just hang out, but the afternoon will be all about fiber processing (for those who choose to do that), so maybe that will count? I'm open to suggestions and changes.

Attendees so far: Averia, LadybugsAndBumblebees, thanate, underthemountain + Lana


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic informal meetup in Southern Maryland
Post by: craftADDchick on July 25, 2019 02:02:23 PM
Darn! It sounds fun, and I wish I lived closer :)


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic informal meetup in Southern Maryland
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on July 25, 2019 02:49:44 PM
We want to come! The mister has a Phish concert in Ann Arbor that weekend in October and Sept may be too soon. We'd travel just to see you though, if the invitation is open and it's a year round thing. I mean, maybe not in the wicked snow storms of winter but there's nothing like a spring lamb love-fest to ring in the end of the cold. I will watch this topic for developments :).


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic informal meetup in Southern Maryland
Post by: kbrison on July 25, 2019 03:47:56 PM
Sounds wonderful but much too far for me. Guess I'm lucky that the Christmas in July Fiber Fest near Tulsa starts tomorrow. I'll just make do with it.  ;D


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic informal meetup in Southern Maryland
Post by: thanate on July 25, 2019 04:45:20 PM
I think October would work better for me, since there's a local SCA event on our calendar for the last Saturday of September, but I'll definitely be watching the thread for further developments!  ;D


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic informal meetup in Southern Maryland
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on July 25, 2019 07:12:35 PM
Me too, b/c I would love to meet with other Craftsters, since I couldn't go to the Asheville one.


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic informal meetup in Southern Maryland
Post by: underthemountain on July 25, 2019 07:31:45 PM
Sounds great Calluna!  I like the idea of the 4th Saturday.  We don't have hula on the 4th Saturday of the month so that means that Lana and I can both make it...unless she has a robotics thing going on. 

Thanks for hosting!

I have been a tad busy, but I am thinking about our Hawaii meetup and will be posting soon.  :)


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic informal meetup in Southern Maryland
Post by: calluna on July 26, 2019 03:12:06 AM
Awesome!! This weekend I'll double-check with the group coordinator about meeting October 26th, and regardless, my door will be open.  :)


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: calluna on August 10, 2019 12:19:50 PM
We're on for October 26! I have updated the first post in this thread with all the details I can think of at the moment. Feel free to ask more questions! I hope to see you there!


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on August 10, 2019 01:41:35 PM
I'll have to check on the money situation, but I think after missing the Asheville meetup, DH would MAKE this work for me!  YEA!  It's happening!


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 10, 2019 02:18:22 PM
D'oh, this is the weekend my man has a show in Ann Arbor so I have plans to go along and meet up with some people there. All will hinge on my mom's plans but I've got fingers crossed about it.
We plan to visit with you another time though calluna, we'll make it a long weekend trip sometime when there's a grandparent around to watch all these many troublesome children of ours so we can get away!


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: underthemountain on August 10, 2019 08:30:35 PM
Yay!  Thanks calluna!  Just added it to my calendar!
 


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: Averia on August 25, 2019 05:58:27 PM
ooh I have been dying to see this cottage! I am in!


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: calluna on August 26, 2019 04:35:55 AM
Yessss!!!


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on September 11, 2019 08:38:10 AM
I'm definitely be there.  DH will be driving down with me, but he'll keep busy with other things while I'm hanging out with my Craftster peeps!  ;D

Thank you, calluna!


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: kbrison on September 20, 2019 07:10:44 PM
Wish I could join all of you but we're doing some major remodeling this fall. We'll be on a trip to Illinois for my 50th class reunion the prior weekend and won't be home until a few days before the meet-up That's also the weekend we'll probably be celebrating all our Halloween birthdays: one niece and three great-nieces. Sure will miss seeing all of you though. Have a wonderful time!


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: Averia on September 21, 2019 06:13:06 AM
No Kathy? Say it isn't so!


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: curiousfae on September 30, 2019 05:55:06 PM
wish i could make this. it sounds wonderful! will you post some pictures? i would love to see all your smiling faces!


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on October 01, 2019 06:46:49 AM
I'll post pics, if it's allright with the others!  I had to back out of the Asheville meet-up unexpectedly, so I'm thrilled to be going to this!


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: calluna on October 01, 2019 01:35:16 PM
Yay! My mom might be there too, and she would be happy to get group photos. I hope there is a meetup in the Midwest again, so many of you lovely folks right in the middle, and now I could actually go.


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: BigBangMomma on October 01, 2019 04:52:31 PM
I really wish I could go, but the fall is super busy with my kid's activities and that day in particular is our Fall season soccer tournament and then my daughter's marching band is having an exhibition show at a competition later in the evening. Two really big things I just don't want to miss!


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: calluna on October 12, 2019 03:44:42 AM
Very understandable! You're going to come home one of these days and find us all crafting in your living room, paper and fabric and chocolate everywhere.  :D (KIDDING! We'd get your permission first!)

I have an update from the Farm: In the same space where we will be, there will be old-time tavern games, cider-making demos, and presumably cider-tasting as well! Yum. If you happen to have colonial-style costume pieces, you're encouraged to wear them or bring them for another group member to wear. Otherwise, if you would like to dress up while you're there, they may have some extra pieces you can wear. And if you don't want to dress up, that's totally fine too!

We're hoping to dye some fiber while we're there, using natural materials found on the property -- but this will depend on whether these things are still present and ready for harvesting in a couple weeks. Turmeric and pokeberries are the most likely materials.

I kept meaning to nudge MissingWillow, gozer, and Watsonc7, but never remembered when I was at the computer! My apologies for the late notice. Am I leaving out additional obvious invites? As a shot in the dark, I'll also see if this could summon our dearly-missed freestyle and ptarmic wumpus.


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on October 12, 2019 09:12:06 AM
The more the merrier!  :D

I'm fine with photos posted.


Title: Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland
Post by: BigBangMomma on October 12, 2019 11:26:37 AM
[member]calluna[member], anytime!