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Topic: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland  (Read 3352 times)
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« 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. Piscataway Park is home to the National Colonial Farm, where the Stitch 'n Time volunteer group (both run by the Accokeek Foundation) 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. Smiley 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.  Smiley
  • 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.  Cheesy 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
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2019 02:02:23 PM »

Darn! It sounds fun, and I wish I lived closer Smiley
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« Reply #2 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 Smiley.
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« Reply #3 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.  Grin
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« Reply #4 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!  Grin
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« Reply #5 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.
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« Reply #6 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.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 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.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 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!
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« Reply #9 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!
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