HNW - Looking for Needlework & Garb Fun Near Baltimore

Larsdatter, Karen Karen at
Tue May 2 20:04:03 PDT 2000

Anne wrote:

> I'm headed East (Baltimore) for a week long contingency planning
> conference 5/8-5/11.  
> I'm leaning at this point towards running into DC on Friday and
> checking out the Viking Exhibit at the Smithsonian, and
> possibly the Textile Museum, which I believe is also fairly close.
> Any suggestions?

Baltimore and DC aren't exactly next to each other but if you have 
a rental car or something DC isn't that far of a drive.  (I think there 
are pretty good trains between the two as well.)

Baltimore is home to the Walters Art Gallery 
( which has collections of medieval art, 
renassance & baroque art, Islamic art, Asian art, and the collection 
of manuscripts and rare books.

You might also want to check out the Baltimore Museum of Art 
has an exhibit on 19th and 20th century Chantilly laces (in case 
you're interested in that sort of thing) -- you can find more 
information at

There's a lot of neat stuff going on in DC while you'll be here as 
well, besides the Vikings and Textile Museum exhibits ... here's a 
couple just to pique your interest :)

The Folger Shakespeare Library ( is having 
an exhibit on the concept of Fortune in the Middle Ages & 
Renaissance --

The Corcoran ( has an exhibit on 
Treasures from the Topkapi -- which does, as I understand, include 
some other period Turkish textiles --

You can find information on area museums with exhibits of 
potential interest to the SCA folks at

The weekend following your stay in Baltimore, there'll be an SCA 
event in Fredericksburg, VA -- I can send you more information if 
you'd like -- there'll be a variety of classes, even one on embroidery 
(I'm teaching that one actually)  and Alianora's teaching a class on 
medieval tokens & favours :)

Beyond the SCA there's interesting stuff coming up during your 
stay in the area too ...

The weekend before your stay in the area, the Smithsonian will be 
having a workshop on Viking arms & armor, on the first floor of the 
Natural History Museum from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  This weekend 
will also be the Flower Mart Festival at the Washington Cathedral -- 
a neat opportunity to take a peek inside the stonecarver's 
workshop :)

May 12, there will be a concert of Spanish Renaissance music at 
the University of Maryland in College Park, as well as a lecture on 
Vikings in popular culture at Baird Auditorium at the National 
Museum of Natural History.  The weekend after your stay in the 
area there will be a workshop on nålbinding at Natural History too.

For information on this and more stuff (and trust me there is LOTS 
more stuff) ;) see

I'd better get back to work on my Hurry-Up Embroidery Project!! 
AIEE!  Bedtime draws near ... :)

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