April – October, 2014
At the Museum
NMAC will offer this major exhibition of selections from one of the most important private coverlet collections in the country. John Simmermaker, a well-known and respected long-time collector, is making his coverlets available for this exciting event.
Opening weekend will be April 12-13, at which time we will welcome the Colonial Coverlet Guild of America for their 2014 annual meeting. The meeting will be open to the public.
The exhibition will run through the weekend of the September Coverlet College, and perhaps be extended until after the fabled Bedford Fall Foliage weekends in October. Mr. Simmermaker will offer presentations at both the opening CCGA weekend and Coverlet College. This will be a "must-see" exhibition, so plan to attend when you can! We'll be updating this website and the Museum Facebook pages as more details are worked out.
Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
May 3 & 4, 2014
Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairground Road
West Friendship, MD 21794
Yes, 2014 will be our fifth year at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. If you haven't been there, you are missing out on a lot of fun. Always held on the first full weekend in May, this is the largest sheep and wool festival in the country. Admission is free, and it is a must-see. Hours are 9 to 6 on Saturday and 9 to 5 on Sunday. We'll have our usual space, A-2 at the front of the main exhibition building. Get directions and read all about it at www.sheepandwool.org. We look forward to seeing you there.
Rug Hooking WEEK
August 11-16, 2014
Sauder Village, Archbold, OH
Each year in August, Sauder Village hosts its renowned rug hooking week. In 2014, our own Laszlo and Melinda Zongor will be there to talk about coverlets and their relationship with hooked rugs. There will be a coverlet presentation, a discovery day, book signings, and various coverlet-related activities. Stay tuned to the Museum website for details. This will be a nice opportunity to see our Midwestern friends, so we hope to see you there!
Saturday, September (date to be announced)
For knitters, spinners, weavers, rug hookers and everyone interested in fiber. This one-day event will include demonstrations, workshops, informal lessons, vendors and more – plus space for folks to bring their work and a chair and “do their thing.” All are welcome to participate or watch.
September, 27-28, 2014
At the Museum
This will be the third in our series of annual seminars covering both "basic" and "advanced" topics (we use these terms loosely), including hands-on opportunities and a show-and-tell. There is something for everyone, including collectors, researchers and antiques dealers. If you want to know more about coverlets, this is the series for you. And don't be intimidated. We welcome folks at all levels of expertise, or the lack of it. After all, that's why we're here!
When it is finalized, a full detailed schedule and registration form will be posted here – but mark your calendar now to avoid conflicts! And remember, space is limited, so sign up early!