Meetings, Events and Programs

Monthly meetings are held at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Ave and McKinley St NW in Washington DC.  Participants are invited for snacks at 7:00 PM.  Programs start at 7:30 PM.  Check the individual program listing for variations on venue and time.  Scheduled meetings and programs are canceled when DC or Montgomery County schools are closed due to inclement weather.

Museum Lectures are usually held at the Bead Museum, 400 7th St NW in Washington, DC, and usually begin at 6 pm.
Please see individual listings for each lecture. The lectures are usually free and open to the public, but because of limited seating capacity at the Museum, advance reservations are required. Please call  202-624-4500.
 
Topics of Museum Lectures are generally more narrowly focused than our Bead Society Meeting programs and offer the opportunity to meet and chat with a variety of bead researchers and specialists.

For additional information, program description, venue, time and fees, click on the titles below:

2004
Jan 8
Jan 16
  • Third Thursday Open House The Bead Museum 6 - 8 PM
Feb 12
Feb 19
  • Third Thursday Open House The Bead Museum 6 - 8 PM
March 11
March 18
April 8
April 15
April24-25
May 13
May 20
June 10
June 17
July 8
July 15
AUGUST
No monthly meeting-our traditional Bead Swap will be held on August 29
Aug. 19
Aug. 29
Sept. 16
Sept. 18
Nov. 13-14

40th Semi-Annual Bead Bazaar at Ramada Exhibition Center New Carrolton, MD

   
   

 

2004

January 8
Bead Society Monthly Meeting
 
Annual Member Show and Tell
 
Annual member show and tell. Members should bring personal treasures they've made or acquired. For updates call (202) 624-4500 ext. 2 or visit www.bsgw.org. Visitors are welcome.
 
Location:    
Chevy Chase Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm.
Free

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February 12
Bead Society Monthly Meeting
 
Nick Barnes
 
Nick Barnes, silversmith, will discuss and show slides of his work as well as demonstrate techniques..
 
Location:    
Chevy Chase Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm.
Free

March 11
Bead Society Monthly Meeting
 
Moroccan jewelry
 
Hamid Mernissi will share his personal collection of Moroccan jewelry.
 
Location:    
Chevy Chase Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm.
Free

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March 18
Third Thursday Late Hours at the Bead Museum
 
Bring your wedding-related beaded finery such as gowns, veils, headdresses, jewelry etc., or photographs, for show and tell in preparation for the next exhibition, "Beads in Wedding Adornment," scheduled for September, 2004 (program repeats at the Bead Society of Greater Washington meeting at the Chevy Chase Community Center on April 8)
 
Location:    
Bead Museum
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Free

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April 8
Bead Society Monthly Meeting
 
"Show and Tell - Bridal Style"
 
In anticipation of the "Beaded Brides" exhibition opening this fall at the Bead Museum, members are invited to share their personal beaded bridal treasures that may have been used in dowries, as bridal gifts, and as bridal attire from the U.S. and around the world. Do you have your mother's beaded wedding dress? -- the pearls your Dad gave you at your marriage? -- a Hungarian beaded groom's jacket? A Native American beaded wedding tunic? A Chinese mala, French rosary, or other beaded nuptial accoutrements? Your treasure may be chosen for inclusion in our forthcoming exhibit. For additional information, call the Museum at 202-624-4500 and leave a message for curator Christine Brown.
 
Location:    
Chevy Chase Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm.
Free

 

April 15
Third Thursday Late Hours at the Bead Museum
 
File your taxes and count your beads! Bring beads for identification by BSGW volunteers.Maybe some of those beads will be welcome currency!
 
Location:    
Bead Museum
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Free

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April 24-25

39th Semi-Annual Bead Bazaar
http://www.bsgw.org/bazaars.html

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May 13
Bead Society Monthly Meeting
 
Speaker: Maasai author Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton, author of Facing the Lion: Growing up Maasai on the African Savanna. Mr. Lekuton grew up in a nomadic Maasai village in Northern Kenya. Educated in the USA, Mr. Lekuton teaches history at the Langley School in northern Virginia and is actively involved in community development projects in rural Kenya. He is the youngest recipient of Kenya's Order of the Grand Warrior, a presidential award given for exemplary service to the country.
 
Location:    
Chevy Chase Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm
Free

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May 20
Third Thursday Late Hours at the Bead Museum
 
Come and see photographs of visitors' favorite beads, as photographed and accompanied with the story of these baubles, on our display board. In conjunction with International Museum Day, throughout the month of May visitors can drop by the Museum to leave their bead stories with a picture of their bead.
 
Location:    
Bead Museum
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Free

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June 10
Bead Society Monthly Meeting
Annual Business Meeting and Elections
 
Speaker: Fred Ward, Gemologist, freelance writer and photographer. Mr. Ward is the author and publisher of, among other titles, the Fred Ward Gem Series, a nine-book series of single-topic gem books. He is a popular speaker at BSGW meetings and always shares information about his travels and finds.
 
Location:    
Chevy Chase Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm
Free

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June 17
Third Thursday Late Hours at the Bead Museum

Polymer Clay Beadmaking with Georgia Sargeant, recreating such traditional patterns as chevrons and combed beads. Georgia is the coauthor of
Polymer Clay Explorations: Exploring New Techniques, New Materials
Demonstrations begin at 6:15, 6:45 and 7:15

 
Location:    
Bead Museum
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Free

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July 8
Bead Society Monthly Meeting
Kundan, Meena and Khudai: Art of Traditional Goldsmithing in Rajasthan
 
B.D. Soni is a 9-th generation goldsmith from the golden city of Jaisalmer located in the state of Rajasthan, western India. After a short introductory speech by Bead Society member, Christine Brown, Mr. Soni will be demonstrating the ttraditional echniques and tools he employs in making different types of jewelry. The demonstration will focus on: Kundun Rough cut gemstones set with gold foil Meena Enameling Khudai Carving Other techniques such as fine granulation (rawa) and stamping will also be shown. Finished examples of each type of jewelry will be on display. Audience members are encouraged to bring examples of Indian jewelry to show and discuss.
 
Location:    
Chevy Chase Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm
Free

July15
Third Thursday Open House at the Bead Museum

Join BSGW member and artist Lisa Raye Garlock in making wire sculptures to decorate with materials and beads for a display in our corner window. Participants will be acknowledged, and can pick-up their artwork when the display comes down. Supply charge: $3

 
Location:    
Bead Museum
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm.

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August 19
Third Thursday Late Hours at the Bead Museum

View the video "The Beaded Universe: Strands of Culture," (1998, 26 minutes). "Beads from strands of culture encircling the globe connecting all people." Runs continuously throughout the evening.

 
Location:    
Bead Museum
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Free

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August 29
BSGW Traditonal Bead Swap

Location:    
at the home of Anita Gumpert
Time: 2:00 - 5:00pm.
Bring a dish or drinks to share, and a selection of beads to swap.

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September 16
Third Thursday Open House at the Bead Museum

View the video "Liza Lou," produced by Diana Freedberg, to see the artist create vignettes and portraits using beads and the help of the community (18 minutes).

 
Location:    
Bead Museum
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Free

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September 18
Arts on Foot

Family fun activities in conjunction with the neighborhood Arts on Foot festival. Try your hand at making a wire bead sculpture and giant beads, and view the current Naga and Timeline exhibitions.

 
Location:    
Bead Museum
Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm.
Free

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November 13-14
40th Semi-Annual Bead Bazaar at Ramada Exhibition Center New Carrolton, MD

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