Monday, July 4, 2016

Visit Williamsburg- SAGA Convention Pre-day Tour!

Colonial Williamsburg textile tour

Tuesday, September 20,2016   8:00 am – 4:30 pm 

8 am  depart the hotel by charted coach to Colonial Williamsburg where you will begin the day touring two of the DeWitt Wallace museum’s textile exhibits. A Century of African-American Quilts showcasing eleven colorful and stunning quilts, half of which have never before been seen by the public. The quilts of African Americans varied widely, depending on the date, location or community, the purpose for which the quilt was made, and the personal artistic vision of the quilt maker. The bold designs and brilliant colors of the quilts featured in the exhibition speak to a longstanding cultural and artistic tradition within which the women designed and created their quilts.
African-American Quilt

Also view 18th- early 19th century stitched textiles in A Rich and Varied Culture: Early Southern Textiles. See stitched textiles, such as quilted clothing and bedcovers, decorative pocketbooks, and small accessories, which were usually made at home by women. Most needlework pictures and samplers were stitched by girls attending schools or seminaries often located many miles from the needle worker’s home The majority of American schoolgirl embroideries were created by middle and upper class white girls who lived on the Eastern seaboard in the New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. Southern embroideries are not as plentiful as there were fewer cities and large towns where schools were most likely to be established. The samplers come from several different states including Virginia, the Carolinas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. Each sampler on view offers a glimpse into a young girl’s life.

Williamsburg Sampler
12:30 pm following the museum tour the group will enjoy a southern lunch at the Shields Tavern. (At the time of registration, attendees will choose between pulled pork and fried chicken. All lunches include salad, tavern bread, beverage and ice cream)


Williamsburg Millinery Shop

The afternoon will include a tour of the Colonial Williamsburg Weave Room, as well as the Millinery and Tailor Shop. Explore the technology of weaving and other aspects of producing textiles, including spinning and dyeing.  Karen Clancy, Journeyman weaver, spinner and dyer will share how Colonial Williamsburg uses botanical recipes to blend the historic old with a vibrant new world of pure color to create authentic dyes that are then spun and woven right in the Weave Room.  Just down the street visit the Margaret Hunter Millinery Shop and explore the trades of the milliner, tailor, mantua-maker, and stay-maker. Fashion was just as important in the 18th century as it is today. Learn about the changes and how clothing was viewed by society.
Masonic Apron
3:30 pm the group will depart for the hotel. Water and apples will be provided by SAGA business member, Lavender House.

Timeline summary
8:00 am               depart hotel for Colonial Williamsburg
9-9:15 am            arrive Colonial Williamsburg; walk from parking lot to museum
10am – 12 pm   tour the Dewitt Wallace museum exhibits
12:15-1:30 pm   lunch at the Shields Tavern
1:30-3:00 pm     walking tour of the Colonial Williamsburg Weave Room and Milliner and Tailor Shops
3:30-3:45 pm     board bus to return to hotel
4:15 – 4:30 pm arrive at hotel

Cost for the day - $130:  includes transportation, museum and historical grounds fee, lunch and all tips

Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. A sweater or light jacket is recommended for inside wear. 

Visit the SAGA website to sign up!

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