Mar
9
to Mar 10

Lost Trades Fair (Kyneton, Victoria, Australia)

Silhouettes By Hand returns to Australia for the very popular Lost Trades Fair, a celebration of trades and crafts that need to be remembered and cherished.

Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10, 2019
10am-4pm

"Lost Trades celebrates the art of skilled manual work, ancient crafts and rare trades, the special tools, traditions, languages and secrets that go hand in hand with these trades, passed down through generations.  Many crafts and trades have been lost to history; traditional trades and industries that once were the backbone to building our country have fallen from our landscape in the wake of new technology, mass production and an 'on demand' culture. 

The Lost Trades Fair was established to change this; these trades and the incredible artisans and real makers who continue to pursue these trades as a career deserve a platform to showcase their skills, incredible craftsmanship and share their knowledge. 
The Fair will inspire you and show you what hard work, following a passion and true craftsmanship is about.   
Come, meet the makers and be inspired. "

Showcasing over 100 traditional artisans sharing their knowledge and skills and openly demonstrating their trades. Blacksmithing toolmaking, chairmaking, spooncarving; makers of rocking horses, penny farthings, boats, rope and armour join ceramicists, spinners, whip plaiters, weavers, knifemakers, saddlers, leatherworkers and more in this unique event celebrating craftsmanship and master and apprentice trades and crafts.

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Dec
9
1:00 PM13:00

Holidays at Hampton NHS (Towson, MD)

Come be a part of our annual celebration "Holidays at Hampton" and explore the holiday traditions of Hampton from 1790 to the modern era. 

The theme for 2018 is “A Victorian Christmas.” Many of the holiday traditions that are familiar to us today have their origins in the 19th century during the long reign (1837-1901) of the British Monarch Queen Victoria, who helped popularize some of our most important holiday traditions, including Christmas trees.  Four of the Mansion’s rooms (Drawing Room, Music Room, Children's Bedchamber, Guest Bedchamber) interpret different parts of the period from the 1830s to the early 1900s, coinciding with Victoria's reign and displaying several of the important traditions from that era that have come down to us in the 21st century.

Victorian Christmas traditions we’d recognize today include Santa Claus with his sleigh and reindeer; elaborate Christmas cards; Christmas stockings hung by the children for St. Nick; and beautiful books made especially for Christmas gift-giving. 

In the 1840s Drawing Room, small toys that are similar to those given to the plantation’s enslaved children can be seen, along with the original lists of the gifts next to the children’s names.

A full weekend of activities will include guided and open house-style tours of the historic mansion, an evening 'candlelight' tour, arts and crafts at the Lower Farm, holiday musical performances, storytelling, and more!  

The open house schedule will be as follows:
Saturday, December 8
12 pm - 4 pm and 6 pm - 8 pm
(Guided tours will be offered at 10 am and 11 am)
Sunday, December 9
12 pm - 4 pm
(Guided tours will be offered at 10 am and 11 am)
Farm House: Christmas crafting and farm programs from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.


Admission is free. Free parking will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Free shuttle services will be available from parking areas at Towson United Methodist Church on Hampton Lane and Hampton National Historic Site. Contact HNHS at 410-823-1309

Silhouettes will be freehand-cut in the traditional manner, traditional to the Victorian era, by your specialist artist Lauren Muney. Silhouettes are free to the public, sponsored by the Friends of Hampton. Only 1 copy per person with a “timed ticket” provided at the Lower Farmhouse door.

Silhouette Timed-Tickets will start just before 1:00pm; ‘first come first served’ until all ticket times are given out, which corresponds to the end of the Silhouettes time at 4pm. If you miss your Ticketed time, you will not get another chance - due to the amount of people. No other silhouettes will be cut at this event outside of these ticket-times, due to limited time for this event.

(If you want more than one copy, please make an Order. Local Baltimore people can choose to arrange to pick up their Mail Order in person - and have their Shipping price refunded)
 

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Nov
30
to Dec 2

Holiday Nights at the Henry Ford (MI)

  • Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

5-10pm Fri, Sat, Sun:
Mingle with merrymakers amid the smells of roasting chestnuts and warm bonfires: the sounds of carolers, fiddlers and sleigh bells: and other yuletide activity during Holiday Nights in world-famous Greenfield Village. Every lantern-lit path takes you to a new winter wonder to discover. Strap on a pair of ice skates, send a shout-out to Santa and his magnificent reindeer, find your reflection in a handcrafted ornament and nestle into a horse-drawn wagon for a sing-along through Greenfield Village.

New this year: Jazz Happy Hour starts at 5pm (click link for info and entry tickets)

80 acres of living traditions etch America’s most heartwarming holiday experiences into your memories. Main Street brims with holiday goods, food and warm beverages. Historical home tours open the doors to centuries of favorite family holiday traditions. From the finest tinseled detail to the fireworks-filled sky that marks each evening’s finale, make our Christmas story a cherished part of your own.

More information on entry ticket prices, dinner packages, Santa packages, Happy Hour, at this link.

Skip the Line:

Silhouettes By Hand has been an annual guest artist at the "Civil War Remembrance" (ca.1860s) every May, but this is the first visit to "Holiday Nights". Celebrating the holiday season and holiday times of past decades, Lauren Muney, your silhouette artist, will be dressed in ca.1917 clothing as a new resurgence of silhouette interest enters pre-WWI America.

Start or continue a family silhouettes tradition - Silhouettes can become an annual gift tradition in your household as well as the households of your friends and relatives. Many families have silhouettes cut every year to notice the charming changes in their children’s growth, and to give as gifts.

You have an opportunity to SKIP THE LINE to choose your favorite silhouette appointment time, and PRE-PAY so you don't have to take out your wallet. See below to schedule your perfect time.

An unusual gift to a friend or loved one:

If you want to give a nostalgic and traditional gift to a loved one or friend, you can pre-pay for their silhouettes too! This especially works well if they are attending Holiday Nights with you - pay in advance for their appointment(s) and watch the surprised smiles happen!

No appointment? It’s ok!

You do not have to make an appointment to have your silhouette made! Walk-ins will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, as time allows. While making an appointment is highly recommended to ensure you get to your dinners and/or Santa visits on time, proclaim your liberty to be free from the constraints of a watch. (However, no promises are made about waiting lines or time. Doors closing promptly when the Village closes to guests).
Suggestion: make an appointment if you can!

Frames and mats

As with many of Silhouettes By Hand appearances, a limited number of unusual frames and mats will be available for sale at the Silhouettes location. Frame styles and prices will vary. (Extra fee for frame or mat, paid on site). If you want a different frame or mat style, please make plans to purchase frames at a regular store. Your silhouettes will be mounted on a 5x7 cardstock, ready for framing.

Confirmation Email

After making your appointment(s), you will receive a Confirmation Email with all details. Please read all information in your Confirmation Email. It will answer most or all of your questions.

Make your appointment here:



 

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Nov
1
to Dec 13

Holiday Mail-Orders For Silhouettes! (Nationwide)

During the Holiday season, please order Silhouette portraits from the comfort of your home!

Mail Order is the easiest way to request and receive silhouette portraits. From your own home, office, or anyplace you have Internet signal, you can:

  1. Order silhouettes, and mats or frames

  2. Pay securely with a credit card, Pay Pal, or Apple Pay

  3. Send the profile photos of your sitter(s)

  4. Sit back and rest.

See all the Order information on the Order page. 

Order before Dec 13 for Christmas Delivery.

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Oct
26
to Oct 27

Conference: Mid-Atlantic Region, Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM), (NJ)

MA-ALHFAM Skills Workshop and Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting.
Co-Hosts: NJ Living History Advisory Council (NJLHAC) and the Department of Environmental Protection/NJ Division of Parks and Forestry

Locations: Old Barracks Museum, Howell Living History Farm, Washington Crossing State Park (NJ), Historic Walnford, and the David Library of the American Revolution.

Workshops: Working with Flax, Hearth Cooking, Woodstove Cooking, Black Powder Safety for Site Managers, Research Resources & Techniques, Making Welt Pockets, Textiles/Costume “Free-for-All”, Urban Archaeology, Udder to Butter, Site Tour Tips and Tricks, First Person 101… as well as the traditional Salted, Smoked & Pickled reception at the Old Barracks, Saturday dinner, and an opportunity for “Corn Maze Experience” at Howell Farm.

Info Link: Mid Atlantic Skills Workshop

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Oct
20
to Oct 21

Autumn Colonial Market Fair (McLean, VA)

  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Held on the third full weekends of May, July, and October, the 18th Century Colonial Market Fair is a favorite among regular and first-time visitors alike. Visitors come from across the country and around the globe to sample the foods and merchandise of the Market Fair. Hours: 11:00am to 4:30pm

In the fall, warm yourself by the fires and enjoy the splendor of autumn with crisp local apples, warm savory meat pies and hearty breads. Let Market Fair entertainers, tradesmen, and the militia amuse and educate you.  Allow Mistress Barrow and Mr. John to entice you with their wares at the Dry Goods and the Gentlemen’s Goods stands. Learn to dip candles or turn a piece of wood on the carpenter’s lathe. Stop by the tavern for a cup of mulled wine before you begin your holiday shopping at the many tradesmen’s and merchants’ stalls.

Silhouettes By Hand presents visitors with the opportunity to sit for their own silhouette, much in the manner as people would have sat in the Colonial era 1770s America. Taking just a few moments, within minutes, only scissors have unveiled an astounding likeness made just from paper - without throwing any shadows or drawing in advance.

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Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

Harvest Festival (MD)

Come to the Agricultural History Farm Park to learn how Montgomery County’s farms and communities worked together to support the war effort during World War I at this year’s Harvest Festival.

Interact with living historians in historic costumes; participate in hands-on farm skills activities such as tin-smithing, making apple butter; paint pumpkins and build scarecrows; enjoy traditional music and dancing; experience farm equipment exhibitions and demonstrations; meet heritage farm animals; and partake of food, crafters, hayrides, and tours of the historic Magruder-Bussard Farmstead.

Silhouettes:
Silhouette portraiture will be demonstrated all day, centering on the era of World War I but also describing the history of silhouettes until that era. Why were Harvest Festivals so important for silhouettes? For a small fee, take home your own internationally-renown-artisan-made silhouette portraits of your family members and loved ones. Perfect for holiday gifting or keeping for yourself.

Enjoy some down-home fun on the farm with historic-style crafts, activities, music, and food. Montgomery Parks’ Agricultural History Farm Park is situated on 455 acres of land in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve and serves as a historic farm site as well as a modern farming activity center.

Harvest Festival activities Include:

  • Hayrides
  • Live farm animals
  • Scarecrow making
  • Corn maze
  • Farmhouse tours
  • Antique farm equipment
  • Working farm animal demonstrations
  • Archaeology dig
  • Garden tours
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Sep
15
to Sep 16

CANCELLED - Mount Vernon Colonial Market and Fair (VA)

  • George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

9/18/18: UPDATE:

Due to the incoming Hurricane Florence, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Museum canceled the Colonial Market and Fair for the original event date of Sept 15-16.

Mount Vernon rescheduled the event on 9/17 for Nov 10-11 - however Silhouettes By Hand is already scheduled elsewhere for that weekend, and sadly cannot attend.

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The finest traditional craftspeople come together on the grounds of George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate to bring you the highest-quality handmade work in a historical setting.

Colonial-attired artisans demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leather-workings, weavings, furniture, and much more.

General Washington will be on hand overseeing the festivities: 18th-century entertainment including music, a balloon-launch, fire-eating, puppet and magic shows, plus hearty specialty food for sale on site.

Silhouettes By Hand has been a favorite artisan at this event for six years, creating silhouette portraits and selling the finest rare frames for the historically inspired visitors and guests.

The Event link is here: http://www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events/colonial-market-fair/

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Museum website is here, including maps, fascinating facts, other events through the year, and its own app: http://www.mountvernon.org/

 

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Sep
1
to Sep 2

The Fair at New Boston (Springfield, OH)

  • George Rogers Clark Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Fair at New Boston is recognized as a premier living history event. All the music, entertainment, clothing, methods of cooking, foods served, merchandise booths, and equipment used by the artisans are juried (or judged) to ensure authenticity to the period.  It is also special because it is held on an historic site.  George Rogers Clark Park was the site of the Battle of Peckuwe, the Shawnee villages of Peckuwe and Kispoko, and the frontier town of New Boston. The Fair at New Boston is our way of remembering our history.

Silhouettes By Hand offers silhouette portraiture through its authentically styled canvas "artist studio", staying true to the Fair's period of 1790-1810. You will see "fairpeople" and visitors alike having silhouettes made - sometimes even a dog or a chicken...

Your full day of historical adventure will begin with cheering and huzzahs, as the 15 star flag is raised over the Fairground at the opening ceremonies. Stay around to hear food vendors brag about the quality of their delicacies and merchants urging the Fairmasters to stop by their booths.

Come hungry to the Fair! Enjoy frontier foods authentically prepared. Scotch eggs, smoked turkey legs, shredded beef, pork sausage on a stick, bison on a bun, ham on a biscuit, shredded chicken on a roll, bread with flavored butter & jam, chicken and noodles, Carolina rice, green beans and potatoes, garlic mushrooms in wine, ham & beans, New Brunswick stew, and apples & cheese provide plenty of choices to delight even the pickiest eaters. For desserts choose from peaches and pound cake, raspberries and cream, pies, vanilla ice cream with plum sauce, or strawberry crepes - good any time of day!

Thirsty visitors will find beverages in three taverns, The Black Horse, Littlejohn’s, and the Hickory, and the Dancing Goats Coffee House, which is located right in the middle of everything. 

After fulfilling your appetite, follow the drums down a forest trail to visit the growing Woodlands Indian Village. The Fair is on the former site of two Shawnee villages, Peckuwe and Kispoko. Handicrafts, games, and demonstrations of Shawnee, Mingo, Miami, Wyandotte, and other tribes are featured. Learn how food was prepared in camp. This is also one of the shadiest places to come on a hot, sunny afternoon.

Each afternoon features the excitement of a battle reenactment, which features militia on foot and on horse, cannons, Shawnee warriors, and Crown troops. 

 

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Aug
26
2:30 PM14:30

St. Elizabeth Seton's Birthday Family Day (MD)

  • The Shrine of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the family of devoted worshippers to celebrate Elizabeth Ann Seton’s birthday on the last Sunday of August at 1:30pm Mass and afterward on the grounds of the Seton Shrine. Auxiliary Bishop Adam Parker from the Archdiocese of Baltimore will celebrate Mass. Students of all ages are welcome to bring items used for studies – a backpack, bookbag, basket, tablet, book(s), etc. – for a special Backpack Blessing by Bishop Parker during the Birthday Mass. Afterward, we welcome everyone to join us for refreshments and fun activities on the grounds until 5pm. The Basilica and Visitor Center will be open from 12pm-6pm.

Silhouettes will be celebrated in the 18-teens era in which Mother Seton experienced much of her work. Silhouette portraits will be offered for the interested congregation members from 2:30pm-4:30pm, via timed tickets available at the Silhouettes area.

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Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Founder's Day Celebration at the Peale (Baltimore, MD)

Join the staff and celebrants of America's first purpose-built museum in celebrating 202 years! The Peale Museum, now called the Peale Museum for Baltimore History and Architecture, started as "the son" of America's first museum, the Peale Museum (in Philadelphia)

The Peale is the oldest museum building in the United States. It was built by Rembrandt Peale, a member of the first family of American artists. Through their explorations, scientific investigations, and museum displays, the Peale family also contributed greatly to the new nation’s understanding of natural history. Rembrandt commissioned architect Robert Cary Long to design the building—essentially a Federal Period townhouse, with a rear gallery extension.

The museum opened in August 1814. The following month, the British attacked Baltimore in the culmination of their Chesapeake campaign during the War of 1812. Afraid they would burn the city and with it his new museum, as they had the Capitol and the White House in Washington, D. C., Rembrandt, his pregnant wife and their seven children spent the night in the building during the Fort McHenry bombardment, hoping that the British would think it was their residence and spare it. Learn more about the Peales and what the city of Baltimore may have looked likewhen the Peale Museum opened.

The featured exhibit at the opening was the famous skeleton of the mastodon unearthed by Rembrandt’s father, Charles Willson Peale. Also displayed were military artifacts and stuffed birds, animals, and fish. Silhouette portraits were cut in the museum by use of a special face-tracing machine called a physiognotrace - the new portrait gadget of the era! 

In 1816, Rembrandt Peale illuminated one of his painting galleries with a “magic ring” of pearls of light—carbureted hydrogen gas. That same year he established, with a group of investors, the Gas Light Company of Baltimore. The first commercial gas light company in America, it grew into the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company and Constellation Energy, now Exelon. Learn about Baltimore in 1814-1815.

The Founder's Day event celebrates the founding of the Peale, opened as a Museum and Gallery of Fine Art by artist Rembrandt Peale on August 15, 1814, with 5 days of tours, talks, film, silhouette cutting, song, storytelling, poetry, garden parties, a makers’ market, food, drink and more from August 15-19, 2018. Celebration also includes on the restoration and recreation of the Peale’s historic ca. 1815 gas lights inside the Peale and on its grounds, by BGE gas light engineers and historians.

Silhouette portraiture will take place at 6pm, with your artist Lauren in full 1815 clothing, celebrating and discussing life (and silhouettes) in the early Baltimore.

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Jul
28
to Jul 29

War of 1812 Grand Tactical (NY)

Old Fort Niagara offers you a chance to step back in time to an era when great empires struggled for control of North America. 

The three flags flown daily above the parade ground symbolize the nations which have held Fort Niagara. Each competed for the support of a fourth nation: the powerful Iroquois Confederacy. The French established the first post here, Fort Conti, in 1679. Its successor, Fort Denonville (1687-88) was equally short lived. In 1726 France finally erected a permanent fortification with the construction of the impressive "French Castle." Britain gained control of Fort Niagara in 1759, during the French & Indian War, after a nineteen-day seige. The British held the post throughout the American Revolution but were forced, by treaty, to yield it to the United States in 1796. Fort Niagara was recaptured by the British in 1813. It was ceded to the United States a second time in 1815 at the end of the War of 1812. (The entire history is here)

Among War of 1812 reenactments, one event is selected each year to be designated the “Grand Tactical” — the one event that every War of 1812 reenactor will strive to attend. As such the War of 1812 Grand Tactical at Old Fort Niagara on July 28-29 is destined to be the largest War of 1812 military reenactment of 2018 — US and British land forces; naval vessels, personnel and artillery; Native allies — from all over the US, Canada and beyond.

The event will feature a full and varied schedule of activities from 9:30 to 5:00 each day, including military and camp life, soldier and sailor skill demos, weapon and uniform demos, daily opposed sides tacticals, a select group of historical vendors selling their wares, Regency country dancing, and a guest speaker Saturday afternoon.

Silhouettes By Hand will be one of the hand-selected historic artisans featured in the market area. As a portrait artist catering to both visitor as well as military/reenactor interests, Silhouettes By Hand's portraits will be savored as Federal, Regency, civilian, or military profile portraits will be created. Come enjoy this traveling artist's studio as it sets up on the banks of Lake Ontario, facing the glorious Canada land.

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Jul
21
to Jul 22

Summer Colonial Market Fair (McLean, VA)

  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Held on the third full weekends of May, July, and October, the 18th Century Colonial Market Fair is a favorite among regular and first-time visitors alike. Visitors come from across the country and around the globe to sample the foods and merchandise of the Market Fair. Hours: 11:00am to 4:30pm

In the summer, sit in the shade and savor roast chicken and spicy sausages, enjoy dancing and singing with the fiddler, test your water color and writing skills with Mr. Andrews at the Stationer. Muster with the militia and re-outfit your home in furniture from the Cabinet Maker. Only at Market Fair can you catch up on the latest news from the frontier and trade stories while enjoying local ale and porter at the Tavern. Try hands-on crafts such as spinning and dyeing, and shop for goods from the finest merchants in the Colonies.

Silhouettes By Hand presents visitors with the opportunity to sit for their own silhouette, much in the manner as people would have sat in the Colonial era 1770s America. Taking just a few moments, within minutes, only scissors have unveiled an astounding likeness made just from paper - without throwing any shadows or drawing in advance.

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Jun
1
to Jun 6

ALHFAM Annual Conference (OK)

The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums serves those involved in living historical farms, agricultural museums and outdoor museums of history and folklife. Since its founding in 1970, ALHFAM has been at the forefront of the growth and professionalization of the use of living history techniques in museum programs.

The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) shares practical knowledge and skills among those who make history relevant to contemporary lives. We draw strength from our diverse network of members, sharing experience, research and passion for participatory learning.

ALHFAM members and member institutions can be found across the United States and Canada and in many other countries.

In 2018, the conference will be hosted by Oklahoma Historical Society and the Cherokee Nation, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

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May
26
to May 28

Civil War Remembrance at the Henry Ford (Dearborn, MI)

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 9:30am – 5pm (Sat: event to 9pm; Silhouettes until 7pm)

At America’s largest open-air museum, Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford, feel the Civil War come alive all around you as bustling camps, cavalry, period musicians, artisans, and civilians enliven an entire weekend to challenge the many viewpoints of the Civil War period.

Silhouettes By Hand is a special invited guest artist, cutting silhouette portraits while interpreting portraiture in a new photographic age. An additional interpretation about the “science” of physiognomy rounds out the experience in this traveling artist studio under canvas.

What is freedom? What is liberty? These questions continue to define us. Bone-deep convictions on all sides split our young country in the mid-1800s. Civil War America is colored by a sense of fierce community, as well as the scorched-earth division of North and South. Join the beset citizenry, as they rise above wartime challenges to clothe, feed and entertain one another. Spend the day steeped in the atmosphere that drew 3 million to the battlefield and an estimated 750,000 to their graves. What did it feel like to fight on your own soil? Immersed amongst Union and Confederate living history soldiers, historians, presentations, 1860s fashions and street clothing, and military demonstrations, you might begin to comprehend the circumstances that ended slavery and killed today’s equivalent of 7.5 million people.

Event Page link: https://www.thehenryford.org/current-events/calendar/civil-war-remembrance

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May
20
11:00 AM11:00

Spring Colonial Market Fair (McLean, VA) (UPDATED)

[UPDATED: Saturday, 5/19
Due to poor weather (and environment conditions of 6 days of rain) which would adversely affect silhouette-portrait supplies, Silhouettes By Hand is unable to participate in Saturday's (5/19) event. A determination will be made for Sunday's (5/20) appearance - and posted on the Silhouettes By Hand Facebook Page. Deep apologies for any inconvenience.]

Held on the third full weekends of May, July, and October, the 18th Century Colonial Market Fair is a favorite among regular and first-time visitors alike. Visitors come from across the country and around the globe to sample the foods and merchandise of the Market Fair. Hours: 11:00am to 4:30pm

Celebrate spring at the first Market Fair of the season. Purchase herb and flowering plants and shop for the latest fashions in clothing, jewelry, potions and lotions. Play games and watch a children’s puppet theatre. Order nails from the Blacksmith or make your own Corn Husk Doll to become your new best friend . Lunch might be fresh vegetables, roast chicken, sausages and bread. Lemonade and sugar cakes from the Sweets stand and wine or ale from the Tavern provide a break from shopping and the other business of the Fair.

Silhouettes By Hand presents visitors with the opportunity to sit for their own silhouette, much in the manner as people would have sat in the Colonial era 1770s America. Taking just a few moments, within minutes, only scissors have unveiled an astounding likeness made just from paper - without throwing any shadows or drawing in advance.

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May
12
10:00 AM10:00

WWI Commemoration at the Old State House (AR)

The Old State House Museum in Little Rock, AR, will help citizens and visitors experience the era of the 19-teens, and Arkansas entry into World War I.

Silhouettes By Hand has been invited to participate, since silhouette portraiture had a resurgence in the 19-teens and 1920s. Interest in silhouettes never died completely when photography was invented - it just waned a bit until new interest arose every couple of decades.

Join the Old State House Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 12 to explore what life was like for Arkansans during WWI. There will be games and activities ongoing throughout the day. Visitors can meet a variety of living history interpreters portraying the men and women who helped with the Great War Effort, including:

  • Soldiers who will give first-hand demonstrations on infantry and cavalry training methods
  • Suffragists
  • Red Cross nurses
  • Women working on programs at home like the Better Baby Campaign, the Home Extension Service and the Willingness to Serve Campaign

Friday night, from 5-8 p.m. on May 11, the museum lawn will transform into a WWI-era Red Cross canteen. Stop in for refreshments, meet living history characters and enjoy live music from the Michael Carenbauer Jazz Group.

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May
5
11:00 AM11:00

MayFair at Pottsgrove Mansion (PA)

  • Pottsgrove Manor, Montgomery County Parks (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bring the whole family out to welcome spring at this annual event! Held each year on the first Saturday in May, Pottsgrove Manor's Annual Colonial May Fair is a local tradition. Visitors can come back year after year and see something new and different at each year's fair. Guests can enjoy a variety of 18th century entertainments, including magic shows, music, puppet theater, and the traditional dance around the colorful Maypole. There are games, contests, and activities for young visitors. Early American crafters give demonstrations of historic trades and sell their wares, and food vendors offer tasty treats. Stay tuned for more information about next year's fair!

Silhouettes By Hand will be a featured artisan, cutting silhouettes for interested people and weaving tidbits of history into the experience. Come feel like you are stepping back into the 18th century with your own Colonial era portrait, made in moments - ready to take home.

In additional informal presentations on the history of silhouettes will take place in the "silhouette room" . Learn about the history of this 'people's portrait' form.

Pottsgrove Manor exemplifies the restrained elegance of early Georgian architecture popular with wealthy English gentry during the mid-18th century. ... As a successful ironmaster and merchant, John Potts, was appointed Justice of the Peace and Judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. He was elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly from both Berks and Philadelphia Counties.

Although only four acres of original property remain today, Pottsgrove Manor has lost none of its original charm and architectural beauty. The mansion has been restored to recreate the lifestyle and times of the Potts family. Pottsgrove Manor is open year-round for guided tours, as well as public programs, school tours, lectures, and workshops. A museum shop on site offers a fine selection of 18th century reproduction items, books, toys, and more.

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Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Fairfax History Day (Fairfax, VA)

Historic Blenheim and Fairfax County celebrates 100 years of its history, and the history of the region with a special day of activities, historic artisans and vendors, presentations, reenactors, and museum tours.

Silhouettes By Hand will be cutting silhouettes for visitors (for a fee) as well as presenting on the fascinating "sciences" of Physiognomy and Phrenology (no additional fee). Visitors will also be able to review Physiognomy display on their own, or participate in lively presentation.

The Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim further interprets the site's history and the Civil War in the greater Fairfax area. In the exhibition gallery, house inscriptions, and pictographs from the house are reproduced and discussed in detail in the replica attic with full-scale images. The gallery also includes an illustrated timeline of Civil War events, artifacts that interpret the everyday soldier, biographies of several of the wall signers, and temporary displays.

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Mar
10
to Mar 11

Lost Trades Fair (Kyneton, Victoria, Australia)

Silhouettes By Hand will make its Australia debut at the very popular Lost Trades Fair, a celebration of trades and crafts that need to be celebrated, remembered, and cherished.

Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, 2018
10am-4pm
Click here if you are interested in a reserving a sitting time.

"Lost Trades celebrates the art of skilled manual work, ancient crafts and rare trades, the special tools, traditions, languages and secrets that go hand in hand with these trades, passed down through generations.  Many crafts and trades have been lost to history; traditional trades and industries that once were the backbone to building our country have fallen from our landscape in the wake of new technology, mass production and an 'on demand' culture. 

The Lost Trades Fair was established to change this; these trades and the incredible artisans and real makers who continue to pursue these trades as a career deserve a platform to showcase their skills, incredible craftsmanship and share their knowledge. 
The Fair will inspire you and show you what hard work, following a passion and true craftsmanship is about.   
Come, meet the makers and be inspired. "

Showcasing over 100 traditional artisans sharing their knowledge and skills and openly demonstrating their trades. Blacksmithing toolmaking, chairmaking, spooncarving; makers of rocking horses, penny farthings, boats, rope and armour join ceramicists, spinners, whip plaiters, weavers, knifemakers, saddlers, leatherworkers and more in this unique event celebrating craftsmanship and master and apprentice trades and crafts.

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Dec
10
12:00 PM12:00

Holidays at Hampton (Baltimore, MD)

  • Hampton Mansion National Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Silhouettes by Hand will be cutting silhouette portraits at the "Lower House" on Sunday, Dec 10, 2018, from 12-4pm. We will be continuing in the theme of the 1860s at Hampton Mansion. There is no fee for silhouettes, but there will be timed-tickets for your silhouette: first-come, first served.
One silhouette portrait per sitter. One sitter per silhouette "ticket".


Order Online if you miss this event:
If you do not get your silhouette made at the event, feel free to order your own silhouette portraits from the website: two (2) or more silhouettes available. Here is the link to order online

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LINK: https://www.nps.gov/hamp/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=493773DD-1DD8-B71B-0BDCF8B8D6FAC8DD

You are invited to Find Your Park at Hampton NHS where the National Park Service continues to preserve a diverse story of American life over 200 years of change and growth. Come be a part of our annual celebration "Holidays at Hampton: Through the Generations" and explore the Christmas traditions of Hampton from 1790 to the modern era. Learn also how the National Park Service preserves these resources in order to share those stories. In the mansion step into regency era styled holiday gala, on the farm see how holiday celebrations differed greatly by culture and class, and in the Orangery watch media presentations to learn the role of the National Park Service in preserving Hampton's structures, landscapes, and collections. 

PARKING/SHUTTLE:
Free parking and continuous shuttle bus service available from Towson United Methodist Church up the street from Hampton NHS at 501 Hampton Lane. Times of shuttle bus are: Saturday, Dec 9th, 12pm-9pm and Sunday December 10, 12pm-6pm. 

Here are some of the festivities visitors can enjoy for FREE at Hampton NHS:

Schedule of Events

SATURDAY DECEMBER 9th: 10am-8pm

Mansion
10:00am Guided Mansion Tour—Join our volunteer docents as they guide you through seven generations of life at Hampton Hall.
11:00 Guided  Mansion  Tour
1:00pm–4:00pm Open House—Travel through decades of American history as you tour the mansion and learn about life and Christmas traditions at Hampton Hall.
1:00pm–3:00pm  “Lady with a Harp” in the Great Hall—Enjoy a live musical performance by Elaine Bryant, The American Harp Society, Charm City Chapter.
3:00pm–5:00pm  Music in the parlor—Enjoy a performance by Anita Avery as she plays the piano in the parlor.
6:00pm–8:00pm “Candlelight” Open House—Travel through decades of American history as you make your way room to room  and learn about life and Christmas traditions at Hampton Hall.

Farm and Lower House
12:00pm–4:00pm Period Arts and Crafts—Come to the Lower House to make vintage holiday cards, corn husk dolls, and garlands
12:00 pm - Storytelling Hour with Griots' Circle of Maryland member, Gordan Parks.
2:00pm “Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters” Farm Tour
with Ranger Anokwale
Visitor Contact Station  and Gift Shop (Open 9am–8pm)
6:00pm–8:00pm Christmas Caroling with The Larks in the Great Hall

Free Cider and cookies available at the Visitor Contact Station (5pm–8pm)
 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11th: 10am-4pm

Mansion
10:00am Guided Mansion Tour
11:00am Guided  Mansion  Tour
1:00pm–4:00pm Open House
1:00 pm–3:00 pm  Lori Peters of the American Harp Society, Charm City Chapter in the Great Hall
 3 pm - 4 pm Pleasant Hope Baptist Church will sing songs of the seasons in the Great Hall

Farm and Lower House
12:00pm–4:00pm  Period Arts and Crafts
12:00pm  “Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters” Farm Tour
12:00pm–4:00pm Hand-Made Silhouettes by Lauren Muney (Lower House)

Visitor Contact Station and Gift Shop (Open 9:00–4:30)
*Schedule of Events Updated 11/1/2017

 

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Dec
9
1:30 PM13:30

Silhouettes History Lecture and Portraits: Winter Woods Weekend (Wheaton, MD)

  • Brookside Nature Center, Montgomery Parks, MNCPPC (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Silhouettes By Hand traditional artist Lauren Muney will be presenting about the history of silhouettes in our past and present, and then cutting a few silhouettes for attendees.

$5 per person                                                                                                         

"Silhouette portraiture was a vital aspect of early 19th-century life in the United States.  Historian and artist Lauren Muney will entertain and amaze with her skilled hand-made, hand-cut portraits.  10 lucky attendees will be selected to pose for Lauren and take home their own portrait." (https://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/winter-woods-weekend/)


 

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Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

19th Century Christmas at Fort Nisqually (Tacoma, WA)

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern holidays and experience a real old-fashioned Christmas at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. A highlight of the event is the arrival of the yule log, towed in by young visitors at 1 pm.

Everyone can join in greeting the yule log with toasts and Christmas Carols. Guests will have a chance to take home a piece of the log for their own holiday fire. Throughout the day, guests of all ages can join in parlor games, make ornaments, and create pomanders. Father Christmas will be available for visits and photos.

Silhouettes By Hand will be providing freehand-cut traditional silhouette portraits period to our historic era of 1855. (In this era, photography has been invented but is not widespread; silhouettes have been popular for decades and thus adorn walls of many houses. Silhouettes are "old friends" in the households of the entire USA and its Territories). Visitors will be served using a 'timed ticket' system so that no one has to stand in line for longer than a few moments!

Link to event is here

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Nov
1
to Dec 13

Holiday Mail-Orders For Silhouettes! (Nationwide)

During the Holiday season, please order Silhouette portraits from the comfort of your home!

Mail Order is the easiest way to request and receive silhouette portraits. From your own home, office, or anyplace you have Internet signal, you can:

  1. Order silhouettes, and mats or frames
  2. Pay securely with a credit card, Pay Pal, or Apple Pay
  3. Send the profile photos of your sitter(s)
  4. Sit back and rest.

See all the Order information on the Order page.

Dec 13 is the last day to order whereby a Christmas Delivery can be honestly assured.

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Oct
21
to Oct 22

Autumn Colonial Market Fair (McLean, VA)

  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Held on the third full weekends of May, July, and October, the 18th Century Colonial Market Fair is a favorite among regular and first-time visitors alike. Visitors come from across the country and around the globe to sample the foods and merchandise of the Market Fair. Hours: 11:00am to 4:30pm

In the fall, warm yourself by the fires and enjoy the splendor of autumn with crisp local apples, warm savory meat pies and hearty breads. Let Market Fair entertainers, tradesmen, and the militia amuse and educate you.  Allow Mistress Barrow and Mr. John to entice you with their wares at the Dry Goods and the Gentlemen’s Goods stands. Learn to dip candles or turn a piece of wood on the carpenter’s lathe. Stop by the tavern for a cup of mulled wine before you begin your holiday shopping at the many tradesmen’s and merchants’ stalls.

Silhouettes By Hand presents visitors with the opportunity to sit for their own silhouette, much in the manner as people would have sat in the Colonial era 1770s America. Taking just a few moments, within minutes, only scissors have unveiled an astounding likeness made just from paper - without throwing any shadows or drawing in advance.

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Oct
7
6:00 PM18:00

Harvest Ball (Baltimore MD)

  • Homewood Museum, Johns Hopkins University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Homewood Museum invites you to revel in an unforgettable evening of frivolous pleasure. This exclusive, third biennial HARVEST BALL recreates the entertaining atmosphere of the Carroll family’s early 1800s country house, Homewood, today a museum of Johns Hopkins University. Experience an enraptured autumn’s eve with a sparkling wine reception in the museum, a harvest-themed seated dinner served under the gala tent, live music, and amusements drawn from Homewood’s historical Federal-era past.

Silhouettes by Hand will be providing silhouette portraits during the Harvest Ball and part of the Fall Frolick After Party.

Link to events calendar is here

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Sep
16
to Sep 17

Mount Vernon Colonial Market and Fair (VA)

  • George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The finest traditional craftspeople come together on the grounds of George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate to bring you the highest-quality handmade work in a historical setting.

Colonial-attired artisans demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leather-workings, weavings, furniture, and much more.

General Washington will be on hand overseeing the festivities: 18th-century entertainment including music, a balloon-launch, fire-eating, puppet and magic shows, plus hearty specialty food for sale on site.

Silhouettes By Hand has been a favorite artisan at this event for six years, creating silhouette portraits and selling the finest rare frames for the historically inspired visitors and guests.

The Event link is here: http://www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events/colonial-market-fair/

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Museum website is here, including maps, fascinating facts, other events through the year, and its own app: http://www.mountvernon.org/

 

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