May 6 to May 7 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania:
Herb & Garden Faire—Faire features more than 80 vendors of heirloom, native, and other hard-to-find varieties of plants, herbal skin care products, garden art, and jewelry, informative speakers and garden tours. For more information: Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, (717) 569-0401.
May 6 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky:
Candlelight Chat- American Folk Music and the Shakers—Program illuminates how Shaker music traditions are part of the rich tapestry of America’s history of folk music. For more information: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, (859) 734-5411.
May 6 to May 7 in Canfield, Ohio:
Spring Time in the Country—Show features early country antiques and primitives. Location: The Western Reserve Antique Shop. , (330) 533-4090.
May 6 to May 7 in Quarryville, Pennsylvania:
Birds, Baskets & Blooma—Folk art show features pottery, fraktur, textiles and more. Location: Karen Hurd, Tinsmith. , (717) 786-8249.
May 7 to May 8 in West Friendship, Maryland:
The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival—Festival features all things sheep, from hoof to handwoven and includes shepherd & fiber arts workshops, competitions, demonstrations, and more. At the Howard County Fairgrounds. For more information: Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, (410) 531-3647.
May 7 in Leechburg, Pennsylvania:
Spring Gathering—Open house features antiques, primitives, handmades, botanicals and more. For more information: 1824 Walker Farmhouse, (724) 816-4727.
May 7 to May 8 in Chalfont, Pennsylvania:
The Byers’ Choice American Artisan Showcase—Show features more than 70 handcrafters of traditional crafts and includes many artist demonstrations. At the Byers’ Choice building. For more information: The Byers’ Choice American Artisan Showcase, (215) 822-3274.
May 7 in Farmingdale, New Jersey:
Spring Craft Market & Art in the Park—Show features local artists selling and demonstrating their crafts including handmade items of all varieties from paintings to pottery, woodworking, textiles, and more. For more information: The Historic Village at Allaire, (732) 919-3500.
May 7 to May 8 in Ticonderoga, New York:
Carry on the Works in the Northern Army—Living history event features soldiers of the Northern Continental army mustering to train and dig-in, preparing for General Burgoynes British and Brunswick army expected at any time. For more information: Fort Ticonderoga, (518) 585-2821.
May 7 in Medina, Ohio:
Old House Fair—Fair features sessions geared toward owners of older buildings, artisan demonstrations, vendors, activities and more. In Historic downtown Medina. For more information: Heritage Ohio, (614) 258-6200.
May 7 in Jamestown, Rhode Island:
Sheep Shearing at Watson Farm—Event features the farm flock shorn by local shearers, visits with the baby lambs, see the farm’s herd of Heritage Red Devon Cattle and enjoy a scenic hike. For more information: Historic New England, (401) 423-0005.
May 7 in St. Marys City, Maryland:
May Day—Celebrate the arrival of spring in colonial-style with a Maypole dance, games, and more. For more information: Historic St. Mary’s City, (800) 762-1634.
May 7 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky:
Shaker Music—Workshop looks into the world of Shaker music, including their unique notation system, musical language and influences from folk heritage. Registration required. For more information: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, (859) 734-5411.
May 7 in Plymouth, Massachusetts:
Wampanoag Day—Event celebrates Wampanoag culture with traditional games, songs, dances and other festivities. For more information: Plimoth Plantation, (508) 746-1622.
May 7 in Lincoln, Massachusetts:
William Diamond Fife and Drum Muster—Event features 27 fife and drum corps and raises awareness of Lexington’s colonial heritage. At Minute Man Visitor Center. For more information: Minute Man National Historic Park, (978) 318-7825.
May 7 in Canterbury, New Hampshire:
Heifer Parade with Food & Fiddle—Event features a parade of heifers to their first spring grass and includes Maypole dancing, food, outdoor barn dancing, and more. For more information: Canterbury Shaker Village, (603) 783-9511.
May 7 in Worcester, Pennsylvania:
Annual Colonial May Fair—Event features dancing around the May Pole, magic shows, puppet theater, early American crafts, living history demonstrations, and more. For more information: Peter Wentz Farmstead Society, (610) 584-5104.
May 7 in Lebec, California:
Dragoon Era (1850s) Living History—Event features living history demonstrations of everyday life of the soldiers and civilian men, women and children at the mountain outpost. For more information: Fort Tejon State Historic Park, (661) 248-6692.
May 7 in Clinton, Tennessee:
Clinch River Spring Antique Fair.—Show features more than 100 antique dealers offering antiques and collectibles and includes entertainment. For more information: Clinch River Spring Antique Fair., (865) 457-4547.
May 7 to May 8 in Bedminster, New Jersey:
John Phillip Osborne- An American Master—Special exhibition features the work of American master painter John Phillip Osborne, painter of revolutionary subjects, and part of the Jacobus Vanderveer House’s permanent collection. For more information: Jacobus Vanderveer House, (908) 396-6053.
May 7 to May 8 in Prescott, Arizona:
30th Annual Prescott Fine Arts & Wine Festival—Festival features collectors’ artwork and an Arizona wine garden and marketplace. At Prescott’s Courthouse Square. For more information: Mountain Artists Guild & Gallery, (928) 445-2510.
May 7 in Mooresville, Alabama:
Spring Gathering at Mooresville Mercantile—Open House features special product offerings and samples of our new line of fruit butters, jams and jellies. For more information: Mooresville Mercantile, (256) 309-9085.
May 8 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania:
May Fair Celebration—Event features traditional crafts, 18th century entertainments, live music and dancing around the Maypole. For more information: Rock Ford Plantation, (717) 392-7223.
May 8 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts:
Mothers Day—Event includes demonstrations of cooking for children, hands-on crafts, performances, visits with 19th-century midwife, parenting in the 19th century and more. For more information: Old Sturbridge Village, (800) 733-1830.
May 8 in Morrisville, Pennsylvania:
Living History Theater—Tea & Gossip - Performance features The Penn’s tea party with some of the most interesting colonists as they gossip about current events, other guests, and life in the colony and abroad. For more information: Pennsbury Manor, (215) 946-0400.
May 8 in Mumford, New York:
Mother’s Day—Event celebrates the role of mothers throughout the 19th-century focusing on two facets of 19th-century culture-fashion and chocolate. For more information: Genesee Country Village & Museum, (585) 538-6822.
May 8 in Howes Cave, New York:
A Song, A Dance, and A Story to Be Told—Event features Iroquois storytelling honoring and celebrating mother earth. For more information: Iroquois Indian Museum, (518) 296-8949.
May 3 to November 30 in Exeter, New Hampshire:
The Currency of Colonial America: the Struggle for Economic Independence—Exhibit explores the Colonies struggles for their own currency, the use of currency during the time of the American Revolution, and the difficulties the Congress and States had at creating a single currency for the new country. For more information: American Independence Museum, (603) 772-2622.
May 6 to January 6, 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina:
Skeletons in the Closet: Exploring Skeletal Anatomy—Special exhibit features highlights from the Museum’s natural history collections. For more information: The Charleston Museum, (843) 722-2996.
May 7 to June 2, 2017 in Wilmington, Delaware:
Embroidery-The Language of Art—Exhibition looks at how the creation of embroidered objects fits into the changing definitions of art, craft, and design throughout the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. For more information: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, (800) 448-3883.
Now through May 31 in Williamsburg, Virginia:
A Celebration of American Quilts—Exhibit features twelve quilts that represent the diversity of quilts made in American from the 18th through 20th centuries. In the McCarl Gallery. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, 800-hist or y.
Now through September 5 in Williamsburg, Virginia:
Birds, Bugs and Plants-Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century—The exhibition examines how the study of nature shifted from pure science to aesthetic art form between 1590 and 1818. Featuring more than 70 objects in a wide range of illustration, the majority of which will focus on the 18th century, the exhibition will explore how interest in natural history on both sides of the Atlantic grew during the period. In the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, (757) 220-7724.
Now through November 1, 2018 in Washington, District of Columbia:
1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta—The world’s rarest postage stamp, the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, will be on display on Level 2, William H. Gross Stamp Gallery of the National Postal Museum. For more information: National Postal Museum, (202) 633-1000.
Now through February 19, 2017 in Washington, District of Columbia:
Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers’ ’Greek Slave’—Exhibition reveals the inner workings of the studio of Hiram Powers (1805—1873), who was among the most innovative sculptors of the nineteenth century. The display features an extensive collection acquired from Powers’ studio in Florence, Italy. For more information: Smithsonian American Art Museum, (202) 633-7970.
Now through August 15 in Yorktown, Virginia:
Creating Our New Museum—Exhibit features two dozen objects selected from the hundreds of 18th-century artifacts that will be exhibited in the new galleries, the American Revolution Museum, and includes a video preview of future gallery short films about the changing relationship between American colonists and Britain. For more information: Yorktown Victory Center, (888) 593-4682.
Now through August 13 in Canyon, Texas:
Hunting the Panhandle-Plains—Exhibition presents how animal life on the Panhandle-Plains has evolved and how this affected hunting, settlement, and migration patterns both in prehistoric and historic times. For more information: Pan-Handle Plains Historical Museum, (806) 651-2244.
Now through May 29 in Winchester, Virginia:
Face to Face: Portraits from the Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection—The exhibition will include portraits featuring men, women, families, and children from the 1600s through the 1800s. Most of the paintings are British, with some works by American and Dutch painters. In the Founders Gallery. For more information: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, (888) 556-5799.
Now through September 4, 2017 in Williamsburg, Virginia:
Color & Shape: 19th Century Theorems—Exhibition showcases favorite theorems from Colonial Williamsburg’s collection depicting a variety of theorem compositions and subjects, and also shows the period process which artists, school girls, and everyday men and women followed. At the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, (757) 220-7724.
Now through January 1, 2017 in Hartford, Connecticut:
Miniature World in White Gold: Meissen Porcelain by Johann Joachim Kaendler—Exhibition explores the career of the innovative porcelain modeler and showcases a broad range of finely detailed porcelain figures created by Kaendler over his 44 years as a modeler at the Meissen Porcelain Factory in Germany. For more information: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, (860) 278-2670.
Now through May 8 in New York, New York:
Mystery and Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection—Exhibition features a variety of Masonic signs, paintings, quilts and more. For more information: American Folk Art Museum, (212) 595-9533.
Now through July 10 in Charleston, South Carolina:
Unveiled: Wedding Fashion and Traditions in the South—Exhibit features an array of wedding garments from the early 1800s through the mid- 20th century including gowns, veils, garters, shoes, jewelry and men’s fashions such as frock coats, tuxedoes, and hats. For more information: The Charleston Museum, (843) 722-2996.
Now through June 12 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania:
American Adventure—The interactive exhibit is based on the experiences of the first Jamestown colonists in 1607-08 and immerses visitors in a harrowing ordeal within a 2500 square foot maze to survive for one year. For more information: Mercer Museum, (215) 345-0210.
Now through May 15 in New York, New York:
Woman Artist in Revolutionary France—Exhibition features eighty works of paintings and a few pastels from European and American public and private collections. This will be the first retrospective and only the second exhibition devoted to Vigée Le Brun in modern times. For more information: Metropolitan Museum of Art, (212) 535-7710.
Now through February 12, 2017 in Deerfield, Massachusetts:
Natural Selections: Flora and the Arts—Exhibition explores the subject of flora and how it inspired the decorative arts. For more information: Historic Deerfield, (413) 775-7214.
Now through June 5 in Salem, Massachusetts:
Asia in Amsterdam-The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age—Exhibition features 200 works of art, paintings, textiles, ceramics, silver, lacquerware, furniture, jewelry and books, that reveal the transformative impact of Asian luxuries on Dutch art and life in the 17th century. For more information: The Peabody Essex Museum, (866) 745-1876.
Now through May 29 in Baltimore, Maryland:
Madame de Pompadour, Patron and Printmaker—Exhibition explores the story of Madame de Pompadour, the influential mistress of King Louis XV of France, and will feature the first-edition set of etchings created by the royal mistress in the 1750s. For more information: The Walters Art Museum, (410) 547-9000.
Now through July 10 in Hartford, Connecticut:
Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion and Its Legacy" Examines Inspirations and Effects of 1810-1860 Costume Design—Exhibit presents historic garments alongside literary works, paintings, prints, and decorative arts to illustrate how European fashion from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras influenced new styles created in the Romantic era between 1810 and 1860. For more information: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, (860) 278-2670.
Now through January 29, 2017 in Williamsburg, Virginia:
We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence—Exhibit maps the American road to independence exploring the tumultuous events that led thirteen colonies to join to forge a new nation and features rare manuscript maps, printed maps and watercolors. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, (757) 220-7724.
Now through December 31 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania:
Weathervanes—Exhibit features more than 40 examples of weathervanes showcasing the evolution of the art form. For more information: Landis Valley village & Farm Museum, (717) 569-0401.
Now through January 8, 2017 in Wilmington, Delaware:
Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia—Exhibit examines the influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas and features objects produced in the America including furniture, silverwork, textiles, ceramics, and painting. For more information: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, (800) 448-3883.
Now through December 31 in Cooperstown, New York:
Traditions of Spirit and Ritual: The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art—Exhibit features more than 50 art objects created by Native American men and women for specific rituals and ceremonies including the hunt and harvest, feasting, warfare, adornment, and shamanism. For more information: Fenimore Art Museum, (607) 547-1472.
Now through June 5 in Cooperstown, New York:
The Clothing Project—Exhibit includes 16 of the best, brightest and most popular picks from the blog review of the collection in the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum. From an 18th century corset to a child’s mourning costume, the unique pieces will be on display for the first time. For more information: The Fenimore Art Museum, (607) 547-1400.
Now through October 31 in Winchester, Virginia:
Suzanne Stryk: Notes on the State of Virginia—Exhibit features more than 20 mixed-media assemblages inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s book Notes on the State of Virginia (1781). For more information: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, (888) 556-5799.
Now through June 1 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois:
Quilt Exhibit—Exhibit features handmade, museum quality quilts and includes tours of the 1846 travelers inn and stagecoach stop. For more information: Stacys Tavern Museum, (630) 469-1867.
Now through October 1, 2017 in St. Augustine, Florida:
Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas—Exhibit features ancient artifacts, tools and life-size vessels, explaining how life and travel in the Americas has been affected by the historical use of the dugout. For more information: Government House Museum
Now through September 18 in Concord, Massachusetts:
N. C. Wyeth’s Men of Concord—Exhibition includes charcoal drawings, watercolors, and additional artwork related to the series, including sketches created by Andrew Wyeth as illustrations for the book Men of Concord and Some Others, as Portrayed in the Journal of Henry David Thoreau. In the Wallace Kane Gallery For more information: Concord Museum, (978) 369-9763.
|LATER THIS MONTH|
s May 10 in Charles City, Virginia: Mother’s Day Tea at Berkeley Plantation
s May 10 to May 15 in Brimfield, Massachusetts: Brimfield Antique Show
s May 10 in Brimfield, Massachusetts: Dealers Choice Antique Show
s May 10 to May 15 in Brimfield, Massachusetts: Midway Antiques Show
s May 11 to May 15 in Brimfield, Massachusetts: New England Motel & Antiques Market
s May 12 to May 14 in Brimfield, Massachusetts: Mays Antique Market
s May 13 to May 15 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Rittenhouse Fine Craft Fair
s May 13 to May 14 in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania: Penn Dry Goods Market
s May 13 to May 14 in Padacuh, Kentucky: The Lower Town Arts And Music Festival
s May 13 to May 17 in Bishop Hill, Illinois: Quilt Show and Wheat Weavers
s May 14 to May 15 in Burlington, North Carolina: "Fight for the Backcountry" Battle of Alamance 245th Anniversary Reenactment
s May 14 in Kokomo, Indiana: Pure and Simple Antique Show and Sale
s May 14 in Lincoln, Rhode Island: History and Herb Hike
s May 14 in Williamsburg, Virginia: Jamestown Day
s May 14 in Lincoln, Massachusetts: Hidden Treasures-Find Paul Revere
s May 14 to May 15 in Jamestown, Virginia: Jamestown Day
s May 14 in Charleston, South Carolina: Navigating a New World
s May 14 to May 15 in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri: Spring Garden Walk
s May 14 in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri: Landmark Day at the Bolduc House Museum
s May 14 to May 15 in Asheville, North Carolina: Fiber Weekend.
s May 14 to May 15 in Bedminster, New Jersey: John Phillip Osborne- An American Master
s May 15 in Huntington, LI, New York: Antiques in the Park
s May 15 in Edgewater, Maryland: Release the Hounds!
s May 15 in Morrisville, Pennsylvania: Open Hearth Cooking
s May 20 to May 22 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia: Siege of Fort Randolph
s May 20 to May 22 in Ticonderoga, New York: War College of the Seven Years War
s May 20 to May 21 in Newbury, Massachusetts: Tales and Ales
s May 21 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Spring Festival: A Visit With George Washington
s May 21 to May 22 in Vonore, Tennessee: Garrison Weekend
s May 21 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts: Historic Craft Classes
s May 21 to May 22 in Various, Pennsylvania: National Road Festival
s May 21 to May 22 in Elizabethton, Tennessee: Siege at Fort Watauga
s May 21 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Pottery Fair on the Square
s May 21 to May 22 in McLean, Virginia: 18th Century Colonial Market Fair
s May 21 in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania: Crowning Glory-Cap-Making Workshop For Ladies & Gents
s May 22 in LaFox, Illinois: Rare Breeds Show
s May 22 in Bethania, North Carolina: Daniel Wolff and his Salem Clock
s May 25 in Wyckoff and Franklin Lakes, New Jersey: Open Doors: A Springtime Romp Through History
s May 27 to May 30 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts: Wool Days
s May 27 to May 28 in Fairmont, West Virginia: Sheep to Shawl
s May 28 to May 29 in Rhinebeck, New York: Antiques at Rhinebeck
s May 28 to May 29 in Perrysburg, Ohio: First Siege 1813
s May 28 to May 29 in Youngstown, New York: Soldiers Through the Ages
s May 28 to May 29 in Richmond, Kentucky: Spring Trade Days
s May 28 in Charlottesville, Virginia: Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants Wine and Roses Open House
s May 28 to May 29 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky: Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass
s May 28 to May 29 in Mystic, Connecticut: Salute to Summer: Family, Community, and Country
s May 28 in Kings Mountain, South Carolina: Military Through The Ages
s May 28 in Lincoln, Massachusetts: Battle Road Trail Walk
s May 28 to May 30 in Darien, Georgia: Colonial Memorial Celebrations
s May 28 to May 30 in Savannah, Georgia: War of Jenkins’ Ear
s May 28 to May 30 in Ticonderoga, New York: Memorial Day Weekend
s May 29 in Howes Cave, New York: The Honorable Harvest
s May 30 in Perrysburg, Ohio: Memorial Day Commemoration
s May 30 in Midway, Georgia: Memorial Day Commemoration and the Site’s Hidden Gem
|EXHIBITIONS OPENING THIS MONTH|
s May 10 to August 7 in New york, New York: Turner’s Whaling Pictures
s May 14 to January 8, 2017 in Corning, New York: Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka
s May 28 to August 28 in Williamsburg, Virginia: Architectural Clues to 18th-Century Williamsburg