Molly Cromwell Presents
Premier Shows and Events Fabulous Miniatures Tours
Craftsman Style Pergola class with Mary Martin, at the Sturbridge show in June! More info on my website https://mollycromwell.com/
1:12 Wedding Cake class with Ruth Stewart class being offered at the Sturbridge show in June! More info on my website https://mollycromwell.com/
The Show New England Waits for...
Sturbridge Miniatures Festival
Saturday & Sunday • June 1 & 2, 2019
SATURDAY NIGHT PRE-REGISTERED PREVIEW
JUNE 1 • 4:00 – 8:00 PM
$18 pp Includes Weekend Admission * Early Sales * Refreshments * Cash Bar * Post Preview Pizza Party with the Dealers * Special Drawing *
GENERAL ADMISSION ~ SUNDAY, JUNE 2
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Adults $7 Children $4 After 2 p.m. children admitted free
WITH YOUR FAVORITE TEACHERS
FRIDAY ~ May 31 All Day and Half Day Classes
SATURDAY ~ JUNE 1 Morning Classes
Host Hotel on Cedar Lake • Sturbridge, Massachusetts • (508) 347-7393
366 MAIN STREET / RTE 20 * STURBRIDGE MASSACHUSETTS
from Boston: Mass Turnpike WEST to Exit 9, to Exit 3B ~ Hartford: I-84 EAST to Exit 3B
Questions? Email Molly at [email protected]
More info & workshop sign-ups: https://MollyCromwell.com
Ron Stetkewicz Workshops:
More info about this great travel opportunity on my site: http://mollycromwell.com/news.htm
Hi from Molly,
Hope you'll join me for a wonderful trip I have in the works! I'm half way through my flier about a late September trip I'm putting together traveling to England.year! We visited the Birmingham Miniatura with a small group of collectors a year ago and happily found it has rebounded, as have many of the US shows. I think their recession mirrored ours, as has the recovery! My traveling there last year wasn't just about supporting Andy Hopwood, whose mother, Muriel founded the show years ago, but I've always loved this show, as it not only features legendary artisans, but really good dealers who don't or can't make it to shows in the US! I am elated when I see new talent showing up....found some fabulous, well-priced pieces.
The Miniatura show, at the NEC (National Exhibitiion Center), is Saturday and Sunday, Sept 30-Oct 1 - we're staying at the hotel right next door to it - our trip will extend on both sides of the show's dates.
It's the only time of the year that visitors have ticketed entrances to Buckingham Palace (the Queen is on vacation, back the end of September - you'll love the gift shop, perfect affordable souvenir... a shower cap that says Buckingham Palace on it!). We'll visit Windsor Castle/Queen Mary's Dolls' House, Covent Garden, Castle Howard - considered one of the most beautiful places to visit in the UK. I also love the medieval walled city of York - my favorite place to take people - the magestic York Minster/Cathedral is fabulous, plus we'll have entries to Fairfax House - where we'll see one of the finest collections of Georgian furniture, porcelain, tall case clocks, etc. that I have ever seen gathered in one place! As well as the Jorvik (Viking name for York) Center...it chronicles the invasions by the Vikings and Romans - with realistic life size tableaus, featuring both sight, sounds and SMELLS!!! - as you ride in a two person cocoon, with the narrative being given as you glide along - a unique chance to sit down and sight-see!!!. We will also visit Stately homes and Award winning Gardens, including Caroline Hamilton and Jane Fiddick's exceptional dolls' house collection beautifully displayed at Newby Hall, mini shops including Kristen Baybar's in Gospel Oak - and a night at the Feather's Hotel in Ludlow - dating back to Henry VIII's days! I also want to show everyone Ludlow Castle, an exceptionally romantic ruin, and more. Final tweaks are being given to both the itinerary and cost as I write.
Love to have you join me, the summer crowds have dispersed and the weather is lovely then... as are the gardens, giving their last hurrah until Spring! Will need $500 deposits to hold your place asap as we're already holding rooms in our hotels. I'm only taking 12 travelers along, so get your name on my list asap please. Twin beds and king beds are available. Plus, if you need a single room, we will have single supplements. I'll send you the final registration form by the end of this month, but please get your deposit in now, to hold your spot. Bring your DH, BFF, gather up a gaggle of club members, or come alone, you'll be surrounded by new friends in five minutes! We always have a great timel! Mail your deposit to Molly Cromwell Presents...Tours, 44421 Adare Manor Sq., Ashburn, VA 20147 I will hold all checks until we reach 12 travelers. Balances will be due mid-August.
More info on my site: http://mollycromwell.com
mollycromwell.com Premier dollhouse miniature shows and related events, featuring legends and newcomers in the field of miniatures.
Attention Sturbridge Dealers:
*Set-up in Exhibition Hall at Noon
*Need Electricity at your table?
Call the Host Hotel 508.347.7393 & ask for Convention Services: must be pre-ordered!
I just added another workshop to our stellar line-up for Sturbridge in June: Sally Manwell's 1/4" scale Hat Display in a Purse. More info on my website at mollycromwell.com
Just added a wonderful workshop by Ginger Landon Siegel: Ribbon Lace Ladies. Details on my site: http://mollycromwell.com/workshops/sturbridge.htm
My webmistress just added another workshop to my June Sturbridge Show workshops page: Judy Brown's "Hitty's in a Pocket Watch Case". More info on my site http://mollycromwell.com
[03/31/17] Check out the great workshops offered at my Sturbridge, Mass. show in early June! http://mollycromwell.com/workshops/sturbridge.htm
Molly Cromwell Presents
2017 SHOWS & TOURS
STURBRIDGE DOLLHOUSE MINIATURES FESTIVAL
SATURDAY & SUNDAY ~ JUNE 3 & 4
Host Hotel on Cedar Lake*366 Main St/Rte 20*Sturbridge, Mass
Book A Room at Special Show Rate Now ~ 508 347 7393
FRIDAY & SATURDAY WORKSHOPS ~ All Day and Half Day
View on www.mollycromwell.com
Saturday Night Pre-Registered Preview 5 ~ 8p.m. $18 *Early Sales*
*Weekend Admission*Door Prize*Cash Bar*Pizza Party*
Preview Reservation Check to Molly Cromwell~44421 Adare Manor Square, Ashburn, VA 20147
SUNDAY SALES ROOM 10-4 Details on www.mollycromwell.com
~ Travel Europe with Molly & Kindred Spirits ~
~ THE NETHERLANDS & THE ARNHEM DOLL HOUSE SHOW~
~ MARCH 2-10, 2017 ~
*Visiting Amsterdam*Delft*Hindeloopen*The Hague*Haarlem*
*Historic Baby Houses*Two Days at the Show*
*Palace Het Loo*Miniature Shops & Artisan Visits*
$500 Deposit Due Now ~ Mail to Molly Cromwell Presents Tours at address above
Private Coach*Great Hotels*Breakfast & Dinner*
~ ENGLAND & THE KENSINGTON DOLLS’ HOUSE FESTIVAL ~
MAY 6 ~ 16, 2017
*Visiting Windsor & Queen Mary’s Dollshouse*Hampton Court Palace*
*Elegant Historic Manor Houses*Brighton Pavilion*Miniature Shops*Castle Combe*
*Visiting Robert Dawson*Mulvany & Rogers*Karon Cunningham*
~ Special Private Event at Highclere Castle – the “real” Downton Abbey Location ~
Book Now to reserve your space! $500 deposit due to secure our hotels
Mail to Molly Cromwell Presents Tours at address above.
Private Coach*Breakfast & Dinner*Great Hotels including Six Nights in London
~ DANUBE RIVER CHRISTMAS MARKETS CRUISE ~
DECEMBER 1 ~ 9, 2017
CRUISING NUREMBERG TO VIENNA ON THE M/S RIVER ARIA
Optional Pre and Post Cruise Extensions in Munich & Vienna
Christkindlmarkts & Holiday Events in Nuremberg*Regensburg*Passau ~ Germany
Linz*Melk*Vienna ~ Austria*Plus Free Time to Explore*Includes all meals*
Take a week out of your life to make this incredible memory! You’ll be home in plenty of
time to spread your newly found holiday spirit with your friends and family.
Better yet, why not invite some of them to join you!
~ Special Events for You! ~
*Santa Miniatures Exchange*Optional Workshops*Onboard MiniMiniatures Show*
Book today with Grand Circle Cruise Lines: 1 800 597 2452 – press 2 and give the Travel Counselor
Molly’s Group Code: G7 20068 & our departure date Dec 1, 2017. You can charge your deposit of $500 per person with GCCL to hold your reservation. Pricing is based on double occupancy, your departure city and deck choice. Traveling Solo? Me too…we’ll hang out together!
Use Grand Circle’s Air Arrangements or take advantage of your own mileage
~ Discuss w/Travel Counselor ~
View All Information & Brochures on www.mollycromwell.com
Or, I can mail you a brochure – just send me your mailing address!
Call Molly with any questions (703) 200-5341
Want to know more about traveling with Molly to the Netherlands in March or travel in England/Highclere Palace in May - visit my web site www.mollycromwell.com to view brochures. Deposits being taken now!
JOIN MOLLY & KINDRED SPIRITS ON GRAND CIRCLE CRUISE LINE'S
2017 DANUBE CHRISTMAS MARKETS CRUISE
DECEMBER 1 ~ 9....FROM NUREMBERG TO VIENNA
It's a Bucket List experience!
Brochure with all the details: http://mollycromwell.com/Christmas_Markets_2017.pdf
Do You Know the Way to San Jose!
The Perfect Trip for Those Who Don't Want to Travel Too Far!
Join me as we head to The Good Sam Show http://goodsamshowcase.miniature.net/, October 7 & 8th the first weekend in October! We'll meet at the San Francisco Airport.... and as we head down the gorgeous coast of California after the show, you will fly home from Los Angeles/LAX Airport on Oct 14. We'll have two days at the show, visit 3 miniature shops, 2 fabulous private collections, an antique Doll and Dollhouse/Miniatures shop, Artisans, the Ventura Historical Museum, the Getty Villa. Our travels will take us down the gorgeous coastal highway to Carmel, Monterey, Cambria, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Traveling with kindred spirits by private coach, staying in wonderful hotels, with breakfast included each day. Please contact me at once if you're interested, as your deposit guarantees you a reserved spot. If when you receive the itinerary, you change your mind, the deposit will be returned. Please call me this week if you are interested. 703.200.5341. Deposits should be made out to Molly Cromwell Presents Tours and mailed to Molly Cromwell, 44421, Adare Manor Square, Ashburn, VA 20147
Mark your calendar: 33rd Mid-Atlantic Dollhouse Miniatures Festival, September 17 & 18, 2016
A show and sale featuring the work of both artisans and newcomers.
Pre-registered Preview 5-8 Saturday, September 17 includes weekend admission to the Sales Room. Crowne Plaza Tysons, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA/DC 'burbs
WORKSHOPS now posted: http://mollycromwell.com/workshops/midatlantic-fall.htm
TRAVEL WITH MOLLY AND KINDRED SPIRITS!
SEPTEMBER 25 ~ OCTOBER 3, 2016
Get back to me today, if interested, as my UK agent has to book our coach, hotel rooms and entrances.
and needs our final Group figures. My cell phone: (703) 200 5341.
If you've been longing to travel in England with Kindred Spirits, here's just the trip for you! Just wanted to let you know that I have room for four more people on my England/Birmingham Miniaturia trip Sept 25 - Oct 3. Book your air to depart the USA Sept 25 to arrive London Heathrow Monday, Sept 26 between 6 & 9 a.m. Private coach, with breakfast and dinner included. We're starting off at Covent Garden and tour of the interior State Rooms at Buckingham Palace - plus a, special exhibit of HM's historic ball and ceremonial gowns for the Queen's 90th birthday - I hear it's spectacular....then on to the Lake Country - loveliest scenery in the country - Kodak moments abound....Beatrix Potter's house and the center bearing her name in Windemere...it's enchanting! On to York where Newby Hall is opening 'specially for us to see the exhibit of Caroline Hamilton (originator of the Kensington show) and Jane Fiddick's collection....plus Hardwicke Hall - Bess of Hardwick, the wealthiest woman in her time in England, 'cept for Liz the First and Castle Howard, plus 2 mini shops in York plus time for The Shambles collection of wonderful shops, Fairfax House - best Elizabethan townhouse in the country.....staying at the great hotel by the Monk Bar/gate nearest the Cathedral. Two days at the Birmingham Show...full of treasures as many of their dealers do the smaller shows and most of them don't travel across the pond, much less travel to London...but you'll see a lot of the legends, as well, at Miniaturia...artisan legends, as well! Rates to England have been fantastic! Included: our private coach, plus staying in wonderful hotels with breakfast and dinners included, as well as porterage for one bag. You can check one and take your smaller carry-[on, onboard! Need to get final numbers to my England agent TOOT SWEET! So please let me know today if you want to join us for a breathtaking journey. View brochure on www.mollycromwell.com Price and address to overnight your check is on the brochure. Per Person cost: $2,453 based on Double Shared Room Single Supplement: $553
OCTOBER 6 ~ 14 DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE
I'm taking a group to San Jose and the exciting Good Sam Miniatures Showcase. We'll have two days at the Good Sam show...plus visit the Ventura Historical Museum where the George Stuart historic figures are on display...I first saw these fabulous creations in Los Angeles, several years ago - they alone are worth visiting California! Their faces are perfection....and the costuming is, as well, both historically and construction-wise! We will also be visiting two amazing private collections, one near San Jose, the other in Beverly Hills. We'll visit the Getty Villa, plus the incredible Carmel Doll Shop in Pacific Grove, with antique doll houses, Neopolitan creche figures and miniatures. We'll also visit both Larrianne's and Shellie's shops....plus attend the Small Sea Museum's sale, as I was told they are, unfortunately, closing!. I'm needing final numbers for this USA group travel opportunity with kindred spirits. You will fly to San Francisco and home out of LAX/Los Angeles. Do not book your flight until you've sent me a deposit and I go over all the details with you personally! 703 200 5341. Leave your contact info if I'm away from my desk.
RHINE RIVER CHRISTMAS MARKETS CRUISE: Finally, if your December dance card isn't filled, get in the holiday spirit, joining both me and kindred spirits on Grand Circle Cruise Line's Dec 3-14 Christmas Markets along the Rhine event, from The Netherlands to France, Germany and Switzerland! Not only will you return home to your family and friends full of the holiday spirit, you will love, love, love, every minute of it - as we travel to towns and villages untouched by the centuries, where many of our holiday customs originated. The Christmas Markets are glorious! We're there early enough that winter has not yet set in. There are only 2 cabins on the top deck and two cabins on Prelude remaining, at this writing, so PLEASE call Grand Circle today!. I'm still looking for a cabin mate on Soprano Deck - give me a holler if you want share with me 703 200 5341. Onboard mini miniatures show and Santa gift exchanges that are fun. Book with Grand Circle today: call 1 800 597 2452, press 2 and give them our Group's Code G6 20068 and our departure date, Dec 3. Ursula from Speyer, has invited us to come to her home to see her marvelous collection of miniatures, displayed in room boxes that are inserted into a total wall in her home....you'll be inspired!
Hope to see you soon,
Happy 4th Everyone! We have all our chickadees assembled except our 2 Nashville grands and their parents - always a fun, boisterous time. I'm filling in time before we leave for brunch with throwing in laundry and typing up the itinerary for my last minute urge to head back to England in late September for some travel and 2 days at the Birmingham Miniatura - if you're interested, get back to me, asap.
One of our stops will be Hardwick Hall, home to Bess of Hardwick, richest woman in England except for Queen Elizabeth I and they hated each other!! I had last taken a group there about 10 years ago....and I was insistent, with my UK agent, that it had an "e" at the end of it! He and Wikipedia say
no, so I've capitulated!
Knowing that a lot of miniaturists are into stitchery of the small scale kind...I had forgotten that there were wonderful tapestries at Hardwick and other stitchery, until I read this Wikipedia brief account of her life that I thought might be of interest to many of you. I loved the part that she actually stitched with Mary, Queen of
Scots while she was being held captive....they worked together on the Oxburgh Hangings. I had forgotten about the Hardwick Hall textiles...now I'm really excited to go back....hope some of you can join me!
Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury (c. 1527-1608), known as Bess of Hardwick, was a notable figure of 16th century Elizabethan English society. By a series of well-made marriages, she rose to the highest levels of English nobility and became enormously wealthy. Bess was a shrewd business woman, increasing her assets with business interests including mines and glass making workshops. She was married four times, firstly to Robert Barlow, who died aged about fourteen or fifteen on 24 December 1544; secondly to the courtier Sir William Cavendish; thirdly to Sir William St Loe; and lastly to George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, sometime keeper to the captive Mary, Queen of Scots. An accomplished needlewoman, Bess joined her husband's captive charge at Chatsworth House for extended periods in 1569, 1570, and 1571, during which time they worked together on the Oxburgh Hangings. In 1601, Bess ordered an inventory of the household furnishings including textiles at her three properties at Chatsworth, Hardwick and Chelsea, which survives, and in her will she bequeathed these items to her heirs to be preserved in perpetuity.
The 400-year-old collection, now known as the Hardwick Hall textiles, is the largest collection of tapestry, embroidery, canvaswork, and other textiles to have been preserved by a single private family. Bess is also well known for her building projects, the most famous of which are: Chatsworth, now the seat of the Dukes of Devonshire (whose family name is still "Cavendish", because they are descended from the children of her second marriage), and Hardwick Hall.
Told you you'd be interested in reading this! Get back to me if you are available to travel September 25th to October 3rd. Each person flies, hopefully non-stop, to Heathrow - where I and my agent will meet you, arriving on Sept 26 between 6:30 and 9 a.m. - if you want to fly in a day earlier to get brain and body together, we can reserve a room for you at the Crowne Plaza Heathrow and the coach will pick you up there about 9:30 a.m. on the
26th after the Heathrow arrivals have boarded our private coach. The show is the 1st & 2nd, we leave for home the 3rd, but are arranging for those who wish to stay on independently for a couple of days may do so. Our home away from home in London is right across the street from the V&A and close to Harrod's, Valerie's Patisserie and all modes of transport! Easy Peasy!! E-mail me for deposit info and to receive a copy of the itinerary, include your mailing address.
BTW, speaking of the V&A...the National Building Museum in our Nation's Capital has an exhibit of dollshouses from the V&A's collection! It's on now, so if you're near DC, you're informed! However, the weekend of my 33rd Mid-Atlantic/Tysons show, September 17 & 18, at the Crowne Plaza Tysons in McLean, VA we will go there either before or after the show, depending on which you pick! If you're in the DC Metro Area during that weekend, come along...I haven't booked the bus yet until I know how many seats we need! Bill and Barbara Studebaker were the first ones to let me know they would join me! Gold start for you guys!
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