24th Annual Gathering of the Guilds and Native Plant Sale

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The 24th annual Gathering of the Guilds will take place April 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Francis Land House, 3131 Virginia Beach Blvd. Visitors will learn about traditional skills as guild members demonstrate their specialties to the public. Participating guilds will include:

·         Bee Keepers Guild of Southeast Virginia

·         Tidewater Basketry Guild

·         Tidewater Distaff Spinners

·         Tidewater Knitting Guild of Virginia

·         Tidewater Turners of Virginia

·         Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

·         The Seaside Smockers


The regional chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will hold its annual native plant sale in conjunction with the Gathering of the Guilds. Perennials, shrubs, small trees and other plants that thrive in seaside and woodland gardens will be available. All proceeds from the plant sale will be used for area beautification and education. The Butterfly Society of Virginia will sell butterfly-friendly plants and the ODU Student Chapter of the Botanical Society of America will have plants available as well.


Many vendors will be present, with additional plants, alternatives to single-use plastics, rain barrels, Fair Trade handcrafts, recycled and upcycled products, organic dog treats, organic soy candles, all-natural skin care and guild crafts for sale. Face painting also will be available.


Admission is free and includes a brief tour of the Francis Land House. For more information, please call
(757) 385-5100.


About the Virginia Beach History Museums:

The Virginia Beach History Museums include the Francis Land House, Adam Thoroughgood House, Lynnhaven House, and Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. They are owned and operated by the City of Virginia Beach Department of Museums, which provides stewardship of the city’s historic resources and programs to educate the community about local history.


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