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On Saturday an estimated 250 people gathered at the Maryland Historical Society’s Greyhound Terminal Building for the first Restoration & Renovation Fair. All of us at Preservation Maryland were delighted by the huge response to this new event. The feedback we got was overwhelmingly positive with attendees, speakers, and exhibitors all enjoying their time together.
The day was spent visiting the 25 exhibitors who joined us, listening to 12 talks on a variety of home-related topics, and talking to the other attendees. Topics covered included paint, windows, tax credits, energy efficiency, plaster, masonry, and waterproofing. It seemed there was something for everyone with new attendees coming in before each talk.
We will be sending out a survey to attendees soon to get a more complete picture of the visitor experience, but feel free to let us know your thoughts. If you attended, let us know if you had a good time and what talks you liked or didn’t like. What topics would you like to see covered? And, the biggest question of all, should we hold this event again?
Thanks to everyone who attended, our speakers, and exhibitors. A special thanks to our sponsors, the Maryland Historical Trust, Abell Foundation, Christman Company, Baltimore National Heritage Area, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Penza + Bailey Architects, and Second Chance, Inc. Thanks also to Souper Freak for joining us and serving up warm and delicious food to our attendees.
Next weekend is the Restoration & Renovation Fair and every time I look over our program and exhibit hall, I get so excited about the wealth of experience and talent that will be at the Fair. The Fair is designed so you can come for an hour or stay all day and leave with new information. I really hope that all of you will be able to join us. Below are just some of the ways you can benefit from the Fair. The complete list of talks and exhibitors can be found on our website.
Working on a specific area of your house? The talks on Saturday cover issues from plaster vs. drywall, waterproofing, windows, mortar and masonry, and paint issues. You can also hear about how to research the story of your home’s past and how you can help finance your projects.
Looking to find a contractor or know how to look for one? Find specialists in a variety of areas like alterego, Stop Leaks, Sykes Restorations, Expert House Movers of Maryland, and the Christman Company and you can join the talk on selecting the right contractor at 9:30 am.
Looking for programs working with older and historic homes? Many of our exhibitors likeBaltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), Baltimore Housing Vacants to Value Program, Maryland Historical Trust, Retrofit Baltimore/Civic Works, and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development can tell you about the work they do every day to help keep the character of the state alive and vibrant with their programs and services.
It is hard to believe for me, but the Restoration & Renovation Fair is just around the corner. I could not be more excited to share with you the line-up for the day including topics, speakers, and exhibitors. The Restoration & Renovation Fair page of our website has been updated with all that information. I think we have a strong program and a great selection of exhibitors. A little something for everyone!
Buzz is building and we are very grateful to our many partners in Baltimore and around the state for spreading the word about this event. If you know of anyone who may be interested share our info with them. Any homeowner would benefit from the Fair, even if they don’t think of themselves as preservationists. We hope they leave the Fair with a new appreciation to the preservation approach to working on their home.
The Restoration & Renovation Fair takes place on Saturday, April 28th from 9:00am to 4:00pm in the former Greyhound Terminal on the campus of the Maryland Historical Society. The admission price is just $10. For your convenience, the Souper Freak food truck will be on hand at lunch time.
The spring so far has been busy for me with a couple of fun projects. The first is the release of the 2012 Endangered Maryland list and the upcoming Restoration & Renovation Fair. Part of what makes these projects fun is how they help shine a light on the amazing work done by Maryland’s preservation and history organizations.
The sites featured on the Endangered Maryland list are impressive, but just as impressive are the groups working to protect them. Each year this program introduces us to new organizations that take on the daunting task of fighting for buildings that have faced years of neglect. This Colleagues Corner feature is designed to shine a spotlight on issues that would be of particular interest to our organizational partners, so for all the organizations reading this please accept this digital round of applause. While the article may focus on the buildings, the passion and dedication of the organizations, often volunteer driven, who work with the sites shines through. I’m always proud to trumpet the overall success of the sites featured on Endangered Maryland and I know that those successes would not exist without the many local preservation organizations who nominate sites. So well done and keep up the good work!
Next week the National Main Streets Conference starts here in Baltimore. Preservation Maryland will be a part of the program and if you are attending, please stop by and say hi. Just a couple weeks after this event is our first Restoration & Renovation Fair. We are very excited about this new event and hope you will join us. Registration is now open and the info flyer is online.
It’s a bit of a different kind of year for professional training at Preservation Maryland. As we said when we announced the Fair, this is an exceptionally rich year for educational opportunities in the area. We have continually-updated list of some of these offerings on our website under Trainings and Events. There is something being offered for every area of focus, so I hope you will take advantage of a program or two. If you know of a training not on the list, please get in touch and I will include it.
I hope your spring has been as full of excitement (of the good kind) as mine has been!
The warm weather reminds us that spring is near, and with that, the opportunity to work on home improvement and restoration projects. On Saturday, April 28th, we will host our first ever Restoration & Renovation Fair from 9:00am to 4:00pm in the former Greyhound Terminal on the campus of the Maryland Historical Society. With an admission fee of only $10.00, this Fair is a value you can’t pass up.
Throughout the day, there will be informative demonstrations of preservation techniques and products proven effective in historic buildings. Discussing some of the most prevalent challenges facing historic houses, including masonry and window repair, restoring plaster and selecting paint, these experts in the field will guide you, an owner or future owner of an older or historic home, in your projects.
In between sessions, take the opportunity to explore the exhibit hall featuring contractors and vendors specializing in the restoration of historic homes. Together, the Fair vendors will complement each other’s expertise and provide an opportunity to see many options for your home. If you are interested in exhibiting at the event, review the sponsor and exhibitor opportunities and then contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-685-2886 ext. 302 for more information. The deadline to register as an exhibitor is March 30!
We hope to see you at the Restoration & Renovation Fair! Download the registration flyer or register online. Check in with our website for updates on exhibitors and speakers. If you have any questions please contact me at 410-685-2886 ext. 302 or email@example.com.
It’s tough work, but someone has to do it. To complete my recent blogging assignment, I decided to indulge in some historic food – in a historic building of course. Meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, chicken salad and tomato aspic – it’s all there on the menu at the new incarnation of the Woman’s Industrial Exchange. As I took in the very familiar, yet updated décor and met the enthusiastic owner, Irene Smith, I saw old favorites both at the tables (friends and colleagues of years gone by) and on the menu. It recalled lunches there as a child with my father, who considered himself quite a connoisseur of chicken salad, and many years later with my boss, William Donald Schaefer, who simply loved anything that was authentic Baltimore. Few things are more so than the Woman’s Industrial Kitchen.
My friend and I both ordered the tuna melt with a side of the aspic, arguably the restaurant’s signature dish. Neither disappointed us and we spent the remainder of our time reminiscing about years ago when we had worked together. The very pleasant lunch underscored for me how much I like returning to things that are familiar, how comforting those surroundings can be, how they justify the values and tastes we have developed as we grow older.
For more than a century, the 1815 brick townhouse on lower North Charles Street, has been a destination for those seeking home-style cooking prepared and served with loving hands. Now in the capable hands of Ms. Smith and her associates, I hope that this is the beginning of a new lease on life for the venerable grand dame of 333 North Charles and visible evidence that there is usually a new use – or an old one—for our historic structures. The experience of dining at the WIK, as I suppose some now refer to it, is much like entering any historic building, whether for the first or the twenty-first time. It is the same place it always has been and it reflects all that has taken place there in the past.
Ms. Smith told me that, despite her efforts in operating one of the city’s trendy new food trucks, she saw a need to re-establish this bit of culinary heritage so loved by Baltimoreans. Thanks, Irene, and Bon Appetit.
While winter seemed to go by in a flash, spring is coming up on us rapidly. We are in the thick of the Maryland General Assembly session and work is in full swing for our upcoming spring activities.
The biggest of these activities for me is the Restoration & Renovation Fair. This event will take place at the Maryland Historical Society on April 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. As I’ve mentioned in the past, this change in our usual programming is due to a unique convergence of many educational opportunities on the Mid-Atlantic this year. So far the Fair has been getting a wonderful response and the planning committee and I are working hard to make the program diverse and high quality. Look for more information here, on our website, and through our social media feeds in the coming weeks for more information on the program and how to register. Also coming online soon will be a guide to all the many professional development opportunities being presented this year. The Maryland Historical Trust, the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions and the Institute of Museum and Library Services will be presenting programs for a variety of audiences.
The other thing that is just around the corner is the release of our 2012 Endangered Maryland list. Our partners at Maryland Life magazine will be issuing their March/April within a month and we are very excited to share the list with all of you. The release of the Endangered Maryland list is one of my favorite things I do all year and this year’s list has some wonderful places that can use your support.
Finally, I have been working with our partners in Howard County to create an “Endangered” tour for the National Main Streets Conference coming to Baltimore April 1-4. Registration is now open for the conference and the early bird rate ends March 18. If you come to the conference, be sure to drop by the exhibit hall and say hello!
Of course it’s never too early to look forward to summer. I’ll spend my summer finding ways to create new partnerships and exploring how people can better interact with our organization and mission. Have any sites you love or ideas for programs? Add a comment below or drop me line at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s an exciting time here at Preservation Maryland and I hope you will join us!