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December 2017

Dec – Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love

December 20 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Belmont Gallery of Art is located in the Belmont Town Hall, Homer Building, top floor, 455 Concord Ave
Belmont, MA 02478 United States
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Shown above: Historic New England Mourning Bracelets from Historic New England’s collection. Laura Johnson, Curator of Historic New England (, will be speaking. Join Curator Laura E. Johnson for a peek inside New England's jewelry box. This illustrated talk introduces a wide range of Historic New England’s jewels, from eighteenth-century mourning gems to contemporary wampum. America’s oldest preservation organization, Historic New England has more than 2,000 pieces of jewelry in its collection, a portion of which is on view in…

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Kumihimo Workshop

December 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Rd (Route 2A)
Lexington, MA 02421 United States
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There will be a Bead-In same day, socializing and working on projects. Open to members and guests ($5.00 fee for guests) There is a Kumihimo workshop, by Yin Guang, at the same time and location. KUMIHIMO WORKSHOP IS PRICE OF KIT (Guests, as space allows, price of kit, plus $5.00 guest fee)

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January 2018

Meet & Workshop – Making Metal Bangles and Dangles

January 17, 2018 @ 6:45 pm - March 30, 2018 @ 8:45 pm

MEMBERS MEETING & METAL WORKSHOP Karenna Maraj Metal Smith Teacher, Designer, And Gallery Owner Final location TBD This will be held at either Lexington Community Center OR Karenna Maraj Studio In Cushing Square Belmont

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February 2018

Meet & Workshop – Russian Spiral

February 21, 2018 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Rd (Route 2A)
Lexington, MA 02421 United States
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RUSSIAN SPIRAL (Guests, as space allows, price of kit, plus $5.00 guest fee) Anita Beren and Victoria Bezpalko

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  • In the event of extreme weather conditions and the need to close, the LCC will post a phone message.
  • Meetings and workshops are generally at the Lexington Community Center (LCC), 39 Marrett Road (Route 2A) Lexington, MA 02421, 781-698-4870.
  • Some BDI Members Meetings will be held as off-site workshops, so check our website and calendar regarding venues.
  • We welcome guests at regular monthly meetings, as space permits. There is a Guest Fee of $5.00 that may be applied toward membership.
  • Guests may also attend workshops, as space allows, with a $5.00 or $10.00 Guest Fee. see specific event for details.
  • Please note that BDI’s Annual Members Meeting and Dinner, scheduled for June 20th, 2018, is free for paid members.
  • Directions: From Route 95/128, exit at Route 2A East. Follow Marrett Rd, crossing Waltham Street. Enter through the Scottish Rite Museum gate on the left. From Lexington Center, head east on Massachusetts Ave, toward Arlington. Turn right on Marrett Road (Rt 2A), then an immediate right into Scottish Rite Museum gate. The LCC is at the top of the hill, to the left of the parking lot.
  • Questions? Programs, workshops, locations, and details are available on our website:

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Check out our new event calendar…and our events! See the Bead Affaire Vendor list and watch as we continue to add bios for the Bead Affaire Vendors and our Members. There are gallery images associated with the bios. Enjoy!

PS Here is a coupon for the Bead Affaire, our annual Bead sale! See you in October of 2018.


Bead Affaire Coupon PDF

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Generally third Wednesday of the month 6:45 to 8:45 pm Feb-Jun., Sep-Nov.


PLEASE NOTE, we are now meeting at the Lexington Community Center at 39 Marrett Street, Lexington, MA 02421. Accessible via Lexpress and MBTA.


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