About the Guild!    

How we got started...

The organizational meeting of the Tidewater Chapter of the High Country Basketry Guild was held in February 1995 with nineteen people in attendance. Of that group seven are still members and five are actively involved.

After much discussion the name Tidewater was chosen over Hampton Roads as being more easily recognized in other parts the country.

The first meetings were held in Princess Anne Recreation Center in Virginia Beach, Va. The picture to the right is the first meeting display at Princess Anne Recreation Center. Shortly thereafter a permanent home was found at the Larchmont United Methodist Church in Norfolk, Virginia. This has proved an ideal location, as it is easily accessible from all portions of Hampton Roads.

In the fall of 1999 members decided to break away from the HCBG and form an independent guild. The name Tidewater was retained and a new logo with a basket woven on a Williamsburg handle was chosen. The current local membership stretches south from the Williamsburg area to the North Carolina Border. Total membership in fall of 2002 is around eighty.

In 1998 the group held its' first weaving weekend in Newport News, Va. Attendance was limited to members of the HCBG. In 2001 changes were made in both the location and name of the gathering. For the first time teachers were recruited from outside guild membership and non members were invited to take classes as well. This has proven a success and will continue.

Joyce Smith with display for our first
Gathering of the Guilds, April 1995.

Billie Dorris and Joyce Smith, Our "Founding Mothers" of TBG, with our first Holly Festival Tree, Nov. 1995

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