The BSGW meetings are held on the second Saturday of March, May, September and October. Our major events are the Bead, Jewelry and Textile Bazaars held in  April and November.

Up Coming Meetings & Events




The BSGW Meeting


Saturday, March 14, 2020

1:00 - 3:00 PM


Dear Bead Society Members and Bead Lovers,


We are cancelling our meeting on Saturday May 14th.  This was a difficult decision, but I for one, feel relieved.

We will let you know when the speaker, Gary Kauffman, can be rescheduled to speak about gemstones and their healing properties.


Wishing you all, health, Gretchen.

Gretchen Dunn


The Bead Society of Greater Washington



The BSGW Meeting


Saturday, April 11, 2020

1:00 - 3:00 PM

Location: Barbara Friedell's Home (Address to be sent via email to members only)


Topic:   An Afternoon with Barbara Friedell: Art Artifacts and Conversations

"When I was a child my favorite bedtime stories told to me by my grandfather was about his trips to the end of the road. He and the family always got lost and slept in the car. I guess that rubbed off on me because I've spent my adult life going off on adventures, not sure and not caring where I would end up. Along the way I've accumulated some amazing artifacts, textiles and beads. Not satisfied with just collecting, in 1998 I went to graduate school in London and completed a Masters in the Art History of India and Tibet. Some of my trips have been driving from London To Saigon (yes, it was possible) in 1992, spending two weeks in North Korea and trekking in every region of the Himalayas for the past 40 years. I finally gave up the trekking 6 years ago, having had enough of sleeping in a tent and pooping in a hole. I adore Asian culture and presently am working with a friend/colleague on a book about the enormous oil lamps in the Indian state of Kerala, the only place they are found in South Asia.


I love sharing my collections with others and I hope you will find the afternoon an entertaining and enjoyable experience."

Barbara Friedell


The BSGW Meeting


Saturday, May 9, 2020

1:00 - 3:00 PM

Chevy Chase Community Center

5601 Connecticut Ave., NW

Washington DC 20015


Bring your bling to show off!


A business meeting will precede Show & Tell where elections of new officers will take place along with discussion on the future of BSGW.






71st Bead, Jewelry and Textile Bazaar


Saturday, November 14, 2020

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, November 15, 2020

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Activity Center at Bohrer Park
506 South Frederick Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

- Admission $6.00 or $5.00 with the coupon -

- Sat. only Free Shuttle from Shady Grove Metro -

- Children Under 12 Free -