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  ABOUT US...

The Annapolis Villagers was founded in 1992. We are a non-profit organization of collectors interested in learning, sharing information about and promoting interest in the collectible items made for and by Dept 56 and providing a social forum for the members. Although we are based in Annapolis, MD, we have club members throughout the state of MD and other states. As we enter our 22nd year, our club members continue to enjoy collecting and displaying Department 56 villages. We meet every second Tuesday of odd-numbered months. The agenda at the meetings includes club business as well as:
          ♦ Presentations and demonstrations on village display ideas, tips and techniques
          ♦ Games (i.e., bingo, The Price is Right...)
          ♦ Door prizes, raffles, refreshments, etc.
          ♦ "Show & Tell" of favorite Dept 56 pieces and vignette displays
          ♦ Display vignette "Make & Takes"
          ♦ On occasion a guest speaker is invited
          ♦ Display contests

During the holiday season, we schedule tours of member homes to view their displays and decorations. Since we all truly love the holidays, this is always one of the highlights of the club's yearly agenda. During the year, we hold annual events such as the Sunday Brunch, summer picnic, Anniversary Banquet and Christmas Party. We also plan special events to places of interest to the club members. Past special events have included cruises and visits to museums, model train exhibits, historical sites, local festivals and theatres.
We were one of the sponsoring clubs for the eight Mid-Atlantic Village Gatherings (MAVG's) held during the period from 1994 - 2007. We are also a member of the National Council of 56 Clubs (NCC).
The club has supported a number of charitable organizations that includes Ronald McDonald House, Hospice of the Chesapeake, Arden House and H.O.P.E., Inc.
Membership in The Annapolis Villagers is open to anyone interested in lighted miniature village houses or any of the other collectibles, such as Snowbabies, made by Department 56. As a member of The Annapolis Villagers...
          ♦ You will receive the Club's bimonthly newsletter, The Village Crier
          ♦ You will be informed of local dealer's special events
          ♦ You will be informed of Department 56 Gatherings, collectible shows and village related publications
          ♦ You can participate in any of the club's activities and events

Prospective members and visitors are always welcome to attend a meeting or an event as a guest. The meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. at the:

          American Legion Post #175
          832 Manhattan Beach Road
          Severna Park, MD 21146

Contact the club at Bob Eustice for additional information.

Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November. Dues are $30/year for a family of 2, $20/year for a single membership. With a membership to the Annapolis Villagers you receive 6 newsletters a year, and the opportunity to make some great friendships and learn how to enhance your village.  

Click here for a sample of our newsletter

Click here for an Annapolis Villagers membership form