Attractions (Most within 15 minutes of the meet location)
Baltimore is a diverse city with endless local attractions and features and a rich history, and there are activities and attractions for everyone, including many that are friendly for the entire family.
If you have a special interest of any kind, email the hostess for more nearby recommendations.
Suggested List of Items to Bring to the Meet:
MLP items to sell or trade
MLP items to show off or share (please keep these limited to save space!)
MLP-related artwork, customs, and other crafts
Labels for things that are yours (bags, boxes, etc) to avoid mix-ups and lost items
A sign to identify your table as yours
A name tag or lanyard to identify yourself to others
Your wrapped G1, G3, and/or G4 pony for the G1, G3, and G4 mystery swaps if applicable
Your custom contest entry
$5 cash toward your pizza lunch
Camera (please askpermission before posting anyone's photo online)
Pen and paper for keeping notes and records if you choose to
Non-MLP items for trade/sale/etc: These are allowed, but please keep them to a minimum.
Cash for buying items*
*There will be a secure wireless network available for Paypal payments. Also, please keep in mind not all sellers will accept personal checks.
Q: What exactly is a pony meet?
A: Pony Meets are gatherings of My Little Pony collectors in one location, often involving the buying, selling, trading, and sharing of My Little Ponies and related items. They are similar to conventions and swap meets, only are considerably smaller and not usually for more than one day, though some stretch over a weekend.
Collectors usually bring ponies to sell or trade, ones to share or show off to others, and often times there are activities contests, games, raffles, live tutorials, and other activities. Sometimes the attendees bring food in a potluck style, the meet host provides the food, or the meet attendees bring their own. Pony meets are a great way to interact with other collectors, make friends, and find elusive ponies.
Pony meets can have any number of different themes, from simply a theme applied to a meet, to a meet held to help a member unload their collection into a new house. Some are more oriented for older collectors, and involve going out on the town for food and spirits. Conversely, some meets are held in a more fun, slumber party atmosphere, where collectors gather to watch movies or do other more quiet activities. Every meet has a different feel, and each tends to be quite unique from host to host.
I, MustBeJewel, have hosted pony meets since 2002. The numbers have grown considerably since then, where the attendance was only three people. Now more than thirty collectors attend the annual meets, and many of us have become great friends in the process. See the Maryland Pony Meet history for more information on how the meets have grown over time.
Q: Is the Maryland Pony Meet a family-friendly event?
A: Absolutely! Over the years, many attendees have brought along their spouses, significant others, children, and even a parent or two. Activities at the meet cater to both experienced collectors, non-collector guests, and kids, and the environment is encouraged to be friendly and open to people of all ages.
Q: I want to make a weekend out of my pony meet trip. What kinds of things are there to do near the meet location, and do you have any suggestions for hotels where I could stay?
A: The Local Resources page here on the MD Meet website should have all the information you need. For any further questions or recommendations, please contact the meet hostess or a member of the MD Meet Committee.
Q: I have a disability or need special arrangements; Can I still attend?
A: Yes. If you have any concerns or need any special accommodations, please contact the meet hostess ahead of time at MDPonyMeet@Gmail.com.
Q: I am a brony; Is the MD Pony Meet something I would enjoy?
A: While the MD Pony Meets include all generations of My Little Pony, there is not the strong focus on G4 / Friendship is Magic that one might find at Brony meetups and Brony Cons. The majority of attendees have a primary focus on pre-G4 collectibles. The MD Meet is open to pony fans of any generation, however, so long as they respect and show courtesy to fans of any particular generation or affiliation.
Have a question? Email the meet hostess at MDPonyMeet@gmail.com