The Texas Carnival Glass Club holds its annual four-day convention in March. Events include educational seminars and banquet program featuring internationally known speakers, carnival glass displays, silent auction, dealers and club members selling carnival glass, and a public auction of Carnival Glass.



Texas Carnival Glass Club 2018 Convention

March 21 - 24, 2018 ~ Dallas, Texas


Please Note: To ensure that you are part of our room block, and will be assigned a room on the TCGC Convention floor, please book your room directly with the hotel (see instructions below).

Convention Hotel: Wyndham Dallas Suites - Park Central, 7800 Alpha Road, Dallas
Located at the Northwest corner of LBJ Freeway (I-635) and Coit Road, all suites have a separate bedroom and parlor area and a large picture window for displays.

Room Rates: Single or Double - $117 (plus tax). Triple - $127 (plus tax), Quadruple - $137 (plus tax). Breakfast in the Café Biarritz is included in the guest room rate for up to two people per room.

Pet Policy: The hotel welcomes small domestic pets up to 40 pounds each for a non-refundable fee of $25 per hotel stay.

Display Tables: Tables are available for a one-time fee of $25 per table.

Reserve your Room:

  1. Call the Wyndham directly at 972-233-7600 (option 2) and tell them you are with the Texas Carnival Glass Association March 2018. Our group code is 03146822CG.
  2. Reserve online by clicking this link:
  3. Due to the limited number of double-bedded rooms please call the hotel directly if you need a room with more than one bed. Please note: The couch in the parlor area of each suite converts to a bed.

Hotel Deadline:  Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

Register for the Convention

Click here to download a convention registration/membership form. Print the form, fill it in, and mail it with your check to the address on the form. 
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2018 Convention Schedule of Events

Wednesday, March 21
4:00 p.m. Registration, Silent Auction donations received; Sign up for Display Contest
Early Bird Fun Night
6:00 p.m. Home Cooked dinner in the Hospitality Room
7:30 p.m. Share a recent find at “Show & Tell—A Texas Tradition”

Thursday, March 22
6:00-10:00 a.m. Café Biarritz: Complimentary guest breakfast
Hospitality Room Open (except during scheduled events): Registration, Silent Auction, Room Display
12:00 p.m. Hospitality Room: Lunch
3:00 p.m. Educational Seminar, “Where am I, and how did I get here?” by Walt Robinson.
6:00 p.m. Whitley Award Dinner honoring Tom and Ann Bumpass, whose dedication to Carnival Glass has enriched fellow collectors of all ages. (Badge sticker required)
8:00 p.m. Our hilarious “Annual Gift Exchange” – the real fun begins when the stealing starts
! (must be wrapped, non-perishable, limit - 2 steals/item)

Friday, March 23
6:00-10:00 a.m. Café Biarritz: Complimentary guest breakfast
Hospitality Room Open (except during scheduled events): Registration, Silent Auction, Room Display
10:00 a.m. Educational Seminar, “Rarities from A to Z,” by David Kastor, followed by TCGC Annual Business Meeting
12:00 p.m. Hospitality Room: Lunch
1:00–3:00 p.m. Rooms open for final Room Display viewing
3:00 p.m. Silent Auction closes – Be sure you are present to bid on and win your favorite pieces.
3:30 p.m. Vote for your favorite Room Display – Best of Show receives $100!
4:00 p.m. Seeck Auction Preview
5:00 p.m. Complimentary Sangria Happy Hour
6:00 p.m. TCGC welcomes banquet speakers Dr. Steven and Mary Gregg and their presentation, “Do you know your ABC’s? Advertising Beautiful Carnival Glass.” (Badge sticker required)
8:00 p.m. Seeck Auction Preview

Saturday, March 24
6:00-10:00 a.m. Café Biarritz: Complimentary guest breakfast
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Seeck Auction Preview
9:30 a.m. Seeck Auction (Lunch on your own), to see photos of some of the auction glass click on the picture below

Education / Banquet Seminars

Thursday. March 22nd

Where Am I, and How Did I Get Here?
Walt & Sam Robinson, Austin, Texas


Walt and Sam have been married 51 years. Sam is from northwestern Alabama and is a retired nurse. Walt is from western Washington State and is retired from IBM. They have two children and five grandchildren.

Walt is the primary collector in the family. His interest in Carnival Glass started while in Tucson in the late 1990s, and grew gradually until their move to Austin in 2006. Once in Austin and as new members of the Texas club the carnival glass activity became much more intense. Walt has been an active eBay user for 20 years. eBay was both a carnival glass education tool and a source for glass while they lived in Tucson. Walt and Sam have assisted the club for the last several years by organizing and conducting the annual Silent Auction. Walt also serves as the administrator for the Texas club web site.

Walt and Sam consider themselves to be ‘advanced novice’ collectors, with much left to learn. They collect for the love of the glass, the opportunity to develop and maintain friendships, and for the challenges presented by digging through estate sales and antique stores looking for elusive Carnival treasures. Through his presentation Walt hopes to answer the question “Where am I, and how did I get here?”

Friday. March 23rd

Rarities from A to Z 
David Kastor, Houston, Texas


My name is David Kastor. I recently retired from 25 years of teaching in public education, mostly as a high school band director. Other than collecting glass, I enjoy playing trumpet and have been a member of the Houston Texans pep band, Deep Steel Thunder, since 2002.

I have been collecting glass for about 25 years. My collection started with pattern glass and then expanded into flint glass, ruby stained pattern glass, and elegant depression era glass. It seemed natural for my collection to expand into Carnival Glass. My first Carnival Glass purchase was an amethyst Northwood Strawberry plate. More recently, my love of iridescence has expanded my collection into art glass including Tiffany, Steuben, Durand and European art glass. I also have collections of early Fenton and Imperial art glass.

My Carnival Glass collection includes advertising pieces, peacocks, Rose and Poppy Show, as well as large vases. I    have to say that my favorite patterns still go back to my initial Carnival Glass purchase – strawberries. This past year, I was lucky enough to attend some amazing Carnival Glass auctions and acquire some nice pieces of Carnival Glass. Many of the patterns I had not seen in person before. When Emmett asked me if I would present an educational seminar for this year’s TCGC convention, I told him that I would bring some of my recent purchases. My  presentation will be on “Rarities from A to Z” and will include not only rare patterns, but also rare colors and shapes in certain patterns.



Banquet - Friday, March 23rd

Do you know your ABC's?  Advertising Beautiful Carnival Glass.
Dr. Steven and Mary Gregg

Dr. Steven and Mary Gregg to Speak at
TCGC AND HOACGA Conventions in 2018

The Texas Carnival Glass Club and the Heart of America Carnival Glass Association are both fortunate to have Dr. Steven and Mary Gregg speaking at their 2018 conventions. The Texas Carnival Glass Club welcomes Steve and Mary to Texas in March as their 2018 convention banquet speakers. Speaking on Friday evening, March 23, the Greggs will share their extensive collection of Advertising pieces during their talk, “Do you know your ABC’s? Advertising Beautiful Carnival Glass.”

In April, the Heart of America Carnival Glass Association will welcome Steve and Mary Gregg to present an education program at their convention. Their presentation, “The Brocades – Iridized and Beautiful, but Not Classic Carnival Glass?” will be Thursday evening, April 26. Their talk will show and discuss "Brocaded" patterns, a part of carnival glass collecting that receives very little attention. This will provide the collector of Brocaded glass with additional information for his/her collecting knowledge. It will also provide new collectors an introduction to the delicate designs of this beautiful iridized glass. Both clubs are excited and pleased to have this opportunity to hear Steve and Mary Gregg’s presentations at our respective conventions.

MARY GREGG’S VERSION OF THEIR CARNIVAL ADDICTION: We are Steve and Mary Gregg of Milan, Michigan. We have been married for 45 years and have been collecting Carnival Glass together for the last 25 years or so. Steve collected Carnival Glass as a kid. He liked the iridescence – that oil on water effect. When we got married and were busy with children, the hobby was put on the back burner for a while. Then one Christmas, Steve’s office staff gave him the Encyclopedia of Carnival Glass and his interest was rekindled. The collection has grown ever since. Mary has suggested “buy one, sell one,” but Steve’s idea is “buy one, sell none, and build an addition to the house!” (Steve is addicted to Carnival Glass and ice cream.) Since Steve’s retirement in 2015, we have been able to attend more conventions. We have become acquainted with more Carnival Glass collectors who have now become our friends. We have several favorite patterns. Most recently Steve has been focusing on lettered pieces, which will be the focus of his talk at the TCGC convention. Mary likes the brocaded patterns, which Steve will discuss in depth at the HOACGA convention.





March 15 - 18 ~ Wyndham Dallas Suites – Park Central
7800 Alpha Road, Dallas, Texas

The Texas Carnival Glass Club returned to Dallas, Texas, March 15-18, 2017, for their annual carnival glass convention.    Attendees were treated to great food and treats in the Hospitality Room, interesting and informative room displays, a great deal of commaraderie, some amazing educational seminars, and another fine auction presented by Seeck Auctions.   You really can't go wrong attending any one of the carnival glass club conventions throughout the year, and Texas is certainly no exception.  

Some additional details....

The Texas club got things started Wednesday afternoon and evening.  We had a great meal in the hospitality room prepared by Jeff Philips, with side dishes and trimmings provided by other attendees.  The meal was followed by a Texas tradition, Show-and-Tell, where members bring a recent 'find' to discuss .... this event gives everyone a chance to learn a little about a piece of glass and it's origins, and to learn a little more about fellow attendees.  Always a good time event.  Room displays were set up, Gary Lickver arrived (in a rental vehicle when his 'Road Warrior' machine failed him on route - - - but, as always he was all smiles and set some beautiful glass out for purchase).

Thursday found more arrivals and room set-ups, along with a delicious lunch in the hospitality room. By the way, Dorothy Morgan and Peggy Wilcox worked overtime as usual to make sure the hospitality room took care of all guests .... another great job by these two!  In the afternoon we were treated to a magnificent display of carnival glass in an educational seminar presented by Cale Wilcox titled "Carnival Glass Variations."  A fine and educational presentation enjoyed by all.  Thursday evening brought the 'Whitley Award Dinnner.'  This is a banquet event conceived by Jim Lee with the assistance of Floyd and Cecil Whitley to honor those who have contributed to the carnival glass hobby and the carnival glass clubs.  The Texas club was pleased and honored to recognize Dolores Sage as the Whitley Award winner for 2017.  Among other things Dolores has been the driving force and inspiration behind the kids carnival club, now known as 'Iridescent Nation,' with youth membership spread across this country from coast to coast. It is inspirational to see Dolores at 91 years of age still atending conventions, still collecting carnival, still working for the betterment of the clubs, still writing aritcles, and just generally being a great ambassador for the carnival glass world.  Following the Whitley Award Banquet the club held it's annual 'gift exchange'... Much teasing, stealing, pestering, and frivolity as gifts are unwrapped and end up as objects of a friendly competition among attendees.

Friday was a pretty busy day at the 2017 Texas convention.  Mid-morning we had an amazing educational seminar presented by Brian Foster.  Brian, as it turns out, had purchased Dugan's original Christmas Compote mold many years ago from Fenton.  At some effort and expense this mold has been stored for years.  Then two years ago Brian arranged to have the mold at the WWWCGA convention in Wichita, where he used the mold to demonstate how it was used to produce the Christmas compotes. Following that presentation, Brian and the ICGA officers sought to have some compotes made from the mold in the previously unused color of green.  Conenctions were made with Mosser who did some restoration work on the mold and then did turn out a run of green Christmas compotes and a series of Whimseys.  Brian's seminar covered this history and included a video of Fenton making Christmas compotes many years ago (not in original colors), and then a video of Mosser making the green compotes.  The seminar was very informative and very well received.  Through the generosity of the Texas Club and Brian, four attendees were each given one of the green compotes. Beautiful items, absolutely beautiful.  There is more to this story later.....

The club held it's annual busness meeting following the Christmas Compote seminar.  Then off to the hospitality room for lunch followed by the judging of the room displays.  At 3pm the annual Silent Auction closed with much hubbub (One of the Silent Auction items was another donation from Brian .... a one-of-a-kind Christmas Compote Cake plate).  That one item raised a great deal of money for the auction.   Of course then it was time for the Seeck Auction preview followed by the club banquet.   At the banquet display awards were given out, results of the Silent Auction announced, and the Texas Club award for ongoing contributions to the club was received by Bob and Sandy Sage, much to the delight of the audience.  This was followed by a quick little live auction that JIm Seeck conducted selling seven of Dr. Roy Hieger's contemporary carnival glass signed tumbers.  They brought significant bids.   The tumbler auction was followed by an auction of four more green Christmas compotes donated by Brian, three were beautiful whimseys.  Bidding was very aggressive.  

Friday evening was capped off with a splendid banquet presentation by Kenda and Bill Jeske titled “Lore, Legends, and Glass in the Lone Star State.”   It is a little hard to imagine the amount of work they did to tie pieces of their carnival glass to the history and foundation of the state of Texas.  But they did it, smoothly and without a hitch, much to the delight of the banquet attendees.  This presentation and the other two at the convention are really powerful reasons why folks who have not attended a convention should do so.  There is much to learn, lots of beautiful and unique glass, and entertainment that you just can't get elsewhere.  Thanks Kenda and Bill for doing a great job .... the Texas club appreciates your efforts and contributions.

The last thing, and to some folks the most important thing, on the convention agenda is the Saturday morning auction.  Jim and Jan Seeck got started on time, flew through the auction without a hitch, had some pieces get into serious bidding wars, sold a fair amount to previously placed on-line bids, and appear to have exceeded expectations for the overall result.  Everyone took home some new glass .... and already are thinking about next years convention.








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