Convention
 

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 2017 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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Click on the following picture to view the photo album of the 2016 Texas Carnival Glass Club convention.

 

 


 

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