PLEASE MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR:
November 15, 2017 Dinner / Meeting - the well-known author and glass historian Sid Lethbridge will be speaking on the Belmont Glass Works. (This will be a joint meeting with the Lowell Inness Society)
December Meeting – This will be our first ever glass raffle, where members purchase tickets to win some great pieces of glass.
January Meeting – The Study Group will be presenting the exhibit that we will display at the Antique Show.
NOTE: The 8th Annual Antique Identification Event will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm at the Mt. Lebanon Library.
February Meeting – No meeting due to our ANTIQUE SHOW.
NOTE: John Weishar, owner of Island Mould & Machine Co., has agreed to come to our Exhibit on Saturday, February 17th to explain and/or answer questions about the mould making process.
NEW RULES for the CLUB BOOTH:
Any club member may sell antiques and/or collectibles in our Consignment Booth if you FIRST sign up to work at least two hours for the good of the show.
March Meeting – Julie Agar will be presenting on Tiffany glass. Her relative was the first non-Tiffany to become president.
April Meeting – Presentation on Fry Glass
May Meeting – Presentation on the Glass of Fayette County
NOTE: We have a set of new CLUB OFFICERS
PLEASE read below to see the list
The more than 60 members of HGCP are not only from the local Pittsburgh area, but from throughout distant locations around the Tri-State (Pennsylvania /Ohio /West Virginia) area.
Your MEMBERSHIP in the club gets you a copy of The Glassblower, HGCP's monthly newsletter. It is sent to each member prior to each upcoming meeting. It shares information about the previous month's program, upcoming meeting information, events and trip information.
HGCP meets the third Wednesday of every month from September through May. Optional dinners at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Keystone Room) start at 6:30 PM -- Club Meetings start at 7:45 PM
We meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Keystone Room) across from Pittsburgh's South Hills Village, unless so noted on the calendar. Note the ACTIVE LINK to a map that will help you find the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Dues for the year are $20. If you think that you would like to attend a meeting to learn more about American Glass and our Club, please use the links here and head to the Membership and/or the Contact Us pages. The optional dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel is $23.00 for members and $27.00 for guests.
What do I get for my $20.00 membership?
Outstanding educational programs
Newsletter called The “Glassblower” 10 times per year
Appreciation of American glass made circa 1800-1900
Examination of awesome glass displays
Opportunity to serve on committees
Leadership role: hold a club office
…and so much more!!!
by Francie Brentzel
Your membership chairman, Francie Brentzel, regrets inadvertently omitting Aleson Fleming from the membership booklet. So sorry, Aleson! You certainly didn’t deserve to be left out. Members, please [remember to] add [her] to your membership booklets. [Her address and contact information can be found in the November issue of the Glassblower.]
Also, please delete the extra digit in Peggy Anchor’s address. The correct zip code [can also be found in the November issue of the Glassblower]. Thank you.
The main event for November is an eagerly anticipated visit by Sid Lethbridge, glass researcher and author extraordinaire. Sid will give us a presentation on the Belmont Glass Works of Bellaire, Ohio. This is a very special event because members of the Lowell Innes Club will join us, we hope for dinner, and certainly for the lecture afterwards. Don't miss this one! (I say that in every President's Forum - in actuality, you shouldn't miss ANY of our programs.) We'll see you at the Crowne Plaza on November 15!
[Clubmembers...] It is not too early to think about donating money toward [our February Antique] show expenses and toward a tempting lineup of raffle items. In addition to the Basket of Cheer and other traditional offerings, we hope to put forward quality antique and vintage items [to really inhance the 2018 show experience for the show attendees]. If you have an item or items you would like to donate ... or even just some excellent ideas, please get in touch with me.
It was game night at the Club’s October meeting, as fellow club member Kathy Turner led us down the river for a quiz show highlighting the glass of the Ohio Valley. The tables competed against each other in a battle of knowledge to win great prizes! Kathy also brought tons of Ohio Valley glass, cleverly displayed by region for the club to enjoy. Thanks to Kathy for the great night and for her generosity in supplying such amazing prizes!
SHOW COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Martin Fuess, Zita Reis, Kathy Roth, and Mary Lee Snuffer
(Please see your Membership Book for their contact information)
The Show Committee is hard at work so that our 43rd Pittsburgh Antiques Show and Sale [in 2018] can be even more successful than previous years. The show will be February 17 and 18, ... so please mark your calendars.
We are once again calling on our members to help by donating
• an item for the Raffle
• a donation of an item for the Basket of Cheer
• a cash donation to help buy any of the above
The Show Cards will be available at all the meetings before the show. Once again, our designer, Martin, has done a fabulous job and the cards are beautiful. Lastly, please think about donating an item for the various venues. HGCP has a not-for-profit designation, so all donations made to HGCP are deductible and can be listed on Schedule A of your federal tax return. Consider donating an item for the Benefit Raffle (former Chinese Auction); a donation of an item for the Basket of Cheer; and/or a cash donation to help buy any of the above! Please remember that it takes the participation and cooperation of all the members of our club to make your Antique Show and Sale a success.
AND don't forget to mark your calendar to go to the Crowne Plaza Hotel for another GREAT SHOW on February 17-18, 2018!.
STUDY GROUP MEMBERS: Jon Day and Zita Reis
(Please see your Membership Book for their contact information)
The Study Group continues to learn more on subject of moulds, the mould making process and the men and companies who made the moulds which were used to produce the beautiful glass that we all love and collect. John Weishar, owner of Island Mould & Mch. Co., has agreed to come to our Exhibit on Saturday, February 17th to explain and/or answer questions about the mould making process. Additionally, he will bring a mould or two and a sample of the glass that was produced in the mould. We are all very excited that this expert will be on hand to help the attendees of the 43rd Pittsburgh Antiques Show & Sale learn more about this interesting subject. Please join us if you’d like to learn more about this subject and/or the next subject which the Study Group will undertake. You never know what exciting subject will be next!!
Come and join us if you’d like to learn more about this fascinating subject... For information call Jon or Zita. We’d love to have you join the Study Group.
The officers for 2017-2018: (LEFT to RIGHT)
Janna Eversmeyer (President),
Josh Hvizdos (Vice President),
Peggy Anchors (Secretary),
Marsha Perrott (Treasurer),
Betty DeSalvo (Assistant Treasurer),
Martin Fuess (Editor), and
Francie Brentzel (Historian).
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The Historical Glass Club of Pittsburgh (HGCP) promotes the education, study, knowledge, appreciation, and history of American Glass, with emphasis on glass manufactured in the Pittsburgh region, as well as its relationship to useful and decorative arts.
Thank you Kathy for a superb "prize" presentation on Ohio Glassware at our October meeting