2010 AGSSSC 25th Annual Convention
October 14-16, 2010
Hilton Garden Inn, 375 Mount Hope Avenue, Rockaway, NY 07866
|This pair of Phoenix "Elk" shakers were the 2010 Convention featured shakers; they appeared on posters at the convention, on the pictured convention program, and now available as a commemorative convention magnet. Chosen from their vast collection by Dick and Lesley Harris. Those members who attended this year's convention were treated to these and the many beautiful shakers in the convention displays, room hopping, and during the unforgettable trip to the Harris home. Please continue reading to learn about the convention from articles written for the October Pioneer, along with published pictures and others submitted by attendees.
Having the AGSSSC convention in October, a first for us, gave members a chance to visit a couple of members? homes full of beautiful shakers and also to travel to and from Rockaway, NJ, through beautiful fall colors that truly exhibited New England, Pennsylvania, and New York, as well as New Jersey, as garden states. We are indebted to Lesley and Dick Harris for opening their home and hosting the convention that followed tradition with a show and tell of members shakers, room hopping, a spirited discussion of names to be assigned to this year?s ID shakers, an annual business meeting, shaker display competition, and shaker auction (with special thanks to auctioneers Doug and Coila Hales and moneyhandlers Bill and Chris Schafer). These events are documented throughout this Pioneer with many photos taken by members. President Susan Ryan presided throughout, starting off with her special shaker Thursday evening. Several shakers shown were beautiful clear glass, almost as an inadvertent introduction to a winning clear glass display admired on Saturday afternoon! Joanne Just again brought the clubs collection of scrapbooks for all to enjoy.
Convention Attendees Visit the Harris Home (by Charlene Hess)
It was a beautiful autumn day, windy and cool, but pleasant as we drove along our route that led us through the countryside to Branchville , New Jersey . I was of the opinion that the tree colors were at their peak and we were lucky to enjoy their beauty. The Harrises, being the gracious hosts that we know them to be, welcomed us all into their home to view their spectacular collection of glass. I think everyone made one pass through every room and then settled into a pattern of studying the displays in each room more slowly.
I visited the cases at least three times myself and noticed a different mix of people in the various rooms each time. Overhearing earnest conversations about the shakers, questions being posed to each other, discussions of the types of glass and the manufacturers or have you ever seen that were part of my observation of our very compatible friends who make up our club.
A delicious box lunch was enjoyed by all as we continued our conversations. We seem to be so at ease with each other that we go from one year to the next just waiting until we can share our stories and our love for our treasured shakers. I think I speak for many who want to thank Dick & Lesley Harris for their dedication to the collection of fine antique glass and allowing us to share in their experience. This newsletter and our website lets non-attendees see just a token of the show.?
Many convention attendees opted for the chance to visit the home of Scott Beale and Lois Bredesen in Landing, NJ. A delightful 19th century home, Scott and Lois have filled it with their wonderful varied collections. Scott, as we knew from many past Pioneer articles, favors Victorian carnival glass, but has so much more in the glass salt and sugar shakers we all treasure. Members also could see up close the wonderful copper plate for an old Hobbs catalogue page featured in the July Pioneer, as well as a wonderful mould holding a Fostoria Coin ruby shaker, probably made from that very mould.
Display Contest Results
Best Educational Display: First, Mt. Washington Burmese & Peachblow; Second, Pink Is Not Just A Color
Best Display of 15 or Under: First, Mini Christmas in October; Second, Pink Is Not Just A Color
Most Creative Display: First, On A Clear Day; Second, A Palette of Salty Colors
Single Shakers/Sugar-Salt Pairs/Condiment Sets Contest Results:
Best Single Salt or Sugar Shaker: First, Opal Coin Spot Sugar; Second, Mt. Washington Egg Cranberry Flashed Salt
Best Matched Pair of Salt & Sugar: First, Mt. Washington Fig Blue Decorated; Second, S.W.Farber, Inc. Elephant Green
Best Condiment Set: First, English Barrel 21 Ribbed Ribbon Blue/White; Second, Phoenix barrel, decorated (LIII, p.207)
BEST IN SHOW: Mt. Washington Burmese & Peachblow
For the second year in a row the Best First Time Display had no entries. Jim Watson gave full credit to his wife for his display. It was his idea, but Cathy designed and executed it. She designs and makes cards. Jan Eldridge again was Display Contest Chair. Joanne Just wrote a ?How To? tome two years ago and Jan added very user friendly forms. Joanne also designed and printed the winners? certificates. Charity Everitt and Al McGinnis registered the displays and Joanne the single shakers. The ballots were counted by Charity, Al, Joanne and LeAnn Lindsey, who now call themselves sisters because they were born 10 days apart before the war - they are not telling which war. Our President, Susan Ryan announced the winners and all cooperated for the great picture taking project, some even kneeling behind their shakers! Here's encouragement to those who?ve never entered display contests: Displays are the highlight of our convention. They line the banquet room to enable us to enjoy them during dinner. They run the gamut of ideas ? glass company, color, state, educational, any or nothing to do with shakers! Look back at earlier Convention pictures for ideas. The more who participate the better it is for all.
Now continue to see pictures of the displays and the winning entries!
BEST OF SHOW: Mt. Washington Burmese...
..and Peach Blow
Host Lesley Harris greets attendees in the hotel lobby Thursday morning. That evening Host Dick Harris treats members with his Show and Tell Shaker, amber glass with an unusual lid.
|Now we go a ways upstate to Dick and Lesley's home to see their vast collection of shakers, enjoy each other's conversation, and have a beautiful lunch.
|Some Members Went to Scott Beale's Home to See His Collections
|The Final Convention Hours: Examining Displays and Auction Entries:
Just Relaxing with Friends!
|Thanks to our Hosts--A Fabulous Convention from Beginning to End
Plus, thanks to our President!