Some of the prettiest displays in convention history were designed by members for this year's event at Corning, NY. Of course, the Best of Show 'The Salt of the Earth' drew considerable attention for Coila Hales, not only for its beauty but due to the poem that accompanied the display, printed below!
The Salt of the Earth
Beneath the blue dot and oak leaf tree lies a magical garden for me.
Nature's flowers in abundance grow, each with a different agenda to show.
The brightness of colors, the softness of hues, the shapes that unfold to show nature's views.
Of creative miracles which start from a seed, and grow into something glorious indeed.
Do you see the fairies nestled within, capering playfully, nary a sin?
If we could for a moment, be like they, with violets for hats and lilies to play,
We might feel our heart and know it is true,
The salt of the earth is just there for you.
(This is the poem Coila Hales included with her winning display.)
Coilas entry also won first place in the display category Most Creative.
Jim Watson and Sherman and Irene Waddle tied for second place, respectively, for 'Hobbs Vs. Phoenix' and 'Did Someone Say Corn-ing?' The Waddles also won second and Jim won first in the 'Fifteen or Less' category with these entries. In addition, Jim Watson won a first place for 'Christmas in July', in the Education category.
Dick and Lesley Harris have an extensive collection of salt shakers and share their special ones each Convention via interesting, educational displays. This year was no exception. The 'Circle of Golden Friends' contains shakers with gold decor. 'Shakers 1790-1850' are all old clear glass shakers/bottles. 'Geometric Shakers' shows clear shakers made from 1825 to 1850: Dick won second place for this display in the Educational category.
Faye and Phil Rathbuns entry 'Going Green in New York' won first place in the category of shakers relating to New York. Dorothy Maxfield won first and second place for the single NY souvenir shaker category: 'Pan Am games' to far right and 'Blue Ontario Beach'. David Fuchshuber's unusually decorated Mt. Washington Barrel, Narrow won first place in the single shaker competition. Jay Rogers pigeon blood sugar shaker won second place. Coila Hales won first place for her 'Webb Florentine Cameo' condiment set pictured in the. Jim Watson won second place for his Webb condiment set with an intricate wheat design.
The selection of best matched salt and sugar shakers had great variety! Lesley Harris Pansy Frosted Eggs won first place. Dick Harris Webb matching sugars and matching salts in vaseline and cranberry won second place. This was such a popular display category, the shakers could not fit on one photo!
With professional auctioneer, Tom Burns, and efficient help from Doug Hales and Phil Rathbun, the Friday night AGSSSC auction went off without a hitch and with some spirited bidding (to match the spirited calling). Members attending the convention (or just dropping in, as did a couple in town from Texas) made some good buys and sold some special treasures for their own and club profit.