The 2012 Annual Convention was held in New Bedford, MA during the weekend of July 26-29, 2012. It is always hard to believe that the next convention will top a previous one, but this was again the case! New Bedford was a treat in so many ways. Andrea Natsios was a perfect chairperson, attending to every detail and sharing pieces from her lovely shaker collection as well as her first love, paper weights.
Many pictures of individual shakers (below) were taken during the Thursday night Welcome Dessert, Coffee/Tea, and Show/Tell. As usual everyone brought favorite or unusual shakers and their interesting stories. Friday was the BIG DAY, however, with a bus trip to the Sandwich Glass Museum (Sandwich, MA), the New Bedford City Hall, and the New Bedford Museum of Glass (NBMOG). En route Kirk Nelson, Director of NBMOG, told members all about the newly remodeled museum in Sandwich, but even his knowledgable presentation did not prepare bus passengers for all the beautiful glass, entertaining glass blowing demonstration, and detailed exhibits of Victorian salt and sugar shakers (including an outstanding exhibit of Mary Gregory and her work. The historica New Bedford City Hall displayed an unexpected treasure of Mt. Washington Glass in attractive, well planned showcases, and the NBMOG (and adjacent antique mall) kept members busy looking for several hours.
Some members also took walking tours through downtown New Bedford to enjoy the waterfront and the architecture of its lovely colonial/whaling captains' homes. Dinners out gave attendees a chance to sample some of the local seafood dishes.
The convention format remained similar to previous years with the AGSSSC auction on Friday night, ID Project and Annual Meeting on Saturday morning, and Display Set-up/Banquet/Dinner/Speaker/Display Awards on Saturday night. The Pictures below follow the general outline of the weekend's activities and members' participation. The first section features the "Show and Tell" evening when members talk about their favorite shaker (and sometimes about several shakers). Included are individual shakers that are so unusual they should be seen even without their proud owners!