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 Carival Glass Club

41st Annual Convention
March 18 - 21, 2020


Convention Recap

As we all now know the Covid-19 virus forced a cancellation of our annual TCGC Convention this year. We pulled the plug on our event on Friday, March 13, five days prior to the start of the convention. It was touch and go during the decision-making process and when we finally made the call the entire state of Texas had only 68 confirmed cases. In the end we took a “better safe than sorry” approach for our convention attendees.

Fast forward 24 hours later and our club president, Emmett Morgan, got a call from TCGC member, Brian Foster. Brian proposed we leverage his expertise and technology to have the TCGC convention go virtual. The base proposal was to have our standing Show & Tell event, a taped banquet presentation, and a live conversation concurrent with Jim and Jan Seeck during our TCGC convention online auction. After a few trial and error sessions with a good number of our members (thank you all so much) we were ready!  A huge thanks to Brian & James Foster, Kathi & Galen Johnson, and Mary Jo & Tony DeMichael for taking this on and turning what was a monumental disappointment into a new adventure with plenty of upside for all of us going forward.

What follows are videos of the live and taped events that were posted on our Texas Carnival Glass Club Group Facebook page.

"Show and Tell - A Texas Tradition"
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Educational Demonstration, "Christmas Compote Mould," by Brian Foster of Arlington, Texas 
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TCGC Banquet Luncheon Presentation, "Carnival Family Trees, " by Tony and Mary Jo DeMichael of Taylorvile, Illinois
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March 20th Convention - Seeck Online Only Auction Results 
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 The wonderful folks scheduled to speak at our 41st annual convention.


Educational Demonstration by Brian Foster: The Christmas Compote Mould, Thursday, March 19, 2020

Brian has been collecting carnival glass since early 1991, when he was introduced to it by friends Fred Stone and Ann McMorris. His first piece was a marigold Imperial Shell and Sand bowl he bought at the 1991 HOACGA convention. In 1996, Brian and Fred created the Woodsland Carnival Glass Website and Mailing List, which featured a daily email newsletter that has been sent out to the world nightly for the past 23 years. The website eventually became the Woodsland Word Wide Carnival Glass Association (www.cga), which held its own conventions, online chats and broadcasts until 2016, when it disbanded and Hooked on Carnival was born. Brian was elected as President of the International Carnival Glass Association in 2003 and is the longest serving president in the history of the organization.

In 1997, Dr. James S. Measell, noted glass historian, Bud Ward, retired foreman of the Hot Metal Department at Fenton, and David E. Richardson, then publisher of Glass Collector, were working in a warehouse documenting the molds that were found there. The trio eventually came across a very large and heavy mold. As it opened, they were excited to see that it was the fabled Christmas Compote mold. Richardson bought the mold and arranged to have mold samples produced in the summer of 1997 by the Fenton Art Glass Company. A few years later, Fred Stone and Brian Foster had the opportunity to purchase the mold from Dave Richardson.

During his presentation, Foster will show the many parts of the mold, give an explanation of how a piece is created from it, and discuss the interesting history of the piece (including decades of speculation as to whom made the Christmas Compote.)

Brian lives with his husband James in Arlington, Texas and owns Sunflower Development Solutions LLC, which manages and broadcasts conferences globally, in addition to marketing management for several clients.

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Education Seminar by Sue Davis:  “A Unique Look at Vaseline Glass”, Thursday, March 19, 2020




Sue C. Davis, a native Texan, lives with her family on her cattle ranch near Wills Point, Texas, a small town fifty miles east of Dallas. 

She is a graduate of North Texas State University and has a long career in the medical field in addition to her cattle operation. Sue has been collecting Vaseline Glass for over forty years. She has been a guest speaker at various glass clubs and museums in the Dallas area. Sue is the author of two books The Picture Book of Vaseline Glass and Pictorial Guide to Vaseline Glass. Her search for glass has taken her from coast to coast in these United States. Sue continues to add to her collection when the opportunity presents.


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Banquet presentation by Mary Jo and Tony DeMichael:  "Carnival Family Trees", Friday, March 20, 2020

Mary Jo and Tony DeMichael live in Taylorville, IL which is located in the center of the state near the capital city of Springfield. Both were born in Illinois, Mary Jo in Quincy and Tony in Stonington. Mary Jo worked in retail for approximately 20 years and Tony was a teacher and coach for 24 years and a crop adjuster in the summer months.

They met in the 90’s when Mary Jo’s career took her to Taylorville. They were married in 1995, and in 1996, Tony retired from teaching and both began working full time in the crop insurance industry. Tony retired in 2016 and Mary Jo is still employed as a crop insurance underwriter. They have two daughters and six grandchildren.

They began collecting carnival glass in 1999 and enjoy the hobby together with a love for both classic and contemporary carnival glass. Mary Jo collects Australian Crown Crystal, Dorothy Taylor Encore, peacock vases, Fenton Happy Cats among other patterns. Tony likes vases of all kinds. Both collect glass made for Gary Levi by the various companies that made glass for Gary and Dodie. They have one of the largest collections of Levay glass.

They are both Chicago Cub and Chicago Bear fans. Tony enjoys playing golf and Mary Jo is a dedicated animal lover.





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Texas Carnival Glass Club 40th Anniversary Convention
March 20-23, 2019

The 2019 convention in summary:


The Texas club 40th anniversary convention is in the books.  Attendance was noticeably up, rooms were active, the hallways were buzzing, and from the standpoint of this attendee ... a good time was had by all.  Club officers and members worked overtime to put this convention together, and were successful in their efforts.  From two outstanding education seminars, one presented by Tom Bumpass and the other presented by Cal Hackeman, to the Banquet presentation of the most magnificent display of Millersburg Glass attendees ever have had the priviledge of seeing presented by Bo and Randy Jones ... it was a wonderful convention.  Several first time convention attendees and first time Texas convention attendees joined the fun.

At the banquet Carl and Eunice Booker were recipients of the prestigious "Whitley Award" for their years of outstanding contributions to every facet of the world of carnival glass collecting.  Educators as a vocation they have spent most of their adult lives educating collectors regarding carnival glass, served as club officers, written articles, made countless convention presentations, and simple been friends to one and all in this hobby. Their award was warmly received by attendees.  

Another bit of excitement at the banquet was the distribution to attendees of beautiful TCGC 40th  Anniversary vases made for this event from Imperial's 474 vase mold.  Of course there were some whimseys made as well that were auctioned at the banquet drawing lots of attention.  And as previously indicated a warm and wonderful presentation of extraordinary Millersburg glass by Bo and Randy.

The Seeck auction on Saturday morning was well attended, some new treasures for the successful bidders, and a nice closure for the 40th Anniversary Texas Carnival Glass Club convention.

Some pictures from the convention can be seen by clicking on this picture:








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