Convention
 

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

 

LODGING:

Please Note: To ensure that you are part of our room block, and will be assigned a room on the TCGC Convention floor, please book your room directly with the hotel (see instructions below).

Convention Hotel: Wyndham Dallas Suites - Park Central, 7800 Alpha Road, Dallas
Located at the Northwest corner of LBJ Freeway (I-635) and Coit Road, all suites have a separate bedroom and parlor area and a large picture window for displays.

Room Rates: Single or Double - $119 (plus tax). Triple - $129 (plus tax), Quadruple - $139 (plus tax). Breakfast in the Café Biarritz is included in the guest room rate for up to two people per room.

Pet Policy: The hotel welcomes small domestic pets up to 40 pounds each for a non-refundable fee of $75 per hotel stay.

Display Tables: Tables are available for a one-time fee of $25 per table.


Reserve your Room

1. Call the Wyndham directly at 972-233-7600 (option 2) and tell them you are with the Texas Carnival Glass Club March 2019. Our group code is 03206822TC.

2. Reserve online by clicking this link: Wyndham Dallas Suites - Park Central: Texas Carnival Glass

3. If you have ANY difficulties reserving your room or with the quoted room rate PLEASE CALL Kyiana Wheeler (Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm) at 972-246-1088. 

3. Due to the limited number of double-bedded rooms please call the hotel directly if you need a room with more than one bed. Please note: The couch in the parlor area of each suite converts to a bed.

Hotel Deadline: Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

NOTE: Please contact President Emmett Morgan (713-857-2966) if you need to make a room reservation after the March 6th deadline.

REGISTER FOR THE CONVENTION

Click here to download a convention registration/membership form. Print the form, fill it in, and mail it with your check to the address on the form. 
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2019 CONVENTION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Wednesday, March 20
Early Bird Fun Night
6:00 p.m. Home Cooked dinner in the Hospitality Room
7:30 p.m. Share a recent find at “Show & Tell—A Texas Tradition”

Thursday, March 21
3:00 p.m. Educational Seminar, “Celebrate!” by Tom and Ann Bumpass.
6:00 p.m. Whitley Award Dinner honoring Carl & Eunice Booker whose dedication to Carnival Glass has enriched fellow collectors of all ages.
8:00 p.m. Our hilarious “Annual Gift Exchange” with a new twist for our 40th Anniversary. The real fun begins when the stealing starts!

Friday, March 22
10:00 a.m. Educational Seminar, “Designs, Optics and Patterns in Stretch Glass” by Cal Hackeman, followed by the TCGC Annual Business Meeting.
3:00 p.m. Silent Auction closes – Be sure you are present to bid on and win your favorite pieces.
3:30 p.m. Vote for your favorite Room Display – Best of Show receives $100!
4:00 p.m. Seeck Auction Preview
5:00 p.m. Complimentary Sangria Happy Hour
6:00 p.m. TCGC welcomes banquet speakers Randy and Bo Jones and their presentation, “Looking for a Needle in a Haystack: Rare and Hard-to-Find Millersburg.”

**As a special gift for our 40th Anniversary, each family attending the banquet will receive our TCGC 40th Anniversary vase made to celebrate this milestone in our club history. A limited number of whimsies made from the vase will also be auctioned at the banquet.**
8:00 p.m. Seeck Auction Preview

Saturday, March 23
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Seeck Auction Preview

9:30 a.m. Seeck Auction, please click on the picture for a preview of some of the auction glass........



 

 

READY TO REGISTER?

Click here to download a convention registration/membership form. Print the form, fill it in, and mail it with your check to the address on the form. 
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40th Anniversary TCGC Guest Speaker Biographies

 

Thursday, 3:00 pm
"Celebrate" with Tom and Ann Bumpass


Tom Bumpass and his wife, Ann, are long time carnival glass collectors.  Their ( meaning Tom as the sole presenter and Ann as the solo cheerleader) seminar is entitled Celebration !   Tom was born and raised and educated in Montgomery, Alabama and Auburn University, respectively.  After earning BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering , he moved to Texas in 1963 for employment with Eastman Chemical Company, a division of Eastman Kodak.   The Eastman career took Tom and Ann to Kingsport, TN where he retired as Director of Worldwide Engineering and Construction.  

Ann, a native Texan, graduated Longview High School, earned a BA in English and Secondary Education at the University of North Texas and MA in Special Education at Stephen F. Austin University.   In 1999, Ann retired as the Director of Special Education for Longview ISD.

 

The immediate Bumpass family consists of three children, ten grandchildren and six great grands--some of whom you may have met last year at the Texas Convention when Tom and Ann received the Whitley Award.   That American Eagle, the Whitley Award, is the highlight of our carnival glass collection and proudly displayed amongst the reds, whites and blues of carnival glass, along with maybe some aqua opals, peach opals, and greens!

Looking for a hobby , something they could enjoy together, Tom , having no clue what it was, won a Marigold Sunflower bowl at a local auction.  And, with that bid, the deal was done!  Carnival glass was pretty, unique, somewhat available and best of all, made in America!  ( Later they would learn of the beautiful European and South American glass!  Remember, folks, they were living behind the Pine Curtain !!)   The search was on, bitten by the bug, hide and seek, etc. Bumpass was in and upping the ante.  Ann was mildly excited and remains the same today, having narrowed her collection to brocaded and frogs.

Trade days, local auctions, garage sales, antique shows, Carnival Glass clubs, Carnival Glass Conventions, printed material, books, the internet and people knowledgeable in Carnival Glass became our mainstay and remain so today. 

A collection of Bumpass glass was sold in 2014 and the current collection concentrates on quality glass with an emphasis on Millersburg, punch sets, reds, and of course, frogs!  Ribbit !!!!!  Oh, and must mention dust bunnies!


Friday, 10:00 am
Join Cal Hackeman in a discussion of "Design, Optics, and Patterns in Stretch Glass


Cal Hackeman was born in rural New Hampshire and grew up in a home with glass and other collectibles. When he was 12 years old his grandmother gave him an Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG) rose bowl as a thank you for helping her clean some glass and china. That bowl turned out to be “Gala” aka “Hawaiian Lei” by JB Higbee of Bridgeville, PA. Over the next 50 years, Cal would acquire additional examples of EAPG and expand his interests to include Depression glass, furniture, Early American Flint glass, Iridescent stretch glass, carnival glass, cut glass and other collectibles and antiques, including various ‘heirlooms’ from grandparents and great grandparents. His interest in iridescent glass began in the mid-1980s and continues today resulting in a growing collection of stretch glass as well as several examples of carnival glass.

When Cal is not hunting antiques or promoting stretch glass, he serves as a corporate Director for two employee-owned companies as well as several not-for-profit organizations.He is a certified public accountant and a retired partner of Grant Thornton LLP, Accountants and Business Consultants.

 

He has served on the Stretch Glass Society Board of Directors for more than 20 years in various positions, including over 10 years as President during which the Society celebrated its 40th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of the creation of stretch glass with a nationwide, year-long celebration.

Cal lives in Wake Forest, NC with his partner, Jeff Hodges. Jeff and Cal have 4 sons, 1 daughter and 2 grandsons.


Friday, 6:00 pm
"Looking for a Needle in a Haystack, Rare and Hard-To-Find Millersburg" with Randy and Bo Jones


Randy and I lived in the small town of Killbuck, Ohio where we both went to school together.  We graduated from the same class in 1974.  After graduation Randy married and had two girls, Shiela and Sherry.  Bo married while still a student in high school and had three boys, Craig, Rob and Brad.

Randy and I reconnected when I agreed to help my brother with his business, as a bookeeper.  Randy and my brother Ron were best friends for 25 years and Randy spent a lot of time at Ron's garage.  Needless to say, the two of us connected and on September 5, 2004 started seeing each other.  We married on February 25, 2010.

Randy remembers seeing beautiful glass as a young man while walking by Lucille Lowe's home in Killbuck.  He also remembers walking the tracks in Millersburg, Ohio and seeing sparkling dirt where the Millersburg Glass factory was located.  He referred to it as "glittering dirt".


I didn't know anything about carnival glass when I met Randy but learned quickly that it was his passion.  We attended our first sale when Mr. Whitley sold his glass in Kansas City.  Our first convention was when we attended ACGA in Greenville, Ohio.  I got hooked pretty quickly.  At first we collected about everything we came across.

After going to conventions and seeing the collection of Doug and the late Karen Engel we changed our focus to rare and hard to find pieces.  In 2017, under the courthouse lawn, when Doug sold his and Karen's collection; we added much of our first collection to it.  We had already began to hunt for that "Needle in a hay stack of rare and hard" to find Millersburg.  We are thrilled to share our collection with the Texas Carnival Glass members as well as members from around the country.

I think the favorite piece for both of us would be the Emerald Green Hobstar and Feather Giant Rose Bowl, not only because of it's beauty but also because of the story behind it when it was purchased by Doug and Karen Engel with us sitting beside them.  The rose bowl was later purchased privately from Doug after Karen's passing.  We will treasure it always.


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Texas Carnival Glass Club 2018 Convention

March 21 - 24, 2018 ~ Dallas, Texas

The Texas Carnival Glass Club returned to Wyndham Dallas Suites for it's 39th annual convention.  As usual, attendees were treated to great room displays, an active hospitality room, glass for sale, educational seminars, evening banquets, and a wonderful variety of glass in the Saturday Seeck auction.  If you haven't attended one of these events you should really give it a try.

For those who didn't attend, here is a little closer look at the convention activities.....

Wednesday afternoon is arrival day for most attendees.  A good part of arrival afternoon is spent setting up room displays.  The Texas club always has a number of interesting and informative displays (pictures in the photo album).  That evening members enjoyed a meal with trimmings and treats for one and all in the Hospitality Room.   Following the meal the group gathered in a meeting room for the "Show-And-Tell" event during which members show and discuss a piece of carnival glass, most often recently acquired.  

Thursday brings more arrivals, room sales, Silent Auction contributions, and a lunch in the Hospitality Room (it takes a great deal of effort to manage the food and drink activities at this event ... Dorothy Morgan and Liz Whatley did a wonderful job ... many thanks from all attendees).  Mid-afternoon the first of two education seminars took place.  This seminar by Walt Robinson entitled "Where am I? And how did I get here?" discussed how his carnival collection started and many of the interesting and fun incidents that have occurred along the path he and Sam have travelled in their collecting efforts.  Thursday evening was the festive Whitley Award Dinner.   This is a banquet event conceived several years ago by Jim Lee with the assistance of Floyd and Cecil Whitley to honor those who have contributed to the carnival glass hobby and carnival glass clubs.  The Texas club was pleased and honored to recognize Ann and Tom Bumpass as the Whitley Award winners for 2018.  For years Ann and Tom have been ambassadors for carnival glass and the Texas club at numerous conventions across the country.  Always eagar to support club activities by hosting meetings and sharing their glass collection and knowledge with their many friends.  As part of the award this year members of the Bumpass family entertained with a skit that introduced many humorous and factual charateristics of the Bumpass family.  It was very well received...

Friday morning found attendees gathering for an educational seminar presented by David Kastor.  The presentation entitled "Carnival Rarities, A - Z" was quite interesting.  David has spent a number of years seeking unique and beautiful carnival glass, and he was able to walk us through the entire alphabet with stunning pieces of carnival.  Brian Foster videotaped this presentation and it should be available on 'Hooked on Carnival' at some point in the future.  Friday afternoon everyone was busy voting for their favorite room display or getting in last minute bids in the Silent Auction.  Once again due to the generosity of club members the Silent Auction was quite successful and the proceeds will be used to contain banquet prices at our next convention.  And of course we all got to preview the Seeck Auction glass on Friday afternoon, an exciting time for all attendees.

Friday night brought the annual club banquet during which recognition was given for display winners, with Mary and Phil Leddy being recognized for best overall display.  Elaine Blair was recognized by the club for her tireless efforts in encouraging and gathering material for the Carnival Glass ACTION newsletter.   We also conducted a quick little auction of some comtemporary tumblers that Dr. Roy Hieger donated to the club.  Each beautiful and artist signed they brought high prices in a spirited auction.  The banquet evening was capped with a presesntation by Dr. Steven and Mary Gregg on lettered carnival advertising pieces.  Dr. Gregg has done significant research on the companies that ordered and distributed carnival glass advertising pieces.   Everyone enjoyed the history of these pieces and the companies advertised on them.  It was a wonderful closure for the evening and we are most appreciative the Gregg's came and shared their knowledge with us.

And last, but not least, the Seeck Auction on Saturday morning.  With on-line prebidding, active on-line bidding, and floor bidding .... there was some serious bidding action.  With a wide variety of glass everyone had an opportunity to take home some new treasures and have something fresh to show when visitors arrive.  If you have never attended a live carnival glass auction ... you really should.  It gets your competitive juices flowing.

For a photo review of the 2018 Texas Carnival Glass Club convention please click on the following picture:


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