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

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 their 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 Sarurday 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 of some of the whimsey 474 vases:
















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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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