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NDGA Convention 2005 - Waxahachie, Texas

The 31st annual National Depression Glass Association Convention was held on July 8-10, 2005, in Waxahachie, Texas. Waxahachie is located about a half hour south of Dallas, on I-35E. Waxahachie Texas Civic Center This year's Convention was sponsored jointly by the Fostoria Glass Society of North Texas and the North Texas Cambridge Study Group. Members of both organizations worked with the Convention Chairman, Bert Kennedy, to bring you the very best Convention ever. Traditionally, the NDGA purchases a piece of glass to be donated to the National Collection in honor of the Convention Chairman. Here is Bert with the piece of Tiffin Killarney Green that was purchased in his name.

Convention/Show Starting times:

The Annual Meeting kicked off the Convention at about 5:30pm on Friday, July 8th, with the Show Preview party following the meeting (starting around 7:00pm) and lasting until 9:00 P.M.

Saturday Evening Banquet

The Banquet for this Convention was held at a Texas Roadhouse, and was very down-home Texas style. We had a Willie Nelson impersonator performing for us. The menu was BBQ Chicken, Sirloin, Tossed Salad, Pinto Beans, Corn on the Cob and Apple cobbler with a fresh fruit side for the healthy eaters.

Silent Auction

This year we introduced a new item to the Convention, in the form of a "silent auction". The proceeds from this auction were designated to be used for acquisitions for the National Glass Collection. The Silent Auction began on Friday night at the Preview Party and ended at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. We hope this activity will become part of future NDGA Conventions. Shelley Cole, Board Member from the Northeastern Region, was the Auction chairperson.

Seminars and Speakers

There were four Seminars at Waxahachie. The topics and speakers were as follows:

National Glass Organizations

We encourage all of the National Glass Organizations to participate in the NDGA Convention, and will provide space (conditions permitting) for any of the National Glass Organizations who wish to attend and staff a table to promote their group. National Cambridge Collectors, Fostoria Glass Society of America, Morgantown Collectors Guild and Heisey Collectors of America all were well represented.

The National Glass Collection

This year marked a milestone, as the National Glass Collection has now exceeded 1000 pieces of glass. National Collection booth On display was a complete set of Fostoria's "Baroque" pattern in topaz (yellow) that was donated to the National Collection at the San Antonio Show in September 2004, in memory of our late Treasurer and long-time member J.R. Johnston of Oklahoma. The NDGA booth (shown at left, staffed by Linda Bredengerd, Acquisition Committee Chairperson) had on display much of the glass that was donated during the Convention and at other recent shows. In addition to the glass that was donated, some interesting non-glass items were added to the collection, including an original Morgantown etching plate of the "Sonoma" etch and a tumbler with the "Sonoma" etch on it. There were also several nice cash donations made at the Annual Membership Meeting, all to support the National Glass Collection for either acquisition of glass or maintenance of the Collection. Check the National Collection page for additional photographs.

Glass Displays

Each year at the Convention, collectors share their personal collections of glass and pottery with the rest of us. This year's exhibits were quite spectacular. Bill Walker organized an attempt to create the largest display of American-made glass animals, and we are quite sure he succeeded -- over 1,000 animals were on display. There are several photographs to show you the extent of the display. There were many other displays as well, as you can see from the list:

Display Tables in Waxahachie 2005
Display content Exhibitor Name(s) Photograph
Overall Display view
National Glass Collection
items donated this year
NDGA Inc. Donations to NDGA
Overall Display view
Glass Animal Display
Bill Walker, Zookeeper
NDGA Members Donations to NDGA
Overall Display view
Glass Animal Display
Bill Walker, Zookeeper
NDGA Members Glass Animal Display
Closer view
Glass Animal Display
NDGA Members Glass Animals
Closer view
Glass Animal Display
NDGA Members Glass Animals
Closer view
Glass Animal Display
NDGA Members Glass Animals
Closer view
Glass Animal Display
NDGA Members Glass Animals
Closer view
Glass Animal Display
NDGA Members Glass Animals
Closer view
Glass Animal Display
NDGA Members Glass Animals
Closer view
Glass Animal Display
NDGA Members Glass Animals
Closer view
Glass Animal Display
NDGA Members Glass Animals
Cambridge Caprice Gwenell & Scott Pierce
Keller, TX
Cambridge Caprice
Old English by Indiana Richard Curtis
Amarillo, TX
Old English
Willow by Indiana Leonette Walls & Friends
Gardendale, AL
Willow
Decorated Indiana Glass Dean Lowry
Houston, TX
Decorated Indiana
Lesser Known Indiana Patterns Dean Lowry
Houston, TX
Lesser Known Indiana Patterns
Cambridge Colors Nedra Tinney
in memory of Don Tinney
Allen, TX
Cambridge Colors
Phoenix & Consolidated David Cleveland
Bedford, TX
Consolidated and Phoenix
Cambridge Cuttings Freeman & Jeannie Moore
Flower Mound, TX
Cambridge cuttings
Flower Frogs Nick Ochs
in memory of Pam Ochs
Largo, FL
Flower Frogs
Elegant Vases Ruth Leonhardt
Dallas, TX
Elegant Vases
Oil Lamps Ruth Leonhardt
Dallas, TX
Oil Lamps
Fostoria Painted Opal Ware Carol Bartholf
Lewisville, TX
Fostoria Painted Opal Ware
Glass Before the Age of Elegance Larry Baker
N. Kansas City, MO
Glass Before the Age of Elegance
Old Morgantown Glass Jim & Sherry Savela
for Jim & Leora Leasure
Old Morgantown Glass
Glass Making Tools & Mold Ralph Rider
Euless, TX
Glass Making Tools and Mold
Constellation by Indiana Leonette Walls & Friends
Gardendale, AL
Constellation by Indiana
Fostoria Topaz Baroque Donated in Memory of J.R. Johnston
at the San Antonio show, Feb 2005
(National Glass Collection)
Fostoria Topaz Baroque

List of Participating Dealers

Here is the list of the 32 dealers who exhibited their wonderful glass for sale at the 2005 Convention. One additional table was set up by members of the sponsoring local clubs - Fostoria Glass Society of North Texas and the North Texas Cambridge Study Group.

Dealer Name(s) Business Name City & State
Adams, Linda & David Our House Antiques Las Vegas, NV
Allen, Helen & Gene Helen Allen Overland Park, KS
Bass, Betty & Dale Betty and Dale's Antiques Phoenix, AZ
Bine, Judy & John John & Judy's Troy, MO
Boone, Sandy & Dennis No Horse Antiques Aledo, IL
Conner, Betty & Bob Iron Kettle Augusta, KS
Cook, Larry Walnut Merchantile Meriden, KS
Curnutt, Rose & Jim Kitschy Cat Collectibles Western Springs, IL
Curtis, Jo & Bill Line Camp Antiques Amarillo, TX
Drucker, Penny & Elliott Mother Drucker's Irvine, CA
Ervin, Sharon & Pat Rae Patrick Enterprises Sycamore, IL
Fields, Dovie & John John Fields Independence, MO
Geiselman, Gary Grandma's China Closet Washington DC
Hildreth, Melanie & Ron Past Reflections West Covina, CA
Kennedy, Donna & Bert Blue Dart Mesquite, TX
Martin, Janet & Wendell Janet Martin Mt. Orab, OH
McEwen, Carol & Julian McEwen's Extras Wichita, KS
Miller, Max Max Miller Antiques Houston, TX
Moore, Shirley & Art Shirley Moore Tulsa, OK
Peacock, Jack Jack Peacock Winston-Salem, NC
Ray, Becki Becki's Dish Palace Seattle, WA
Renner, Penny Penny Renner Elkhart, IN
Robinson, Carolyn & Glen White Rose Antiques York, SC
Rogers, Jane & Don D & J Glassware Wentzville, MO
Schleinzer, Jane & John JS Antiques Aurora, IL
Schmidgall, Judy & Bob Dr. Bob's Antiques Arkadelphia, AR
Stultz, Kathy & Buddy Happiness Is Glen Allen, VA
Spalding, Lee & Jean Rose Garden Collectibles Wichita, KS
Taylor, Sharyn & Cecil Cecil Taylor Irving, TX
Walker, Sandra & William The Glass Chalet Cleburne, TX
Davis, Jim & Margaret Lots of Strange Things Springfield, IL
Brewer, Nelda & Benny Sugartree Antiques Burleson, TX