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NDGA Convention 2006 - Waxahachie, Texas

The 32nd annual National Depression Glass Association Convention was held on July 8-9, 2006, in Waxahachie, Texas. Waxahachie is located about a half hour south of Dallas, on I-35E.

This year's Convention was sponsored jointly by the Fostoria Glass Society of North Texas and the North Texas Cambridge Study Group. Kent Washburn was the Convention Chairman. This was the first time that the NDGA has held the Annual Convention in the same location two years consecutively.

In early 2006, Cecil and Sharyn Taylor set up a display in the large cases in the Civic Center Lobby featuring a wonderful mix of Depression-era glassware and pottery. The display advertised our Convention, and was prominently visible for attendees of every event at the Civic Center for nearly half a year! You can see a photo in the section below listing the displays.

New Convention Schedule - Introducing "Early Bird" admission

This year's Convention schedule differed from past Conventions in that we did not have a Friday night Preview, nor a Banquet. Instead, there was a Saturday morning "EARLY-BIRD" admission to the Convention and Glass Sale, from 8:00am to 10:00am on Saturday. The admission for this "EARLY-BIRD" timeframe was $15 for NDGA members, $25 for non-members who signed up in advance, using PayPal®. The admission for the "EARLY-BIRD" session at the door rose to $20 for members, $25 for non-members.

Convention open hours

The Convention and Glass Sale then opened to the general public at 10:00am and ran until 4:00pm on Saturday. Admission after 10:00am reverted to $8 for everyone. Early Bird and regular admission were good for both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday hours were from 11:00am until 4:00pm.

NDGA Annual Meeting

The Annual General Membership Meeting began on Saturday, at 4:30pm, after the Glass Sale closed. It ran until about 6:15pm, allowing members plenty of time to plan for a nice dinner at one of the local restaurants. Election results were announced, resulting in a number of changes to the Board of Directors. Jim Rose was elected Vice President in the only contested election. New Board members were Helen Jones, Dick Ladd and Jack Peacock. The new treasurer is Robert Henicksman. The membership chairperson is now Carol Staley, the By-Laws Chairperson is Rosemary Trietsch and we have a new News & Views editor, Dean Lowry from Houston, TX.

Silent Auction

Last year we introduced a new item to the Convention, in the form of a "silent auction", to raise money for the National Glass Collection. We continued this fund-raising project this year. The proceeds from this auction will all be used for acquisitions for the National Glass Collection. Over $600 was raised. Thanks to Jeannie Moore, Silent Auction chairperson.


Fenton Video During the whole time that the Snack Bar was open, a TV was set up (thanks to Ralph Rider) with a VCR playing a tape that showed how glass was (and is) made at the Fenton factory in Williamsburg, West Virginia. Many of our members stopped and stood through the 25 minute presentation, which detailed the manufacturing process. Everyone was impressed by the "Handler" - the worker who attaches handles to glass pitchers. The video gave spectators an appreciation of the work that goes into making the glass we all love.

Seminars and Speakers

The 2006 Waxahachie Convention had a full schedule of educational opportunities. This was your chance to see some of the finest glass in the country and to hear directly from leading glass experts.

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. This year, the National Cambridge Collectors, Fostoria Glass Society, Morgantown Collectors, Heisey Collectors, the Indiana Glass Society, National Greentown Glass Association, National Wave Crest Collectors and the Anchor Hocking Museum in San Antonio were all represented. Each organization was able to distribute membership information and sell literature and souvenir items at the Show.

Glass Displays

Each year at the Convention, collectors share their personal collections of glass and pottery with the rest of us. The consensus of many old-time members, some of whom have attended nearly every NDGA Convention, was that this year's displays were absolutely the best we have ever had. Thanks to all who brought glass to share with all of us.

Youth DisplayersIn addition to the displays listed below, there were seven tables of glass displayed by youngsters - children or grandchildren of NDGA members who are sharing their own collections with all of us. Click on the thumbnail at left for a larger picture of some of these young folks. Check out the displays below that have the names marked with asterisks to see those displays done by those who represent the future of glass collecting.

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Display Title Display
Provided by
Palais Versailles Palais Versailles Kevin Moore ***
Glass Animals Glass Animals Jordan Rider ***
Blue Madrid Blue Madrid Jason Free ***
Yellow Block Optic Yellow Block Optic Amanda Parmenter ***
Favorite Pieces Favorite Pieces Kaylie Thompkins ***
Crackle Glass Crackle Glass Jessica Schleintzer ***
After Dinner Cups and Saucers After Dinner Cups/Saucers Emily Porterfield ***
NDGA Advertising NDGA Advertisement Display Cecil & Sharyn Taylor
Fish Bowls Fish Bowls Fred Ray
Cambridge and New Martinsville Red Cambridge & New Martinsville Red Items Ed & Carol Staley
Julian McEwen Memorial Julian McEwen Memorial Donations to National Collection
Candlesticks Candlesticks Jodi Dalton
Pink Sierra Pink Sierra Ann & Harold Stoetzer
Waterford Hocking's Waterford Suzanne Free
Anchor Hocking metal plated items Anchor Hocking Metal Plated Glassware Philip Hopper
Victorian Pattern Glass Victorian Pattern Glass Danny Cornelius & Don Jones
Baby Orchid Baby Orchid Mike Yestrumsky
Hurricane Katrina display Hurricane Katrina Crescent City DG Society
National Collection National Glass Collection Linda Bredengerd
Barware Barware Sarah & David Van Dalsem
Sakier Designs in glass Sakier Designs Cathy Moore
Wexford Wexford Donated By Bill & Sandy Walker
Candlestick Challenge Candlestick Challenge Donated By Jack Peacock
Swans Swans Donated By Bob & Margaret Downing
Duncan's Caribbean Duncan & Miller's Caribbean Cathy Moore
Amber Madrid Amber Madrid Donated By Friends of NDGA
Duncan's Sandwich Duncan & Miller's Sandwich Carol McEwen
Indiana Decorated items Decorated Indiana Glass Dean Lowry
Wave Crest Wave Crest Len & Enid Waska
Greentown Glass Greentown Glass Ron & Sydney Olstrom
Arlene Shields bequest Arlene Shields Collection Donated By The Estate of Arlene Shields
Rose Point Cambridge Rose Point Kay Hollenbeck
Stemware Display Stemware Collection Helen & Bob Jones
Fostoria Trojan topaz Fostoria Trojan topaz Jodi Dalton
Old Gold Old Gold Donated By Larry Cook

List of Participating Dealers

Here is the list of the 32 dealers (plus the sponsoring Clubs' booth) who brought their best glass for sale at the 2006 Convention. There were several new dealers who had never before exhibited at an NDGA Convention, and they definitely added some exceptional glass for our members and visitors to select from.

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
Brewer, Nelda & Benny Sugartree Antiques Burleson, TX
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
Kennedy, Donna & Bert Blue Dart Mesquite, TX
McEwen, Carol & Julian McEwen's Extras Wichita, KS
Miller, Max Max Miller Antiques Houston, TX
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
Schleinzer, Jane & John JS Antiques Aurora, IL
Spalding, Lee & Jean Rose Garden Collectibles Wichita, KS
Taylor, Sharyn & Cecil Cecil Taylor Irving, TX
Walker, Sandra & William The Glass Chalet Cleburne, TX
Washburn, Kent Kent Washburn Antiques San Antonio, TX
The following dealers were new to the Convention this year.
Rick Bakkum Hattie's Place Buffalo, MO
John Bunch John Bunch Atlanta, Ga
Hall, Kenneth & Marie Marken's Antiques Oklahoma City OK
Helen Jones Backward Glances Berkeley Springs WV
Billie Karacostas Karamos Estate Sales Hitchcock TX
Penny Reed Penny's Antiques Des Moines IA
Carolyn & Jon Sanders Jon Sanders Mountain View AR
Jennifer & Scott Smith J & S Collectibles Broken Arrow OK
Rick Trevino Rick Trevino San Antonio, TX
Sponsoring Clubs' Booth Sponsoring Clubs Texas