NDGA 2011 Convention Information Live Oak Civic Center

July 9-10, 2011

The 2011 Convention Chairman was Board member Mike Morris. Mike had been planning this for quite some time, and came up with some innovations that we have not seen in the past. The Convention was held at the Live Oak Civic Center, located at the intersection of Interstate 35 and Texas Loop 1604 in San Antonio, Texas.

The schedule was similar to past Conventions, with a general membership meeting on Saturday afternoon, about a half hour after the glass show closed. Seminars on various topics were presented during the Convention hours, and there was a fantastic array of displays from individual collections.

Shirt design NDGA 2011 Convention T-Shirt

As a fund-raising project, the NDGA offered T-shirts which advertised the Convention in San Antonio. The shirts were all white, with the design shown at right. The shirts came in adult sizes only, with two styles: long sleeved and short sleeved.


Barbecue Kent Washburn sponsored a Texas Barbecue on Friday night preceding the Convention. This event was a fund raiser for the Museum Building Fund. Food consisted of delicious Brisket, Chicken, Ribs, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Rolls, Blackberry Cobbler and Iced Tea. The Texas Barbecue was held at the Live Oak City Clubhouse, 7901 Shin Oak Drive, which was less than a mile from the Convention. A donation of $30.00 towards the Museum Building Fund got you in the door for a fabulous meal.

Your entire donation was credited to the NDGA Museum Building Fund, and since the NDGA is a non-profit organization, the donation may be tax-deductible (consult with your own tax advisor). Mr. Washburn graciously footed the bill for the Texas Barbecue.

Schedule of Events

The show and sale opened at 10:00am. Beginning with this Convention, the "Early Bird" session will no longer be offered, as there has been very little attendance in these sessions at recent Conventions.

Special Guest and ... The San Antonio Bowl

The NDGA was proud to have Mr. David King, master engraver, as our special guest for 2011. Mr. King was an engraver for the San Antonio bowl Tiffin Glass Company of Tiffin, Ohio, and is the son of long-time Tiffin master engraver Clyde King.

Shown at right is "the San Antonio Bowl," a one-of-a-kind Tiffin "Cellini" bowl that was especially decorated by David King for the occasion of the NDGA Convention. He personally inscribed the bowl for the lucky winner whose donation ticket was drawn at the Convention (which turned out to be a Live Oak Civic Center employee).

Seminars and Speakers

Our Show Chairman lined up four seminar speakers for this year, and the topics are all timely and ones we haven't heard about in past Conventions (at least as far as the webmaster can recall).

National Glass Organizations

Each year, the NDGA invites representatives from other national glass organizations to participate in our Convention. This year, we were pleased to have tables representing the following organizations: National Reamer Collectors Association, National Cambridge Collectors, West Virginia Museum of Glass, Old Morgantown Glass Collectors Guild and the Greentown Glass Collectors. Representatives of each organization were available to meet you and answer any questions you may have had about their organizations.

NDGA Annual Meeting

Silent Auction The Annual General Membership Meeting was held in conjunction with the Convention. It began at 5:30pm on Saturday. The meeting lasted about 1½ hours, and members were encouraged to attend and participate. The newly elected officers and Board members were introduced and sworn in at this time. This may have been the shortest annual meeting on record.

Silent Auction

There was another Silent Auction to raise money for the National Glass Collection. Members contributed various pieces of glass or other items (books, etc. - even a set of tire chains), to be sold in the silent auction, with the proceeds going to one of the several NDGA funds (the person donating the item designates where the money is to go).

Glass Displays

Each year at the Convention, collectors share their personal collections of glass and pottery with the rest of us. It is often the only opportunity that we have to see some of the rare and unusual items that are in private collections. This year was no exception. Also exhibited were the additions to the National Glass Collection acquired since the last Convention and there waws a table set up for information about the 2012 Convention in Kokomo, IN.

Here is a list of the displays for 2011, some of which required more than one photo:

Display Display Display Ron & Sydney OstromGreentown Glass
Display Display Display National Reamer Collectors AssnReamers
Display Display David & Linda AdamsNut cups
Display Display Display Tom MalbergerRare Tiffin
DisplayKent WashburnBlenko
DisplayLinda BredengerdPyramid
DisplayJohn & Dovie FieldsFostoria blue Baroque
DisplayJonathan FieldsFloragold
Display Display Display Kathy MooreFostoria Designer Vases
Display Display Kent WashburnTiara amber Sandwich
Display Display Display Edward SawickiPairpoint
DisplayLeegh WyseNDGA History
DisplayDanny CorneliusNDGA 2012 Kokomo, IN
Display Display Display Linda BredengerdPink & Green Kitchen
Display Display Display David KingMaster Engraver
DisplayEdward SawickiGold Encrusted Tally-Ho
Display Danny Cornelius
Kent Washburn
Jack Peacock
Texas Pattern
by U.S. Glass
Display Display Display Bert & Donna KennedyDuncan's Indian Tree
DisplaySusan De La GarzaImperial Reeded Glass
DisplayConnie GieseAssorted Pattern Glass
DisplayBob JonesMuseum of
American Glass
in West Virginia
DisplayNational Cambridge CollectorsInformation booth
DisplayGreentown Glass ClubInformation booth
DisplayOld Morgantown Glass ClubInformation booth
Display Display Display Linda Bredengerd & Sarah Van DalsemNDGA National Collection
Display Display Linda Bredengerd & Sarah Van DalsemNDGA National Collection

List of Participating Dealers

Most dealers in the Glass Show portion of the Convention have been doing the shows for a number of years. The NDGA maintains a waiting list for dealers who wish to be considered. The list is maintained in date order, applications with earliest date received at the top. New dealers may fill out the NDGA Dealer Application form.

Here are the dealers who will be in San Antonio this year.

Linda & David Adams
Las Vegas, NV
Helen & Gene Allen
Overland Park, KS
Rick Bakkum
Buffalo, MO
Dale & Betty Buersmeyer
Pacific, MO
Nelda & Benny Brewer
Burleson, TX
Jim & Rose Curnett
Western Springs, IL
Danny Cornelius & Don Jones
Port Washington, OH
Pat & Sharon Ervin
Sycamore, IL
John & Dovie Fields
Independence, MO
Bob & Pam Franscella
Gurnee, IL
Bruce Goldberg
Greenwood Village, CO
Bob & Helen Jones
Berkeley Springs, WV
Bert & Donna Kennedy
Mesquite, TX
James & Leora Leasure
Eighty Four, PA
Carol McEwen
Wichita, KS
Ray & Paula Mahoney
Wethersfield, CT
Max Miller
Houston, TX
Katherine Moore
Springtown, TX
Pam & Fred Meyer
McKinney, TX
Jack Peacock
Winston-Salem, NC
Cathie & Crockett Richardson
Salisbury, NC
Edward Sawicki
Dunellen, NJ
Penny Reed
Des Moines, IA
Glen & Carolyn Robinson
York, SC
John & Jane Schleinzer
Aurora, IL
Stan & Diane Sewall
Poughkeepsie, NY
Ed & Mary Walker
Castle Pines North, CO
Len & Enid Waska
Flatonia, TX
Janet Wasson
Highland, IN
Michael & Leegh Wyse
Albany, OR
Cecil Taylor
Dallas, TX
Helene & Coy Meeks
Oregon IL