Meeting Recaps 2015/2016

November 11, Wednesday

The November meeting consisted of a field trip to the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut. The trip was attended by 12 members who were treated to a private tour of the Mark Twain House followed by a luncheon. We enjoyed the tour of the Victorian mansion that features an elaborate and intricate interior designed by Tiffany. We also had time to view the video that documented the life of Mark Twain, and to spend time in two museum rooms as well as the gift shop in the modern Visitors Center. The afternoon was spent at the home of one of our members who was very generous in explaining his collection, giving some detailed history of some of the pieces and encouraging us to handle the glass. He has beautiful displays of a wide variety of glass in different shapes, colors, and styles, pieces that most of us can only dream of seeing or owning.

October 14, Wednesday

The Founders Chapter of the NAGC meets monthly at the Morse Institute Library in Natick, MA. For the October 14th meeting the morning topic was ‘Children’s Toys and Whimsies’, with an emphasis on fall and Halloween. We all enjoyed the variety of objects that were presented including some exceptional pieces that were fashioned by an engraver who had formerly worked for Steuben. For the afternoon program we viewed a video of Josh Simpson and his team making his 100-pound Megaplanet, which is the 1000th paperweight in the collection of  the Corning Museum of Glass! Future meetings include a November 11th field trip to the Mark Twain House in Hartford CT and a visit to a private collection of one of our members. The December 9, 2016 meeting will consist of a silent auction, a catered lunch, and a talk by collector and member Louis Lopilato-Cartagena.