NIGCS Convention Update
- My sucessful return was made from the convention in Ohio, and I am
still estatic and euphoric. That is the best convention I have ever
attended, bar none. The comradery, friendliness, openness and warmth
as well as the sharing of information among all attendees was evident
upon arrival. I was fortunate to find some of our group immediately
upon arrival, and was "guided" and introduced by the gracious Mary
Lee Wilson. The ability to view and/or purchase, in some instances,
almost any piece of Candlewick was far beyond expectation.
I am sorry that more of this group were not able to attend and
perhaps next year we can expand the attendance. I did have the
pleasure of meeting and carousing with Mary Lee and Mike Wilson,
Dottie and Vinnie Cefalu, Marie and Ed Simonson, and Kim and Brian
Punke. A picture http://www.rubyglass.com/NIGCS/Our-gang.jpg was made
following the banquet and includes from left to right: Dottie,
Vinnie, Ed, Marie, Mary Lee and myself.
In a more casual setting after the one of the seminars is
http://www.rubyglass.com/NIGCS/Punke&Wilson.jpg a picture of Brian,
Kim and Dylan Punke, Mary Lee and Mike Wilson.
Virginia, I would like to thank you for your contribution of your
books which were raffled off at the banquet. I was very fortunate to
be the lucky winner of one of your autographed copies. I wish you had
been able to attend so we could have had the opportunity to meet you
in person. I am glad your eye surgery had positive results and hope
you continue to improve.
The following are links to some of the pictures I took at the
Picture of One of the Candlewick display tables
More Table Candlewick (Vienesse Blue)
More Candlewick (etched, cut and perfumes)
Silver Overlay Candlewick
Mary Lee's 3400 Ruby and colors on display
My 3800 Ruby stems on display
More Ruby on display
Typical Dealers Booth
Another Fellow Texan, Myrna Garrison, who was the speaker at the
The NIGCS has formed study groups in a lot of areas and these groups
are a wonderful source of information exchange and assistance in
Candlewick collecting. The NIGCS has a web page which can be reached
I am grateful that I was fortunate enough to be able to attend this
convention and hope to see more "red dots" that were on our badges to
help identify this group members next year.