Welcome spring with the OBC meeting on Thursday, March 30th; followed by a bottle show on Saturday, April 1st in St. Clairsville, OH and then the Wilmington, OH Bottle Show on Sunday, April 2nd. The OBC meeting will feature “Your latest Treasurers”, any items obtained since September of 2016. This is a club participation with pie at refreshment break. We will also be discussing and voting on some important changes to the by-laws. See proposed changes. How often can you do 2 shows on the same weekend, well this is the weekend to treasurer hunt in St. Clairsville and Wilmington. See the Bottle Show Page for all the details or click on “Read More”..
This last weekend was the Baltimore Bottle Show. The OBC was well represented both with dealers and patrons. Matt Lacy, Louis & John Fifer, Adam & Phyllis Koch, Rick & Berny Baldwin, Bob Koren & Todd Knisley and Bob Watson displaying high quality “For Sale” items. While roaming the sales floor looking for good deals OBC members including Roger Hardesty, Tim Kearns, Jack Sullivan, Ron Hands, Terry Crislip, and Al DeMaison were able to add some great items to their collections. See “Read More” for a few pictures.
The latest news from the FOHBC is included in this March-April Newsletter. Check out all the information on the FOHBC Convention in Springfield this summer contained in the newsletter. All the great activities that are scheduled make for a bottle collectors vacation dream. Many from the Ohio Bottle Club will be at the show. Remember the FOHBC Convention comes to Cleveland in the summer of 2018. Our own Matt Lacy and Louis Fifer will chair this great show. The latest Kalamazoo Newsletter is now available.
The weather was mild and the sales were brisk at the 47th Annual Columbus Bottle Show held at the Doubletree Inn on Sunday, February 12th. This year’s Show was the largest since it was moved to the Doubletree from the Ohio State Fairgrounds in 2015. 40 dealers rented 62 tables and there were 5 tables displaying Columbus and Central Ohio bottles and related items. We had 30 for our Saturday night dealer appreciation buffet dinner. Paid attendance was 228. Co-Chairs Clark Wideman and Rojer Moody expressed great satisfaction with the Show generally and with the very strong participation of members of both the Ohio Bottle Club and the Findlay Bottle Club. What a great way to open the bottle season in Ohio. See “Read More” for more pictures.
Bidding for the American Bottle Auctions is now open. The auction contains 195 lots and closes on February 19th. Also, add the Columbus Bottle Show to your winter time activities. With 60 tables, there should be something for everyone. Mark your calendars for February 12th, Columbus, OH.
The North American Glass auction is now open with 534 lots in 14 categories. There are 386 in the fruit jars. Don’t forget the Columbus show coming on February 12th. Last count had more than 60 tables.
The Pole Top Discoveries auction is now open for bidding on 500 insulators. Closing is on February 1st. Columbus Bottle Show & Sale is coming on February 12th. Plan to attend.
Currently the Glass Works Auctions is conducting their “Cabin Fever” Potpourri Auction with 519 lots. Two future auction were announced. American Bottle Auction will offer Auction #63 starting February 10th and Top Pole Discoveries is offering their “Winter Diversity” sale with 500 insulators. Check back for more information as it becomes available. The Columbus Bottle Show is coming on February 12th and contracts have been mailed for Mansfield.
Braving unpredictable weather each year is a dedicated group of Fruit Jar collectors and Jelly Jammers in early January. Collectors from all over the country arrive early at the host hotel to kick off four days of room hopping. This year, those arriving early faced dangerous road conditions while late arrivals where met with single digit temperatures. Once in the hotel, the weather was no factor in all fun and hundreds if not thousands of fruit jars greeted those hardy collectors. Shades of amber Globes, Lightnings, and 1858’s among all the quality aqua fruit jars made for interesting browsing. New collectors with unbounded enthusiasm made the event even more exciting.
The Ohio Bottle Club would like to wish all a very Merry Christmas. Don’t forget our annual Holiday dinner on December 29th. Read the Swirl for all the details. The enamel under glass flask is our wish for all the bottle collectors, “A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”.
After years of service as Librarian Marvin King has decided that lugging all those boxes of library books to each meeting is just too much. David Keding has agreed to be our next Librarian with a few changes.
David will only bring 5 books for each meeting along with any that have been requested. We will highlight those books to inform the membership. The hope is that with more knowledge of what is available; more members will take advantage of the service. A complete list of books is available.