January Program

IMG_0023What a great program. Ohio/local beers and sodas was a real hit. Bravo to the presenters; Chris Gudzinas, Craig Lane, Todd Knisley and Matt Lacy. Chris Gudzinas started the program with a nice collection of Youngstown bottles. His main collection of Renner beers was impressive. “The origin of eastern Ohio’s longest-lasting brewery had remained a mystery to this author until recently, when new information was uncovered. See all the pictures from the meeting by clicking on “Read More”.

January Meeting

sodasThe January 28th meeting will feature a program of Ohio/local beers and sodas. This will be a club participation with many club members sharing their collections. I would hope to see a variety of very early sodas/beers all the way to the 50’s with the painted label sodas. Painted labelRefreshment break will be pizza. Get your latest Mansfield news and pick up your Mansfield raffle tickets at the meeting.

Destination Cleveland for 2018

cleveland-convention-centerThe long awaited announcement was made by Louis Fifer (FOHBC Conventions Director) that the 2018 FOHBC National Convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. The Ohio Bottle Club will be the host club. Read the announcement. After exploring other sites including Toledo, Sandusky, Columbus and Akron; Cleveland emerged as the leading site with a very strong offer and very attractive dining/activities within walking distance from the hotel. The team of Louis Fifer, Matt Lacy, John Fifer and Alan DeMaison received unanimous approval from the FOHBC Board of Directors on the proposal.

Jerry Haymond Passes

DCP_2336It is with great sadness that the OBC has learned that Jerry Haymond, milk bottle collector and dealer has passed. Jerry was a familiar face at all of our meetings, bottle shows and flea markets. Jerry was known for his hat that he always wore. Jerry was a pioneer in milk bottle collecting and he will be missed.

Happy New Years 2016

6931962-new-year-fireworksThe OBC wishes all the collectors a happy New Years filled with good health and a few bottles for your collecting. Just received the digital Findlay and Kalamazoo newsletters for January 2016. Fun to start the new years reading about bottle collecting. The FOHBC Virtual Museum is establishing the first portable photographing site in Ohio. It will take a few months of work to perfect the method, but what a step forward in the hobby. Don’t forget the Muncie Fruit Jar show on January 10. Check out the weather reports and make plans to attend.

Merry Christmas

Baldwin lightsThe Ohio Bottle Club would like to wish all a Merry Christmas. The Christmas dinner was very well attended and the food was spectacular. The officers for 2016 will be President, Alan DeMaison; Treasurer, Berny Baldwin; and Secretary, Marlene Franchino. See “Read More” for pictures from the meeting.

President’s December Message

brides2This month is the club’s annual Christmas dinner. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Dinner is at 6:30 on December 17thWe need some volunteers to be officers for next year. Secretary is a definite need. Please consider sharing your talents.  We need volunteers to educate us on a part of collecting that you are an expert. We are always ready to learn about something new. Elaine’s brides bank collection started with a program that Ann Sekerak did for the bottle club. Her jelly jar collection started with a program we saw at the FOHBC National in Collinsville. Share your collecting. Click on the “Read More” to see the pictures from the November meeting.

Pittsburgh 2015

DSCF2117The sold out Pittsburgh Bottle Show and Sale was once again a nice show with an excellent assortment of bottles and tabletop antiques. The hospitality on Saturday night for the dealers and workers was great with an Italian sausage/macaroni pasta and shrimp cocktail highlighting a great variety of offerings. After a hearty meal, I always save enough room for a piece of banana cream pie. Set up was early on Sunday and there were plenty of bottles for the every collector. The display this year was awe inspiring Pittsburgh stoneware. Click on the “Read More” to see the pictures.

National Bottle Museum

NBM3 Rick and Berny Baldwin recently shared their visit to the National Bottle Museum. The National Bottle Museum is located in Ballston Spa, NY, which is a short drive from Albany and situated in Saratoga County’s historic mineral water springs domain that flourished in the 1800’s.  Exhibits at the museum focus on the museum’s mission of preserving the history of hand-made bottle-making in the United States.  In addition to interpretive exhibits, which frequently change in theme and content, the museum houses a large collection of vintage bottles for the public to view and enjoy.  An extensive library is also available for reference and research.  Click on the “Read More” for more information and pictures.

President’s message for November

Roger Benton MyersThis Months meeting will feature stoneware as the program. Bring your best stoneware piece(s) and story to share. Refreshments will be cookies. The Mansfield contracts are now available. If you are planning to stay that Friday night, get your room early. Bring an item for the silent auction. All proceeds will go to Haven of Rest for their annual Thanksgiving meal for the poor. Officers will be nominated. All are welcome at the Eagles in Wadsworth. See you this Thursday.

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Keene & Coventry

ne5Rick & Berny Baldwin recently made the trip to the Keene and Coventry Bottle shows. The shows are in October and along with great bottles, the changing of the leaves and the scenery are at their best. They have shared some of the great pictures from their vacation. Click on “Read More” to see all the great pictures.