July 20, 2013


SMOKE & MIRRORS in Omaha?  No, but more about that later.  July 20, 2013, was a REAL Great Plains Heisey Club meeting with 28 members attending at the lovely home of John & Trudy Mock.  A delicious meal of smoked pork, ”grandma’s” potato salad, and numerous other salads preceded the official meeting.


Our club had 14 members in attendance at the HCA convention & reports were made about the events.  Congratulations & thanks to those who planned all the work to make it another winner.  The new ice arena venue for the show was well received by all and we welcomed the return of the displays there.  Gregg Cameron fulfilled “official photographer” duties and everyone can enjoy his work in the Heisey News and many additional photos on our website www.greatplainsheiseyclub.org.   Board member Mary Cameron announced plans for the Percy Moore Dinner and fall auction to be held in Newark on October 11 & 12, 2013.  (Best news was Jean Will is feeling fine and going strong again).


Trudy Mock’s “Martha Moment” was reversed when she was “Martha’ed” by Glen Gall who presented her with a bird feeder made from pieces of Heisey Crystolite.  Trudy did have photos to share from the Convention and monogrammed guest towels made by her niece.


Our REAL program was about Heisey “smoke”-ing items with many displayed on “mirrors”.  Eric Tankesley-Clarke steered us through the patterns & examples supplied by many members that dazzled us with their diversity.  Eric prepared a very helpful handout and we were all amazed by the variety of smoking items in shapes and colors that Heisey produced to keep their customers happy.  Eric was a great guide for the approximately 150 pieces present – the program was a hit!  Thanks to Eric, whose research helps all of us learn more about our classy, elegant glass.


Show & Tell was prolific as our members attempt to keep the economy moving by buying Heisey.  Much too much to list it all.  Examples included:  Beaded Panel & Sunburst cheese plate that looks like a miniature cake salver; #10 muddler/Sahara; Twist grapefruit; Daisy candlesticks/cut; Donna jug/Barcelona cutting; Petticoat Dolphin comport/Flamingo; Queen Ann lemon dish in “Krome-Kraft” holder; Lodestar platter/Dawn; Kohinoor candlesticks with prisms; Whaley mug/special cutting found in Newark; Athena platter/elaborately cut; Winged Scroll nappy/Canary Opalescent; Duplex confection tray/Flamingo; 7 inch Aristocrat candlesticks—one with Cairo etching on foot and column/one with Cairo etching on column only; Tumbler/Golf Scene etching; and a pair of wool trousers with inside label “Made for A. H. Heisey”. It was tough to narrow the list to only these items!


An auction of donated Heisey pieces (and Jean’s jams & jellies) was held to boost the Treasury by over $500.  The top seller was a beautiful Twist footed mayo in Moongleam with possibly a Heisey cutting.


The meeting was adjourned so we could enjoy desserts:  2 cakes, brownies, gooseberry pie, and a sweet/salty snack mix – all yummy!

Our next meeting will be September 14th at Glen Gall’s home in Urbandale, IA.  Please check our website and Happy Heisey Hunting to all.