Fandango Pitcher

The Great Plains Heisey Club

Members from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska

Minutes

November 10, 2007

Glen Gall hosted 17 members of the GPHC at his home in Urbandale, IA on a warm Saturday.  Lunch took the form of Afternoon Tea (not to be confused with High Tea).  OK – Get Ready—pinkies extended and 2 fingers on the teapot finial!  A menu card was on each plate:  1st course was a variety of 4 crust-free sandwiches.  Second course consisted of scones, 2 jams, and freshly made Devonshire cream.  Third course was 10 different desserts in tidbit portions.  Of course, properly brewed tea was served continuously.  Max W. led us through this delightful experience of delicious foods that were beautifully displayed on Heisey.  Max, Glen, and Rick were the chefs and everyone gave high marks and applauded their efforts to prepare such an extensive array of tasty food products.  Most of us had never enjoyed an Afternoon Tea so Max taught us the correct brewing methods and guided us through the service.  Ever the teacher, Max had a display table with 4 place settings of Heisey set for tea plus 4 lovely teapots, cozies, and other tea service pieces.  Thanks to Max for a different, lovely experience that was carried out to a “Tea”.

As if Max hadn’t done enough, he then presented a program on Heisey’s 13 patterns of lemon dishes and had an example of each on display.  History of Russian connection to lemons was given and a helpful handout was provided for future reference.  Good job, Max!

Trudy Mock presented a “Martha Moment” and showed how she had used Heisey candlesticks and vases as centerpieces for an Omaha charity event.  A good way to get our beautiful glassware out in public to interest new collectors.

President Bucky Will opened the business meeting.  The Treasury report was given by Tom Files--$142.69 balance after $200.00 was sent to HCA under their ‘name the pattern’ program.  The # 466 Fruit Basket will hereafter be known as the Great Plains Basket.  (You can see the Club basket on page 155 of Vogel Book 2 or page 148 of the second Bredehoft Heisey Glass book).  Now we just have to figure out how to get one for the Museum – they don’t have one.

Tentative dates/sites/programs were set for 2008:
March 15 - Shawnee, Kansas City area) - Program: Decorations on Heisey
May 10 - Leavenworth, KS
July 19 - Ames, IA - Program: Heisey Relishes
September 13 - Omaha, NE - Program: Heisey Plantation
November 8 - Urbandale, IA
Members were encouraged to recommend other desired program topics.

The following Officer slate was nominated and confirmed for 2008:
President,  John Mock
Treasurer,  Tom Files
Secretary,  Kathy Files
“Martha” Presenter,  Trudy Mock

The group thanked Bucky Will for her service as President for the last 3 years.

A spirited 50-50 auction was conducted by Auctioneer John to raise money for the treasury.  The bidding was lively – one member was even outbid by his wife.

Show and Tell followed with a table full of Heisey.  Included were:  #1485 Saturn coaster; #411 Tudor sugar dispenser with silver pourer; #1401 Empress footed 2 handled candlesticks, Sahara; #1401 Empress 10” salad bowl, #1533 Wampum and #1521 Quilt ash trays; #325 Pillows butter with cover, #325 Pillows 5” rose bowl; #1 frosted Madonna; #1401 Empress oyster cocktails (3), Sahara; #3397 Gascony tumblers with Old Colony etch, Sahara (8); #354 Wide Flat Panel 8 oz. cologne with cutting; #1519 Waverly console bowl and #1509 Queen Ann dolphin footed candleholders with matching gold decoration; #1021 Christine cream & sugar with elaborate cutting; #1509 Queen Ann lemon dish with Everglades cutting; #393 Narrow Flute lemon dish in English metal holder; #517/197 tumble up and tumbler with cutting; #436 Sweet Pea vase; Heisey 1930/1931 customer Christmas prints; and what was believed to be a #1187 Yeoman  epergne candleholder with the glass base replaced with a silver stand base.

After a tour of Glen’s Heisey, the group selected a few desserts for the road and headed home.