November 14, 2009


Have you heard the one about Little Red Riding Hood nearly being eaten for lunch by the Big Bad Wolf?  We can top that! Four Soups, three kinds of sandwiches, relishes, and desserts nearly too numerous to count, but I think there were six.  Bucky Will even made (yes, home-made) fresh mincemeat into a beautiful pie decorated with pie crust stars—a work of art.  We will sell most anything to raise money for HCA—the few remaining pieces were auctioned and went home with President Mock to Omaha.  We were glad to see Jean Will looking so fine and fit just ten days after gall bladder removal surgery.


Now, back to the news.  Sixteen club members gathered at the Iowa home of Glen Gall.  Glen’s niece, “Magic Marian” (she makes kitchen messes disappear) plus two guests (and we hope new friends) Vonis and Ellen were also in attendance to enjoy our activities.  President John Mock called the meeting to a semblance of order after our delicious lunch.  Minutes were approved and the Treasurer’s report was given.  HCA Board member Tom Files gave background information on Robert Loch’s project to have a new printing of Bredehofts’ book two.  Club members agreed it was a worthwhile effort and voted to contribute $500.


The motion was made and vote taken to keep our present officers in place for another year -- they didn’t even see the train a-comin’!  Five dollar per person dues were paid by some attendees and others can mail them to our Treasurer prior to March 27, 2010.  We set some meeting dates/hosts/locations for 2010:


March 27, 2010    Jean Will    Leavenworth, KS
May 8, 2010    Pat and Rex Lucke   Elkhorn, NE
July 17, 2010   John and Trudy Mock    Omaha, NE
September 11, 2010  Hosted by Tom and Kathy Files   da Capo Tea Room  Platte City, MO
November 13, 2010   Mary and Gregg Cameron    Ames, IA


Programs will be selected by the hosts or the hosts will solicit other members to present programs.  New program subjects are always welcomed and we often steal from other clubs.


Trudy’s “Martha Moment” (with help from Pat Lucke) was holiday Heisey usage to decorate your home.  Pat and Trudy brought pictures to illustrate their ideas and Trudy had planted petite poinsettias and stonecrop (a small lime-green succulent plant) in assorted pieces of Heisey, such as a small syrup, punch cups, Crystolite swan master nut, an orphan sugar, etc.  They were beautiful Christmas décor items and were later auctioned to help “stuff” the treasury.


Mary Cameron presented the program: Heisey cake salvers.  Mary and other members had provided over 20 different cake salvers/stands for the program and each was identified with its pattern number and name.  It made for a beautiful display, plus the Camerons had compiled a wonderful brochure with pictures for us to use as reference.  We learn something at every meeting; it was a great program, Mary, thank you.


Show and Tell was another visual delight with a wide variety of Heisey pieces – our members have a keen eye and great taste.  Some of the items displayed:  the “Good Morning” set with jug and 2 juices, (4) #400 9 oz. goblets, #1205 Fancy Loop table sugar with purple/gold stain, #300 Peerless molasses, #1509 Queen Ann dolphin footed candlesticks, (4) #3360 Penn Charter goblets in Hawthorne, #465 Recessed Panel 3 lb. candy jar with cutting, #1469 Ridgeleigh 8 inch vase in Sahara, #3397 Gascony tomato juice pitcher with Old Colony etch, #602 straw jar, #4225 Cobel 2 qt. cocktail shaker with a Naval Academy etch, #1469 Ridgeleigh 6 inch footed comport with cover, #1951 Cabochon cruet, #1255 Pineapple & Fan toothpick with gold trim, #325 Pillows toothpick, #22 Windsor 8 inch candlesticks with 2 different cuttings, #4044 New Era cup and saucer with Sea Glade cutting, and many other items.


After all that auction action we were ready to tackle those great desserts.  Thank you to Glen for opening his home to host our meeting and to Max, Rick, and Mary for the lovely lunch soups and sandwiches, Glen’s niece, Marian, for all her hard work (but I still think she’s “Magic Marian” who never loses her smile).


If anyone moves to or visits any of our 4 states, please join us and have Heisey fun with us.  We will miss our meetings and seeing our friends through this winter but that will make us anxious for our first meeting in March 2010.  Check our website for what’s happening and meeting info: www.greatplainsheiseyclub.org.


Merry Christmas to all and Happy Heisey Hunting too.