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The Great Plains Heisey Club

Members from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska


September 13, 2008

On Saturday September 13, 2008, while hurricane Ike was the major news story, the Great Plains Heisey Club was gathering at the beautiful home of Joann and Bill Hagerty in Omaha, NE. Fifteen members in attendance represented four states - MO, KS, NE, and IA.

The first order of business was a delicious lunch featuring chili and stew and numerous relishes and cheeses. Thank you to the Mocks and Hagertys for feeding us so well.

President Mock called the meeting to order and thanked our hosts. Minutes of the July meeting were approved and the Treasurer's report was given by Tom Files. Several members are planning to attend and support the Percy and Vivian Moore Dinner. Trudy Mock presented a "Martha Moment" that showed how Heisey pieces make wonderful wedding gifts.

A fresh pineapple adorned a large table overflowing with #1567 Plantation pieces. Trudy Mock conducted the program about Plantation (one of Heisey's most popular pattern) and gave us an informative handout for reference. There were eventually 108 pieces in the #1567 pattern line and most examples were shown - including the gorgeous punch bowl with cups and underplate, blown and pressed stemware, numerous candlesticks, oils (with and without pineapples), various service pieces, vases, candy box, and many others. Even a Moongleam/Sahara combination tumbler (relax, that was a joke item in plastic from a "Heisey" plant in China). We always interject a good dose of levity at our meetings but all agree that doing a program about Heisey is a terrific learning experience for the members and for the person giving the information. Great program, Trudy !

We discussed dates, sites, and programs for our 2009 meetings. We will firm up those issues at our November meeting.

Show and Tell was especially prolific - far too much to list. Hopefully without offending anyone by omission, we viewed items including: #305 Punty and Diamond Point sugar shaker, #433 Greek Key tankard and tumbler, #433 Greek Key covered pickle jar, #1503 Crystolite 10" vase, #4225 Cobel decanter and #5024 Oxford stems all with Tall Sail Boat etch, #411 Tudor cigarette jar with ashtray, #1280 Winged Scroll covered butter in Crystal, #4049 Old Fitz hot whiskey in Amber, #343 Sunburst tumbler, #3368 Albemarle wine with Chateau cutting, three #3404 Spanish cocktails with different Heisey cuttings, and 4085 Kohinoor ball vase with Saturn optic.

We held a 50/50 auction and passed a Plantation bowl for donations to build our treasury balance. We will sell most anything to raise money for HCA. One of the most actively bid items was a jar of homemade plum jam donated by Jean and Bucky Will.

Our next meeting will be November 15, 2008, in the Des Moines, IA suburbs at the home of Glen Gall. The program will be on short Heisey candlesticks. Guests are always welcome.

The meeting was adjourned and we all enjoyed a most appropriate dessert after a program about the Plantation pattern - pineapple upside down cake that was delish !

Boy! We have fun meetings and learn about Heisey to boot. Who could ask for anything more?