Fandango Pitcher

The Great Plains Heisey Club

Members from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska


September 26, 2009

Road Trip !!!  That didn’t faze 17 members of our club from having our September 2009 meeting in the western-most outpost of our membership, about 150 miles west of Omaha in Clay Center, NE, where three of our members reside.  Who would have thought – 3 HCA members in a town where the population sign read 861. 

Our first hosts were Lynn and Sherrill Echternkamp where we had our delicious lunch including bbq sliders and tasty apple/cabbage slaw.  (Hopefully the recipe will soon be on our website).  Our hosts displayed many pieces of Heisey (they have more at their Lincoln, NE home) and had prepared a little game for us that required finding specific pieces of Heisey in their home.  It was fun and challenging.

President John Mock reigned (sometimes we need “reins”) over the meeting that included approval of minutes of our previous gathering in July and the Treasurer’s report.   Flyers of an October auction in Cedar Falls, IA featuring Heisey were shared by Paul Moss.

Trudy Mock’s “Martha Moment” was actually a “medical moment” this time to update the status of our club member, Bill Hagerty, who was injured in an accident.  Thankfully, Bill is doing much better and looked good when we visited with him the previous night.  Keep improving, Bill, and hurry back to our meetings.

Listing all the show and tell would take pages, especially if I listed the stems brought for the program—some we had not heard of, let alone seen. For example, I wouldn’t want to overlook the #901 Overlook goblet.  Here’s some other samples:  #353 Medium Flat Panel cologne, #1776 Kalonyal 3 cornered jelly, #339 Continental 7” compote, #1503 Crystolite 11” shell salad and mayo bowl, complete #395 condiment set with 2 #354 cruets, #23 salt and pepper shakers, all in their compartments on the #393 Narrow Flute 10” tray, #1404 Old Sandwich 12”  oval floral bowl, #465 Recessed Panel 7” basket with #349 Margaret etch, #2351 Newton 12 oz. soda with #439 Pied Piper etch, #2355 Cloverleaf 13 oz. soda, Carlene goblet with pebbled swirl optic, #1415 Twentieth Century 12 oz. soda in Cobalt, #133 Swan Handled candlesticks, and #1401 Empress 13 in. pickle and olive with #451 Lafayette etch .

Progressive Meeting—Part Two.  We progressed to the home of Marilyn Sampson for our lesson/program on Heisey stems.  Marilyn also had a game prepared that challenged our observation and counting skills of Heisey pieces throughout her home.  The display of stems with information about patterns and decoration identification was beautiful and almost overwhelming – way too extensive for me to report about each piece.  Marilyn did a super job and we so appreciate her effort to educate us regarding stemware.  After seeing that many gorgeous pieces of Heisey, no one can doubt the beauty of our collections.  Other club members also brought stem examples.  We had a lively 50-50 auction to raise money for the treasury.  Then it was time to eat again.  Marilyn served delicious cheesecakes and cookies on still more Heisey and treated everyone to refreshing Heisey fingerbowls with warm water topped with rose petals.  No wonder so many were so willing to travel such a distance for this special meeting.  Thanks to the Echternkamps and Marilyn for the hospitality, good food, and hosting a great meeting that was a new, progressive experience.

Our next meeting will be hosted by Glen Gall in Urbandale, IA on November 14, 2009, with a program by Mary Cameron on Heisey cake salvers.  Mark your calendars so you can join in the fun and learn about Heisey too.