2017 Central States Meeting Oct. 12-15

Dates: October 12, 2017 arrival Thursday -- October 15, 2017 departure Sunday

Best Western Holiday Lodge

2023 7th Ave. N             

Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

$92.00 a night includes a full hot breakfast - one, two, three per room

They have a few king beds; King accommodations are not included in the special rate, other beds are all Queen size.

1-641-357-5253   Rates guaranteed till September 1

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                         Clear Lake, Iowa

David and Alice Christiansen, chairmen of the event, hope you can join them as they lead you on a tour of Northern Iowa.

There will be glass sales; a room has been reserved. The rate for the two days of sales will be $150.00. This cost will be divided by the number of individuals selling glass. The fee to be collected on site – it is impossible to determine a pre meeting cost. This cost includes table & a cloth (no skirting).

Friday’s agenda starts with a trip to the Historic Mill in Fertile, Iowa. Many of us “old timers” will remember it as Anne Hargrave’s home. The current owner, Ann Jones has graciously agreed to open her home to us (it is not normally open to the public). After breakfast in the hotel we will sojourn to the Mill with box lunches. After touring and having lunch at the Mill we will journey to the home of Dave and Alice Christiansen. We will see the family homestead and tour their collection of EAPG from Greentown, Historic, opaque, children’s, Iowa City, & the states.

Friday’s dinner at the hotel will be followed by a review on the history of north central Iowa on geology to early settlement & development to Buddy Holly. Then glass sales.

Saturday will be a tour of Mason City, Iowa, from the Meredith Willson Music Museum to Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. The Historic Park Inn Hotel is the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright designed hotel still standing in the world. Stockman House, built about the same time as the hotel, 1908, is of the Prairie School design – Wright’s vision for middle class housing. Across the street from the Stockman House (seeking Landmark Status) of Rock Glen-Rock Glen Crest neighborhood, a planned neighborhood of Prairie School houses. We will also visit the Music Man Square and Meredith Wlilson’s boyhood home, the Meredith Willson Museum, and the recreated 1912 streetscape based on Willson’s MUSIC MAN.  The MacNider Art Museum will be at your leisure; it is known for their collection of American art. On to Clear Lake we will go.

We will tour the Surf Ballroom (best known as the last performance venue of Buddy Holly, Big Booper, and Ritchie Valens in 1959). This site is also known because of some of the best Big Band and Rock’n’Roll performers. For those so desiring they can visit the crash site of Buddy Holly or antique shop in the shops of Clear Lake.

Following dinner at the hotel, Larry and Linda Yoder will give a presentation on Iowa City Glass followed by a final glass sales. 

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Save the Date -- Annual Meeting July 26-29, 2018

The annual meeting of the Society will be held July 26-29, 2018 in Washington, PA.

This will be in conjunction with the Duncan Club Glass Show.  Tours of the Duncan Glass Museum will be available, as well as other glass museums in the area.A day tour of the historic Pittsburgh glass area and museums is being planned.

We will be staying at the Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh – Meadowlands hotel in Washington, PA. Adhering to our usual format, there will be evening dinners followed by wonderful, inspiring speakers.

Details and registration information will be posted when it is available.