The Fostoria Glass Society of America Convention will be one of several attractions taking place during the month of June in Marshall County. The 33rd annual GGSA Convention to be held June 7-9.
The chairs of the event include Lynda Randolph of Miami Springs, Fla., (convention); Chuck Hill of Wheeling (show) and John Icard of Moundsville (auction). The majority of the events will be taking place at the former West Virginia Penitentiary, while other venues will be at the Society's Museum, Perkins Restaurant in Moundsville, and the First Presbyterian in Moundsville.
National President Jim Davis of Clarksville, Tenn., in "Facets of Fostoria," the official publication of the organization, states, "This is an exciting time of year, our FGSA Museum has had extensive rehab work completed, Lynda Randolph has been working hard ensuring FGSA member's the very best programs for the Convention, and Chuck Hill has gotten all of the dealers set up." Davis expressed thanks to the board of directors for their work in the past year, especially in the areas of by-laws revision and establishing and updating policies.
He also gives special thanks to Ralph Clark, the museum curator, for the work he has done there, along with his "special helper," Cassie Clark.
The theme of the convention is "Navaree Etch No. 327." In keeping with the theme, this year's raffle items will include two vases with Navarre etch No. 327. This etch was produced from 1937-82 and was a favored pattern in the American glass market
This year's Penguin collection piece will be a Cobalt/Milk in color.
Among the June 7 activities will be a seminar at 1:30 p.m., on Fostoria's No. 600 Brazilian Pattern; and at 2:30 p.m., a mentoring program will be held for first timer attendees. The premier opening of the Fostoria/Imperial Glass Show will be at 4 p.m., at the former prison. There will be a dinner at 7:15 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church on June 7, at which Jon Saffell, Greg Pettit, Bill Hoffer and Bill Bradford will be the speakers.
The June 8 schedule includes breakfast at 7:45 a.m. at Perkins, followed by a FGSA general meeting. The museum will be open at 10 a.m. From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. the Fostoria/Imperial Glass Show and Sale will be held at the former prison. There will be a seminar on the No. 327 Navarre etch presented by Terry Naas, Pat Green and Larry Duke. The auction will be held at 5 p.m. It will be a fund raiser for the Fostoria Moundsville Chapter.
On June 9 from 8-10 a.m. the FGSA Moundsville Chapter will hold a flea market. There be be a charge until 10 a.m., at which time the event becomes free. Also, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. the Glass Show will resume.
The 20th annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce free summer concerts will begin on June 14 at Riverfront Park in Moundsville.
There will be five concerts with bands playing from 7-9 p.m.
The initial concert will feature State of Mind Band; on June 28 it will be Streamline; on July 12, MSM (Miller, Smith, Mazure); July 26, Easy Street; and Aug. 9, the Slim Lehart Band.
Chamber volunteers will man the concession at each concert, starting at 6 p.m. The menu will consist of grilled hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, sauce dogs, sloppy joes, nachos and cheese, chips, beverages, homemade cookies and ice cream.
Those attending the concerts should bring lawn chairs or blanket.
Sponsors are Moundsville Pharmacy, Ked's Ace Hardware, Williams Ohio Valley Mid-Stream, and the Marshall County Green Tab.
As a reminder, here are the schedules for Memorial Day (Monday) services in Marshall County:
Benwood - There will be a parade at 11 a.m. through Center Benwood.
Cameron - The service will be held at 10 a.m. Among those taking part will be the Cameron High School Band, members of the ladies auxiliary of Unit No. 18 of the American Legion, and Rev. Doug Richardson
Glen Dale - A service will begin at 11 a.m. at Glen Dale City Park; the speaker will be Gary Rider. Free swimming will be available following the service.
McMechen - There will be a brief service at 8:30 a.m., in front of Center McMechen School, followed by a parade to the McMechen Cemetery, where Marshall County Assessor Chris Kessler will be the speaker.
Moundsville - A service is set for 11 a.m. at the All-Wars Monument on the grounds of the county courthouse with members of the Moundsville Ministerial Association participating.
Free dumpsters this coming week will be in Moundsville and Glen Dale.
The Sam Shaw Walking Trail will be the site of the Moundsville dumpsters, the hours being 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday. The same hours will prevail in Glen Dale, the location there being the city garage.