Patriotic American-Made Glassware at Center of Vintage Glass Show
DEARBORN- With tensions running high before the presidential election taking place the first Tuesday of November, it is difficult to find something that everyone can agree on. But one local collectors club is bringing everyone together at their annual show and sale. No matter what someone’s political views are, it is easy to agree that colorful vintage American-made glassware is both beautiful and functional.
The Michigan Depression Glass Society is presenting their 44th annual Depression and Era Glass Show and Sale November 5 & 6 in Dearborn, Michigan. Dedicated to the preservation and education of US-made glassware made from approximately the 1920s–1960s, each year the club hosts this show and creates an elaborate themed display. In 2016, red, white and blue glassware will take the stage, each color boasting a platform of being the most patriotic.
“The display will be divided into three sections – one for each color,” says MDGS President Jonathan Fuhrman. “We have three different teams working to create the displays, complete with campaign promises for each color. Show attendees will even be able to vote on the best display color.”
This annual glass show has been a tradition in Dearborn that draws collectors from across the country. With 25 dealers from 12 different states selling glass in every hue of the rainbow, a booth of club member’s glassware for sale, hourly door prize drawings and the club display, it is no wonder the event drew in nearly 1,300 people last year.
“But you don’t have to be an official glass collector to enjoy this,” states Fuhrman. “People come to our show to find pieces that match something they inherited, or who are just starting out and want a decorative vase for a table or nice pair of candlesticks to use during the holidays.”
“Depression glass originated during the Great Depression, and its colorful hues lifted the spirits of the family around the dinner table and decorated their homes.” says show glass dealer Lorrie Kitchen, who has been setting up at the MDGS show for over two decades. “It has the same effect today. After a long stressful day at the office, it is always enjoyable to come home and drink a glass of wine out of a blown and decoratively etched goblet, or take a few extra seconds to get out a pretty sherbet glass, rather than eating ice cream directly from the container.”
The show will be held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center (15801 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn) on Nov. 5 & 6. Show hours are 10 a.m. – 5pm on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. Parking is free; $5 donation at the door. For more information about the organization, visit MichiganDepressionGlass.com.