The Upper Ohio Valley was once known for its numerous glass houses and the glass of all sorts produced by the artisans who practiced their trade in the area. In fact, Bellaire was termed the Glass City in the 1880s because of the many glass factories that operated in the city.
Both the National Imperial Glass Collectors' Society (Bellaire & St. Clairsville) and the Fostoria Glass Society of America (Moundsville) will, as they usually do, gather concurrently this weekend in their respective locations. However, this year the Society of Moon & Star Pattern Glass will also meet this weekend in Wheeling. The three conventions in the area will make for a fabulous glass weekend in the Belmont, Marshall and Ohio County area.
Moon and Star is a glass pattern that is still made today through Weishar Enterprises of Wheeling. In fact, Island Mould and Weishar Enterprises are hosting the Moon and Star Convention.
Even if not a conventioneer, the public can participate by shopping at the Giant Glass Show and Sale in Moundsville. All three clubs will join forces in sponsoring the event at the Moundsville Center Building (within the former West Virginia Penitentiary). The show and sale begins at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon and continues through Sunday. Some 25 dealers of glass made by various companies will be showing their ware for the public to enjoy and purchase. Also, the newly-formed Wheeling Area Glass Club will be hosting an information booth at the show and sale. Stop by to learn about the club and the interesting history of the glass made in the Upper Ohio Valley.
The schedule for the Giant Elegant Glass Show and Sale in Moundsville is as follows:
At the Imperial Convention on Friday, for a $10 admission fee, the public may attend the All Imperial Glass Auction at Undo's West in St. Clairsville beginning at 7 p.m. with inspection at 6. For free admission, non-conventioneers may also attend the Glass Fest (glass sale) on Saturday morning at the Bellaire Library Activity Room from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
The theme of the 38th annual National Imperial Glass Collectors' Society Convention will be Imperial's early history and the glass made beginning in 1904, when Imperial went into production, through 1910.