Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Festival Shines Light on Glass Design Annual Show Will Be Held at Fairgrounds

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Festival Shines Light on Glass Design Annual Show Will Be Held at Fairgrounds

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With a theme of "Duncan by Candlelight," the 39th annual Duncan & Miller Glass Show and Sale this weekend at the Washington County Fairgrounds, hopes to draw glass enthusiasts from around the region, if not the nation.

The show features a special exhibit of candelabra, candlesticks and candle holders in a variety of glass design including Early American Pattern Glass, Colonial Styles, Art Deco and Mid-century Modern.

More glass candelabra will decorate the banquet room of the George Washington Hotel where the National Duncan Glass Society Convention Dinner will be held starting at 6 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $30, and advance reservations are required by calling Lauren Kotar at 724-222-3334.

The annual show includes glass seminars, a ticket auction, a consignment auction, a glass identification segment, a worker and family oral history project as well as the sale of glass collectibles and a raffle. The show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $4 and is good for both days. The show provides financial support for the research and educational programs of Duncan & Miller Glass Museum of Washington.

"The museum has a strong outreach program that includes displays and lectures at other glass shows and both static and changing displays at the regional Pennsylvania Welcome Centers and area libraries," said Sherry Cooper of Washington, chairwoman of the museum committee.

Around noon on Sunday at the fairgrounds on North Main Street, local authors Gerry Getman and Kathy Roth will sign first copies of their newly released book, "Glass is a Family Affair," which chronicles the early history of the Duncan family.

During both days of the show, former Duncan workers and their family can stop by the documentation project booth to record their experiences.

"The project started in 2011, and we've amassed a big data base since," Mrs. Cooper said. "It's something people can contribute to and have a lot of fun with. …

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