Antiques club closes this program year

The April 29 meeting of Warren Antiques Study Club was led by president Pat Slattery, opening with a poem, “What Is Good,” in which the final answer of “Kindness” was deemed the best.

This was Slattery’s last meeting as club president. She commended the new officers, and, as has been her custom, read a poem, “A Perfect Day,” as her final offering. Slattery was thanked for her hard work and excellent service these past two years.

Guests Sylvia Anderson, Bonnie Lopez and Karen Davis were welcomed. A bus trip scheduled for May 20 was discussed. Because of ongoing difficulties obtaining a local bus, it was decided to postpone the trip until September or October.

The May 20 meeting will be held at the Woman’s Club and will consist of a show-and-tell by all members, who are welcome to bring any items they would like to share with the group.

It was additionally noted that the Woman’s Club is conducting a fashion show and also a Centennial Gala Banquet in May, with details provided for those wishing to attend either event.

The meeting was then turned over to Josie Gerardi, who gave a visually beautiful program on Cranberry Glass, along with additional notes about Ruby, Vaseline and Cobalt Glass. She explained the history of glass production, going back to the fourth century in Rome, as well as the different areas famous for their products, such as Venice and Bohemia. She also discussed the methods and chemicals used in obtaining the various colors and hues in glassmaking, as well as the forms of production such as handblown and molded items as well as cased glass, flash glass, frosted and more. Vaseline glass, for instance, used uranium to get its unique coloration.

Many members also contributed their lovely examples of glass products, with one piece shared by Dottie Higgins that went back in her family history 166 years. Gerardi thanked everyone for sharing their wonderful examples with the members, as well as the personal stories of their collections.

Afterwards, a deep red Ruby Cake was provided by hostess chairwoman Judith Scalise and her committee, which included Barb Koebley, Joyce Hill, Gail Cowan, Nan Cashman, Connie Lucia, Sandy Neal, Judy Wilson and Pat Christy. The table was decorated with additional examples of Cranberry Glass to complement the refreshments.