Spring glassware show, sale this weekend

The Valley Glasshoppers Glass Club will hold its Spring 2017 Glass Show and Sale May today and Saturday in Winchester.

Jim Coverston, co-chairman of the Valley Glasshoppers, said the club formed in 1988 as a nonprofit organization for the preservation and appreciation of American-made glass, as well as china and pottery. Current membership is about 80 members.

He added that the club has sponsored an antique glass show and sale every year since 1990. This year’s spring show will feature dealers from all over the country displaying about 100 tables of antique and collectible glassware and china for sale to the public.

“Our customer base is typically from the five-state surrounding area as well as others,” he said. “Our attendance is usually in the 300 to 350 range, including club members. The club has a display of glass at each show with a different theme.”

In addition to shows and sales, the club formed The Lucy Welch Trust Fund in 2011 to aid local charities.

“Each year several local groups are selected to receive donations to aid with their work. This is our club’s way of giving back to the community we are involved in,” he said.

At an April meeting, the club donated to Habitat for Humanity, the Neo-Natal Unit at Winchester Medical Center and Shower for Souls funds to assist those organizations, he added.

Club meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in The Greenwood Methodist Church in Winchester. Coverston said that a featured program is presented at meetings, followed by a show and tell by members on various themes each month. Educational trips are also scheduled when possible to various museums or operating glass factories to explore the history of American glassmaking.

The show will be held from 5  to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at The Family Life Center of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 1309 Opequon Ave., Winchester.

For more information, visit  www.valleyglasshoppers.org.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com