2014 Meet and Greet

Millersburg Glass Association members enjoyed an evening of fellowship and storytelling in the Lincoln Room.  The annual Meet and Greet portion of the Fall Gathering was held at the Hotel Millersburg on Friday evening, October 3, 2014.  Snacks were served and a cash bar and dining from the menu were offered as well.  The Meet and Greet encourages club members to renew old friendships and make new acquaintances among Millersburg Glass collectors.  A special thanks to MGA Charter member Mary Anna Patterson for sharing these photos.

2014 Barrell Opening

by Bonny Huelga

A rather unique fundraiser for the Millersburg Glass Association was part of the Antique Festival this year.  About halfway through the auction on the Holmes County Courthouse lawn, auctioneer Jim Wroda paused in the selling of carnival and crystal glass.  Then, he offered up “the barrel“.

The barrel in question was a replica of the shipping vessels used in 1909 through 1912 to send glassware from the factory on the north end of Millersburg to buyers everywhere.  It was a 30 gallon oak barrel that bore the words “MILLERSBURG GLASS WARE” in black letters.  The barrel was a donation from MGA club member Larry Cullen.  The stencil for the lettering, a reproduction of the original stencil used at the glass factory, was loaned by club vice-president Steve Maag.  Various collectors and club members donated pieces of carnival and crystal Millersburg Glass to fill the barrel.  Mr. Wroda generously waived his selling commission.  Club president Randy Jones (only he knew the contents of the barrel!) packed the glass in straw, same as back in the day.  He would not even hint as to the contents, saying only that the barrel contained 15 pieces of Millersburg Glass and was jammed as full as possible.


Bidding was vigorous as participants flashed their orange number cards to raise the amount hundreds of dollars at a time.  The flurry of activity finally ended with a winning bid of $3000.00.  The barrel and its contents went home with local MGA Charter members Susan and Gregg Oswald.

The Oswalds own and operate a shop in downtown Millersburg called Millersburg Glass and Collectibles.  The shop is only one room but it is packed corner to corner with an eclectic mix of small antiques and collectibles.  Two china cupboards in the far corner immediately draw shoppers in to see the rainbow effects of lights on carnival glass.  Mr. Oswald said they like to share the story of Millersburg Glass with visitors to their shop and sometimes the visitors leave with a piece of glass of their own.

Susan and Gregg moved from Dalton, Ohio to Millersburg 7 years ago.  Interestingly enough, the first pieces of Millersburg Glass they bought came from a big tent auction on the courthouse lawn back then.  They enjoyed the glass so much that they studied everything they could find to learn the patterns, colors, and shapes before diving into the world of collecting John Fenton’s creations.

Mr. Oswald said they waited a day to open the barrel and it was as much fun as opening gifts on Christmas day.  One small drawback was the straw on the floor!  The glass is now part of their collection and the barrel is on display at the Millersburg Glass Museum (there is even a little straw still in it!).


The board members of the Millersburg Glass Association, Inc. would like to extend a hearty thank you to everyone who donated to the 2014 fundraiser and to Susan and Gregg Oswald for their participation in both the club and the auction.

2014 Antique Festival Parade

by Bonny Huelga

The Millersburg Glass Association was well represented at the Antique Festival this year.  We had the Meet and Greet for members at the Hotel Millersburg on Friday, the courthouse lawn auction on Saturday, and an entry in the grand parade on Sunday.

As with most Antique Festival Parade days, this one was no different as to the weather.  It was overcast with gusty breezes and a high temperature in the low 50’s.  Fortunately, the chances of rain were slight making it favorable for the bands, floats, visiting queens, and walkers.  No winter parkas or rain gear were necessary this year.

My father, Ron Brenly, retired from the Holmes County Highway Department and took on part time jobs along with working the family farm.  In the past few years, he rekindled a family skill of wood crafting.  He has built furniture, crafted pens, created children’s toys, and made a lot of plate stands for my husband.  To date, his largest mechanical creation is the horseless carriage.  He built it with no plans, just imagination and craftsmanship.  A neighborhood friend, Roman D.J., helped with some mechanical and welding issues and my mom, Edna, did the custom sewing.  EBay was a value resource for finding some of the accessories.  In order to represent the glass association, my dad built a trailer to pull behind the little car.  The trailer has a framed 3′ x 3′ sign.  My parents and I spent one evening with black Sharpie markers coloring in the block letters for the sign.

On the day of the parade, my parents and my sister, Traci Bultemeier, and her two boys, Wyatt and Luke, transported the little car to Millersburg.  Traci brought a red wagon to haul the candy we had to toss to folks along the parade route.  We also hauled Luke in the wagon, his job was to guard the treats.  Wyatt rode in the horseless carriage with his grandpa.  Mom and Traci and I walked behind, pulling the wagon and doling out Tootsie Rolls, bubble gum, and suckers.  My husband, Skip, ferried us to the beginning of the parade route and gathered us up again at the end.  It was a lot of work to organize but we all had fun and the day turned out wonderfully.

2017 Fall Gathering

The 2017 Fall Gathering in Millersburg, Ohio was held Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7th. The Gathering began Friday evening on the lawn of the Holmes County Courthouse. Children of local club members hosted a yard sale of Millersburg Glass and related items and over 100 club members shared a meal of barbecued chicken and pulled pork under the big white tent. The same tent was packed and standing room only on Saturday for Jim Wroda’s auction of exclusively Millersburg Glass, both carnival and crystal, featuring the collection of Doug and the late Karen Engel.

It was a great time with wonderful friends and lots of Millersburg glass. Make plans to attend next year as we would love to see you! Along with the Fall Gathering and the Antique Festival, there is much to do and see in Holmes County. Until next time, enjoy the pictures below from this year’s event.