The Texas Carnival Glass Club holds its annual four-day convention in February or March. Events include educational seminars and banquet program featuring internationally known speakers, carnival glass displays, silent auction, dealers and club members selling carnival glass, and a public auction of Carnival Glass.


                                         TEXAS CARNIVAL GLASS CLUB
                          2016 Convention ~ Activities & Special Speakers

                     March 16 - 19 ~ Wyndham Dallas Suites – Park Central


Wednesday, March 16

Early Bird Fun Night
6:00 p.m. Home Cooked dinner in the Hospitality Room
7:30 p.m. Share a recent find at “Show & Tell—A Texas Tradition”

Thursday, March 17

3:00 p.m. Judy Maxwell’s Educational Seminar
6:00 p.m. Whitley Award Dinner honoring a couple whose dedication to Carnival Glass has enriched fellow collectors
8:00 p.m. Our hilarious “Annual Gift Exchange” – the real fun begins when the stealing starts!

Friday, March 18

10:00 a.m. Bring your UGLIEST piece of Carnival Glass for the return of the Ugly Glass Contest
3:00 p.m. Purchase your favorite piece in the Silent Auction before it ends
3:30 p.m. Vote for your favorite Room Display – Best of Show receives $100!
5:30 p.m. TCGC welcomes Banquet speaker Heidi Ritterbush
8:00 p.m. Seeck Auction Preview

Saturday, March 19

7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Seeck Auction Preview
9:30 a.m. Seeck Auction

Educational Seminar - Thursday March 17, 2016
"My Carnival Glass Addiction"

Judy Maxwell

I was born in Waurika, Oklahoma but was raised in Fort Worth, Texas. I have always considered myself aTexan, I don’t care what my birth certificate says! I have lived in California permanently since I was 14 years old and I do love California also. My husband and I have been married for 55 years. We have 2 daughters and 6 grandsons and one spoiled granddaughter.


I have been collecting carnival glass for approximately 25 years and was the president of The Southern California C.G. Club for 20 years. Heidi Ritterbush took over a few years ago and is doing a great job. I was introduced to c.g. when my husband’s mother told Ed and I that his great aunt, Myrtle, had a lot of beautiful glass in her home we should see. Just for fun we called her, she invited us over and explained her diverse collection. She had worked at a thrift store many years before and had the advantage of being one of the first to see items donated to that store. She had cranberry glass, pressed glass, flo-blue,custard glass and a few pieces of carnival glass. I was taken in by all of it – it was wonderful. No one in our family collected anything so it was educational, to say the least. Aunt Myrtle asked me If I would drive her to a few local antique shops and a local flea market. In return, she would educate me (or try to) on some of her wonderful glass. Well, guess what – I began to collect the same things she collected.  

I learned about the Northern California C.G. Convention and started attending it. I met Marie Capps, Marie McGee, Don Moore, Charlotte Williams, Dale Matheny , George Thomas, John Resnik and John Muehlbauer. Shortly thereafter, I started attending the Pacific Northwest Convention – meeting many more people including Karen Engel.

I have had a great adventure collecting c.g. and had an auction in 2008 at the Heart of America Convention. I especially enjoy collecting 9” plates. They display the pattern so well. I sold many plates at my auction and yet have managed to amass another collection of them since 2008.

Yes, I am a Carnival Glass Addict and I will be sharing that addiction with you in Dallas March 2016!


Banquet Presentation - Friday, March 18, 2016
"My Carnival Glass Palette"

Heidi Ritterbush

I am the president of the Southern California Carnival Glass Club. I have been collecting carnival glass for almost 30 years. I bought my first piece back in the summer of 1986. In the beginning, I bought my glass from antique stores. I bought what I liked and what I could afford. I was picky about condition, but I knew nothing about good iridescence.

It wasn't until I joined the Southern California Carnival Glass Club, in November of 1994, that I figured out what great iridescence looked like. At my first meeting, I saw iridescence I had never even imagined. That was a game changer! From that point on, not only was I picky about condition, but I was also picky about iridescence.

My first focus, was large footed fruit bowls, but it became apparent that they were not easy to come by nor were they cheap. So, I broadened my goals a bit and focused on anything with electric iridescence. As time went on and my exposure grew and I started making a mental wish list of items that I wanted to own, someday. Some of those items took over 20 years to acquire. I am a very patient person.

My husband Dennis and I have been married for 34 years. Dennis teaches high school, earth science and marine biology. He also coaches wrestling.

We have three sons: Kris is 31and is currently living in Ventura, California. He is our special needs child. It's been a real blessing watching him blossom and grow over the years. Paul is 28. He Graduated from Cal State Berkeley, with honors, in philosophy. He is currently living in Berkeley and working on publishing and editing. Matt is 27. He just graduated from Cal Poly Pomona, with honors, in aerospace engineering. He just got hired by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Yes, I'm a proud mom!  

When I have spare time, I like to focus on my art. I currently work in pastels doing mostly landscapes. I like to compete and have won several awards.


How to Register

Click here to download a convention registration/membership form. Print the form, fill it in, and mail it with your check. download adobe reader


Click on the following picture to view the photo album of the 2015 Texas Carnival Glass Club convention.



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