Fenton to celebrate centennial year with activities
Saturday, July 23, 2005
By CASSIE SHANER, email@example.com
The Marietta Times
Cynthia Konieczny, 56, of Jamestown, feels like a member of the Fenton
Konieczny and her husband have visited Fenton Art Glass multiple times this
year to celebrate the company’s centennial year and are looking forward to
the grand celebration beginning July 29 and ending Aug. 2.
“They make you feel comfortable. They make you feel at home,” Konieczny said
of what keeps her coming back. “They make you feel like you’re a part of the
Though Fenton has had special centennial events throughout the year, next
weekend’s five-day celebration is set to be the highlight of the year’s
Scheduled events include live entertainment, a special auction, a live QVC
broadcast, a glass-making school and family signing events.
“That’s one of the things I’m looking forward to, meeting the other family
members,” Konieczny said.
Konieczny purchased the 2005 Fenton signing piece earlier this year and has
collected four signatures so far. She still needs five more.
Special glass pieces created just for the event will be available, as well,
providing an extra draw for collectors.
Though Fenton’s actual birthday is May 4, the grand celebration was
scheduled to coincide with the annual convention times of Fenton’s
collectors clubs, Fenton Art Glass Collectors of America and the National
Fenton Glass Society. Another reason for the summertime date is the
increased likehood of people being able to visit.
“Summer’s a better time,” said Jena Blair, tour guide coordinator for the
Fenton gift shop. “Children aren’t in school and people are traveling so
that more people can bring their families to come join us.”
Jim Measell, associate historian for Fenton, is in charge of the special
collector’s auction on July 31 in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center at
“I think everybody is making it this year,” he said. “We’ve been telling
everybody since this time last year, ‘Make 2005 the year you come.’”
Blair said an estimated 10,000 people, including collectors from as far as
Australia, are expected to attend the centennial events. She just hopes that
local residents do not miss out on the unique opportunity.
“It’s gonna be a real shame for people to miss this,” Blair said. “I think
this is something that people will talk about for years.”
If you go
Who: Fenton Art Glass.
What: Grand centennial celebration
When: July 29 to Aug. 2.
Where: Caroline and Elizabeth avenues, Williamstown
Cost: Most events are free.
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