Friday, May 27, 2016

Flashback Friday: HLCCA Conference 2009

Flashback Friday is here again! Let’s go back and revisit Conference 2009 in Pittsburgh. Tie-dye, red stripe, and tons of fun…check it out!  
Conference 2009
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Embassy Suites Hotel) 
Dates: July 9–12, 2009
• Welcoming mixer: “Dishstock: Three Hours of Peace, Love, and Dishes”
• Bus trip to HLC and East Liverpool for tours and shopping
• 3 seminars
• Friday night consignment auction
• Show and Sale
• 5 judged exhibits
• Floral arrangement competition
• Awards banquet 
• Post-banquet auction
• Annual meeting 

Judged Exhibits: 

Tabletop Time—exhibited by Daphne Durham
An introduction to tablescaping, with HLC dishes, and linens, flatware, stemware, and accessories both vintage and modern. 
A Modern Design for ‘55—Kenilworth, U.S.A. —exhibited by Fred Mutchler
An exhibit showcasing the contemporary styling of HLC’s Kenilworth shape.
99-44/100% Pure Ivory—Dishes, That Is—With a Touch of Cobalt (Bluing) — exhibited by Chuck Denlinger
Unique collection of hard-to-find and experimental Fiesta, Kitchen Kraft, Riviera, and Harlequin pieces, mostly in ivory.
Colors of the Fifties—exhibited by Jerry Lefever
HLC’s Rhythm shape in all five solid colors, with some solid-color Charm House. 
Epicurean Delight — exhibited by Michael Thomas
HLC’s unique Epicure shape epitomized mid-century modern design, but enjoyed limited success.
“An Introduction to Vintage Fiesta—An American Classic” — Bill Beck
“Come On Over to My Place: Collectors’ Show and Tell” — Daphne Durham
“Conversation with HLC” — Dave Conley 

Grand Award: Daphne Durham
Gold Award: Chuck Denlinger, Daphne Durham, Jerry Lefever, Fred Mutchler, Michael Thomas.
People’s Choice Award:  Daphne Durham
Floral Arrangement People’s Choice Award: Cindy Irick
Best Dish Article (tie): Daphne Durham, “Tablescape Extravaganza!” and Richard Mayberry, “Chip Chat Reports on the Bailey/Allred HLC Collection”
Homer and Shakespeare Award: Steve Douglas
President’s Award: Kit Fox
What a Dish—Best Banquet Costume: Laura Breaux and her son, Sage
Raspberry Award: Rebecca Donaldson

Conference exclusive pieces and gifts: 
Red stripe dinner plate, teacup, and saucer (marked as Conference exclusives)
Centerpieces: Red stripe 10” vases, red stripe mugs
Ornaments: Peace, Love, and Dishes (mixer, courtesy HLC)
First Fire lemongrass (courtesy HLC)
            Red stripe with HLCCA logo


The surprise debut of HLCCA’s exclusive red stripe wares was the highlight of the Conference. Gasps were audible when attendees entered the banquet room and saw it—then realized that everyone would be taking home a three-piece place setting. Red stripe had been in the planning and development stages for two years and replicated beautiful vintage red-stripe Fiesta. Mugs were available for purchase on Sunday morning, and then the organization rolled out additional red stripe items throughout the year and at future Conferences. 

The opening mixer was a 40th anniversary celebration of 1969—The Summer of Love. Games and attire featured lots of tie-dye and mod fashions, memories of Woodstock, love beads, that historic first landing and walk on the moon, incense and potpourri, Fiesta Twister, and a game where participants tried to identify photos of HLCCA members as they looked in 1969. There was a special commemorative ornament courtesy of Judi Noble and HLC for mixer attendees.  

Once again, Conference attendees had the opportunity to visit the HLC showroom as part of their visit to the factory. The showroom features dozens of displays of HLC’s wares past and present, including many custom creations for specific restaurants. 

The HLCCA’s 1941 commemorative juice pitcher was unveiled: “Urban Jazz Culture” on lemongrass. 
Another club exclusive item was released at this year’s Conference: the embossed teapot ornaments. The first three colors offered were scarlet, tangerine, and evergreen. 

- submitted by Kathy Holley and David Schaefer

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