Friday, June 24, 2016

Flashback Friday- HLCCA Conference 2013

The clock is ticking—Conference is just three weeks away! So for Flashback Friday, let’s go back three years and check out the HLCCA’s 15th Anniversary Celebration at Conference 2013. 

Conference 2013
15th Anniversary Celebration
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Embassy Suites) 
Dates: July 11–14, 2013
• Welcome mixer: “The Fabulous Fifties”
• Day trip to East Liverpool for tours of HLC, Hall, and shopping

• 2 seminars
• Friday night consignment auction
• Show and Sale

• 8 judged exhibits
• Floral arrangement competition
• Tablescape competition
• Awards banquet 
• Post-banquet auction

• Business meeting and closing session 

Judged Exhibits: 
Celestial Fiesta — exhibited by Ryan Goldner
A complete collection of the Fiesta pieces created for the American Museum of Natural History and the opening of the Rose Center for Earth and Space, along with supporting materials. 
Fiesta Mixing Bowl Lids…a True Rarity! — exhibited by Bill Beck and Kevin McCarty
Vintage mixing bowl lids in all the colors and sizes, with their corresponding bowls 
Harlequin at Woolworth’s — exhibited by Frank Russo
Dishes and ephemera illustrating the relationship between HLC and Woolworth’s, and its exclusive Harlequin line.

Little Bitty Casseroles — exhibited by Pat Keith
An extensive display of solid and decorated Kitchen Kraft individual casseroles.
Laughlin Art China — exhibited by Ken Clardy
An amazing array of pieces from HLC’s Art China line. 
Harlequin Animals and Their Maverick Friends — exhibited by Steve Douglas 
A veritable menagerie of cute, colorful animals, both those made by HLC and those of other origins.
Halloween Fiesta and Black Riviera — exhibited by Roger Chandler
A stunning display of rare pieces of black Riviera, accented with other colors in a Halloween setting.
A Rose by Any Other Name…the Rhythm Rose Decal — exhibited by Andrea Bradford
The Rhythm Rose decal, as found on many different HLC wares. 
“Come Over to My House” — Kathy Holley (presenters Marianne Becton, Emma Jost, Melissa and Eliza Hedger)
“Conversation with HLC” — Dave Conley 

Grand Award: Ryan Goldner
Gold Awards: Bill Beck and Kevin McCarty, Andrea Bradford, Ken Clardy, Steve Douglas, Ryan Goldner, Pat Keith, Frank Russo, Roger Chandler 
People’s Choice Award: Ryan Goldner
Floral Arrangement People’s Choice Award: Elaine Epperly
Runners up: Ken Clardy, Sheri Wadkins
Tablescape People’s Choice Award: Harold Cook
Runners up: Andrea Sunnen, Jimmie Schilling
Favorite Dish Article: Richard Mayberry, “Recreating Mom’s Fiesta Table”
Homer and Shakespeare Award: Jeff Kolodey
President’s Award: Michael Bailey
What a Dish—Best Banquet Costume: Lisa Dion
Raspberry Award: Melissa Hedger

Conference exclusive pieces and gifts: 
Blue stripe placesetting: dinner plate, teacup, and saucer
Centerpieces: Blue stripe teapots
   Dancing lady cookie jars
   Lapis pyramid candleholders
Ornaments: Blue stripe with HLCCA logo
   HLCCA 15th Anniversary logo on marigold
   A Rose by Any Other Name
   First Fire Lapis (table prize, not given to all)

It was all about blue at Conference 2013: the new color that year was lapis, the big surprise available exclusively at the HLC outlet was lapis mugs and salad plates with white polka dots, and the debut of HLCCA’s exclusive blue stripe dinnerware. A one-of-a-kind lapis 2-cup teapot, courtesy of HLC was one of the highlights of the Saturday night auction. And during Dave Conley’s annual seminar, he previewed a lapis presentation bowl being produced exclusively for Dillard’s.
Fun abounded at the fifties-themed opening mixer. Costumes included poodle skirts, greasers, soda jerks, Elvis, and an unforgettable Lucy and Ricky. Games continued the theme, with a blue plate special, a drive-in movie, and diner derby.
The HLCCA’s 1945 commemorative juice pitcher was unveiled: The End of the War—Victory, on peacock.

Another HLCCA exclusive was rolled out at this Conference: the unique fan/horizon mugs in new shades of sunflower, lemongrass, peacock, and tangerine. 

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