Convention Corner

The NCC holds a Convention every year over the fourth weekend in June. Don't make the mistake that our venue once did and assume that it is the last weekend. It is definitely the fourth weekend.

Most of the Convention activities are held at the following location:
Pritchard-Laughlin Civic Center
7033 Glenn Highway
Cambridge, OH
but there are a few other locations as well, shown on the map of the Cambridge area.

This year our Convention Chairperson will again be Diane Gary, who did a great job in 2013.

Convention Dates: June 25 – June 28, 2014

The Convention begins with the Cocktail Reception (at the Pritchard-Laughlin Center) on Wednesday June 25, followed by a picnic and a program on "Gloria" by Lynn Welker .

Convention Pre-Registration Form

We encourage everyone who plans to attend the Convention to print out and submit the Registration Form, which provides our Chairperson the information needed to make final plans for meals, etc. This year, the form allows you to key in the information before you print it out (if your browser won't let you fill it out, just print it and fill it out manually. Calculate the total due, write out the check (payable to National Cambridge Collectors, Inc.) and mail both check and registration form to:

National Cambridge Collectors, Inc.
Convention Registration
PO Box 416
Cambridge, Ohio 43725-0416

Messages from the Convention Chairperson

The 2014 NCC convention is almost here. We are working hard to finalize the schedule of activities, speakers, and catering. But, the most important thing for you to do is to make hotel reservations in Cambridge. Even if your plans are not final, you will need a place to stay when they are final. So act now!

Hotel rooms are scarce despite the construction of three new hotels in Cambridge over the past year. The new Sleep Inn opened to customers on March 1. The Holiday Inn Express and the Microtel are scheduled to be completed and available prior to the NCC Convention. But the Convention Bureau could not give me an absolute date for occupancy. And of course, all of the existing hotels in Cambridge are potentially available for customers. However, the Comfort Inn is already fully booked for convention week-end.

The complete Schedule of Events provides you with a schedule and locations, so be sure to print it out and bring it with you.

New to the convention schedule this year is a benefit auction. It will be somewhat similar to the benefit auction in March, but smaller in size, and feature approximately 200 lots of Cambridge Glass. Items to be consigned will be received beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday of convention. Here is the list of items in the auction.

At 11:00 a.m., preview of the auction items will take place. The auction will begin at 12:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Pritchard-Laughlin Center, and it should last until approximately 3:00 p.m.

A buffet dinner will follow on Thursday evening. The evening activities will conclude with the annual meeting, and Bring and Brag and Glass Identification.

We will be having educational programs on each of the "ladies." Lynn Welker will lead off with the Wednesday evening program that follows the opening picnic. His topic will be "Gloria" and all of the color and decoration options available with this beautiful etching. Friday will be a day of additional educational programs. Bill Alexander will lead a program on "Portia", Hedi Russell and Brent Berry will present a program on "Diane", Marjorie Farlow and Marge Kleeman will provide a program on "Marjorie", and Jack and Elaine Thompson will lead a program on "Elaine".

The Glass Show and sale opens at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and runs until 6:00 p.m. The banquet will follow, and the featured speakers for the evening are Debbie and Randy Coe, authors of a wonderful color book on elegant glass. The Coes are anxious to meet and visit with members of NCC, and we are thrilled that they have agreed to speak at our convention.

As usual, the Glass Dash opens at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning at St. Benedict’s Auditorium. The Glass Show and Sale resumes at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m. Hopefully, all of these activities sound so interesting to you that you will quickly register and make hotel reservations. We hope to see you there!

Directions to Pritchard-Laughlin Civic Center

The directions to the Pritchard-Laughlin Civic Center are quite simple. To get there, take exit 176 off I-70, follow the road to where it comes to a "T" with US 40, turn right for about a quarter of a mile. The Pritchard-Laughlin Civic Center will be on your left. Here is a basic map to the Civic Center.

Lodging Information and Special Convention Rates

Here is a list of Cambridge area motels and B&B's with phone numbers. Some of them will have special rates for the Convention. You need to call the properties directly and ask for the "Cambridge Glass Convention Rate."