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2007 Blenko Collectors Society Wrap Up


Barry DiLibero & Steve Bair made an appearance on Good Morning West Virginia


A warm welcome to the BCS in our 5th year of existence.

The Blenko Company supplied 2 beautiful cakes for convention goers.  

Randy Rider finishing a Bill Blenko Day vase.

The Bill Blenko Vase is limited to 86 pieces and will be signed & numbered by Bill Blenko.


They can be ordered only by calling the company:



The new color Electric Blue Bravo! vases coming off of the lehr and the old standard water bottle also in Electric Blue.


Remake of a smaller head vase in Dreamcicle. Blenko made these in Dreamcicle, Electric Blue & Clover for convention goers.

Ordering information will be available in the next Blowpipe.

August 10th, 2007 was officially declared 'Bill Blenko Day' in Milton, West Virginia and throughout the state.

The Mayor of Milton was on hand to speak and give a Bill nice plaque and she presented the Proclamation Letter from the Governor to Bill Blenko.



Again as in years past we had wonderful presentations about Blenko. There was also a heartfelt presentation of past and present employees honoring Bill Blenko by Jane Nickerson on his official day.


Deborah Allen & Tammy Kosla did a presentation about Bill Blenko and his life.


3/5ths of the Bayliss Design Team gave us an overview of how they designed the 3 new lines for 2007-08. The new lines are: Bravo!, Victoria & Strata.

Brent Aikman, the new Architectural Marketing manager talks about antique, architectural and tableware and how the 3 complement each other in helping the company succeed.


Richard Blenko & Gene Weekley do a small presentation on the future of Blenko.

Other presentations included: The fabulous Colors of Blenko display by Drema Wood. Dawn Weber's presentation of 'To Label or Not to Label'. The movie Batching Blenko by Barry DiLibero & a presentation by Randy Rider & Perry Bays called The Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Saturday, August 11th

The Sale & Show

Attendance for the sale was excellent. Inventory available for sale was also excellent.

The doors opened promptly at 10:00AM.


Walter Blenko, Bill Blenko Jr. & Wayne Husted


Nickerson Glassworks had an incredible display of glass.

Some candid photos from the weekend.    

Randy Rider & Raymond Lewis


Wayne Husted poses with Pam Howard.

Walter Blenko signs a Bill Blenko Day prototype vase.


Tim & Karin Alonzo

Christy Gibson & Raymond Lewis

Every year Blenko is extremely generous and gives us some glass to raffle off at the end of the sale. This year we didn't have just glass. We raffled off 1 lamp, 3 vases, 1 blowpipe with a paddle & an old mold with a paddle.

The Huston's managed to win 3 of the raffles.


Matt Belmont got the blowpipe


George Maddox won the Ruby lamp.

After the Saturday show, the Blenko Company throws us a reception at the Visitors Center. One of the big highlights of that party is that they raffle off opportunities to buy vases that were made by retired workers the day before.  

Aimee Bolt


Wayne Bolt

Leslie Kenworthy & Bill Blenko


John Homburg


Tim Alonzo

Karin Alonzo & Bill Blenko


Rick Huston & Bill Blenko


John Kosla & Bill Blenko


Erin Tennant & Bill Blenko

Of course, no convention would be complete without lots of food and fun!



Amiee Bolt & Wayne Bolt


Rod Allen & Pam Howard


Lillian and John Pollman


Deborah Allen


Terry Gartman & Bob Porath

Kellie Aikman


Brent Aikman


Barry DiLibero & John Nickerson

Erin Tennant


Leslie Kenworthy & McKenzie

As a little extra fun, we had the Flighthouse balloon there for little tether rides. Thanks to all of the people that got up early to get a ride to see over Milton.

Cara Camp, Danielle Nichelson, and Ren Shirer


John Kosla & Christian Kenworthy


Bill Kelly


Walter & Joy Blenko


Kellie Aikman & Randy Rider



Dave Tennant


Teri & Barry DiLibero



Raymond & Wanda Lewis


Pam Howard & Leslie Kenworthy

Terry Gartman & Delores Hogan


Bob Porath

  The convention was a great success and was attended by more people this year than ever! If your photo isn't here I apologize in advance. Look for more photos in the next addition of the Blowpipe.

Thanks to everyone for attending the 5th year of the Blenko Collectors Society Convention!





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