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GREATEST OF  EVENTS--THE NATIONAL CONVENTION, HELD NEXT YEAR IN SPRINGFIELD, MO--our 25th Anniversary convention.   

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEGINS WITH UPCOMING MEETS AND FINALLY, A SCRAPBOOK REVIEW OF THIS PAST  REGIONAL EVENTS.   UPCOMING REGIONAL EVENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED HERE.

ONE SHOULD BE WITHIN DRIVING DISTANCE OF YOU!  YOU MUST BE A G&CICA MEMBER TO ATTEND EVENTS.

 Detailed articles appear in The Pan Handler, the newsletter of the Griswold and Cast Iron Cookware Association that is free  

with membership.  To receive a sample copy of The Pan Handler and a membership form, contact: 

EDITOR, G&CICA, 17424 JORDAN DRIVE,  SAEGERTOWN, PA 16433 with your request or email her at 

dmosier@griswoldcookware.com or dmosier1@zoominternet.net.  The 2017  membership drive is under way, so anyone 

joining now will have his or her  membership run through all of 2017 and   be listed in the new directory, a great resource 

for contacts.  It also makes you eligible to attend any/all regional and national events.

                                   

 REGIONAL MEETS -- I hope you will be able to attend at least one:

PLAN TO ATTEND AS MANY AS YOUR SCHEDULE PERMITS.

NOTIFY THE HOSTS IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND ANY SO THEY CAN PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

BRING LOTS OF IRON TO SHOW OR SELL AND DEEP POCKETS TO BUY.   BRING A REGIONAL "GOODIE"

TO BE PUT INTO THE  BASKET FROM YOUR REGION AT THE NATIONAL CONVENTION.

                       

Pictures available at http://gcica.org/ under conventions & chapter photos

 

Four  2016 regional chapter meets are coming up.  One in Warren, PA. and another in Winthrop, WA, one in Orange Beach, AL and one in Williamsburg, MO--details follow but more to be found at http://gcica.org under conventions and chapters.

 

July 22-23, 2016--Chiodos Restaurant in Warren, PA--contact hosts Dave & Nancy Lange for details.

September 9-10, 2016--Antlers Restaurant & Pub in Glover Twisp, WA (near Winthrop)--contact hosts Don & LaBurta Noren for details.

 

September 23-24, 2016--Bellaluna Condominum, Orange Beach, AL--contact hosts Malinda Fontenot & Clayton Mitchell for details.

 

October 7-8, 2016--Pan Head Billy's, Kingdom City, MO--contact host Russ & Marlene Howser for details.

 The 2016 Convention is Completed

See (after this article) announcement about the 2017 Convention in MO

              --Orono, ME  hosts were Jeff & Diane Nicholas--

April 27-May 1, 2016.

 

 BLACK BEAR INN & CONFERENCE CENTER

 GCICA  Convention pictures are available at http://gcica.org, under conventions

 

Springfield, MO--destination for the 2017 Convention

GRISWOLD & CAST IRON COOKWARE ASSOCIATION

25th ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION

SPRINGFIELD , MISSOURI

MAY 4 – MAY 7, 2017

The convention ( Ramada Plaza ) hotel is conveniently located .5 miles south of I-44 on N. Glenstone Avenue in Springfield . This location allows easy access to shopping, antique malls, and other attractions. The Springfield Airport (SGF) is located approximately 11.0 miles northwest of the hotel. Also Branson , Mo , has an airport (BKG) which is approximately 45.0 miles south of Springfield . For more information, go to their respective websites.

                                

        

 

Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Convention Center

2546 North Glenstone Ave , Springfield , MO 65803

1-417-866-5253 or 1-888-532-4338

Room rate is $91.00 (double deluxe, deluxe king or Courtyard King) +  tax, approximately 13.0 %. Rate will be honored for three days before and after the base convention period. Rate includes a hot breakfast buffet each morning of guest stay and one complimentary beverage coupon per reservation. Reservations may be made now and until April 5, 2017.  When making reservations, please ask for the “G&CICA Group Block”.

 

The hotel does have elevators and easy access to the convention meeting rooms all of which on the ground floor. If you have a special need, please mention such when making your reservation.

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The hotel has ample rooms and convention meeting space, complimentary internet access, on site restaurant, bar, fitness center, heated indoor & outdoor pools and more. For more information, check out the hotel’s website.

        

The Convention hotel is not pet friendly. The two closest pet friendly hotels are the Best Western, 417-862-6701 and DoubleTree, 417-831-3131. Both are across the street from the convention hotel. For additional pet friendly hotels, go to www.bringfido.com/lodging/city/springfield_mo_us/               

                   

Come early and stay after the convention to visit the many Springfield/Branson and neighboring towns as they offer many attractions (Fantastic Caverns, National Sporting Arms Museum , many antique malls/shops, Branson, Silver Dollar City and many, many more). Check out “ Springfield Mo things to do” and “Branson attractions” on line for additional information. Springfield , Branson and places in between have a lot to offer visitors. Plan your time accordingly.

       

The 25th annual convention activities are being planned. More specific information and the registration and auction forms will be included in next Panhandler. Some activities being planned are:

-        A Thursday night event – 25th Anniversary of the G & CICA. More

information in next Panhandler.

-        Show and Tell. Bring several of your more interesting pieces to share with others. A very popular event.

-        Seminars, table topic displays, auction, swap meet.

-        Hospitality Room for Friday and Saturday evening.

-        Saturday evening banquet.

-        For those conducting room sales, remember, no sales during scheduled convention events.

 

In order to make this very special event successful, volunteers are needed at the convention including Table Topic and Seminar presenters. If you are willing to offer your time and talents, please contact Russ or Randy.

Randy Young              Hosts                 Russ Howser

417-766-4618                                        573-268-5359

     randy@mchsi.com          email      sonoflegend@netscape.net

 

 

 

  SCRAPBOOK--MEETS YOU 

MISSED OR ONES TO 

REMEMBER!

 

Looking back, 2014 NE chapter meet in Sacketts Harbor, NY

  so much to learn about our hobby

Collinsville, IL 2014 chapter meet Heartland

 

Visitors and chapter members join in the fun.

Raleigh, NC 2014 regional meet for Dixie chapter

  abundance of iron to explore

Tacoma, WA meet held for West Coast chapter members and visitors:

Sharon Cronin (right)  ERIC & KARIN BOGUSCH--EJ moderates the forum

  The largest meet was in the W.C. Tacoma meet.  75 attended this chapter session.

 

 

Northeast Chapter Meet in Palmyra , ME

August 9-10, 2013

 

               Jeff & Diane Nicholas were the gracious hosts of the Northeast Chapter Meet.  It takes a lot to host a meet, but they were up to the task.  Many pitched in to help.

               Audrey Belden, one of the twenty-two guests said, "We didn't let the rain dampen our spirits.  We had a very nice meet and greet last night."

 

               Suzanne Schwarting (new secretary-treasurer), Gail Parthree (new vice president) and Butch Parthree (director to national Board) chat it up during meet and greet. John Belden is the new president of the NE but since he took all these photos, we don't have his picture.

 

 

               Can you say "lob-stah?"  Friday night's dinner  featured all VERY fresh local foods to include steamed lobster, roasted corn on the cob and new red potatoes. “The veggies were picked Friday morning and the lobsters were in the ocean until 6 A.M.” The meal was sumptuous, reports Suzanne Schwarting.  A whole lot of hard work went on in the kitchen to prepare this Maine specialty for all the assembled, like the cheddar biscuits.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

               And the next morning, Diane and family prepared sausage gravy and biscuits, but for the weight conscious, there were muffins and other good things for breakfast.  There's no lack of hospitality at the Nicholas home.

 

Iron is displayed many places in the home.

 

               New member Scott Nadeau brought many of his Maine foundry iron for show and tell.

 

     

 

               An unusual double bail handled scotch bowl is displayed.  Below is an urn next to the wood patterns.

 

 

               A huge cast iron urn that went on a fireplace from the Portland Maine Stove Foundry AND the four wooden patterns used to make the piece! Included in the pieces that Scott Nadeau brought was a 2-quart Portland pot that matched the wooden pattern we had borrowed from Bryant's Stove Works. Scott had to be the luckiest member at the meeting. On his way to the Saturday session from his camp (and very close to the host’s home) he stopped at a yard sale and found a Portland Stove Foundry scotch bowl.

 

               Delicious chile, slaw, and corn bread were served for lunch.  Jeff and Diane made sure we did not lack anything, food was fabulous, the camaraderie was heartwarming and the cast iron Magnificent.

 

               Thank you, John Belden, for these and many more pictures.  I'll post all of these on the web site soon, along with photos being sent by a couple more members.

Go to http://gcica.org/ and Conventions & Chapters to see new postings.

 

               The next meet will be held August 8 and 9, 2014 at the Sackets Harbor home of the Schwartings in NY.

LOOKING BACK:  

The 2014 Winchester, VA convention  Museum of the Shennadoah Valley, featuring Patsy Cline, Winchester's native daughter,  was the special kickoff for convention.   A guided tour of the grounds and luncheon followed the tour.

 

  members bring in their oddities for show and tell

Porcelain coated heart star muffin                                                                                    Popsicle maker among the 150 items shown Chairman Dieter sets up at swap meet.

Both Audrey and John Belden set up for table topics, among 8 others who did demonstrations.

   

Both the cast iron auction AND the awards banquet are highlights of the convention.  (l to right) Brad, Lydia, Cal,  Karen & Rita

 

 

The 2013 Columbus, OH convention

Griswold Hammered Iron

 

               Cal and Ann Smith brought their complete line of Griswold hammered iron.   Call pointed out the variety from skillets, to hinged sets, to waffle irons, griddles, and muffin pans. 

 

distinctive waffle irons in two finishes,   iron and chrome

 

               People attending the seminar were impressed with the extensive, good looking items in the total Griswold hammered finish.

 

 

 

Catalogues Aid Research

 

               When you research catalogues, you find some very interesting facts.   A good collector has many catalogues in their possession to check out their own questions.

               Perry Rapier brought in many catalogues, some original and a lot of reprints that people can obtain.

 

 

               The best part of any of the seminars and other convention events is members have the chance to talk to the experts, examine the items being discussed, and learn first hand by seeing the product.   It's one thing to read about something, but it's so much more insightful to actually see the items in person.

 

Perry and Pat discuss some of the catalogues.

T A B L E   T O P I C S

 

               The ever popular table topics allows patrons to interact directly with the presenter on a personal basis while examining the particular items shown. 

               Some presenters need to be credited with the effort it takes to bring in huge amounts of cookware to properly present their topic.  Those would definitely include Tom Oen, Sonny McCarter, Scott McCarter, and Art Chatfield who carted in and set up big displays, giving us much to absorb.

 

                

Tom Oen--Wapak Hollow Ware                                                 Sonny McCarder--Griswold number eight skillets

 

 

      

Scott McCarter--variety in Griswold handled griddles                                             Art & Terri Chatfield--wood handled skillets

 

 

         

Grady Britt--Cast iron advertising ash trays    C. Perry Rapier--Griswold stove    Nancy & Dave Lange--Griswold salesman's                                                                                                                                                               samples

   

                                                                     

Bev & Tom Moran-- catalogs, flyers, brochures, stove companies;    Cleone Leach shows Fargo , ND site for 2015 convention

 

and coming up 2014, see Dieter's below:

 

                    

 

Lee and Rita Dieter are getting ready for  convention in Winchester , VA May 8-11, 2014.  

 

THE  CLUB  AUCTION

 

               One of the more popular events that members look forward to attending is the club auction.   This year 199 items went under the gavel.  Once again we were honored to have Mike Hobbs as auctioneer.   Mike's an established auctioneer in his own state and has a wide following nationwide.     His work is appreciated by GCICA.  You can contact Mike at mikehobbsauctions@yahoo.com if you want to arrange your own auction.

               Another mention needs to be made about the hard working members who set up the auction, arrange the pieces, guard the minis, examine all entries for undisclosed flaws, and prepare them for the preview by members.    Behind the scene are accountants who prepare the accounting, record the results, tally the bills for the customers, and keep tabs on all the sales.     The three rumners had their work cut out for themselves this year, running 199 items for a last look--special thanks to Grady Britt, Sonny and Scott McCarter--you had a big workout.

               The auction results were posted a week after convention at our club's web site, http://gcica.org/.  You can get all the results there.   Here are just a sampling of the outcome:  Wagner Ware--sausage dog maker $170; bundt pan style A $250; baking cake pans $160 & $200; skillet oven  $300; warmup pan w/lid alum. $140.   Griswold--#3 slant EPU smooth bottom skillet $325; hotel skillet lid  $925; rabbit extender $750; #13 D.O. trivet $900; #2 Rau Brothers skillet $425; #4 low dome nickeled skillet lid $725.  Lodge acorn muffin $240; Favorite Piquaware #14 skillet $180; Dolly stove black iron $1700.  Harker egg baker $180; Mrs. Wagner's pie stand w/4 swivel racks $250;  Wapak #10 Indian skillet  $160.

 

      

Donna Tschirky, recorder;  Mike Hobbs, auctioneer                             A couple high powered auction items

 

               

Grady Britt (left photo) and Sonny McCarter (right photo) and Scott McCarter (no photo) were the hard working runners!

 

THE  AWARDS  BANQUET

 

Following a social hour, the convention banquet was underway.   Salad and rolls were followed with a tasteful menu of baked chicken or steak.   Dessert was cheesecake, served with coffee, tea, or other beverage.

 

       Perry Rapier was the first to be acknowled

 

Before that, the 2012 convention in WA:

And the pre-convention Events were Fabulous, too!

 

              

left--a peek at a portion of the King's display; right--back yard bbq at the Noren's home;

below left--tobacco cutters aplenty at the O'Neils and to the right-- trivets galore

 

 

    

LaBurta gets into the fresh clams; memebers go through the buffet line; others gaze in awe at the huge display of iron at The O'Neil barn and bottom right, at their home--Madaline & Bill Lapp, Marg O'Neil, Craig Froemming.

 

        

 

 

  Back yard BBQ at member's home

          Show & Tell session to see, touch, examine the odd and usual items, like the transpeed items being discussed by Joel (left) and Dave....always a lot to ponder.

 

        

Seminar with Jack (above) and Tom (below).   Auction set up before the member's preview.

   member's home display

  

Swap meet--always a popular event with the members to get those items they need for their collections.

 

  Auction--usually about 150 pieces go under the gavel at the popular auction.

  

Many table topics to explore a concentration on one thing, like polished aluminum coffee-teapots or irons from many centuries.

 

  SCRAPBOOK--REGIONAL MEETS YOU MISSED OR ONES TO 

REMEMBER:

 

FEBRUARY,  2007

The West Coast region met in Portland, OR 

 

Whether it’s show and tell with all the goodies are discussed by John Toomb………

 John, we miss you!

 

….or buying and selling at the swap meet……

  

 

  

…..and all the luncheons in between, that West Coast bunch always has fun. Meeting in Portland, Oregon, hosted by the Tatro’s, they they elected John Toomb to replace Fred McGavran as director-elect for the region. {WC Pictures courtesy of Kathy Tatro}.

Did you miss this one?  APRIL,2007--the Dixie chapter will 

meet for a good time in the FL panhandle on a horse ranch.

HOSTED BY MILTON & STEPHANIE O'DELL

 AT THEIR HOME IN COTTONDALE, FLORIDA

FRIDAY AFTERNOON SOCIAL MEETING!

A NICE TIME TO RELAX WITH OLD FRIENDS AND

TO MEET AND MAKE NEW ONES!! 

THE FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING, TOO!!

 

    

 

 

SITTING ON THE PORCH AND GETTING ACQUAINTED             

 

                                                                                       

  FULL VIEW OF THE PORCH

   POTS of MILT'S WORLD-FAMOUS CHILE

 

  

  DIXIE  President, Sec/Treas, Director

  Milt O'Dell, Joe Noto, & Bill Champion

SATURDAY'S SHOW & TELL AND SWAP MEET!

     

ATLANTIC BREAD PANS SHOWN BY JOE NOTO.  MADE BY THE PORTLAND (ME) STOVE & FOUNDRY CO.  THREE DIFFERENT

JUNE, 2007, HEARTLAND CHAPTER GATHERED

PARK HILLS,  MO

Hosts were Nancy & Lou Wright.  Fun for all at the Friday night social dinner, 

the Saturday meeting of show-tell, business meet, luncheon, &  finished with 

a big swap meet.

 

 

 

George Delp

Whether you ride in, walk in, or fly in, you’re welcome at our regional meets. These photos are from "cow town" , Ft. Worth, TX where George and Josh Delp enjoyed convention and other activities in the area. (To see these and other photos, go to http://gcica.org under CONVENTION photos—they are so much nicer to view in color. You owe it to yourself to see.)

  Josh Delp

 

 

MEMORY PICTURES FROM THE SUMMER AND FALL MEETS 2007:  FOR FULL COVERAGE, VISIT http://gcica.org and look under the third topic which is conventions and chapters, under the subtopic of photos. 

WEST COAST REGIONAL    

During the short business meeting at the West Coast gathering in Redmond, WA a slate of officers was decided: President, Jeff Tatro; Vice President, Larry O’Neil; and Tony Tshirky Secretary-Treasuer

Their next meet will be in Portland, OR in the spring. But, first, the fun they had in Redmond. They gathered at the home of their hosts, John & Ginny Toomb for some preliminary festivities and to check out his nicely displayed collection.

 

While some looked at nice cast iron cookware, others caught up on the latest happenings.

The swap meet is an opportunity for any/all to pick up some additions to their collection.

         

Northeast Region Met in Milford, CT--hosted by Karen & Dave Griswold

Ethel Leed, vice president arrives at Griswold home.    Bread slicer.              John Knapp & Roy Meadows          Brad Schwarting Meadows                                                                

Em Hunter passes baton to Dianne Nicholas, sec.treas. now.

                     

Pharmacy grinder Jeff Schiff         Spoors teakettles by Joel Schiff

                             

Susan  Conron, Dave                      Karen Griswold  prepares dinner for all

Griswold & son, one of 

dozen+ set up at SWAP

 

Heartland Chapter meet in Jones, OK, 

hosted by Bev & Tom Moran

   the troops starts to gather!

       

Always so much to see, hear about, learn, and even buy at these regional meets--with the added bonus of friendship in gathering.

 

 

 

HISTORY IN THE MAKING--NATIONAL GOES TO REGIONAL MEET FOR DEDICATION OF THE G&CICA'S KITCHEN PROJECT  

 

Northeast Region, September 16 & 17:

From the dedication of the restored kitchen in the Watson-Curtze Mansion in Erie, PA in the memory of charter member and historian George T. Griswold

President of the National Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association, Louis Wright presents flowers to Dorothy Griswold, widow of George at the dedication Friday, September 16, 2005.  

Dr. Joseph Noto recalls some wonderful stories about the late George T. Griswold, whom he got to know pretty well several years ago.

Open house tours of the Lange's of Erie, the Clapper's of McKean and the Mosier's of Saegertown, PA displayed great collections of vintage cookware for all 60 regional members to see first hand.  

The next day brought registration of 61 people:

Regional Secretary, Em Hunter and hostess, Nancy Lange sign up the troops!

Many impressive pieces were brought in by members like this harp waffle grid---how special!

The membership has important things to discuss and decide before the next meet which will be in CT, followed by one in south central PA. Visitors like VIP of the national, Gary Taylor were there, as well as WC President and wife, John and Ginny Toomb attended, and the national president, Lou Wright and Nancy Wright traveled umpteen miles to be with us.    NE members represented the states of CT, ME, NY, PA, OH, and VA.....61 in all.  Nice turnout.

New member, Nick, sets up for his first of many G&CICA Swap Meets!

done  2008--Portland, ME  G&CICA Convention (Diane & Jeff Nicholas)

done  2009--St. Louis, MO G&CICA Convention (Lou & Nancy Wright and 

                                                                              Heartland Chapter)\

done  2010--Oklahoma City, OK (hosts, the Morans)

done  2011--Erie, PA (hosts, the Langes)

done  2012--Tacoma, WA (hosts, the O'Neils, Kings, and Norens)

done 2013--Columbus, OH April 25-28, 2013 (host, Perry Rapier and NE chapter)

done 2014--Winchester, VA May 8-11, 2014.

Coming 2016--ORONO, MAINE, April 27-May 1, 2016

What the distant future approves: Springfield, MO 2016; Somewhere in LA 2018

If you still have questions, contact me and I'll put you in touch with the right contact people or get you started or tell you what you need to do to participate.  Doris Mosier 814-763-4819  or dmosier@griswoldcookware.com 

The Pan Handler, the G&CICA official publication for our association, will always keep you updated on pertinent information about any/all events.  If you are not a member of Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association and wish to see a recent edition of our newsletter or an application to join, contact me.  Doris Mosier, Publications,  G&CICA, 17424 Jordan Drive,  Saegertown, PA 16433 or email request to me at dmosier@griswoldcookware.com .   

   

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