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Three vintage glass events taking place in Dearborn |

Three vintage glass events taking place in Dearborn

Everything will be sprouting up colorful for Michigan Depression Glass Society this fall, with three glass events taking place in Dearborn, including its nationally known depression glass show and sale Nov. 4 and 5 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center.

The club’s President, Jonathan Fuhrman, first will give a free presentation Oct. 19 at Dearborn Brewing. Fuhrman will give a 20-minute talk titled “Modern Brews Vintage Glass Barware” at 6:30 p.m. at the popular brewery, 21930 Michigan Ave. He will be on hand from 6 to 7:30 p.m. displaying some of his collection of American-made glassware from the 1920s to ‘60s, including cocktail shakers, decanters, ice buckets, stemware and of course, beer mugs.

“This is a great opportunity for people to see a wide variety of vintage glass barware and consider owning pieces like this for home entertaining,” Fuhrman said. “My personal collection of Depression-era glassware includes hundreds of pieces that I enjoy and use regularly. Much of it I found and purchased at the MDGS show and sale.”

Those curious about Depression-era glassware, but who don’t understand what all of the excitement is about, can learn more from MDGS member Jennifer Czerwick Ganem. She will lead a Dearborn Adult Community Education enrichment course on “The Colorful World of Depression Era Glassware: Collecting, Identifying, Valuing and More” on Oct. 26. The session is priced at $25 and runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Berry Center, located on Ann Arbor Trail at Outer Drive.

Ganem will display kitchenware, Pyrex, elegant dinnerware, serving pieces, decorative glass and more as she teaches attendees how to talk glass, find values, care for vintage glass and discover where to buy and sell. Those interested in registering may call 313-827-1959 to sign up.

The grand finale of glass events will be the MDGS Show Sale, featuring more than 20 glass dealers from across the country and a magnificent glass display themed “Flowers in the Garden” presented by the club’s members.”

“There are dozens of beautiful glass patterns featuring floral patterns,” Fuhrman said, “and we’re going to assemble a display that will be entrancing gardeners, as well as glass enthusiasts.”

Dealers will have a variety of glass for sale, from makers including Fostoria, Heisey, Fenton, Cambridge, Anchor Hocking, Hazel Atlas, Imperial, Westmoreland and more. The show is an ideal place to find vintage barware, kitchen glass, elegant glass, dinnerware and glass for home decorating.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 5. A $5 donation is collected and parking is free. Food services will be available each day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center is located at 15801 Michigan Ave. Strollers are not permitted due to safety reasons.

The MDGS is a not for profit organization that meets in Livonia and is dedicated to the preservation and education of American-made glassware from the early 1900s up until 1970. Learn more at and follow the group at

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