Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Night Before Thanksgiving Day

Photo of Micheal Crump - BLenko Collector doing a mural painting in my parents side yard and garage 11/20/. Blenko Collectors - Join! They are a very talented group. Engineers, Doctors, Pathologist, Secretaries, Lawyers, Artist....whatever your profession collecting Blenko can add a new dimension to your life.

In our home - the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day is spent at the gym, then baking ginger bread 'bears', pumpkin pie, 'washing lots of BLENKO tableware', setting the table in preparation of a family dinner. We try to as a family slow down this night, peacefully thinking and giving thanks for the year and our life together.

This year has been a wonderful year for me personally and for BLENKO GLASS. Tomorrow - The Holiday allows that we should take the time to be thankful for the tremendous people in our lives, the wonderful opportunities. Our health, our ability to work, for meaningful work and relationships.

I'm going to leave you 3 great quotes on the subject of giving and being thankful.


At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.-- Albert Schweitzer
Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.-- Oprah Winfrey
Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.-- Author Unknown

some Turkey Day Info:

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a traditional North American holiday to give thanks at the conclusion of the harvest season. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada.

Top 5 Family Thanksgiving Traditions
From Kimberly Powell,

Traditions are a big part of the Thanksgiving holiday, and every American family has their own way of celebrating. From stuffing the turkey to taking in a football game, here are the five most popular.
1. Turkey and TrimmingsFrom the first Thanksgiving to today's turkey burgers, turkeys are an American tradition dating back centuries. According to the National Turkey Federation, 95 percent of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving. Regional twists offer variations on the traditional roasted bird, including coffee rubbed turkey from Hawaii, salt encrusted turkey from New England, and deep fried turkey from the South.

2. Time Out for the PigskinThroughout the United States, football on Thanksgiving Day is as big a part of the celebration as turkey and pumpkin pie. Dating back to the first intercollegiate football championship held on Thanksgiving Day in 1876, traditional holiday football rivalries have become so popular that a reporter once called Thanksgiving "a holiday granted by the State and the Nation to see a game of football."

3. Parading AroundThe first American Thanksgiving Day parade was held in 1920, organized by Gimbel's Department Store in Philadelphia, not Macy's as most people believe. The NYC Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade tradition actually began in 1924, and has grown into an annual event of balloons, bands, and floats, enjoyed by more than 46 million people each year in person and on TV.

4. Making a WishDoes your family fight over the wishbone from the Thanksgiving turkey? Known as a "lucky break" the tradition of tugging on either end of a fowl's bone to win the larger piece and its accompanying "wish" dates back to the Etruscans of 322 B.C. The Romans brought the tradition with them when they conquered England and the English colonists carried the tradition on to America.

5. Giving ThanksLast, but certainly not least, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for the people and blessings of the past year. From pre-meal prayers to providing holiday meals to the homeless, the holiday is truly a celebration of praise and thanksgiving.

Suggested Reading
All About ThanksgivingA Feast of Thanksgiving Family FunThanksgiving History


Ram said...

wow Micheal you are so talented may be you should start painting Blenko Glass too

We all take this thanksgiving weekend as an oppurtunity to thank you Hillary and all Blenko staff for their good work done for Blenko

keep the good work going


sweetdoc said...

I am this moment writing to the blenko project
I must have the address and contact info for this young man.
This work is excellent.

Dr.BOB said...

Honest this is your garage?
Looks like a small play house.