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Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Prepare for St Patty Day - Green Glass



Isn't


everyone IRISH


for the month of March?  Blenko Annual Warehouse sale begins later this week -  perhaps you will find your special green glass during this sale!   


If you haven't bought your GREEN GLASS for March, The Time Is Now! Blenko Glass in Milton, WV has Green Glass! When you purchase glass in lieu of plastic or paper you are buying a family treasure. What special things happen in your life on St Patrick's Day?


This Green Top Hat is the center of my St Patrick's Day Theme. I fill it with hard candy, or flowers, or fruit during the month of March.
Start your own St. Patrick's Day tradition.


Below you will find info from Steve the webmaster about St Patricks' Day available on the web.
Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá ’le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig), colloquially St. Paddy's Day or Paddy's Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa 385–461 AD), one of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on March 17.

The day is the national holiday of Ireland. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Montserrat. In Canada, Great Britain, Australia, the United States and New Zealand, it is widely celebrated but is not an official holiday.

It became a feast day in the Roman Catholic Church due to the influence of the Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding in the early part of the 17th century, and is a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland. The feast day usually falls during Lent; if it falls on a Friday of Lent (unless it is Good Friday), the obligation to abstain from eating meat can be lifted by the local bishop. The date of the feast is occasionally, yet controversially, moved by church authorities when March 17 falls during Holy Week; this happened in 1940 when Saint Patrick's Day was observed on April 3 in order to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and happened again in 2008, having been observed on 15 March.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hilly
My Mom and Aunt have shamrock ashtrays they bring out with the green glass each year in March.
Note- You will fit in perfectly with my family.
Sol

Anonymous said...

Sol,
We were great bridge players when we lived and worked in Huntington.
We also have the Blenko club ashtrays (4), several of the hearts my grandaughter took years ago. It would appear I would also fit perfectly into your family.
Margie Hale

Dr.BOB said...

We use green glass, but prefer the old Viking green, Morgantown and Fostoria green to the Blenko greens.
For Paddys Day very little Blenko is out.

chitrakahn said...

Where did you buy this green top hat?
What was the cost?
Delightful! Youthful idea. I would do this!

lewisphddvm said...

In March of 08 I purchased my green glass, for the clinic and my home.
The clinic is appropriately decorated, my home is lacking the feminine touch. Glass is in the hall closet, perhaps in 2010.
Webmaster Steve you know more about Patty's Day than me own Dad who is Irish.

Anonymous said...

CHITRA BLENKO MADE THE TOP HAT IN THE 80s AND MOST EVERY YEAR SINCE THEN, THE GREEN SHOWN LOOKS LIKE A NEWER COLOR TO ME, SO GLASSLADY WILL HAVE TO RESPOND ABOUT THIS ONE
CURRENT COST IS 50 -80 DOLLARS AT THE VC AND LESS IN OTHER FLEA MARKET TYPE STORES. BOUGHT MINE IN 87 FOR 22$ AT A MAJOR DEPT STORE TO USE AS A FISH CONTAINER. IT MAYBE TALLER THAN THE ONE SHOWN_ DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THEY COME IN 2 SIZES?
MOUNTAIN RITA
PS SOL, I ALSO PUT OUT GREEN GLASS BUT I WILL DEClINE ANY PROPOSAL.

Anonymous said...

The cost of these hats are usually more than $50 to $80. You have to remember that mosts items in the VC are seconds. Not to say that is a bad thing. Occasionally they have some firsts. The Blenko catalog lists them for about $130 (for both the cowboy hat and the top hat). I have seen some variance in size but I think they currently only make one size and the catalog only list one color (crystal). In the secondary market, the cost varies widely. I have seen them go from $25 to $300 depending on color and condition. We have a ruby red cowboy hat and a special made WV State Trooper hat in cobalt.

Hillary J Homburg said...

Chitra Kahn
The Green Hat in the photo cost about $100 a couple years ago. Blenko continues to make the top hats and they can be found in the Blenko Glass gift shop.
When you buy Blenko you are buying a pice of West Virginia and a life time treasure!

sweetdoc said...

Mountain Rita
Where are you shopping? I need the address of this shop.
My top hats were expensive paid $200 for the first one tall with gold band, and over $150 for the other two all 2nd hand.
At the Blenko VC I have seen them on occassion for about $90 never less.
Great item. Anonymous can you send photo of ruby top hat and blue cowboy hat. I love blenko ruby, while Not a fan of the cowboy hat but have a contract with the State Police and it might make a good x mas gift.

Anonymous said...

Sweetdoc
Your Ohio trooper would not appreciate a WV Hat read the entire post.
Sue M.

Dr.BOB said...

Hilary
I said Paddy's Day to make you aware you did in the post
its Patty's Day.
Subliminal note to self, Hilary does not read comments.

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Anonymous said...

I have several wonderful pieces of ruby to sell. I have been collecting for a long time, especially ruby, but time to let some go. Having issues with space and room to put pieces. I would like to sell these ruby pieces, most are older pieces

Anonymous said...

About ruby top hat...where to send information? The Blenko person that runs this site claims they don't know you. I have asked in an email and Hillary said she didn't know you.

Anonymous said...

I liked this informative post - is it repeated? I ask as the comment appear to be ancient why not cut and paste and pretend its new?

Very informative I'll use this info in my class.
Thank you
Donna Winkler
ps Hilary thank you for packages of glass info for my class. They arrived on 2/20.

Anonymous said...

Donna here again - did you change webmasters?

Anonymous said...

Please send photos to Glassdoc
I'm interested
photograph the bottom also and
if you have other info
Louella

Anonymous said...

IM NEVER IRISH
MOUNTAIN RITA

Anonymous said...

Mountain Rita
Why not in your DC area all the bars offer free green beer on 3/17
Even you must enjoy free beer? Think of it as saving $$ so you can buy more discount Blenko.
George D.

Anonymous said...

Glassdoc
I was visiting the State Capitol last week to speak to Legislature
What a surprise to see you on my TV talking about dental stuff with a bald guy.
Go You!
George D.

Anonymous said...

I also have seen glassdoc on the educational channel but she isn't talking Blenko!

Anonymous said...

I bought a crystal top hat today in the vc gift shop
the lady said one of color would be $135 it was not available.
Jeff M.