GREENVILLE — Creamy butter, maple syrup, fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream were just some of the toppings available at the Waffle and Tea Brunch, May 20, hosted by Friends of the Darke County Parks (Friends).
Darke County Park District Board Commissioner Tina White said the brunch “Every Woman has a Story” is the first in a fun new series. The event took place at the log house at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, in Greenville. Women dressed in period clothing and the Friends asked participants to wear fancy hats for which two awards were presented: one for the best store-bought hat (Shirley Morrow) and one for the the best handmade or home-enhanced hat (Verah Barberine). Prizes were glass Fairy Gardens, made from glass Fenton hats that were potted with plants and accessories. In addition to waffles, guests were treated to sausage and egg casserole cooked in a coal-fired dutch oven and chocolate dipped strawberries.
Featured speaker was White’s sister and Friends member Mitzi Johnson, of Greenville, who highlighted her local glassware collection that included some of her late grandmother’s personal items. According to White, Mitzi inherited her collector gene from their mother Janis Johnson and maternal grandmother Alberta Koon, both also Greenville lifelong residents.
“Alberta collected Depression – era glass ice buckets and Janis was a collector of collections,” White said. “Mitzi is a bit of both with her largest collection being of glassware.”
Mitzi displayed some antique glassware on a table and held up notable items, offering instruction about their colors, values and brand names. She displayed extensive knowledge about the glass market, coloring process and history.
“This is a lamb’s tongue basket,” Mitzi said. “It just struck me as, ‘Boy that’s great!’ I knew it was Fenton, it was pretty, so I bought it and that got me stuck on Fenton glass. A few years ago, my sisters and I decided to try and sell some of grandma’s collection.”
“We hated to break up her collection,” White said. “But there are only three display cases, and the house only holds so many generations of stuff. We wanted to find passionate people that will appreciate her buckets and let someone else enjoy them and put them into their generations.”
Mitzi went on – line and hunted for auctions and found Cambridge Collectors of America, based in Ohio. Johnson sent photographs of about 50 items to Cambridge and Cambridge personnel accepted 17 pieces.
“It was really nice to see grandma’s glass being purchased by collectors,” Mitzi said. “One bucket was green and it sold for $535 dollars! A lot of times at an auction, if something sells for a lot of money or more than what people thought it might, you get a round of applause. That bucket got a round of applause. It was so cool to hear grandma get a round of applause for her bucket,” Mitzi said as the memory brought tears to her eyes.
Two door prizes were also presented: Catherine Patterson won a blue Fenton glass basket and Margaret Hensel won a glass pink Imperial Robin mug.
The next event in the series will take place in August.
For more information, visit http://www.darkecountyparks.org/