Get ready to go to West Virginia for the first ever Blenko Glass Festival. The festival runs this Friday and Saturday, August 22 and 23, 2008 in Milton, West Virginia. Blenko Glass is one of the few surviving glass companies in West Virginia and is still a family run and family owned business. The festival is being held in conjunction with the Blenko Collectors Society convention and will feature glass blowing demos, workshops and sales of limited edition, one of a kind and vintage pieces of Blenko Glass. This is celebration you surely won’t want to miss.
Blenko Glass has been around since 1893, when William J. Blenko first started producing in Kokomo, Indiana. Ten years later, in 1893, Blenko was forced to close down due to economic conditions of the time. After several attempts at a comeback, William J. Blenko was finally successful in opening up a new plant in Milton, West Virginia. William J. Blenko produced and sold his own glass. Blenko Art Glass is still a very popular collectible today and comes in many different patterns and styles but Blenko is most famous for their Amberina and Crackle Glass.
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