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Paperweight exhibit continues at Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum

| Saturday, May 3, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

The newest addition to the Paperweight Exhibit at the Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum is a survivor of the Johnstown Flood. Try to find it in the collection. This display of a collection of paperweights continues to grow. The exhibit will be held until June 15. Suggested donation for admittance is $3. There also will be paperweights for sale in the Museum Shoppe.

• Come listen to Peter O'Rourke discuss how to cut glass and then do a little cutting of your own and take it home. The two-hour long events held at the museum will be held on May 10, Mother's Day; Oct. 25, Halloween; and Nov. 15, Thanksgiving. There will be two sessions each day, one at 11 a.m. and a second at 2 p.m., each limited to 15 members. Cost is $15 a session. Children are welcome. So are Grandma and Grandpa. To book, call the museum at 724-547-5929. Events must be prepaid. O'Rourke is a world famous master glass cutter and engraver who has been cutting the inaugural bowls for presidents for years.

• Running through November will be a speaker each month who will talk about some aspect of glass at the museum. Topics will be about, but not limited to, the three factories: Bryce Brothers, Lenox Crystal and L.E. Smith. The series will be held the third Thursday of the month at the museum. If you have a topic you would like to suggest for discussion, contact the museum. Suggested donation is $3.

— 7 p.m. May 15, Jay Hawkins will present “Bottles and Bottlemaking in the 19th Century.”

— 7 p.m. June 19, John Potts will present “Transition from Bryce Brothers to Lenox Crystal.”

— 6 p.m. July 17, Glass Holdings of the Carnegie Museum of Art; cost is $10 and reservations are required for this event; call 724-547-5929 or 724-542-4949. Rachel Delphia, The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman curator of decorative arts and design, will speak on the Carnegie Museum's collection of Midwestern glass including a pair of cut and engraved water decanters by Bakewell, Page & Bakewell of Pittsburgh probably for President James Monroe (c. 1818), and the recent major gift of glass from noted Americana dealer Peter Tillou in honor of Sen. John Heinz.

— 7 p.m. Aug. 21, John Weishar Island Moulds and the Mt. Pleasant factories.

— 7 p.m. Sept. 18, group discussion by AFGW Union locals 24 and 597 representatives.

— 7 p.m. Oct. 16, Anne Madarasz discusses Mt. Pleasant in the Heinz History Center Collections.

— 7 p.m. Nov. 20, Cassandra Vivian “Bryce Barware: From Mt. Pleasant to the World.”

• The Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum is sponsoring a Glass and Arts Carnival on the museum grounds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17. The museum is seeking glass collectors, glass manufacturers, glass clubs, antique dealers, writers, artists and other glass and art-related persons. Information tables are welcome; tables are $20 for vendors and $10 for non-selling information tables. Vendors must book and pay by May 10. Vendors may share two vendors per table. Clubs may have four people for the $20 and $5 for each additional person selling at the table. Vendors must provide their own tables, no more than 8 foot long, chairs and shade. Setup will be an hour before and cleanup after. Electricity will not be provided.

• History of Pittsburgh in 17 Objects (WQED video) Party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. June 5 at the museum. Cost is $10. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Call 724-547-5929 or 724-542 4949. Rick Sebak will launch his latest great idea on WQED at 8 p.m. June 5. Among the 17 objects Sebak has chosen to tell the history of the Pittsburgh area is a piece of glass at the Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum. There will be snacks and a big screen viewing of the new program as it is premiered on WQED. Come visit beforehand and try to guess which of our hundreds of pieces of glass Sebak has chosen. You may win a prize.

• Make a Pittsburgh Glass Center Fused Sun Catcher from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 14 at the museum. Cost is $35. Sun catchers are pieces of glass made into a design and fired in a furnace until they fuse together. You hang them in your window to catch the sun and reflect on your walls. Well, here is your chance to be creative and make your own sun catcher. You will make it. The glass center will take it home and bake it. It will be available a week later for you to pick up at the museum. All ages welcome. Reservations are required. Call 724-547-5929 or 724-542-4949.

• From now until July, you can register to travel with the museum staff to the center in Pittsburgh to make your own paperweight. More details as the time and date is set. Call the museum at 724-542-4949 to be placed on the notify list.

Volunteers are need. The museum is currently open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and would like to open Monday and Sunday. For more information, call 724-542-4949.

• Museum welcomes visits by groups who wish to see the exhibits, hear about the history of glass manufacturing in Mt. Pleasant, and learn about the work of the museum. Bookings for group visits are available for daytime visits on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (or by special arrangement). Evening visits can be booked on Thursdays. Visits at other times can be arranged if necessary. Tour No. 1 lecture and glass tour (1 hour) is $5 per person. Limited to 30 persons.

Tour No. 2 with video, lecture and glass tour (1.5 hours) is $7.50 per person. Limited to 30 persons. Call for special events and custom tours at 724-547-5929.

The Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum is located at the Mt. Pleasant Glass Center, the former Lenox Crystal plant, at 402 E. Main St. (Route 31 East), Suite 600, Mt. Pleasant.

For more information about the museum or its events, call 724-547-5929 or email

Cassandra Vivian is president of the museum's board of directors.

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