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• OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, May 20, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. All welcome. SPECIAL GUEST: World-renowned glass artist Annukka Ritalahti, who was born and raised in Finland, beginning her glass career in 1980. Her education took place in European glass centers in Berlin, Florence, and Murano. She came to the Corning Museum of Glass in New York State, where she met her husband to be, Mark Gottlieb. Mark has blown glass since 2004. His favorite technique is cane work. Together they have developed “Silver Street Glass LLC”, 105 Silver Street, North Granby, CT. Annukka has many art pieces on display in Finland and she has had art exhibitions all over Europe. She is invited to teach all over the world and in the U.S.; she still teaches periodically at Corning. Her stained glass pieces combine painting, engraving, fusing, and etching, to make intricate wall-hangings, sun catchers and lampshades. For our Open House in May Annukka will demonstrate her talent with stained glass art, using various materials and a soldering iron.

Open houses are generally held on the third Saturday of the month May through October. The 2023 schedule is: June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21. The public is invited to visit the Museum, 289 North River Road, Coventry, and view the historic Captain Turner house and the 1935 barn. Museum board members will describe the glass-manufacturing process and the importance of glass in the early Connecticut economy. The event is free; donations are accepted. We have a special table of old and unique bottles from which visitors can choose four bottles for a $3.00 donation. Some other bottles and books are also available, and your purchases help support the museum. Rain or shine. Questions may be directed to the webmaster.

• Coventry Tailgate Bottle, Glass & Stoneware Show, Saturday, October 7, 2023 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., jointly sponsored by the Museum of Connecticut Glass and the Southern Connecticut Antique Bottle & Glass Collectors Association. Rain or shine. Located at the The Museum of Connecticut Glass, 289 North River Road (at blinking light on Route 44), Coventry, Connecticut 06238. Note that this event includes an open house with tours of the historic Captain Turner house and the 1935 barn. Bottles, glass, stoneware & antiques offered for sale. Dealer spaces available; please contact Bruce at

• The Museum's annual meeting was held Saturday, January 28, 2023. Keynote speaker Tom Marshall, "More Uncovered Facts About the Pitkin Glass Works," 1:30-2:30. The public was invited to the speaker event. The Pitkin talk was recorded, and it will be set up online to view in a few weeks. The event was held at the Lodge, 172 Lake St, Coventry. Questions about the annual meeting may be directed to the Museum secretary, Andrea Palmer. Or contact the webmaster.

To see photos of previous Glass and Bottle Shows shows, choose which year to view:

2019 2018 2017 2016
2015 2014 2013 2012
2011 2010 pre-2010

Photos of previous Annual Meetings:

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
2012 2012 pre-2012


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