NAWCC Chapter 148


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Chapter 148

Al Comen, President
Phone: 203-378-4323

Cheryl A. Comen, Treasurer
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Mary Jane Dapkus, Secretary


The July Meeting is canceled!

The July 18th, 2020 meeting is canceled due to our continued concerns
over the coronavirus and large group meetings.

Chapter 148 meets on the 3rd Saturday of odd months.
January, March, May, July, September and November

We meet at:

Edmond Town Hall
45 Main Street,
Newtown, CT, 06470
8:30 AM.

Click here for directions.

Table holders may set up at 8:00 AM. 

Please do not come before 8:30 if you do not have a table. 

You must be member of NAWCC (or guest) to attend.

The usual refreshments of pastries, bagels, fresh fruit
and beverages will be served.


November Newsletter

Membership Letter

Annual Membership Form


Meetings Past

Chapter 148 Highlights for Meeting Held on November 16, 2019
By Mary Jane Dapkus

            Chapter 148 (CT) met on the chilly Saturday morning of November 16, 2019. Over one hundred members and guests shared the warmth of the old Edmund Town Hall gymnasium. We were pleased to meet and welcome a number of new members. Mart tables very nearly sold out. (See accompanying photo and click it to enlarge.)

November 2019a

            A valuable benefit of belonging to our chapter is the opportunity to draw upon the abundant and diverse skills of its members. This was very much in evidence at our November meeting, where members exchanged information on a number of interesting research and restoration projects. For example, one member scouring the mart tables in search of a needed size clock glass found several good options for obtaining it. Another member just happened to own a copy of an obscure music box collecting journal that contained an article that greatly helped another member. It revealed not only the model name, but also the date of manufacture, of a lovely and unusual early Whistler clock.Yet another member recalled an excellent, but now deceased, tablet artist by the name of Miriam Schmeltzer (sp?). Still another patiently explained the uses and benefits of sapele as a modern substitute for mahogany in period case restoration veneering. Other members discussed distinguishing characteristics of pillar & scroll cases made by various firms. An unusual ca. 1900 American mantle clock with pressed oak machine carving went home with a new owner; none of the experienced collectors present had ever seen one like it before.              

            As is our custom, the November meeting featured the door prize raffle of ten sumptuous holiday fruit and wine baskets. Ten lucky winners were there to accept them.

            This being our holiday event, we would like to thank the many dedicated volunteers who made our meetings possible over the past year: John Battistini, who took the photo accompanying this report; Don and Carol Montoray, who printed our meeting announcement materials; David Ewbank, who provided refreshments and speakers; the intrepid individuals who set up and broke down our mart tables; and our past year's speakers for lending their time and talents. Many thanks are also due to our friendly table holders, who have often braved imperfect weather to bring us their best. Last (but far from least), special thanks are due to our chapter officers, Al and Cheryl Comen, for their superb organizational skills, for making sure we had needed supplies and provisions; for their gracious and welcoming natures; and for all the good hot coffee they made over the past year. 

            Happy Holidays!!!

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