2014 Lexington National | FOHBC Cocktail Party & Awards Banquet


2014 Lexington National | FOHBC Cocktail Party & Awards Banquet

07 August 2014


Apple-Touch-IconAThe next group of pictures represent the Cocktail Party and Awards Banquet that occurred on Friday evening at the Lexington National. A good time to chill, catch up with bottle friends and to break bread. The featured speaker was Michael Veach aka “Mr. Bourbon”. This is also when we had the judged Hat Contest and Awards Ceremony. Pretty amazing to see bottle collectors from all over the country. The show had dealers from 31 states and many were represented in this room. The top picture is Cynthia Maryo with her cool Pot Lid beret.

Read: 2014 Lexington National | FOHBC Hat Contest.

All photographs by FOHBC photographer, Scott Selenak (Los Angeles).



Left to right: Jerry Forbes (Big Sur, California), FOHBC President, Ferdinand Meyer (Houston, Texas) and banquet keynote speaker, Michael Veach aka “Mr. Bourbon” from Louisville, Kentucky.


Shaken…not stirred.

Big time digger, author and FOHBC Hall of Famer, Johnny Fletcher (center) and long-time Federation member Ed Provine (Memphis, Tennessee). Ed developed the scaled table drawings for the show.


Historical Flask collector Richard Tucker in from Laguna Hills, California.



Banquet seating promptly at 6:30 pm. Keep in mind, the Run for the Roses event started at 8:00 pm on another level of the hotel.


Special, embellished table centerpieces using a mirror, candles, potpourri, roses and Ball fruit jars. Thanks to Helen Forbes, Pam Selenak and Elizabeth Meyer for setting up.


Finding a seat and waiting for friends.


Hall of Famer, Bill and Bea Baab (Augusta, Georgia) sitting with Federation board member Jim Berry (St. Johnsville, New York) and new Federation member James Viguerie.


Major, Warner bottle collectors, Michael and Kathie Craig from Campbell, California. Their collection was featured earlier in the year in Bottles and Extras.


First up was a rather nice salad. I notice Scott didn’t take a picture of the main fare which was chicken. Probably a good idea.


Yum dessert.


Leanne Peace (Memphis, Tennessee) just being recognized as a winner of the Hat Contest.


Sue Kaiser announcing the winner of the $100 gift certificate. We had over $5,700 in cash certificates to give away over the weekend. Thanks primarily to Jeff Wichmann and his generous $5,000 donation.


Lexington National Show Co-Chair, Randee Kaiser (Holts Summit, Missouri) looking dapper in his sports coat and tie.


“I swear, I’m innocent!, I won the election fair and square”


Old and new friends.


Board members being recognized. In this case outgoing FOHBC Conventions Director, Tom Phillips from Memphis Tennessee. Tom gets much of the credit for this show. He also won the President’s Award later in the ceremony. Unfortunately he was already at the Run for the Roses event setting up.


Peggy Pichenor, representing the International Perfume Bottle Collectors Association, welcomed the FOHBC to Kentucky.


Pam Selenak (FOHBC Conventions Director, Orange California) catching up with Dar Furda (Oak Park, California) who was our Hat Contest judge.


Lexington National Co-Chair Sheldon Baugh (left seated, Russellville, Kentucky) with long-time Federation Board member Bob Ferraro (Boulder City, Nevada). Confirming name of standing gentleman.


Keynote speaker Michael Veach, aka “Mr. Bourbon” gives a nice talk on the rich history of Kentucky Bourbon.


Left: Mike Bryant (San Diego Bottle Club) and Dave and Cynthia Maryo (Los Angeles Bottle Club)


Everyone seemed quite attentive.



Gary Beatty (North Port, Florida) winning First Place, Best Fictional Story, “Case of the Missing Case”.


Phyllis Koch (Akron, Ohio) winning Second Place, Best Research Story, “Smelling Salts“.


Winning Third Place in the 2014 Newsletter contest was Joe Coulson (Greenwood, Indiana) with the Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club


Winning Third Place (tie) in the 2014 Newsletter Contest was Joanne Begert, Editor, “International Perfume Bottle Association-Young Collectors”


Winning three award during the evening, Steven Libbey (Delafield, Wisconsin) from the Wisconsin Antique Advertising Club. Awards included Second Place, 2014 Show Flyer/Poster Contest, Third Place, Best True Story, “WA & AC First Privy Dig 4/5/2014” Published in the “Badger Collector’s Journal” and First Place, 2014 Best Website, wisantique.com


Long-time FOHBC supporter, Adam Koch (Akron, Ohio) winning Third Place, 2014 Show Flyer/Poster Contest.


Tom Phillips (Outgoing FOHBC Conventions Director, Memphis, Tennessee) collects his FOHBC Presidents Award plaque at the Run for the Roses event.

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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