ABA 2024  Convention  -  Pittsburgh, PA

A Bell Family Reunion

Sunday, June 23, 2024 — Friday, June 28, 2024

Doubletree by Hilton 

Embassy Suites
300 Court Street
Charleston WV 25301


Room Rates include free breakfast and Manager’s Evening Reception

  • $135 (Single/Double)
  • $145 (Triple)           
  • $155 (Quad)
  • Same group rate 3 days pre/post convention depending on availability.
  • All Charleston Embassy Suites hotel rooms are 468 sq. ft. two-room one-bedroom suites, featuring a sofa bed, granite vanity, microwave, mini-refrigerator, dining table with chairs, 37-inch flat-screen TV, free WiFi, and free breakfast and evening reception.  Sit back in the armchair or on the sofa and watch the 37-inch TV, with cable channels and pay-per-view, or surf the web using WiFi.

  • Free Parking

    FREE Shuttle Van to any destination within five miles of hotel (only a tip for the driver)


Airport Transportation – Yeager Airport (CRW)

The airport is located 5 miles from the Embassy Suites.  Free shuttle is available.  On the baggage level of the airport, call Embassy Suites (FREE SHUTTLE) on the telephone.

Standard Rooms


One-bedroom suite, featuring one king-sized bed and a separate living room. The bathroom has a spa-style walk-in shower (six inch lip) with a grab bar.

One-bedroom suite, featuring two double beds and a separate living room. The bathroom has a tub/shower with a grab bar.

Handicap Rooms

DO NOT contact the hotel for handicap rooms

Contact Alan Burgdorf



We are always limited by the number and type of handicap rooms, and we want to make sure they go to the persons who most need them. We are trying a new way, in which all the handicap rooms have been assigned to me. We have had instances of persons reserving, and tying up, a handicap room on the basis that they might later decide to attend the convention, and we also want to avoid that.

I will take down names of persons who want a handicap room, and if a suitable room is available I will “pre-reserve” it in that person’s name. I will not actually pass it on to the hotel until Judy Blake has also received your convention registration.  I will then send further instructions on how to call the hotel with a credit card number.

2 ROOM SUITE-2 DOUBLE BEDS MOBILITY ACCESS with Roll-In SHOWER (3 rooms available)



Note: Mobility Access Tub/Showers have extra grab bars and detachable and detachable shower head, but
you must still step into the tub. No handicap rooms have a step-in shower.

  Come early, Stay Late

Other things to see near Charleston

Charleston FestiVALL June 12 – June 26, 2022

A city-wide, multi-arts festival in Charleston, WV, showcasing a mix of music, theater, dance, visual art, and more. Over 100 FestivALL events will take place in more than 50 locations across the city of Charleston, ranging from outdoor spaces to theaters to intimate galleries and event spaces.  https://festivallcharleston.com/ 

Capitol Market

What was a busy Kanawha and Michigan Railroad yard in the 1800s later became a popular destination for shoppers—an outdoor market and a collection of shops selling anything from fresh fish, produce, meat, chocolates, books, wines, and much more. (Capitol Market)

Craig-Patton House

1834 Greek Revival style architecture home. (Craig-Patton House)

Elizabeth Harden Gilmore House

Also known as Minotti-Gilmore House or Harden Funeral Home, is a historic home and national historic district located in Charleston. Civil rights leader Elizabeth Harden Gilmore lived and worked in this house from 1947 until her death in 1986. She pioneered efforts to integrate her state’s schools, housing, and public accommodations and to pass civil rights legislation. Her home, constructed by 1900, is a handsome, two-and-a-half story, brick Classical Revival style residence (Gilmore House)

Haddad Riverfront Park

Located on the banks of the Kanawha River, this is a gathering place for the performing arts and observance of the river. (Haddad Park)

West Virginia State Capitol

West Virginia’s State Capitol is located at the State Capitol Complex on Kanawha Boulevard East in downtown Charleston (across from Market Square). The exterior of the Capitol is made of buff Indiana limestone and the 293-foot gold dome atop the capitol is covered in copper and gold leaf. Much of the interior consist of marble, the walls of Imperial Danby, and the floors of white Vermont marble and dark Italian travertine.  The Rotunda features a 4,000-pound chandelier eight feet in diameter, made of 10,080 pieces of Czechoslovakian crystal, and illuminated by 96 light bulbs.  (State Capitol)

West Virginia State Museum

Located at the Culture Center on Kanawha Boulevard East, the West Virginia State Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the art, culture, and history of West Virginia. Exhibits include the Cameo Glass Exhibit, the Quilt and Wall Hangings Exhibit, and several juried artwork exhibits. (WV State Museum)

West Virginia Veterans Memorial

The memorial, a two-story oval shaped monument, honors West Virginians who died defending the nation in the 20th century conflicts: World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and Korea. Composed of four limestone monoliths surrounded by a reflecting pool, the interior walls are faced in polished black granite etched with the names of these men and women.  (Veterans Memorial)

 West Virginia Glass Museums

Click here to see more about the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington , WV, The Museum of American Glass, and the glass exhibit at the WV State Museum’


WV Capitol Building

WV Veterans Memorial

Convention Registration — $160

(includes two lunches, two dinners)

Convention Questions:

Mariyn Grismere 513-885-9040

  2022 ABA Convention Bell

created by Michael Magyar and Kelsey Murphy

The glass bell,  hand blown by Michael Magyar, will have four layers of glass – crystal, blue, white, and green.  Michael is the owner of Cape Cod Art Glass in East Sandwich, MA (capecodglass.net)

Kelsey Murphy will carve the image of the New River Gorge Bridge into the bell with white birds on a blue sky.  There are white ripples on blue water and green mountain flora.  It has a  frosted loop handle. Kelsey began working for Pilgrim Glass in 1987 and in 2001 formed her own company Studios of Heaven. (Kelsey’s Website)

Kelsey will sign the bells and print them with ABA WV 2022 inside the rim of the bell

ONLY 55 bells are being made.

Cost is $65

Orders are first come, first serve by date of paid registration.


Some of the educational programs you will find at the convention are:

Locomotive Bells                                                                                            Silver Table Bells            Kelsey Murphy Cameo Glass Bells                                                               Bell Toys                          Fenton Bells                                                                                                     Nativity Bells                  Cincinnati Bell Foundry                                                                                  and more!

Sunday, June 12

5:30 Manager’s Reception

7:00 Light Buffet Supper (no charge)

Monday, June 13 Tour  —  $25

West Virginia Mountain Tour


Wind through the mountains of West Virginia to view the magnificent scenery of the mountains. We will travel to Tamarack and take time to view the town, have lunch, and then motor to New River Gorge Bridge. Then we will travel to Gauley River Pottery located in Mount Lookout, West Virginia, to observe a pottery demonstration.

Depart Embassy Suites – 9:00am   Arrive back Embassy Suites – 5:30

Tamarack : The Best of West Virginia

The Best of West Virginia is the nation’s first showcase of handcrafts, fine art, and regional cuisine. It comprises a warmly decorated retail store, working studios for resident artisans, a fine art gallery, a theater, A Taste of West Virginia food court, and the Tamarack Conference Center.  (Tamarack)

  • Tour of facility by Tamarack staff to provide an introduction. (Everyone will receive 10% discount for restaurant/gift shop upon completing the tour)
  • Lunch on your own

New River Gorge Bridge and Visitor Center

A rugged, white water river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. When the New River Gorge Bridge was completed in 1977, the bridge reduced a 40-minute drive down narrow mountain roads to less than a minute— a work of structural art, the longest steel span in the western hemisphere and the third highest in the United States.  (Park Service Bridge site)

Gauley River Pottery

From the mountains of West Virginia they specialize in handcrafted stoneware and ceramics.  There will be a tour and pottery demonstration.  (Gauley Pottery)

New River Gorge Bridge




Tuesday, June 14

Continuous Shuttle Bus (no Charge)

9:00 am – 1:00 pm Runs between

Tuesday Shuttle

1:00 BEHOLD and Bell Exhibit Room Open                             
 There are many exhibits of different types of bells

4:00 – 6:30 pm                                                                                    Bell Roadshow                                                                                      The Charleston community and ABA attendees are invited to bring one or more bells and have ABA bell enthusiasts help identify the maker, year it was made, where it was made, and value (if possible). Bring your bell and see if you can stump the experts. (No Charge)

Wednesday, June 15

A full day of educational bell programs given by our members.

Lunch and Dinner

Thursday, June 16

BELL AUCTION – 9 am to 3pm

Friday, June 17

ABA Business Meeting in the morning followed by educational programs about bells

Lunch and educational bell programs in the afternoon

Banquet and Installation of 2022-2023 Officers