Teapot Festival Trenton
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We are not talking about the standard blue or gray enamelware teapot or the ceramic dime store variety with painted flowers. These teapots are truly works of art, rare, beautiful and antique teapots properly called Veilleuses-theieres (pronounced vay-uhz tay-air), or Night Light teapots.
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A teapot spout is the Trenton Collection, for example, might be a bobbin of yarn in the hand of a woman, an opening in the plumed hat of a handsome musketeer, the extended arm of a soldier, or a pitcher in the hand of a goddess riding on the back of a leaping dolphin.
Part of the charm of the Trenton Collection is its small town setting and the obvious pride the city’s residents have in their priceless collection of antique teapots. The collection is the basis of and annual weeklong Teapot Festival each year in May.
It usually begins with the lighting of the teapots ceremony at City Hall. Music and fireworks show highlight the first evening of the festival. Other highlights include a parade and the chocolate extravaganza. Tennis and softball tournaments, along with other athletic competitions, are featured each day during the festival.
An arts & crafts show, antique car exhibition, fireworks, display and street dance highlight the final day of the event. The teapots may be viewed all year round, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. When City Hall is closed, visitors ask the firemen next door to get the key for them.
For more information on the “World’s Largest Collection of Teapots,” contact the Greater Gibson County Area Chamber of Commerce,