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RAGSfest 2016

An annual gathering of Art Glass Retailers for education, inspiration and recreation.

For more information on how YOU can attend next year's RAGSfest contact:

Jim Berry, President,  (512) 380-0770

Sharon Carothers, Vice-President  (419) 897-4100

History of RAGSfest

In August 2003, an historic event took place in Asheville, NC. An educational conference was held that offered a wide array of affordable classes, roundtable discussions, and social dinners. Hosted by Gary Newlin of A Touch of Glass, this was the first ever event of it's kind. Gary arranged for teachers, accommodations, restaurants, site seeing tours, travel, and scheduled everything for almost two weeks of education, cleverly disguised as fun.

What made this event unique? Only the owners of retail stained glass stores could take advantage of the opportunity. Aimed at teaching the teacher to add diversity to the class schedule and increase the bottom line, the event was conceptualized, organized, and achieved by Gary Newlin and other volunteers from Retailers of Art Glass and Supplies (RAGS), a not for profit organization for stained glass retailers.

RAGSfest 2016

July 13-20 2016 - Madison, WI at The Vinery

The registration page for Ragsfest, Madison is open!

We have a BIG line up of national teachers, vendors and professional members sharing their teaching skills this year. You won’t want to miss out on this once a year teaching and learning opportunity!

(Note - If you're a member looking for the registration page, please watch your emails or the web forum posts to find the registration site details.)

What will be new at RAGSfest 2016? Lots of stuff! We'll post the classes we're offering to our members as soon as possible.

We'll have lots of professional members sharing their teaching skills this year, supporting each other, and providing other members with the information they need to both create new projects and teach them effectively.

Why is RAGSfest such a great event?


These classes are professionally taught with the object being to train you - the teachers.
The more exciting workshops a store can offer, the more customers that store will attract.

RAGSfest classes are affordable. Everyone taking a class at RAGSfest will take home a plethora of new ideas and techniques to pass along to their fortunate students in future workshops.

Watch for the RAGSfest registration link in your email!