Fellow cast iron enthusiasts Brenda Bernstein and Doyle Pregler live in New London, Minnesota, a small community about two hours northwest of the Twin Cities. They have been together 28 years, have 6 grown children between them, and 12 grandchildren ages 3 to 19. If you’ve ever been to one of the national Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association (GCICA) conventions and seen a huge semi parked in the parking lot of the convention hotel, it’s a likely indicator that Doyle and Brenda are there. Doyle drives truck for a living, and Brenda and Doyle try to line up his loads so that they coordinate with the GCICA national and chapter meets. They even arrived via semi to the 2016 GCICA convention in Maine! It’s hard to miss Brenda – her beautiful red hair stands out in a crowd.
Accomplice Linda and I first met Brenda and Doyle in 2014 in Fargo, at that year’s GCICA national convention. Brenda and Doyle had come across the organization when they were doing some cast iron research, and saw that the convention was being held near their home. They decided to go check it out. It was the first time any of us had been at one of the national conventions. We were all very excited to meet other cast iron enthusiasts, to see and learn about all of the cast iron on display and for sale, and snag some new old cast iron pieces for ourselves. It is really fun when you find others who share a common interest. Sometimes when I talk to people about vintage cast iron, I can see their eyes glaze over. Not true with this group!