Upcoming Open Houses this weekend, places to get into the holiday mood: Greenwood, MO, Nov. 5 & 12, 10-5, Nov. 6 & 13, 12-5, Preview Night begins at 5 pm, Nov. 4, 816-537-7129; Nostalgic Christmas on Main, Nov. 3-5, 10 am-7 pm, Belton, MO, 816-401-7413; Open House, Nov. 5, Mission Road Antique Mall, Prairie Village, KS 913-341-7577 and Christmas Open House, Bates City Antique Mall, Bates City, MO 816-690-8505, Nov. 4-6.
The Sam Noble Museum on the University of Oklahoma campus,www.snomnh.org, joins more than 1,300 other museums across the country in offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day. Blue Star Museums is a NEA (National Endowment of the Arts) program. For a list of participating museums, go to www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
The Jesse James Antique Mall, northwest Missouri's largest antique mall, and its next door neighbor, the Rusty Chandelier, are having a "Summer Furniture Sale." Find great deals on unique pieces in both malls with "vintage" being more the byword at the Rusty Chandelier. For more information, call 816-232-0099 or visit www.JesseJamesAntiqueMall.com or www.RustyChandelier.com.
The roof at the historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave., in Independence, MO, is scheduled to be replaced because of damage it sustained in a hail storm. For a short while, a window of opportunity exists to bring back the box gutters that were original to the house in the early 1900s.
Box gutters can be found on many old and historical buildings. They were the gutter of choice for years before pre-formed metal gutters became widely popular. Box gutters are invisible from the ground.
Time is short to raise the $80,000 needed to accomplish this task. Donations may be mailed to: Bingham-Waggoner Estate, PO Box 1163, Independence, MO, 64051. Donors are asked to specify how they wish their donation to be handled, should the fundraiser not reach its goal. The money can be placed in the endowment fund or returned to the donor.
For more information, contact Site Coordinator Shireen McLaughlin at 816-461-3491 or http://www.bwestate.org.
Flooding along the Missouri River and highway improvements have put a little squeeze on Lexington, MO. High water on Historic Byway Hwy. 224 and a bridge replacement on Hwy. 24 has affected traffic routes in getting to the town, at least through mid-August. Highways 224 and 24 were used by folks from Independence, Kansas City and other coming from the west looking to shop in the town's antique and unique shops. For directions on what alternate road to use, go www.VisitLexingtonMo.com.
There's still time to purchase tickets for the OK MOZART International Music Festival held in Bartlesville at the Community Center with the OK Series at the Rose State Performing Arts Theatre in Oklahoma City, June 10-19. Performing groups include the Amici New York Orchestra, Alloy Orchestra, Turtle Island Quartet, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Hot Club of Cowtown and renowned violinist Joshua Bell. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 918-336-9800 or visit www.okmozart.com.
Spend a Sunday in May at the 38th annual Antique and Collectible Toy and Doll Show, at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Rd., in St. Charles, IL.
The show, on May 15, will feature 500 exhibitors showcasing all categories of fine antiques, collectible toys, dolls, playthings and holiday heirlooms. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults; children age 12 and under are free. Free parking.
For more information, visit www.chicagotoys.com or call 773-736-5140.
Denver Botanic Gardens will take a year-long look at modern, contemporary and traditional American Indian arts. The centerpiece is the Gardens’ outdoor sculpture exhibit, Native Roots/Modern Form: Plants, Peoples and the Art of Allan Houser, on view at the Gardens now through November 13.
The show features more than 20 bronze works created by American modernist Allan Houser (Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache, 1914–1994). This pioneering 20th century personality opened doors for future generations of Native artists, and is one of the most important American artists of the 20th Century.
The Gardens also is offering many related exhibitions and programs for adults, families and youth, including guided tours, workshops and a monthly film series highlighting indigenous voices and issues.
Children can learn about the Missouri farm boy who would grow up to become president of the United States in the puppet show, “Hats Off to Harry!” at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Truman Library, 500 W. US Hwy. 24, Independence, MO.
A make-and-take puppet craft will follow. The event, created in partnership with the acclaimed Puppetry Arts Institute, Independence, MO, is one in a series of “Talkin’ Truman” programs offered on the second Saturday of each month at the library.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older, $3 for children ages 6 to 15, and free for children 5 years and younger. Seating is first come, first served.
For more information, visit http://www.trumanlibrary.org or call 816-268-8200 or 1-800-833-1225.
More than 200 quilts are on display at the "Up and Away" 2011 Quilters Guild of Greater Kansas City Quilt Show, TODAY, until 6 pm, at Savior Pastoral Center, 12601 Parallel Pkwy, KCKS. Admission is $5.
For more information, visit http://www.quiltguildofgkc.org.
It's not too late to enjoy tasty barbecue and blues at the 7th Annual Blues, Brew and BBQ and Lansing Daze Celebration, now until 4 p.m. today, Saturday, May 7, at the Eisenhower Crossing (intersection of Eisenhower and DeSota Road), in Lansing, KS.
Events include a barbecue contest, barbecue samplings, a car and cycle show, crafts booths, and children's activities. Get your groove on with the band "Southern Reign," who will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.lansing.ks.us.
Leavenworth Main Street Merchants will host "Click Your Heels"--a Wizard of Oz-themed event--from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 6, in downtown Leavenworth, KS.
Visitors can view artists at work, enjoy tastings, meet authors, shop, and play an Oz trivia game. Free game sheets can be picked up at stores displaying "Click Your Heels" posters, Ruby Slippers and red balloons.
The event will kick off the 2011 Kansas Sampler Festival, hosted by Leavenworth County, on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 at Ray Miller Park at the VA Complex.
For more information, visit www.leavenworthmainstreet.com.
Vern Yip, star of HGTV’s popular shows “Deserving Design with Vern Yip” and “Design Star,” will meet and greet residents at I.O. Metro’s two Kansas City area furniture stores on Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5. Yip will make appearances from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Lee's Summit store, 910S NW Blue Parkway, and Thursday at the Zona Rosa store, 8766 NW Prairie View Rd.
Yip will be available for autographs, pictures and design therapy. Attendees will receive 10 percent off one item during the events. He also will offer a 30-minute design class to I.O. Metro VIP customers starting at 6 p.m., prior to each general public event.
One lucky winner each night can get "30 Minutes with Vern." Just drop by the stores anytime before the VIP Events and register to win a 30-minute, one-on-one design consultation with Yip. On the event nights, attendees are invited to bring photos and plenty of questions just in case he draws their name.
Yip's appearance is in conjunction with his newly formed partnership with I.O. Metro. He will be seen in upcoming advertising campaigns for the furniture retailer and will be featured in “Vern’s Picks” throughout the store – items Yip has personally chosen as design must-haves. Headquartered in Bentonville, Ark., I.O. Metro sells eclectic import furniture and accessories in 21 locations across the Midwest. Each store offers a wide range of custom options with free design service.
DMA cartoonist John Stinger will show his latest painting at the Yellow Springs Art Show in Chester Springs, PA, April 30-May 15.
Stinger, of Stewartsville, NJ, creates "Collecting Classics," a cartoon depicting humorous situations in the antiques and collectibles trade. It runs monthly in Discover Mid-America. His award-winning paintings, primarily in oils, reflect the landscapes of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. To read his bio, visit http://www.stingerfineart.com/about.html.
For more information on the show, visit www.yellowsprings.org.
Check out vintage finds, antiques, garden furnishings, wall art, eclectic artifacts, home accessories and more at the The Fleeting Flea Antiques & More Sale April 29-30, at Round Hill Bath & Tennis Club, 8932 Maple, Overland Park, KS. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 913-486-6204.
The Clinton County (MO) Sheriff's Dept. is attempting to identify a suspect who allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry at a Lathrop, MO, antique mall. The suspect is believed to also have hit other Missouri antique malls in Cass County and Grain Valley, and possibly Callaway County.
According to the department's release, on Friday, April 15, the suspect entered the Enchanted Frog Antique mall and removed one lock from the display case and jimmied the lock on a second case. The suspect made off with $4,500-worth of antique gold and silver jewelry. The suspect was driving a red Chevy Cavalier and was last seen heading east-bound on 116 Hwy. from the scene. License number is unknown.
The suspect appears to be a middle-aged, white man with a slightly receding hairline, dark hair with some gray, wearing glasses. He was wearing a long-sleeve dark blue shirt and a red short-sleeved overshirt, and jeans.
The Sheriff's dept. has issued a four-state wide alert for the suspect. Anyone with information, should contact Sgt. Speiser with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department at 816-539-2156.
Jewelry, estimated in the thousands, has been reported stolen from the Enchanted Frog Antiques mall, 7950 E. 116 Hwy, in Lathrop, MO.
Joyce Steinbuch, co-owner, estimates that about $4,500-worth of jewelry--mostly rings in sterling or 14k gold, some with good stones--was taken from a dealer's showcase on Friday, April 15.
"He must have had tools on him to get through our three-lock showcase system during open hours," Steinbuch said. "The tape shows that he's monkeying around the locks but you can't see exactly what he's using. You can see his hands full of the merchandise at one point though!"
The Enchanted Frog has a closed-circuit TV security system. Steinbuch filed a report with the Clinton County Sheriff's Office. An officer, she said, reviewed several hours of surveillance tapes at her store.
Surveillance tape shows the alleged thief appears to be a middle-aged white man, with brown hair and beard, both with some gray. He was wearing glasses and a long-sleeve blue T-shirt with a short-sleeve red shirt over it. Surveillance tape also shows, Steinbuch said, that the man was driving a red car.
Joseph McGill, African American researcher, historian, preservationist and reenactor will be talking about slave life and the "Slave Cabin Project" in Columbia, Lexington and Pilot Grove, MO, April 18 thru April 23. Joining McGill will be Gary Fuenfhausen, architectural and museum consultant, presenting "Little Cabins: Slave Dwelling Architecture in Missouri's Little Dixie" on April 19. 3:30-6:30 pm, in Pickard Hall Auditorium, University of Missouri, Columbia. Sponsored by Missouri's LIttle Dixie Heritage Foundation with financial support from the Missouri Humanities Council, the events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 660-837-3199 or visit http://blog.preservationnation.org/tag/slave-cabin-project/.
Tune into KCUR 89.3 FM today, from 12-2 p.m., to make a pledge to the station when Discover Mid-America editor Rhiannon Ross is on the air. Call the the pledge room number at 816-235-5287 or pledge online at www.kcur.org. Rhiannon hopes to be able to thank you for your contribution on the air.
John Stinger, well known impressionist landscape painter from Stewartsville, NJ, recently won The Alan Fetterman Award for Best Oil Painting at the NOVA Galaxy Art Show held in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA.
Stinger's work is featured at the prestigious art galleries The Design Domaine in Bernardsville, NJ, and the Chestnut Hill Gallery in Philadelphia. He will be participating in the Yellow Springs Art Show in Chester Springs, PA, April 29 through May 18, and at the “Plein Air Art Fest” in Cranford, NJ, June 7 through the 12.
Stinger's cartoons are also featured in Discover Mid-America as Collecting Classics.
Friends of the Frontier Army Museum will present its 34th Anniversary Historic Homes Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in Fort Leavenworth, KS. Tickets, available at the museum, are $12; children under 5 are free. Cash or check only. Free shuttle service on site. A photo ID is required to enter the post. For more information, call 913-684-3193.
The historic Thunderbird Speedway, built in 1910 at the Muskogee, OK Fairgrounds, is the site of the Midwest and AMA Extreme Dirt Track ATV Races for 2011. The Midwest race will be held April 22-23, the AMA race May 13-14. Great antique shopping in Muskogee. For more race info, go to http://thunderbirdspeedwaymuskogee.yolasite.com.
Beginning March 21, eight major glass dealers will have displays at one location. The Old Depot, located north of Round Top, will be featuring prominent glass dealers from Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Missouri. Call 361-865-9326 for more information.
Brickhouse Antiques in Topeka, KS is having its 9th Anniversary Open House March 12, 10 am-5 pm, and March 13, noon to 5 pm. The fun includes "new" merchandise, great sales, yummy treats and (like always) shopping done to the sounds of blues music. Plus, hunt for free items in every room. Call 785-266-6000 or more info and visit http://brickhouseantiqueshop.com.
That's the question the Blackthorn Trading Company of Lexington, MO is asking. To get you warmed up for the spring, the shop is holding a 10 to 20 percent sale. Call 660-259-4231 or go to http://www.blackthornantiques.com for more information.
Gene Cusick, owner of Gene's Collectibles, Vinita, OK, says that vintage graniteware and enamelware are hot-selling items in his store. Other popular items are street signs, crockware, costume jewelry and books.
For Patrick Ottesen, owner of Foundation, KCMO, it's "all in the details."
“It’s in the detailing and however and how far (customers) wish to take that vision,” he says.
Ottesen was an architectural student before opening his own architectural salvage business in Kansas City's trendy West Bottoms. Interior designer Nate Berkus, of The Nate Berkus Show, was one of his customers when he worked at Architectural Artifacts, Inc. in Chicago.
For more ideas from Ottesen on how to reuse or repurpose antique and vintage items, go to: http://www.discoverypub.com/feature/index.html
My sister and I took a road trip last weekend to Vinita, OK, to visit the Vinita Antique Mall and Gene's Collectibles, both located off historic Route 66. Nice shops packed with a variety of antiques and collectibles. Vicky Smith, owner of the Vinita Antique Mall, said a small table she recently sold will appear in one of Rachel Ashwell's books. Ashwell coined the term "shabby chic."
OK MOZART, the internationally acclaimed classical and chamber music concert series, will officially kick off its season with a gala Launch Party at Bartlesville (OK) Community Center on Feb. 24, 5:30 to 9 pm. At that time, Executive Director Shane Jewell will announce the lineup of musicians and celebrated artists for the 2011 Festival season. Tickets to the event are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. John Fullbright will provide live music with an After Party later with Truckstop Honeymoon performing. For more information, call 918-336-9800 or visit www.okmozart.com.
Gary and Cindy Browne have taken over the former Garnett Antiques and reopened it as History House Antique Gallery. Booth space is available for quality dealers. Gary is an expert appraiser of American antiques, call 785-448-2200. History House Antique Gallery is located at 121 E 4th Ave. in Garnett, KS. Jana Youngman is opening Lone Elm Antique Mall in Olathe, KS. Jana is a former dealer at Sentimental Journey in Olathe and has decide to strike out on her own (with help from husband David). Applications for quality dealers are being taken. Lone Elm is located in the Southwest Plaza shopping center at Parker and Dennis in Olathe, KS. Call 913-530-7032 for more information.
Everything Zurko Promotions does by way of antique shows is above the norm. If you're out in western Illinois Feb. 12-13, browse the Grayslake Antique Market at Lake County Fairgrounds. Admission is $6. For more info, visit www.zurkopromotions.com.
Put this on your must-do list: Tag Sale, 3001 Munson Ave., Topeka, KS, Feb. 12-13, 5 am-6 pm; antiques, furniture, art, prints, old sheet music, stereo equipment, books, ephemera and more. EVERYTHING IS NEGOTIABLE. Call 785-354-8899 or 785-235-9689
Considering the snow that hit the Midwest yesterday, call or email before you decide to head out to attend a show this weekend. Postponements could be likely – dealers might have a hard time getting there to set up.
We'll be conducting a survey soon via email about what Discover Mid-America offers, and does not offer, readers and advertisers. If you want to participate and you don't think we have your email address, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Excelsior Springs, MO will have its 5th Annual Chocolate Tour – perfect for Valentine's Day — on Sat., Feb. 5, from 1 -5 p.m. Sample chocolate delights from 15 downtown businesses. Tickets are $10 per person. Sponsored by the Downtown Excelsior Partnership. Call 816-630-9255 for more information.
-- Feature article on 19th and 20th century novelty clocks, including interviews with Wayne and Ruth Herrmann, authors of The Wonderful World of Pendulettes.
-- How much is that doll worth? Well-known doll appraiser Neil Foster can tell you at The Santa Fe Trails Doll Club show over President's weekend at the historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Independence, MO. Book a room at one of the quaint bed and breakfast inns in downtown Independence where you'll be within walking distance of the show. While there, stop by Harry Truman's childhood home and library and take a stroll around the historic town square.
-- What are "black basalt" ceramics? Anne Gilbert, The Antique Detective, will share how this collectible, first created by Josiah Wedgwood, is increasing in value.
-- Good Eye columnist Peggy Whiteneck talks about why ephemera is more than a passing fancy.
-- Wish you could bake homemade cookies, pies and cakes but without all of the mess? Learn how with the "take and bake" concept at "Grandma's House" bakery and general store in Liberty, MO.
Little Rock Express Edges Tuscola Turn to Win Union Pacific Railroad's Great Excursion Adventure - You Route the Steam Contest
Only 3,042 Votes Separate Two Routes as More than 178,000 Votes Are Cast
GREAT EXCURSION ADVENTURE Little Rock Express
Omaha, Neb., January 18, 2011 – The Little Rock Express edged the Tuscola Turn by 3,042 votes to win Union Pacific Railroad's Great Excursion Adventure - You Route the Steam Contest. Union Pacific will route one of its legendary steam locomotives from Kansas City, through St. Louis and on to Little Rock. The excursion date will be determined within the coming weeks.
"We anticipated that communities would be interested in this contest and are overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support they have demonstrated," said Bob Turner, Union Pacific senior vice president - Corporate Relations. "Voting in communities along the routes was vigorous, with the lead frequently changing hands by the minute. We want to express our sincere thanks to all those who participated in making this such an exciting contest.
"Congratulations to everyone who helped put the Little Rock Express over the top, and to all the Tuscola Turn fans that helped take the race down to the wire."
The validated voting results are: Little Rock Express 76,217 Tuscola Turn 73,175 Baton Rouge Rambler 18,070 Boise Express 11,213
Voting in the final phase of the contest was conducted Jan. 4-17. Four finalist routes were determined by steam locomotive fans voting Nov. 9 through Dec. 6, 2010. The final four segments were:
The Tuscola Turn: Starting in Boone, Iowa, this segment travels east through Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids, Mt. Vernon, De Witt, and Clinton. It continues toward Chicago through the Illinois communities of Rochelle, DeKalb, West Chicago, Glen Ellyn and Proviso, turning south to Woodland and Villa Grove before concluding in Tuscola.
The Little Rock Express: Starting in Kansas City, Mo., this segment travels east to Boonville, Jefferson City, Chamois and St. Louis before heading south to Cape Girardeau, Dexter and Poplar Bluff. It continues through Bald Knob, Ark., before concluding in Little Rock.
The Baton Rouge Rambler: Starting in Dallas, this segment runs east through the Texas communities of Mesquite, Wills Point, Grand Saline, Mineola and Longview. It continues in Louisiana through Shreveport, Natchitoches and Alexandria before concluding in Baton Rouge.
The Boise Limited: Starting in Salt Lake City, this segment travels north in Utah to Ogden and Brigham City. It continues to Pocatello, Idaho, where it heads west to American Falls, Shoshone and Mountain Home before concluding in Boise. In addition to route voting, five individuals who score the most contest "points" will win two tickets each for a special leg of the winning segment, as well as lodging and air fare. The person with the most points will be awarded the title of "Honorary Engineer" and given the opportunity to ride in the locomotive cab. Individual contest winners will be notified Jan. 19.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.
Rhiannon Ross, an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Independence (MO) Examiner and Ottawa (KS) Herald is our new editor. She replaces the much over-worked publisher and former editor Bruce Rodgers. We are excited about the change. Contact Rhiannon at email@example.com.