Mid-America News - DECEMBER 2017




Do-Sal's Collectible Treasures is closing -
inventory to be sold over several weekends

Dorothy Salyer, long-time owner of Do-Sal's Collectible Treasures, is closing her business this month. (photo by Leigh Elmore)

A long-time fixture on the Independence Square is closing. Do-Sal's Collectible Treasures at 111 N. Main St. is shutting its doors after a 12-year run in downtown Independence.

Owner Dorothy Salyer took over the space in 2005 after the previous occupant retired.

"I've been collecting antiques for over 50 years," she said, focusing her passion for china and glass. "Prior to this I ran the Do-Sal Western Wear shop on E. 23rd Street for 40 years."

Salyer she has observed a generational change in the antique and vintage business over recent years.

"Younger people don't seem to want the kinds of things that my contemporaries valued," she said. "Leather furniture is still very popular, but things made of good wood like cherry or mahogany are not. A lot of these things have history behind them, and people don't seem to appreciate history anymore."

In late November the shop was still stacked to the ceiling with merchandise. The Four Belles Estate Sales group is handling the sale of Salyer's remaining inventory.

"We started selling the items on the weekends at the store in late November," said Sue Sanders, one of the Four Belles. She noted that sales would continue over the weekends of Nov. 30, Dec. 1-3, Dec. 7-9, & Dec. 14-17. "We will continue until everything is gone," Sanders said.


Hermann celebrates the holidays

There's a whole month of celebrating going on in Hermann during December.

Stone Hill Winery will hold a traditional German Christmas market in its heated pavilion, Dec. 2-3. It will be a great place to shop for gift items, as many crafts, Christmas goodies, soups and mulled wine will be for sale. Carolers will perform. Free admission.

The market moves to the Hermannhof Winery the weekend of Dec. 9-10. The riverfront Festhalle and open-air Hofgarten evoke the ambiance of European Christmas markets.
The Holiday House Tour will be held 2-7 p.m., on Dec. 2. Five private historic homes will be open to the public. Tickets will be available at the Hermann Welcome Center downtown.

On the weekend of Dec. 9-10 the Hermann Wine Trail will celebrate cheese. Cheese and wine pairings, from classic to creative, will be featured at the seven stops on the scenic Hermann Wine Trail.

For more details on these and other events go to the website www.visithermann.com.



National Toy and Miniature Museum has found its marbles

One contestant's memorabilia from competing in the VFW National Marble Tournament in the 1947. (photo courtesy National Museum of Toys and Miniatures)

In the mid-20th century many boys amused themselves by playing marbles. At the height of the game's popularity hundreds of thousands of boys across the country participated in local, state and national marble tournaments sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The tournaments invited children from across all racial and economic boundaries.

A new exhibit at the National Toy and Miniature Museum in Kansas City, "Playing for Keeps," explores and personal and societal facets of the tournaments, told through the firsthand stories of the players as well as through the trophies, ribbons, prizes and the marbles themselves.

"For the boys who took part, the tournaments offered experiences in competition, sportsmanship, and camaraderie that would last them a lifetime. The tournaments also gave returning World War II veterans opportunities to reconnect with their families and communities," said Lynn Pickerel, spokesperson for the museum.

The exhibit includes a number of interactive experiences, including a regulation-size marble ring where visitors can actually play the game. A series of lessons this spring will teach visitors of all ages marble-playing rules, techniques, and lingo – preparing today's "mibsters" (marble players) to "knuckle down" (position the hand to shoot) at the Kansas City Marble Tournament on June 9, 2018. 

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures is located at 5235 Oak St., Kansas City. For more information go to the website, www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org.


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Fort Scott to hold 36th annual candlelight tour

Fort Scott takes on a festive glow during its annual candlelight tour, Dec. 1-2. (photo courtesy Fort Scott National Historic Site)

Fort Scott was established 175 years ago atop a bluff overlooking the Marmaton River. Its purpose was to keep peace on the frontier and to contain westward expansion. To patrol the frontier, the army stationed dragoon and infantry soldiers at Fort Scott. They remained vigilant in their duties yet took time out to enjoy dances, dinner parties, evening socials, and camaraderie. They found reason to celebrate at Christmas time, the 4th of July, and other occasions. Although isolated on the frontier, they sought excellence as they built "the Crack Post of the Frontier."

Fort Scott National Historic Site will celebrate its' 175th anniversary by presenting its 36th annual candlelight tour. The theme for this year's candlelight tour is "Happiness Amid Hardship". The tour will feature five scenes from the 1840s at Fort Scott, the years that it was an active military fort.

This year, Fort Scott staff is changing things up so that there is some audience participation in most of the scenes. Visitors might join in dancing at the dragoon barracks, participate in an evening social at the officers' quarters, or discuss the reasons why they are going to become Oregon pioneers.

During the candlelight tour, over 700 candle lanterns illuminate the site and over 100 re-enactors bring the fort to life. This year's tours will be offered Dec. 1-2. Tours on Friday will begin at 6:30 p.m. and go every 15 minutes until 9 p.m. On Saturday, the tours will run 5-8:45 p.m. Purchase tickets by calling 620-223-0310 or by coming to the visitor center at Fort Scott NHS.

Tickets are $8 each and are non-refundable. Children 5 and under are free.



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