Mid-America News - SEPTEMBER 2019





Midwest Antique Fest & Flea Market returns to Kirksville

The sun will soon rise on the Midwest Antique Fest and Flea Market in Kirksville, as this shot from last year's event illustrates. (photo courtesy Brittany Kelsey)

If you're a collector of vintage items, repurposed treasures, antiques and artisan goods, you will want to check out the 4th annual Midwest Flea Market. The two-day event is Sept. 20 and 21 in Kirksville at the NEMO Fairgrounds.

The two organizers, Brittany Kelsey and Lindsey West, said that their aim with the flea market is to start a tradition of a great show with a well-balanced mix of high-quality merchandise, friendly and knowledgeable vendors, and a fun-filled, family-friendly atmosphere.

Kelsey and West have been busy for the past four years scouting out a wide variety of vendors at some of the best antique shows and flea markets across the Midwest to provide a great place to find antiques, collectibles and flea market finds. "With over 75 unique vendors and growing, live music and great food, there is sure to be something for everyone," they report.

Follow the Midwest Antique Fest & Flea Market on Facebook for details and hit them up this fall to see for yourself why their event was listed in Flea Market Style Magazine as one of the top Fleas and Vintage Markets in the U.S.

For more event information or to become a vendor, visit www.midwestantiquefest.com or "like" the Midwest Antique Fest & Flea Market on Facebook at www.facebook.com/midwestantiquefest.


Midwest Tea Festival is unique to the region

The Midwest Tea Festival will be held Sept. 7-8 at the Ararat Shrine Temple in Kansas City. (photo courtesy Nicole Burris)

The Midwest Tea Festival is the first event in the Midwest region dedicated to only tea and this year's edition will be Sept. 7-8 at the Ararat Shrine Temple, 1500 Ararat Dr. in Kansas City.

There are coffee and tea trade shows but nothing open to the consumer and nothing that featured tea alone. In 2014, founder Nicole Burriss, decided that there needed to be something in the Midwest region for all of the tea lovers here. She researched a tea festival in Seattle brought that knowledge and adapted it for Kansas City. At a tea festival, attendees are able to experience a much wider range of teas than usually possible outside of such an environment.

"Attendees also have multiple entertaining educational opportunities at tea festivals," Burriss said. "These can range from the basics of a Tea 101 class to a demonstration of Japanese tea ceremony to a discussion of travel to places where tea is grown. Tea is one of the fastest growing beverage market sectors with more and more people turning to it for health as well as taste."

The Midwest Tea Festival in Kansas City started in 2015 and immediately outgrew its first venue. After moving to the Ararat Shrine Temple's Bennett Auditorium, attendance has grown steadily and 2018 saw 1020 attendees from all across the country, Burris said.

There will be 25 exhibitors. Those attending will receive a reusable cup to sample teas from all vendors.

New to the festival this year is a tea bar that will serve samples of unique, rare, first launch blends, etc. to small groups. Ten minutes are allotted for each group of tasters, then a new group comes up to the bar. Tickets for these are free but must be obtained at the event and are limited to two per person per day.

The Midwest Tea Festival hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Admission is $13 in advance and tickets may be purchased online at www.MidwestTeaFest.com. Tickets are $16 at the door.


Country Patchwork Quilt Guild sets 32nd show in Marshall

An intricate red and white masterpiece is the symbol of the Country Patchwork's annual quilt show. (photo courtesy Dana Brown)

Quilting fans will be gravitating to Marshall Sept. 28-29 as the Country Patchwork Quilt Guild will hold its 32nd Annual Quilt Show, "County Patchwork's Love of Color." The guild was formed to promote the art of fine quilting through education and shared experiences.

Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on both days. A $5 donation at the door will be appreciated. The show is located at the Martin Community Center, 1985 S. Odell in Marshall.

The Country Patchwork Quilt Guild meets monthly with about 50 members from the area.



Rice-Tremonti Home to celebrate 175 years

The Gothic Revival Rice-Tremonti Home in Raytown was built in 1844 on the Santa Fe Trail. (photo by Leigh Elmore)

One of the oldest homes in the Kansas City area will celebrate its 175th birthday with an ice cream social and lawn party 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15. The Rice-Tremonti Home, a Gothic Revival wooden farmhouse was built by Archibald Rice, his family and enslaved individuals in 1844.

It has always been a landmark on the Santa Fe, California and Oregon Trails. Come help the Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home celebrate. Admission is free.

"We are planning a fun afternoon with live music, free homemade ice cream for our visitors, historical interpreters, crafters and tours of the house," said Jesse Martin, president of the Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home. "It should be an old-fashioned time to meet and greet."

The Rice-Tremonti Home is located at 8801 E. 66th St. in Raytown. For more information go to the website, www.rice-tremonti.org or find their Facebook page.


Kearney's fall fest evokes the era of Jesse James

Jesse James

This year marks the 49th year of the annual Jesse James Festival, held in Kearney. This quiet little Missouri town, which was previously named Centreville, is the birthplace and boyhood home of Jesse James, as well as his final resting place. Kearney hosts a festival that brings a large collection of people from all walks of life together. They gather, not to pay tribute to an outlaw, but to be reminded of an historical era which had a great impact on our country.

The festival will take place over two weekends at Jesse James Park, just north of Kearney on Highway 33. On Sept. 13-14 there will be a teen dance, 5k run, demolition derby and other activities. Then over Sept. 20-21 multiple events are on tap including a barbecue contest, carnival, corn hole tournament, rodeo and a parade stepping off at 10 a.m.

For a complete schedule of events go to the website www.jessejamesfestival.com.


New documentary tells the story of the Battle of Liberty/Blue Mills

A new documentary film is set to premier, showcasing a Civil War battle fought 158 years ago near Liberty. "The Battle of Liberty/Blue Mills" will be shown at the B&B Theater, 1903 Victory, Dr. in Liberty at 10 a.m., Sept. 17. A short live presentation will follow at the theater and then a reception and exhibit tour at the Liberty Museum, 14 N. Main St.

The film was produced by Wide Awake Films and made possible by a grant from Freedom Frontier. The public is welcome at all activities. For further information email: claycountymuseum@gmail.com or the website at www.claycountymuseum.org


St. Joseph antique malls open parking lot for Harvest Hoedown

A dealer's western inspired booth at the Jesse James Antique Mall in St. Joseph. (photo courtesy Renee King)

The Rusty Chandelier and Jesse James Antique Mall of St. Joesph will host their annual "Harvest Hoedown" Parking Lot Flea Market on Saturday, Sept. 14, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Shop from 40 dealers set up in the parking lot.

Admission is free and open to the public. The Hot Diggity Food Truck will be on hand serving tenderloins, tacos, hamburgers, and chili dogs. The event will also feature an antique tractor display.

Browse through almost an acre of antiques and vintage décor inside and out. Shop nearly 100 boutique owners showcasing the latest in decorating trends from wall decor to one-of-a-kind pieces inside the Rusty Chandelier. Search for bargains at Rusty's Outdoor Store to find unique items for your garden and home. The Jesse James Antique Mall boasts one of the area's largest collections of antiques under one roof with over 130 dealers.

They are located at Exit 53, the intersection of Interstate 29 and U.S. 71 near St. Joseph. For more details call 816-676-0662.



Enchanted Frog Flea Market goes all day

Come early and stay late is the idea at the annual flea market held at The Enchanted Frog. (photo courtesy Joyce Steinbuch)

It happens only once a year, he dawn-to-dusk flea market adjacent The Enchanted Frog Antique Mall, located at Exit 44, Interstate 29, 20 miles north of Liberty. This year's date is Sept. 14.

There's no admission for shoppers, reports Joyce Steinbuch of The Enchanted Frog. And for dealers there's no limit for what they can sell, "as long as it's legal," she quipped, noting that she expects 80 to 100 dealers to participate.

She encourages crafters and dealers to come early or reserve in advance for one of 19 double spaces allowing them to park in their space for easy set-up. Cost for a double space is $40. Single booth spaces go for $20. For space reservations call 816-740-6933.

"Whether you are shopping or selling or both, come and enjoy this one-day extravaganza," Steinbuch said.



Fair Grove holds Heritage Reunion around its mill

The 1883 Wommack Mill in Fair Grove has been fully restored. (photo courtesy Fair Grove Historical and Preservation Society)

The Fair Grove Historical and Preservation Society will host its 42nd annual Fair Grove Heritage Reunion Sept. 28-29 on the town's Main Street.

"We have a parade on Saturday morning, demonstrations including threshing, sawmill, small engines, tractors along with music performances and craft vendors," said Mary Terry, one of the event's organizers.

Central to the annual celebration is the restored Wommack Mill, built in 1883. The mill is located next to a small stream which usually doesn't run. Instead of attempting to build a mill pond with a very small drainage area, the decision was made to make the mill steam powered.

"It that era, a mill quickly became the central business for a community and that's what happened in Fair Grove," Terry said. "The Historical Society wanted to restore the mill building for posterity. In an effort to raise money, we decided to host an annual fair which became known as the Fair Grove Heritage Reunion."

The Heritage Reunion has been held every year for over forty years on the last full weekend in September, and on those two days tens of thousands of people attend every year. There are hundreds of craft booths that are limited to handmade or original crafts or antiques, live music and, of course, demonstrations at the fully restored mill.

More information can be found at the website, www.fg-historical.org.


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Power of the Past demonstrates farming of

Farm life of an earlier time will be brought to life through demonstrations planned at the 25th Annual Power of the Past Antique Engine & Tractor Show, held at Forest Park, 302 N. Locust in Ottawa. The dates are Sept. 13-15.

Ottawa was the home of Warner Manufacturing and Union Foundry, a manufacturer of gasoline engines in the early 20th century. "Ottawa is the perfect place to see gas and horse-powered implements of the past," event organizers report. This year's show will feature Ford tractors and Cushman engines.

With the passage of time, many younger people have never seen or experienced farm life in its heyday. The Power of the Past Antique Engine and Tractor Association's mission is to preserve the past, bring back the memories of days gone by, and create a learning experience for younger generations through demonstrations of equipment at various events throughout the year.
Attendees can experience hay baling, shingle making, threshing and various horse-drawn vehicles.

On Friday free ham and beans will be served until they run out. Kiddie and garden tractor pulls are also schedules.

For a complete schedule go to the website, www.powerofthepast.net.



Sunflower Piecemakers advance the art of
quilting in Ottawa


The Sunflower Piecemakers is a quilting guild based in Ottawa. They will hold their 2019 Quilt Show, "Welcome Autumn", 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Goppert Building, 705 W. 15th St. in Ottawa.

More than 200 quilts will be on display and demonstrations will take place throughout the day. There will be a raffle for the 2019 Opportunity Quilt and a live auction for miniature quilts with proceeds going to the Franklin County Historical Society and other local organizations. Vendors and boutiques will be well represented.

This year's Opportunity Quilt is a foundation pieced pattern by Karen Stone. It measures 83" x 94" and was mad by members of the guild and custom quilted by Brenda Weien. It has been appraised at $2,500. Raffle tickets are available from any guild member or at Chris' Corner Quilt Shop.

For additional information go to the website www.sunflowerpiecemakers.wixsite.com.



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