Mid-America News - FEBRUARY 2017



An elegant setting for Discover's Vintage Exchange

Some of the region's best vintage dealers will set up shop at the first Vintage Exchange Feb. 18, sponsored by Discover Vintage America (photo by Leigh Elmore)

One of the top expo facilities in the Kansas City area will be the setting for the first Vintage Exchange on Feb. 18, sponsored by Discover Vintage America. The elegant Pavilion Event Space located at 14831 E. Hwy. 40, will be filled with vendors of antiques and vintage wares including gems, "mantiques", primitives, architectural fixtures and many other kinds of collectibles too numerous to list.

This marks the first antique show sponsored by this publication, according to Publisher Bruce Rodgers.

"We have some awesome vendors lined up for this one-day market," he said. "And space is still available if other sellers of fabulous items wish to participate. One area that we are featuring are 'boy toys', otherwise known as 'mantiques', which are, of course, things that appeal to men. But overall, we will cover the gamut of things old and things vintage," he said.

There is more on the menu than antiques and collectibles. Vintage Exchange will offer tasty morsels to eat along with a selection of fine wine and beer.

"This will be the perfect day to shop, indulge and bond with friends," Rodgers said.

The Pavilion Event Space boasts more than 10,000 square feet of renovated space. The room showcases antique bronze ceilings, 15 Swarovski crystal chandeliers, hand-scraped hickory hardwood floors, 40-foot archways trimmed in stone, a 112-foot long grand chandelier aisle. It's the perfect venue for antique dealers to display their wares in style. And, it's conveniently located to four major highways, Interstates 70, 435 and 470 and U.S. 40. Admission is $5. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

For information about becoming a vendor, call 660-829-2623 or email to vintageexhange@discoverypub.com.


Kearney Old Church Treasures opens

A few of the furniture items available at Kearney Old Church Treasures. (photo courtesy Sue Boone)

A new antique shop, Kearney Old Church Treasures, opened for business in Kearney in November, located at 101 S. Jefferson, Ste. B5, which is near downtown on the Old Church Plaza. The shop is owned by Mike Wrenn of Marceline, MO and managed by Sue Boone, who also does some of the buying for the shop. "Mike is very good at that too," she said. For several years Boone operated an antiques mall in her home of Excelsior Springs.

"We have a variety things, including toys, glassware, advertising stuff and lots of furniture," Boone said. "A broad array of just about everything, in fact."

She made an observation about the retail antiques market in general. "I have as many young people come in as older. The more mature folks are more established and trying to get rid of stuff. Younger folks are learning the quality of older items. They are discovering the value of good antiques."

Kearney Old Church Treasures is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Telephone, 816-635-2648. Look for it on Facebook.


Hermann's Chocolate Wine Trail is a romantic Valentine's getaway

The Chocolate Wine Trail, held annually on the third weekend of February, has become a romantic tradition for many couples who warm up a winter weekend with luscious chocolate and wine pairings at seven stops along the beautiful Hermann Wine Trail. 

The 2017 event on Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19, will feature: Adam Puchta Winery, Bias Winery, Dierberg Star Lane Tasting Room, Hermannhof Winery, OakGlenn Winery, Röbller Vineyard and Stone Hill Winery.

Chocolate Wine Trail is one of five annual events hosted by the Hermann Wine Trail, which hugs the Missouri River for 20 scenic miles between Hermann and New Haven. Next up is the Wild Bacon Wine Trail the first full weekend of May.

The $30 per person ticket price includes a souvenir wine glass. Participants also may enter a drawing for a $30 gift certificate from each winery and a one-night stay at a Hermann B&B. The ticket price does not include transportation to wineries or additional wine tasting.

Wine Trail tickets may be purchased online at HermannWineTrail.com or from the Hermann Welcome Center, 800-932-8687. Advance purchase is required.

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Larned Antique Show & Sale coming up

The Larned Antique Show & Sale, "Antiquing on the Santa Fe Trail," will be held the weekend of Feb. 10-12 at the Larned Community Center. Dealers from Topeka to Dodge City will participate.

This annual antique and collectible show and sale features Victorian art glass, perfumes, sterling silver, hand stitched quilts, old prints, match safes, pocket knives, vintage costume jewelry, sewing items, collector quality buttons, antique copper and brass, pottery, ivory, hunting and fishing collectibles, linens, textiles, primitives, western items, dolls, toys, historic books, military memorabilia, comics, coins, furniture, and much more.

Twisted Vintage will lead a free vintage workshop on Friday at 10:30 am. The show also offers two free appraisals per individual from 1- 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $2, kids 10 and under admitted free.

Show hours are Friday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. -7 p.m., 
Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and
Sunday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. For more details call 620-285-6916.


Leavenworth Militaria Show & Sale on target

The annual Leavenworth Militaria Show is almost here. It will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in the gym of the Riverfront Community Center at 123 S. Esplanade.

There are a few tables left, such as the one pictured here from the 2016 show. They are $20 each. Admission is $3. Call 913-727-1409 for details. (photo courtesy KC Militaria collectors)




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Woolaroc adds trains, planes, automobiles and dolls

The airplane sponsored by Frank Phillips that made the first flight from San Francisco to Honolulu. (photo by Leigh Elmore)

Four years ago, Woolaroc decided that it was time to give oil baron Frank Phillips' museum near Bartlesville a nice touch up. That "touch up" turned into new state of the art lighting throughout the entire museum, new wall colors, new staging of the art and new exhibits. "Room by room by room this graceful national treasure was carefully updated. In the process, something really special became even better," said Bob Fraser, Woolaroc CEO.

A guest touring Woolaroc will see one of the world's finest collections of southwest art, Native American blankets, the famous Woolaroc airplane, the vast gun collection and the reproduction of Frank Phillips's New York City office. New with the renovation comes a large scale, double-tracked miniature train exhibit that is complete with stores, shops, animals, lakes, tunnels and much more. Surrounding this train exhibit will be Woolaroc's extensive doll collection, staged and displayed along with a new series of old toys dating from as early as 1917.

"We are proud of the improvements that we have made over the last four years," Fraser said. 'Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Dolls' is the perfect ending to a tour through this national treasure."

Woolaroc is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 1925 Woolaroc Ranch Road, about 12 miles south of Bartlesville on Hwy. 123. More details are on the website, www.woolaroc.org.


Traveling exhibit features '24 Works on Paper'

Image of an egret by Debra Van Swearingen, part of the '24 Works on Paper' exhibit in Oklahoma. (photo courtesy Oklahoma Arts Coalition)

A traveling exhibition of work by living Oklahoma artists, "24 Works on Paper" opened to the public on Jan. 20, at Arts and Preservation in the Osage, Old #1 Firehouse Art Center, 118 ½ West Main in Pawhuska. The exhibition will then travel Oklahoma for over a year, bringing original, contemporary Oklahoman artwork to viewers in communities large and small.

The "24 Works on Paper" exhibition features 24 artworks in media such as printmaking, drawing, painting and photography. The 2016 guest juror is W. Jackson Rushing III, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma professor of art history and Chair of Native American Art. He works in several intersecting areas: Native American art; modern and contemporary art; Southwest modernism; theory, criticism, and methodology; museum studies; and post-colonialism and visual culture.

The exhibition will continue through Feb. 28. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10 p.m.-3 p.m. It will then travel to venues across Oklahoma such as the Gardiner Gallery of Art in Stillwater, Ponca City Art Center, Graceful Arts Center in Alva, and the Leslie Powell Foundation & Gallery in Lawton. More information including the full tour schedule is available at www.24works.org or at 405-879-2400.


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