Mid-America News - SEPTEMBER 2018




Enchanted Frog sets dawn-to-dusk flea market

Come early and stay late is the idea at the annual flea market held by The Enchanted Frog Antique Mall of Lathrop, MO, just north of Liberty. (photo provided by The Enchanted Frog)

It happens only once a year, the dawn-to-dusk flea market adjacent The Enchanted Frog Antique Mall, located at Exit 40, Interstate 35, 20 miles north of Liberty. This year the date Saturday, Sept. 8.

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 80-100 sellers 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 (10'x10') go for $20. For space reservations call 816-740-6933.

"Shoppers will find treasures, including flea goodies, antiques, porch and garden items, farmer's market items, crafts and more," Steinbuch said. "Whether you're shopping or selling or both, come and enjoy this one-day extravaganza. It's great fun. Bring a friend to double your pleasure. See you there, next to Enchanted Frog Antiques."  

For more information, call 816-740-6933.



Buttonwood Art Space sets special exhibit on
Czech and Slovak independence

The Buttonwood Art Space will feature a special exhibit, "Czechs and Slovaks on Their Difficult Road to Peace and Independence," Sept. 7-28. The educational exhibit features 21 informational panels relating to the formation of Czechoslovakia in 1918. In addition, regional artists will display a variety of artworks depicting the National World War I Museum & Memorial. The opening night reception, Sept. 7, coincides with First Friday in the Crossroads with hours 5-9 p.m. Buttonwood Art Space is located at 3013 Main St. in Kansas City.

The exhibit features World War I military history of the regions of Europe that became Czechoslovakia in 1918. The lands of Bohemia, Moravia, and Slovakia (part of the then collapsing Austro-Hungarian empire) originally sent troops to fight as members of the empire. Large numbers of Czechs and Slovaks defected on the Russian front and formed the Czechoslovakian Legion. The legion fought during the war on the allied side in pursuit of an independent Czechoslovakia.

The exhibit was created in cooperation with the Military History Institute Prague and the Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava.

For additional information contact Macy Layne, Buttonwood Art Space, at 816-285-9040 or Macy@ButtonwoodArtSpace.com.



Trolley will make the rounds for Lexington events and groups

Lexington trolley.

The Lexington Chamber of Commerce has recently purchased a 32-person trolley that will patrol the streets during the city's scheduled events and be made available for rental by individuals.

"We're going to make it available for public and private events," said Penny Grosso, executive director of the Chamber. "We'll use it for winery tours, Civil War tours, culinary tours, any number of things. And individuals and groups will be able to rent it for weddings and other gatherings."

The trolley is wheelchair-accessible, Grosso said. To inquire about renting the trolley call 660-232-1629. (photo courtesy Lexington Chamber of Commerce)



Belton Fall Festival is for families

Belton's Main Street will be filled with people during Belton's Fall Festival, Sept. 7-8. (photo courtesy Main Street Belton)

The 2018 Belton Fall Festival will be held on Friday, Sept. 7 from 4-10 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. The event is held on Main Street in Belton's historic downtown area. This is a family oriented event with activities and features for those of all ages.

Live entertainment will be on stage throughout the weekend. As usual there will be delightful foods, beautiful art, handcrafted items, and many other interesting items to see and purchase. A special food, wine and beer garden will be set up. Lot's of children's activities are planned, organizers report.

The Belton Grandview, and Kansas City Railroad will also be giving rides at a reduced price.
Interested vendors should contact Downtown Belton Main Street by email at: beltonfallfestival@gmail.com or call 816-425-2206.



In Laurie they are the 'Hillbilliest'

These budding hillbillies are being nurtured at the Hillbilly Fair in Laurie. (photo provided by the city of Laurie)

The folks in and around Laurie aren't ashamed. In fact, they are proud to be hillbillies and will celebrate that "heritage" Sept. 14-15 at the annual Hillbilly Fair. It all starts at the fairground in Laurie, 269 Fairgrounds Dr.

One of the big features will be Saturday's "Rat Rod Show", a car show that is, with prizes offered for the "rattiest rod," the hillbilliest car" and the "people's choice."

The fair offers activities and attractions for young and old. Bands play throughout the weekend. Food and craft vendors fill the park. There are a variety of demonstrations from dancers to martial arts to firefighters.

Organizers are still taking applications for food vendors. For details go to the website, www.cityoflaurie.com.



Old Summit Antique show features the best in country antiques

Country antiques such as this pie safe will be center stage at the Old Summit Antique Show on Sept. 22 (photo by Leigh Elmore)

The John Knox Village Pavilion will once again be the spacious venue for Sandee Millett's "Old Summit Antique Show," on Saturday, Sept. 22, 400 NW Murray Rd., Lee's Summit at the U.S. 50 and Chipman Road exit from Interstate 470. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and admission is $5.

Millett has run the Old Summit Show for quite a few years and has developed a following for the quality country antiques and primitives that most
of the participating dealers offer for sale.
"More than 60 dealers are carefully selected to provide visitors with an unbelievable shopping experience that takes you back in time to the late 1800s," Millett said. She also operates two
antique shops in Greenwood, MO; The Greenwood Mercantile and Millett and Company.

For more details visit www.oldsummitantiqueshow.com.




Jamesport to host Heritage Days

Visitors will pour into the historic town of Jamesport, Sept. 28-29 for the fall Heritage Days. Jamesport is surrounded by the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi River. The town itself is filled with antique, vintage and collectibles shops to interest any collector or browser.

On each day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. the Spillman Event Center downtown will be the scene of a craft show, retail market, fall décor show, antiques and flea market, and kettle corn sales.
Live performances by the Missouri Town Dancers will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday only. Also on Saturday there will be demonstrations of "lost arts," horse-drawn carriage rides, apple butter making, cider pressing, a tractor show and a salad lunch at the Methodist Church.

Events are sponsored by the Jamesport Community Association. For more information go to www.jamesportmissouri.info



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Mission Road Antique Mall closing at end of the year

The entrance to the Mission Road Antique Mall (photo courtesy Mission Road Antique Mall)

One of the best antique buying venues in the Midwest, the Mission Road Antique Mall in Prairie Village has to close its doors at the end of this year.

"We can only describe it as 'the end of an era'," said owner Casey Ward, who has worked over the last year to find an alternative location for the mall, which has been a fixture at the Corinth Shopping Center since 1994.

Recently, she had to inform the 300 dealers who have made the mall into an antiques shopping destination.

"Most of our staff and dealers have been here 10 to 24 years," Ward said. "Longstanding customers are like family to us. I want to express my gratitude to all of the loyal friends who've allowed us to be their favorite 'retail-social-shopping destination' since 1994.

"As a business owner I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and concern, for what can only be described as an end of an era," Ward said.

The structure was built around an historic horse stable, once occupied by Lawrin, winner of the 1938 Kentucky Derby and the center of Woolford Farm, owned by Herbert M. Woolf, who built the Woolf Brothers men's stores.

The current shopping center is being re-developed by First Washington Realty of Bethesda, MD, which intends to raze the buildings.

The mall will remain open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily until the doors close finally on Dec. 31. Discover Vintage America will interview dealers and customers of the mall for our cover feature in the October issue.



U.S. 36 Highway Treasure Hunt is on!

Shoppers and browsers will face decision time when it comes to selecting treasures during the U.S. 36 Highway Treasure Hunt. (photo courtesty U.S. Hwy. 36 Assn.)

The third weekend of September, (Sept. 14-15) will see 400 miles of vintage sales and flea markets set up along U.S. 36, from the east side of the state to the western border. The route will traverse 13 counties stretching along Kansas' northern border.

The annual event is sponsored by the U.S. 36 Highway Association, whose mission is to support commerce and development along the route and to promote eventual expansion of the highway to four lanes eventually.

Maps showing the location of sellers will be made available in each town along the way. Those include (from east to west) Troy, Hiawatha, Seneca, Marysville, Washington, Belleville, Montrose, Smith Center, Phillipsburg, Norton, Oberlin, Atwood and St. Francis.



Johnson County Old Settlers Day

The carnival midway will attract the kids and glow festively at Johnson County Old Settlers Days. (photo courtesy Johnson County Old Settlers)

Olathe will be bulging at the seams Sept. 6-8, as the Johnson County Old Settlers Days takes over downtown and surrounding venues.

There's a long list of activities including an arts and crafts vendors, carnival, auto show, commercial vendors, gabfest, horseshoe pitching, flower show, parade and plenty of food.

Live entertainment will include The Rippers, The Zeroes, Funk Syndicate and Exile. Go to www.johnsoncountyoldsettlers.com for the complete schedule. Events center around Olathe City Hall.



Paxico Blues Fest rocks the prairie

A bass player gets into his groove at a previous Paxico Blue Festival. The fun begins again on Sept. 15. (photo by Kevin McConnell for the Paxico Blues Festival)

The Paxico Blues Festival returns to the Flint Hills of Kansas on Sept. 15 when the tiny village of Paxico fills with blues fans and blues performers from around the United States. For the last 15 years Paxico has hosted the event created by Steve "Bud" Hund, who also operates a large local shop featuring antique wood-burning stoves.

"The Paxico Blues Festival unites world class music and small town culture to create a one of a kind community," Hund said. "Since 2004, thousands of people come together every year to experience big time blues in a small town setting. We have created one of the last, and certainly the greatest, free festivals in America."

Hund encourages anyone who loves music to come, enjoy local food, shop for antiques, dance and enjoy. The fun runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more details and a line-up of performers go to www.paxicobluesfest.com.



Music lovers love The Walnut Valley Festival

The Walnut Valley Association was formed in 1972, with its sole purpose to produce the

Walnut Valley National Guitar Flat-Picking Championships Festival, also known as the Flat-Picking Championships, now known as the Walnut Valley Festival or simply "Winfield" to the long time attendees since Winfield is the closest town to the festival site.

First held in 1972, festival founders hoped to promote a love of acoustic music. Bob and Kendra Redford, Joe Muret, and Stuart Mossman made the first festival a reality. Their hopes were realized as thousands of fans now reserve the third weekend in September for a trip to Winfield – that is Sept. 12-16.

The Walnut Valley Festival has never been just bluegrass. It is a blend of all kinds of acoustic music: bluegrass, both traditional and progressive; folk; old-time country; a little cowboy and western swing; some Celtic; blues; Cajun; and more.

The festival now boasts over 30 acts and eight contests: the National Flat Pick Guitar and the International Finger Style Guitar Championships, plus the International Autoharp, National Mandolin, National Mountain Dulcimer, National Hammered Dulcimer, National Bluegrass Banjo, and Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championships. The contests are a major part of the festival. Over the years, they have attracted more than 3,000 contestants from all 50 states and from many foreign countries.

Festival attendance has grown to an average of 13,000 to 15,000 annually. It is a "participation" event, and a large percentage of people who attend play a musical instrument. Many of them bring their instruments and participate in the campground picking. Artists who appear on stage also go into the campgrounds and join around campfires to pick with everyone else.

Ticket information and a line-up of performers is available at www.wvfest.com.



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Old Trusty Antique and Collectors Show

Antique tractors will be the stars of the show at the Old Trusty Antique & Collectors Show, Sept. 7-8. (photo courtesy Old Trusty)

Enthusiasts of old steam and diesel tractors will be polishing up their beloved machines for display at the 36th Annual Old Trusty Antique and Collectors Show, set Sept. 8-9 at the fairgrounds in Clay Center. Hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m., on Saturday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

All kinds of activities are planned to reconnect folks with their rural heritage. A special draft horse and mule show will take place Saturday morning. Demonstrations of threshing wheat, shelling corn, straw baling, blacksmithing, rope making, saw milling, sorghum milling, weaving, spinning and much more are planned. A stock antique tractor pull will be held Saturday and the open tractor pull for machines older than 1959 will be held Sunday.

This year's featured products are Rumely Products and Olds & Falk gas engines.
Live entertainment includes Bobby Layne and his Big Band and The Calhouns performing country and rock music.

For mor information, go to www.oldtrusty.org.


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