Mid-America News - JUNE 2017




Strawberry fest is on at Vaile Mansion

Re-enactors in Victorian garb perform a period dance at a previous Vaile Mansion Strawberry Festival. This year's is set for June 3. (photo courtesy Vaile Mansion Society)

Look for 100 antique and craft dealers to be set up around the historic Vaile Mansion in Independence June 3 during the annual Vaile Mansion Strawberry Festival.

Volunteers of the Vaile Mansion Society will sell strawberry treats throughout the day. In addition to the antique and craft vendors, vintage cars will be on display and an afternoon of live music and entertainment is planned. Special activities for children are also on the agenda.

Visitors can enjoy free admission to the grounds; tours of the mansion will cost $6 for adults, $3 for children.

The Vaile Mansion is located at 1500 N. Liberty St. in Independence. For additional information, call 816-325-7430 or visit www.vailemansion.org.


Lee's Summit will host Vintage Market Days

Everything vintage will be available in Lee's Summit during Vintage Market Days, June 9-11. (photo courtesy Kate Hendrix)

Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings delicious treats, seasonal plantings and a little more. The market is a three-day event held several times a year in various communities throughout the Kansas City metro area. The June 9-11 market will be held at Longview Community College in Lee's Summit.

"Each Vintage Market Days event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues," said Kate Hendrix, promoter of Vintage Market Days. "The event will be outdoors on the grounds of the college, so bring your walking shoes. No matter what your decorating style, vintage will always fit in."

Early buying event tickets are $10 on Friday, good for re-entry all three days. General admission tickets are $5 on Saturday and Sunday, good for re-entry on those days. Children 12 and under are free, pets are welcome, but please clean up. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, closing at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available online at www.vintagemarketdays.com or visitors can pay at the gate all three days. Vendors may apply under the vendor tab online.


Truman Library exhibits highlights White House renovation

A photographs by Abbie Rowe shows the extent of the exterior renovations made to the White House during the Truman administration. (photo courtesy Harry S. Truman Library and Museum)

Now on exhibit at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence is the story of the extreme makeover done to the White House during the Truman administration. Running through Oct. 15, "Saving the White House" tells the story of the controversial $5.7 million, three-year renovation.

The 3,000 sq. ft. exhibit features the work of White House photographer Abbie Rowe, a National Park Service photographer who had unprecedented access to the White House and the Truman presidency.

President Truman was taking a bath on the second floor in 1948 when he almost plunged through the ceiling of the Blue Room into a tea party for the Daughters of the American Revolution. The ensuing inspection by a team of top architects determined that the mansion was in imminent danger of collapse. What followed would be the most historically significant and politically complex home improvement project in U.S. history. The White House was basically demolished, giving birth to today's White House.

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is located at 500 W. U.S. 24 in Independnce. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, noon-5 p.m. on Sundays. For details check the website, www.trumanlibrary.org.


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Second Saturdays mean Junk 'n' Donuts at Louisburg Cider Mill

The Louisburg Cider Mill Country Store will be open during the Junk 'n' Donuts Swap Meet on June 10. (photo courtesy Louisburg Cider Mill)

A huge outdoor swap meet, known as Junk 'n' Donuts is set for June 10 at the Louisburg Cider Mill. Do you need to find your next up-cycle or re-purposing project? Or are you looking for the perfect item you can't live without? Come find what you might not have known you were looking for at the monthly swap meet.

Organizers expect more than 50 vendors selling everything from antiques to contemporary items, food items and even some live music.

The Cider Mill will be open selling its signature root beer and famous cider donuts.
Future Junk 'n' Donuts events are set for July 8 and Aug. 12.

The Louisburg Cider Mill is located at 14730 Hwy. 68. For more details call 913-837-5202 or check the website, www.louisburgcidermill.com


'Alive After Five' events mark second year in Leavenworth

Picturesque downtown Leavenworth will show that it is Alive After Five on June 1 with a Summer Wine Walk. (photo courtesy Leavenworth Main Street)

Currently in its second year, Alive After Five is continuing with themed events every first Thursday of the month through the rest of the year in Leavenworth. "Summer Wine Walk" is the theme of the upcoming Alive After Five event on June 1.

"It's a fun activity where participants can leisurely visit merchants shop and have various snacks and specialty drinks," said Wendy Scheidt, executive director of Leavenworth Main Street, the organizer of the events. "Everyone offers something different within the theme of each month's event and all types of businesses participate including retailers, banks, service and professional businesses."

Tickets are $20 for first-time participants and $15 for those returning with their tote bag from a previous Alive After Five event. Tickets are available at the Leavenworth Main Street office, 416 Cherokee and at participating merchants.

"All events are to let customers, the community and visitors know that downtown Leavenworth is Alive After Five while encouraging them to explore downtown," Sheidt said. "Downtown includes 28 blocks, so comfortable shoes and a few friends with you make the evening more fun."

Upcoming events include Summer Cool Down, July 6, Craft Beer Crawl, Aug. 3 and Hometown Welcome, Sept. 7.

For more information visit leavenworthmainstreet.com.


Caney Valley Pioneer Days coming right up

It's mostly about the history of tractors and farm machinery at the annual Caney Valley Pioneer Days, June 2-4. (photo courtesy Caney Valley Antique Power Assn.)

The owners of antique tractors and farm implements are busy tuning them up and putting that last bit of polish on their machines in preparation for Caney Valley Pioneer Days, set June 2-4, near Caney, sponsored by the Caney Valley Antique Power Association.

Attendees will witness equipment demonstrations of bygone farming techniques, a great tractor show, vintage car show, trucks. Special attention is paid to Massey-Ferguson and Massey-Harris tractors. If machinery is not your thing, then check out the quilt show and flea market. A special tractor drive/parade is set for June 1.

The Pioneer Days show takes place on the association grounds 3 1/2 miles north of Caney on Hwy 75, ½ mile north of the Hwy. 75 and Hwy. 166 overpass junction. 

For more information look for Pioneer Days on Facebook or call 913-327-3293.


Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival returns

You never know how quilts will be displayed during the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival coming up June 15-17. (photo courtesty KCRQF)

The Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival returns for its second run, June 15-17 at the Overland Park Convention Center. It is being staged thanks the cooperation of 15 regional quilting guilds comprising more than 1,300 members. The weekend offers a full slate of demonstrations and appraisal opportunities. Demonstrations are free and will be presented outside the main show entrance.

Lori East will be offering written quilt appraisals at the show by appointment. Appraisals are available for insurance replacement value (those you wish to insure, or those about which you are merely curious); fair market value (for quilts you wish to sell); and donation value (in the event you are donating a quilt for any reason). Each one will take approximately thirty minutes per quilt and will be mailed to the quilt owner in approximately three weeks. These appraisals can be written for new or antique quilts, wearables, quilt tops, or sets of blocks. The fee is $50 per piece.

Go to www.kcrqf.com to get an appraisal application. Entry forms to display quilts are also available. A three-day pass is $25 and available via the website above. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 pm., with closing at 5 p.m. on Sunday.


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More on 34 marks 10 years of antique mileage

More on 34 brings out the treasure hunters in northern Illinois from Galesburg to Aurora (photo courtesy Pat Stier)

More on 34 has become an annual weekend of treasure hunting in the Illinois countryside along U.S. 34. Bargain hunters, antique buyers and collectors from across the United States converge each year for the event for this 100 mile linear yard sale that connects 20 communities in five counties. Rev up your engines because it all takes place Friday and Saturday of Father's Day weekend, June 16-17.

More on 34 is always full of surprises according to Pat Stier of the Bureau County Tourism Council, and an original organizer of the event. "You never know what you will find along the way: yard sales, antique shows, craft shows, flea markets and farmers markets in communities from Galesburg to Aurora," Stier said.

Sales can be found in parking lots, city parks and in many yards all along U.S. 34. Sales typically run 8 a.m.-5 p.m., but some open earlier and stay open later. Some sellers set up early and start selling on Thursday and continue through Sunday.

"More on 34 is a great way to experience the Illinois countryside. There is something for everyone in the family, let alone the memories to be made," Stier said.

"Thrifty shoppers hit the road early with patience, plenty of perseverance, a full tank of gas and cash in hand to experience the old adage: 'one man's junk is another man's treasure'," Stier said.

More information can be found on the More on 34 Facebook page or check the website, www.moreon34.com


Marbold Farmstead comes alive

(photo courtesy Historic Marbold Farmstead.)

The historic Marbold Farmstead in Greenview will come alive June 23-25 when the annual Antique Show and Farm Fest returns. In addition to great shopping for antiques and collectibles, visitors will get to experience farm activities of the past including steam engine and tractor shows, displays of vintage equipment, trolley tours and farmstead history portrayals, live music, children's activities and all kinds of food and drinks.

Shown above is the one-third scale British Foster engine owned by Dan Mulderig of Arnold, MO. Admission is $5 per day, $12 for a three-day pass. The shows go on rain or shine. For additional information visit www.historic-marlbold-farmstead.


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Antique Spectacular and Vintage Market head to Council Bluffs

The Westfair Fairgrounds will be the site of the Antique Spectacular and Vintage Market series in Council Bluff, June 24-25, sponsored by Melting Pot Productions.

"The event will feature the best antiques and vintage treasures from an assortment of vendors from across the country," said Kimberly Schilling of Melting Pot Productions. "Families and friends will enjoy the festival atmosphere that will also feature delicious items from the area's top food trucks as well as an entertainment stage with musical artists from the Omaha and Council Bluffs areas."

More than 50 antique and vintage vendors are expected to converge for the weekend event. "The best of the best antique and vintage dealers will feature all eras and styles of furniture, art pottery, stoneware, books, fine art and prints, primitives, fine and costume jewelry, silver, antique glassware, Native American items, industrial elements, architectural, lighting, postcards, period pieces and much more," Schilling said.

Admission is $6 daily. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, open until 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Westfair Fairgrounds are located at 22984 Hwy. 6 in Council Bluffs. For more information go to the website www.antiquespectacular.com


Walnut prepares for its big antique show

The 35th Annual Walnut AMVETs Antique Show will continue the tradition on Father's Day weekend, June 15-17. More than 300 dealers from across the United States will set up their booths, restocking daily with newly displayed items, such as this primitive weather vane horse above. Organizers take pride in that this show is truly a "find it and buy it" opportunity. Walnut's turn-of-the-century buildings, brick and tree-lined streets, country hospitality and existing malls and shops are the perfect setting for the show.

Walnut is located off Interstate 80, about 50 miles east of Council Bluffs. For more information go to the website: www.walnutantiqueshow.com.



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Summer Extravaganza highlights "Year of The Deere" in Saunders County

A 1924 John Deere Spoker D, now on display at the Saunders County Museum, Wahoo, NE (photo courtesy the museum)

It's the "Year of The Deere" in Wahoo as the Saunders County Historical Society and Museum pays its respects to the tractor that first broke much of the Nebraska prairie land into farm fields. The annual Summer Extravaganza is scheduled June 22-24, which will include a craft fair, flea market and rummage sale.

The museum's collection of John Deere tractors and equipment constitute the personal collection of Stan Kucera, an area farmer with a passion for collecting Deere vehicles. He has donated his collection to the Saunders County Museum, which has many of the tractors on display as part of the permanent collection. Some parts and other tractors will be available for auction Sept. 8-9, 2017. Online bidding will be available as well.

One of the best on display is a 1924 Spoker D with a 26-inch original flywheel with the spokes. John Deere made less than 100 of these tractors due to safety concerns when farmers were being injured by the spokes. Deere switched to a solid flywheel design. The tractor collection is composed of more than 100 tractors and many parts.

The Saunders County Museum is located at 240 N. Walnut St. in Wahoo. Call 402-443-3090 or visit the website at www.saunderscomusuem.org.


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