Mid-America News - NOVEMBER 2019





Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art hosts annual Sugarplum Festival

The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph will be decked out for the holidays beginning with the Annual Sugarplum Festival, Nov. 7-9. (photo courtesy Albrecht-Kemper Museum)

Mark your calendars for Nov. 7-9 as the artwork comes off of the walls at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, setting the stage for the event that kicks off the holidays in St. Joseph and the surrounding areas. Vendors move in, holiday decorations go up, and the building is transformed into a "Holiday Gift Gallery"

The annual Sugarplum Festival is a chance for all to get some early holiday shopping done and pick up a little something for yourself while you do so. The festivities start Thursday evening with the Preview Party and continue through Saturday.  Festival hours are Friday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. The Sugarplum Luncheon Café will be open Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Advanced tickets can be purchased for $6 through Thursday, Nov. 7 at noon at the following locations:  St. Joseph HyVee, East Hills Shopping Center Guest Services Center, Mosaic Life Care Sunshine Personal Assistants, the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau (Downtown location) and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. 

Admission is $8 and children under 12 are free. Parking is limited and a shuttle bus will run regularly to parking lots of nearby organizations. Call the museum at 816-233-7003 for more information. 

This annual fundraiser for the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art helps to kick off the holiday season, while benefitting the programs offered throughout the year.



Mid-America Train & Toy Show chugs into the season

Model train enthusiasts will be out in droves at the Dec. 1 Mid-America Train and Toy Show. (photo courtesy Mid-America Train & Toy Show)

Toy trains and model railroading have been a part of the Christmas season for more than a century. Lionel and American Flyer model trains once were some of the most popular Christmas gifts for kids growing up mid-20th century.

Organizers of the Mid-America Train and Toy Show, set for Dec. 1, hope to spark that same enthusiasm for the hobby today. On that day dozens of model railroad enthusiasts and rail fans in general will gather at the KCI Expo Center, 11728 Ambassador Dr. in Kansas City with all sorts of items that will look great chugging around your Christmas tree.

Attendees will find more than 200 tables with dealers buying and selling toy trains, model trains, all ages and sizes, new and used, railroad collectibles, memorabilia and toys. Free viewing of vintage train movies, door prizes and free parking.

Regular admission from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. is $5 for adults, 12 and under are free. Early Bird admission at 7 a.m. is also available. For more information call 913-651-5864.


Christmas comes to St. Joseph malls

You'll find a variety of Santas at Jesse James and Rusty Chandelier during their open house. (photo by Patti Klinge)

Two large antique and vintage malls in St. Joseph are welcoming the Christmas season with open house sales over the weekend of Nov. 8-10. The Rusty Chandelier and the Jesse James Antique Mall are hosting a vintage Christmas for holiday shoppers; there are gifts and home décor items galore, according to marketing director Renee King.

The two malls, which are adjacent to each other, also have a large outdoor store area with large objects and architectural pieces.

The Rusty Chandelier and the Jesse James Antique Mall are located at Exit 53 of Interstate 29, at the intersection of U.S. 71. For more details call 816-232-0099.



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Gathering in the Grove coming up in Council Grove

The Carnegie Library will host the 14th Annual Gathering in the Grove fine art festival in Council Grove. (photo courtesy Gathering in the Grove)

The artists and art of the Kansas Flint Hills will be on display Nov. 8-10 during Gathering in the Grove, a fine arts festival in Council Grove. For the 14th consecutive year, artists and craftsmen from across the Kansas Flint Hills will rendezvous at the Carnegie Library to exhibit and sell their work at this juried fine art show and sale.

Show patrons can expect to see everything from oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings to photography, printmaking, weavings and jewelry. Many antiques are displayed in a gallery atmosphere with the artwork. These antique treasures are also for sale.

Refreshments are served at the Friday night opening of the show. Musicians perform throughout the weekend, and Saturday's show coincides with Candlelight Charm, a popular evening shopping tradition in Council Grove, complete with luminaries, prize drawings, and a horse-drawn carriage prancing around town.

A portion of the sale proceeds will be earmarked for painting workshops and other opportunities to promote the art and artists of the Flint Hills.

Join in celebrating the beautiful art and talented artists of the Kansas Flint Hills – and add a splash of local color to your autumn calendar. For more information, go to the website, www.gatheringinthegrove.com



Leavenworth Vintage Homes Tour spans city's history

This stately mansion at 1500 5th St. will be a stop on the annual Leavenworth Vintage Homes Tour. (photo courtesy Leavenworth County Historical Society)

The museum will offer musical entertainment throughout the afternoon on tour day. Holiday breads will be available for sale at selected tour locations.

Houses on the tour include:
• Nathanial Burt House, home of the president of the Great Western Stove Co.
• Two story home at 228 Vine, home to Carl Hoffman, the "music man" of Leavenworth
• Yellow house at 608 Olive, once run as a boarding house by Helen Cody Wetmore, sister of "Buffalo Bill."
• The Sibyl Harvey House, formerly owned by the Fred Harvey family
• English Tudor home at 620 Chestnut street
• Brick Italianate home at 810 N. Sixth Street

Tour tickets (for a $15 donation) are available on-line: www.leavenworthhistory.org or by contacting the museum at 913-682-7759 prior to the tour. On tour day, the donation is $20. The tour goes on regardless of weather and tickets are non-refundable.

All tour proceeds benefit the Leavenworth County Historical Society at the Carroll Mansion Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.



Lindsborg touts Swedish heritage with Santa Lucia Festival

Young people are at the center of the celebration of Santa Lucia Day in Lindsborg. This young lady wears the candle crown of the patron saint. (photo courtesy Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau)

The Swedes who settled Lindsborg brought with them the tradition of Santa Lucia Day, which this year will be observed on Dec. 14. Lindsborg, beginning in the 1960s with a "living Christmas card", began to celebrate Santa Lucia Day as a community event. Soon enough, that Living Christmas card had become a mainstay in the Lindsborg Community. While the celebration has evolved over the years, the Saint Lucia Festival continues as a prominent Christmas event held each second Saturday of December.

"The festival of Santa Lucia was chiefly celebrated in private throughout Lindsborg, in homes and at Bethany College, up until the early 1960s," said Holly Lofton, director of the Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau. "These were personal celebrations of Swedish heritage that had been handed down within the family for nearly one hundred years. The eldest daughter in the family would bring a tray of coffee and Swedish goodies around to her still sleeping family, dressed in her white robes with a white sash and a crown of lit candles upon her head, a depiction of the original Saint Lucia, credited with saving Sweden from famine centuries ago."

This year, Saint Lucia festival begins with live holiday music downtown, folk dancers performing to live Scandinavian music, and culminates in a processional of girls in white and stjärngosse (star boys) leading the crowd to Bethany Church where St. Lucia is honored with her crown.  Festivities include storytelling, which will be shared at various locations on the half-hour from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

For more information visit www.VisitLindsborg.com or follow Visit Lindsborg on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



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Antique Spectacular Vintage Market comes to the Quad Cities

Vintage perfume atomizers are just a few of the things that people collect. Find your favorite collectibles at the Antique Spectacular Vintage Market in Rock Island. (photo courtesy Kimberly Schilling)

The Antique Spectacular Vintage Market returns to the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, Nov. 1-3. This anticipated bi-annual event features 70 vintage vendors with unique, hard-to-find antiques and true vintage galore, notes Kimberly Schilling, event organizer. "The Antique Spectacular is now winding up our 25th season with a grand weekend of shopping," she said.   

The fun vintage market is overflowing with a wonderful variety of fine antiques and vintage collectibles for sale. Featured will be select antique dealers with unique merchandise from around the world. Hunters of vintage will have an opportunity, all weekend, to shop the wide range of quality antiques. 

"With the Antique Spectacular, there is always something to interest every collector, whether they have a new interest in vintage and repurposed for decorating their home or have been collecting antiques for years," Schilling said. "The list of amazing vintage items is endless and all under one roof for the shopping all weekend, for a timeless vintage treasure, that is new to you."

Antique Spectacular show hours are Friday, 4 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Parking is always free and patrons can check out and register on the website: www.antiquespectacular.com to print a one dollar off coupon. Children 14 and under are free with a paid adult. The QCCA Expo Center is located at 2621 4th Ave. in Rock Island. 

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Claremore has a Dickens of a celebration in store

A cast of characters right out of a Charles Dickens novel awaits visitors to Claremore the weekend of Nov. 22-23. (photo courtesy Dickens on the Boulevard)

Is this Fleet Street in London? No, it's Main Street in Claremore!
Pardon the confusion, but the all-American city of Claremore will boast a bit of a British accent the weekend of Nov. 22-23 as Dickens on the Boulevard, a Victorian-themed Christmas festival takes over downtown Claremore. This is the 22nd year Claremore has held the festival on the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Beginning at 6 p.m. each evening, visitors to Dickens on the Boulevard will enjoy live stage entertainment, food, pictures with Santa and more. A Victorian street dance will be held both nights of the event and a territorial marshal's reenactment will entertain crowds with plenty of Western-themed action. Living window displays will pepper the downtown area while an artisan village will feature living history demonstrations. Visitors will be able to learn about life in the Victorian era while re-enactors portraying blacksmiths, spinners, wood carvers, potters and more answer questions from the crowd and sell their wares.

Dickens on the Boulevard will also feature all new "Tales from the Top" tours. Witness as the upper floors of Claremore's historic landmarks come alive as costumed performers tell new stories about the buildings, Claremore and the holiday season. Learn about the unique history of each building through tales told during the tour and then venture inside for live entertainment. Tickets will go on sale for $12 at Claremore Main Street's office (located at 419 W. Will Rogers Blvd). In addition, at 4 p.m. Saturday a walking tour will take in much of the historic structures in town from the Will Rogers Hotel to the Belvidere Mansion.

Downtown stores will stay open until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  Come dressed in your best Victorian costume so you can have a chance at winning our best dressed contest.  Admission to this event is free and open to the public.


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Salt glaze water cooler sets new Red Wing
auction record

This "Red Wing Stoneware Company" signed 10-gallon salt glaze water cooler hand-decorated with a cobalt butterfly hammered down for $21,500 at the RWCS Convention Auction on July 11. (photo courtesy RWCS)

A lot of spectacular pieces have crossed the block at the Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) Convention Auction since the club was founded in 1977, but none had ever reached the $20,000 mark until this year. Although Red Wing pieces have sold for more privately or at other auctions, the winning bid on this piece was the highest ever paid at the official convention auction in the club's history of more than 40 years.

Decorated with a cobalt butterfly and stamped "Red Wing Stoneware Company" on the front, a 10-gallon Red Wing salt glaze water cooler sold for $21,500 – the highest price ever paid for a piece at the club's Convention Auction. At $4,000, a striking one-gallon blue-sponged 'Lunch Hour' beehive jug with the name "L.L. Stromberg" stenciled on the front was a distant runner-up in the July 11 auction, which totaled $87,500 in total sales.

The 43rd Annual RWCS Convention attracted nearly 1,000 visitors to Red Wing during the week of July 8. The next RWCS event is its Annual Mid-Winter Get-Together, which will be held at the Isle Hotel & Casino in Bettendorf, IA from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1. Visit the club's website for more information, www.redwingcollectors.org



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