Mid-America News - MARCH 2018




Jamesport sets handcrafted furniture auction

The Amish community in Jamesport will contribute to the Handcrafted Furniture Auction on March 10. (photo courtesy the Jamesport Community Association)

The Jamesport Community Association will hold a Handcrafted Furniture Auction on March 10 at the Spillman Event Center. Doors open at 9 a.m. Organizers say that all items for sale will have been made locally, or within a 250-mile radius.

Amish craftsmen will make many of the items for sale. The Jamesport area has the largest population of Old Order Amish west of the Mississippi. All items will be handmade and uniquely American. Furniture for all needs will be available: dining room, living room, kitchen, bedroom, office and outdoor living. In addition, handmade quilts and crafts will also be for sale. Food and drinks will be available.

Organizers will still welcome quality consignments. Call 660-684-6164 or 660-684-6969 for details.



Usher in spring at Lafayette County's Annual Antiques, Lawn & Garden Event

With spring on our doorstep, it is time once again for the Annual Antiques, Lawn & Garden Event held in Higginsville in the Lafayette County C-1 West Gym (Middle School) located off South Hwy. 13. The event runs 1-7 p.m. Friday, March 16, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Admission is free and homemade concessions will be provided by the C-1 Agriculture Department.

This is the eighth year for this event sponsored by Running Rabbit Antiques & General Store of Higginsville.

"With more 35 dealers in one location, it is a prime venue to find that perfect piece for your garden or home," said Sandy Wescott, Running Rabbit's owner. At the antiques and garden event, shoppers will find a wide variety of collectibles ranging from primitives, architectural artifacts, advertising, vintage indoor and outdoor furniture, tools, planters, retro home decor, toys and games to assorted live plants provided by C-1's Horticulture Department, she said.

"This year we will welcome David Wells, who will be available to help you identify that special piece of Fenton or other glassware," Wescott said. "David's knowledge is extensive with many years of collecting. So feel free to bring that particular piece of glassware, and for no charge, you will be able to learn more about it. This is a new addition to the event and we are very excited to be able to offer this service."

Again this year, there will be a food drive to supplement the Church Women of Higginsville/Corder Community Food Pantry. "We are taking this opportunity to invite you to bring a can or package of food to donate to this valuable community program," Wescott said.


Insulator and Bottle Show in Platte City

Telephone line insulators offer a special niche for collectors. (photo courtesy National Insulator Association)

The Northwest Missouri Insulator and Bottle Show and Sale is set in for Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m-3 p.m. in Platte City. More than 80 sale tables will be set up for collectors of these special glass items that date back to the early days of telephone service. The show will be held at the Platte County Fairgrounds, 15730 Fairgrounds Rd. Dealers are still being recruited.
Call 816-719-0801 for more information.


Platte City hosts Annual Antique Show

Country antiques typical of what shoppers will find at the Platte City Antique Show. (photo courtesy Windy Hill Antiques)

The 46th annual Platte City Antique Show will be held on March 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and March 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 55 dealers have been booked for the show, which will be held at the Platte County R-III High School. Concessions will be available. Admission is $3 per day. The show is sponsored by the Platte City Wrestling Club.



John Singer Sargent's 'Gassed' unveiled at National WWI Museum

A detail of John Singer Sargent's painting "Gassed", now on display at the National World War I Museum and Memorial (photo courtesy the museum)

One of the world's largest war-related paintings, 'Gassed' by John Singer Sargent, is now on display at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City. The painting has been placed on a custom-built wall within the Wylie Gallery.

"The painting, which measures a staggering 21-feet long by nine-feet tall, is a landmark painting from famed artist John Singer Sargent, depicting a line of British soldiers at a dressing station blinded by exposure to poison gas," said Mike Vietti, museum spokesman. The painting is the focal point of the upcoming special exhibition "John Singer Sargent Gassed", which runs through June 3.

"Gassed," which is on loan from the Imperial War Museums in the U.K., has been viewed by tens of millions of people since its completion in 1919. The painting is on exhibition in the U.S. for just the second time and its appearance in Kansas City marks the first occasion it's been on exhibition in the Midwest.

The National World War I Museum is within the Liberty Memorial, 2 Memorial Drive in Kansas City. For more information visit the website www.theworldwar.org


Toy and Miniature Museum presents show to complement 'The Art of the Brick'

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures presents the exhibition, "The Way We Played", at Union Station in Kansas City through May 28. In a first-time collaboration, the exhibit featuring toys from the T/m collection will greet visitors on their way to "The Art of the Brick" exhibition, which is the world's largest and most elaborate display of LEGO art.

"Our toys reflect our place in time, the values our parents held dear, and the technological advances of our society," said Lynn Pickerel, museum marketing manager. "But the way we used them to shape our stories, the way we played, is our own. These rich personal experiences are the heartbeat of The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures."

The Art of the Brick features more than 115 incredible works of art made out of millions of LEGO bricks from contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya. For more details visit unionstation.org or www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org.



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Topeka's Spring Antique Show coming up

The Spring Antique Show and Sale sponsored by the Topeka Antique Dealers Association will be held March 23-24 in the Sunflower Ballroom of the Maner Conference Center located at 17th St. and Western. The Friday night "sneak peek" session will be held 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and admission is $3. Saturday hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and admission is free.

Special presentations are scheduled on Saturday. A program on collecting antique bottles will be held at 10:30 a.m. A program on collecting railroad-related items will be held at 1:30 p.m.
For nearly 70 years, the Topeka Antique Dealers' Association has represented dealers, member shops and malls in greater Topeka. Currently, more than 200 dealers and 13 member businesses belong to TADA. The association's purpose remains to inform the buying public about antiques and promote an interest in antiques.

For more details on the show call 785-862-8850 or visit www.antiquesoftopeka.org.


They're going 'Marble Crazy'

If you need to find some of your marbles, they may be waiting for you at "Marble Crazy", the 15th annual show presented by the Kansas City Marble Club. Antique, vintage and contemporary marbles will be featured. Above is a box of agates displayed at a previous show.

This year's show, set for March 4, will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 10100 College Blvd. in Overland Park. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission.

For more information, call 816-916-9038.


Toys and collectibles featured in Norton

A lucky buyer might find a vintage John Deere tractor toy at the Tri-State Toy and Collectibles Show on March 17. (photo courtesy National Toy and Miniature Museum)

The 30th annual Tri-State Toy and Collectibles Show is set for Saturday, March 17, at the National Guard Armory on North Hwy. 283 in Norton. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Organizers report that this is one of the oldest shows of its type in the area. "Dealers from three sates will display old and new farm toys, plus toys representing NASCAR, trucks, trains, hot wheels and whatever," said David Will, an organizer of the show. Concessions will be available including great meal deals and homemade pies, he said. For dealer information contact Will at 785-877-2341.

The show is sponsored by the Norton Methodist Men and Norton Travel and Tourism.



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Antique Spectacular Vintage Market hits the Quad Cities

While in Rock Island for the Spring Antique Spectacular, March 2-4, check out the historic swinging bridge that spans the Mississippi River (photo courtesy Rock Island Chamber of Commerce)

The annual Spring Antique Spectacular Vintage Market will be March 2-4 in Rock Island. This anticipated event, will feature 70 exhibitors with antiques and vintage items galore. The show, now in its 24th year, is located at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave. in Rock Island.

"It will be overflowing with a wonderful variety of fine antiques and vintage collectibles for sale," said Kimberly Schilling, promoter of the show. "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."

Hours are 4-9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. A weekend pass is $8. Parking is free and patrons can register on the website: www.antiquespectacular.com to print a one-dollar-off coupon.

More information about the Antique Spectacular is available at the website by calling Schilling at 712-324-9964. The Antique Spectacular is presented by Melting Pot Productions, Inc.
The Antique Spectacular moves on to Cedar Falls for the weekend of March 16-18 at the UNI-Dome. Go to the above listed website for hours and additional information.


Gathering for primitives on the prairie

Drivers around Arthur share the road with Amish buggies. Collectors of primitives will gather there on March 3. (photo courtesy Arthur Chamber of Commerce)

A Gathering on the Prairie is a collection of vendors selling the finest in American Primitive Wares. They will be gathering on Saturday, March 3, at the Otto Center in Arthur. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Attendees will find a wide selection of American country primitives, painted furniture, stoneware, pottery, quilts and textiles, baskets, folk art, vintage toys, vintage seasonal décor and other unique antiques of high quality available for purchase.

"Stop by one of our events to purchase a gift for a loved one, add value to a collection, or just say hello to one of our many quality antique dealers," organizers say. "We 'gather' twice a year, the first Saturday of March and the second Saturday of November. Make plans to join us."

For more information about participating dealers go to www.agatheringontheprairie.com. Arthur is located off of Interstate 57 at Exit 203 at Arcola, then west on Route 133 approximately nine miles. Then turn south on Hwy. 12, for a half mile to the Otto Center on the right.



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