Mid-America News - FEBRUARY 2018




Olive Branch Antiques & Oddities opens in Odessa

A school related display at Olive Branch Antiques & Oddities, a center for country antiques and primitives in Odessa. (photo courtesy Ariann Haskin)

There's a new antique and vintage shop that recently opened in the burgeoning downtown of Odessa. Ariann Haskin and her husband, Mike, have opened The Olive Branch Antiquities & Oddities at 123 S. Second St. Ariann is the former owner of the St. Joseph Auction and Antique Mart, which she ran since 2006.

"I am a resident of Bates City, so the commute to St. Joseph every day was beginning to wear on me," Haskin said. "I was looking to get closer."

Olive Branch Antiques & Oddities occupies 6,000 square feet of retail space and operates as a shop, although several dealers also participate from booth space.

"I specialize in primitives and country antiques," Haskin said. "Our dealers do cover the gamut though."

She is very encouraged by the downtown business scene in Odessa. "Downtown is absolutely booming," she said. "We have a young mayor and a lot of younger people who are really making Odessa a happening place."

Haskin said her inspiration was her aunt Jane Langevin, who operated Virginia's Antiques in Oak Grove for 30 years.

The Olive Branch Antiques & Oddities is open seven days a week, opening at 10 a.m. each day. Look for them on Facebook or call 816-230-0071.



Annual St. Joseph Antique Show & Vintage Market coming up

Junk Love will have a section all it's own at this year's St. Joseph Antique Show & Vintage Market, Feb. 17-18. (photo courtesy Angie Hummer)

The annual St. Joseph Antique Show & Vintage Market returns to the Civic Arena Feb. 17-18. The show will feature 60 dealers from around the region selling quality antiques and vintage furnishings. Show manager, Angie Hummer, focuses on integrity in the show.

"The antique vendors carry a fantastic selection of high quality antiques including furniture, glassware, collectibles and more," Hummer said. Hummer, who is owner of the Jesse James Antique Mall and the Rusty Chandelier in St. Joseph, started coordinating antique shows more than 20 years ago.

An expert antique appraiser, Michael Amosson with Viking Productions, will be on hand throughout the weekend for free antique appraisals. "Dust off those attic treasures and bring them to the show," Hummer said. (Limit two items.)

There will be a "For the Love of Junk" section, featuring vintage and re-purposed furniture, along with eclectic home décor and retro items. "This is a perfect fit for the Antique Show. With one admission fee, collectors can shop for quality antiques and browse through a great collection of vintage furnishings," Hummer said.

The St. Joseph Antique Show & Vintage Market at the Civic Arena, 100 North 4th Street, is open Saturday, Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the show is $6 for adults, youth age 16 and younger are free. Discount admission coupons are available at the Jesse James Antique Mall and the Rusty Chandelier, located at Exit 53 off I-29 in St. Joseph, MO.

For more information on the show, or to exhibit, contact Hummer at 816-390-4867 or amhummer6@gmail.com.


Treasures of the Past Antique Mall now open in North Kansas City

Diane and Mark Ufferman at the newly opened Treasures of the Past, 205 E. 14th Ave. in North Kansas City. (photo by Leigh Elmore)

The only antique mall currently operating in North Kansas City is Treasures of the Past, which opened its doors last November, says Mark Ufferman, mall manager. The address is 205 E. 14th Ave. The Ufferman family, which includes his mother, Diane, and wife, Christie, has been in the antique business since 2003 (with a two-year sabbatical).

"We currently have 60 dealers with booth space," Ufferman said, "and we are utilizing 13,000 square feet of retail space," he said. "Our dealers offer everything from country primitives to Mid-Century Modern selections. We have a very good selection of upscale costume jewelry as well. We are attracting a great selection of dealers."

Ufferman said they were attracted to North Kansas City's central location and easy access to nearly all major interstates and highways in the Kansas City area. Treasures of the Past can be found on Facebook or call 816-207-5255.


Author to address Missouri's complicated racial past in upcoming program

The Anderson House is a focal point of the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site (photo courtesy Missouri State Parks)

The public is invited to attend a special event regarding Missouri's racial history at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site. On Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. historian and author Gary Kremer will present a program 'Missouri's Complicated Racial Past: Causes & Consequences.' Kremer will focus on the ways in which African Americans and whites often interpret both the past and the present differently. 

"These differing interpretations stem, in part, from different histories, which in turn, derive from, among other things, the fundamental realities of race," said Lindsay Burks, interpretive resource specialist at the site. The goal of this presentation is to encourage individuals and groups to seek to understand the historical forces that have shaped their lives, as well as the lives of those with whom they come in contact. This event is free and open to the public.

Battle of Lexington State Historic Site is located 1101 Delaware St., Lexington. For more information about the event, call the site at 660-259-4654 or visit the website www.mostateparks.com.


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

Sampling Missouri wines on the Chocolate Wine Trail is a popular February event. (photo courtesy Hermann Wine Trail)

The Chocolate Wine Trail held the third weekend of February has become a romantic tradition for many couples, warming up a winter weekend with luscious chocolate and wine pairings at seven stops along the Hermann Wine Trail that hugs the Missouri River for 20 scenic miles between Hermann and New Haven. The 2018 event is set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17-18. 

The seven participating wineries will purvey a selection of chocolate delights each one paired with a special wine. They include Adam Puchta Winery, Bias Winery, Dierberg Star Lane Tasting Room, Hermannhof Winery, OakGlenn Winery, Robller Vineyard and Stone Hill Winery.

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 www.HermannWineTrail.com or from the Hermann Welcome Center, 800-932-8687. Advance purchase is required. A word to the wise—tickets always sell out early for this popular event.

Next up on the Wine Trail is a new event for 2018, The Farmer's Table Wine Trail on April 7, co-sponsored by the Hermann Wine Trail and Missouri CommonGround. 



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Annual Larned Antique and Collectibles Show weekend upcoming

Art glass is just one of the categories that visitors will find at the annual Larned Chamber of Commerce Antique Show. (photo courtesy Antiques and Artifacts)

The Larned Area Chamber of Commerce Antiques and Collectibles Show will be held Feb. 9-11 at the Larned Community Center. "This is an event that you do not want to miss. Sixteen exhibitors from a four state region will be exhibiting and selling at this year's show, each bringing their own unique set of items and collectibles. You are bound to find something of interest to you!" organizers said. 

Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10; and 10 a.m.-4 pm. Sunday, Feb. 11. From 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Bill Starr with Starr Antiques will be available for appraisals. Attendees receive two free appraisals with paid entry to the show. "This is a great opportunity for you to bring your collectibles and get them appraised!"

This year's show will feature a range from Victorian art glass, perfumes, sterling silver, hand-stitched quilts to old prints, match safes, pocket knives, vintage costume jewelry and comics, coins, furniture, and much more.

Those showing at this year's show include, Necessities, Padron Memories, Creative Connections, Bill Starr Antiques, Hirsch's Corner, Traditions by J&M, Heavenly Treasures, Miscellany Antiques, Sandhills Crest, Hands of Time and Avenues Antiques, Richard Basham's Antiques, Kristin Keith's Antiques, Neal Stanley's Antiques, Ellinwood Emporium, Dolton's Antiques and Vintage Hill.

Admission is $2 per person and children 10 and under are free. In the great tradition of the Antique Show and Sale, Faye Grandy of Sweet Traditions will provide food concessions along with homemade pies by PEO and Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary.

For more information visit the website, www.larnedks.com.


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