Mid-America News - NOVEMBER 2017




Running Rabbit is 'Hoppin' to Please'

Sandy Wescott, foreground, and Gladys Landwehr, a dealer, at Running Rabbit Antiques and General Store in Higginsville. (photo by Leigh Elmore)

For Sandy Wescott, owner of Running Rabbit Antiques and General Store in Higginsville, her business acts as a sort of springboard for public service in Lafayette County. With a half-century of experience in the vintage trade, Wescott and other members of her family have a big impact on the community.

In September, they marked another anniversary with a big sale at the Higginsville store located at 509 Fairground Ave. (right next to the Piggly Wiggly). Meanwhile, son Dale Wescott and his wife, Christy, and daughter, Diana Kimbrough, and her husband, Kevin, are all involved in various vintage businesses, including River Bluff Antiques in Lexington (914 Main St.) and an architectural salvage business next door. Plus, they have fully stocked a small retail shop in the tasting room of LaBella Vineyards and Winery, 11644 Flournoy School Rd. in rural Lafayette County.

"We have a wonderful clientele," Sandy Wescott said, "and our shop in Higginsville is meeting a lot of needs," noting that a section of her shop, Second-Hand Rose, sells previously owned clothing. She recently added several hundred square feet of space by taking over a storefront next door.

"Our dealers update their merchandise weekly and they scour the countryside in search of exciting items for the home," Wescott said.

Wescott and company are the organizers and a major sponsor of the Lafayette County Lawn and Garden show, which now encompasses two auditoriums when held in the spring. The show raises money for the high school agriculture program, she said.

Running Rabbit now boasts 40 dealers of vintage merchandise. "The antique business has certainly changed over the years that we've been involved," Wescott says. "Every generation has its own fads. We just try to identify what they are and then go with them."


Heartland Artisan Guild maps 2017 show

The Heartland Artisan Guild of Lafayette County Holiday Open House will be celebrating their 24th year during the weekend of Nov. 17-18. Private homes are open 5-8:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, commercial businesses during their open hours.

"All the artisans are anxious to display and sell their wares at the 2017 show," remarked Liz Keaton of Higginsville, one of the show's organizers.

"There will be 16 stops on the tour this year. Two stops have multiple crafters showing off their amazing crafts. There are four homes on the tour featuring many Christmas creative displays and merchandise to purchase. Also the wonderful businesses on the tour are welcoming all with open arms to view and purchase some priceless treasures," Keaton said.

The Holiday Open House starts in Higginsville and extends to Concordia. There are some local sponsors offering special meals for the day.

Maps are available at My Sister's Garden, 2013 Main St. in Higginsville and at the Rustic Petal, 530 S. Main in Concordia.

"It is always a pleasure seeing old friends and making new friends at the Heartland Artisan Guild's Holiday Open House," Keaton said.


Soup and Craft Days at Rice-Tremonti Home

The Rice-Tremonti Home in Raytown dates from 1844. (photo by Leigh Elmore)

The historic Rice-Tremonti Home, 1844 farmhouse on the westward trails, will hold its Fall Soup and Craft Days the weekend of Nov. 4-5 at the house, 8801 E. 66th St., Raytown. Hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.

Enjoy a meal of homemade soups, with several different varieties to choose from, cornbread, dessert and beverage for only $7. Soups include steak, shrimp bisque, chicken noodle, poblano posole and corn chowder. To-go orders will also be available.

Talented crafters will take over the front parlors as well as a tent in the front yard to sell items that will be perfect holiday gifts. Free admission to the house and grounds.

The event is a fund-raiser for the Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home, the all-volunteer group responsible for the preservation and upkeep of this local treasure, the oldest antebellum home in Jackson County.

For more information go to the website, www.rice-tremonti.org.

Kansas City Museum 'Suits Up' in new space

The Kansas City Museum opened a men's clothing exhibition in its new space on the ground floor of 800 Broadway in Kansas City (photo courtesy Kansas City Museum)

The Kansas City Museum has recently moved into space located at 800 Broadway in Kansas City, directly across Main Street from the Kansas City Garment District Museum. The very first exhibition is currently in place, "Suiting Up: Tailored Menswear in Kansas City, 1900-2017." The show is sponsored by Paolini Garment Company and curated by Tom Paolini. Admission is $5.

Featuring current custom-made looks by Paolini Garment Co. alongside historical garments from the Kansas City Museum's collection, this exhibition examines the fashion, fit, fabric, and flair of tailored men's apparel ranging from the classic to the contemporary. "We are celebrating the resurgence of the modern-day gentleman and his luxury clothier," Paolini said.

Visit both the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District and the Historic Garment District Museum, located across the street at 801 Broadway Blvd. Both spaces are open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Metered and free two-hour street parking is available on surrounding streets. For more information go to the website www.kansascitymuseum.org.


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Sentimental Journey marks 20th anniversary

As Sentimental Journey Antique Mall marks 20 years in business, it's starting to look like Thanksgiving season in the store. (photo courtesy Sentimental Journey)

Sentimental Journey Antique Mall, located at 907 W. Chestnut in Olathe is marking its 20th anniversary in business during November, said Carol Bruegger, owner with her husband, Randy, and daughter Amy Bruegger. "One of us is always there."

"During that whole 20 years we haven't moved. We bought the business at this location at that time and it's worked out fine over the years," she said, noting that Sentimental Journey has about 95 dealers operating in booths of various sizes.

Bruegger said that she has noticed a marked change in the vintage business since opening. "Not as many people are buying the really old antique stuff – china, silver and old English furniture. People are buying some furniture to repurpose. They are buying things to use in decorating. There is just a smaller group of collectors of fine antiques."

For more information check out the Facebook page for Sentimental Journey, or call 913-768-8088.

BeBop Market to open in Emporia

While in Emporia for the BeBop Market, visitors can also visit the home of William Allen White, "The Sage of Emporia," legendary editor and publisher of the Emporia Gazette. (photo courtesy Emporia Chamber of Commerce)

There's a new vintage and antique market coming to central Kansas; the inaugural BeBop Market will be held in the Anderson Building at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Emporia on Nov. 19. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
According to organizer John Doan, BeBop Market will consist of a variety of pop-up shops in a spacious climate-controlled building with on-site concessions available.

"Vintage items, antiques and other very cool things will be offered at the BeBop Market," Doan said. "We really are doing this to bring something really fun to the middle of Kansas. This is a perfect place for people to meet to have a great time! You can see and buy some great stuff from a great BeBop dealer.

"You can have a great meal and maybe spend the night and see the sites. Kansas is a great state and BeBop Markets are a great way for us all to get together and celebrate Kansas," Doan said.

Anyone interested in booth space can to the website, www.bebopmarkets.com, or call
316-461-5373. Space is limited and reservations are required.

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Museum of Nebraska Art venerates the 'Horse Nation'

Denton Fast Whirlwind, "Keepers of the Sacred Hunt," acrylic, enamel finish, 2016. (photo courtesy Museum of Nebraska Art)

The Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney has opened the exhibition, "The Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ," on display through Jan. 7, 2018. It is a multi-media traveling exhibition inspired by the voices and perspectives of the Šúŋka Wakȟáŋ Oyáte (Horse Nation).

This group of works represents a partnership with The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, at the Pine Ridge Reservation, Pine Ridge, SD, artist Keith BraveHeart, and the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota people. Pieces from The Heritage Center and other collections are featured alongside original artworks made specifically for this exhibition.

The exhibition expands on the 2014 film, "We Are A Horse Nation," made by Keith BraveHeart about the Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ. 

The exhibition was organized by The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Black Hills Community Foundation, South Dakota Humanities Council, Joyce Dobbert, Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, and Racing Magpie L.L.C.  

Admission is free; however, donations are appreciated.


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Antique Spectacular Vintage Market in the Quad Cities

The annual Fall Antique Spectacular Vintage Market will be Nov. 3-5. "This event will feature 70 exhibitors with antiques and vintage items galore at Antique Spectacular," said Kimberly Schilling, one of the organizers.

The show, now winding up its 23rd year, is located at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Avenue in Rock Island.

"It will be 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," she said.

Schilling expects that customers will find 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.

"This includes great furniture, art pottery, country, stoneware, books, prints, primitives, jewelry, silver, antique glassware, American Indian items, china, postcards, coins, quilts, dolls, toys, advertising, marbles, rugs, vintage textiles and period pieces. It's all under one roof for the convenience to shop all weekend."

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 free. For more information go to website: www.antiquespectacular.com to print a one-dollar off coupon. Admission is $7 for the weekend.


Time for the fall 'Gathering on the Prairie'

A representative grouping of the types of American primitives that will be on sale at the Nov. 11 "Gathering on the Prairie" in Arthur, IL. (photo courtesy Gathering on the Prairie)

Some of the leading dealers of American primitive wares will assemble in Arthur on Nov. 11 for the semiannual "Gathering on the Prairie" antique show and sale. Those attending 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.

About 50 dealers representing antique businesses locate throughout the Midwest will participate.
The "Gathering" will take place at the Otto Center in Arthur. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Arthur is located off exit 203 of Interstate-57 at Arcola, IL, then west on Route 133 approximately 9 miles. Then turn south on County Hwy 12, for a half-mile to the Otto Center on the right.

For more information, call 217-620-8983 or go to www.agatheringontheprarie.com.


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