Mid-America News - AUGUST 2017




Springfield gears up for Route 66 Festival

Springfield's Downtown square will serve as the central focal point of the 'Birth of Rte. 66 Festival'. (photo courtesy festival organizers)

Local residents are proud of the fact that the initial planning meeting that gave rise to Route 66 was held in Springfield in 1926. From that initial session, "The Mother Road" evolved into the country's most storied highway. They will put their pride on display big time Aug. 11-12 at various venues around town with the annual "Birthplace of Rte. 66 Festival."

Attendees will get to experience a major car show, motorcycle village, parade, all kinds of exhibits and historical displays, food and live music featuring Big and Rich and Three Dog Night.

The festival kicks off with a special screening of 'Show Me 66: Main Street Though Missouri', a film presented by the Missouri History Museum of St. Louis, which is equal parts travelogue and historical narrative. It explores the sights and landscapes found along Route 66 in Missouri, and a focus on its birth in Springfield.

In addition, the annual gathering of authors, artists, associations and collectors affiliated with Route 66 returns to the festival, at the Old Glass Place, 501 E. St. Louis. They will have displays with information about their products and services and will have their wares for sale.
Other activities include a motorcycle poker run, activities for children and 6.6k run. For a complete schedule of events and venues go the website www.route66festivalsgf.com.


Vendors sought for Junk 2 Treasure Show

The Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center at State Fair Community College in Sedalia will house the Junk 2 Treasure Show, Sept. 15-16. (photo courtesy State Fair Community College)

Vendors are still being sought for the Junk 2 Treasure Show, set Sept. 15-16, at State Fair Community College, 3201 W. 16th St. in Sedalia. Customers will find all sorts of repurposed and up-cycled items, assorted materials and finished products, according to organizer Dana Page of the college.

"It's the most fun you will have in a weekend," Page said. "We welcome vendors of up-cycled, vintage, shabby/rusty chic, retro, or antique repurposed items We'd also like to have vendors who sell signs, salvage, junk, trinkets, or handmade items for creating repurposed items, as well as do-it-yourself materials, pottery and farmhouse-style items."

The Junk 2 Treasure show will be held in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center. "The MPC is a large, clean and air conditioned facility. Vendors can enjoy easy loading and unloading areas with no steps. Elevator access is available for event goers," Page said.

Vendor space is available on the upper and lower levels of the 57,000-square-foot building. Booth sizes and costs are 10′ x 10′ for $100 ($110 with electricity) and 10′ x 20′ for $180 ($190 with electricity). Access to electricity is limited, and vendors must provide their own extension cords. A limited number of eight-foot tables are available to rent for $8 each; chairs will be provided. The Junk 2 Treasure sale is 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16. Admission to the event is free. For more information go to the Junk 2 Treasure Facebook page.


National Museum of Toys and Miniatures names new director

Petra Kralickova (photo courtesy Museum of Toys and Miniatures)

The Board of Directors of the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City recently selected Petra Kralickova as the museum's new executive director and she assumed the position on July 10.

"Petra Kralickova stood out among a pool of exceptional candidates," said Vincent Gauthier, board chairman. "We are confident that she is the perfect successor to lead this truly special museum into the future and continue building upon the superb work of Jamie Berry and the museum's dedicated and talented staff," Gauthier stated. "The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures will greatly benefit from Kralickova's deep interest in helping cultural organizations develop fundraising strategies and outreach to national audiences."

In her current role as director of national development at the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Raoids, IA, Kralickova raised awareness of the museum's mission and helped lay the groundwork for a $15 million fund-raising campaign.

"I am excited to lead this remarkable organization into its next chapter and work together on creating a vibrant national museum that is engaging, inspiring, and fun," Kralickova said. "An institution that looks to delight adults and children and has that belief at the heart of its mission is truly unique."

Located on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, the museum exhibits the world's largest collection of fine-scale miniatures and one of the nation's largest collections of antique toys. For more information, call 816-235-8000 or visit www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org.


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Ottawa celebrates the days of the cowboys

Ottawa will revel in its cowboy past when Cowboy Day is celebrated on Sept. 2. A restored Wells Fargo stagecoach was featured in a previous parade. (photo courtesy Ottawa Main Street Assn.)

What is billed as "the best little event in downtown Ottawa," that is Ottawa Cowboy Day, will be celebrated this labor day weekend, Sept. 2, in downtown Ottawa, sponsored by the Ottawa Main Street Association.

Watch the cattle drive on Main Street south through downtown to the City Park at 5th and Main. The all-equine parade will follow and feature different breeds of horses, a variety of riding disciplines and active horse clubs – and, always a favorite entry, the Wild Women of the West Prizes will be awarded for the Best Entry, Best Group Entry and Best Horse-drawn Entry.

The activities take place 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at City Park. Many vendors will purvey western and craft products throughout the park. Several food trucks, including The DoNutty Professors, Pork Rehab, Kansas Masons funnel cakes, Sno Shack and Kurt's Wienie Wagon will be on hand, as well as various other food tents that will raise funds for worthy groups. Look for the Information Tent for questions and Cowboy Day memorabilia.

Live music will feature: The Lintners at the Old Dietrich Cabin, Buckshot & Boots at the Gazebo, Rusty Riersont, 2-4 p.m. in a special concert in the park. The big country music concert featuring Ned LeDoux begins at 7p.m. at the Ottawa Memorial Auditorium.
Kids games and activities include an inflatable bounce house and mechanical bull. Also, the 'Animal Experience' will be offered as a fun time for kids.

Craft demonstrations will include hat-making, branding and demonstrations of all kinds. The Carnegie Cultural Center will exhibit "One Spirit," a display of traditional Native American art.
Photo Opportunity will be at 2nd & Main at Haley Park from 4-5 p.m. The " Cowboy of the Year" reception will follow at the Plaza Cinema.

For more information visit the website www.ottawacowboydays.com


Burlington, KS City-wide Garage Sale

Residents of the city of Burlington are getting ready for Saturday, Aug. 6 when the citywide garage sale will be held. All individuals and businesses in Burlington will be allowed to set up a stand in front of their homes or businesses.

A nominal $5 registration fee will be used to advertise the sales. This puts a participant's name on the map of individual and business sales to be handed out to the public. Deadline for registration is Aug. 1.

For more detailed information call 620-364-8484 or visit the website, www.burlingtonrec.com.


Topeka dealers combine for big fall show

Antique books are just some of the collectible items that visitors will find at the Topeka Antique Dealers Association Fall Antique and Collectible Show, Aug. 25-26. (photo courtest TADA)

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.

Many of them will put that expertise on display Aug. 25-26 during the association's annual Fall Antique and Collectible Flea Market, to be held at the Maner Conference Center of the Capitol Plaza Hotel in an air-conditioned space.

Vendors can still reserve a booth by calling 785-6333-3743 or 785-862-8850. For more information visit the website, www.antiquesoftopeka.org.


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Britt rolls out the red carpet for hobos

Hobos and others pose for a group picture in front of a Milwaukee Road boxcar permanently on display in Britt. Also, recently crowned King and Queen of the Hobos. (photo courtesy Britt Hobo Days)

Hobos were migratory workers who helped satisfy America's labor needs starting after the Civil War. They were "homeless" by choice; they worked to travel and traveled to work. Their chief mode of transportation has always been freight trains.

Since 1900, the City of Britt has been hosting a National Hobo Convention. This year, the 117th annual Hobo Convention and Festival is set for Aug. 10-13. The non-profit Hobo Day Association supports the National Hobo Convention by hosting a weekend festival that includes a parade, entertainment, arts and crafts, food and lots of fun. The highlight of this festival is the election of the King and Queen of the Hobos.

The hobos come to town and set up a hobo jungle, sell their crafts and provide free entertainment to visitors. Not to be missed in any visit to the Hobo Days festivities and the National Hobo Convention is the Hobo Memorial Cemetery where many steam era hobos have been laid to rest; and the National Hobo Museum where many authentic hobo artifacts are on display.

The National Hobo Museum began as the dream of three life-long hobos and former Hobo Kings. Determined to preserve the history of the American Hobo, these men formed the Hobo Foundation in the mid-1970s. The foundation is made up of hobos and residents of Britt. They tasked themselves with ensuring that the stories of the American Hobo and Britt Hobo Days would be told for generations to come. Today, the National Hobo Museum is owned and operated by the Britt Hobo Days Association.

For more details or to register as a vendor or exhibitor, go to the website, www.britthobodays.com


Tiny What Cheer hosts the biggest flea market in Iowa

Acres and acres of dealers will descend on the small community of What Cheer for its next market, Aug. 4-6. (photo courtesy What Cheer Flea Market)

There are few events for junk-loving, rust-worshiping, deal-hunting, bargain-hungry Iowans that are as satisfying as this epic flea market held in the tiny town of What Cheer three times a year.

"Everyone should visit it at least once, and we're betting you won't be able to stay away after you've seen this," said Rachel Flynn, inveterate Iowa antique picker. The next one is set for Aug. 4-6 at the Keokuk County Fairgounds.

More than 350 vendors are expected to participate in this summer's market, organizers say. Expect to see all kinds of merchandise from true antiques, collectibles, vintage items and things you just won't expect.

Vendor spaces go for $45. Admission is $2 per day for the first two days of the market; free admission on Sunday. Early bird admission on Thursday is $5. Gates open at 7 a.m. each day.

For more details and for campground information, go to the website: www.whatcheerfleamarket.com.


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Nebraska Museum of Art marks the state's 150th anniversary

The Museum of Nebraska Art presents several exhibitions in honor of Nebraska's Sesquicentennial, and features: "Jean Thiessen – The MONA Collection." (Jean Louise Berg Thiessen, Untitled, on-edge felt mosaic, c. 1900s-1930s.)

The year 2017 marks Nebraska's 150th anniversary of statehood. The Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) in Kearney is uniquely positioned to observe this milestone, since MONA's mission is to showcase the art and cultural history of the state. The museum features, through a series of exhibitions, its permanent collection in a visual festival of Nebraska art in honor of Nebraska's Sesquicentennial. 

Kicking things off through Feb. 25, 2018 is an exhibition of paintings by self-taught artist Jean Thiessen (1876-1960). She is noted for creating captivating on-edge felt mosaics in the early part of the 20th century. MONA is fortunate to have seven of her works, acquired from the estate of her son who himself was a prolific artist and an early leader of the museum. These unique creations exhibit rich coloration and a linear design, examples of an artist in full control of her medium.

The Museum of Nebraska Art is located at 2401 Central Ave., Kearney. Go to the website, www.mona.unk.ed


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Looking Glass Productions sets big show in Grapevine

This Imperial Free Hand glass vase is just the kind of breathtaking example that will be on display and for sale at the Looking Glass Productions show of American-made glassware, Aug. 26-27 in Grapevine, TX (photo courtesy the National Depression Glasss Association)

Glassware collectors are already looking forward to Looking Glass Production's big show of American antique and collectible glassware, scheduled Aug. 26-27 at the Grapevine Convention Center.

In addition attendees will encounter impressive collections of Depression glass and art glass, as well as china, pottery and kitchen collectibles.

"This has become the largest and longest running glass show in Texas," said Pam Meyer, who runs Looking Glass Productions with her husband, Fred. They are long-time dealers in Depression Era glassware and pottery, and have participated in many Texas shows and others in surrounding states.

Pam Meyer said that attendees can expect to find quality dealers from all across the U.S. with stocks of American-made Depression Glass from manufacturers such as Jeannette, Indiana, Hocking, McKee, Federal and others. In addition, American-made "Elegant" glass from manufacturers such as Fostoria, Heisey, Cambridge, Tiffin and Morgantown will be available.

Non-glass items will include American-made pottery from makers like Bauer, Weller, Rookwood and Van Briggle, as well as American-made china from manufacturers such as Franciscan, Hull, Homer Laughlin and Vernon Kilns.

Door prizes, special guests and authors are always part of a Looking Glass Productions show. For more details visit the website, www.meyershows.com.



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