Mid-America News - APRIL 2017




Battle of Lexington Historic Site readies for Park Day and High Tea

The Anderson House in Lexington will host a formal tea on Saturday, April 8. (photo courtesy Battle of Lexington Historic Site)

Volunteers across the country will join together to preserve Civil War battlefields and historic sites on April 1. Those in Missouri can pitch in for preservation at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site. Volunteers will meet at the visitor center at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 1. Volunteer projects will include trash cleanup, painting, and landscaping.

The following weekend, officials of the site request the honor of your company for afternoon tea at the Anderson House. "Join us from 2-4 p.m. April 8 for an elegant tea served by ladies in period dress while enjoying music by Pat Berry and Dave Bohling. Formal dress is encouraged," said Lindsay Burkes, an event organizer. This tea is free and open to the public. Call the site office, 660-259-4654, for reservations.

 The 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. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit www.mostateparks.com.


Button collectors convene at Lake of the Ozarks

The Missouri State Button Society will hold its 2017 Spring Show, April 28-30 in Osage Beach. New and experienced collectors are encouraged to attend and share the wealth of information about the beauty and history of garment buttons. This year's theme is "A Picnic in the Park." The show will be hosted at the Inn at Grand Glaize, 5142 Osage Beach Pkwy. The public is invited to tour the showroom beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday. For details about the show and about the Button Society go to www.missouristatebuttonsociety.org (photo courtesy MSBS)

St. Joseph dealers will be busy in April

The Rusty Chandelier in St. Joseph will hold its Outdoor Store and Yard Sale, the weekend of April 7-9 at the facility located at Interstate 29 and Bus. Hwy. 73, Exit 53. Discounts of up to 20 percent will be offered on many items from participating dealers. Look for the special sale tags.

Later in the month on April 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rusty Chandelier and Jesse James Antique Mall will hold a parking lot flea market at the same location. More than 40 participating dealers will be outside and another 220 dealers indoors. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

For more information on either event, call 816-676-0662.


Weston Lions Club's 35th Annual Antique Show

Plenty of great finds, such as this railroad crossing sign, will be available at the Weston Antique Show, April 21-22. (photo courtesy Weston Lions Club)

The Lions Club of Weston will hold its annual Weston Antique Show the weekend of April 21-22. As per tradition, the show will be held in the historic Tobacco Warehouse on Main St. Friday hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Saturday the show runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $2.

Vendors wishing to participate are welcome to contact E.L. Williams 816-640-2348 or Ernie Bill by e-mail, erniebill@kc.rr.com.



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Vintage Sisters expands in Burlington

Spring is breaking out at Vintage Sisters in Burlington with lots of new dealer space. (photo courtesy Janet Frye)

The Vintage Sisters store in Burlington will expand into another building, located at 104. N. 3rd St., opening on April 5, according to owner Janet Frye. "It will be called 'The Other Sister' and it adds another 2,700 square feet of space. It will hold larger items that are unable to fit in our original location at 114 N. 3rd St."

She said that booth rentals would go for $1.66 per square foot. "One can bring one item or many," she said, "depending on how much they wish to spend or might have to sell." The contract is limited to 30 days, she added, meaning that no one has to give 30 days notice to vacate.

"We have a unique group of vendors with some really awesome stuff, including refurbished items, homemade things. Fantastic minds are creating with their souls," Frye said. Food will be served on Thursdays and Fridays including biscuits and gravy, homemade soup and cinnamon rolls, all cooked by Vintage Sisters vendors.

Hours for The Other Sister are 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The original Vintage Sisters will remain open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For additional information find Vintage Sisters on Facebook.


Tulips take center stage in Belle Plaine

Tulips are the stars of the show at the Tulip Time Festival in Belle Plaine. (photo courtesy Belle Plaine Chamber of Commerce)

The annual Tulip Time Festival is held the second weekend of the month, April 7-8. Since 1986, Belle Plaine has welcomed thousands of visitors to this two-day event. This year the festival commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.

Enjoy activities for every age including arboretum tour of 30,000 tulips, athletic competitions, bingo, BBQ cook off, a car and bike show with more than 100 vintage vehicles, a carnival, contests, festival food, helicopter rides, Kids Fest, a parade, street dance, talent show and two days of live entertainment.

Shop till you drop at Vendor Fair featuring artisan designs, crafts, antiques, repurposed vintage pieces, shabby chic, direct sales, plants, food products, textiles, primitives and commercial goods. Local businesses, Vintage Market antique stores, restaurants, a library and a museum offer more to see and do in Belle Plaine.

A $5 donation is requested for admission. For more information go to the website, www.belleplainechamber.com.


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Junk Jubilee goes retro in Des Moines

All kinds of treasures await the discerning collector at the Junk Jubilee set for April 28-30 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. (photo courtesy Junk Jubilee)

The Junk Jubilee is returning to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, April 28-30 in the Varied Industries Building. "For those who have a love for all things quaint, chippy, vintage, retro, industrial, rusty, galvanized, architectural and farm fresh, Junk Jubilee is a show you will not want to miss," said Miccia Humphrey, show owner.

"The building will be filled with more than 100 vendors from many states who share a passion for saving the historical artifacts from previous generations. Junk Jubilee is a great place to find some new old items to decorate your home for the warm season ahead," she said.

The Varied Industries building boasts 110,400 sq. ft. of exhibition space and has multiple restrooms and ATMs. Free parking. Early bird admission is 8 a.m.-10 a.m. on Friday and costs $25. General admission for $8 begins at 10 a.m. each day of the show. Kids under 14 are admitted free.

Get more information about this and upcoming shows at www.junkjubilee.com.


Winterset to host big antique show

Historic storefronts line the streets in downtown Winterset, IA. (photo courtesy Winterset Chamber of Commerce)

The historic community of Winterset will be the setting for a quality Vintage and Antique Show to be held the weekend of April 8-9. It will be held in the Jackson Building located at 1146 W. Summit, in the fairgrounds. Dealers will be coming from six states: Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and Missouri.

"There will be an amazing variety of items for sale," organizers Larry Gilbert and Steve Schmalgried say, including elegant glass, coins, marbles, advertising, jewelry, children's items, stoneware, pocket knives, postcards, toys, Indian artifacts and much more. Food will also be served, prepared by local ladies.

Admission of $3 for adults is good for the entire weekend. Children under 12 admitted free.
Winterset is the covered bridge capital of Iowa, with several preserved in the area. It is also the hometown of John Wayne and the John Wayne Museum is a popular attraction. In addition, there is a quilt museum downtown and quaint shops lining the town square.

For additional information contact Gilbert at 618-210-8158 or Schmalgried at 515-314-9224.


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Fans of fans in the Windy City

An exquisite 19th century painted Chinese hand fan, an object desired by members of the Fan Association of North America, meeting in Chicago in April. (photo courtesy FANA)

It's not as if Chicago needs any help in maintaining its nickname as the Windy City, but members of the Fan Association of North America (FANA), a national collector's group of hand fan enthusiasts, will be creating their own breezes as they hold their annual conference on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago from April 26-30.

Fan lovers from across the country and beyond will have many opportunities to view and learn about historic and stylish hand fans during the four-day conference. Highlights of the meeting include viewing exquisite fans from collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, and the Chicago History Museum. Lectures on Imperial China treasures, ivory and the law, and lace fans will be held and the use of fans in tai chi will be demonstrated, said Kathryn Hanna, publicity chair of FANA.

"In addition, a members' fan sale that offers extraordinary antique fans, along with other unusual and interesting fans in all price ranges will be held, followed by a fun charity fan auction to benefit FANA's educational outreach efforts," Hanna said. FANA members who attend this conference are always delighted to find that "special fan" (or two or three, or more) that they have dreamt about to add to their collection.

FANA welcomes new members who may join by visiting FANA's web site, fanassociation.org. In addition to the annual meeting, member benefits include the FANA newsletter and the FANA Journal. Also check out discussions on Facebook at "Hand Fan Collectors."

For further information contact Hanna at westonkafan@gmail.com or call 952-200-9727.


Antique armaments show and sale set for Wheaton

Antique pistols will be for sale and show at the combined Mega-Collectors Event at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, April 29. (photo courtesy CADA)

The DuPage County Fairgrounds, will be the setting for the "Mega-Collectors Event" for Civil War enthusiasts and vintage arms collectors, Saturday April 29.

Billed as two shows in one, The Chicagoland National Civil War Show and the Collector's Arm's Dealers Association, (CADA), will have something for everyone.

With one admission price for two shows - in two separate buildings – attendees will find Civil War treasures, artifacts from the Spanish-American and Indian Wars, items relating to mountain men and fur traders such as bowie knives. In addition, find World Wars I and II memorabilia such as collectible guns, pistols, rifles, parts, military, knives and swords.

CADA is a national association of dealers of the highest integrity who offer quality collector arms for the novice to the advanced collector. Combining two shows into one event affords something for everyone for a grand day of treasure hunting. The CADA show will feature antique firearms, guns, knives, swords, ammo, accessories, and militaria.

Show hours for both events will be Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults and children 16 and younger are free.  Admission price includes both shows. Free parking. The DuPage County Fairgrounds is located at 2015 W. Manchester, Wheaton.

For additional dealer or collector information on this "Mega-Collectors Event", contact Zurko's Midwest Promotions, 115 E. Division St., Shawano, WI 54166; phone 715-526-9769, fax 715-524-5675 or website www.cadagunshow.com.

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