Mid-America News - NOVEMBER 2018




Rice-Tremonti Soup & Craft Days upcoming

Fall Soup and Craft Days at the Rice-Tremonti Home in Raytown will be held Nov. 3-4 at the house, 8801 E. 66th St. The semi-annual event helps raise money to support the Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home's efforts to preserve this 1844 landmark on the westward trails.

Enjoy a lunch of homemade soups including steak, shrimp bisque, poblano-posole, chicken noodle and more. The cost, complete with cornbread and beverage, is only $7. To-go orders are welcome.
Shop for holiday gifts from the talented crafters who will be present in the front parlors and on the front lawn.

The Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of this pioneer home that witnessed the westward migration, the Civil War and suburban development.

Visit www.ricetremonti.com for more information.


Independence introduces the Uptown Flea & Craft Market

The new Independence Uptown Market will host the Uptown Flea & Craft Market on the second Sunday of each month, beginning on Nov. 11, according to Becca Wheeler of the Independence Parks and Recreation Dept., which is organizing the effort. Hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

"We are currently seeking vendors," Wheeler said. "Vendor booth rentals are $20 for an 8'x'8' space. The structure is an indoor facility that has 10 garage style doors that open all the way up. There is also an outdoor open air but covered pavilion."

The Independence Uptown Market is located near Independence Square downtown at 211 W. Truman Rd.

Wheeler said that the facility would be available for private rentals and for a number of public programs such as yoga classes. It is also the home of the Independence Farmers' Market.
Prospective vendors should call 816-325-7397 or 816-325-7843. The website is www.independenceuptownmarket.com.



Cape Girardeau Arts & Crafts Extravaganza needs two venues

The Arts & Crafts Extravaganza in Cape Girardeau attracts a big crowd. (photo courtesy Arts Council of Southeast Missouri)

The 48th Annual Arts and Crafts Extravaganza, a holiday favorite, will be held Nov. 17-18 and is so large that it will be held at two locations: the Osage Centre and Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri sponsors the Extravaganza.

This craft show will feature more than 300 high-quality crafters, including many of the finest artisans from across the Midwest. Last year, an estimated 14,000 visitors came through the doors at both locations making it one of the largest craft fairs in the Southeast Missouri region.

Vendors are required to sell handmade items exclusively and, as a requirement, must pass a rigorous inspection process to participate. After the inspection, judges will select and name one booth "2018 Best of Show," at each location.

Attendees can make ready for the holidays with purchases of homemade Christmas candies, fresh roasted nuts, savory holiday dips and sauces, honey, baked goods, homemade jelly and salsa, and delicious fudge – all available at this year's fair. Also featured will be home enhancing décor like sculptures, framed original art and photography, handmade pottery, leather goods, gourmet dog treats and fashions, wearable art, wood items of every description, toys, knitted, quilted and baby apparel, fabulous wreaths and table decorations, and an array of jewelry.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. One ticket is good for admission to both locations. Cost for Saturday and Sunday is $5.


St. Joseph malls plan Christmas open houses

Just one stop will take shoppers to two fine antique malls in St. Joseph for their Vintage Christmas Open Houses on Sunday, Nov. 11. The Jesse James Antique Mall and the Rusty Chandelier will be loaded with holiday gift items and décor accessories. The management also plans a scavenger hunt for customers complete with prizes.

The malls are home to 220 unique dealers plus an outdoor store.

They are located at Exit 53 of Interstate 29 at Bus. Hwy. 71. For more details call 816-232-0099 or go to the website, www.JesseJamesAntiqueMall.com.



Heartland Artisans Guild Open House held from Higginsville to Concordia

The Heartland Artisan Guild Holiday Open House will be celebrating its 25th year, in 2018 with 18 venues for artists and crafters to display and sell their wares. The show will be held Nov. 16-17.

"There are six new stops on the tour this year," said Liz Keaton of Keaton's Refinishing in Higginsville. "Two stops have multiple crafters showing off their amazing crafts and creative Christmas displays.

"Also, all the wonderful businesses on the tour will be welcoming visitors with open arms to view and purchase some priceless treasures," she said.

The Heartland Artisan Guild Holiday Open House starts in Higginsville with 13 stops and extends to Concordia with five stops. Along the way local sponsors will offer special meals and deals of the day.

"Come out and see some old friends and make some new ones," Keaton said.

For information call 660-584-2323.


St. Charles Treasure Chest Holiday Expo set for
Nov. 16-18

Business was brisk at last year's Treasure Chest Holiday Expo in St. Charles where Christmas shopping is made easy. (photo courtesy Treasure Chest shows)

More than 200 vendors will purvey a host of holiday gift items Nov. 16-18 when the 11th Annual Treasure Chest Holiday Expo gets under way in St. Charles at the convention center.

Shoppers will be treated to a host of unique gift possibilities including one-of-a-kind artworks and crafts, gourmet food goodies, holiday and home décor items, toys, books, games and more.
Special events are planned daily including raffles and prizes. Hours are 1-6 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission and parking are free. The St. Charles Convention Center is located at 1 Convention Center Parkway.

For more details visit the website www.treasurechestshows.com.


Mid-America Train and Toy Show ready for the holidays

Model railroad buffs will find trains from all manufacturers in all scales at the fall installment of the Mid-America Train and Toy Show. (photo courtesy Mid-America Train and Toy Show)

Dreams of an electric train running under your Christmas tree can come true if you plan to attend the Mid-America Model Trail Show, Nov. 25 at the KCI Expo Center, 11728 Ambassador Dr. in Kansas City.

Dozens of model railroad enthusiasts will be selling all types of model and toy trains and accessories, just in time to make Christmas dreams come true. Most model railroad brands will be represented, including Lionel, American Flyer and Marx. Attendees will find 200 tables of vendors buying and selling trains and toys. There will also be free train movies for viewing, door prizes, concessions, and free parking. 

Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Regular admission is $5 for adults. The 7 a.m. "early bird" admission is $10. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.


Bowling Green readies for Christmas in the Green

The annual tradition of Christmas in the Green had its beginnings in one woman's shed 30 years ago. Today it involves 17 venues in and around Bowling Green and will be held Nov. 15-17. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday.

"I am very much looking forward to our 30th year in 2018," said Kay S. Reading, founder of the Christmas open house in 1988. "That first year I decided to have a Christmas open house in a small shed that I've moved all over the Bowling Green area."

Gradually, other merchants joined Reading's effort and Christmas in the Green was officially born in 2004.

This year the venues include Blackwell Cottage for home décor and jewelry. The Kountry Store will host vendor booths and sell Christmas decorations. Heartstrings offers handmade furniture and painted items. Bankhead Candies will serve lunch all three days in addition to homemade candies, kettle corn and Spring Hollow Coffee.

The original Readings Shed, a log corncrib from the 1920s, will be filled with primitives and repurposed items. Gypsy Soul, Ann Lane Boutique and Designed By Consign are the locations for clothing and gifts. Bowling Green Pharmacy will be decked out for Christmas. Bouquet Florist will be ready for the holidays.

Honey Shuck recently joined Christmas in the Green showcasing the historic home of Champ Clark. And Prairie's Edge on the south outer road has a variety of Christmas items for sale. On Saturday, the Bowling Green Library will host vendors at Bowling Green School.

"Not only does Christmas in the Green add to the economy, but it shows people that we are very proud of our small town," Reading said.  



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Gathering in the Grove features regional art

Regional art will be featured at the annual Gathering in the Grove art show, such as this oil painting "Creek Cut, Early Spring – 2018" by Patricia Adams (photo courtesy Patricia Adams Fine Art)

For three days each Fall the Flint Hills are alive with an impressive array of regional art. Gathering in the Grove is the annual juried art show and sale that celebrates the work of talented artists and craftsmen from across Kansas. The show runs Nov. 3-5 at the historic Carnegie Library, 303 W. Main St. in Council Grove.

Featured art includes photography, watercolors, oils, jewelry, textiles, stained glass, ceramics and more.

Refreshments and live music will accentuate the atmosphere and on Saturday the show coincides with Candlelight Charm, a festive evening shopping tradition in Council Grove. Stores will be open late.

There will be a silent auction to win a dinner in a local historic home as well as a raffle to win a work of art.

Hours are 5-9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information go to the website, www.gatheringinthegrove.com or look for it on Facebook.


Topeka dealers set Holiday Festival of Shops

The members of the Topeka Antique Dealers Association are busy re-stocking their shelves in anticipation of the 2018 edition of the Holiday Festival of Shops set to run Nov. 17-Dec. 22.

Shoppers who visit these participating antique and vintage stores can register to win gift certificates valued at $50 or more at each location: Antiques Unique, Ferris Wheel Antiques, Kaw River Rustics, Rusty Haggles Antiques, Washburn View Antique Mall and Wheatland Antique Mall.

"This is what we do to encourage people to shop locally especially for the holidays," said Michele Ferris of Ferris Wheel Antiques. "People have a chance of winning at various locations, so we encourage people to register at each one they visit. They can enter more than once at each store, one entry per visit."

Find more information at www.antiquesoftopeka.org.



Craft show in Ottawa strictly for hand-made items

The room fills up early at the Ottawa Middle School Homemade Holidays Craft Show. (photo courtesy Billie Stowell)

This is the 20th year for the Homemade Holidays Craft Show at Ottawa Middle School, set for Nov. 10.  

"What makes this show so unique is that it is one of the few shows that has strictly homemade hand-crafted items for sale," said Billie Stowell, craft show coordinator. "We use the proceeds from this show to reward our students in their academic success along with recognition of outstanding efforts noted by the staff.  This is a grassroots way of helping our local school."

Shoppers can look for quilts, jewelry, woodworking, art, holiday décor and specialty foods.
Ottawa Middle School is located at 13th and Ash.

For additional information call 785-229-8030.



It's the 39th year for the Burlington Christmas Craft Fair

Get ready to get all your Christmas Shopping done in one place when the 39th annual Burlington Christmas Craft Fair takes place on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Burlington High School and Middle Schools. A total of 250 booths will showcase crafters from the entire region. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (photo courtesy Burlington Christmas Craft Fair)




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Dickens on the Boulevard transforms Claremore

Winners of the 2016 Costume Contest line up near the stage. (photo courtesy Dickens on the Blvd.)

Claremore has been stuck in a time loop for the last 22 years. Every year on the weekend before Thanksgiving, downtown Claremore is transported back to the 1800s with "Dickens on the Boulevard."

Free to attend, "Dickens on the Boulevard" is a two-night Victorian-themed Christmas festival set for 6 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 17. Donning historic attire, shoppers fill the streets downtown enjoying the crisp winter air, holiday music, shopping and re-enactors. Actors in a "living window" will greet visitors and street urchins. Gearing up for Christmas, Santa Claus will be on site while down the street, folks can visit a living nativity. Shops are open late to kick off Christmas shopping.

Each night comes alive with the annual Wild West Shoot, a Victorian costume contest and the festival's nightcap – the Victorian Stroll and Street Dance.

"Seeing hundreds of people gather in the streets for the dance is inspiring," said Jessica Jackson, executive director of Claremore Main Street. "That sense of community and togetherness – it reminds us of the past and captures the Christmas spirit better than anything else I can think of."

Special tours and dramatizations are scheduled in several of Claremore's downtown buildings. And the town's historic district will feature a special walk.

Claremore is located just northeast of Tulsa along the historic Route 66. Downtown is within a few miles of I-44, blocks from State Hwys. 20 and 88 and right on Route 66.

For more information, visit www.downtownclaremore.org or call 918-341-5881.



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Quad Cities to host Antique Spectacular

This photo montage gives an idea of the range of merchandise at the Antique Spectacular Vintage Market in Rock Island. (photo courtesy Kim Schilling)

The annual Fall Antique Spectacular Vintage Market will be Nov. 2-4 at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave. in Rock Island. This event will feature 70 exhibitors with antiques and vintage items galore at Antique Spectacular.

"It is overflowing with a wonderful variety of fine antiques and vintage collectibles for sale," said Kim Schilling of Melting Pot Productions."

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. 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.

A weekend pass is $8. Show 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. Parking is free. For more details visit www.antiquespectacular.com to print a one-dollar-off coupon.


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