Mid-America News - MAY 2017




Frog's Flea returns on Mother's Day weekend

Frog's Flea pops up again on the day before Mother's Day, Saturday, May 13, at the Enchanted Frog in Lathrop, Interstate 35 at Exit 40. Dealers from several states are bringing extra-special treasures for great outdoor fun, according to organizers. Many dealers will be offering special discounts and they will be selling from sun-up to sundown. Dealer spaces are still available by calling 816-740-6933. (photo courtesy Enchanted Frog)


Hermann's Wild Bacon Wine Trail pairs bacon-inspired food and wine

Historic buildings house the tasting rooms of Dierberg Star Lane in Hermann, Mo. (photo courtesy Hermann Wine Trail)

Smoky, savory and always delicious, bacon will be the star of the show at the Wild Bacon Wine Trail, May 6 and 7, at seven wineries on the scenic Hermann Wine Trail.

Wine Trail explorers will sample a tasting menu featuring:

• Adam Puchta Winery – German Quark and Sweet Bacon
• Pinwheel, paired with Dry Vignoles
• Bias Winery – Bacon-loaded baked potato salad, paired with Sangria
• Dierberg Star Lane Tasting Room – Smothered bacon asiago wine chicken, paired with Sauvignon Blanc
• Hermannhof Winery – Bacon-wrapped stuffed dates, paired with Vignoles
• OakGlenn Winery – Massa bacon, paired with Blush
• Röbller Winery – Savory bean and bacon stew, paired with Vidal Blanc
• Stone Hill Winery – Brie and bacon jam canapé, paired with Pink Catawba
• The Hermann Wine Trail hugs the Missouri River for 20 miles between Hermann and New
Haven. The Wild Bacon Wine Trail, always the first weekend of May, is one of five annual events hosted by Hermann-area vintners.

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.


Preserved bank building open during Lexington CONNECT

Restoration work was in progress when this photo was taken of the Limrick Building in Lexington. It's open for tours on May 6. (photo by Michelle Neer)

Business boosters in Lexington will hold Lexington CONNECT on May 6 to stimulate interest in the city's existing buildings and businesses. Tours of available buildings will be offered as well as "meet your business owner" get-togethers.

A highlight of the event will be tours of the original banking house of William Limrick.

"This historic property was built in the 1850s and remodeled into a striking Italianate in 1869," said Michelle Neer of Welcome Home Realty. Attributed to renowned Lexington builders, Cheatham and Barley, the commercial property features a bracketed pressed tin cornice, distinctive quoins, elongated paired windows enclosed under arched cast iron lintels and an iron front cast at the Morrison foundry in Lexington.

"The owner was recognized by Missouri Preservation in 2013 for her dedication to historic preservation including the 2001 restoration of this important building," Neer said. 
"The main floor will be open for tour during the event. Come enjoy the gorgeous tin ceiling and arched windows in this move-in ready commercial space offering 1150 square feet," Neer said. "The lovely second floor loft-style apartment has been completely renovated and will be shown by appointment." Other properties will be available for viewing on that day, as well.

Welcome Home Realty's office is located at 1103 Main St. just east of the historic Lafayette County Courthouse. Renovated in 2007, the office is filled with Lexington memorabilia. For more information, contact Michelle Neer, Welcome Home Realty, 660-259-2700, or WelcomeHomeRealty-mo.com.


First anniversary for Statuary Gardens in Warsaw

Blown glass and hand-painted gazing balls for the garden are shipped direct to Statuary Garden from Poland. (photo by Mary Langewisch)

A very unique shop in Warsaw is observing its first anniversary this May. Statuary Gardens offers concrete ornamental statuary in its outdoor show area, while indoor shoppers will find gifts, home decor, items, ladies tops, jewelry and much more.

"Over the winter months I focused on the clothing boutique," said owner Mary Langewisch, noting that she carries several lines of women's clothing, especially items by Keren Hart. "Now that spring is here my garden and statuary merchandise are capturing most of my attention."

She said that she is currently receiving shipments of annual and perennial plants, hanging baskets and ornamental features for the garden. "I was in business in Trenton for 10 years and must have sold thousands of gazing balls for gardens. I'm trying to get the people of Warsaw hooked on them now," she said, noting that the glass balls are hand-blown and painted by an artisan in Poland.

The shop's anniversary is May 3 and Langewisch plans to hold a "fairy garden" class and a fashion show sometime during the month. Check back to Statuary Garden's Facebook page for the time and date.
Statuary Garden is located at 939 E. Main St. in Warsaw. Telephone 660-428-1183.


The German Table moves to larger space in Cole Camp

Alicia "Sam" Cole and her husband, Greg, hoist steins of beer in front of their restaurant The German Table in Cole Camp. (photo courtesy Alicia Cole)

The food served at The German Table in Cole Camp apparently is so good that the restaurant's owner, Alicia "Sam" Cole, has moved to a larger venue at 107 E. Main St.

"Our previous location had room for 30 diners, and sometimes people would have to wait for a table," Cole said. "Our new facility will accommodate 79 people."

She said that another German restaurant that is now closed put Cole Camp on the culinary map for German food. She opened The German Table in March of 2012 to fill the void and has never looked back.

The German Table specializes in traditional German cuisine and serves a wide variety of German beers and wines.

"I am very proud of my German heritage.  So much so that I opened a restaurant and cook German food every weekend," she said. "All the items we serve are made as close to the German recipes as possible. Over the years we have tweaked the old ones and added new ones to the menu. All menu items are made right here in the restaurant," Cole said.

The German Table is open Thursday-Saturday, 4:30-9:30 p.m. For reservations call 660-668-0019. Website: thegermantable.com


State Historical Society of Missouri breaks ground on new Center for Missouri Studies

The State Historical Society of Missouri held a groundbreaking ceremony April 19 for the new Center for Missouri Studies – a state-of-the-art facility that will serve as its headquarters in downtown Columbia. The center, funded with $35 million in state construction bonds, will feature an expanded and better-equipped research library, art museum and public meeting space. The building site is located at the corner of South Sixth and Elm Streets, and provides the society with a more visible headquarters than its present location.

"The Center for Missouri Studies will provide the State Historical Society of Missouri with a facility that enhances its ability to carry out its mission to collect, preserve and disseminate Missouri's history and heritage for another century," said Alexandra Waetjen, education outreach coordinator.

Established in 2014, the Center for Missouri Studies fosters ongoing study of Missouri's past, encouraging connections among scholars in fields such as history, geography, folklore, anthropology, journalism, and other disciplines, Waetjen said.

"With the building's anticipated completion in 2019, the Center for Missouri Studies will become a physical place as well as an expanding educational initiative."

Founded in 1898 and established as a trustee of the state a year later, the State Historical Society of Missouri is the premier center for the study of Missouri state and local history. Headquartered in Columbia, SHSMO operates six research centers around the state. For more details visit the website shsmo.org.




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Sparks fires up for semi-annual flea market

Vendors set up in the shade of a barn overhang at a recent Sparks Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market. The next one is set May 4-7. (photo courtesy Ray Tackett)

The spring edition of Sparks Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market will be heating up that small Kansas town May 4-7. The show will feature more than 500 dealers.

"From this number, 450 sell antiques. If you are searching for the right antiques and collectibles, this is definitely the market for you," said Ray Tackett, show promoter.

Started in 1982, this market is strategically located because it is right in the path of several other markets along the way, which are held the same weekend. "Together they draw 75,000 people looking for treasures," said Tackett.

When touring this market, there is plenty of food available either at the market or around the area. There are 16 food vendors serving various cuisines such as Mexican, German, Indian and barbecue. "Of course, there are still the favorites - like hot dogs, hamburgers and tenderloins that are out of this planet," Tackett said.

The Sparks Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market is located at North K-7 Highway and 240th Road, about 23 miles west of St. Joseph, MO. For vendor and additional information go to the website, www.windingriver.com/spark_antiques_and_flea.


Swap meet returns to Louisburg Cider Mill

Louisburg Cider Mill will host a huge swap meet on May 13. (photo courtesy Louisburg Cider Mill)

Need to find your next up-cycle or re-purposing project? Looking for that perfect item you can't live without? You just might find what you are looking for at the next Junk 'n' Donuts Swap Meet, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., May 13, at the Louisburg Cider Mill in Louisburg located at 14730 Kansas Hwy. 68.

At the last meet more than 50 vendors purveyed everything from genuine antiques to vintage to new items. Organizers say that this year's series of meets is shaping up to be even bigger.

Other swap meets scheduled are June 10, July 8 and Aug. 12. The cider mill's Country Store will also be open where shoppers can fill up on its famous cider donuts. Lots of Lost Trail Root Beer will also be on tap.

Vendor space is still available, call 913-837-5202 for more details. Vist the website for more info: www.louisburgcidermill.com


It's a Square Fair in Garnett

More than 100 craft and business vendors and food concessions participated in last year's Garnett Square Fair last year. Space is still available for May 13. (photo courtesy Garnett BPW)

The 45th annual Square Fair will be held on the courthouse square in Garnett, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 13, sponsored by the Garnett Business and Professional Women. On that day enjoy a variety of crafters, business booths, food vendors and a little mix of farmer's market as the festival takes over downtown Garnett. A food court and live entertainment will add to the fun.

Other activities will include tours of the historical museum, 1-3 p.m., a quilt show at the Senior Citizen Center, AirFair Day and car show at the Garnett Airport.

Vendor booths are still available. For details call the Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce at
785-448-6767 or go to the website www.garnettbpw.com.


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Photo exhibit illuminates the Underground Railroad

Dramatic color photographs taken at night, such as this of a barn in Indiana by Jeanine Michna-Bales help to tell the story of the Underground Railroad.

The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum currently is exhibiting photographs by Jeanine Michna-Bales, who has spent more than a decade researching "fugitive" slaves and the ways they escaped to freedom. "Underground Railroad: Photographs of a Path to Freedom" will be on display through May 28.

While the unnumbered routes of the Underground Railroad encompassed countless square miles, the path Michna-Bales documented encompasses roughly 2,000 miles and is based on actual sites, cities, and places that freedom-seekers passed through during their journey.

From the cotton plantations south of Natchitoches, LA, all the way north to the Canadian border, this series of over 50 photographs helps viewers imagine what the long road to freedom may have looked like as seen through the eyes of one of those who made this epic journey.

The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is located at 1601 Rogers Ave. Free admission. Telephone: 479-784-2787. Website: www.fsram.org.



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May Day celebration on tap at Murrell Home

Visitors to the Murrell House on May 6 can participate in a Maypole celebration. (photo courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society)

The George M. Murrell Home Historic Site in Park Hill will host its annual May Day Celebration on Saturday, May 6. A celebration of the beginning of the growing season on the 19th-century plantation, the event will feature entertainment and living history demonstrations. Activities run 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Music, lawn games and hands-on programs about 19th-century life will fill the historic site. Guests will be able to watch a mule plow and participate in a maypole at 3 p.m. to conclude the event. The historic home and outbuildings also will be open for tours. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic lunches. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+), $4 for students, and free for children five and younger.

The George M. Murrell Home Historic Site is located at 19479 E. Murrell Home Rd. in Park Hill, three miles south of Tahlequah. Originally the home of the niece of Cherokee Principal Chief John Ross, the Greek Revival mansion was built in 1845 and is the only remaining antebellum plantation in Oklahoma. The site is a National Trail of Tears site and a National Historic Landmark. For more information, contact the Murrell Home at 918-456-2751 or murrellhome@okhistory.org.

The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.


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