Featured Event Dec. 15 & 16
= The Belleville Flea Market in
Belleville, Illinois is the
third full weekend of every month, year round. The Flea Market is Southern
Illinois’ Premier Indoor & Outdoor (weather permitting) Market. With over
600 tables and 300-400 vendors, we get a wide range of antiques,
collectibles, merchandise to see to the public. Indoor/ Outdoor Year
Round. Parking : $3.00 – Handicapped Accessible. Admission : FREE. The
flea market is the 3rd full weekend of every month January through
December. The flea market is located at Belle Clair Fairgrounds, Rt. 13
(just off Rt. 159 & 13), Belleville, IL. (200 South Belt East ,
Belleville, IL 62220) . The Belleville Flea Market is open to the public
9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. on Saturday and 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Sunday.
For more information visit
http://bcfairgrounds.net or call 618-233-0052.
Featured Shop Manhattan Antique
Over 40,000 square feet of
space modeled after New York City! Manhattan Antique Marketplace, also
known as MAM (pronounced like ma’am), will be a one-stop shopping
destination experience for all ages. Comprised of an antique mall, special
events space, artist workshop, café, and microbrewery, MAM is more than
just a mall…it’s a city! Located at 10431 St. Charles Rock Rd., St.Ann, MO
The Asheford Program is an
internationally recognized, professional-level "Profit & Pleasure"
on the study of antiques, collectibles and appraising. Click
here for more information.
Poems have expressed the human race’s feelings for thousands of
years. The oldest love poem was written on a clay tablet circa 2000 BC.
Centuries later poets still extol the virtues of love as well as lament
Create a personalized poem for a loved one using a simple device that
lets everyone become a poet in minutes.
1. Choose a subject or an individual.
2. Write 8-10 words or sentences expressing your feelings.
3. List the words or sentences. Add a title and you have created a poem.
To the right is a poem about my dog, Joe.
Follow the tradition of the ancient world and express your love for
your family with poetry.
“Alert! Alert!” several of them shouted as others gathered in groups
to discuss the intruder. The bird cacophony was directed at the uninvited
guest that sat perched on the telephone pole. Ignoring the smaller birds,
the hawk proceeded to survey the area from his lofty perch.
Living in an urban area I had only seen hawks in the distance during
drives in the country. Quickly grabbing my binoculars, I zoomed in on the
haughty bird. The hawk appeared oblivious to the squawking sparrows and
after a few minutes gracefully glided away.
While I had my binoculars out, I watched a butterfly drift from one
bright orange flower to another. Forced to focus through the eyepiece, I
notice details generally missed in a casual glance, the crisp decorative
edges of the flower and the detailed pattern on the wings of the
In this fast paced world take time to stop and experience nature.
Bird or butterfly watching is a simple and relaxing hobby. You can take
along a notebook for jotting down where you walked and what birds or
butterflies you watched with your binoculars.
To identify birds or butterflies just type “how to identify birds” or
“how to identify butterflies” in an Internet search engine. There is a
large community of nature lovers who have created web sites to help you
learn about your favorite birds or butterflies.
Whether you sit in your backyard or stroll through a local park,
listen to the conversations of the birds, follow the path of the
butterfly. Learn to truly “hear” and “see” the world around you.
Clay is a magical gift to the world straight
from Mother Earth. Since the beginning of time the human race has recognized
the countless possibilities of clay.
When clay is fired in a kiln, chemical reactions
occur. The clay becomes a firm, ceramic material. Prehistoric cultures
formed drinking vessels out of hardened clay. The first permanent writings,
during the 30th century BC, were series of pictures written on
soft clay tablets with a stylus. Tablets were then fired to preserve the
Scientific innovations have created clays with
attributes for specific applications. Oil-based clays remain malleable for
long periods of time and can be used in castings or clay animation. Polymer
clay will harden at low temperatures in an oven and is popular with
Express yourself with a simple container of
modeling clay dough. The craft store had a large selection of clay but my
eyes were drawn to the package with six bright colors.
Tom and I sat down at our craft table to create
our masterpieces. Tom, the artist, began mixing small balls to create a
color wheel. I chose the neon pink dough and began kneading. The minutes
passed, Tom finished his project and I was still kneading the dough. Putting
the relaxation therapy of kneading aside I contemplated my artistic project,
a whimsical look at history.
To experience an art form whose origins are
shrouded in the mists of time, pick up a container of modeling clay at your
What did I create? Watch the video to discover
my version of Stonehenge.
Your Midwest resource for Fun and Adventure with antique, specialty and boutique shops, day
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History comes alive in the Midwest.
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