Featured Event Sept. 13, 14 & 15
= 71st Annual Okawville, Illinois
Fair and Wheat Festivalin the Community Park. The three day event will start Friday
evening with the Miss Okawville Fair Queen Judging and an open air dance
in the park with music. Evening arm bands will be used on all three days
(hours vary). Single tickets may be purchased and some rides take multiple
tickets.. Saturday events include washer tournament, exhibit hall opens,
antique tractor pull, rides, outdoor stage entertainment. Sunday events
include parade, exhibit hall open and the Okawville High School band
concert. For more info
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.
Downtown St. Louis, Missouri is a
cornucopia of architecture. Majestic government buildings, proud figures
cast in metal and the warmth of red brick can be seen during a leisurely
stroll amidst the hustle and bustle of the downtown area.
With our tour book in hand we exercised not only our
legs but our minds as we walked in the footsteps of our forefathers.
Turn your car
into a time machine. It's easy. We did it just the other day. On a lovely
summer day we took a leisurely drive to Washington, Missouri. After a
pleasant morning antiquing (check out the Trails West Section in this
issue), we visited the downtown river front and enjoyed a picnic lunch.
The view of the river looks as it
must have a hundred or even a thousand years ago. The tree-lined banks have
seen the canoes of Native Americans as they paddled through the mist as well
as the gas-lighted revelry of the sternwheeler boats coming in to dock.
Taking a different route home we noticed
a picturesque farm house crumbling into ruins. We stopped to take photos of
this once magnificent home. In our imaginations we peopled the rooms with
laughter, flickering candles and dancing.
The Frontier is still out there. All it takes
to get there is your rubber-tired time machine.
Club Car Show
On a sunny summer day what could be as much fun as
cruising two lane black top roads, enjoying fresh air and beautiful scenery?
For us it is looking at a sea of muscle cars.
Thanks to the Show Me Mustang Club we were
able to indulge our love of cars and enjoy the perfect weather. From 1915
"Tin Lizzies" to 2006 Mustangs the show was a car lover's delight.
The 1960s Mustangs caught the eye of this
muscle car enthusiast. Row upon row of vintage automobiles filled the soul
with beauty and the heart with joy.
The top photo captures a rare 1968 California
The second photo is a 1936 Ford 5 window
coupe. Listen to a car show visitor's 1930s memories of his uncle's 1936
Ford. Just click on the audio portion of the blog.
Near the edge of the crowd, Cindy and I waited
anxiously as the auctioneer’s assistant drew near the scroll saw that I
coveted. I was thinking that once again the auction gods were smiling on us.
We started out intending
to spend an enjoyable day in Highland, Illinois perusing Rosemary’s Fabric &
Quilts and lunching at House of Plenty. A leisurely drive home and the day
would have been complete.
As we left Highland an
auction sign beckoned and now we were clutching our bidding card, waiting
for the hammer to fall. The scroll saw came up and the bidding was intense.
I dropped out of the bidding and watched as the saw was carried off by
We were disappointed,
but wait, Cindy has just spotted a box of old photos!
Spaceships Land in St. Louis???
Tom and I have been blessed or cursed, depending on
how you look at it, to be the recipient of unusual moments in time. Like the
time we were late to a family function because we had to stop and help a cow
that was trying to cross a busy highway.
Everyone at the party had
a good laugh but no one really believed that a cow would want to cross the
road or that it might need a navigator to avoid traffic.
When the spaceship
appeared we both looked at each other and said that this time we needed
evidence. Out came our trusty camera and Tom took several photos. Why was a
spaceship sitting in suburban St. Louis? The answer was simple. There was a
label on the spaceship that told us this was a soap box derby car.
Case solved and another
entertaining moment was tucked away in our memory banks for the next family
The sun was shining, and the wind was strong but
with a hint of spring in its caress. How could we resist a drive on such a
We arrived in Cuba
Missouri and as usual our love of architecture drew us to the historic
district. Cuba’s Uptown is home to nine completed murals commemorating
The County Fair mural
depicts Harry Truman’s speaking from the steps of a local building during a
1940 visit to Cuba during a senate primary race.
Standing on the steps of
the same building, we felt the past swirl around us. A car horn beeped,
voices and music drifted past us. If we closed our eyes could we tell if it
was 1940 or 2006?
Pine Needle Artist creates original art from the forest.
looking over the
Calendar of Events page on this site Tom
and I decided that it would be a pleasant drive from downtown St. Louis to
Belleville, Illinois to visit a craft show.
As past participants of the craft show scene we always
enjoy meeting and talking to the artisans.
An unusual creation of pine needles caught my eye and I
found myself learning about the art of creating baskets and more from pine
Charles & Maxine Weber are the artists and depending on
the size of the item, 12 to 120 hours are required to create the finished
Visit www.artsfromtheforest.com to learn more about
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