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Featured Event
Aug. 20 = Third Sunday Market. A Bloomington, Illinois tradition since 1988, the indoor/outdoor sale features more than 450 top dealers, representing 17 states. Whether you're looking for the finest in antique furniture, americana, folk art, vintage advertising, sport memorabilia, or antique linens & clothing you're likely to find it here. For more information visit www.thirdsundaymarket.com.  Admission is $6, ages 13 and under are Free. Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Food, No Pets. Rain or Shine. Free Parking. Located at the Interstate Center , 2301 West Market Street, Bloomington, IL. The facility is located one mile west of I55 and I74 at exit 160B (on Rt. 9W).

 

Featured Shop
Visit Southern Memories and Cottage Rose Tea Room. They are located on Old Highway 34 in Patterson, Missouri. Hours are for the shop: Wed.-Sat. 10am to 5pm and for the Tea Room: Wed.-Sat. 11am to 3pm. T Visitors may find anything from rustic farmhouse to vintage styled home decor; with antique furniture, southern relics, and specialty clothing & jewelry items.  For more information call 573-856-4131 or visit www.SouthernMemories.com
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The Asheford Program is an internationally recognized, professional-level "Profit & Pleasure" Course on the study of antiques, collectibles and appraising. Click here for more information.
 

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Cindy Sue and Tom Travel the Midwest

Deutsch Country Days in Marthasville, Missouri

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     The tang of wood smoke drifted on the gentle breeze. In the distance a sawmill could be heard producing another fragrant rough sawn cedar plank.

     The haunting melody of a Native American flute was punctuated by the sharp report of a muzzle loader.

     A group of French-American fur traders taught a group of visitors to the Deutsch Country Days Festival how to strike a light with flint and steel.

     You too can enjoy the past and present when you plan a day trip. Click here to visit the Calendar of Events.

 

 

Relaxing in the Midwest


   Early mornings will find Tom building a fire in our fire pit. The crackle of wood combined with the soothing smell of smoke is a surefire path to peace and calm.

     The moment is complete when I turn on the fountain and kick back to enjoy our oasis.

Take time to enjoy the virtual fire.
Complete the moment with a click of the audio button.

Click the play button below to step into our oasis and listen to the fire.

 

 

 

Tire Kicker Car Place

Vintage cars attract visitors to Junior's garage.

Give Junior a call at the
 Tire Kicker Car Place.

Kick a tire and earn a
 Haul of Fame Badge.

Cars & Parts 618-887-4771

 

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Walking Tour of Downtown St. Louis, Missouri

     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.
    
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complete tale of our tour.

 

Day Trip along the Heritage Trail

      

              

     The beautiful weather beckoned. It didn't take long to decide that  a drive along the mighty Mississippi River was just what we needed.

     We headed North from St. Louis along the Heritage Trail. Hwy. 79 parallels the river and at Louisiana we traveled West to Bowling Green and began our journey back home along Hwy. 61.

     Along the way we discovered a plethora of antique and specialty shops that we had never visited before. We stopped along the Mississippi in Clarksville and took pictures of the river.

     It was interesting to think that we were standing at the river's edge of the same Mississippi which flows near our home in St. Louis, Mo.

 

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sounds of the river.

         

 

Latzer Homestead Harvest Days

 

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     Our trip to the Harvest Days at Latzer Homestead in Highland, Illinois was a cornucopia of food, fun and history. The festival celebrates the turn-of-the-century life and struggles of the American entrepreneur, Louis Latzer, the father of the Pet Milk Company.
     The day included a tour of the stately mansion, perusing the antique and craft booths and of course listening to bluegrass while eating delicious bar-b-que in the pavilion.
     Thanks to the Highland Historical Society for inviting us to rediscover the past.

 

 

Following Lewis & Clark to Washington Missouri

     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.

 

Mustang 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 Special Mustang.

     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.

Click here to listen to the story of the 1936 Ford.

 


Fresh Air and Fresh Food at the Soulard Farmers Market

     Soulard Farmers' Market in downtown St. Louis, Mo. is a favorite stomping ground for us. Tom, as head chef in our home, prefers fresh vegetables when he is creating a new dish.

     I enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the market. A stroll around Soulard is an experience in different languages, cultures and foods.

 

Click Calendar of Events to plan your next outing.

      

 


Cindy Sue and Tom Catch Auction Fever!!!

     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 another bidder.

     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 get-together.

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Discovering the City of Murals

 

The County Fair Mural

     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 day?

     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 Cuba’s history.

     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.

     After 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 needles.
     Charles & Maxine Weber are the artists and depending on the size of the item, 12 to 120 hours are required to create the finished piece.
     Visit www.artsfromtheforest.com  to learn more about their products.

Click here to listen to Charles' tale of his humble beginnings in pine needle artistry.


Deutsch Country Days

     Deutsch Country Days has progressed from a benefit house tour to the most unique and authentic re-creation of early German life in Missouri.
     The hills just outside Marthasville literally "come alive" with the sights and sounds of the 1800s. The early German immigrant's functional lifestyles are authentically recreated as juried artisans, in period attire, demonstrate loom weaving, kloppolei, chip carving, bee keeping, soap making and scrimshaw - just a few of the 85 primitive skills exhibiting the early German life and trades.

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