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Cindy Sue and Tom's
 Lifestyle Mag

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Historic Towns & Specialty Shopping
Missouri & Illinois


Fairs, Festivals & Shows
throughout the Midwest Region




Featured Event
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The calendar below has multiple event cancellations. Please call any event or shop before traveling as there may be last-minute cancellations.



Featured Shop
Manhattan Antique Marketplace
. 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 63074
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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Video Snapshots

Enjoy the fun, adventure and beauty of the Midwest
 from the comfort of your home with Video Snapshots.

Relax and enjoy the scenery of the region

Listen to the soothing sounds of music while you view the beauty that is the Midwest.

Fun, Furry & Feathered
Pets of the Midwest

Enjoy meeting pets from around the Midwest.

A cornucopia of architecture.

From the metropolitan area to the countryside dotted with quaint towns and villages, the Midwest is a visual feast for the lover of architecture.

Antiques Galore

Does your pulse quicken when you hear the word "Antiques"?
Then sit back and enjoy antiques discovered in the Midwest.

Seasons of the Midwest

Experience the beauty of the changing seasons in the Midwest.

Explore The Midwest Event Videos

Travel the highways and byways of the  Midwest Region and enjoy Fairs, Festivals and Shows from the comfort of your home.

Watch the show then use the Calendar of Events and the interactive Google® maps to plan your trip.

Country Folk Art Festival

     Come see what our customers have been raving about! Don't miss this dazzling array of unique home furnishings and decorative accessories you won't find anywhere else. Make your interior come alive with handmade reproductions of antique American country & formal furniture, historic replicas, whimsical contemporary folk art, seasonal Halloween & Christmas items and some original antiques. Our award-winning artisans and craftsmen have been named the best in the nation by Early American Life magazine. Located at Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles, IL.

Harvest Days
at Latzer Homestead

     It is a beautiful September day here in the Midwest and the Old Sawmill is starting up. The American Flag is being raised and breakfast is being served out of the chicken coop Café. Someone blows the whistle on a large Steam Engine and people are starting to arrive to enjoy the day out on a working farm.  Located in Highland, IL.

Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive

Spend time in Spoon River Country in Illinois.
Home of Edgar Lee Masters.
First two full weekends in October.

Antique Bottle & Jar Show

March is the time to plan a visit to the Annual St. Louis Antique Bottle & Jar Show. Discover antique bottles, fruit jars, pottery, breweriana, insulators and related advertising. Located in St. Louis, MO.

Lincoln Land Depression Era Glass Show

The Lincoln Land Depression Era Glass & Pottery Club will host its annual show and sale in April. Depression glass items are those made during the Depression Years in America. They were made inexpensively by machine and sold through "5 and 10 cent" stores or given away as publicity items or premiums. Included, too, are "Elegant Glass" items sold through Department and Jewelry Stores.




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All pages include Google maps with driving directions. History comes alive in the Midwest.

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