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NOTO event set to illuminate Topeka

November 2021

Topeka’s NOTO Arts and Entertainment District is getting into the holiday spirit with its Celebrations of Winter, six weeks of events marking the arrival of winter, between Nov. 20 and Dec. 31.

The six-week celebration starts with NOTO’s Celebration of Lights on Nov. 20. The tree-lighting ceremony will take place from 4-8 p.m. in Veterans Park, and will include carriage rides through the district, a visit by Santa Claus, performances by Kansas Ballet and Seaman High School’s show choir, and even some late-night shopping at local merchants.

More shopping will be available on Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 with NOTO’s Holiday Market. Special seasonal gifts, including handmade crafts and antiques, will be up for sale at the market, which takes place at the NOTO Arts Center and the Rosebud Pavilion.

Every Saturday during the six weeks, stop by the Holiday Market to shop. Santa will visit the district, and listen to performances by other high school musicians and musical groups. The season will end Dec. 31 with its New Years Eve in NOTO Celebration and a countdown to midnight.

For more information or to become a Holiday Market vendor, e-mail info@notoartsdistrict.org and visit www.explorenoto.org/celebrationsofwinter.

NOTO Christmas

The NOTO Arts District will light up Topeka, KS, with a holiday tree-lighting ceremony Nov. 20. (photo courtesy of Metro Voice)

Jubilation for shoppers at Junk Jubilee

November 2021

Called the “ultimate vintage experience,” Junk Jubilee Jingles is a family affair that will bring a smile to the faces of treasure hunters this holiday season.

Set for Nov. 12-14 in Des Moines, founder and owner Miccia Humphrey calls the event a “fantastic place to find someone a special gift.” Humphrey founded the event in 2010 and has the good fortune of having help from her son Sam, nephew Seth and his wife Sara in staffing it. The jubilee specializes in antiques, retro/vintage items; in addition to the winter event, another jubilee is held annually in the spring.

“Don’t wait to buy last-minute gift cards when you can buy a meaningful or whimsical gift that is a one-of-a-kind item brought to the show by a small business owner,” Humphrey writes on Junk Jubilee’s website. “While you may find some vintage Christmas items, the majority of items are just great finds. Many vendors like to decorate their booths for the holiday season, and the show is very festive.”

Junk Jubilee Jingles will take place in the 4-H Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds – that’s 110,000 square feet with more than 100 vendors from surrounding states.

For more information, visit www.junkjubilee.com.

Junk Jubilee

There are always small, delightful surprises around every corner at the annual Junk Jubilee Jingles in Des Moines. (photo courtesy of www.junkjubilee.com)

Spectacular deals can be found at vintage market

November 2021

The Antique Spectacular Vintage Market Quad Cities returns to the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, Nov. 5-7.

More than 70 vendors will descend on the venue to sell fine antiques and vintage collectibles. Items for sale include furniture, art, American Indian items, china, postcards, primitives, silverware, glassware, coins, rugs and textiles.

“With the Antique Spectacular, there is always something to interest every collector, whether they have a new interest in vintage and repurposed for decorating their home or have been collecting antiques for years,” according to the state’s tourism website, enjoyillinois.com. “The list of amazing vintage items is endless and all under one roof for the convenience to shop all weekend, for a timeless vintage treasure, that is new to you.”

For more information, visit www.antiquespectacular.com.

Antique Spectacular

Antique perfume bottles and glassware are among the items that await shoppers at the Antique Spectacular Vintage Market, Nov. 5-7 at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, IL. (photo courtesy of enjoyillinois.com)

Omaha Antiques Show returns to Council Bluffs

Omaha Antiques Show returns to Council Bluffs

October 2021

Collectors of antiques and vintage items will flock to Council Bluffs in late October for the annual Omaha Antique Show, Oct. 29-30 at The Grass Wagon.

Dealers from five states will be on site selling primitives, maps, Asian artifacts, holiday collectibles, posters, jewelry, postcards, toys and Western items; no crafts will be sold at the event.
“The dealers are most enthusiastic about the opportunity to sell to their loyal customers and collectors new to antiques,” organizer Sally Thompson says.

The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 29, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 30th. Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for students. Parking is available behind The Grass Wagon.
For more information, call 913-488-3306 or e-mail granitemom@aol.com.

Stop by the Omaha Antique Show in Council Bluffs, IA, on Oct. 29-30 for a variety of high-quality antiques. (Photo courtesy of Omaha Antique Show)

Stop by the Omaha Antique Show in Council Bluffs, IA, on Oct. 29-30 for a variety of high-quality antiques. (Photo courtesy of Omaha Antique Show)

All Hallows’ event sure to serve up spooky good time

All Hallows’ event sure to serve up spooky good time

October 2021

History will come alive – along with a few ghouls and zombies – at Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer’s All Hallows’ event, Oct. 8-9 in Grand Island.

Visitors will start their evening with frightful scenes in the museum’s family arbor, where kids will receive a bag full of candy and coupons from local businesses. Then, it’s off to Railroad Town, an historic town on the museum’s grounds, which recreates the lives of everyday citizens in 1891, including farmers, blacksmiths and tinsmiths. Catch a ghost story or two in front of the Lesher House, and then participate in a costume parade as it winds its way through Railroad Town.
The museum is promoting the event as suitable for younger children.

Stuhr Musuem is located at 3133 W. U.S. Highway 34. For more information, call 308-385-5316 or visit www.stuhrmuseum.org.

Items similar to this Pickard cider pitcher will be up for bids at an online auction Oct. 9. (Photo courtesy of eBay)

You never know what manner of costumed character you’ll find at the annual Stuhr Museum All Hallows celebration in Grand Island. (Photo courtesy of Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer)

Auction will offer hand-painted porcelain pieces

Auction will offer hand-painted porcelain pieces

October 2021

Woody Auction LLC, based out of Douglass, will once again meet bidders in cyberspace when it hosts its Pickard and Hand-Painted Porcelain online auction on Oct. 9.

The pieces up for bids have been chosen from the collection of Hosea and the late Lily Harkness and include vases, bowls, platters, and pitchers.

Pickard China was founded in 1894 in Wisconsin by businessman Wilder Austin Pickard; the business moved to Chicago in 1897 and specialized in hand-decorated tea sets. Today, Pickard Inc. continues to operate as a family-owned business, with many older pieces up for auction being valued at several hundred dollars apiece.

To register for the auction, visit www.liveauctioneers.com/woody-auction-llc. Absentee bids are due by noon on Oct. 7, while early bidding begins on Oct. 8. For more information, call 316-470-2694 or email info@woodyauction.com.

Items similar to this Pickard cider pitcher will be up for bids at an online auction Oct. 9. (Photo courtesy of eBay)

Items similar to this Pickard cider pitcher will be up for bids at an online auction Oct. 9. (Photo courtesy of eBay)