Show season starts heating up in the next few months

Show season starts heating up in the next few months

My recent mail brought me a letter from Donna and Richard Kidwell, owners of the Winterberry Store & Antiques in downtown Tuscola and sponsors of the Rural Life Antique Show in Amish land twice a year.

The next show will be Feb. 28 and March 1 at two locations in Tuscola: the Douglas County Museum Building, 700 W. Central Ave.; and the Tuscola Community Building, 22 W. Central Ave. Visit for more information.

A postcard from Jill Gladney, owner of Forevermore in Georgetown, also reminds me that on those same dates, her show, Country Spirit, will be in Amish land also at two locations: the Best Western at Interstate 57 and Illinois 133 and at the Arcola Center, 107 W. Main St.

I have another postcard from Donna Kibler, who is in charge of A Gathering on the Prairie, which will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 at the Otto Center in Arthur. Contact for more information.

These are three of the four shows in Amish land that happen twice a year.

I also received a big envelope from Melanie and Chris Hill with a very thick and impressive guide to Palm Beach, Fla., reminding me how nice the weather is down there this time of the year. The guide is 60 pages of full-color advertisements and information about Palm Beach.

The inside cover and page one are about their operation, Kofski Antique Estate Sale in Palm Beach.

They also sent me some information on some sites in Atlanta, where they also have business that they thought we might be interested in.

We had dinner over the holidays with Rex and Karen Kummer, who were in town for a few days. They have now purchased a home near Charleston, S.C. Karen was the longtime director of the Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County, and Rex was on the staff at Christie Clinic.

Stu Jenkins sent an email informing me that the 20th Farmer City Antique Show is set for March 1 and 2 at Blue Ridge High School, 411 N. John St. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first day and 11 to 4 the second. Admission is $5 and is good for both days.

The organizers will have 40 selected dealers from four states: Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

Some of these dealers only do this show — plus, it is one of the early shows of the year, so you should see new and different items there. For more information, email

Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be sent to Swisher by writing to The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-677 or emailing

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