HOME SHOW 2017

 OUR 4th ANNUAL SPRING EVENT 
THE OWL CREEK GAZETTE  
SELF-RELIANT AND SUSTAINABILITY HOME SHOW 

WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!






Tune in to hear a lively recap of the Home Show on Creekside with Don and Jan HERE ... the event really was "something to crow about"   :-) 

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Regular readers (and OCG event goers) will see we tweaked the name and concept a bit again this year ... moving from an Expo to an Exposium and now to a Home Show.  This year's event featured a more traditional home show/trade show approach!

HOME SHOW SPONSORS
BUCHHEIT OF GREENVILLE ~ BRADFORD NATIONAL BANK
SUNSHINE HOUSE HEALTH FOOD STORE

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SPECIAL PRESENTERS

TERRY WINKELMANN OF THE SUSTAINABLE BACKYARD TOUR

AND
TIM HASTINGS, AUTHOR, AND SON OF 
ROBERT HASTINGS, OCG BOOK CLUB'S FEATURED AUTHOR



 Terry Winkelmann, from the St. Louis Sustainable Backyard Tour, will be presenting information on the tour model itself and the concept of creating a sustainable backyard!  Among Terry's many accomplishments, she is currently Co-President of Slow Food St. Louis, and was selected as a U.S. Representative of Slow Food USA to attend Terra Madre, the 2014 international conference on food and farming held in Turin, Italy. 

She is a Missouri Coalition for the Environment 2015 “Local Food Hero”; the 2014 Grow Native! Ambassador; one of St. Louis Magazine’s 2008 Green Giants, and a 2009 recipient of the 52nd City Kick Ass Awards STL, an annual celebration of individuals and organizations making positive contributions to our community. 


For more information on the Sustainable Backyard Tour, visit their website HERE





Tim Hastings, author, founder of Testaments (an oral history writing service) and son of Robert Hastings, will be speaking about his late father's life and work including two books being enjoyed by the  OCG Book Club, “A Nickle’s Worth of Skim Milk” and “A Penny’s Worth of Minced Ham”.  Both of these books focus on the Great Depression era, and regular OCG readers will know one of the magazine's theme this year is lessons learned from the Great Depression. 

In addition, Tim will have a display table featuring his father's work and will also be recording oral histories at his vendor booth as part of his work with “Testaments".

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SCHEDULED DEMONSTRATIONS by VENDORS
(Demonstration Times TBA)




John Rezabek of Belleville, IL will demonstrate the art and simplicity of 
basic knife sharpening. John says, “We all can put an edge on steel given enough force and grit, but how long will it last? That’s where the art is.” Join us at the OCG Home Show for John’s live demonstration, plus he will be offering his knife sharpening services to attendees at a "Special Home Show Price" at the event as well.
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John King of Greenville, IL will offer a demonstration on essential communications in a disaster situation. John, W9KXQ, has been an amateur radio operator since being first licensed as KN7QLL in 1961. With that much experience under his belt, home show attendees are sure to take away some valuable information from this demonstration.

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Charles Ambuehl, our very own OCG From Mushroom Man to Fungi Freak columnist, will demonstrate “An Easy Approach to Growing Oyster Mushrooms”. Charles will also be offering mushroom starter kits for sale to get Home Show attendees going into the world of fungiculture!

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Lois Holthaus of Breese, IL (left) and Mary Pennington of rural Vandalia, IL (below) will demonstrate the how-tos and benefits of Zentangle. As Certified Zentangle Instructors, both women received their training in Providence, Rhode Island and currently teach classes in the art. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  It is often described as a meditative art and has been said to help increase focus and creativity, increase one's sense of personal well being,  help manage chronic pain, reduce anxiety and stress, assist individuals with ADHD, and veterans struggling with PTSD, as well as providing artistic satisfaction. 

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VENDOR LINE UP 

ADAM BROS MUSIC AND COFFEEHOUSE
(serving coffee and more in the morning through 12:30)

BALLARD NATURE CENTER
BIG T'S HONEYBEE FARM
BUCHHEIT of GREENVILLE
FIRST CUT CUSTOM SAWN LUMBER
HIGHLAND LEAGUE OF WRITERS
HOPKINS ENVIROSAFE, LLC
JIM'S ENGRAVING
JOHN REZABEK'S KNIFE SHARPENING
ILLINOIS HUMANITIES
LIBERATOR LLC ROCKET HEATER
MARINE COIN COMPANY 
MULBERRY MUDD
NUDGE COFFEE ROASTERS
(serving coffee and more from 12:00-4)
OKAW VALLEY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKES

STACY RHODES MUSIC THERAPY
RAMPART RANGE
RENEWAL (WINDOWS AND DOORS) BY ANDERSEN
TESTAMENTS: AN ORAL HISTORY WRITING SERVICE
TERRA MATER MASSAGE AND BOTANICALS
TICK TOCK ENERGY
STEEL WOLVES FORGE
SUSTAINABLE BACKYARD TOUR
UNITED RENTALS
VAL GAFFNER'S PHOTOGRAPHY & WOODWORKING
WAYNE'S MARKET
WOOD 'N STUFF
ZENTANGLE METHOD

(This list will be updated regularly)

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 Lunch wasn't included in the ticket price at this year's event, but was available on site for Home Show attendees to purchase separately. Mark and Debbie  Gasser, cast iron cooking enthusiasts, prepared Chicken Noodle Soup and their own version of Campfire Stew and served  them up with either homemade bread or cornbread. Pictured here (left) are Mark and Debbie in period attire (after participating in last year's Greenville Is 200 Cast Iron Cook-Off).   The photo below shows their cast iron cooking set up.


 Pictured below, the Gassers are preparing to serve up the meal the day of the Home Show.







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This year we'll be featuring a day filled with outdoor live music from musicians who've advertised on our publication's Home Grown Music page. 

To date, the musicians scheduled to perform include:

 Bill Poss
Garrett Burris 
The Greyhounds 
John Crouch 
Stacey Rhodes
Taylor Steele
The Elastic Waste Band (Craig Baumberger & Swamp Weiss) 
Rural Rights Revival
Wildflower Conspiracy  





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The Home Show is being held inside at the
AMERICAN FARM HERITAGE MUSEUM 
(with the exception of the "Home Grown Musicians" venue
and specific demonstrations that need to be outside).





UPDATE: HILL'S FORT (on the grounds of the AFHM) will be OPEN for the Home Show too!
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To check out our past spring events from 2014, 2015, and 2016, click HERE

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