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Monday, April 13, 2015

"What's It Worth?!" Antiques & Collectibles Appraisal Event, Friday, May 8th, 2015 from 5-8pm

On Friday, May 8th, 2015 from 5-8pm, join us at the library for an exciting  antiques and collectibles appraisal event featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran of Iola, Wis..This is the week after the citywide yardsale, so there will be plenty of opportunities to discover the value of any new "finds" at Boscobel's very own take on the  "antiques roadshow"!

Formerly senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, Wis., he has also been a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine. He has served as editor of Antique Review East magazine; as producer of Atlantique City, an antique show held in Atlantic City, N.J.; and as editorial director of F+W Media's Antiques Group.
He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including three editions of the 800-page annual Warman's Antiques & Collectibles. Stop by the library for a first hand look at these books!
Moran bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art. He has been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years. Here's a video of Mark in action at the Rum River Library  in Anoka, MN and at the Hedburg Public Library in Janesville, WI
Pre-registration is required for those wishing to have an item appraised. Cost is $15.00 per item, payable at time of registration. To register, please call or stop by the library, or email libraryboscobel @ gmail for more information. Appraisal time slots fill rapidly so contact us early for best options, 608-375-5723.  Spectators are welcome to come and watch. 

Categories of objects for appraisal may include:

Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary.
Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best).
Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware.
Glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items.
Vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.
Advertising, including posters,  lithographed tin, paper and figural objects.
Folk art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and "outsider" art.
Assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and mechanical banks.
Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate.
Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural.
Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, earrings.
Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments.
Sports Memorabilia.

Excluded items: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); traps (like leg-hold); Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; Beanie Babies.

Questions about objects not covered here can be submitted to Moran in advance to determine if they are appropriate. Suggested categories for advance inquiry include, but are not limited to: Oriental, Native American and other tribal objects (African, Oceanic); ancient artifacts (Egyptian and other early cultures); fossils and minerals; books; automotive items; nautical and military-related objects; sports memorabilia (including baseball cards); records; antique tools and technological objects (typewriters, cameras, assorted machinery or instruments for scientific measure, like sextants, telescopes, microscopes, etc.). When in doubt, email inquiry can often address this.

Opinions of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal.

Moran's books include:
Antique Trader Guide to Oriental Antiques
Antique Trader Furniture Price Guide
Antique Trader Clock Guide
Antique Trader Guide to Metalware
Antique Trader Vintage Salt & Peppershakers
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, 43rd Edition, 2010
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, 44th Edition, 2011
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, 45th Edition, 2012
Warman's Fenton Glass: Identification and Price Guide
Warman's Fenton Glass, Vol. 2
Warman's Guide to Majolica Pottery
Warman's Arts and Crafts Furniture
Warman's Country Antiques
Warman's Fiesta Ware: Identification and Price Guide
Warman's Companion, Fiesta Ware
Warman's Gas Station Collectibles
Warman's McCoy Pottery: Identification and Price Guide
Warman's Companion, McCoy Pottery
Warman's McCoy Pottery, Vol. 2
Warman's Red Wing Pottery: Identification and Price Guide
Warman's Roseville Pottery: Identification and Price Guide
Warman’s Guide to Vintage Cookie Jars
Warman’s Guide to Lalique Glass
Warman’s Guide to Tobacco Antiques and Collectibles
Warman’s Guide to Sterling Flatware
Warman’s Guide to Dolls, Vintage to Modern

For more information, contact:

Mark F. Moran Appraisals of Antiques & Fine Art
N7326 Maple Ridge Trail
Iola, Wis. 54945

Visit Moran's website at markfmoran.com.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Thur April 9th, Open Mic Library at Timber Lane!

April is National Poetry Month and we're throwing a party for better or verse with our friends at Timber Lane Coffee , 934 Wisconsin Ave., Boscobel. On Thursday April 9th from 6 -8:30 pm we'll be hosting Speak the Word!, an evening of open mic poetry and  creative reading out loud.  All readers, writers, poets, songwriters, lyric talkers and listeners welcome.  Bring your own work, a friend's work, a favorite poem or borrow one of ours to share. Poetry books available on site. Fun, drama & inspiration for all. Stage fright removers available. Catch yourself thinking- aloud! 

What exactly is Open Mic or Spoken Word Poetry?  Have a look at these inspiring videos and decide for yourself, spoken language is alive, exciting and thriving globally within this unique form:
Clementine von Radics, performing at the February 2015 Soap Boxing Poetry Slam in St. Paul, Minnesota
Marvin Hodges - "Blue Genes" (CUPSI 2015 Finals)
Beck Cooper, "Too Big" (IWPS 2014)
Matt Mason, "Notes for My Daughters Against Chasing Storms"

Grand Slam Poetry Champion  Harry Baker at TEDxExeter (explains the history of Poetry Slam beginning @ 4:30)

During the day, before the event from 1-5 pm stop by the library to pick up a "Poem for Your Pocket" or create your very own masterpiece at our "Blackout Poetry" station  ( Learn more at http://www.makeblackoutpoetry.com). Bring either to read to the staff at Timber Lane and receive a free cup of coffee! Have questions? We have answers at 608-375-5723. Tag us on social media before, during and after the event: #BoscoPoets