MMMMM Great menu for Antique Adventures!

Our menu for the Antique Adventures is delicious and home made! 
Have lunch with us and view collections of vintage and antique items and be certain to hear the programs… Paintings by Paul Seifert, American primitive painter, and the History of Badger Ordnance, an important defence and economic and social factor in the USA.  All of this tomorrow, Saturday, September 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  See you there!


Seasoned Pork Sandwich                   $3

Delicious Chicken Chili                        $3

Chili with meat and black beans          $3

Vegetarian Chili with black beans        $3

Dessert bars all home made!               $1

Kettle Chips                                         $1

Soda and water                                    $1

Vienna, a local baker, has home made scones for sale.
Visit her booth for a great scone and decaf coffee.  All proceeds benefit Ocooch Mountain Humane Society.

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Blessing of Animals; Celebration of St. Francis

The Feast of St Francis… October 1, 2014
St Barnabas Episcopal Church
297 North Main, Richland Center

Worship with Animals ~ 5:30 pm
Blessing of Animals ~ 6:15 pm

All are invited, including pets, to a lively service remembering the preaching of Francis of Assisi and giving thanks for the blessings that we have through our
companion animals.

This service is a celebration of God as creator of all, and the goodness that is in creation.

An event in partnership with The Ocooch Mountain Humane Society.

Below are a few photos from the 2012 Blessing of Animals.

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Badger Ordnance Program at Antique Adventures, September 27

Badger Ordnance was an important factor in the defence of the USA beginning with the start of World War l l.  But beyond that Badger had great economic and social impact in the southwestern area of Wisconsin.  Badger Ordnance, the "powder plant," served the country beginning in 1942 through three wars.  Badger Ordnance was located just south of Baraboo Wisconsin.  It ceased operation during the Viet Nam War era.

Michael Goc, past president of the group preserving the history of Badger, will present an interesting program at Antique Adventures.  The program, held in the Meeting Room at the Community Center, Richland Center, begins at 12:30 p.m. Michael is an author and an historian and will present a lively program that will bring back memories of those whose parents, uncles and aunts had their first real job off the farm during World War l l. 

The admission to the Adventures is $5 and is a benefit event for the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society.  A $10 admission allows you to bring up to 3 items for evaluation by "people in the business." You will receive opinions about your treasures but not "estate appraisals," which take time and extensive research.

Viewing the collections of area residents passionate about history and a food stand with home made chilis, including vegetarian and chicken, and seasoned pork sandwiches will keep everyone satisfied!

The two programs at the event are in partnership with the Richland County Historical Society and the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society. 

Hours of Antique Adventures are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Door Prizes announced at 1:45. 

Support OMHS by attending the Antique Adventures.

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Antique Adventures Features Paintings of Paul Seifert, American Privitive

Farmscapes in watercolor will be featured in a program at Antique Adventures by curator Joseph Kapler, Wisconsin State Historical Society.  OMHS is very excited to host the presentation about Seifert because he has very close ties with Richland County.  Paul Adolf Seifert immigrated to the United States from Saxony Germany in about 1867. There is a theory that he left Germany to avoid military service. He "landed" at Richland City in Richland County. The village no longer exists because the Wisconsin River made a pretty dramatic change of course and demolished Richland City.  The village of Gotham, just a short distance up river, took the place of Richland City.

Paul Seifert may have travelled on a logging raft and upon reaching Richland City he disembarked.  There he met Elizabeth Kraft, and, because she and her family spoke English, he decided to stay.  Kraft and Seifert were married and spent their life in the Richland City/Gotham area along the Wisconsin River.

In the later 1870's Paul began painting and he continued creating painting through the early 1890's.  He also supported his family with his talent as a taxidermist and raised garden vegetables that he and Elizabeth sold.  But his paintings are what we want to know more about at this program. 

Paul Seifert is known as an itinerant painted.  A primitive or naive painter.  An outsider. Once you have seen a Seifert watercolor you KNOW what a Seifert looks like!  The paintings are that distinctive. He would paint a picture of a farm scene with the buildings, representations of cows and pigs, and some of the people in the family.  The people were always working or engaged in activity. No one was with out action.  But all the people are painted in profile, like the Egyptian representation of people. 

The paper was generally 18×24 toned paper… light gray or blue.  The media he used was watercolor and pen and ink.  He was very precise with his inked lines for fences!  The perspective is unusual and the point of view of the painting is always slightly above the horizon level.  This is a typical characteristic of the primitive painter. He said that people liked his paintings and he liked painting for them.  He charged $2.00 for the paintings. Frequently he did duplicates of the paintings.  Paul did create pencil sketches of the farms and then painted the scene back at his home.  One pencil drawing does exists of "Laws Landing."

It is not known how many paintings Seifert completed.  He left no record95 of his work.  Thiere were 17 watercolor paintings in the exhibit that Mr. Kapler curated.  He discovered a few more paintings but chose 17 that were most representative of Seifert's work.  The exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Society Museum in Madison WI ran from April to the end of August, 2014. 

In 1950 an art historian from the East had "discovered" Paul Seifert.  And a painting of his and a description of the primitive artist can be found in "Three Hundred Years of American Painting" by Alexander Eliot. Paintings by Seifert are found in Cooperstown NY and in Williamsburg VA.  An exhibit of his paintings on paper was held in Richland Center in the 1960's.  These were paintings owned by local people and the showing was held in the Krouskop's Deparment Store.

When his age became an issue for traveling around Richland, Iowa, Grant, and Sauk counties, Seifert began painting imaginary paintings on glass.  He charged $5.00 for his reverse paintings.  Many of these painting probably met the same fate that the work on paper met… they were destroyed or tossed out. The reverse paintings had the same motif… a castle on a rocky hill, a body of water below such as a lake or a river, and a small boat pulled up on shore. Generally there was a cross in the composition.  Seifert was quite enterprising and used aluminum foil in the windows of the castle to create a lively appearance.  Reverse painting is an interesting technique and requires much planning.

Seifert created sculptural pieces as well, such as bas reliefs with a plaster substance shaped like a castle with a beach and a boat.  The beach had small shells from the Wisconsin River impressed into it.

The Seifert program is co-sponsored by the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society and the Richland County Historical Society.

We encourage attendance at this interesting program about a little known artist who created wonderful watercolor paintings in the driftless area of Wisconsin. 

Remember:  $5 admission per person for the programs, viewing of the collections by local people, and listening in on the evaluations of vintage and antique items. 

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Gallery of Cats I I

Gallery of Cats II is another collection of images photographed just for you!  Take a good look at all of the cats awaiting adoption.  These cats live in a "Cage Free" environment and enjoy eating, sleeping, playing, lounging around as they please.  However, being adopted into a loving and caring home would be the "cat's meow" for these wonderfully socialized felines! 

Stop in at the Adoption Center, 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center, to interview cats.  We have lower rates right now for adoptions.  Come on in to find out the rates for adoption two beautiful cats, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and ready to move!  Call 604-8834 for additional information.  (We are an all-volunteer organization so expect a phone call back in less than 48 hours… we all have day jobs so getting phone calls answered is sometimes a bit difficult!)

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A Gallery of Cats!

Here is a gallery of cats photographed just for you!  Please set up an appointment to interview these socialized felines by calling 608-604-2075.
They live in a "cage free" environment and enjoy each other and the freedom they have.  But a home of their own would be much more to purr about!


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Antique Adventures, Saturday, September 27!

Plans are being finalized for the second annual Antique Adventures event!  You are encouraged to mark your calendar and tell friends and neighbors to mark the date for this interesting and educational event. If you watch American Pickers, Antiques Roadshow, or Pawn Stars for example, you are certain to enjoy seeking out your own treasures in your barn, attic, or shed and bringing them to the Antique Adventures for evaluation.

We have two dynamite programs scheduled! Wisconsin Watercolors: Paintings of Paul Seifert, will be presented by Joe Kapler, curator, Wisconsin State Historical Society.  History of Badger Ordnance will be presented by Michael Goc, historian and author.  

We are happy to hold the event at the Community Center in Richland Center… 1050 North Orange Street. Hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Plans for the event include evaluations of items brought to the event, two programs of historical interest, vintage vehicles, and displays of items from local collectors.

Because this is a fund-raising event for OMHS, there is a charge for admission… $5 per person or $10 if the person brings up to 3 items for evaluation. The evaluations are not legal, binding appraisals that could be used for estate needs, but evaluations that provide a starting point to go forward with a certified appraisal.

Vintage automobiles and trucks will again be welcomed to Antique Adventures. If you have a vintage vehicle or if you know someone who would like to display a vehicle, please contact us.

Of course, we will be looking for volunteers to help with setting up tables and chairs, kitchen help, greeters, and cashiers. If you would like to offer to volunteer right now, please call 536-3796 or 647-6453.

Stay tuned to the OMHS website as the detailed plans unfold: or check us out on Facebook.

Mark your calendar today… September 27: Antique Adventures.

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Gracie and Thelma are Pets of the Month!

Gracie and Thelma are two lovely female cats who have been selected as Pets of the Month!

Gracie is a Classic Tabby cat wearing a beautiful gray fur coat marbeled with swirls of pale gray!  She is a stunning cat.  She is friendly, wants to be held on your lap and petted.  Gracie is up-to-date on vaccinations and spayed. She gets along well with the other cats at the center.  She will be awaiting your call!

Thelma is a charming Tabby Cat wearing a sharp and stylish black and white coat!  She is up-to-date on her vaccinations and has been spayed.  She, like Gracie, is friendly and loves to be handled by humans.  She gets along well with other cats and plays and naps with them. Thelma is waiting for your visit so she can charm you!

The girls have their little suitcases packed and are ready to go…they have a couple of cat toys, a hand-made blanket, and some cat food already for the trip!

The Adoption Center is located at 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center.  The hours are Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:30 to 12 noon.  Or call 604-8834 for more information.

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Kitten Cathryn and her Friends

Cathryn is happy to represent the kittens now under the wing of Ocooch Mountain Humane Society!
At 2 months old, Cathryn is a very energetic little tabby!  She, along with the other kittens in OMHS care, will not be ready for adoption until they are spayed or neutered. The philosophy is that kittens will stay under the care of OMHS until they are of an age and weight to be safely spayed or neutered.  With this sensible policy, the Cat Adoption Coordinators have time to monitor the socialization and growth of the kittens until they are ready for the surgical procedure.  All kittens are also tested for FIV and should be at least 8-10 weeks old for that test.  
OMHS encourages anyone interested in adopting a pair of kittens to interview them at the Adoption Center.
OMHS finds that kittens need kitten companions to be fully socially adapted felines. Playing and napping together is a natural part of being a cat.

Interview kittens at at 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center. Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6, and Saturdays, 9:30 to 12 noon. Or call 608-604-8834 with kitten questions.

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Marilu is Awaiting your Visit to Interview Her!

Marilu is a beautiful torty, sleek, shiny in the brilliantly marked coat she wears! She is about 2 years old, spayed, and up to date on vaccinations.
Marilu is very social and enjoys humans and plays well with the other cats in the “cage free” environment at the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society Adoption Center.  Because she is not confined to a cage she can sleep where she pleases and eat and play whenever the mood strikes her. At the age of 2 she has a bit of kittenhood in her and she loves to play.  But she also knows all about litterbox protocol so when the litterbox is cleaned every day she is very happy as are all the other cats.  Cats are very particular about their litterboxes!  We humans are particular about our bathrooms, too.
Cat companions at her new home would be very good companionship for Marilu.  She gets along so well with the cats at the Adoption Center that she would prefer to have other cats sharing fun and naps at her new home.
Interview Marilu and her friends at 1400 West  Street, Richland Center, Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6, and Saturdays, 9:30 to 12 noon.You will find the Adoption Center directly behind the main building at Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community.  See you there.  Marilu will be waiting to meet you.
Call 608-604-8834 for more details about this very beautiful cat.

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