Moss Avenue Antique Sale & Festival

Mark your calendars for the 36th annual Moss Avenue Sale & Festival on Saturday, June 11, 2o16.  The funds we raise from this sale help us to beautify our neighborhood, decorate the lamp posts with holiday greens, support causes that affect our quality of life, and many other issues that arise throughout the year. Participant applications will be sent out in late March

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For more information, contact Jan Krouse at (309)-676-7900.


2015 Moss Avenue Sale & Festival

Moss-Ave-Sale-2015The 35th Annual Moss Avenue Sale & Festival will be held on Saturday, June 13th. The committee has already been working on preparations for this year’s sale and “Save the Date” cards have gone out. We have gained many new dealers through our Facebook page, so take a look at our page and feel free to post on it and share with your friends.

Last year was a record for participating dealers, with 117 total. To continue to grow the sale, we are dependent on the homeowners who allow us to use their yards, driveways and parkways.

The funds we raise from this sale help us to beautify our neighborhood, decorate the lamp posts with holiday greens, support causes that affect our quality of life and many other issues that arise throughout the year. Please consider donating the use of your property when contacted by a block captain.

We are always looking for help as block captains, assisting the day of the sale on the barricades, as well as new faces to work on the committee. Also welcome are new ideas and thoughts on how to improve and enhance the sale.

If you are contacted directly by a vendor, please direct them to contact the committee and we will handle it.

We want to insure that all of our vendors and dealers receive the same application and rules to avoid any confusion the day of the sale.

If you have any questions, concerns or would like to join the committee, please give me a call!

Jan Krouse 676.7900

Moss Avenue Sale and Festival

Just a reminder that the 34th annual Moss Avenue Sale & Festival will be held on Saturday, June 7th from 8 am to 3 pm.

This event brings many visitors to our neighborhood and we want to make sure we are looking our best.

Let’s make sure our yards are tidy and litter in the streets and alleys is picked up!

If you would like to volunteer to help out with the sale or to donate the use of your yard, please call Jan Krouse at 676.7900.

The Latest on the 2014
 Moss Avenue Sale & Festival

mossbradsaleThe date for this year’s Moss Avenue Sale & Festival is Saturday, June 7th. Save the date postcards went out the first of February and applications will be sent out in late March. As always, we can use people for block captains and various help for the sale, so if you would like to volunteer, please give me a call.

Last year’s sale was one of our most successful and we would like to repeat and exceed the success of last year. Our success is largely dependent on the generosity of the homeowners in allowing us to use their property for dealer space. When contacted, please consider saying yes and letting us use your property. With the addition of live music and fine arts, we have broadened the appeal of our sale and have attracted a wider demographic.  We also have established a Facebook page, which has attracted new dealers and new attendees to our event.  We have over 1000 “likes” at this point!

Remember, this is the only fundraiser that our organization has and the funds raised go for a variety of neighborhood improvements/events – planting on corners, greens on lamp posts at the holidays, July 4th celebration and the annual holiday party to name a few.

If you would like to volunteer or if you have a question, comment or suggestion for the sale, please feel free to call Jan Krouse at 309.676.7900.

Moss Avenue Sale Music Review


Photo Courtesy: Raphael Rodolfi

As you wandered the street during the Moss Avenue Sale (waaaaaay back in June!), you may have stopped to enjoy the music of a few groups who graciously agreed to play for the enjoyment of all of our guests. The Sale Committee would like to recognize and thank the following groups who made the day especially enjoyable!

Sidetracked, a seven-member band that specializes in a “smooth mix of jazz, pop, and soul” entertained the crowd for their second year at the sale. Passersby and vendors alike thoroughly enjoyed the talents of this lively and popular group. Their members include John Jenkel: keyboard and vocals; Stacie Bertram: vocals; Debi Redington:  vocals; Paul Conner: guitar; Rob Bertram: bass; Dan Diefendorf: drums; Doug Steward: saxophone. On sale day, Sidetracked played in the yard of Ed Tarbuck and Joanne Bannon. The band regularly performs at Jimmy’s Bar, The Fieldhouse, The Black Rabbit, and other local venues. Their versatile sound appeals to audiences of many ages. Following the 2012 sale, Sidetracked was hired by MBRA neighbors to play for family wedding events. You can find them on facebook, or at

Also in their second year providing music during the sale were MBRA neighbors Roman and Karla Wegrzyn. Many of you may know Roman from his successful piano tuning skills and the tuning business he ran for many years. Karla is a ‘radio-personality’ whose voice you might recognize from radio broadcasts and commercial voice-overs. While separately they are both terrific, having them together in musical form is simply magical. With Roman’s skills on the keyboard and Karla’s soft, jazzy vocals, this pair added a very special touch to the day!

A terrific new addition to the music line-up this year was a group of young men who met each other on their first day of orientation as new employees at Caterpillar, hence their name New Cats on the Block. The group loves playing outdoor events and specializes in bluegrass (traditional as well as popular), bluegrass variations on other popular music, and a nice selection of their own tunes. New Cats talent includes Jordan Blimbaum: banjo and vocals; Michael Adashek: mandolin and vocals; Chris Skierski: guitar and vocals; and Evan Stumpges: bass and vocals. This group delighted the crowds with toe-tapping music and a hometown touch! Look no further than facebook for more info about New Cats on the Block.

Many thanks to these groups who very generously play without compensation for our big event! We hope you will consider them when looking for live music for a family or business event. Thanks also to our neighbors Tom and Deb Dougherty for hosting and providing electricity and extension cords to New Cats as well as Roman and Karla!

Submitted by: Joanne Bannon