Feb 6, 2011

Roadshow's Keno brothers now have their own furniture line

Leslie and Leigh Keno, the twin antique furniture appraisers on WGBH's Antiques Roadshow, will debut their own line of furniture, Keno Bros., the week of Feb. 14 at the Today's Home interior design store in Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh Press writer calls the pieces "a stunningly beautiful collection of sleek, polished, modern profiles." The Kenos also host Collect This! With The Keno Brothers on MSN. Leigh owns Keno Auctions in New York City, and Leslie is director of American furniture and decorative arts at the Sotheby's auction house.

Marcia Adams dies; host of PBS cooking show, heart transplant recipient

The host of the nationally syndicated WBGU show Marcia Adams Kitchen died Satuday (Feb. 5) in Fort Wayne, Ind., following a heart attack. She was 75.

Adams also produced two documentaries about her 2001 heart transplant, "Heart to Heart" and "Change of Heart."

She was considered an expert in Amish cooking. Her five cookbooks included “Cooking from Quilt Country: Hearty Recipes from Amish and Mennonite Kitchens,” “Marcia Adams’ Heirloom Recipes: Yesterday’s Favorites, Tomorrow’s Treasures,” and “Recipes Remembered.” She also wrote two books about her heart trandplant and recovery, "Heart to Heart" and "Heart Anew." Most recently she had been working on a novel, "Don't Envy Me," about a battered wife.

Born Marcia Grabill on April 10, 1935, Adams is survived by her brother, Gordon Grabill, of Steuben County, Ind., and was preceded in death by her son, Gerard Sicard.

There will be a private memorial service.

Sweet home Chicago: WTTW "Grannies" finally return from Egypt

Enough of the adventure, suspense and danger. "I'm glad to be home," Pat Johnson tells the Chicago NBC affiliate in an interview as the Grannies on Safari travelers finally arrived in Chicago on Friday (Feb. 4). The two hosts of the WTTW nationally syndicated show, Johnson and Regina Fraser, were leading a tour group of 14 in Cairo when anti-government protests erupted into violence. A vacationing photojournalist traveling with the group to shoot video for an upcoming webisode ended up capturing dramatic shots of the crowds.

In an interview with the local ABC affiliate the next day, Fraser recalled seeing "row upon row, upon row, upon row, upon row, for blocks and blocks, of tanks."

Look for an interview with the Grannies in the Feb. 6 issue of Current.