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Big City Blues In A Small Town Setting

Normally a quiet and quaint community, the small town of Paxico gets loud and jam-packed on the third Saturday of each September to celebrate the Paxico Blues Festival. For the last ten years, the town closes down streets and opens its arms to everyone for a free day of the blues. 

Posted on September 25, 2013 1:32PM by Jimmy Sevcik

The State Fair is a Great State Fair

Every time I see the complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica on the shelves of my living room, I think of the Kansas State Fair. Strange? Perhaps, but of course, there's a story behind that...

When I used to live in Wichita, the State Fair in Hutchinson was a regular must-do for my friends and me. We eagerly looked forward to bierocks, the Old Mill roller water boat ride and a view of the annual butter sculpture in the Pride of Kansas building. Yes, there was something a bit kitschy about it all for us, cool twenty-somethings, but then again, we always had fun. 

Posted on September 19, 2013 1:38PM by Karen Ridder

Roller Derby Craze Hits Kansas

When I heard roller derby is the fastest growing women's sport in the world, my response was "Really???".  My disbelief stemmed from my childhood when I watched sports on television with my older brother and saw anything-goes roller derby where women brutally shoved each other so hard some skaters went flying over the wall surrounding the banked track. Had roller derby changed over the years? After discovering there are several women's roller derby teams in the state, I had to find out. So there I was, sitting at a Salina Sirens bout with Hubby. Happily, I skated away from the event with new enthusiasm for this action-packed competition. Here's what I learned about roller derby that changed my mind about the sport.

Posted on September 12, 2013 3:15PM by Cecilia Harris

An Evening in Downtown Lawrence for Final Fridays

A Faces & Places Roadie Blog

It's hard not to notice art in one way or another in downtown Lawrence on any given day but on the last Friday of the month you can find the Lawrence art scene exploding with exhibits, more so than usual. On my latest Faces and Places tour, I was able to visit one of my favorite Kansas cities and explore one of the sides to it that I have not yet delved into. A few of my friends joined me and together we explored some of the stops along the Lawrence Final Fridays Art Walk and participated in a very creative dinner experience. I visited many places, most of which I had never been to and was quite surprised by what I've been missing. 

Posted on September 11, 2013 8:06AM by Jenni, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

The Wine Staycation

Not far from the Kansas City Metro area, nestled in the southeastern part of the state is the Somerset Wine Trail of Miami County, Kansas. Often recognized for its orchards and popular cider attractions, a new show is hitting the area with a pop of the cork!

Posted on September 10, 2013 9:46AM by Katy Ibsen

Scenic Rides in Kansas

Fall in Kansas happens to be one of the best times to hit the trails ... with your bike! The temperatures are beginning to drop, the bugs are subsiding and the colorful scenes are unbeatable across our varied landscape. 

Posted on September 5, 2013 3:21PM by Katy Ibsen

Cooper Barn: A Wonder in Kansas Architecture

During a recent trip to Colby, I stopped off at the Prairie Museum of Art and History. The museum alone is a great place to visit and out in the field, sitting amongst the little one room school house, church and 1930's home is the massive Cooper Barn. This beautiful white barn stands out in it's newest home at an impressive 48 feet tall, 66 feet wide and 114 feet long! 

Posted on September 2, 2013 9:49AM by Jenni Harrison

#KansasBeautiful Five hours through Kansas to the Tumbleweed Festival

A Faces & Places Roadie Blog

We recently set out towards Garden City and I've realized this is one of my favorite drives going from Northeast to Southwestern Kansas. Traveling along I-70 I love to experience the rolling Flint and Smoky Hills regions. One of these days when there is more time, I plan to exit the Interstate and travel through the byways but for now, I will enjoy them in my rush to get from point A to point B.

Posted on August 30, 2013 10:28AM by Jenni, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

Muddy Good Time

A celebration to honor soldiers as they arrived home from serving in World War II still goes strong today. V-J Homecoming in Arma is a tradition that has continued for 67 years and has grown larger each year with new festivities and activities. This year's celebration took place the weekend of August 17th.

Posted on August 29, 2013 1:39PM by Jimmy Sevcik


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