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Posts for February 2011

Kansas Events: Aggieville St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Celebrate all things Irish at the 33rd Annual Aggieville St. Patrick’s Parade and Road Races in Manhattan. This year’s “ShamROCK!” event starts with a special breakfast, followed by a 2-mile fun run/walk, 10K road race and afternoon parade. Also enjoy door prizes, noon-time barbecue in Triangle Park, and dinner and drinks in Aggieville’s restaurants and pubs.

Posted on February 28, 2011 4:13PM by Becky Blake

Competition BBQ, Kansas-Style

Once a month we’ll spotlight a Kansas-operated restaurant or café. For this first feature, we interviewed Derek Cochran, owner of Pig In! Pig Out! in Wichita.

Posted on February 24, 2011 4:51PM by admin

A Century old Sentry: The Cathedral of the Plains

 

Exterior of Cathedral towers

When Victoria’s St. Fidelis Catholic Church was completed in 1911, it was the largest church west of the Mississippi River. Its twin towers, rising 141-feet in the air, can be seen for miles. They have stood for a century as a testament to the people whose hard work built a place of worship worthy of the nickname “Cathedral of the Plains.

Posted on February 23, 2011 8:22PM by Karen Ridder

Kansas’ 1861 Decision Leads to Civil War

In recognition of this year’s 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, I wanted to share the pivotal role Kansas played in its history. Most Americans don’t realize that Kansas’ decision to enter the Union as a “free” state on January 29, 1861, ignited the passion and fury of a country divided over slavery. Just a few months later, on April 12, the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, S.C.

Posted on February 21, 2011 10:51PM by Becky Blake

WaKeeney’s Western Kansas Saloon and Grill a Sure Bet

Belly up to the bar in the Western Kansas Saloon and Grill in WaKeeney like I did and you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time. The wood floor, pressed tin ceiling, paintings of early-day Trego County, and shelves filled with glass milk bottles, oil lamps, and washboards create an old-fashioned atmosphere. If the walls in this building constructed as a hardware store in 1925 could talk, they would have stories to tell!  

Posted on February 18, 2011 8:28PM by Cecilia Harris

Highlighting our Home State

Discover a range of landscapes and natural wonders in Kansas – and many hidden gems just waiting for your admiration. Love waterfalls or windmills? We’ve got ’em. Historic campgrounds? Check. Rodeos ...

Posted on February 14, 2011 8:16PM by Becky Blake

Spotlight on Spirits

Once a month we’ll spotlight a Kansas-operated brewery, winery or distillery. For this first feature, we interviewed Seth Fox, owner of High Plains Distillery in Atchison.

Posted on February 11, 2011 10:24PM by admin

Community Spotlight: Concordia

 

Once a month we’ll highlight the well-known sights and charming secrets of a Kansas town. Here, you’ll find details about a quaint rural community in the north central part of the state.Established in 1872, Concordia is home to the Whole Wall Mural, America’s longest sculpted brick mural. The 140-foot carved-brick wall showcases the history, people and places of the Cloud County area. Scenes include the Minersville camp where coal miners lived in the late 1800s, a biplane owned by aviator Charlie Blosser and the Republican River bridge constructed in 1893.

Posted on February 7, 2011 5:46PM by Becky Blake


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