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Posts for July 2012

Promised Land on the Prairie

A Faces & Places Roadie Blog

Driving through the hills on Highway 283 on a perfect July morning, air conditioner blasting away the early heat, sunglasses perched on my nose, it was impossible not to be taken in by the rare beauty of the Smoky River Valley. While somehow managing to be inviting and foreboding at the same time, the landscape made me feel small, not unlike the feeling of standing beside the ocean or a busy sidewalk in New York. On this day, my husband, kids and I headed toward the unincorporated town of Nicodemus, Kansas, to attend the 134th annual Homecoming and Emancipation Celebration.

Posted on July 31, 2012 4:06PM by Jess, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

Cattle Drive: The Moore Longhorn Cattle Ranch Experience

I had always wondered what it must have been like for the cowboys back in the good old days to drive cattle up from Texas to the railroad heads in Kansas. I figured I would never get the chance to do anything like that, because it didn’t happen anymore. I found out this summer I was wrong.While those long-lonely days on the trail ARE over, some Kansans still get on their horses and drive cattle the old fashioned way. The folks at the Moore Longhorn Cattle Ranch lets city boys (and girls) like me come along to help out.

Posted on July 27, 2012 10:36AM by Jeff Ridder

Knee-slappin’ Bluegrass Music at Pickin’ on the Plains in Colby

Tap your toes to live bluegrass music or pick your own banjo or guitar at Pickin’ on the Plains Bluegrass and Folk Festival July 20-22 in Colby. This event is in harmony with the long-running Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, just on a slightly smaller scale. In fact, Pickin’ on the Plains began when music enthusiasts decided to bring the music, fun and fellowship they experienced at the Winfield event to the Western High Plains of Kansas nearly 20 years ago. And what a festival it has become!

Posted on July 17, 2012 4:24PM by Cecilia Harris

A Guide to Kansas Catfish: Pink Princess Poles to Noodling

One of the first fish I ever caught was a small channel cat out of a creek not far from our farmhouse. I remember reeling it up over the edge of the bridge with my pink princess fishing pole, the smile on my face almost as big as the one plastered on my Dad’s face. To this day I still think catfish are some of the ugliest and creepiest creatures out there, but the opportunities and taste of a Kansas catfish can rarely be exceeded.

Posted on July 12, 2012 10:56AM by Elizabeth Peterson

T-Rex Café: Kansas Legends for the family

As someone who grew up in Kansas City, the Legends Shopping Area is something sort of amazing for me. In a short time, the entire Village West area has sprung up as an entertainment mecca in a most unlikely spot.Now that we are a family of five, I find a quick trip to The Legends can give us the feeling that we have had a “get away” without having to travel very far. 

Posted on July 10, 2012 12:10PM by Karen Ridder

Phillipsburg’s The Chubby Pickle Makes You Smile

With a grin on his face, a gigantic green pickle dressed in a vest, bow tie, and red shoes peers from the window of The Chubby Pickle in Phillipsburg, lifting the spirits of those who are in a pickle or just need a cure for the summer doldrums. Known for its hamburgers and sandwiches, the restaurant also serves up favorites like Breaded Pickle Chips, Toasted Almond Salad, and homemade Spicy Pepper Rice Soup.

Posted on July 5, 2012 11:42AM by Cecilia Harris


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