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A Kansas Version of the Nutcracker

This holiday season, plan on taking your family to see the Nutcracker Suite - Kansas style. While Tchaikovsky’s ballet is performed throughout the state, the Lawrence Arts Center weaves pieces of our own history into the familiar story. The result is a unique rendition of the holiday classic you will not want to miss. 

Posted on November 1, 2011 9:55AM by Becky Blake

Kansas' Neewollah Festival offers alternative Halloween fun

Dress up and join the week-long celebration in Independence

Newspapers in Independence, Kan., reported that pranksters committed more vandalism during Halloween 1918 than the citizens found tolerable. As a result, city leaders decided a healthy diversion from mean-spirited Halloween antics might be a solution. So they created festivities for "Neewollah" - Halloween spelled backward - as an outlet for young people's autumn energies. What began as a one-day county fair, parade and rodeo has grown into southeastern Kansas' largest celebration the last full week of October. 

Posted on October 4, 2011 1:39PM by Becky Blake

Found on the Web: Film star and travel writer Andrew McCarthy hankering for Kansas

You probably remember Andrew McCarthy from his starring roles in such feature films as “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Pretty in Pink.” For the past few years, though, McCarthy has been hosting video travelogues and writing articles from around the world for AFAR, National Geographic Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines. He was even named the 2010 Travel Journalist of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers.

Posted on September 19, 2011 4:00PM by Becky Blake

Enjoy the best in bluegrass at Winfield’s Walnut Valley Festival

Pick and grin, or just tap your toes, at this popular Kansas music event

Recognized as the “Bluegrass Event of the Year,” the Walnut Valley Festival annually attracts bluegrass fans and performers from around the world. The family-friendly atmosphere offers high-caliber contests, workshops, world-class performances and enough spontaneous music-making to satisfy even the hardcore enthusiast. And true Festival aficionados pack their instruments and sleeping bags since camping is encouraged on the grounds.

Posted on September 12, 2011 8:45AM by Becky Blake

Luxury Suites to Lakeside Cabins

Enjoy Expanding Lodging Options in KansasWhether your tastes lean toward metropolitan amenities or a lakeside view, Kansas lodging inventory is expanding and improving statewide.Wichita announces ...

Posted on August 22, 2011 10:11AM by Becky Blake

Step back in time at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm

Explore hands-on history in 19th-century Kansas

Sophisticated, suburban Olathe, Kan., may seem like the last place to find a  sanctuary for 19th-century living history, but look again. Tucked into miles of metropolis is the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site – purchased by the city to preserve its original character as a thriving 1850s family farm and stagecoach stop. The only stop along the Santa Fe Trail that’s preserved and open to the public, the grounds offer many opportunities for exploring the lives of early farm families, pioneers, soldiers and stagecoach travelers.

Posted on August 8, 2011 11:04AM by Becky Blake

Celebrate Lawrence’s Civil-War role in freedom

Activities commemorate the anti-slavery history of this Kansas community

From 1854 to 1861 – years before shots rang out at Fort Sumter in South Carolina, starting the Civil War – Kansas Territory became known as “Bleeding Kansas” for its violent proslavery and abolitionist activity. Forces on both sides repeatedly clashed in skirmishes, sackings and massacres along the Kansas and Missouri border. In the thick of it, Lawrence, Kan., gained the reputation as a center for anti-slavery Jayhawker and Redleg sentiment and activity. The town was also a key stop along the Underground Railroad.

Posted on August 1, 2011 12:44PM by Becky Blake

Found on the Web: Photos reflect Kansas’ 1856 Battle of Black Jack

Kansas photographer snaps dramatic images of re-enactors near Baldwin CityLearn more about Kansas’ heritage – including the pre-Civil War reference “Bleeding Kansas” – by checking out recent photos by photographer Michael C. Snell. Last month, the award-winning and Kansas-based travel photographer shot a re-enactment of the June 2, 1856, Battle of Black Jack near Baldwin City, Kan.

Posted on July 18, 2011 3:26PM by Becky Blake


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