Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Posts Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:21:27 GMT Roller Derby Craze Hits Kansas http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/12/Roller-Derby-Craze-Hits-Kansas-/3073/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Salina-Sirens-Roller-Derby-7.jpg'/><br/> When I heard roller derby is the fastest growing women's sport in the world, my response was &quot;Really???&quot;.&nbsp; 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. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/12/Roller-Derby-Craze-Hits-Kansas-/3073/ Prairie Lavender Festival Relaxing Outing http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/25/Prairie-Lavender-Festival-Relaxing-Outing/3042/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Prairie-Lavender-Festival-boys.jpg'/><br/> As I drove on a winding gravel road through lush pastures and hills on my way to the&nbsp;Prairie Lavender Festival&nbsp;near Bennington, I was looking forward to the day ahead as a time to relax and rejuvenate amongst my favorite fragrance after a hectic week. Little did I know it also would be a day to remember my past.&nbsp; Tue, 25 Jun 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/25/Prairie-Lavender-Festival-Relaxing-Outing/3042/ Music, Art Fills Downtown Hutchinson on Third Thursday http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/7/Music-Art-Fills-Downtown-Hutchinson-on-Third-Thursday/3023/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Hutchinson-Third-Thursday-rock-band.jpg'/><br/> I expected to see cookbooks and colorful utensils, but what made my heart sing was a band playing &quot;Wild Thing&quot; when I stepped inside&nbsp;Apron Strings Kitchen Store&nbsp;in Hutchinson. What could be better than shopping to the sound of live music? Borrowing from the song's lyrics:&nbsp;Third Thursday, I think I love you. Tue, 07 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/7/Music-Art-Fills-Downtown-Hutchinson-on-Third-Thursday/3023/ Eco Friendly Art Draws Attention at Belle Plaine Festival http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/Eco-Friendly-Art-Draws-Attention-at-Belle-Plaine-Festival/3024/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Festival.jpg'/><br/> Winding my way down a path lined with bright orange tulips, I stopped under tall pine and redwood trees to peruse an artist's collection of watercolors featuring bright colored flowers when the sounds of a fiddle and accordian filled the air. The musicians were among a lineup of acts performing under a canopy of long-standing trees during Art at the Arb, an event at the&nbsp;Bartlett Arboretum&nbsp;in&nbsp;Belle Plaine&nbsp;that coincides with the city's annual Tulip Time Festival. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/Eco-Friendly-Art-Draws-Attention-at-Belle-Plaine-Festival/3024/ Blog Post: Oz The Great and Powerful movie http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/12/Blog-Post-Oz-The-Great-and-Powerful-movie-/3011/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/standard_oz.jpg'/><br/> Magical. I know it sounds obvious but that simply is the best word to describe the movie Oz The Great and Powerful that premiered last weekend. The new movie that is the prequel to The Wizard of Oz, a cinema masterpiece of its time, provided the perfect date night with Hubby, who grew up watching the beloved classic, based on L. Frank Baum's novel, every year on television with his family. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/12/Blog-Post-Oz-The-Great-and-Powerful-movie-/3011/ Lindsborg’s Sandzen Gallery Showcases Artistic Diversity http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/14/Lindsborg-s-Sandzen-Gallery-Showcases-Artistic-Diversity/3006/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Sandzen-Gallery-artwork-511.jpg'/><br/> Standing in awe at the unique oil paintings in the&nbsp;Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery&nbsp;in Lindsborg, I realized the Swedish-born artist's signature use of vivid colors and bold brushwork reminded me of a mural in the Belleville Post Office I'd seen as a child. Gallery Director Larry Griffiths said Sandzén painted murals in post offices in Halstead, Lindsborg and Belleville as part of the Works Progress Administration program in the 1930s. It's no wonder I have grown to love Sandzén's paintings, especially the larger pieces found in the gallery that bears his name. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/14/Lindsborg-s-Sandzen-Gallery-Showcases-Artistic-Diversity/3006/ Gamble On Entertainment At Kansas Casinos http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/15/Gamble-On-Entertainment-At-Kansas-Casinos/2997/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Prairie-Band-Casino-Firekeeper-Golf-Course-21.jpg'/><br/> &nbsp; I'm not much of a gambler, but my friends who love to visit casinos want Hubby and me to come along. While the others wager their money on blackjack or poker, I'll try my luck at the slot machines and bingo for a while. And when I am ready for a break Tue, 15 Jan 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/15/Gamble-On-Entertainment-At-Kansas-Casinos/2997/ Top 5 Favorites in Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/18/Top-5-Favorites-in-Lawrence-Old-Fashioned-Christmas-Parade/2990/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Lawrence-Christmas-Parade-1611.jpg'/><br/> At the sound of the clip-clop of hooves on pavement and the jingle of bells, I could feel the excitement building amongst the crowd standing around me on a street corner in downtown Lawrence one chilly morning.&nbsp; Tue, 18 Dec 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/18/Top-5-Favorites-in-Lawrence-Old-Fashioned-Christmas-Parade/2990/ Goodland’s On The Bricks Café Worth The Stop http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/6/Goodland-s-On-The-Bricks-Caf-Worth-The-Stop/2939/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Goodland-On-The-Bricks-waitress1.jpg'/><br/> Like many others driving across northwest Kansas on Interstate 70, I&rsquo;ve often grabbed fast food at a drive-through and continued on my way with hamburger in hand. Sadly, dining on the road became a quick stop necessity in my hurry to get where I was going rather than the experience it should be for travelers. I realized how much I was missing when I stopped in Goodland&nbsp;for lunch at On The Bricks Caf&eacute;, a quaint restaurant with delicious food, a calming atmosphere and friendly staff providing quick service.&nbsp; Thu, 06 Dec 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/6/Goodland-s-On-The-Bricks-Caf-Worth-The-Stop/2939/ See the Big Picture: Concordia's Brick Whole Wall Mural http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/20/See-the-Big-Picture-Concordia-s-Brick-Whole-Wall-Mural/2885/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Concordia.jpeg'/><br/> The faces of three young boys from an orphan train peer out, their forlorn looks forever sculpted in brick on a busy street corner in Concordia. Having three sons, I quickly spotted the boys among the two dozen or so realistic scenes depicting the story of Cloud County on the three-dimensional Whole Wall Mural. Measuring 140 feet, this amazing piece of art is currently the longest sculpted brick mural in the country&mdash;and possibly the world!Standing before the mural, I began playing a game of &ldquo;I Spy,&rdquo; finding pioneers planting seeds, coal miners and brick layers at work, a 1928 biplane, a wooded windmill, grain elevators, a John Deere &ldquo;A&rdquo; tractor, a schoolhouse, a church, a train, and an iron truss bridge over the Republican River I remember crossing as a kid when my family drove from our farm near Cuba to shop in Concordia. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/20/See-the-Big-Picture-Concordia-s-Brick-Whole-Wall-Mural/2885/