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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

Eco Friendly Art Draws Attention at Belle Plaine Festival

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 Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine that coincides with the city's annual Tulip Time Festival.

Posted on April 19, 2013 8:22AM by Cecilia Harris

Blog Post: Oz The Great and Powerful movie

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.

Posted on March 12, 2013 7:12AM by Cecilia Harris

Lindsborg’s Sandzen Gallery Showcases Artistic Diversity

Standing in awe at the unique oil paintings in the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery 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.

Posted on February 14, 2013 8:44AM by Cecilia Harris

Gamble On Entertainment At Kansas Casinos

 

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

Posted on January 15, 2013 8:17AM by Cecilia Harris

Goodland’s On The Bricks Café Worth The Stop

Like many others driving across northwest Kansas on Interstate 70, I’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 for lunch at On The Bricks Café, a quaint restaurant with delicious food, a calming atmosphere and friendly staff providing quick service. 

Posted on December 6, 2012 10:43AM by Cecilia Harris

See the Big Picture: Concordia's Brick Whole Wall Mural

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—and possibly the world!Standing before the mural, I began playing a game of “I Spy,” finding pioneers planting seeds, coal miners and brick layers at work, a 1928 biplane, a wooded windmill, grain elevators, a John Deere “A” 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.

Posted on November 20, 2012 2:45PM by Cecilia Harris


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