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Kansas Sports Museum Tells Stories through Memorabilia

The great track star Glenn Cunningham nearly died in a fire that burned the young boy’s legs so badly they almost were amputated.  Told he wouldn’t walk again, the seven-year-old endured a year of incredible pain exercising until he could stand on his own, then walk, and finally run. The Elkhart, Kan. native kept running, setting world records in the mile and 800 meters and winning a silver medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. This and other inspiring stories about our state’s outstanding athletes, as well as an amazing display of original sports memorabilia, can be found at the Kansas Sports Museum in Newton.

Posted on February 2, 2012 10:41AM by Cecilia Harris

Colorful Garden of Eden Emerges in Lucas

 The Garden of Eden in Lucas has had a facelift. From rosy cheeks on faces to striped clothing to the red, white and blue of our nation’s flag, colors dulled by dirt and mold are once again vivid, returning sculptures at the world-renowned grassroots art site to their former splendor. Artist Samuel Perry Dinsmoor mixed cement with crushed stone to create colors in the fascinating - and what some consider quirky - sculptures he formed from 1907 to 1932 on cement ‘trees’ eight to 40 feet above ground. 

Posted on January 17, 2012 10:19AM by Cecilia Harris

Topeka’s First Friday Art Walk a Moving Experience

Whether it’s First Friday or Final Friday or even Third Thursday, monthly Art Walks in communities throughout the state provide a terrific opportunity to step inside galleries, studios, and other art venues to discover the talent of local artists. I began Topeka’s First Friday Art Walk last week at the developing North Topeka Arts District on Kansas Avenue where great strides have been made in bringing artists to the neighborhood.

Posted on December 15, 2011 10:27AM by Cecilia Harris

Henry’s Candy Company in Dexter Offers Sweet Results

There it was, the fancy cut rock candy I always found in my stocking on Christmas morning when I was a child. It was surrounded by all my grown-up holiday favorites - divinity, fudge, peppermint bark, peanut brittle, and old fashioned hard ribbon candy in red, green and white. They were all at Henry’s Candy Company in Dexter, where there are over 100 kinds of hand-produced candy just waiting to be unwrapped and savored.

Posted on November 29, 2011 9:46AM by Cecilia Harris

Top 10 Surprises Along Lawrence’s Massachusetts Street

Slowly strolling down Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, I realized this area is way more than just a place to hang out with friends, dine at a fun restaurant or shop for trendy clothing and specialty foods. Taking the time to look, really look, at the uniqueness of Mass Street with fresh eyes, I discovered some amazing attributes related to art, culture and heritage that I never before noticed.

Posted on November 10, 2011 1:03PM by Cecilia Harris

Pig Out at Zarda Bar-B-Q in Lenexa

I get pretty fired up about eating at a family-owned barbecue restaurant with one-of-a-kind flavors. So when I entered Zarda Bar-B-Q in Lenexa and learned there are 24 – yes 24 – secret herbs ...

Posted on November 3, 2011 9:55AM by Cecilia Harris

Munson Angus Farms Pumpkin Patch Reaps Old-Fashioned Fun

It was as if I returned to my roots when I visited Munson Angus Farms west of Junction City to experience their pumpkin patch. Reared on a Kansas farm where we also raised Angus cattle, I helped with my family’s large garden. But it was nothing like the Munson’s huge pumpkin acreage, and I certainly never rode in a wagon pulled by a team of beautiful Percheron horses to pick the fruits of our labor. Nor did we ever create a maze in our corn field!

Posted on October 13, 2011 9:49AM by Cecilia Harris

Unusual Sandwich Earns A+ at Lindsborg’s Ol Stuga

School is back in session and one thing I’ve learned is that college towns have some of the best places to eat. My homework revealed the Ol Stuga in Lindsborg was a finalist last November in Good Morning America’s “Best Bites Challenge: College Edition” to find the best college town hangout with great food and a cool atmosphere. One of the reasons for the Ol Stuga’s high marks was the Brent Nelson Sandwich, so my assignment was to give this concoction a taste test.

Posted on September 23, 2011 10:48AM by Cecilia Harris


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