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Fun Times in the Vines

Before Prohibition, Kansas combined with Missouri to form one of the largest grape growing and winemaking regions in the United States. Although the winemaking industry is now dominated by California, the fertile soils of eastern Kansas are the perfect home for certain varieties of grapes. A number of local vineyards and wineries are winning national and international awards with Kansas-grown grapes. 

Posted on June 18, 2014 10:20AM by Jimmy Sevcik

Hosts to Ghosts: Haunted Atchison

Many know Atchison as the birthplace of Amelia Earhart, but the nice little town on the Missouri River has a more mysterious side that's fun to explore as Halloween nears.

Atchison is also known as one of the most haunted places in America, due to the number of buildings that are allegedly home to paranormal activity. If you're looking for a real spooky experience, head to Atchison, where there are a plethora of activities for you to try to connect with the ghosts of Atchison's past.

Posted on October 23, 2013 2:01PM by Jimmy Sevcik

Big City Blues In A Small Town Setting

Normally a quiet and quaint community, the small town of Paxico gets loud and jam-packed on the third Saturday of each September to celebrate the Paxico Blues Festival. For the last ten years, the town closes down streets and opens its arms to everyone for a free day of the blues. 

Posted on September 25, 2013 1:32PM by Jimmy Sevcik

Muddy Good Time

A celebration to honor soldiers as they arrived home from serving in World War II still goes strong today. V-J Homecoming in Arma is a tradition that has continued for 67 years and has grown larger each year with new festivities and activities. This year's celebration took place the weekend of August 17th.

Posted on August 29, 2013 1:39PM by Jimmy Sevcik

Fishing Guide Services Lead to Lots of Fish and Lots of Fun

As someone who has fished quite a few Kansas lakes for bass, crappie, walleye and wiper, but never catfish, I took interest in recent stories of monster catfish being caught around the state. Motivated by dreams of reeling in a fish half my size, I decided it was time to try it out.

I knew a couple of things about fishing for big cats: 1) I'd need stink bait and 2) I'd need a bigger fishing pole. Instead of buying a new pole, 100-lb test line and risking life and limb with my limited knowledge, I called up R.R. "CatDaddy" Shumway, a local catfish guide based in Topeka.

Posted on August 8, 2013 8:03AM by Jimmy Sevcik

Looking for a Fight at Milford Lake

While working at a marina in college, I pulled out dead minnows from our live tanks and threw them off the dock every day. Usually, I'd watch the minnows float away to see carp and crappies come up to snatch an easy meal. One slow morning, a big fish appeared out of nowhere, grabbed a minnow, and was gone in a flash. I ran up to the marina to grab a hook and line. I dangled another dead minnow just off the dock and before I knew it, my line snapped by that same lightning-fast strike.

Posted on May 21, 2013 9:17AM by Jimmy Sevcik

Stadium Built "For the Fans" Doesn't Disappoint

Once a punch line of toilet-themed jokes, the soccer team formerly known as the Kansas City Wiz (and later the Wizards) is now the ideal franchise in all of American sports.

Their matches are also the hottest ticket in Kansas City.

After 12 years of sharing the cavernous football stadium and three more years in a tiny baseball park, rebranded Sporting Kansas City opened its first true home in 2011. Since opening Sporting Park near the Kansas Speedway in Wyandotte County, the club has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity.

Posted on May 16, 2013 1:35PM by Jimmy Sevcik

Lovebirds: Prairie Chicken Courtship

If you have the chance to spend an early spring day in the native tallgrass prairies of Kansas, you may hear the low booming sounds of a male greater prairie chicken attempting to attract a hen. Birdwatchers and hunters both flock to Kansas in search of these gorgeous birds, known for their peculiar breeding behavior.

Posted on April 9, 2013 2:27PM by Jimmy Sevcik

The Dalton Gang’s Demise in Coffeyville

Imagine starting your day as you would any normal day, heading downtown to work or to run a few errands at the hardware store and bank. As you go about your business, you catch word that both banks in town are being robbed by five famous train robbers: the Dalton Gang. Did I mention that you're imagining life in 1892? 

Posted on January 22, 2013 8:14AM by Jimmy Sevcik


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