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Karen Ridder


A Bit of Magic at Karg Art

  I have always loved glass art. When I was a child, my grandmother collected paper weights. I used to pick them up and marvel at the bursts of color sprouting from beneath layers of clear glass. These things of substance and beauty always held a little bit of mystery for me. My favorites could be turned upside down to reveal what seemed like a single point of color mysteriously bursting into the central floral or spiral design of the piece. They seemed impossible, mesmerizing and yet somehow soothing.

Posted on February 22, 2013 9:24AM by Karen Ridder

El Dorado, the City of Gold – Black Gold: The Kansas Oil Museum Story

I have always been fascinated by the rise and fall of places. I’m talking about spots in our world where hope and optimism brought people in droves and then, somehow, failed to keep them. These are places where the world literally changed pace – and then reverted back to nature. If you have ever driven the Kansas Turnpike near El Dorado, you came near one of these places, and I’ll bet you never knew it. 

Posted on January 24, 2013 9:16AM by Karen Ridder

Exploring Exploration Place


As you travel through Kansas, you will find many ways to learn more about the 1890s, but it was the 1980s we were delighted to explore on a recent trip to Exploration Place in Wichita. It was a temporary exhibit, set up to explain the technology behind, and development of, video games that captured our attention.

Posted on January 18, 2013 8:13AM by Karen Ridder

Dinosaurs and Airplanes in Liberal

Looking for a special treat for that hard-to-please person? How about a trip to Liberal to take in a dinosaur-airplane experience?

Yes, dinosaurs and airplanes will be on display together this spring at the Mid-America Air Museum in Liberal. 

Posted on December 25, 2012 11:00AM by Karen Ridder

Get your Kicks in Galena

Did you know “Mater” is from Kansas? He is – or at least the 1951 International boom truck used for his model is – and you can visit it in Galena.

If you are not up on ...

Posted on November 27, 2012 3:16PM by Karen Ridder

An Inauguration for Mitt Romney in Norton

Willard Mitt Romney may not get the big party in Washington, DC, but he will have his own inauguration on January 21, 2013.No, it’s not the Kansas way of making sure its winner takes all, but instead a tradition in Norton of recognizing the men who tried for, but lost the run for the White House.

Posted on November 13, 2012 1:05PM by Karen Ridder

Joyful Noise in the Flint Hills

The magical moment at Joyful Noise Camp came when my son sat jamming with two cellists and a bass player using an instrument made in craft class. He had the beat. ...

Posted on October 9, 2012 4:05PM by Karen Ridder

Going Down: A Trip Underground in Ellinwood

An entire town – underground. That’s the bygone era you can experience at the Ellinwood tunnels. In the late 1800s, practical concerns sent many businesses into the basements of their main-street counterparts. These "underground" businesses were connected by a series of boardwalks and tunnels creating a separate underground town. The set-up also helped early settlers survive rough Kansas winters and tornado season.

Posted on September 25, 2012 5:13PM by Karen Ridder

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