Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Posts Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:48:13 GMT Walnut Valley Festival Brings Bluegrass to Kansas http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/1/Walnut-Valley-Festival-Brings-Bluegrass-to-Kansas/3079/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/20130921-249.jpg'/><br/> The&nbsp;Walnut Valley Festival&nbsp;draws bluegrass musicians and lovers to the South Central Kansas town of Winfield every September. Referred to as a &quot;Pickers Paradise,&quot; the festival is home of the International Finger Style Guitar Championship, and the International Autoharp Championship, as well as a number of national contests. This was the 42nd&nbsp;year for the festival that starts every year on the Thursday before the third full weekend in September.&nbsp; Tue, 01 Oct 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/1/Walnut-Valley-Festival-Brings-Bluegrass-to-Kansas/3079/ Giant Van Gogh in Goodland http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/30/Giant-Van-Gogh-in-Goodland/2800/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Picture-11.jpg'/><br/> One of the great things about being on the road is what you find along the way. Mike Brown of the popular website, &ldquo;Brainzooming,&rdquo; wrote about seeing one of the world&rsquo;s largest Van Gogh Sunflowers paintings in Goodland. He referred to it as a &ldquo;poster child for extreme creativity,&rdquo; and made a video during his visit.Brainzooming is all about innovation, so it&rsquo;s no wonder he was drawn to the 24 by 32 foot reproduction of Van Gogh&rsquo;s classic that stands on an 80-foot tall easel. Canadian artist Cameron Cross chose Goodland for his &ldquo;Big Easel Project,&rdquo; because it is the &ldquo;Sunflower Capital of the Sunflower State.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s the only one of the giant paintings in the U.S. The other six are in Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Japan and South Africa &ndash; all locations that have something to do with sunflowers, Van Gogh, or both. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/30/Giant-Van-Gogh-in-Goodland/2800/ Kelley Hunt Creates Music of Kansas http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/19/Kelley-Hunt-Creates-Music-of-Kansas/1944/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/kelley-hunt-pic.jpeg'/><br/> Kansas musician Kelley Hunt&nbsp;has earned the respect of critics and fans across North America and Europe with her music steeped in blues, roots and gospel traditions. She has graced the stage at premier American and International music festivals but Kansas is where her heart is.That made her the perfect choice to create the music for a new set of commercials from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks &amp; Tourism, promoting the Sunflower State as a vacation destination. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/19/Kelley-Hunt-Creates-Music-of-Kansas/1944/ A Modern Day Visit to the Old West http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/26/A-Modern-Day-Visit-to-the-Old-West/1633/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/front-street.jpeg'/><br/>Texans know a thing or two about the old west, but when writer Matt Pryor visited Dodge City he wrote, “Dodge put the wild in Wild West.” He wandered the red brick streets to get a feel of the history, but had the good sense to take advantage of some modern conveniences, too. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/26/A-Modern-Day-Visit-to-the-Old-West/1633/