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Walnut Valley Festival Brings Bluegrass to Kansas

The Walnut Valley Festival draws bluegrass musicians and lovers to the South Central Kansas town of Winfield every September. Referred to as a "Pickers Paradise," 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 year for the festival that starts every year on the Thursday before the third full weekend in September. 

Posted on October 1, 2013 10:45AM by Patsy Terrell

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

The Wine Staycation

Not far from the Kansas City Metro area, nestled in the southeastern part of the state is the Somerset Wine Trail of Miami County, Kansas. Often recognized for its orchards and popular cider attractions, a new show is hitting the area with a pop of the cork!

Posted on September 10, 2013 9:46AM by Katy Ibsen

Four Ideas for Romantic Kansas Getaways

To couples with parental and job responsibilities, the notion of finding time for a romantic getaway can feel farfetched. But smart couples know that if we don't make time for romance, there's a good chance it won't happen. Being parents and spouses isn't the same thing as being a couple.

Posted on July 2, 2013 2:57PM by Guest Blogger

NOTO Arts District: Topeka’s Arts destination

When I moved to Topeka ten years ago, the stretch of historic buildings lining North Kansas Avenue  between NE Norris and NE Gordon were a bit run-down to say the least. Neglected and mostly abandoned, there were few bright spots along this stretch that led towards one of Topeka's top tourist spots - The Great Overland Station. As newbies to town, we thought that seemed too bad, but like many people, we kind of saw it as a dead-end. 

Posted on June 11, 2013 1:31PM by Karen Ridder

Earth Day Activities in Great Bend

How did you celebrate Earth Day this year? Did you learn a new tip, volunteer cleaning up a neighborhood park or did you just vow to live an extra green way of life? Our family headed to Great Bend to take part in their annual Earth Day event. We arrived at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center shortly after the event was set to open and things were in full swing.

Posted on May 9, 2013 7:48AM by Jenni Harrison

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


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