Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Category - Arts/Culture/Heritage Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:59:45 GMT May 4, 2007—A Day Greensburg Will Never Forget http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/4/May-4-2007-A-Day-Greensburg-Will-Never-Forget/3094/ As the sun rose on May 5, it gave the city’s 1,400 residents a clear view of the havoc caused by an F-5 tornado. Despite the loss and devastation, the city persevered to rebuild—but rebuild a new and environmentally friendly city. Sun, 04 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/4/May-4-2007-A-Day-Greensburg-Will-Never-Forget/3094/ 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/ Big City Blues In A Small Town Setting http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/25/Big-City-Blues-In-A-Small-Town-Setting/3076/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Paxico-7.jpg'/><br/> 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.&nbsp; Wed, 25 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/25/Big-City-Blues-In-A-Small-Town-Setting/3076/ The Wine Staycation http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/10/The-Wine-Staycation-/3072/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/pxXQXU1miNMb1aKoFFQfAhvaamxlNUQmArJWo-Pzc80.jpg'/><br/> 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! Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/10/The-Wine-Staycation-/3072/ Country Stars Light Up the Kansas Sky at Country Stampede http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/9/Country-Stars-Light-Up-the-Kansas-Sky-at-Country-Stampede/3048/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Stampede-Dirtbikes.jpg'/><br/> Every summer at Tuttle Creek State Park, you'll find - and hear - one of the largest country music festivals in the nation. Nestled along the dam of Tuttle Creek Lake, just north of Manhattan, this year's Kicker Country Stampede took place June 27-30. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/9/Country-Stars-Light-Up-the-Kansas-Sky-at-Country-Stampede/3048/ Four Ideas for Romantic Kansas Getaways http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/2/Four-Ideas-for-Romantic-Kansas-Getaways/3044/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/RoseGarden.jpg'/><br/> 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&nbsp;couple. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/2/Four-Ideas-for-Romantic-Kansas-Getaways/3044/ Prairie Lavender Festival Relaxing Outing http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/25/Prairie-Lavender-Festival-Relaxing-Outing/3042/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Prairie-Lavender-Festival-boys.jpg'/><br/> As I drove on a winding gravel road through lush pastures and hills on my way to the&nbsp;Prairie Lavender Festival&nbsp;near Bennington, I was looking forward to the day ahead as a time to relax and rejuvenate amongst my favorite fragrance after a hectic week. Little did I know it also would be a day to remember my past.&nbsp; Tue, 25 Jun 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/25/Prairie-Lavender-Festival-Relaxing-Outing/3042/ NOTO Arts District: Topeka’s Arts destination http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/11/NOTO-Arts-District-Topeka-s-Arts-destination/3038/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/noto1.jpg'/><br/> When I moved to Topeka ten years ago, the stretch of historic buildings lining North Kansas Avenue&nbsp;&nbsp;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.&nbsp; Tue, 11 Jun 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/11/NOTO-Arts-District-Topeka-s-Arts-destination/3038/ Earth Day Activities in Great Bend http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/9/Earth-Day-Activities-in-Great-Bend/3029/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/GB.jpg'/><br/> 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. Thu, 09 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/9/Earth-Day-Activities-in-Great-Bend/3029/ Music, Art Fills Downtown Hutchinson on Third Thursday http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/7/Music-Art-Fills-Downtown-Hutchinson-on-Third-Thursday/3023/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Hutchinson-Third-Thursday-rock-band.jpg'/><br/> I expected to see cookbooks and colorful utensils, but what made my heart sing was a band playing &quot;Wild Thing&quot; when I stepped inside&nbsp;Apron Strings Kitchen Store&nbsp;in Hutchinson. What could be better than shopping to the sound of live music? Borrowing from the song's lyrics:&nbsp;Third Thursday, I think I love you. Tue, 07 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/7/Music-Art-Fills-Downtown-Hutchinson-on-Third-Thursday/3023/