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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

The Art of Enjoying Salina

What do you do with an old public wading pool after its usefulness has waned?If you are the folks in Salina, you turn it into a patchwork quilt pattern that can be seen from space. The bright colored design provided a unique place for my two boys to run, run, run… on a recent visit to Oakdale Park in that city. It was our first taste of the public art woven into the landscape throughout town.When I was younger, my knowledge of Salina was limited to the Bosselman truck stop and the Bicentennial Center. (It had something to do with college days and a Big 8 basketball tournament - - don’t ask). While both are quite nice, I had no idea that the area was home to a vibrant arts scene that creates a fun experience for families.

Posted on September 11, 2012 4:05PM by Karen Ridder

T-Rex Café: Kansas Legends for the family

As someone who grew up in Kansas City, the Legends Shopping Area is something sort of amazing for me. In a short time, the entire Village West area has sprung up as an entertainment mecca in a most unlikely spot.Now that we are a family of five, I find a quick trip to The Legends can give us the feeling that we have had a “get away” without having to travel very far. 

Posted on July 10, 2012 12:10PM by Karen Ridder

A Midsummer’s Day in Lindsborg

So much of the Kansas story is about pioneers and the Wild West that a day spent in the middle of Vikings, Nordic traditions and Spanish explorers may come as a surprise, but that’s what you get in Lindsborg.

The history of this town south of Salina IS one of pioneers, farmers and the wheat they brought with them, but it is also about a unique cultural tradition found no where else in the state.

Posted on June 12, 2012 8:56AM by Karen Ridder


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