Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Tag - Cuba Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:29:00 GMT Eco Friendly Art Draws Attention at Belle Plaine Festival http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/Eco-Friendly-Art-Draws-Attention-at-Belle-Plaine-Festival/3024/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Festival.jpg'/><br/> 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&nbsp;Bartlett Arboretum&nbsp;in&nbsp;Belle Plaine&nbsp;that coincides with the city's annual Tulip Time Festival. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/Eco-Friendly-Art-Draws-Attention-at-Belle-Plaine-Festival/3024/ See the Big Picture: Concordia's Brick Whole Wall Mural http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/20/See-the-Big-Picture-Concordia-s-Brick-Whole-Wall-Mural/2885/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Concordia.jpeg'/><br/> The faces of three young boys from an orphan train peer out, their forlorn looks forever sculpted in brick on a busy street corner in Concordia. Having three sons, I quickly spotted the boys among the two dozen or so realistic scenes depicting the story of Cloud County on the three-dimensional Whole Wall Mural. Measuring 140 feet, this amazing piece of art is currently the longest sculpted brick mural in the country&mdash;and possibly the world!Standing before the mural, I began playing a game of &ldquo;I Spy,&rdquo; finding pioneers planting seeds, coal miners and brick layers at work, a 1928 biplane, a wooded windmill, grain elevators, a John Deere &ldquo;A&rdquo; tractor, a schoolhouse, a church, a train, and an iron truss bridge over the Republican River I remember crossing as a kid when my family drove from our farm near Cuba to shop in Concordia. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/20/See-the-Big-Picture-Concordia-s-Brick-Whole-Wall-Mural/2885/