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Reasons We Love Kansas


The Legendary Big Screen

Summer is the perfect time to pay homage to our sunflower state—from fresh vegetables to road trips, we find plenty of reasons to celebrate the season Written by Gloria Gale

As drive-in theaters become a thing of the past, some Kansas proprietors believe the show must go on Written by Sally M. Snell


The Sound of Summer


The Colors of Van Go


Art Party in NOTO


Healing Brush Strokes

As the season heats up, so do music festivals across Kansas Written by Kimberly Winter Stern

Painting the town red … and green, purple, yellow and blue Written by Pam Grout

Once-empty historic buildings in North Topeka are now the backdrop for a flourishing arts scene Written by Anita Miller Fry

Kansas artist Wayne Clark finds painting to be a release after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Written by Amy Conkling on the cover

Prairie Sounds

in Jefferson County Photograph by Jason Dailey


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The Legendary Big Screen from the editor


s summer swings into high gear, so do the opportunities to get out and enjoy what Kansas has to offer, especially among the arts. Music lovers will find our feature on music festivals to be a fine celebration of events across the state, from Symphony in the Flint Hills to Jazz in the Woods. Of course we can’t forget the Emma Chase Café in Cottonwood Falls and its Friday Night Jam Sessions, named as our Milestone this season. Beyond the sound of art, we also explore the NOTO Arts District in Topeka as a joyful observer; and for a more hands-on experience, we drop into Van-Go Arts in Lawrence. We also sit back and enjoy the experience of cinematic arts on the big screen at Kansas’ drive-in movie theaters. I still remember going to the Clover Leaf and Chief driveins in Topeka as a child. Many of these symbolic theaters are still thriving, and we share why. And as summer traditions go, we tip our hat to the Phillipsburg Rodeo and the community of Phillipsburg in “Our Town.” Do you know where the Rodeo got its name? I’m sure this issue of KANSAS! will bring out your creative side while piquing your interests to experience Kansas’ artistic destinations. Thank you for reading.

Jennifer Haugh, Editor find us on facebook: follow us on twitter: @kansasMag


Taste of Kansas: Brain Freeze! departments


The Making of KANSAS!




Kansas Events


Our Town: Phillipsburg


A visit to this north-central Kansas town will feel like your first rodeo Written by Cheryl Hofstetter Duffy

Tour Kansas: Tour de Art Kansas-style

Discover mechanical marvels and whimsical creatures in this Midwestern mecca for folk art Written by Kelly Ludwig

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Gallery Taste of Kansas: Brain freeze! Three Kansas creameries rev up taste buds churning out handcrafted dairy delights scoop by scoop Written by Gloria Gale


Milestone: The Emma Chase CafĂŠ In this issue

jackson kansas sheridan graham phillipsburg pottawatomie troy city county county county county belleville atchison colby county shawnee goodland alton wyandotte dickinson county county county manhattan grantville lucas overland salina park topeka 70 gove paxico lawrence kanopolis olathe county junction mcPherson lane city 35 osawatomie great bend marion county emporia ft. scott dodge city hutchinson 135 cottonwood ulysses Falls wichita mullinville Erie cheney el dorado barber county



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summer issue 2012

Childhood memories Kansas reflects a global perspective with its many cultural communities

Spring’S colorful hueS


naTive ameriCan manny King knows what’s happening in Lawrence’s native american community. King, northern Cheyenne/ Dine (navajo), has served as Haskell indian nations University’s registrar since 1985. During his tenure he has met thousands of native americans. This year, King estimates that students attending Haskell will represent 135 tribes out of the 565 tribes in the United States. many native american families reside in Douglas County, and Haskell is the common thread that bonds them together. The commencement powwow, may 11–12, 2012, is an event that truly celebrates these bonds. another annual favorite is the Haskell indian art market, held the second week in September. Both events find people journeying back to Haskell annually. Haskell welcomes the general public to visit and learn more about the university and the local native american community. while King is a wellknown emcee on the national powwow circuit, he prefers to stay in Lawrence, where he finds a community that embraces diversity and is a good place to live. “my main goal is to bring enjoyment and an appreciation of indian cultures to people from all walks of life,” King says.

Spring welcomes a renewed spirit featuring Kansas’ landscapes, beautiful sunsets and blissful blooms.


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SunSet Over univerSity Of KanSaS Dick Herpich, Douglas County (From top)

SunSet fOr Spring Marciana Vequist, Douglas County



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The photography in the spring issue is excellent. I especially liked the gallery of photos that could be featured in any salon anywhere … you are doing a fine job. Al Holliday Publisher, Pennsylvania Magazine See the state Tour Kansas

For The Family

Attractions for the whole gang abound this spring

With spring break around the corner and summer vacation looming in the distance, the season for planning family excursions is here. Consider adding these Kansas family-fun destinations for playing, learning and chowing down to your next itinerary.

Tip: keep your eye on the panorama’s prairie dog mound.


Schlitterbahn (n): A fictitious German word that translates loosely to “slippery road” and the namesake of Kansas City’s newest waterpark. Opened in summer 2009, Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark has an uphill water coaster, three mammoth tubing rivers, including the world’s longest “tidal wave” river and the Midwest’s longest rapids river, surfing ride, six slides, three chutes, 13 mini-slides for little ones, four relaxing beach areas, private cabanas and a giant hot tub with a swim-up refreshment bar for mom and dad. The park’s mainstay is the long and winding “Torrent River,” which supplies continuous swells that toss patrons along a culvert snaking throughout the park as the world’s longest tidal wave river. The budget-conscious will appreciate free parking and the fact that the park welcomes picnics and coolers. schlitterbahn/kc


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Avoid the park’s long lines by visiting on weekdays and by arriving when the park opens at 10 a.m. most days.

The University of Kansas’ Natural History Museum, a classic field trip destination in the Lawrence area, welcomes young paleontologists with a 45-foot hanging mosasaur skeleton in the main lobby. Bone and reptile enthusiasts may want to head straight to the museum’s numerous other Cretaceous period fossils or to the small collection of live snakes. However, just beyond the lobby awaits the museum’s perennially popular panorama of North American plant and animal life, where you can (gently) high-five a (taxidermic) polar bear.

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A sign at the entrance of the Kansas State University Insect Zoo states the zoo’s two simple rules: Don’t tap on the cages, and don’t try to scare your friends. “We don’t want it to be like Fear Factor,” says Zoo Coordinator Kiffnie Holt. “We want people to leave here happy or having learned something.” With a play area for young children, an enlightening display on local insects of Kansas (who knew both scorpions and tarantulas live in Kansas?) and numerous live specimens of tropical spiders, scorpions and other arthropods, the zoo does well at achieving its goal. For the really brave, there is also an opportunity to hold a millipede and a hissing cockroach.

Although Boss Hawgs’ official tagline is “Horrifying vegetarians since 1995,” this familyowned Topeka barbeque joint is also well-known for welcoming families over the years. The restaurant has an ample kids’ menu that includes classic favorites like chicken fingers and PB&J, as well as brisket and babyback ribs. Children eat for $2 every Sunday. If the crayons and coloring pages don’t keep the kids entertained before the meal, perhaps the complimentary plates of warm cornbread will.

Written by Susan Heck Photograph by Jason Dailey

There is a cultural richness to the state that many might not expect. Communities all over the state honor their ancestries with celebrations, cultural history and food. This winter we learn more about these communities and meet their cultural leaders.

SunriSe COw Brad Neff, Shawnee County

Tip: Call a week in advance to schedule an entomologistled tour.


For a listing oF events at Haskell visit tHe calendar at

Manny King


My husband and I really enjoy KANSAS! magazine, for we both grew up in Kansas. I grew up in Frontenac and know the Pallucca family and store well.  I went to grade school with the writer, J T Knoll, and his siblings.  My husband and I started dating when we were students at Pittsburg State University. Although we have lived outside of Kansas since leaving college, we go back frequently to visit family. Your magazine helps us stay connected to our home state.  We have had a subscription for 20 years.

Tip: save room for ice cream, which comes with all kids’ menu items.

Mary Margaret Jones Reals Mission Viejo, California


Another great KANSAS! magazine. Wonderful photography and enough information to incite the wanderlust in a couch potato. After the legislature goes home sometime the first of May, we always try to find ways to supplement our longerdistance travels by finding special places in Kansas.  Your magazine makes our quest much easier. Gary Deeter Secretary serving Representative Forrest Knox and Committee Secretary for the House Financial Institutions Committee

twitter WOW! Great job on the Spring 2012 issue. It knocked my socks off! Nice job all involved. Proud to be a Kansan! WenDee LaPlant Love the ads by town. Easy to explore that way! Love the photos. Always a treat to get the magazine! Carolyn K. Carter

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Reasons we ❤ KANSAS

Written by Gloria Gale

1 Travelin’ man

Looking for exquisite landscape art? Photographer Kevin Venator’s intrepid wanderlust will solve the problem. The Kansas native’s stunning images captured on his treks from sea to sea can be found on his website. Never been to Castle Rock, Kauai and everywhere in-between? No problem.

Summer is the perfect time to pay homage to our sunflower state—from festivities to fishing trips, we find plenty of reasons to celebrate the season. Share your Reasons to Love Kansas (see page 13).

Boulevard Drive-In

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Michael C. Snell

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big screen As drive-in theaters become a thing of the past, some Kansas proprietors believe the show must go on

Photograph: Jason Dailey



heTheSound Sound of f Summer Summer As the season heats up, so do music festivals across Kansas

The Kansas summer forecast: blue skies, hot and humid, occasional thunderstorms and frequent outbreaks of music festivals, symphonies and concerts. As emerald green rows of corn grow to an elephant’s eye and winter wheat’s golden fields are harvested across the state, another commodity unfolds that has toes tapping and hips swinging. A diverse crop of music festivals fills up the June-August calendar, attracting thousands of souls in the mood for summertime fun.

From an undulating prairie pasture in the storied Flint Hills to a state park outside Manhattan, to 10 wellmanicured acres in a gleaming corporate office complex, Kansas provides stunning backdrops for heritage- and culture-rich family-friendly events requiring nothing more than a lawn chair, a bottle of sunscreen and a love of priceless al fresco entertainment. Kansas summer music celebrations are readymade adventures, sprinkled throughout the state ‌ here are a few to add to your dance card.


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When 19-year-old Miquel Brown received the phone call about coming to work at Van Go, he says, “I had to put the phone on mute because I was dancing around and yelling. I was so excited.” If anyone knows the power of Lawrence-based Van Go, the state’s largest job-training program for teens, it’s Brown and the hundreds of at-risk youths who have used the innovative program

A mural inside the Van Go studio truly illustrates the mission of the program, which supports at-risk teens by giving them work in the art field.

to interrupt a cycle of poverty or family dysfunction. Using art as an empowerment tool— the “artists” paint, make mosaic, build furniture, create sculptures and all sorts of saleable art—Van Go offers 100 job openings each year to at-risk Douglas County teens. Brown, a high school dropout who was in foster care when first admitted to the program, had a lot of strikes against him. “I didn’t have much hope. I was pretty lost,” he says. But from the very first day he stepped inside the former warehouse

turned Van Go art studio, he felt like he belonged. “Everybody was just so accepting, and something just clicked,” he says. Today, Brown, who with the help of Van Go managed to get his high school diploma, is studying music therapy at Johnson County Community College, working 22 hours a week and helping other at-risk kids with PDH, Performance Development Haven, a program to help youth find a healthy, safe place to show and develop their performing skills, whether it be music, poetry or other genres through a Lawrence church.

taste of kansas

Brain freeze! Three Kansas creameries rev up taste buds by churning out handcrafted dairy delights scoop by scoop Photography by Jason Dailey

Sylas and Maddy’s in Lawrence services up a colorful line of flavors.

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Honorable Gallery Mentions People behind the scenes

8 Freelance Writers

10 Gallery Photographers

Brad Neff

Kelly Ludwig Living: MT Liggett and his welded sculptures. Dead: SP Dinsmoor, Garden of Eden (see pages 42 for more on these artists.)

Sally M. Snell Martin and Osa Johnson, early 21st century documentary filmmakers, explorers and authors. From my earliest childhood I recall my grandmother recounting the tales of Martin and Osa (Leighty) Johnson.

Anita Miller Fry

6 Contributing Photographers

Cheryl Hofstetter Duffy

Harland J. Schuster

Terry Wiechman

My favorite Kansas artist is fine arts photographer Daniel Coburn. He is currently in New Mexico doing graduate studies. I think his Kansas landscapes are great. Every time I see amazing clouds, I think of Dan as he often captures the Kansas sky at its most dramatic moments.

shutterbugs First Shoot

Most Delicious Shoot

“Our Town: Phillipsburg” page 34

“Tastes of kansas: Brain freeze” page 60

Last Shoot

Most Envious Shoots

“the colors of van go” page 38

“the sound of summer” page 26


On the Cover

4K digital projection As drive-in theaters work to keep up with digital enhancements, some are converting to 4K digital projection, which produces four times the number of pixels of 2K projection.

This photo illustration was created as an extension of our music festival feature “The Sound of Summer” (on page 26). Courtesies to: model Jessica Davis (Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed), location Hundred Acre Farm (Nick Gregory), hair and makeup by Amy Colvin for Lada Salon.

My favorite Kansas artist is actually nationally and internationally renowned: Kris Kuksi, sculptor and painter. He’s had over 100 gallery exhibitions, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Halle Saint Pierre in Paris.

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