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February 2012 Volume 12, Issue 2 A publication of the Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau Photo taken during 2012 Eagle Days by Mike Marish

35th Annual Woman’s World “One Size Fits All” February 24-25, 2012 Featured Speaker: Thelma Wells Woman’s World is a non-denominational overnight event that strives to help women understand their significance from a spiritual point of view. Thelma Wells, “Mama T”, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Wells is an author and public speaker, who in 1996, became the first black core speaker for the Women of Faith Tour. Attendees are encouraged to bring a “One size fits all, fashionable neck scarf” to participate in a scarf exchange with another conference goer on Friday night. The website refers to it as “a fun and inspirational break from the winter months.” This event has been a ministry of the Manhattan Christian College since 1978. February 24-25 are the dates, and the theme is “One Size Fits All.” Register at

A Day on Capitol Hill The 2012 Kansas Legislative session began January 9th in Topeka with the State Legislature having many issues to tackle during the session. The Travel Industry Association of Kansas (TIAK) will be hosting a Day on the Hill on Wednesday, February 8th, to discuss with legislators the importance of funding tourism in the great state of Kansas. The Day on the Hill kicks off with John Hummel from Governor Brownback’s office. He will address the gathering of tourism professionals from across the state on tourism initiatives. Participants during the day will have the opportunity to meet with legislators, tour the Statehouse, and observe the Commerce Committee, House and Senate in action. Kansas Tourism is now a division of Kansas Wildlife Parks and Tourism. Travel and Tourism offices will be open for attendees to tour and become familiar with the office and staff that is key in making tourism a success in our communities and across the state. The day will end with a reception and dinner with legislators held at the Capital Plaza in Topeka. Representing Manhattan at the Day on the Hill will be Karen Hibbard, Manhattan CVB Director, Christy Chase, Convention Sales and Marcia Rozell, Tourism Sales. Hibbard also serves on the TIAK Board of Directors as Vice-President. The Manhattan CVB appreciates the leadership of Senators Roger Reitz & Mark Taddiken, Representatives Sydney Carlin, Dr. Susan Mosier, Sharon Schwartz and Vern Swanson. If you would like to participate, register at

2A Basketball Volunteers Needed Interested in volunteering? Contact CVB Service Coordinator Megan Ferguson at or (785) 776-8829.

Inside the CVB View from the desk of Christy Chase, Convention Sales Manager The Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the National Land Improvement Contractors Association will meet in Manhattan at the Clarion Hotel July 10-14, 2012. The Land Improvement Contractors of America is an organization of earth moving contractors who care about the environment. Concerned contractors who worked to conserve the land and water resources started LICA in 1950. Today they have members and state chapters coast to coast. The National LICA Convention chose Manhattan because of our centralized location, great air service, and meeting space, but most importantly, local support. We thank the locals that worked diligently to showcase Manhattan to their national meeting planners. We consider these people great Local Champions*! The Kansas Land Improvement Contractors have met in Manhattan for several years, utilizing the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center and plan to meet in Manhattan again in 2013. The Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau will continue to work closely with the National Land Improvement Contractors Association to help plan outside tours, provide city information, assist with Little Apple® Corps volunteers and be an overall aid for this conference. We are eager to host LICA in Manhattan, The Little Apple® and assist with their meeting needs! *Watch next month’s newsletter for our next great projecthow you can be recognized for being a local champion for Manhattan!

Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau Steering Committee Chuck Scott, Sports

Wayne Rouse, Entertainment

Dottie Burgess, Hotel

Evan Tuttle, Attraction

Brad Everett, Hotel

John Pence, Meeting Facility

Jennifer Fritchen, Hotel

Bernie Haney, Ex-Officio -

Gregg Joyal, Hotel Dave Lewis, Entertainment Kelly Loub, Restaurant Curt Loupe, Attraction Meredith McKee, Hotel Teresa Morris, Hotel

Sports Lynda Spire, Ex-Officio Meeting Facility Bob Workman, Ex-Officio Attraction

Culture Tuesday Talks in the Gardens K-State Gardens are hosting “Tuesday Talks in the Gardens” in the Quinlan Visitor Center. These interactive talks will always be on a Tuesday from 12:15-12:45 pm and guests are welcome to bring a lunch for before or after the talks. The talks are free, but RSVP’s are required as space is limited. Email Judy Unruh at to RSVP. February 14- “Beekeeping” will be held in the Insect Zoo. Learn how to help protect honeybees in your garden, or get additional information on setting up your own hive. February 28- “Your Back When You’re Back in the Garden” will be led by Scott Johnson, owner of Maximum Performance. Learn techniques to keep your body healthy. Find the PDF for all Tuesday Talks on our web site,

Theater, and More Theater Did you know that the Purple Masque Theatre is counted as a haunted venue of Kansas? Purportedly, ghosts of a confederate soldier and a football player haunt the theatre. That doesn’t stop the students from putting on great shows. “Crumbs From the Table of Joy” by Lynn Nottage will be on stage February 23- 25, at 7:30 pm. Godfrey Crumb finds new meaning in religion and moves his family from Florida to New York after his wife passes away. Tension quickly finds him in the form of his communist sister-in-law, and reactions to his new wife, Gerte. Tickets available at

Mamma Mia Theater reigns for activities in February. The weather is likely to be cold and windy- and indoor events can seem hard to come by. McCain Auditorium starts the month off with “Mamma Mia” on Monday Feb. 6. Friday the 10th follows with “The Hills are Alive” by the Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata, Sunday the 12th the K-State students get to strut their stuff at the McCain Student Showcase. Sunday the 19th will be Henson Alternative “Stuffed and Unstrung”. Sunday the 26th will be Doc Severinson and His Big Band, and the month closes with Stomp performing Tuesday the 28th and Wednesday the 29th. All performances in February are at 7:30 pm. At Nichols Theatre, guests can enjoy “The Madwoman of Chaillot” Feb. 2-4 and 9-11 at 7:30 pm. Another show on Feb. 12 will be at 2:30 pm. This 1943 satire involves eccentric characters, societal outcasts and power overthrows. Get tickets at The Manhattan Arts Center does their part as well with the Graduate, beginning Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25 at 7:30 pm. Another show on Sunday the 26 is at 2:00 pm and if you can’t make it then, the following weekend is available as well. March 1-3 will have 7:00 pm showings each night, and another 2:00 pm showing Sunday, March 4.

Stampede Lineup Expands Fans near and far - Country Stampede has added 6 acts to the 2012 lineup: THE FARM, a genre bending trio of songwriters finding success with their song "Home Sweet Home," and award winning songwriter Lucas Hoge will help kick off the four day event. Travis Tritt will be performing Friday, June 22nd. Kansas native Jerrod Niemann performs Saturday, June 23rd. JT Hodges, a third New Artist of the Year semi-finalist, will be performing Saturday, June 23rd as well. Popular Christian act Evidence of Journey will kick off the last day of Stampede For a complete line-up, visit

Community Events Trail Time Coming up at the end of February is the Fancy Creek Trail 5 mile race. For details check Race day is the 26th, a Sunday. This race is a part of the MRC race series, where participants have two ways to win a grand prize, such as a flat screen TV. See you there!

A Dress the Heart is Back The Mercy Community Health Foundation and the Mercy Regional Health Center Auxiliary are excited to present their annual A Dress the Heart Gala event Saturday, February 11. The gala, which benefits the community’s cardiac initiative and surgical services, will be held at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. Registration, champagne reception and silent auction begin at 6:30 pm, with Gala and auction events following at 7:30 pm. There will be a cash bar, and Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be served. Dress is black tie optional, and guests are encouraged to wear red in support of the cardiac initiative. Please RSVP to Margie Michal at 785.587.5462 as soon as possible. Last year, approximately 230 guests enjoyed the event, and $90,000 was raised.

Time to Pound Some Grape Ever seen the TV show “Cougar Town”? Because that’s where I borrowed that headline from. But I also think it appropriately summarizes an upcoming event from the Homecare & Hospice Agency. The 13th annual Flint Hills Festival of Wines will be March 2 and 3 this year, and this weekend of wine tasting events un-corks Friday night with a gourmet multi-course meal and carefully selected wine pairings. The main festival event, the Grand Tasting, occurs Saturday from 6:30-10 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn with more than 200 wine and spirit varieties from around the world. The Grand Tasting also features a large silent auction and other unique items that are sure to provide for a great weekend. Tickets will be on sale at after February 1. Time to practice your sniff, swirl, and chew wine-tasting techniques. And my advice is, don’t bother practicing in front of a mirror, everyone looks silly doing it.

Arguably the Craziest Sport Ever Invented. Saturday, February 11—sound like a pleasant day to take a dip in Tuttle Creek? One thing’s for sure, it’ll really get your blood pumping. Polar Plunge registration is still open and there are many ways to get involved. Donations are at the heart of this event and are used to support programs located throughout Kansas. Visit to see how you can participate, and what kinds of prizes you earn for being a little bit crazy!

Features It’s Not Just For the Birds Enjoy impressing your friends with random facts? How about being able to identify a bird by its call alone? Well, many visitors much more bird savvy than you or I will attend the biennial Kansas Birding Festival in Wakefield, April 27-29, but you can also use this chance to get one step closer and to tune up your knowledge of local wildlife! Visit to sign up for the festival, and track updates. This regional event draws visitors from across the United States. Judd Patterson will be leading a photography workshop for the first 15 participants to register. The workshop is $100 per person. More than 300 species of birds alone can be seen in our area as well as many other varieties of wildlife.

Check It Out!

“Kansas: On the Barbecue Trail” will appear in the February edition of RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring &Travel Magazine. Our very own Cox Brothers Barbeque made the tour with their Memphis style Nachos. RoadRunner Magazine reaches 192,418 readers nationwide. Now head over to Cox Brothers and get yourself a plate of Barbeque!

Chinese New Year FWHOOSH! (That’s the sound a dragon makes?) It’s the year of the dragon according to the Chinese zodiac, and the Manhattan Public Library has stories, crafts and a parade planned to help you celebrate on February 10, Friday, at 2:00 pm. Channel your inner dragon.

Cowboy Up Mid February will bring some excitement to Weber Arena as the 56th Annual K-State Collegiate Rodeo enthralls cowboys, cowgirls, cowhands, cowpokes and maybe even the cows themselves. February 17-19 are the dates for this year’s rodeo. Last year the rodeo saw an attendance of more than 400 visitors from all over the state and region. Tickets are available at a variety of local outlets beginning February 1. Find the list at, as well as the schedule of events that kick off with “Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night” on Friday the 17th.

Marcia Rozell, Tourism Sales Manager attended the Des Moines Boat, Sports, and Travel Show mid-January. This show draws large numbers of RV enthusiasts, hunters, fishers, and general outdoor adventurers. Christy Chase, Convention Sales Manager attended RCMA in late January in Kansas City, MO targeting more than 1,000 religious meeting planners. Manhattan makes thousands of impressions at these shows, maintaining our status as a Midwest destination for groups of all types.

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McCain presents: Mamma Mia!, McCain Auditorium, K-State, 7:30pm, 785-532-6428


KSU Men's Basketball vs. Texas Tech, Bramlage Coliseum, 7pm, 800-221-CATS


Year of the Dragon Party, Manhattan Public Library, 2pm, 785-565-6490 McCain presents: "The Hills Are Alive" Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata, McCain Auditorium, K-State, 7:30pm, 785-532-6428


14-May-20 2012 Gift Print Artist Earl Iversen, Beach Museum of Art, K-State, Regular museum hours, 785-532-7718 15


Special Olympics Polar Plunge, Tuttle Creek Lake/ State Park, Noon, 913-236-9290 A Dress the Heart Gala, Holiday Inn at the Campus, 6:30pm, 785-587-5462

Common Place, Beach Museum of Art, K-State, 4:30pm, 785-532-7718 KSU Wind Ensemble Concert, McCain Audito rium, K-State, 7:30pm, 785-532-3816 Know the Artist School Vacation Workshop, Beach Museum of Art, K-State, 1-2:30pm, 785-532-7718 Origami Yoda Party, Manhattan Public Library, 2pm, 785-565-6490



Manhattan-Ogden Public Schools Foundation Early Expressions Fund Raiser, Beach Museum of Art, K-State, All Day, 785-532-7718 KSU Women's Basketball vs. Kansas, Bramlage Coliseum, 12pm, 800-221-CATS McCain presents: Student Showcase, McCain Auditorium, K-State, 7:30pm, 785-532-6428 12-Aug Early Expressions, Beach Museum of Art, K-State, 105pm, 785-532-7718 12-Sep The Madwoman of Chaillot, Nichols Theatre, K-State, 7:30pm;12th 2:30pm, 785532-6878 13

Spring CASA Training, First Lutheran Church, 6pm, 785-537-6367


Tuesday Talks in the GardensBeekeeping, K-State Gardens, 12:15, 785-532-3271 Vernon Larson International Lecture: Dr. April Mason, "The world isn't really flat, but it does seem, Holiday Inn at the Campus, 12:15pm, 785-532-5990

Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan 13th Annual Casino Night & Auction, K-State Alumni Center, 6:30-11pm, 785-539-1947 17-19 K-State Rodeo, Weber Arena, K-State, 7pm, 785-313-0445 17-19 JCLT’S AN EVENING OF CULTURE: FAITH COUNTY 2, C.L. Hoover Opera House, Fri. Sat 7:30pm Sun 2pm, 785-238-3906 18



KSU Women's Tennis vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, Washburn Tennis Complex, 11am & 1pm, 800-221-CATS Microwave Snacking, Manhattan Public Library, 12:00pm, 785-565-6490 KSU Women's Basketball vs. Texas, Bramlage Coliseum, 6pm, 800-221-CATS K-State Concert Choir & Men's Choir, All Faiths Chapel Auditorium, K-State, 3pm, 785-532-5740 McCain presents: Henson Alternative "Stuffed and Unstrung", McCain Auditorium, K-State, 7:30pm, 785-532-6428 KSU Women's Basketball vs. Oklahoma State, Bramlage Coliseum, 7pm, 800-221-CATS


Artist Talk: Early Iversen, Beach Museum of Art, K-State, 5:30pm, 785-532-7718 TALK Book Discussion Series, Manhattan Public Library, 7pm, 785-565-6490 23-24 Crumbs From the Table of Joy, Purple Masque Theatre, East Stadium, K-State, 7:30pm, 785-532-6878 ZOOfari Tails, Manhattan Public Library, 10am, 785-565-6490 THE WATER COOLERS, C.L. Hoover Opera House, 7:30pm, 785-238-3906 24-25 WELCOME Manhattan Christian College Women's World, Holiday Inn at the Campus 24-25 2012 Manhattan Home Show, National Guard Armory, Fri. 9-7pm Sat. 105pm, 785-532-9080 24-26 The Graduate, Manhattan Arts Center, 7:30pm ThursSat, 2pm Sun, 785-537-4420

Upcoming Conferences and Sports to be held in The Little Apple® February Anticipated Attendance Numbers Feb.1-2, KSU Division of Continuing Education Conference, K-State Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150



KSU Men's Basketball vs. Iowa State, Bramlage Coliseum, 12:30pm, 800-221-CATS 25-26 Manhattan Area Garden Show, Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park, 9 - 5 & noon - 4, 785-537-6350 25- Mar.11 Butterflies Exhibit, Manhattan Town Center, 785-539-3500 25-April.7 Spencer Lawson- Metal Works, Manhattan Arts Center, 785-537-4420 26




Feb.15-16, Insurance and Financial Agents & Advisors, Holiday Inn at the Campus . . . . . . .100 Feb. 18-19, FHSC Indoor Soccer . . . . . . . . . . .200 Feb. 24-25, Manhattan Christian College, Manhattan Christian College . . . . . . . . . . . . .600 Feb. 25-26, FHSC Indoor Soccer . . . . . . . . . . .200 Feb. 28-Mar.1, Kansas Home Care Association, Hilton Garden Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100

Bringing in a reunion, conference or convention? Don’t forget to contact the CVB for all the ways we can assist you! Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

McCain presents: Doc Severinsen and His Big Band, McCain Auditorium, K-State, 7:30pm, 785-532-6428

Karen Hibbard

Megan Ferguson


Service Coordinator

Tuesday Talks in the GardensYour Back When You're Back in the Garden, K-State Gardens, 12:15, 785-532-3271 Last Tuesday Gaming, Manhattan Public Library, 4pm, 785-565-6490

Christy Chase

Autumn Shoemaker

Convention Sales Manager

Marketing Coordinator

McCain presents: STOMP, McCain Auditorium, K-State, 7:30pm, 785-532-6428

Marcia Rozell Tourism Sales Manager

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