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February 2014 Volume 14, Issue 2 A publication of the Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau

No Wimps, No Whiners -

What’s Happening with Manhattan’s Fastest Growing Sport?

Celebrate the first 18-hole disc golf course in Manhattan with the 2014 Ice Bowl! February 22nd Manhattan will host the local edition of this national tournament, held at Fairmont Disc Golf Course. This tournament is a food drive fundraiser. Interested persons are asked to bring monetary donations, canned foods or non-perishable items.

Registration is now OPEN to interested participants. On the 22nd, player registration

begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by a ribbon cutting at noon to commemorate the new course.

The tournament begins at 12:30- “no wimps, no whiners.” http://icebowlhq.com/event/ lcm-ice-bowl/ _____________________ What’s the local story on disc golf?

According to local club, Disc Fanatics of Kansas, member Rick Petrie, “We needed to stay ahead of the demand for this sport as it’s becoming more popular. What really broke the

ice for us was being set up at the Get Around 2 It! event in May [2012], and having people really recognize that we need some space.”

Petrie states that the course will be completed by the time of the tournament. It has taken about a year for the county to create the course, and the club to raise money through sponsoring of the course fairways. Sponsors and other attendees will be able to see all of the sponsor plaques on display at the ribbon cutting on the 22nd.

So how does one pursue an interest in this burgeoning sport? There are three courses in Manhattan; Warner Park, Fairmont Park, and KSU Campus. Petrie recommends these three basic steps for beginners. 1) Avoid the temptation to take your standard Frisbee to a course 2) Visit a local retailer- there are several options including Pathfinder, On the Wild Side, Dick’s and Wal Mart to get some official disc golf discs 3) Go to the first hole of a course. “If it’s nice enough

for a rookie to be on the course, it’s nice enough for the older players to be out there—we love to help new players!”

The local club, Disc Fanatics of Kansas, currently have a Tuesday night league, and a Sunday afternoon league that meets at 1:30 p.m.

The additional 9 holes that advance the Fairmont course to the only 18-hole course in Manhattan means that outside tournaments now can be played in Manhattan.


Let’s Take a Look at Indoor Entertainment

If you’re feeling stir crazy—take a look at some of these upcoming shows with McCain Auditorium! This great lineup makes for a perfect night out, or a way to get the whole family out of the house.

Quixotic: described as “a cornucopia of mystical majesty that enraptures audiences,” anyone who loves cirque du solei-style performances will fall head over heels for this show. (Just don’t do it literally…) You’ll see dance, aerial acrobatics, projection mapping, and high fashion while enjoying live music themed to the show. Your senses will be working overtime to keep pace with this Kansas City group. 7:30 PM, Feb. 7th.

McCain Student Showcase: Once a year, the students in the school of music, theatre and dance get to highlight their accomplishments on the big stage. Celebrate these students as they continue their pursuit of excellence. 4 PM, Feb. 9th.

The Addams Family: This long-standing favorite family almost needs no introduction… see them in a whole new way with the macabre musical version of their lives. It’s charming, it’s witty, it’s surprising, and it involves kids driving their parents crazy. What’s not to love? 7:30 PM, Feb. 14th.

Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company

Bleu! The Mediterranean Sea Compagnia: Been looking for something kid-specific? Check out this show. Start your journey on the Greek islands, full of fresh sea air and bustling ports. Then dive to the deep blue abyss and discover fish, mollusks, seaweeds, and mysterious ancient ruins. This unique performance has viewers sit onstage, (seating is limited) and each performance is followed by an open playtime for children. 7 PM, Feb. 19-23rd, 4 PM Feb. 22nd.

Quixotic

Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company: The Lily Cai show reveals the strength, beauty and complexity of the Chinese woman from the distant past, to today. Enjoy the regional cultures and modern dance of this theatrical production.

The McCain box office is open 11:30 – 4:30, or tickets can be purchased at 785-532-6428 or online at k-state.edu/mccain.

Great events at the Manhattan Arts Center

Plan a night out at the Manhattan Arts Center! As a part of the Birdhouse Acoustic Music series, Trace Bundy transports listeners on Feb. 14th at 7:30 PM Unique banter, specialized musical techniques and music that is “poetry in motion” make Trace Bundy an act to be seen as well as heard. Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi bring down home blues to this Manhattan venue. There’s banjo, guitar, harmonica and general entertainment on Feb. 22nd at 7:30 PM. The theatre season for the MAC continues with “Harvey” Feb. 28Mar 2, and Mar 7-9. Watch Elwood P. Dowd introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, to everyone he meets until his social-climbing sister decides to have him committed.

Don’t forget about the Art Play/Date Night if you need someplace for the kids to go in order for you to enjoy your peaceful night out.

Visit manhattanarts.org or call 785-537-4420 for tickets or more information on childcare during performances. Tickets are $16/adult $10/military or child.

McCain Student Showcase

That’s Nunsense!

Enjoy the indoors at the Columbian Theatre in Wamego! Show up just to enjoy the show, or opt for dinner beforehand, but either way, giggle away some of your winter blues with this production.

This musical comedy is one of Off-Broadways most successful shows of all time. Journey to Hoboken and watch five nuns try to raise funds for burials of their other sisters, accidentally killed by tainted food. They decide to present a variety show as their fundraiser, and the resulting skits and performances will no doubt leave you with a very enjoyable evening. Find out for yourself if they’re able to raise the money they need- dates are Feb. 7-9, 13-14 and Feb. 16th. Call 800-899-1893 or visit www.columbiantheatre.com


Be in the Know

A Woman’s Touch

Flint Hills Discovery Center “Football” is off and running at the Flint Hills Discovery Center! Test that throwing arm and your knowledge and lore in this highly-interactive exhibit. Available now through June 1st. Flinthillsdiscovery.com, or call 785-587-2726 for details.

Who is affected by growing world populations, shrinking water reserves, decreasing arable land and more? Not just the farmers—but all the women who stand next to them as well.

Show your school pride by joining the Flint Hills Discovery Center for several special football-themed Football exhibit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center Saturdays including meet & greets with local football celebrities. Discounted admission is available with current student ID. Kansas State University Day - Feb. 8 Emporia State University Day - March 8 Butler Community College Day - April 12 Regional High School Day - May 10

Strecker Nelson Art Gallery Prairie As Muse is the latest exhibit here. Browse these beautiful landscapes and works of sculpture that highlight the subtle beauty of the Flint Hills. Stay toasty indoors through March 1st with this exhibit. Call 785537-2099 with questions.

Remember eating at the old Hibachi Hut? You’ll be glad to know that in addition to the favorite menu items we know and love, the original booths will be in place at the new location. They’re hopeful to be doors open by late February, so stay tuned!

Prairie As Muse

The Polar Plunge is back again! You can register online at ksso.org/manhattan, or call 620408-4450 to help out the Kansas Special Olympics Organization! Nothing else gets your blood pumping quite like the Plunge. Find them on the Tuttle Creek Swim Beach on Feb. 22nd. Registration is from 9:30-10:30 AM, and the Plunge is at noon. There is a post-plunge party at RC McGraw’s for interested persons.

Check out Manhattan’s new look! There are 8 billboards with brand new messages along I-70.

The Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomes the Women Managing the Farm Conference to Manhattan. This comprehensive conference for owners, partners and rookies alike will take place Feb. 13-14th.

“Women really are the heart of agriculture. They are at the heart of business matters and often keep families connected.They are often in agriculture either because they love agriculture or love someone who is involved in a farm or ranch.” said Janet Barrows, VicePresident of Marketing & Communications, Frontier Farm Credit, and Women Managing the Farm Conference Chair. As an area rich in agriculture, we are delighted to host this conference tackling issues involved with finance, business management, legal and communication. The early bird registration fee for Women Managing the Farm Conference is $145 prior to Jan. 30. After that date, the registration fee will be $170. Online registration is available at http://womenmanagingthefarm.info or call or 800-432-8222.

Country Stampede teams up with CMT!

Kicker Country Stampede has announced an exciting addition for the 2014 event-- their exclusive national TV partner, CMT (Country Music Television), will be covering the 19th annual Country Stampede! Don’t miss live CMT coverage of all your favorite country stars this summer. June’s going to be sizzling this year in Manhattan. Stampede headliners are Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Chris Young. Additional performer announcements are: • Randy Houser • Will Hoge • Lee Brice • The Railers • Easton Corbin

Join us and CMT this June 26-29--buy your four-day passes while still currently available for the discounted price of $120 until Feb. 28. Countrystampede.com CMT coverage will include CMT, CMT.com and CMT radio.


February 2014

Through 2/15 Gene Ernst Memorial Exhibit Manhattan Arts Center 1:00-4:00 PM 785-537-4420 Through 3/1 Prairie As Muse -- The Flint Hills Discovery Center Show Comes Home Strecker-Nelson Gallery 10:00 AM-6:00 PM 785-537-2099

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Community Fair Manhattan Town Center 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 785-539-3500 2 Read with Dogs Manhattan Public Library 2:00-4:00 PM 785-776-4741 3 First Monday Gaming Manhattan Public Library 3:30-5:30 PM 785-776-4741 4 MAC Birdhouse Series:Trace Bundy Manhattan Arts Center 7:30 PM 785-537-4420 4 Tech Tuesdays: Intro to the iPad Manhattan Public Library 2:00-4:00 PM 785-776-4741 4-5/25 Take Shelter: An Installation by Tom Parish Beach Museum of Art, K-State 785-532-7718 5 Free Kids' Movie Manhattan Public Library 2:00-3:30 PM 785-776-4741 5 Early Release Workshop Mosaics Beach Museum of Art, K-State 2:00-3:30 PM 785-532-7718 6-8 Crafty Seniors Craft Show Manhattan Town Center 10:00 AM-9:00 PM 785-539-3500 6-8 K-State Theatre & Dance: God of Carnage Nichols Theatre, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 7 Richard Ross Talk Beach Museum of Art, K-State 6:30-7:30 PM 785-532-7718 7 McCain Performance Series: Quixotic McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 7 Adventure Camp (Grades K-6): Evolution of Football Flint Hills Discovery Center 8:00 AM-5:00 PM or 8:00 AM-12:00 PM 785-587-2726 7 Westward Ho! Pioneers Party Manhattan Public Library 2:00-3:00 PM 785-776-4741 7 Speed Dating With Books (Teen Program) Manhattan Public Library 6:00-7:30 PM 785-776-4741 8 Kansas State University Day Flint Hills Discovery Center 10:00 AM-5:00 PM 785-587-2726

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K-State Mens Basketball v. Texas Bramlage Coliseum 12:30 PM 800-221-2287 9 Read with Dogs Manhattan Public Library 2:00-4:00 PM 785-776-4741 9 McCain Performance Series: McCain Student Showcase McCain Auditorium, K-State 4:00 PM 785-532-6428 10 K-State Mens Basketball v. Kansas Bramlage Coliseum 8:00 PM 800-221-2287 11 "Looking for Leadership from Our Leaders: What's Needed" Leadership Studies Building at K-State Campus 7:00-8:30 PM 785-539-8763 11 Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Football Fun Flint Hills Discovery Center 1:00-2:00 PM 785-587-2726 12 K-State Womens Basketball v. Texas Bramlage Coliseum TBA 800-221-2287 12-16 USD 383 Early Expressions Student Art Show Beach Museum of Art, K-State 785-532-7718 13 Adventure Camp (Grades K-6): Body Conditioning for Football Flint Hills Discovery Center 8:00 AM-5:00 PM or 8:00 AM-12:00 PM 785-587-2726 13-16 K-State Theatre & Dance: God of Carnage Nichols Theatre, K-State Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 PM; Sun. 2:30 PM 785-532-6428 14 McCain Performance Series: The Addams Family McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:00 PM 785-532-6428 14 Senior (55+) Sweetheart Luncheon Flint Hills Discovery Center 12:00-3:00 PM 785-587-2757 14 Adventure Camp (Grades K-6): Ins & Outs of Football Flint Hills Discovery Center 8:00 AM-5:00 PM or 8:00 AM-12:00 PM 785-587-2726 15 K-State Womens Basketball v. Texas Tech Bramlage Coliseum TBA 800-221-2287 15 Footsteps in the Flint Hills: Football Science Flint Hills Discovery Center 10:00 AM-12:00 PM 785-587-2726 19-23 McCain Performance Series: Bleu! The Mediterranean Sea Compagnia T.P.O McCain Auditorium, K-State Wed.-Fri. 7:00 PM; Sat. 4:00 & 7:00 PM; Sun. 2:00 PM 785-532-6428

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K-State Mens Basketball v. TCU Bramlage Coliseum 8:00 PM 800-221-2287 20-23 K-State Theatre & Dance: The Story Purple Masque Theatre, East Stadium, K-State Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 PM; Sun. 2:30 PM 785-532-6428 21-22 37th Annual Woman's World Conference "Rise and Shine" Sponsored by Manhattan Christian College K-State Student Union 4:00 PM 785-539-3571 22- 4/5 The Columbian Artits Manhattan Arts Center 785-537-4420 22 K-State Womens Basketball v. West Virginia Bramlage Coliseum 5:00 PM 800-221-2287 25 Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Native Pottery Flint Hills Discovery Center 1:00-2:00 PM 785-587-2726 27 John Steuart Curry: Regionalism at War Beach Museum of Art, K-State 5:30 PM 785-532-7718 28 K-State Baseball v. Milwaukee Tointon Family Stadium 3:00 PM 800-221-2287 28 McCain Performance Series: Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company Dynasties and Beyond McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 28-3/2 MAC Theatre: Harvey Manhattan Arts Center 7:00 PM 785-537-4420 28 Manhattan Public Library Spring Book Sale Manhattan Public Library 5:30-7:30 PM 785-776-4741 28 Boys and Girls Club 15th Annual Casino Night and Fundraiser K-State Alumni Center 6:30-11:00 PM 785-539-1947 3/1-3/23 Butterflies Exhibit Manhattan Town Center Mon.-Sat. 10:00 AM-9:00 PM; Sun. 12:00-6:00 PM 785-539-3500 3/1 K-State Mens Basketball v. Iowa State Bramlage Coliseum 6:00 PM 800-221-2287 3/1 K-State Baseball v. Milwaukee Tointon Family Stadium 1:00 PM 800-221-2287 3/2 K-State Baseball v. Milwaukee Tointon Family Stadium 1:00 PM 800-221-2287

Upcoming Conferences, Sports and Special Events in The Little Apple ®

February ...............................Anticipated Attendance Numbers

Conferences/Meetings/Reunions 6 Kansas State Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.......130 13 Frontier Farm Credit - Women Managing the ..........................200 Farm Conference 15 Kansas Professional Photographers Association .........................60 Annual Meeting 17 Midwest District of the Evangelical Free Church of America250 Annual Conference 19 Kansas Hospital Association Rural Health Symposium...........120 21 Manhattan Christian College Woman's World..........................500 Sporting Events 8 Run 4 Love.........................................................................................100

Father Daughter Dance

Join RSVP volunteer center in their 3rd annual Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance! The event is Feb. 16th from 2-4 PM at the Houston Street Ballroom, and is a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s day with that little lady in your life. Tickets are $15/father $10/daughter (ages 3-12) and are available at the RSVP office, 433 Houston St, or the Manhattan Town Center. Dance the afternoon away in your Valentine’s finest! Complimentary photo, drinks and sweets to all who attend.

Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau 501 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502 (785) 776-8829 • (785) 776-0679 fax

Vision Statement: Destination Manhattan!

Mission Statement:

To expand the local area economy by attracting visitors.

Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff Karen Hibbard, Director karen@manhattan.org

Christy Chase, Convention Sales Manager christy@manhattan.org

Marcia Rozell, Tourism Sales Manager marcia@manhattan.org

Autumn Shoemaker, Marketing Coordinator autumn@manhattan.org

Kendra Dekat, Administrative Assistant/ Service Coordinator kendra@manhattan.org


Tourism Topics - February 2014