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January 2012 Volume 12, Issue 1 A publication of the Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau

Good Luck at the Cotton Bowl K-State Wildcats! Community to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day It’s time to celebrate a hero! A Martin Luther King Jr. community celebration and activities will take place throughout the month of January. Some of the events are listed below. View the full calendar at An Art, Writing and Video Contest with the theme, “Looking Back, Looking Forward: 50 Years of Change” is being held and sponsored by several local entities. Entry forms can be found on our website: visitmanhattan Search 2012- art, writing, video contest and find under document matches. Information is also available from the Manhattan Public Library home-page. Submit entries to the Library by January 8 to participate. Continued on page 3

2012 Visitors Guide is here! The 2012 Manhattan Visitors Guide is now available! Sporting a new look, the 2012 edition features Manhattan’s newest attraction, The Flint Hills Discovery Center, on the cover. The Guide has returned to a magazine size format. Visitors will discover helpful information as they flip through the pages filled with information of our attractions, dining, shopping and overnight accommodations. A map of The Little Apple® is centered in the publication. 100,000 guides are distributed yearly to visitors. Strategically placed along I-70, in Cities of the Big XII, at area hotels and attractions, the guide is an important tool for visitors to enjoy as they “Discover” Manhattan! The CVB thanks all of the advertising partners who help make this publication a reality. Stop in at the CVB office at 501 Poyntz Avenue to pick up your copy, or request one at

We are trying something new with our newsletter (we hope you noticed!). We always want to be progressive in how we communicate to Manhattan what we are doing, and how the community will be affected. Our new layout will give pertinent, more concise information and enjoyable to peruse. Check in with us and share your thoughts at

Culture Valentine’s Surprise February 2, is the day for the early planners to sneak away to the Beach Museum of Art and attend their Valentines Workshop for Adults. The supplies are provided as well as tasty snacks, reservations are requested for this event. $10 per person will assure you’ll get major props for not only making a valentine, but getting it in the mail in time for the big day.,

McCain Auditorium Presents:

Majestic Eagles Have you ever seen the wing span of an American Bald Eagle? These majestic symbols of the United States can have wingspans of 6 to 7 feet, fly at an altitude of 10,000 feet and achieve speeds up to 35 mph. To learn more about these magnificent birds be sure to attend Eagle Day on Saturday, January 7. This informative meeting runs from 9 am-12 pm at the Manhattan Fire Station, 2000 Denison. Dan Mulhern, Threatened & Endangered Species Biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will present an update on nesting Bald Eagles in Kansas. Vanessa Avara, Assistant Director of Milford Nature Center, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism will feature several live raptors during her presentation on Kansas Birds of Prey. After these presentations, board the buses provided by the Northern Flint Hills Audubon Society and the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau to view the eagles at Tuttle Creek State Park. No charge for this wonderful experience!

Two shows are featured at McCain this month. “Young Frankenstein” the new Mel Brooks musical will be Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 pm. You’ll have “a monstrously good time” and we know that Mel Brooks sure knows how to write some funny stuff. Secondly, Simone Dinnerstein is an internationally renowned pianist having earned the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Classical Chart and made the Billboard Top 200. Playing several well-known composers, Dinnerstein can be found gracing McCain’s stage January 26, also a Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Sports KSU Men’s Home Basketball Games

KSU Women’s Home Basketball Games

Jan 7 K-State vs Missouri 12:30 pm Jan 10 K-State vs Baylor 7:00 pm Jan 18 K-State vs Texas 8:00 pm Jan 28 K-State vs Oklahoma 6:00 pm

Jan 4 K-State vs Texas A&M 7:00 pm Jan 11 K-State vs Missouri 7:00 pm Jan 17 K-State vs Oklahoma 7:00 pm Jan 25 K-State vs Iowa State 7:00 pm

All games played at Bramlage Coliseum

A 200-mile-long gravel road bicycling challenge through the Flint Hills Region of East-Central Kansas Saturday, June 4, 2011 Presented by Dirty Kanza Promotions Registration opens Saturday, January 14 for the 200 mile Dirty Kanza bike race. This hugely popular event filled up in less than 48 hours last year. Registration begins at 6 am. and contains this year’s race information, or look for information on Facebook. Participation is limited so register as fast as if you were biking downhill with the wind at your back! Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau Steering Committee Chuck Scott, Chairman, Sunflower Bank Barbara Nelson, Strecker-Nelson Gallery Dave Lewis, Dave Lewis Entertainment Curt Loupe, Ex-Officio - Manhattan Parks & Recreation Meredith McKee, Holiday Inn at the Campus Lynda Spire, Ex-Officio - KSU Conference Office Jennifer Fritchen, Clarion Bernie Haney, Ex-Officio - K-State Golf Course Brad Everett, Hilton Garden Inn Teresa Morris, Hampton Inn Gregg Joyal, Fairfield Inn John Pence, KSU Housing & Dining Bob Workman, Ex-Officio - Flint Hills Discovery Center Dottie Burgess, Super 8

Bridal Fairs January will host not one, but TWO bridal fairs this year! The first is coming right up on Sunday, January 8, 1:00-5:00 pm at the Manhattan Conference Center. Admission is free. More than 50 booths and vendors will be set up. Visit to register, or find them on facebook! The Manhattan Bridal Show will bury you in tulle Sunday, January 22, from 12:00- 4:00 pm at the Manhattan Conference Center on 3rd St. They offer over $5,000 in cash and prizes, and about 45 vendors. Visit to register yourself and your guest, and see a list of vendors and prizes!

Community Events


Community to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Flint Hills Discovery Center will officially be open to the public Saturday, April 14, 2012! The countdown is on!

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Saturday, January 14, the MLK Jr. Community Celebration and Candlelight Walk from Manhattan High School East Campus to First Lutheran Church on Poyntz will take place from 6:30-8:30 pm. Call Rev. Jim Spencer for details at 785-537-1496. The School of Leadership Studies will host a Youth Celebration and Sunday Supper in their building on Mid-Campus Dr. on January 15 from 4:00-6:00 pm. The event is open to the public and awards will be presented for the MLK Jr. art, writing and video competition. Contact HandsOn Kansas State for more information, 785-532-7607, January 16 the Manhattan Town Center Mall hosts “Honoring the Day.” Events span from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be music, entertainment, dance, choirs, presentations and vendors in the spirit of celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. A public cake cutting will take place at 4:00 pm. A prayer breakfast will be held on Monday, January 16 at 8:00 am at the Clarion Hotel, 530 Richards Drive. $10 per person. Contact Rev. Jim Spencer, 785-537-1496. On Friday, January 27, a march from Long Park to the MLK Jr. bust at Ahern Fieldhouse will begin at 11:00 am. For up to date information check out

Fuel up at MHK Traveling can be hectic enough, however, next time you fly into or out of Manhattan, sit down for a few minutes at Tyler’s Guardian Café to refuel. Tyler’s Care offers beverages, hot breakfast and lunch options. It provides the perfect opportunity to kick back and check your email before you board! Currently the café is opened from 5 am to 1:30 pm; soon the café hours will be from 5am to 5 pm. For current flight information, go to

Accolades for Manhattan In case you don’t believe us when we say how great Manhattan is…here are four brand new appearances on “top” lists of national publications. These are four of at least 13 “top” appearances since 2007. • #1 Nationally -- Best Small Place (under 245,000 pop.) for Business and Careers (Forbes, 2011) • # 5 “High Tech Hub” Metro (Business Facilities, 2011) • Top Ten Best Cities for Job Growth in 2011 ( • One of “Seven Underrated Retirement Havens” (, 2011)

Reminders • Now is a good time to renew your Friends of Sunset Zoo membership, or sign up for one. • Farmers Market is still going on the first Saturday of every month in Pottorf Hall in Cico Park. 8 am to noon. • Registration is still open for the Polar Plunge event, which will take place February 11, • Many area hotels and Inns have holiday special rates, which can be found on our web site,

Year in Review When you live and work in Manhattan, you know it’s fun to kick back at the pool, or tailgate at the football game. You are not alone in how you like to spend your free time. In fact, Manhattan attracts hordes of out-of-towners for a wide variety of local attractions. Here are some of Manhattan’s hot spots in 2011. • Colbert Hills Golf Course: 30,000 people played through the Colbert Hill course, 10,000 of which came to Manhattan from out of state. • City Pool: started with 2,681 attendees in May, and then skyrocketed to more than 28,000 guests in June and July each. Between City, Cico, and Northview pools, grand total attendance was 104,266 people. 70,057 guests enjoyed the new and improved City Pool in 2011. • K-State Athletics: no surprise, is a heavy hitter, bringing 343,209 through the gates for football alone. Baseball saw 32,743 fans in the grandstand, and 19,761 volleyball fans cheered on the Cats in Ahearn. While these numbers are from 2011 alone (they don’t span calendar years) basketball numbers reflect last season as well, since we are just getting the ball bouncing for the 2011-2012 season. Women’s basketball attracts 58,949 people and Men’s basketball, second highest, comes in with 197,673. Whew! • Sunset Zoo: served approximately 63,000 guests through gate admissions, special event programming, private rentals and education outreach. The Zoo experienced three record-breaking fall events, including Friends of Sunset Zoo’s Membership Appreciation Night in November. The Zoo’s new Nature Exploration Center will allow them to track out of state visitors in the future. • McCain Auditorium: Based off an academic calendar, 2010-2011 shows sold 15,985 tickets. Five shows were sellouts. The current season, only partially over, is already at 16,603 seats sold with two sellout shows thus far. Their ticket sales help offset the hefty costs of bringing world class artists and attractions to Manhattan.

January 2012 1

First Day Hike Tuttle Creek State Park, 1pm-3:30pm, 785-539-8511


Through Jan. 2 New Horizons: Featuring Gary Skidmore Photography Columbian Theatre, Museum & Art Center, Wamego, T-F 10am-5pm and Sat 10am- 3pm, 785-456-2029 4

KSU Women's Basketball vs.Texas A&M Bramlage Coliseum, 7pm, 800-221-CATS

Martin Luther King DayOn Event Beach Museum of Art, K-State, 10-Noon, 785-532-7718

KSU Women's Basketball vs.Oklahoma Bramlage Coliseum, 7pm, 800-221-CATS 17-June 10 Tallgrass TV: Sam Easterson’s Tribute to the Konza Prairie Beach Museum of Art, K-State, T-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5, 785-532-7718

Manhattan Farmers Market Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park 8-12pm Tuttle Creek Eagle Day Tuttle Creek State Park 9am-12:30pm, 785-539-8511 KSU Men's Basketball vs.Missouri Bramlage Coliseum 12:30pm, 800-221-CATS 7-Feb.18 Columbian Artists Manhattan Arts Center, Mon-Fri 12-5, Sat 1-4, 785-537-4420



MLK Day Storytime Manhattan Public Library, 2pm, 785-565-6490


KSU Men's Basketball vs.Texas Bramlage Coliseum, 8pm, 800-221-CATS 18-Feb.1 Klicks for Kids Photo Display, Manhattan Town Center, M-Sat 10-9pm Sun 12-8, 785-539-3500


KSU Women's Basketball vs. Iowa State Bramlage Coliseum, 7pm, 800-221-CATS


TALK Book Discussion Series Manhattan Public Library, 7pm, 785-565-6490



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

19-22 Winter Sidewalk Sale Manhattan Town Center, M-Sat 10-9pm Sun 12-8, 785-539-3500

KSU Women's Basketball vs.Missouri Bramlage Coliseum, 7pm, 800-221-CATS

20-22 KSU Concert Band Clinic McCain Auditorium, K-State, All Day, 785-532-3816

12-13 Manhattan Christian College Spring Enrollment Manhattan Christian College, 8-5pm, 785-539-3571


37th Annual Manhattan Bridal Show Manhattan Conference Center, 12-4pm

23-28 Missoula Children's Theatre presents: Cinderella Manhattan Arts Center, 7pm, 785-537-4420





MLK Jr. Community Celebration and Candlelight Walk Manhattan High School East Campus, 6:308:30pm, 785-537-1496

Let’s Talk Dollars and Cents



ZOOfari Tails Manhattan Public Library, 10am, 785-565-6490 CBR Bull Riding Championship Weber Arena, K-State, 7:30pm, 785-313-0445 KSU Men's Basketball vs.Oklahoma Bramlage Coliseum, 6pm, 800-221-CATS Vocal Arts Day McCain Auditorium, K-State, 6:30pm, 785-532-5740 Last Tuesday Gaming Manhattan Public Library, 4pm, 785-565-6490

January . . . .Anticipated Attendance Numbers 4-6: KSU Division of Continuing Education . . . .30 7: Eagle Day at Tuttle Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200 7: Little Apple Boys Basketball Tournament . .300 14: Little Apple Girls Basketball Tournament .300 14: Northeast Kansas Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Annual Reunion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 15-17: Kansas Land Improvement Contractors Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .120 18: Flint Hills Bridal Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .500 20-21: Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association Annual Convention . . . . . . . . . . . .50 21-22: Manhattan Optimist Kids Wrestling Little Apple Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .700 Aflac Training/Seminars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200

Total estimated economic impact: $469,900 Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff Karen Hibbard

Megan Ferguson


Service Coordinator

Christy Chase

Autumn Shoemaker

Convention Sales Manager

Marketing Coordinator

Marcia Rozell Tourism Sales Manager

501 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502 (785) 776-8829 (785) 776-0679 fax

FLYING DEBRIS C.L. Hoover Opera House, 2pm, 785-238-3906


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Vision Statement:

Mission Statement:

Destination Manhattan!

To expand the local area economy by attracting visitors.

Tourism Topics January 2012  

Tourism Topics January 2012

Tourism Topics January 2012  

Tourism Topics January 2012