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October 2013

Volume 13, Issue 10

A publication of the Manhattan

Convention &

Visitors Bureau

It’s Fall in The Little Apple

®

It’s the rush of leaves as you hit the pile; the feel of goo as you carve your pumpkin; and the scratch of wool jackets against your chin. Fall has its grip on Manhattan! How do you adapt to the weather with a sudden chill in the air and a breeze at your back? How do you stay entertained in this distinct season in The Little Apple®? Here are some of our suggestions, but don’t take our word for it… Daily: ‘Through Artists Eyes’ is the new temporary exhibit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. This display features work of 44 artists including Kansas natives who have rendered depictions of the tallgrass prairie. The Discovery Center is open M-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5; call 785-587-2726 for more info.

The Kansas River Trail maps are here! There’s plenty of time left to enjoy the Kaw River with friends and family. Grab a map from our office at 501 Poyntz Ave to find access points, trail information

and ways to learn and exercise on this national water trail!

Weekends: Check out the Lazy T Ranch every weekend throughout October! Find the perfect pumpkin, ride ponies or the purple powercat train, visit with farm animals in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas! $6 per person over 3, $30 family pass. Call 785-539-7899 or visit lazytranchadventures.com.

A&H Farm welcomes you to their Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival every weekend in October! This family-oriented festival features hayrack rides, a petting zoo, train rides, a zip


line, a ‘friendly-fire’ arena, farm-fresh produce and products in addition to pumpkins and gourds. Take a few hours or enjoy an entire day at this charismatic farm and indulge in your favorite fall activities. Located south of Manhattan at 1374 Collins Lane. Call 785-341-7794 for more information.

Discover the Little Shop of Horrors at the Columbian Theatre in Wamego week-

ends throughout October. Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 and Sunday shows at 2:00 p.m. Pick up your tickets at the box office or visit columbiantheatre.com.

Special Events: Visit thewareham.com about their upcoming events. New management is bringing in acts right and left. Catch Parmalee, a country rock band on October 11, and Granger Smith with Earl Dibbles Jr., a Texas born and

bred singer/songwriter on Oct. 18. Tickets required for shows. Call 785-341-2779 with questions.

A high-demand, extremely unique event is coming up to celebrate Fall. Feast of the Fields, the barn edition, will take place Oct. 19. Tickets are limited to this event which combines finedining, careful wine pairings, fabulous service, live music, entertainment and rustic

outdoors, with a historic barn and genuine camaraderie. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at feastofthefields.net.

Feast of the Fields

Lazy T Ranch

KS River Trail

McCain Auditorium

McCain Auditorium

Wareham Theatre


Discovering Manhattan, one Geocache Site at a Time Congratulations, Manhattan! We are officially a finalist for the Rand McNally Best of the Road Competition, “Best for Geocaching.” Competitors range from Florida to Montana. The voting period is over, and we have submitted a video and an essay to the committee sharing why Manhattan deserves to win the title of “Best for Geocaching” in the country.

What precisely does a geocacher look for? What makes someplace enticing enough to plan a geocaching adventure? A weekend in Manhattan can take a visitor through a Big 12 sporting event, nationally-recognized dining experiences, relaxing overnight stays, enlightening attractions like the Flint Hills Discovery Center or Sunset Zoo and so much more. We provide a geocaching experience that is completely rounded out by exciting activities, and a welcoming community.

In addition to Manhattan’s vast number of cache sites, (more than 200!) we boast an avid community of local geocachers. Booths can often be found at local events to help promote this unique hobby, and help is never more than a Google search away.

centage of young adults in the nation. That means there are plenty of people who are passionate about technology and the new ways to use it. Explore Manhattan. Learn about this community that was established when a steamboat ran aground on the Kansas River. Talk to people who have started businesses here, raised families or retired here. Take on the last remaining stand of tallgrass prairie in the world. Geocache with the best of them, and do something you’ll remember forever. We’ll even help you out by starting off your geocache adventure at the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau office, located at 501 Poyntz Ave

You can view the contestants in all categories at bestoftheroad.com, and make sure to check in with us on Facebook on October 7that’s the day the winners will be announced.

The Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau staff will be heading to Topeka for the annual Kansas Tourism Conference. The Travel Industry Association of Kansas (TIAK) in partnership with KS Wildlife Parks & Tourism unite destination marketing organizations, attractions, hotels and others interested in the hospitality industry from across the state. Industry trends and national statistics are discussed. Manhattan has been selected to host the 2014 KS Tourism conference. We look

Water Conference Deadline Approaching

The Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas will be held at the Manhattan Conference Center and Hilton Garden Inn Oct. 24-25. This conference is open to any and all who are interested in learning about the state of Kansas’ current and future water needs. All are encouraged to attend.

Conference topics include: • Drought resiliency and conservation • The value of water • Meeting Kansas’ water needs now and in the future • Reservoir sedimentation • Water’s role in developing the Kansas agriculture economy Tracy Streeter, Kansas Water Office Director says, “With record-breaking drought the last few years, there is no better time to focus attention to Kansas’ water needs and role water plays in growing our state’s economy.”

Speakers for day one include Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst and The Wal-Mart Effect and Pat Mulroy, overseer of the Las Vegas Valley Water District and Southern Nevada Water Authority. Day two will build on the water policy discussions from day one. Graduate and undergraduate students will also present on day two, in addition to Dr. James Stack, Director of the Great Plains Diagnostic. Dr. Stack presents Feeding a Growing Population in a Resource Stressed World. There are 500 conferees expected to attend, with an estimated impact for the Manhattan community of $314,000. Registration for the conference is available online at www.kwo.org. Registration deadline is Oct. 15.

According to Census Bureau numbers, Manhattan has the highest per-

Topeka or Bust!

Feature Spotlight

forward to showcaseing the Manhattan community. Did you know that the travel industry added $58.4 billion in tax revenues to state and local governments in 2011? Since the economic recovery began in 2013, the travel industry has created jobs at a 12 percent faster rate than the rest of the economy.

We love travel and tourism. Call us with questions any time. 785-776-8829 www.visitmanhattanks.org

For the full list of speakers, schedules, sponsors, hotel information and more, visit kwo.org. Accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least five working days prior to the conference at 785-296-3185.

Homecare and Hospice present ‘Promenade on Poyntz’ on Oct. 17th. This annual event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Town Center. Ticket purchasers will receive a wine glass, tasting tickets and Promenade map upon check in. Tickets are $35 a piece on a first-come first-serve. 12 downtown businesses will open their doors with stops along the Promenade path for sampling wine and food. Visit homecareandhospice.org or call 785-537-0688.


October 2013

Every Wednesday Downtown Farmers Market 3rd St. & Leavenworth 8:00 AM-1:00 PM 785-829-1408 Every Saturday Downtown Farmers Market 3rd St. & Leavenworth 8:00 AM-1:00 PM 785-829-1408 1 Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Don't Leaf it Alone Flint Hills Discovery Center 1:00-2:00 PM 785-587-2726 2 K-State Volleyball v. Kansas Ahearn Field House, K-State 7:00 PM 800-221-2287 3-5 K-State Theatre & Dance: Detroit Purple Masque Theatre, East Stadium, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 3-6 The Pirates of Penzance Manhattan Arts Center 7:30 PM 785-537-4420 4 Safari EdVenture Days Sunset Zoo Nature Exploration Center 10 AM - 2 PM 785-587-2737 4 McCain Performance Series: Momix Botanica McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 5 Rural Cemeteries of Central Riley County Auto Tour Riley County Genealogy Society 9:00 AM-3:00 PM 785-539-8763 5 Footsteps in the Flint Hills: Flint Hills Ghost Stories Flint Hills Discovery Center 10:00 AM and 1 PM 785-587-2726 5 K-State Volleyball v. TCU Ahearn Field House, K-State 7:00 PM 800-221-2287 5-6 3rd Annual Zombiewalk for Hunger Aggieville 5:00 PM-2:00 AM 5-6 “Museum of Wonder” Farewell Weekend Beach Museum of Art, K-State 12:00-5:00 PM 785-532-7718 6 McCain Performance Series: The Price is Right Live! Stage Show McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 10-12 K-State Theatre & Dance: Columbinus Nichols Theatre, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 11 Parmalee Wareham Opera House 7:00-11:45 PM 785-537-8646

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K-State Football v. Baylor Bill Snyder Family Stadium TBA 800-221-2287 13 Art Beyond Sight Open House Beach Museum of Art, K-State 1:30-3:00 PM 785-532-7718 15 McCain Performance Series: ACS: Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 15 Lou Douglas Lecture Series: Rising Inequality: The Decline of the American Middle Class Forum Hall, K-State Student Union 7:00 PM 785-539-8763 15 Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Nice Bison Flint Hills Discovery Center 1:00-2:00 PM 785-587-2726 16 Kansas State Wind Symphony/ Concert Band Concert McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30-9:00 PM 785-532-3816 17 Kansas State Wind Ensemble McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30-9:00 PM 785-532-3816 17-19 K-State Theatre & Dance: Columbinus Nichols Theatre, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 17 Go See It! Lecture Series: Getting Inspiration Flint Hills Discovery Center 7:00-8:00 PM 785-587-2726 17 Promenade on Poyntz Downtown Manhattan 5:30-8:30 PM 785-537-0688 17 Go See It! Lecture Series: Getting Inspiration Flint Hills Discovery Center 7:00-8:00 PM 785-587-2726 18 Granger Smith with Earl Dibbles Jr. Wareham Opera House 7:00-11:00 PM 785-537-8646 18 Salsa Night! K-State Student Union Courtyard 6:00-8:00 PM 785-539-8763 18 Home Sweet Home School Day Off Workshop Beach Museum of Art, K-State 10:00-11:30 AM 785-532-7718 18 Hale Library Concert Series Hemisphere Room, KSU Hale Library 7:30-9:30 PM 785-532-7442 18 Claude Bourbon Manhattan Arts Center 7:30 PM 785-537-4420

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K-State Volleyball v. Texas Tech Ahearn Field House, K-State 7:00 PM 800-221-2287 19 Downtown Farmers Market 3rd St. & Leavenworth 8:00 AM-1:00 PM 785-829-1408 19 Central States Marching Festival Bill Snyder Family Stadium 10:00 AM-10:00 PM 785-532-3816 19 Rural Cemeteries of Central Riley County Auto Tour Riley County Genealogy Society 9:00 AM-3:00 PM 785-539-8763 19-20 SPOOKtacular Sunset Zoo Nature Exploration Center Noon-4:30 PM 785-587-2737 20 K-State Theatre & Dance: Columbinus Nichols Theatre, K-State 2:30 PM 785-532-6428 24 McCain Performance Series: The World Blues Tour: Taj Mahal and Guests McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 24-26 Crafty Seniors Manhattan Town Center 785-539-3500 24 150 Years of People & Places of KSU Trolley Tour Riley County Historical Museum 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM 785-539-8763 26 K-State Football v. West Virginia Bill Snyder Family Stadium TBA 800-221-2287 26 K-State Volleyball v. Texas Ahearn Field House, K-State TBA 800-221-2287 28 K-State Womens Basketball v. Washburn Bramlage Coliseum 7:00 PM 800-221-2287 29-30 Haunted Manhattan Trolley Tour Mr. K's Cafe 6:00-7:45 PM and 8:30-10:15 PM 785-539-8763 29 Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: A Day at the FHDC Flint Hills Discovery Center 1:00-2:00 PM 785-587-2726 30 K-State Volleyball v. Oklahoma Ahearn Field House, K-State 7:00 PM 800-221-2287 31-11/2 K-State Theatre & Dance: RX Purple Masque Theatre, East Stadium, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 31 Boo Party! Manhattan Town Center 5:30-7:30 PM 785-539-3500

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

October ................................Anticipated Attendance Numbers

Conferences/Meetings/Reunions 2 Chamber of Commerce Executives of Kansas............................50 Fall Conference 7 Center of Excellence for Food Safey Research...........................35 Food Safey Immersion 9 Kansas State Nurses Association Annual Meeting....................100 9 National Intramural Recreational Sports Association .............100 Big 12 & Friends Conference 9 Kansas Electric Cooperatives..........................................................30 Kansas Member Services Directors Meeting 10 American Planning Association Kansas Planning Conference130 17 Kansas Volunteer Commission Fall Conference .......................300 17 United Methodist Church Leadership Event .............................350 18 Kansas State University Black Alumni Reunion ........................100 18 Manhattan High School Class of 1958 Reunion .......................100 18 Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Reunion .....................................300 19 Manhattan High School Class of 1951 Reunion..........................50 20 Kansas Association of Broadcasters Convention .....................300 23 Burlington Parks and Recreation Department Group Tour.....22 24 Kansas Water Office Governor's Conference on the ...........500 Future of Water in Kansas 28 Kansas Agricultural Aviation Association ....................................200 Annual Conference Sporting Events 6 Ultraphia Racing Apple to Capital ................................................400 Apple to Capital Relay 19 Manhattan Marlins Monster Splash Swim Meet........................200 Special Events 19 Feast of the Fields at River Creek Farms .....................................64

Manhattan CVB Steering Committee

Chuck Scott, Chairman Brad Everett, Hotel Jennifer Fritchen, Hotel Kelly Loub, Restaurant Dave Lewis, Ex-Officio Miranda Lies, Hotel Teresa Morris, Hotel

Julie Powell, Hotel Wayne Rouse, Entertainment Evan Tuttle, Attraction Todd Holmberg, K-State Bernie Haney, Ex-Officio Lynda Spire, Ex-Officio

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 - October 2013  

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