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September 2013

Volume 13, Issue 9

A publication of the Manhattan

Convention &

Feature Spotlight Page 3

Visitors Bureau

Activities Galore in The Little Apple


September is prime time to be in Manhattan for all those right-brained thinkers out there. Aggiefiest overtakes Aggieville. Pumpkin Patch arts and craft fair springs up in Pottorf Hall. McCain Performance Series returns to the stage to wow audiences for another year, and there are photos, everywhere.

What if your creative style is museum? Visit Kansas State University’s Marianna-Kistler Beach Museum of Art. The exhibit, “Pictorial and Modern Photographs” might sound like a bit of a mouthful, but in actuality, the concept for these photos is to be as simple as possible.

The pictorial movement emerged as a method for photographers to create art that is imaginative, and looks like brushstrokes in a painting. Modern photography developed with a focus on the overlooked details of everyday life. A city skyline, a

splash of color, or the shadow on a door jamb could all be elements of focus.

Syracuse University Art Galleries in New York organized the photos from this exhibit which span the first half of the 20th century. Make sure to experience the permanent exhibits at the Beach Museum while you’re there—they host the university’s permanent art collection.

What if your creative style is debate? Want some

mental stimulation? Bring a blanket to K-State’s Movies on the Grass Series. Watch a film with a purpose on a jumbo inflatable screen, and then debate it in an open forum! Their season kicks off on Sept. 8 with “Serious Continued on page 2

28th from 10am-4pm, with disabled shopping from 9 to 10 a.m. each day. Call 785556-3078 with questions.

What if your creative style is live? Prepare to

being cut off from the culture in which they were born deepen and become a palpable ache. It is expressed in a sad reflection by John on the plight of Sudan, which gives the film its title.”

Play.” This series of 6 short films investigates why we love games, how they enrich our lives, the impacts they have and various other aspects of debate.

If you have thoughts or questions on organic food, “In Organic We Trust” a must-see film showing Sept. 15th.

“God Grew Tired of Us” is Sept. 22nd’s film. The New York Times describes it as follows:

“As it balances excruciating images of hardship, suffering and starvation with wry observations of newly arrived immigrants learning to use electric appliances and visiting their first supermarket, you are won over by the charm, good manners and nobility of its three subjects… As time passes, their loneliness and feelings of

Sunset Zoo will host the last film of the season, “Chimpanzee” airing Sept. 29th. Meet Oscar deep in the African rainforest. He’s a young chimp with a remarkable story who will win your heart.

Movies shown on campus take place at Coffman Commons in front of Hale Library, and all films begin at 8:00 p.m. They are free and open to the public. Please visit for more information.

What if your creative style is photography?

One of Manhattan’s gems, the Flint Hills Discovery Center changes its temporary exhibit again on Sept. 21st. “Through Artists Eyes” features Kansas natives and artists who immigrated to the Flint Hills from as far away as China. Artwork features both realistic and abstract versions of the Flint Hills.

The Flint Hills Discovery Center staff say “Besides the purely pleasurable esthetic experience of art depicting the Flint Hills, the growing appreciation of its beauty has helped to heighten our awareness of the need to preserve the endangered tallgrass prairie ecosystem.”

Discover the skill of Manhattan area photographers with their exhibit at the Manhattan Arts Center. It runs through October 12 with works of local and regional photographers. An artist reception complete with awards will take place Sept. 6 from 5-7:00 p.m.

What if your creative style is handmade?

Are you a lover of all things fall? For those ready to bundle up and find things for the upcoming season- visit the 40th annual Pumpkin Patch Sept. 27 and 28. More than 150 arts and crafts vendors set up shop in CiCo Park. Everything from homemade soaps, to handknit scarves, artwork, home décor, paintings, jewelry, baked goods and so much more will fill this seasonal show.

There will also be fresh pumpkins, apples, gourds and other goodies for sale. It’s the perfect way to usher in the hustle and bustle of the fall season. The show is open Fri., Sept. 27th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sat. Sept

be amazed at the talent that McCain Auditorium brings to The Little Apple® each year! The 2013-14 season begins with the Foreigner in concert Sept. 8. The show starts at 7:30, and with 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 top-30 hits, this rock band will keep you on your feet.

McCain Auditorium is the cultural center for live performing arts at Kansas State University. The family-friendly shows span from Sept. through May in conjunction with the academic year. Many McCain acts are international, and Manhattan is fortunate to have a venue capable of hosting such shows.

What if your creative style is music? Musiclovers rejoice! Aggiefest falls Sept. 27th and Sept. 28th throughout Aggieville. This unique festival brings bands of every genre to the state’s oldest shopping district. The festival boasts more than 60 bands from all over the country.

Already familiar with Aggieville? Visit your favorite stops. Eight of Aggieville’s most beloved supporters of live music will open their doors to this festival. How do you participate? Visit You can preorder tickets, or sign up to volunteer. This is a different and exciting way to get involved with Manhattan, and spend some time getting to know most college kids’ favorite local hangouts!

Ever wondered what it’s like inside the historic Wareham Theater? Check out some of these upcoming acts for a front-row seat to this Manhattan landmark.

Sept. 6 brings David Nail to the stage. He’s said to have “Sinatra-like levels of poise and class, the rare gifts of natural melody and soul, and a voice as enveloping as a Cumberland River Fog.” Think, Nashville’s Countrypolitan days and check him out at 7 p.m. Last but not least, everybody loves a good dueling pianos show. Find them on Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets required for all shows. Visit to purchase tickets, or call 785-537-8646.

ATA Bus Stops Frequent Sight Around Manhattan

Manhattan proudly features ATA Bus for public transportation. Signage for official stops is now up all across Manhattan for four different routes. Did you know, for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 in economic returns are generated? Run times are 6:55 a.m. – 6:25 p.m. weekdays and 7:55 a.m. – 7:25 p.m. weekends.

Feature Spotlight

Manhattan welcomes the 35th infantry Division reunion!

Manhattan is honored to host 125 veterans and their families September 19-22 at the Four Points by Sheraton.

The Association of the 35th Infantry Division began 96 years ago. The reunion this year will honor WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Cold War, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Attendees will come to Manhattan from across the country, specifically from NY, FL, CA and the Midwest region. We are deeply grateful to the many fmailites that protect our families. For more information on this conference, contact Colonel (Ret.) Robert Dalton at or Colonel (Ret.) Robert Bloomquist at

Dining Adventure

Get ready for the next Feast of the Fields event on Oct. 19! Chef Ken Baker will be in charge of this fall feast. Reservations can be made by visiting the website at This experience is a one-of-a-kind Kansas event that only happens twice a year at the River Creek Farms. Reservations are limited to only 64 guests.

Soaring to New Heights

FlyMHK announces direct flights with Allegiant Air twice a week to Pheonix starting in November! Flights to Phoenix/Mesa will be Thursday and Sunday.

Governor’s Water Conference Comes to Manhattan

The Future of Water in Kansas conference will happen Oct. 24-25 at the Manhattan Conference Center. Headquarter hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn. This conference will highlight the latest policy and research developments of water issues in Kansas, including topics on drought resiliency and conservation and the value of water and meeting Kansas water needs. Registration is now available at Over 500 attendees are expected to attend this conference. The deadline is Oct. 15. Call 785-296-3185 with questions.

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September 2013

Manhattan Farmers Market CiCo Park, 4:00-7:00 PM 785-829-1408 Root Cellar Rumination Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Riley County Historical Museum 12:00-1:00 PM, 785-565-6490 David Nail Wareham Opera House 7:00-11:45 PM, 785-537-8646 “Life is Brief, Art is Forever: Selections from the Sarah Watt Memorial Collection” Opening Reception Beach Museum of Art, K-State 5:00-7:00 PM, 785-532-7718 Downtown Farmers Market 3rd St. & Leavenworth 8:00 AM-1:00 PM, 785-829-1408 K-State Football v. Louisiana Bill Snyder Family Stadium 5:30 PM, 800-221-2287 Rural Cemeteries of Northeast Riley County Auto Tour Riley County Genealogy Society 9:00 AM-3:00 PM, 785-539-8763 KSU Movies on the Grass: Serious Play Coffman Commons, Hale Library 8:00 PM, 785-532-6011 McCain Performance Series: Foreigner McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM, 785-532-6428 ESB Financial's Grandparents’ & Animal Enrichment Day at the Sunset Zoo Sunset Zoo Nature Exploration Center 9:30 AM-4:30 PM, 785-587-2737 Lou Douglas Lecture Series: A Kansas Guide to Health Insurance Changes Forum Hall, K-State Student Union 7:00 PM, 785-539-8763 Manhattan Farmers Market CiCo Park 4:00-7:00 PM, 785-829-1408 Hope Amid Hardship Book Talk Manhattan Public Library 7:00-8:00 PM, 785-565-6490 Margaret Wertheim: Making Space Justin Hall, K-State 7:00 PM, 785-532-7718 Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys Manhattan Arts Center 7:30 PM, 785-537-4420 CASA Comedy Club Wareham Opera House 5:30 PM and 10:00 PM 785-537-6367 Downtown Farmers Market 3rd St. & Leavenworth 8:00 AM-1:00 PM, 785-829-1408 K-State Football v. Umass Bill Snyder Family Stadium 6:00 PM, 800-221-2287 Building the Legacy Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community 2:00-3:30 PM, 785-565-6490


KSU Movies on the Grass: In Organic We Trust Coffman Commons, Hale Library 8:00 PM, 785-532-6011 18 McCain Performance Series: The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel Book One: Target Earth McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM, 785-532-6428 18 Manhattan Farmers Market CiCo Park 4:00-7:00 PM, 785-829-1408 19 McCain Performance Series: The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel Book Two: Robot Planet Rising McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM, 785-532-6428 20 Night of Wonder 2013 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Fundraising Gala Beach Museum of Art, K-State 6:00 PM, 785-532-7718 21 Rural Cemeteries of Northwest Riley County Auto Tour Riley County Genealogy Society 9:00 AM-3:30 PM, 785-539-8763 21 Downtown Farmers Market 3rd St. & Leavenworth 8:00 AM-1:00 PM, 785-829-1408 21-22 Yard Art Classic Car Show Manhattan Town Center 785-539-3500 22 KSU Movies on the Grass: God Grew Tired of Us Coffman Commons, Hale Library 8:00 PM, 785-532-6011 25 Manhattan Farmers Market CiCo Park 4:00-7:00 PM, 785-829-1408 25-26 McCain Performance Series: Blue Man Group McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM, 785-532-6428 26 11th Annual Leadership Breakfast Manhattan Christian College 7:30-8:45 AM, 785-539-3571 27 AggieFest at the Beach Museum of Art Beach Museum of Art, K-State 6:00-9:00 PM, 785-532-7718 27 Betti O Concert Columbian Theatre, Museum & Art Center, Wamego 8:00 PM, 785-456-2029 27 Dueling Pianos Wareham Opera House 8:00-11:30 PM, 785-537-8646 27 14th Annual Manhattan Christian College Golf Classic Colbert Hills Golf Course 9:00 AM, 785-539-3571 27-28 40th Annual Pumpkin Patch Craft Show Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park Fri. 10:00 AM-8:00 PM Sat. 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, 785-556-3078 27-29 The Pirates of Penzance Manhattan Arts Center 7:30 PM, 785-537-4420 27 OZtoberFest Downtown Wamego 785-458-8686 27-28 Aggiefest 2013

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Aggieville Fri. 6:00 PM-Close Sat. 4:00 PMClose, 785-776-8050 Downtown Farmers Market 3rd St. & Leavenworth 8:00 AM-1:00 PM, 785-829-1408 30th Annual Manhattan Catholic Schools Auction (Diamond and Denim) St. Thomas More Church 5:30-11:00 PM, 785-565-5060 Pop Art Workshop Manhattan Public Library 10:00 AM, 785-532-7718 Video Gaming Workshop Manhattan Public Library 2:00-4:00 PM, 785-776-4741 Konquer the Konza 25k Konza Prairie 7:00 AM, 785-320-6363 KSU Movies on the Grass:Chimpanzee Sunset Zoo 8:00 PM, 785-532-6011 Manhattan Farmers Market CiCo Park 4:00-7:00 PM, 785-829-1408 The Pirates of Penzance Manhattan Arts Center 7:30 PM, 785-537-4420 Safari EdVenture Days Sunset Zoo Nature Exploration Center TBA, 785-587-2737 Riley County Fish & Game Association Membership Meeting Green Valley Community Center 7:30-9:00 PM, 785-539-0384 McCain Performance Series: Momix Botanica McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM, 785-532-6428 8th Annual Western Fellowship of Professors and Scholars Manhattan Christian College 4:00 PM, 785-539-3571 Little Shop of Horrors Columbian Theatre, Museum & Art Center, Wamego Fri. & Sat. 7:30 PM Sun. 2:00 PM 785-456-2029 Rural Cemeteries of Central Riley County Auto Tour Riley County Genealogy Society 9:00 AM-3:00 PM, 785-539-8763 Downtown Farmers Market 3rd St. & Leavenworth 8:00 AM-1:00 PM, 785-829-1408 “Museum of Wonder” Farewell Weekend Beach Museum of Art, K-State 12:00-5:00 PM, 785-532-7718 McCain Performance Series: The Price is Right Live! Stage Show McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM, 785-532-6428

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

September............................Anticipated Attendance Numbers Conferences/Meetings/Reunions 3 Westar Energy Supervisor Meeting ...............................................40 9 Kansas Livestock Association ..........................................................50 Fall Seminar/Annual Golf tournament 10 Kansas Healthcare Engineers Association ..................................150 Fall Conference 13 Kansas Association for Marriage & Family Therapy .................100 Fall meeting 16 Kansas Center for Safe & Prepared Schools Conference ......400 17 Children's Alliance Excellence in Supervision Conference ....120 17 Kansas Electric Cooperatives Hot - Line School .......................45 19 Lenexa Parks & Rec Group Tour....................................................30 19-22 35th Infantry Divison Reunion......................................................125 27 Luckey High School Class of 1963 Reunion ................................80 30 Kansas Department of Commerce..............................................500 Annual Kansas Energy Conference 10/02 Kansas Chamber of Commerce Executives.................................50 KCCE Fall Conference 10/07 Center of Excellence for Food Safey Research...........................35 Food Safey Immersion

Sporting Events 9 Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tourney .................................100 29 Manhattan Running Company Konquer the Konza 25K.........200 10/06 Ultraphia Racing Apple to Capital Apple to Capital Relay......400 Special Events 27 Aggiefest Music Festival ..................................................................300

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

Christy Chase, Convention Sales Manager

Marcia Rozell, Tourism Sales Manager

Autumn Shoemaker, Marketing Coordinator

Kendra Dekat, Administrative Assistant/ Service Coordinator

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