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.................... publisher / art director I am filled with a sense of pride as I fondly look back on this magazine’s five years of existence. I can vividly remember the excitement I had about the first issue. The community embraced that first publication and confirmed we had printed something valuable and enjoyable for Lawrence. So it does not surprise me that it’s been five years already. The support behind this publication has been and continues to be strong, and we are excited to thank everyone who has helped. Never once has there been a time when we were out of story ideas or uninspired with design. The people, photos and personalities of Lawrence have filled our pages for five years, and I’m confident there is much, much more to discover. So help us celebrate our anniversary by doing what you always do. Flip through our redesigned pages, enjoy our stories and visuals, and pay tribute to the wonderful town of Lawrence. And thank you again for helping us create a magazine that has been an absolute pleasure to produce. jason dailey

..................................... photographer Behind each photograph that has appeared over the years in Lawrence Magazine is a photo shoot with unique challenges as far as perspective, lighting and logistics. For the magazine, I have had the pleasure to photograph everything from parrots to prairie flowers and Tudor homes to tuba players. Each of these shoots has required a slightly different approach, but every photo session provides an opportunity to meet some new people, be accepted into their homes, businesses or gardens and create images that capture the essence of a story. I have learned more about the city of Lawrence in the past few years than I have in my prior 15 years of living here. Each shoot is a reminder of why I love this city and the people in and around it. It’s a job I love.

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editor ........................ At the top of my desk, next to my dictionaries and a plant valiantly reaching for some beams of sunlight, I keep a copy of each of the now 21 editions of Lawrence Magazine, from the fall 2004 premiere release to the fiveyear anniversary edition that you hold in your hands. Looking over this collection, I’m delighted to see growth, improvements and a consistently wide range of stories. While our publication has relied on a talented pool of staff and freelancers to produce Lawrence Magazine over the past five years, ultimately we are indebted to Lawrence because the community has provided the most crucial resources: the people, homes, civic groups and events that become the focus of each edition. If I find a new location for my dictionaries and a sunnier spot for my plant, then I will have room on my desk for another five years of Lawrence Magazine. I have no idea what will be on the cover of the 10-year anniversary edition nor who will be featured inside it, but I know it will be even better, diverse, content-rich, visually delightful and sophisticated with a touch of whimsy. Just like Lawrence.

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................ Advertising Representative Throughout its first five years, Lawrence Magazine has served as a magnifying glass aimed directly at all that is good in Lawrence and Douglas County. For this reason, above all, it has grown beyond the limits of an ordinary magazine to become an ongoing source of positive energy throughout our community. At the start of each new season, Lawrence Magazine is welcomed into nearly 10,000 homes and brings with it the gift of good people, good stories and good cheer. Looking forward, we will continue to approach our city with curiosity, optimism and, as always, a keen eye on the good stuff!

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on the cover A collection of cover images from Lawrence


Magazine’s five years of publication.

56 / S t il l Si z z l in g A half-decade of success gives one local chef perspective on Lawrence eating trends and life 28 / T ime-T e s t e d T o o l S h o p s Two family-owned

living 08 / h o me a g a in

A Lawrence native spends retirement in his historic childhood home

12 / H e r o w n H o p e S p o t Global environmental

leader Simran Sethi looks to daily choices and “small things” as she establishes her home in Lawrence

16 / Fa c e l if t f o r t h e Fa r m Artistic skill,

clever ideas and a lot of hard work help renovate a family farmstead

20 / Wat e r t ig h t H o me

A small apartment inside a hydroelectric plant proves to be an ideal home for a newly arrived couple

hardware stores carry old traditions into modern retail

identity 40 / T h e ir D ay November

11 is a national holiday, but for area veterans the celebration holds particular importance

44 / H o me g r o w n D r e a m T e a m Who are Lawrence’s

all-star legends in men’s athletics? Writer Doug Vance and a panel of local sports experts present their picks

48 / C ri t t e r s a n d C a r e g i v e r s A healthy

doctor-patient relation develops over time, with trust and understanding, especially if the patient is an animal

52 / B ig B e l l S o u n d

market 24 / F i v e Y e a r s in t h e M a k in g Five local businesses defy the five-year odds

A new generation of musicians trains on a rare musical instrument while giving regular free concerts across Lawrence


32 / Violin T rio

Three Lawrence violin makers attune themselves to their instruments, tools and one another

84 / Fiv e Fa bulous Fa l l Sp ot s

A guide to some of the best locations for autumn colors

wellness 60 / y o u r p e r s o n a l fa r me r Karen Pendleton brings flair to the farm and fresh food to the table 64 / Ir o n R ya n A race organizer’s competitive experience helps other athletes get motivated and stay safe 68 / B e e f a n d G r e e n s One ranch-owning couple view grass-feeding as a healthful choice for their cattle and their way of life

community 72 / A l l u rin g A r b o r s These gorgeous features create interest in any garden

76 / T h e B ig Sq u e e z e For more than 25 years, the Lewis family has created a much-anticipated holiday out of the fall apple harvest

80 / B e hin d t h e S c e n e s w i t h EMU An

innovative theater troupe marks its 10th anniversary

journey 92 / H u b b a H u b b a f o r t h e S o u t h ’ s O l d H u b Remember when the main reason for staying in

Atlanta was that your flight had been delayed? Now there are many reasons to turn this stopover spot into a vacation destination

5-year anniversary special 91 / l aw r e n c e m a g -a ri ta

Q&A . .................................................. .. 90 calendar ............................................. 96

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/ Emily Lubliner

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Home again A Lawrence native spends retirement in his historic childhood home

Built outside of what was then the city limits, the Turney home now stands in a wooded pocket of land near the center of Lawrence.


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1501 Pen n sylvan ia St. Austin an d Ruth Turn ey Completed in 1864 2, 000 Four Two Two, plus a basemen t Italian ate

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Above left This wallpaper is a reproduction of wallpaper from Buffalo Bill’s ranch. The original was made in one color and the Turneys added color for their customized version. Above right Austin and Ruth Turney stand outside of their home. Austin says when he grew up in the house as a child in the 1930s, he realized that the home would be 100 years old by 1863 [the house was completed in 1864] and wondered if the house would last that long. It did, of course, and is now approaching its 150th anniversary.


ustin Turney and his wife, Ruth, were living in Bethel, Connecticut, in the early 1990s when they decided to return to Austin’s hometown of Lawrence to be near his 84-year-old mother. The couple moved into one of the city’s stately historic houses near 15th and Pennsylvania streets—the same home where Austin spent his childhood. To this day, Austin and Ruth remain in Austin’s family home. “I consider it a great privilege to live here,” he explains. Of course, things are different for Austin this time around. “I don’t know that I’ve seen as many changes in my lifetime as my father did in his,” Austin says. “But I’ve seen lots of changes in my lifetime.” Although the house has remained largely unchanged, the city has transformed around it. “We used to live outside town in Wakarusa Township,” Austin says. “The city was across the street, and the street was a gravel road.” Since returning to Lawrence, the Turneys have been able to influence some of these changes. The retired couple have helped out across the community, and Austin served on the school board for what he remembers as “eight extremely enjoyable” years. The Turneys continue to volunteer their time and their home for community events.

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When did your family move in here? Austin: We moved in here in 1931 after some work was done, and I was 2 years old. My first clear memories are here.

You have some documentation about your father’s purchase of the house. Austin: As far as I can see, he paid $5,000 for the property. He had estimates that it would cost about $3,000 to put it, as he put it, “in habitable condition” [even though it was occupied by renters at the time]. It’s kind of amusing to read some of this, because he said he got bids from three contractors, and one of them said, “What you really ought to do is tear it down and build something new.” There was no historic preservation in those days.

Please share the history of the house. Austin: The history of this house is very much tied up with the history of Sam Riggs [the original owner]. In 1859, he was a young lawyer. He answered an ad from another lawyer who was already here and wanted an associate in his practice. He came out here and rather promptly was chosen and elected to be county attorney. The reason that’s important is that during the time he was county attorney, one Charley Hart came to recapture some slaves that were being sheltered in a barn out in Kanwaka, which was six miles west. The result was that Hart and his associates were captured, and the slaves were recaptured by the people who were sheltering them.

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You have a tradition of sharing your home with the community. Austin: One of the things I enjoy every year is that two of the elementary school third-grades make a bus tour in Lawrence of historic sites. They first will go to Dennis Dailey’s house, which goes back to about 1859 and is a bit simpler in its design. Then they’ll go here, and then they’ll go to the cemetery.

What do the schoolchildren learn about this house? Austin: I share with them that the house is on the National Register of Historic Places, which is something that my mother, with some help from various sources, achieved. It’s one of the buildings that’s on for all three reasons: one being the architectural character, the other being the historic event Quantrill’s Raid and the third one being the historic figure Samuel Riggs.

What architectural details do you point out?

Riggs prosecuted Hart for arson and kidnapping. Of course, Hart turned out to be Quantrill. That was in 1861, and two years later Quantrill comes riding into town and Riggs would be one of the people he would like to capture. As it happens, this house was being built. Mrs. Riggs wrote in her memoir that the combustible material, the woodwork, was set fire to. The Riggses were living on the 900 block of Rhode Island at the time, so they didn’t learn this until a little later. Riggs tried to help putting out fires and all, and somehow he wasn’t identified and survived the raid.

How did Quantrill’s Raid affect the completion of the house? Austin: The house was completed in 1864, but it was not completed as it was originally designed. There is a window in the hall and a window above it in the upper hall. Those, if you look at the exterior, were doorways that were bricked up and a window placed. In other words, there were to have been balancing rooms on the other side, but because of the loss of materials and the depression that hit Lawrence after the raid, they finished the house this way. … In that sense, the house is a permanent memorial to Quantrill’s Raid.

Austin: [The students] usually have had some preliminary teaching, so they’re very interested in the details of the Italianate style and the tower, the arch effect, the keystone effect over doors and windows and the overhanging roof with the corbels, and the fact that the brick work of the tower is done with this dentil, tooth-like effect.

You have added historical wallpapers throughout the house. Austin: This paper [in the living room], for example, was originally used in the home of one of the English archbishops in Australia in the 19th century. Upstairs in our bedroom, we have reproduction wallpaper from Abraham Lincoln’s house. The wallpaper in the hallway is a reproduction of some German wallpaper that is in Buffalo Bill’s ranch in Nebraska. Upstairs, there’s some Frank Lloyd Wright wallpaper, because the dining room and kitchen were refinished in about 1940 in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright.

How have things changed over the years? Austin: Although the house structurally looks the same, the grounds really are very different from my early remembrance. Most of the property was a pasture, and there was a barn. The pasture grew up in volunteer trees, and now we have an island of trees. m

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Top Austin and Ruth Turney open their home to school groups each year. Bottom Left The living room wallpaper is a reproduction from a home of an English archbishop. Bottom Right The bedroom wallpaper is a reproduction of the wallpaper from Abraham Lincoln’s home. While living in such a historically significant home, the Turneys have been limited with the amount of changes— apart from the wallpaper—they can make. Closet space, for instance, was sacrificed for the addition of a second bathroom and air conditioning.


living story by

/ Katherine Dinsdale

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Her own hope spot Eco-activist Simran Sethi is known for bringing a message that balances urgent action with hope. She has also been establishing a new balance in her life as she sets her roots in her adopted hometown. Lawrence, Sethi says, “was certainly not on my radar” before she moved here three years ago. Now, Sethi says, she “can’t imagine leaving.”


Global environmental leader Simran Sethi looks to daily choices and ‘small things’ as she establishes her home in Lawrence


he lovely carriage house that Simran Sethi rents sits on a great, wooded Lawrence lot that’s filled with outspoken cardinals, roses and a chorus line of fat, basking bullfrogs that leap, one after another, into a koi pond as a visitor walks by. Sethi settles on a wrought-iron bench while cradling a ceramic mug made by her friend, potter Sam Clarkson. She sips water and dangles her bare legs, talking more like a girlfriend than a globe-trotting “Woman of Impact” (a title that Variety gave her when it placed Sethi on an exclusive honor roll along with other household names such as Angelina Jolie, Sheryl Crow, Rosie O’Donnell and J.K. Rowling).

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Indeed, Sethi is an Oprah-starring, awardwinning freelance journalist, an environmental contributing correspondent for NBC News and associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas. Google her name and you get a list of accomplishments and accolades a green mile long lauding the 38-year-old whom The Independent listed as an “Eco-Hero for the Planet.” What a relief to learn that Sethi, who hosted a forum on global warming with Nobel Laureate Al Gore, isn’t a travel agent marketing guilt trips. She comes across as more encouraging than strident with her list of ideas for how we can do all that we do—shop and eat, work and play—in ways that are easier on the environment. None of us can walk the talk perfectly, she allows. Although Sethi is constantly advising the world and Lawrence on how to conserve, recycle and reduce, she lives in the modern age and pulls up to her home in a shiny 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser that she bought used in 2007—the first car she has owned since she was 16. “It’s a hassle to remember to put gas and oil in it, but I’m not Amish,” Sethi laughs. “I am strategic in my decision making. Sometimes I

“I realize now that we have to celebrate what we have done.” – Simran Sethi

Sethi enjoys her carriage house apartment surrounded by woods and a magnificent pond. The home also meets her requirements for being close to KU and downtown Lawrence.


can’t manage another 10 minutes that it would take to walk.” Sethi brings this reasonable sense of balance to her classroom as well. There comes a time in every semester, she says, when her KU media and environment students bottom out in despair over the Earth’s problems. “Argggh. Our planet is going to hell in a hand basket,” Sethi says, portraying her students’ angst. “What can I eat? What can I do? “I’ve been there myself,” Sethi says, acknowledging that she’s been overwhelmed with dire predictions and the enormous changes that need to be made in the way we live. She mentions Sylvia Earle, a now elderly marine biologist and explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, as someone who helped her beyond that paralysis. Sethi

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describes a conversation with Earle, when “I’d panic and say, ‘Sylvia, what are we going to do? Ninety percent of the world’s fish are depleted.’” And Earle answered that they had to focus on the remaining 10 percent, a network of protected marine areas that Earle often describes as “hope spots … to save and restore … the blue heart of the planet.” “I realize now that we have to celebrate what we have done,” says Sethi. “We can’t focus on the shame of what we aren’t doing. Notice what you are doing. Celebrate the fact that you are actively thinking about your choices. That is a start.” Choosing to live in Lawrence after living most of her life in Bombay, Singapore and New York City has provided Sethi a steadying influence. So although her office manager is in Boulder, Colorado, and she says her work community is global, Sethi finds she can live here and thrive. “I sound like I’m gushing, but the sense of community and home that I have here I’ve never had elsewhere,” says Sethi. “I can’t imagine leaving. I feel blessed to be here.” Part of setting down her roots in Lawrence involves searching for a new house. As might be expected from someone who describes the loca-

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“I sound like I’m gushing, but the sense of community and home that I have here I’ve never had elsewhere. I can’t imagine leaving. I feel blessed to be here.” – Sethi

tion of her present apartment as “21 minutes to my office; 27 minutes to Liberty Hall” (on foot, of course), walking distance is the first consideration. “For me, walking is grounding. It is my exercise,” explains Sethi. “I like to walk and I also run and bike downtown.” Second on her list of priorities: The house should be old. Sethi is particularly interested in finding a house in the architectural style known as airplane bungalow. A first-generation Indian-American, Sethi likes the fact that bungalows were built by Europeans residing in India in the 1890s and exported to the Midwest in the 1920s. The style has since been described as providing comfortable living at a reasonable price, perfect for this woman who makes mindfulness her mantra.

Looking specifically for a house that will support a simple life is one part of learning to conserve the planet’s resources as well as her own. This kind of preservation is a new line of thought for Sethi. “While I was out in the world talking about conserving natural resources, I wasn’t really conserving or considering my own personal resources,” she says. “Any environmentalist will talk about conserving resources, but we rarely talk about depleting our own resources.” Making choices in line with her intentions requires “constant recalibrating of what’s important,” Sethi says. She is careful, too, about what she owns. “I can tell you where everything in my house came from and when and why I got it,” she says. “I try to cultivate beauty in my surroundings and surround myself with things that nourish my spirit, whether it is a beautiful piece of fruit or a photo of me with an elephant that my dad took years ago.” Sethi likes to start her day with a moment or two of routine. “I step outside, no matter what the weather, and I take a moment to ponder the koi. And then I rush headlong into the rest of my day. Every day is different. I travel, I lecture, I’m on television, the internet. I’m working on a book. Sometimes the coffee outside in the morning is the only minute of routine I have. It is the small things that make a life.” m

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/ Emily Lubliner

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Facelift for the farm Artistic skill, clever ideas and a lot of hard work help renovate a family farmstead

Originally a mule barn from the late 1870s, the Taylors’ barn is now part of their farmstead business and home outside Lawrence.



he garden edging is the first clue. Done with old china rather than a more utilitarian landscape material, it’s an obvious giveaway that this historical farmhouse hides a bit of style inside. Charles and Debi Taylor moved into this homestead north of Lawrence in 2007 after a yearlong renovation. Even before they settled in, this place always felt like home. Growing up here, Charles was the only son among five children raised by Charles and Elaine Taylor, who bought the property in 1948. The house, built in 1903, and the stone barn, built in 1879, have served as headquarters for the family farm and cattle

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ranching operation for more than 60 years. Charles is primarily a rancher, but the family still farms enough to supply a stall at the Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market, where Debi also sells handmade soaps under the name Rangeland Herbs.

Art on the farm Debi’s artistic touch gives the renovated farmhouse a whimsical feeling. She was the one who took pieces of the patterned plates,

“We may be living here, but it’s still Charles’ family farm. They’re all welcome here anytime.” – Debi Taylor Above left Debi Taylor sits near the stairway landing and its ornate woodwork. The Taylors’ son, Kansas, refinished every piece of woodwork in the house during the home’s renovation. Above right Debi and Charles Taylor have refurbished their farm house and open it to family on holidays and to clients for special events.


donated by guests at one of their Fourth of July celebrations, and used them to line her garden. At the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Debi also discovered a pair of glamorous chandeliers for the dining room, but she didn’t stop there. “They weren’t quite funky enough for me,” Debi says. “I thought, ‘Well, I’ll just put fun stuff all over them.’” A layer of colorful beads and baubles makes them into a striking centerpiece. Over the kitchen stove, protruding from the wall with arms outstretched, hangs a papier-mâché torso. Definitely not your average farm fare. “He’s welcoming you and saying, ‘Here’s your food,’” Debi explains. When she spotted the sculpture, it was not for sale. The final deal negotiated with local artist Rose Campbell included two cases of Debi’s homemade pickled garlic.

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Debi’s own work features prominently in the house—a mosaic tornado covers a wall near the basement entrance. Among the colorful tiles are bits and pieces that have been swept up in the funnel—old jewelry, dishes and marbles that used to belong to Debi’s grandmother and great-aunt. “It’s Kansas, and you always run for the basement,” Debi says. “I thought you ought to be worshipping the tornado as you go down.”

Restoration, then decoration Much of the artwork and décor details were final touches applied after the renovation, but the hard labor had to happen first. Wanting to respect the home’s history and salvage what they could, the couple worked hard to preserve elements like the plaster walls, pressed board paneling with raised patterns and crown molding. As the woodwork and plaster walls were brought back to their original glory, Charles discovered his talent as an expert wallpaper remover and plaster repairman. New insulation was added, and the house was rewired. Refinishing the floors was the only job the couple did not have a hand in.

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living Debi crawled up a ladder while wearing a cast and painted each tile gold or silver for a rich look. “There were over a thousand tiles. I did every one of them, one at a time,” Debi says. “Everybody looks at them now and goes, ‘Oh, those old tin ceilings.’”

New life for an old barn One of the rewards of all that hard work is sharing the results with others. Charles and Debi decided to open the stone barn for events, and so far they’ve hosted several family weddings and a catalog shoot for local luxury knitwear company Peruvian Connection. In this historical family farmhouse, the biggest joy is having all the Taylors together where they can reminisce about the past and look toward the future. “We have a swinging door policy,” Debi says. “We may be living here, but it’s still Charles’ family farm. They’re all welcome here anytime.” Family gatherings on the farm these days are likely to include four generations of Taylors. Charles’s mother Elaine lives in Lawrence, and his four sisters are scattered across the country but visit often. With seven children and eight grandchildren who all live nearby, it doesn’t take much time for the couple to fill their farmhouse. “We keep the table set at all times,” Debi says. “Because you never know who’s going to show up and how many people will be sitting at the table.” m

Top The Taylor home was rebuilt in 1903 after a fire that left the barn unharmed. Bottom left Debi set chinaware as the edging around a garden that borders the house. In all, approximately 325 plates surround the home. Bottom right Debi describes her tornado mosaic as a homage to the forces of nature in Kansas. If you look closely, you can see cars, horses and even a bright orange goldfish swept up by the tornado.

The renovation of a century-old home posed challenges to amateurs and professionals alike, but Charles credits his parents with keeping the farmhouse in such good shape. “It’s an older house, but a strong house,” he says.

A magnificent experiment There was one part of the home where the couple knew that a clear break from the past was needed: the ceiling. “It had these old acoustic tile ceilings,” Debi says. “They put those in everywhere during the 1950s and 1960s, and they’re godawful ugly.” As much as she disliked the ceilings, she hated to think of having to remove them. She contemplated an alternative, perhaps a treatment to apply over the tiles. Meanwhile, she went on a dog sledding trip near the Canadian border with some girlfriends and broke her leg. Not that this could halt her mission to transform the ceiling.

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/ Rachel Keller

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Watertight home A small apartment inside a hydroelectric plant proves to be an ideal home for a newly arrived couple Terri Bemman looks out the window of her apartment at a hydroelectric plant along the Kansas River. Though the apartment sits just above the roaring water of the dam, its stone walls and brick interiors allow for a tranquil home life.



ew people want to live right next to a train track and under a bridge, but Terri Bemman, Rich Foreman and their lovable mutt Sadie think their apartment’s location is ideal. “It’s a 17-step commute to work,” Terri explains. A year ago, the couple began working at Bowersock Mills & Power Co., on the south side of the Kansas River behind City Hall. In February, the couple decided to move to an on-site apartment on the plant’s western edge, above the machinery and just under the Massachusetts Street bridge.

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The apartment’s location offers several perks. Both Terri and Rich love to fish, and do so easily a couple of times each week from just outside their apartment. They catch and release catfish, carp and garpike. Terri and Rich also enjoy canoeing, watching wildlife, spotting bald eagles and, of course, benefiting from the free electricity.

Terri and Rich also enjoy canoeing, watching wildlife, spotting bald eagles and, of course, benefiting from the free electricity. Above left A window door by the sewing desk allows for a view upriver, past the traffic of the Massachusetts Street bridge. Above right Many homes in Jayhawk nation have a basketball goal attached, but Terri and Rich have the only residence in Lawrence where the basketball court sits just outside their home and inside a power plant.


Power couple Rich, the Bowersock plant manager, has been in the hydropower industry for more than 20 years. He and Terri, who is his assistant at Bowersock, met 10 years ago at a dam in Wisconsin; she was new to the business and he showed her the ropes. The two have been together ever since, working together at dams and even going on field trips to a different dam as part of every vacation. Rich and Terri say it is fairly common for dams to offer housing, but none of the places they’ve lived or visited have quarters as directly on-site as Bowersock. With the help of two other employees, Terri and Rich oversee all dam maintenance. They are on call 24/7 and have an alert system connected to their apartment that notifies them of

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any problems with the dam. Late-night jobs sometimes include scaling the edge of the dam while hooked to a cable car in order to reach the doors that hold back rushing water. “The machinery is all around 100 years old, so it is important that we are able to access it easily and frequently,” Rich says. Tours of the dam are available every week, and Rich estimates about 2,000 school children visit every year. He and Terri readily explain their work to others and are firm believers in the dam’s mission to provide renewable energy.

Dam close Originally Bowersock’s office, the apartment has been part of the dam since its construction in 1903. Not all of its residents have been dam employees; a previous tenant was a Lawrence police officer. In their short time at Bowersock, Terri and Rich have added personal touches like flowerbeds, potted plants and flower boxes along the apartment’s rough exterior of bricks and Kansas limestone. They plan to add a terrace and rooftop garden.

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Top With space at a premium, Terri and Rich have a hideaway loft for guests reached by a wall ladder. Bottom The apartment’s kitchen flows directly into the living room that’s decorated, perhaps not surprisingly, with nautical themes.

High ceilings make up for close quarters inside the 750-squarefoot apartment. Terri’s quilts provide both art and structure to the interior. Several of them hang to divide her desk from Rich’s desks. The bedroom and bath, complete with a claw-foot tub, are separate rooms. The apartment’s tall windows look across the Kansas River and provide a view of the upstream section, including Burcham Park, the levee trail and the new University of Kansas rowing house. Trains roar next to the apartment on one side and the dam churns under the other, yet up the stairs and through the doors, noise disappears in the clean, airy space. “It is so quiet out on the river in the mornings that we can hear across the water,” Rich says. “It’s amazing how many people drive by every day and have no clue what the apartment is or realize what we do here,” Terri says. “It’s gorgeous; it’s unique.” m

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/ Barbara Higgins-Dover

Five years in the making Five local businesses defy the five-year odds


Above Usually on the other side of the camera, Laura Wolfe takes a turn posing in her studio on Massachusetts Street. Below Doug Holiday went from managing an eatery to opening his own. Though he says the first summer of business was “difficult,” Holiday has kept his barbecue restaurant successful for five years.


f you make it past the first five years, you’ve made it!” are words of support often spoken to those starting a small business. However, it takes a lot more than encouragement to reach that five-year mark. Even unique businesses in geographically perfect areas with potentially strong markets often close in the first years of operation. And yet many try and some succeed. Lawrence is home to hundreds of small businesses with owners who outlast tough markets. Take a stroll in any of the city’s shopping districts and it’s easy to find a good meal, a good book, a cup of java, a new outfit and a little entertainment. As our magazine celebrates its fifth anniversary, we highlight some other locally owned ventures that also began in 2004 and have now beaten the five-year odds, keeping customers satisfied with products, services and unusual ideas.

W h i t e L o t us Pho to gr a ph y 1 4 0 5 M a s s a c h u s e t t s S t. Laura Wolfe, a 28-year-old photographer and owner of White Lotus Photography, greets customers with a handshake and a cup of hot herbal tea. The daughter of a teacher (her mother, who now assists part time with the studio) and a busi-

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“If you make it past the first five years, you’ve made it!”

ness owner, Wolfe knew from the beginning that her love for children and strong family ties would influence her business. “I wanted to specialize in working with children; I wanted to offer a place to bring kids where you’re not rushed and there are no time limits.” In the five years she’s been in business, Wolfe has come to understand that an artistic business is exactly that: art with business. She has learned to do the books, create ads, make her own sales and become a “no-pressure saleswoman.” But Wolfe says it is the art of the business and the challenge of making human connections to capture the essence of each subject that keep her excited about her work in the coming years.

Big g s BB Q 24 2 9 I o wa S t.

Above Dave Bach thought it “just made sense” to open a scuba store in Kansas so that people would have an exciting escape from the daily routine. Below Pizza stores in a college town are a dime a dozen, but Ryan Murphy has managed to keep Wheat State Pizza alive and delivering for five years and counting.


Owner and manager Doug Holiday, 47, admits “it can be tough running a business. The first summer we were open was very difficult.” Five years later, though, Biggs BBQ has made its mark by creating a menu of smoked standards as well as barbecued egg rolls, stuffed jalapenos and chocolate-covered bacon. Holiday has also shared his restaurant’s success with the community through fundraising, cooking turkeys for the annual Lawrence Community Holiday Dinner and helping to launch Lawrence Originals, the group of local restauranteurs who donate a percentage of some food sales to selected charities. But many of these ideas wouldn’t have come to fruition without a tremendous amount of support from others. Although Holiday hadn’t considered barbecue as an option, a friend convinced him to open the business after years of restau-

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college town. But what you might not expect is that hometown feeling and the large framed painting of 33-year-old owner Ryan Murphy making pizza in a wheat field with KU’s Fraser Hall standing in the background. Murphy’s local pride is everywhere, as seen in the images of sunflowers, state flags and university sports that decorate the walls. The son of a farmer, Murphy brings his childhood upbringing into the business. “My old house where I grew up, it was literally in a wheat field and between two rivers in Emporia,” he says. As a self-made business owner, Murphy knows what it means to overcome obstacles, adapt and move on. The past few years of economic strife have been difficult, as Murphy watched some of his franchise operations close. He still has nine franchises open across northeast Kansas, including the original in Lawrence. “I take so much pride in this community,” says Murphy. “I hope Lawrence feels unique, because we try to treat it as such.”

For these rising business leaders, CYPN has been an opportunity to develop professionally, relax, converse and talk shop. rant management. Once things got going, family members began helping as well. “I never knew how supportive my family would be,” says Holiday.

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Who would have guessed that a business focusing on snorkeling and scuba diving could succeed in landlocked Kansas? At least it made sense to 60-year-old Dave Bach, who started diving in 1976 while living in Illinois. “There’s no place here in Kansas for people to escape to,” says Bach. “It just made sense.” The snorkels, masks, flippers and wetsuits make underwater exploration a reality, but it takes skill to enjoy this sport. Bach provides necessary training at the Lawrence Aquatic Center and then

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takes clients on a trial dive in Missouri’s Stockton Lake before offering guided diving tours to the Caribbean and beyond. Bach says diving provides a nice balance to the demands of running Scuba Shack and his other business, the car shop Das Autohaus. “I have a blast with my work, but I hate the paperwork that goes along with operating two businesses,” he explains. “Diving is an escape. It re-energizes me and opens up a whole new world.”

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Walk into Wheat State Pizza and you’ll notice the fragrance of pepperoni and pizza dough wafting through the air. That’s probably what you’d expect from a pizza joint in a

For many young business professionals, text messages and online updates can be the most common way of developing friendships and business ties, a fact that the Chamber Young Professionals Network recognized when it formed in 2004. Since that time, the CYPN mission of creating and keeping human connections has become only more relevant to its mostly under-40 crowd of members. Megan Poindexter works as director of development at the Lied Center and in 2007 joined CYPN, which is affiliated with the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. She says it has taught her much about the town’s diversity and issues of importance through events such as a recent lunch panel discussion on the effect of baby boomers retiring in key positions across the community. And, Poindexter adds, CYPN brings must-notmiss peer events such as the Putt-Putt Pub Crawl, Mass. Street Scavenger Hunt and holiday theme parties to her life. For these rising business leaders, CYPN has been an opportunity to develop professionally, relax, converse and talk shop. And the ideas being passed around in this group today might lead to a new crop of ventures celebrating their fifth anniversaries in 2014. m

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Members of the Chamber Young Professionals Network (clockwise, from top center, Adam Handshy, Gavin Smith, Kristen Walker, Megan Poindexter and Bryan Culver) are celebrating five years of their organization.


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Time-tested tool shops Two family-owned hardware stores carry old traditions into modern retail


ren’t they supposed to be extinct by now, those delightful family-owned hardware stores that sell everything from nails weighed out by the pound to that thingamajig you desperately need for your repair project? That’s not the case with Ernst & Son Hardware, nestled in the heart of downtown Lawrence, or Cottin’s Hardware & Rental, just 10 blocks south on Massachusetts Street.

Ernst & Son’s century and then some Above Tom and Linda Cottin brought a family tradition of hardware stores with them when they moved to Lawrence to establish Cottin’s Hardware & Rental in 1992. Below Rod Ernst is the third-generation owner of his family’s hardware store in downtown Lawrence.


Ernst & Son Hardware can certainly claim bragging rights for longevity. Philip Ernst Sr. established it in 1905 with a partner named Kennedy who sold out in 1925. Current owner Rod Ernst followed his father, Philip Jr., into the business. Both sets of Rod’s grandparents were in the hardware business. His maternal grandfather, William Schaake, had a store in the 900 block of Massachusetts Street. At age 12, Rod started working at the store— a much better job than that of his friends who had to “pick potatoes down in the bottoms.” He took directions from his father and grandfather, who were at the store every day. In fact, his grandfa-

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“I couldn’t stand not having a hardware store.” – Linda Cottin

Above left Like many items in the Ernst & Son Hardware store, these drawers with the name of Jaedicke stenciled on their backs have a history. Philip Ernst Sr. began his hardware career by clerking in the Jaedicke store in the 700 block of Massachusetts, which was engaged in a bitter rivalry with a competitor. When Jaedicke closed his business, he donated these drawers to Ernst’s new store in order to help his protégé and spite their old rival. Above right A pair of hammers serves as the door handles for Cottin’s Hardware & Rental. Right The entry windows of Ernst & Son Hardware displays a range of items from rolling pins to vintage toy cars.


ther worked well into his 90s. “He never sat down. We’d have to rush to get to customers before him,” he recalls. Rod became an official partner in 1961. The shelves of Ernst & Son display mountains of immensely practical and necessary ware, like a huge collection of cast-iron cook and bakeware. Drawers line the store and hold a vast array of nails, screws and other fasteners. There are also small appliances, ice cream makers, a glass case of hunting knives and paint. The cash register— bought used in 1908—is a work of art, all brass and flourishes. But some articles aren’t for sale, such as one of the original “Dime Safety Razors” complete in its box with a patent date of 1907 that Rod pulls from a shelf. Rod has many, many photos. One shows the storefront with its original name of Ernst & Kennedy and an early-model bicycle in the front window. “Grandpa was an avid cyclist,” Rod explains. “So they sold bicycles.”

Cottin’s transplanted success Like Ernst & Son, Cottin’s Hardware & Rental carries thousands of items. And owners Tom and Linda Cottin also come from families with hardware store traditions. “In 1974, when we were 13, both of our families bought hardware stores in the same small town,” says Linda. Her family stayed in the hardware business at Sturgis, Michigan, for only three years—and just a year later, Linda and Tom began dating. “I couldn’t stand not having a hardware store,” Linda remarks with a smile. In 1992, a friend from Lawrence told the Cottins of a hardware store on the market. They flew to Lawrence on an exploratory trip, leaving

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Bulk nails are one of the standard hardware items at Cottin’s. The business expanded its retail line in 1999, when it opened a rental division. Now, in addition to nails, hammers and screwdrivers, you can also walk out of the store with a mirrored disco ball or a dance floor.

Chicago in a blizzard and landing in Kansas City, where it was 70 degrees. “We made it down Mass. Street to the gazebo [in South Park], and that was it,” says Linda. “We were sold.” Though Cottin’s has many objects in common with Ernst & Son, it also carries an expanded line of yard and garden products and more building materials. Linda tells of a customer who brought in a roll of wire purchased 40 years ago. Linda was able to locate the original company that sold it and order matching wire from the 95-year-old owner of the manufacturing company. “Sometimes we joke that we’re KU Info for hardware,” says Linda. And she has found that often people don’t know exactly what they need. “We ask them what they’re doing and can steer them to something better. A customer will come in for a faucet, and we’ll end up selling them a 35-cent O-ring that will solve the problem.” It’s not clear whether the Cottins will pass the business along the family lines. Their oldest child, daughter Cole, is 27 and busy establishing an organic farm. Linda jokes, “She works even harder than us and is making even less money.” Their three sons—Mick, 23, Joe, 25, and Tommy, 19—have all had various roles at the store. But Linda says she and Tom have “tried really hard to convince the kids not to go into the hardware store” because of the seven-day-a-week commitment and low profit. “You have to be passionate about it and get enjoyment out of it,” she believes. For now, however, the Cottins—like Rod Ernst—enjoy being one of the rare family-owned hardware stores still open and still thriving. m

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V i o li n T ri o Three Lawrence violin makers attune themselves to their instruments, tools and one another

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amily” is the word that comes to mind to describe three Lawrence luthiers: Amos Hargrave, Douglas Marples and J.J. Hanson. Though they work separately, the trio are bound closely by a common interest in making and repairing violins. Hargrave, 57, is the most experienced of the three and draws praise from both Hanson, 36, and Marples, 54. “Amos is sort of my mentor. He’s the best of the best,” says Hanson. Marples, the newest luthier in town, describes Hargrave as “top-notch.” Each of the luthiers, however, has his own specialty, and all three share their talents readily with one another. In his shop at 123 W. Eighth St., Hargrave features some violins made by Marples and occasionally hosts Hanson for consultations. “The luthiers in this town loan each other tools, share knowledge and send each other business,” Hanson says.

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he logo for J.J. Hanson’s Beautiful Music Violin Shop at 925 Iowa St. includes the phrase “Fiddle, Family and Friends.” Meaning, he says, he repairs and restores all fiddle family instruments, including banjos and mandolins. Since opening his shop in February of 2007, Hanson has created a lesson room in the lower level for music teachers to use. “I love being around people playing. There isn’t anything I like more than coming into a store and having people here hanging out, playing violins and banjos and basses. I don’t care if they buy anything or are here for repairs. The music culture of stringed instruments is wonderful. It resonates with my soul somehow,” Hanson says. And what about those beginners whose music might resonate slightly off tune? Hanson suggests being careful about buying an instrument from the internet. You might spend $100 to $150, but in six months they will probably lose at least another $200 repairing it. With such an instrument, Hanson says, “Nothing stays in tune; everything warps. What happens is it actually ends up discouraging people from playing these instruments. I’d like to set up children with instruments that work well so it doesn’t discourage them.” Hanson’s work of repairing and restoring well-made violins relies heavily on two of the same talents required of a violinist: patience and creativity. He says it also demands good hand and eye coordination plus artistry. “You really can’t have severe attention deficit disorder and do this,” Hanson says.

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mos Hargrave shares Hanson’s belief that there are no shortcuts in violin work. A nationally acclaimed violin maker, Hargrave developed his style at the prestigious Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, graduating with the second class in 1977. “I was trained more in traditional style, which is where you find a beautiful traditional pattern and you pay very close attention to the aesthetics. The first couple of years of violin school you literally have eye strain because you’re getting your eyes so in tune to aesthetics,” Hargrave says. After creating 59 violins, 10 violas and six cellos, Hargrave still enjoys the process: the smell of the wood, the carving of the wood and the overall artistic aesthetics. He finds it challenging to make something that takes so much effort look effortless. Most of Hargrave’s new instruments follow a number of patterns, some adjusted slightly. Different models suit different musicians, and occasionally he has received a request to customize a violin. One client asked him to make a copy of an 1801 Antonio Gagliano violin, a prized instrument that is comparatively longer than most other classic-period violins. The project was a success, Hargrave says, but because of the exact specifications of the violin he’ll probably never make another one like it.

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ouglas Marples primarily builds new violins, violas and cellos based on classic Italian models. After graduating in 2007 from the same academy as Hargrave, Marples has made 20 instruments aimed at conservatory-level students and professionals. He estimates a violin takes him about two months from start to finish, and he spends 50 to 60 hours a week making violins or searching for information on violin making. He describes his own violinmaking business as a career change a world apart from his earlier job as an internal medicine physician with a focus on noninvasive cardiology in Dodge City for 23 years. Violin making, Marples says, is meticulous, precise and involves many physically difficult tasks. But what he likes about the craft is that every day there is a new task with different tools. Marples, like Hanson and Hargrave, does most of his work by hand. A band saw might be used to cut rough outlines from bolts of wood, but after that the tools used are primarily chisels, gouges, planes and knives.

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he end result, whether a new instrument or a repaired one, is rewarding to all the luthiers. Though the three play various musical instruments, they also realize their contributions to the music world will result in instruments being played by more talented musicians. “Most luthiers who play are really not good enough players to test their instruments well, at least to the level they should aspire to make them. They should aspire to make instruments to please the very best musician,” Hargrave says. “There’s no thrill like the first time you play an instrument you made with your own hands,” Marples explains. But, he adds, “it’s a big thrill to have your instrument played by an accomplished violinist. That’s always exciting to me.” It’s an excitement his colleagues share. Hanson says, “Like Amos told me, ‘The more people like us in this field, the better for this town, because it fuels the fire of the music scene.’ I strongly believe that. The more people that we can help play their instruments well and inspire, the more musicians there will be.”

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L a w r e n c e - b a s e d professional musician and luthier Steve Mason takes a different approach when it comes to creating a violin. For 30 years, Mason has been experimenting with adding a fifth string to violins and violas. To do this, he often takes a premade violin and adapts the peg holes, tailpiece and arch. His converted five-stringers make it easier to play

double stops but harder to not play double stops. Mason says what he likes about being in a fiddle jam is playing harmonies. With five strings, he can play four more notes than anyone else. The fifth-string variation is not showing up in symphonies, where lower-range violas and cellos back up violinists. But it is increasingly popular among fiddlers

like Mason who play solo or in small bands. “My experience is any good violin player can pick it up really fast. There’s less room to move and there’s more notes to consider. That’s the reason why everybody doesn’t play five strings. If it weren’t for that, everybody would play,” Mason says.


very maker does things a little differently. I can go to an exposition and pick up things on the table, and sometimes I can identify someone else’s work I’m familiar with,” says Amos Hargrave. We asked J.J. Hanson, Douglas Marples and Amos Hargrave to identify and explain some of the signature elements that separate the work of one luthier from another. Wood for the violin: Nearly all serious violin makers use spruce for the top portion of the violin, known as the sounding board. Maple from high altitudes is most commonly used for the back and sides of the violin.

Scroll: “The scroll is an important signature element of the instrument. The thought of ever carving it in one sitting would be mind-boggling.” — Hargrave

Neck: Occasionally someone might think one violin feels bigger than another, but they may not have a body length difference of more than one-quarter of an inch. “What they perceive as big might have to do with the shape of the neck, the position, how the neck is set in, whether it is off-centered a little bit to one side or the other, because that’s where their hands can hit the body of the instrument.” — Hargrave

Fingerboard: The fingerboard should be made of ebony—Africa’s solid, thick, black wood. “They call this ‘ebonized’ on the internet, and it’s not true ebony. It’s a soft wood that’s painted black and lacquered. It’s definitely something to stay away from. You cannot restore this because the wood is soft. It expands and contracts, becomes loose and falls apart.” — Hanson

Purfling: This traditionally is a thin layer of wood that’s dyed black and inserted as three narrow strips along the edges of the violin. “Usually cheap instruments have a painted-on purfling. If you have a painted purfling, then it’s a dead giveaway you have an inferior instrument in other aspects as well.” — Hanson “Purfling is a very individual-type thing. Whether or not it has much effect on the sound is probably debatable. But I wouldn’t discount its influence.” — Hargrave

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Their day November 11 is a national holiday, but for area veterans the celebration holds particular importance


ince the first Armistice Day in 1919, Americans have set aside a day each fall to honor U.S. war veterans. The tradition continues on November 11, known since 1954 as Veterans Day. Local veterans, who served in different countries and at different times, will mark the day this year in their own ways, from quiet remem-


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brance of friends lost in war to a sparkling celebration of a generation’s accomplishments. Lawrence Magazine joins them in observing their day.

Military Personality Tim Brundage, a chief warrant officer in the Army, will likely spend Veterans Day in the pilot seat of a Black Hawk helicopter. He put his pilot skills to the test in Iraq in 2006-2007. In 12 months of almost daily flying, Brundage ensured that everyone entrusted to his care—from dignitaries to 18-year-old privates—reached their destinations safely. Back in the states, missions are not as frequent as they were in Iraq, but Brundage still is called upon regularly to perform fly-ins or dis-

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plays at celebrations, including on Veterans Day. It’s a job he loves. “I think people are just built for different things,” he says. “Being in the military, I’ve always wanted to be the absolute best. For me, it’s the right fit.”

Camaraderie Del Barnett joined the Army at age 17. He marked his next three birthdays in Vietnam, where he served from 1968 to 1972 and spent six months as a prisoner of war. “War is not a pretty sight,” he says. “It sticks with you. You can’t get rid of it.” Despite the trials he faced in the war, Barnett remained in the Army for 22 years. Now retired, he often spends time drinking coffee and


“I want the day to remind Americans that freedom is not free.” – Scottie Lingelbach

From left, Don Dalquest and Del Barnett.

talking with other former soldiers at American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 in Lawrence. “We’ve got a lot of these guys that I will always consider war heroes,” says Don Dalquest, American Legion commander. Dalquest, who served stateside during Vietnam, downplays his own status as a veteran, despite four years in the Air Force and 11 years in the National Guard. He prefers instead to focus attention on men like Barnett. “I always try to stick around these guys,” he says. “We’ll drink coffee out here and do a lot of talking.” For both Barnett and Dalquest, Veterans Day is a time to reflect and remember friends they lost during Vietnam. Barnett will continue his tradition of visiting the Vietnam War Memorial on the University of Kansas campus. “I think about why I came back and my men are still there,” Barnett says. “I’m still there with them in spirit.”

Patriotism First Scottie Lingelbach was once privy to the country’s most secret secrets. In 1944, the KU graduate joined the WAVES, an all-female branch of the Navy. Her first posting was to the Joint and Combined Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C., as an administrative assistant and courier, carrying top-secret documents to key military leaders, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Lingelbach, now 87, has returned to Washington in recent years as part of World War II


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commemoration events, and she’s strolled arm-inarm with President George W. Bush at the White House. On Veterans Day, she will attend the Tribute to Veterans at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at KU and remember her late husband Dale, an infantryman seriously wounded in 1944 in France, and the soldiers who didn’t return home from the war. “I want the day to remind Americans that freedom is not free,” she says.

Family Business After 22 years in the military, Capt. Terri Twombly doesn’t consider herself a veteran just yet. Twombly, 41 and an active duty

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officer in the Army Reserve, will spend Veterans Day with her husband and four children, appreciative of the time together. She and her husband, Matthew, both enlisted in the military after graduating from high school, and both have seen action overseas. Terri was stationed in Kuwait in 2004-2005, and Matthew recently returned from assignment with the National Guard in Afghanistan. Though the possibility of deployment is always present for both parents, Terri Twombly sees many benefits to being a “dual status” family. “We understand the responsibilities, the triumphs and frustrations of being a soldier,” she says. Veterans Day is emotionally overwhelming, Twombly says, not because of her own service, but because of what it means to her. “I don’t really consider myself a veteran yet since I am still actively serving. I always admire, cheer and am deeply appreciative for the veterans, but when someone refers to me as a veteran it kind of makes me uncomfortable,” says Twombly. “I personally don’t like the attention. I would rather recognize others’ sacrifices, contributions and accomplishments.”


particularly brutal two-week campaign, during which his one Marine division was surrounded by 10 Chinese divisions. Though he spent nine months fighting in Korea, those 14 days remain vivid in his memory. “There wasn’t anything else that ever compared to it,” he says. Koch, who served four years, was less than enthusiastic when his son opted to join the Army instead of the Marines in 1985. But David Mark Koch wanted adventure, and the Army guaranteed him a position in an airborne unit. By late 1988, the promise of adventure still hadn’t mate-

rialized, and the younger Koch was on the verge of leaving the Army when he received a posting in Panama. A year later, his unit undertook covert missions to spy on Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega’s forces, and then received orders to attack La Comandancia, Noriega’s headquarters. At one point in the fighting, Koch’s unit sheltered in the basement of a flooded building as ruptured gas lines exploded overhead. “It was probably the most action I ever saw in the 24 years I’ve been in the service,” says Koch, 42, who also spent a year in Iraq and who still serves in the National Guard, “but it was over in three days.” m

Terri Twombly walks with her family.

Fire and Ice Though more than three decades separate the military service of Delmar Koch and David Mark Koch, the father and son will commemorate Veterans Day together, tending graves in the veterans section of Oak Hill and Memorial Park cemeteries. Delmar Koch, a Marine through and through, was stationed in the tropics when the Korean War broke out in 1950. One airplane ride later, his unit landed in sub-zero temperatures for a push into northern Korea. “We weren’t ready for it. We weren’t equipped for it,” says Koch, now 78. Koch’s introduction to winter fighting began with a

(Editor’s note: A portion of Capt. Terri Twombly’s interview was based on comments from a screening interview conducted by the United States Army Reserve and then confirmed by Twombly in conversation with Lawrence Magazine.)

From left, Delmar Koch and David Mark Koch with his daughter Hayden.

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Homegrown dream team

Who are Lawrence’s all-star legends in men’s athletics? Writer Doug Vance and a panel of local sports experts present their picks


ohn Hadl and Danny Manning have won accolades that would make any top athlete proud. In addition to their numerous honors, we add one more. These two local residents lead our list of Lawrence’s all-time male athletic all-stars.


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Drawing on the recommendations of a panel of local experts, Lawrence Magazine presents 12 homegrown sports heroes who have won distinction at the highest levels. Collectively, these athletes have played in the World Series and the Super Bowl; they’ve clutched national championship titles and won Olympic gold medals; they are enshrined in halls of fame. Now they are part of this list arranged by year of birth. A . R . “Be rt ” K e n n e dy, football player and coach, 1876-1969 His record: A quarterback during his prep days in Lawrence, Kennedy played quarterback and served as a team captain for the University of Kansas from 1895 to 1897. He

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went on to coach KU football during 1904-1910 with a 53-9-4 record, a winning percentage that stood for 90 years. Kennedy is credited with devising the single-wing offense and quick-kick. Our verdict: “Best football coach that KU ever had.” – Bill Mayer Pau l E n dac o t t, basketball player, 1902-1997 His record: Believed to have picked up basketball at the Lawrence YMCA, Endacott become a threetime all-conference and two-time All-American at KU. He was the 1923 Helms Foundation National Player of the Year and inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1972. Our verdict: “He might even be one of the first ones that should be on

identity this list. Phog Allen called him the best basketball player he ever saw.” – Mayer R a l ph Hou k , baseball player and manager; born 1919 His record: Born in Lawrence and a graduate of Liberty Memorial High School, Houk interrupted his budding baseball career to fight in World War II. He returned from service to play for and manage the New York Yankees during an era when they won eight World Series championships. Our verdict: “He was a backup player, but as a manager he was a hard-nosed success … he ran the organization.” – Jerry Waugh Bi l l N i e de r , shot putter, born 1933 His record: A prep-football All-American at Liberty Memorial, Nieder was also the first high school boy to throw the 12-pound shot put past 60 feet. At KU, he became the first collegian to toss the 16-pound shot past 60 feet. He won two Olympic medals with the shot put: a silver in 1956 and a gold in 1960. Our verdict: “No question about this pick. His high school coach and others think he could have been a legend of KU football. He started for the KU football team and wrecked his knee in that game. Seven hours of surgery and they were going to cut his leg off until his dad went out and got a gun and said ‘You cut his leg off, I’ll kill you.’ He was practically an invalid for a long time, but he worked and worked and worked and won a silver and gold in the shot put.” – Mayer Bi l ly M i l l s , distance runner, born 1938 His record: An Oglala Lakota orphan, Mills attended boarding school at Haskell Institute, where he was a three-time state cross country champion. A three time All-American at KU, he also staged one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history by winning the 10,000-meter run and posting an Olympic-record time at the 1964 Games in Tokyo. Our verdict: “As an Indian boy, he had a tough time and he had to have been a strong individual to achieve what he did. … As an athlete—and an Olympic champion—he definitely deserves to be on the list.” – Waugh


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D oy l e S c h ic k : football player, 1939-2001 His record: Considered by many as one of Lawrence’s best all-around athletes, Schick was an allstate performer in football and basketball and considered an offer from the Kansas City Athletics. Choosing KU, he lettered in football as a fullback and captained the 1960 team that upset No. 1-ranked Missouri in the season final. Schick played in the Blue-Gray College All-Star game and spent one season as a cornerback with the Washington Redskins. Our verdict: “He’s the best and most complete all-around athlete I’ve every seen in my life. … I’ve seen a lot of great ones throughout the years, but no one had the all-around ability that Doyle Schick possessed.” – Larry Hatfield Joh n H a dl : football player, born 1940 His record: Hadl, an all-around athlete who earned all-state honors in football and baseball at Lawrence High School, became a two-time All-American football player for KU

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and played 16 years in the pros, where he was named NFL Man of the Year in 1971 and MVP in 1973. Our verdict: “John had a burning desire to win and to be the best at anything he did. He was certainly an outstanding high school athlete, but no one who watched him grow up in sports in Lawrence would

Who m a de t h i s l i st ? …

When we first thought of this idea, there was one person whom we wanted to take on this project: Doug Vance. Familiar with local sports from his 20 years with the University of Kansas athletics department, Vance has authored books on Allen Fieldhouse, Max Falkenstien, basketball trivia and Jayhawk sports. He is also heavily involved in state athletics and recreation through his work as executive director of the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association and board president for the Sunflower State Games. Ultimately, Vance was responsible for the names included on this list. But he drew advice from a panel of lifelong Lawrence sports observers which included: Hank Booth, the longtime radio voice of Lawrence high school sports; Larry Hatfield, who was coached as a youngster in Lawrence by Bill Nieder and quarterbacked a LHS team that included John Hadl; Lee Ice, an all-around standout athlete during his prep career in Lawrence who also played and coached baseball at KU and has been involved in youth baseball programs for the city; David Lawrence, a former allconference lineman at KU who has coached junior high football in Lawrence and is now a local radio sports commentator; Bill Mayer, who has been covering the Lawrence sports scene for more than five decades with the Lawrence Journal-World; Jerry Waugh, a former LHS and KU basketball coach who first came to Lawrence in the late 1940s; and Chuck Woodling, a longtime sports editor at the Lawrence Journal-World.

identity have predicted he’d be a two-time All-American at KU and have a spectacular 16-year professional football career as a quarterback. He was skilled and worked very hard to achieve his goals.” – Hatfield S t e v e J e lt z : baseball player, born 1959 His record: Although born in Paris, France, Jeltz is a Lawrence product who spent parts of eight seasons as a shortstop playing for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Kansas City Royals. Jeltz had one of the highest triples-to-hits ratios in league history and is remembered for hitting two home runs in one game: one left-handed and one right-handed. Our verdict: “Steve had more Godgiven athletic talent than anyone I played with during three years I was at the University of Kansas.” – Lee Ice J e ff W r ig h t: football player, born 1963 His record: A former LHS football standout who started in four Super Bowls as a nose tackle with the Buffalo Bills, Wright enjoyed a sevenyear NFL career (1988-1994) and recorded 31.5 sacks in nearly 100 professional games. Our verdict: “There have been a lot of outstanding football players who have nurtured their careers in Lawrence programs, and there is no question that Jeff Wright qualifies as among the best.” – Doug Vance Da n n y M a n n i ng , basketball player, born 1966 His record: The 1984 Kansas Player of the Year at LHS, Manning stayed in Lawrence and led the Jayhawk basketball squad to the 1988 NCAA Championship as a twotime All-American selection and the consensus national player of the year. He left KU as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder. The first overall selection in the NBA

draft, Manning played at the professional level for 10 years. Our verdict: “No one could argue that Danny Manning doesn’t deserve to be included on this elite list. He would be a worthy candidate for a greatest sports legends list in any city in America.” – Vance K e i t h De L ong : football player, born 1967 His record: Graduating from LHS in 1985 after earning all-state honors in football and helping the Lions to a state championship, DeLong earned AllAmerican honors and was a finalist for the Butkus Award during his senior collegiate season at Tennessee. A first-round selection by the San Francisco 49ers, DeLong helped that team win Super Bowl XXIV. Our verdict: “I don’t think there was ever a ‘big guy’ [from LHS] who hit as hard as Keith DeLong.” – Hank Booth Lee Stevens, baseball player, born 1967 His record: In 1986, Stevens went straight from playing at LHS to being a first-round draft pick for the California Angels. He played professionally from 1990 to 1992 and from 1996 to 2002 with the California Angels,

Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos and Cleveland Indians, belting out 144 career home runs. Stevens also played two seasons for the Kintetsu Buffaloes (now the Orix Buffaloes) in Japan. Our verdict: “There’s no question [Stevens] belongs here. He is the only Lawrence High athlete who ever went first round in any program. Basically, Lawrence High has a baseball program in large part because of Lee Stevens.” – Chuck Woodling m Photographs on page 44 (clockwise, from top left): Billy Mills, Steve Jeltz, Lee Stevens, Doyle Schick, Danny Manning, A.R. Kennedy, Bill Nieder, John Hadl with Danny Manning, and John Hadl. Mills photograph from the Haskell Archives Photograph Collection, owned by Haskell Indian Nations University. Jeltz, Stevens, Manning, and Hadl photographs courtesy Lawrence Journal-World archives. Schick, Kennedy and Nieder photographs courtesy University of Kansas Libraries Kenneth Spencer Research Library. Manning and Hadl photograph by Jason Dailey for Lawrence Magazine.

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An athlete had to attend at least one year of high school in Lawrence or Douglas County.

We wanted to focus on local talent. This means we excluded athletes such as Wilt Chamberlain and Jim Thorpe, legends by any other standard, who lived in Lawrence briefly but did not meet our “hometown criteria.”


Athletes were measured by top achievements in order to set a standard for comparison. In other words, in our criteria, an athlete who won an Olympic gold medal trumps an athlete who had raw athletic potential to win three gold medals.

Without question, there are examples of athletes who may have fashioned a better high school career and, perhaps, were superior sportsmen. But we chose to honor athletes who lived up to their potential at the highest levels. In doing this, we recognize one difficulty—decades of segregation barred generations of black Lawrencians, and perhaps many of the city’s best athletes ever, from competition. (For instance, a recently released book from Lawrence resident Jesse Newman, Local Sports Hero: The Untold Story of Wesley B. Walker, argues that 1950s all-around athlete, boxer and wheelchair track and field champion Wesley Walker could have been the city’s most celebrated sportsman.) We made our list taking into account historical injustice without condoning it.


Why only male athletes?

We are preparing a separate article on female athletes to appear in the winter 2009 edition of Lawrence Magazine. If you have a nomination we should consider for the list, please send an e-mail to lawrencemagazine@

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Critters and caregivers A healthy doctor-patient relation develops over time, with trust and understanding, especially if the patient is an animal


or many, a trip to a medical office is not a social pleasure. If you are unable to talk with the staff or the physician, it is even more difficult. These are the ordinary obstacles for veterinarians whose patients


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are silent and often downright suspicious when in new hands. As in any medical relationship, however, time and trust can build a healthful understanding. T h e V e t: J o n H a g g a r d, DVM T h e Pat i e n t: C r im s o n Jon Haggard, a large-animal veterinarian with Eudora Animal Hospital, often travels hundreds of miles to see his patients. One day he might treat a horse, the other a llama or a camel. Haggard says an animal’s owner often plays a critical role in the doctor-patient relationship. He was once called to treat Crimson, a horse who had developed liver disease, which often is a diagnosis that leads to euthanasia. The

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owner, however, agreed to support a treatment that allowed for Crimson to enjoy life seven years after contracting the disease. Haggard credits the owner’s understanding of Crimson and ability to communicate with her horse as being vital to the treatment. T h e V e t: C at h y K in g , DVM T h e Pat i e n t: Lucas Leblanc

Cathy King is a veterinarian at Kaw Valley Natural Pet Care, a practice that uses herbs, acupuncture, homeopathy and massage to treat pets. King also draws on her training in bioenergy therapy, a procedure that draws on the interaction of energy directed from the practitioner–often through hands–to the recipient.

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“Each animal is something in the world. You must understand the species you are working with for your safety.” – Marguerite Ermeling, dvm

“To see an animal shift–meaning to perceptively change for the better during a treatment–is a thrill,” says King. King observes changes in tongue color and pulse quality (both diagnostic approaches in traditional Chinese medicine), as well as subtle changes in an animal’s coat to monitor a patient’s immediate response. She used these skills in 2002 when she first met Lucas LeBlanc, a German shepherd who spends six months a year in Peru working with autistic children. King was able to treat Lucas’ chronic inflammatory skin issues and establish a strong relationship with him. She even made a house call to Peru when Lucas developed a lifethreatening kidney failure. Three years after this emergency call, Lucas is still living a full life. T h e V e t: j o h n B r a d l e y, DVM T h e Pat i e n t: Marla Veterinarian John Bradley says he allows time to establish a relationship with an animal. At Bradley Animal Hospital, Bradley says some animals take the entire day to treat. Marla, a tabby cat who suffers from diabetes, recently was diagnosed with pancreatitis. Deciding on treatment was the easy part, but actually treating her was a bit more challenging. Marla does not like to be touched. Because she had to have some hands-on treatment, Bradley and his staff tried to make the


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rest of her procedure less stressful. She was placed in an area of the hospital away from dogs. Cleaning equipment was never turned on around her, and her exams were done on the floor and often done in sections to help keep her calm. And it worked. Marla is doing great. “A big time investment, but a big payoff,” says Bradley, who adds that a recent exam on Marla was done without sedation, without gloves and without bloodshed.

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T h e V e t: M a r g u e r i t e E r m e l in g , DVM T h e Pat i e n t: Gloria (the rabbit) and Forrest Gump (the turkey) Imagine spaying a gecko that weighs just 3 grams. Or nursing a snake back to health. Or repositioning a turkey’s leg. These are some of

identity the regular services provided by Marguerite Ermeling, a veterinarian at Gentle Care Animal Hospital. In addition to dogs and cats, Ermeling treats several exotic creatures, each with its own demands. “Each animal is something in the world,” Ermeling explains. “You must understand the species you are working with for your safety.” Her relationship with an animal begins the moment she walks into a room. She notes whether the animal ducks its head or looks her in the eye. She finds her patients respond better the less they are “man-handled.” “I expect them to cooperate if I respect who they are,” Ermeling says. T h e V e t: D av id N o t t in g h a m , DVM T h e Pat i e n t: s h e l ly “It’s really hard because they don’t talk to you,” says David Nottingham, a veterinarian at Baldwin Junction Veterinary Mobile Services, “but a lot of them just trust you.” Nottingham, who often treats his patients from his truck, says that trust can begin if the animals are treated well from the start. They must be talked to, they must be petted and they must be allowed time to establish a degree of comfort.

T h e V e t: T o m L ie b l , DVM T h e Pat i e n t: K a is e r Tom Liebl, a veterinarian at Clinton Parkway Animal Hospital, says a patient relationship develops over weeks, months and sometimes a lifetime. He recalls fondly an overweight yellow Labrador named Kaiser who had a severe ligament tear. Liebl ordered Kaiser through a weight loss program and surgery. The dog successfully lost weight thanks to the owner’s diligence. Unfortunately, Kaiser continued having problems

as a plate broke in one leg and he tore another ligament. The owner took Kaiser to several hospitals that specialized in this kind of surgery, but eventually one leg had to be amputated and then, if that wasn’t enough, Kaiser developed a tumor that was likely cancerous. Liebl says he’s never seen a client so committed to doing whatever it takes to get her dog walking again. As Kaiser fought his illness, people rallied around him. Kaiser lived happily for three years after the first injury and his attitude amazed Liebl. “He never had a bad day from the waist up,” recalls the vet. m

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Big bell sound A new generation of musicians trains on a rare musical instrument while giving regular free concerts across Lawrence Elizabeth Berghout is only the third person to hold the position of University of Kansas carillonneur. Among her repertoire of nearly 1,000 songs for the campus bells is “Introduction and Sicilienne,” written by KU’s first carillonneur, Ronald Barnes.


Challenge: Name what is generally considered the heaviest musical instrument. Hint: There are just 180 of these instruments in the United States, and only one in Kansas. Another hint: The one in Kansas is in Lawrence; its notes measure the day and lift the spirit. Its sounds are as interwoven into the local landscape as train whistles and windswept treetops.

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f course, it’s the carillon: 53 cast bronze bells arranged in harmonic sequence and installed in the upper reaches of the University of Kansas World War II Memorial Campanile and Carillon. The bells are automated only to sound on the quarter hours and the hour, with the giant bourdon—the largest bell in a carillon (ours weighs in at 13,440 pounds)—striking the hour note. All other melodies coming from the 120-foot tower are played by human hands, most frequently those of University Carillonneur Elizabeth Berghout. Berghout, assistant professor of carillon and organ, plays the instrument from a small room just below the bells that houses the per-

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formance clavier (keyboard console). The windows up here look out over an inspiring vista of campus, trees and town, to the rolling hills of the Kaw River valley. Berghout has been sharing that view with an increasing number of musicians in the two years since KU became one of three universities in the U.S. to offer a Master of Carillon degree. “I’ve had five students involved in the master’s program so far,” says Berghout. “One has graduated, one’s degree is on hold and three are current students.” Students are drawn to the carillon for a variety of reasons. Graduate student Chelsea Vaught says, “It’s really cool to get to play something that’s totally different and that’s kind of foreign to people.”


“It’s a very reflective, restive sound, and I like to keep the concerts a nice collaboration of all things.” – Elizabeth Berghout

above left Though the carillon is played by the carillonneur on a keyboard with handles (called “batons”), the actual contact with the bells is done through a series of cables that go through V-shape bell cranks and pull clappers that strike the bells to produce tones. above right Nearly all of the carillon’s 53 bells were donated in honor of someone, such as Bell #19 (the C sharp bell in the forefront), dedicated to Sidney Smythe Linscott Jr., a serviceman from Erie who died in the Guadalcanal campaign of World War II.


Vaught hopes to eventually find a job playing for a church that has a “real carillon.” Graduate student Jo Kraus remembers the carillon as always being a part of her background. “My parents talked about it because it was new when they were students here in the ’50s, and I remember hearing it when I came to KU for Midwestern Music Camp in junior high,” Kraus says. “I think a lot of people in Kansas don’t realize the quality of this instrument,” she continues. “It is probably one of the top four or five in the country.” The master’s students do not have sole claim to the practice and performance claviers, however. Students enrolled in one of the department’s five other carillon courses have access to the instrument as well. “The beginning students have to at least have a keyboard background,” says Berghout, “so we don’t have to work on reading music.” If a painful memory of learning new musical instruments just came to mind, don’t despair. Students playing the actual bells have worked out most of the kinks. Down 30 or so narrow, winding stairsteps from the performance room is a practice cabin, where the clavier is connected to a xylophone that cannot be heard outside of the room. Students can play in this room first before sharing their music with the community.

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Berghout says when students move up to the main carillon, they are working on mastering a piece of music and bringing out its melody from the bells. Some of the more advanced students may even substitute for Berghout in her weekly concerts. She regularly performs on Sundays and some holidays throughout the year, and figures she has well more than 1,000 pieces in her repertoire. Veterans Day will find her playing more patriotic songs, and she’s mindful to steer away from pieces like “Summer Fanfare,” for example, in the winter months. “I try to play a large mix of differ-

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ent types of religious and secular music,” Berghout says. “It’s a very reflective, restive sound, and I like to keep the concerts a nice collaboration of all things.” Berghout hopes that more students will attempt to play her instrument and that some of these will leave Lawrence as qualified carillonneurs. “Sadly, a lot of carillons don’t get played very often,” she reflects. “One of our goals with our carillon master’s degree is to increase the performance level and teaching ability of our students. Then as they go out to their various jobs, they can train others, and there’ll be a ripple effect. We can have more people to play and fill up these empty towers.” Many of the 180 carillons in the U.S. are concentrated in the Northeastern states and most are connected to churches or affiliated with universities. “The idea is not just to have someone who can go up and strike a bell, not if it’s just random, harsh-sounding tones,” says Berg-


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Select two songs from the list below. The song with the most votes will close Berghout’s concert. The song with the second-most number of votes will open her concert. a b c d e f g

“Go Down, Moses,” arranged by Daniel Berghout “On the San Antonio River,” by Robert Byrnes Variations on “Chopsticks,” by Albert Gerken “The Winds of Autumn,” by John Pozdro “Introduction and Sicilienne,” by Ronald Barnes “Crimson and the Blue,” the KU alma mater write-in song (note: to be played, any write-in song must have copyright clearance)


Choose the concert theme. Only songs from the category with the most votes (with the exception of the opening and closing songs) will be played for the concert.

First came the tower, then the bells. An outside crane lifted most of the bells in place. Larger bells were hoisted through the middle of the tower. The largest bell–the bourdon bell–could not fit into the structure until it was turned on its side and rolled into the interior, where it was then placed back upright and raised to the top.

hout. “If someone can make beautiful music from those bells and make those sounds come alive—that’s when a community comes to love their carillon.” m

C o m i n g s o o n to M o u n t O r e a d, t h e . . . L aw re nce Mag a z ine CARILLON RE QUEST CONCERT … Listen up all you bells fans: University of Kansas Carillonneur Elizabeth Berghout wants to play your favorites. With a repertoire of more than 1,000 songs at her fingertips, Berghout is planning the first carillon request concert from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 18. You choose which tunes will ring across Lawrence.

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Broadway patriotic American folk classical hymns/sacred


Write these choices in an e-mail and send them by October 1 to

L aw r e n c e M a g a z i n e w i l l post the winning choices October 10 on www. s u n f l o w e r p u b .c o m .

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Still sizzling A half-decade of success gives one local chef perspective on Lawrence eating trends and life Chef Subarna Bhattachan, far left, has seen his restaurants and family grow since Lawrence Magazine featured him in the inaugural issue. Joining Subarna at his original restaurant, La Parrilla, are mother Sushila, son Avalok, wife Amanda and their youngest son Amitav.



n 2004, Lawrence Magazine opened its premiere issue with a profile of up-andcoming Lawrence restauranteur Subarna Bhattachan. That story charted the young chef’s path from his native Nepal to Bethel College in Newton, where his studies in history unexpectedly led him to open his first restaurant in Lawrence. Bhattachan’s La Parrilla, co-owned by Alejandro Lule,

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had already become a Lawrence mainstay in 2004 with its Latin American cuisine and casual service. When Lawrence Magazine’s first issue appeared, Bhattachan was focusing on his new venture, the Asian-fusion Zen Zero, while learning to balance his roles as a businessman and father. Five years later, both restaurants are thriving, Bhattachan and his partners have opened the Italian-inspired Genovese and Bhattachan’s family has grown. Writer Paula Naughtin sat down with Bhattachan to discuss the changes during the past five years.

Growing families, growing restaurants My wife, Amanda, my two boys, Avalok and Amitav, and my

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mom, Sushila, are all at home. Avalok will be 7 this month and so will Zen Zero. And Amitav will be 2 in July, just like Genovese. I have babies and open restaurants at the same time. I’ve learned how to balance work and family life … I’m a lot more laid-back. I’m more patient—with employees and kids.

Newest restaurant addition A couple of things happened to make Genovese possible. The building became available (we were always looking for a restaurant with a pre-existing kitchen) and our part-owner and chef, Armando Paniagua, wanted to leave San Francisco. Above all, we thought there was an opportunity for an authentic Italian restaurant


I have babies and open restaurants at the same time. I’ve learned how to balance work and family life.

Changes in Lawrence restaurant scene There are more restaurants, more variety, like Japanese and sushi, and I would say better quality available downtown.

Bhattachan works the counter at Genovese, his third downtown restaurant, which he created to serve “simple, seasonal, rustic” cuisine.

Competitors and allies that served very simple, seasonal, rustic ingredients, not more than five ingredients. … We always use local food when we can. We use Central Soy Food at La Parrilla and Zen Zero. Here at Genovese we use heirloom tomatoes from Maggie’s Farm, mushrooms from Wakarusa Valley Farm, beef from Amy’s Meats and

lamb from Underhill Farm. The service is more upscale, a little different than La Parrilla and Zen Zero, but we try not to make it stuffy.

Difference in running more restaurants First of all, one operation is a lot easier to manage. With more, I cannot do it all myself. We’ve learned to hire the right people, give them good benefits— not the greatest but better than most. They have flexible schedules and we give them incentives and a pat on the back—positive feedback. Along with that, I’ve learned how to delegate, which is often hard for smallbusiness owners.


Lawrence Originals is a group of local restaurateurs who have come together to form an independent restaurant association. We are owners that compete against each other who are really trying to work together. We have the Lawrence GiveBack Program. For every dollar you spend, the restaurant will give 5 percent to the charity of choice. Local dollars stay in Lawrence to help locally. We have major promotions and food festivals as well.

The next big thing Right now we’re not doing anything else. We’re looking to see how the economy unfolds. If we did another, it would be a new concept.

On the Lawrence experience Overall it’s been a great experience. Lawrence is now my home. People are open with diverse palates and tastes. I hope we can offer something for them. It’s always a challenge whenever we start a new concept, but it keeps me more motivated to keep on top of the game. m

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F Karen Pendleton and her husband were instrumental in transforming the family cattle ranch into one of the region’s leading cash crop farms on the cutting edge of the locavore movement.

orget lifestyles of the rich and famous; I want to be Karen Pendleton. When our family of five landed in Lawrence in 1990, fleeing the big city and the tumult therein, it was Karen’s life that struck my fancy. In her blue jean overalls, with bright blue eyes and curly raven black hair, Karen has an easy laugh and answer to just about any question on growing, cooking or planting. As far as I can tell, she lives the dream at her family-owned Pendleton’s Country Market east of Lawrence. She snaps off stalks of fresh asparagus, dries and arranges celosia and Sweet Annie, paints an okra pod or glitters a gourd here and there—all the while making sure her ever-mewing public relations team of barn kittens keeps the customers’ children entertained. Karen may not describe her life as quite so idyllic as I imagine, yet she is quick to say that it is

Your personal farmer Karen Pendleton brings flair to the farm and fresh food to the table


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truly part of their successful marketing plan that city slickers come to the farm at 1446 E. 1850 Road and see it all as great and lovely. “People always think other folks have it easy,” Karen says. But the truth is, hard times have kept her and husband John Pendleton light on their feet, constantly flexing and brilliantly redefining and expanding their business to keep, surprise and delight their customers.

From cattle to cash crops In 1980, when the two Kansas State University graduates married, they went into business with John’s folks, Lorita and Al Pendleton, who had been raising soybeans, wheat and cattle on their land since 1951. Grandfather William Pendleton owned the property before that. He had crews on the property raising vegetables for his business, Kaw Valley Cannery. But the times they were a-changin’. News hit about the dangers of cholesterol, and beef prices tanked. “I remember being on an airplane,” John says, “and someone asked me what business I was in. I answered ‘cattle.’ The guy looked at me as though I was trying to kill him.” At the same time, the farm crisis was at its height, absolutely ravaging family farms. Interest rates were at 21 percent. Farm values across the Midwest had dropped by as much as 60 percent. “People were losing farms left and right,” Karen says. Traditional farmers and feedlot owners were looking for alternative moneymakers. The Pendletons put in their first half-acre of asparagus in 1982. Every year since, the couple have planted more asparagus. Not once has there been enough to satisfy the demand, even now that they grow 20 acres of the crop. It was Karen’s close observation of customers’ habits later in the 1980s that led to the next big change in the business. She noticed that people who bought asparagus with a $20 bill would look around with their change in their hand and ask, “What else can I buy?” “We needed to find them something else to spend their money on,” she says. The Pendletons bought a used greenhouse and began growing hydroponic tomatoes. Next, they began growing and selling bedding plants.


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When the Pendletons entertain, it usually involves a large group of family and friends, a demographic that includes most of Lawrence. The meal is served on the deck or in the barn, depending on the weather. One cherished tradition among farmers’ market vendors is the Pendletons’ end-of-the-season potluck celebration. We’ve included a few of the star recipes from that lavish spread. Pendleton’s Pickled Asparagus 4½ pounds fresh asparagus spears 3 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon pickling spice 3 cups water 2 cups vinegar (5 percent acidity) 1 tablespoon pickling salt Snap off tough ends of asparagus. Pack asparagus tightly into hot sterilized wide-mouthed jars, leaving ¼-inch head space. Place a clove of garlic in each jar. Remove cloves from pickling spice; reserve cloves for other uses. Combine pickling spice and remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Pour vinegar mixture over asparagus, leaving ¼-inch head space. Cover at once with metal lids and screw bands tightly. Process in boiling-water bath for 15 minutes. Yield: 3 pints.

By the 1990s, dried flowers were in vogue. Martha Stewart was everywhere and served as a great promoter of what Karen calls “grandma’s garden flowers.” Peonies became popular for weddings and events. Phlox and other natural flowers were suddenly hip. The Pendletons planted accordingly, and Karen began selling dried flowers. She looks back to say that Stewart did more than anyone for their business. Close attention to trade journals as well as décor and garden magazines also has helped. “It’s not like we are any great gurus or anything,” Karen says, “but you can see certain things coming.” When the economy is booming, folks hire crews to put down beaucoup annuals and the Pendletons are heavy into petunias. When times change, the same folks buy perennials and the Pendletons grow more vegetables. Sure enough, the Pendletons sold

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Autumn Beef and Cider Stew Amy Saunders of Amy’s Meats brings this recipe. that comes from the website www.beefitswhatsfordinner, funded by the Beef Checkoff organization.

2 pounds beef, cut into 1- to 1½-inch pieces 2 slices bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper 1 can (10½ ounces) condensed French onion soup 1 cup apple cider 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups) 1 ∕ 3 cup unsweetened dried cranberries Cook bacon in stockpot over medium heat until crisp; remove with slotted spoon to paper towel-lined plate. Brown half of beef in bacon drippings over medium heat; remove from stockpot. Repeat with remaining beef; season with salt and pepper. Return beef and bacon to stockpot. Add soup and cider; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1¾ hours. Add sweet potatoes and cranberries to stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and continue simmering, covered, 20 to 30 minutes or until beef and potatoes are fork-tender.


more tomato plants in one weekend last spring than in all of the previous year.

Personal farmer family “When we first started doing all this, people still had grandma’s farm to go to,” Karen says. “Now they are two or three generations away from grandma and her farm, and so we are their ‘farmer friends.’ One ad we ran offered, ‘Let us be your personal farmer,’ and that’s what we are.” Many who never venture to the Pendletons’ farm know them from the Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market. The Pendletons have had a stall there since 1982 and have served that organization in every capacity. Now, Karen says, they get to be the group’s “senior citizens” and provide a mentoring role. The Pendletons’ three grown children—Liz Grillot, now a third-grade teacher at Corpus Christi Catholic School, Margaret, a senior at K-State, and Will, a freshman at K-State—have worked hard alongside their parents over the years, and Karen says the farm has been a fabulous place to raise a family. “It was a good thing,” she says, “to be able to say to the kids, ‘You can’t stay out until 5 in the morning. You have to be at the farmers’ market at 7.’” Just as I suspected when I first met the Pendletons, theirs is a good life. “You feel you have a purpose being able to watch things grow and being able to sell those things to other people to make their lives better,” Karen says. “We love what we do.” m

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Lawrence triathlete Ryan Robinson is racing in fewer competitions these days in order to organize his own. Though those who complete a triathlon will always win respect for extreme athleticism, Robinson also advocates the sport as a path to fitness and health.

ack surgery stories are like pregnancy stories,” says Ryan Robinson. “Nobody tells you a good one.” A former free safety for Lawrence High School and an athlete who had grown up where sports were “our way of life,” by 2006 Robinson was a 31-year-old, upand-coming triathlete who was putting in many hours and many more miles each day preparing for competition. He was regularly racing Olympic distances as well as half and full Ironman distances, which total 70.3 and 140.6 miles respectively. But his back didn’t keep up with his grueling pace. “I’ll just accredit it to not taking care of myself like I should have,” Robinson says. “It’s one of those things where you pile mile after mile after

Iron Ryan A race organizer’s competitive experience helps other athletes get motivated and stay safe


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mile, and you just think that you’re invincible, but your body says, ‘No.’” Out of action, Robinson posted what he now describes as a “sob story” on a triathlon website, which eventually put him in contact with fivetime world champion Simon Lessing—a legendary figure whom Robinson describes as “probably the greatest triathlete to ever live.” Lessing noted that Robinson’s back problems, symptoms and diagnosis were identical to his own and introduced Robinson to Boulder, Colorado-based surgeon Alan Villavicencio. The renowned doctor was scheduled to leave for a two-month hiking excursion in South America, but as a favor to Lessing, he performed surgery on Robinson one day before he left. Just weeks later, Robinson was back in training, with a powerful new perspective. “In hindsight, I see the importance of doing the strength training, the flexibility, taking days off when your body tells you that you need to take days off, all of those sort of things,” Robinson says.

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Robinson’s Ironman 70.3 Kansas event centers on Clinton Lake. Participants swim from the lake’s north boat dock, cycle over the Clinton Lake dam, then run through the campgrounds to arrive at the finish.


For the past two years, Robinson has been working as a race director for several area events and helping thousands of other athletes healthfully reach their goals. In Lawrence, he has initiated the Kansas Marathon (an event that debuted with a half marathon in April) and the Ironman 70.3 Kansas (held for the past two years in June). This year’s Ironman 70.3 Kansas brought in 2,000 athletes from all 50 states and 13 countries, plus thousands of dollars for the local economy. The transition from amateur competitor to full-time professional organizer came gradually for Robinson, who left his job with the local sheriff’s department after 12 years of service. “I think it’s one of those things where you’re just presented with so many opportunities that you really can’t say no to,” he says. “Somebody comes to you and says, ‘Well, we’re going to pay you to go work in Hawaii for three weeks, putting on an event that you love.’ One thing led to another, and I end up with my passion becoming my employment.”

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This year’s Ironman 70.3 Kansas brought in 2,000 athletes from all 50 states and 13 countries, plus thousands of dollars for the local economy.

For the local events, Robinson— along with his co-race director Tom Ziebart, an army of volunteers and his own family members—spends a year working tirelessly to put on an exciting race. Robinson likens the preparation to planning 2,000 people’s weddings. Fortunately, he has help from wife, Jenni, a marathoner and pharmacy manager at Wal-Mart, who handles the bookkeeping and other organizational aspects. Brothers Jason and Shane and their families contribute where they can as well. Parents Pat and Jerry, both retired, help out when they’re not spending time with their five grandchildren, three of which are Ryan and Jenni’s: Hunter, 13, Hayden, 7, and Hudson, 3. Robinson and his supporters thrive on convincing professional and amateur athletes alike to race in Kansas on a course that takes them into the winds and across the hills. “You definitely get the people, especially when you’re on the coasts, who have their stereotypes of what they think Kansas is,” Robinson says. “So I really take pride in maybe dispelling some of those stereotypes and showing them something they weren’t expecting.”

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Spreading good health While Robinson thrives on bringing top athletes to Kansas, he also believes that Ironman races and marathons are more than extreme feats and top times. A competitor with six Ironman races under his own belt, Robinson says the events can serve as a path to good health. “Some people think that it’s all for the elite, and it really isn’t,” Robinson says. “I always say registering for an event like this is the best money you can spend as far as toward your health because it’s a daily motivator to go out there and train. It’s just you against the course, and you know there’s no easy way to get it done. “Not every athlete there is an elite athlete. You don’t know where they’ve come from. You don’t know if maybe they’ve dropped 80 pounds to be able to do this today or what kind of life accomplishment it is for them. … Those accomplishments are just as important as the guy who crosses first across the finish line.” Robinson says that locals who didn’t compete in the events this year might nonetheless become infected with some good habits. “It gets people on that three-year plan or four- or five-year plan in order to go and complete an Ironman,” says Robinson. “We’ve noticed across the country when Ironman events do come in, because they do create such a buzz, that it really does kind of help out some of those smaller events and increases their participation and health awareness across the board.” m

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M Mel Williams and his family have evolved into local advocates of grass-fed beef. Their M & J Ranch has been certified by the American Grassfed Association, which limits membership to farms and ranches that feed their animals solely on grass.

el and Joyce Williams and their family began raising Angus beef cattle at their M & J Ranch in rural Lawrence in 1994. They grazed their cattle on 520 acres of Kansas pastureland carpeted with alfalfa, clover and brome. Their goal was to raise the most delectable, gourmet beef they could while treating their animals as humanely as possible. At that time, explains Joyce, “We didn’t know the health benefits of what we were doing. We knew the beef tasted good and wasn’t tough.” Then Joyce happened across a short article explaining why it’s better to eat beef that has been fed exclusively on grass. “I thought, ‘This makes sense,’” says Joyce. “Cattle are grazers. They’re designed to eat grass, not grain.” Now, the Williamses are some of the area’s biggest advo-

Beef and greens One ranch-owning couple view grass-feeding as a healthful choice for their cattle and their way of life


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A secret of hardworking ranch life: the rewards of working outside surrounded by gorgeous scenery. “People are surprised at how beautiful it is out here,” says Joyce.


cates of grass-fed beef and the life that goes with it. For the Williamses, life out at the ranch is busy. Because they follow a practice called “intensive rotational grazing,” most days they corral the cattle into a specific grazing area so the approximately 180 animals will uniformly “mow off” that section of pasture. Joyce says they give the cattle an area just large enough so that they’ll cut the grass to 4 to 6 inches. That way, the cattle can’t pick and choose to eat only the young, more succulent grasses and legumes, and both pasture fauna and cattle are healthier for the effort. Depending on the time of year, Joyce, Mel, their son Mark and two grandsons are out among the herd two to four times every day, checking to make sure water tanks aren’t clogged and rotating cattle from paddock to paddock. In the warm months, they are cutting hay and putting up bales for the winter. In the fall, they are assisting the heifers with birth. As a retired obstetrics nurse and lactation consultant, Joyce has found that her skills in the world of human birthing and breastfeeding have translated nicely to being a rancher. Like people, cows—especially first-time mothers—sometimes have trouble in the birthing process. A calf might have trouble latching on to nurse, and sometimes, a cow won’t want to take a calf. But Joyce and her family usually figure out a way to make those relationships work. The Williamses do their calving without any artificial insemination. That job falls on two bulls and is done so that calves are born from September to November. The rest of the males are castrated to quell aggression. The Williamses make sure to carry out this operation right after the males are born, when the calves experience less discomfort.

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The M & J herd assists the Williamses in maintaining their pastures without pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers.

The M & J herd assists the Williamses in maintaining their pastures without pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. “We don’t fertilize because the cattle fertilize for us,” explains Joyce. “We harrow the fields to break up that manure, and that’s our fertilizer.” The ranchers also choose not to use growth hormones on their cattle and only use antibiotics on the rare occasions when an animal becomes ill. Following a natural cycle in most aspects, the Williamses have to help their cattle find food in the winter, but they do so by relying on their natural grass set aside for the cold months. “We have our own hayfields with clover and alfalfa and good brome, and we bale it and put it in the barn,” says Joyce. “We roll out the large bales on the pasture in the winter.” Despite their best plans and intentions, things still occasionally go wrong out at the ranch. Last spring, a hailstorm forced the young cattle in with the older ones, which, according to Joyce, created havoc and a lot of effort in order to separate them. “We laugh a lot,” she says. “You just have to.” m

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In the first six months of life, a calf grows from about 80 pounds at birth to 400 pounds.

Cattle are ruminant animals and, contrary to popular belief, do not have four stomachs. Their stomachs have four digestive chambers: the rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum, which all work to break down fibrous plant matter. Nonruminant animals are unable to fully digest and extract all the nutrients in grass.

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Cattle don’t lap up water like dogs do. Rather, they suck it up, much in the way that humans drink with straws.

Cattle outnumber humans in nine states: Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Wyoming.


Grass-fed cattle spend up to eight hours a day grazing and another eight hours chewing cud.

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Burkheads’ clematis arbors

Alluring arbors These gorgeous features create interest in any garden Above Kathy Reed’s arbor garden creates a dynamic presence when viewed from afar and offers rich details, such as a decorated birdhouse and honeysuckle blooms, when viewed up close. ABOVE RIGHT One of Susan Rendall’s arbors shows off her garden blooms.



ven the most hardened stoic must admit that there’s something inspiring about garden arbors. They serve as a literal and figurative doorway, leading the visitor’s eye into the garden and marking the beginning of a new territory. Often, an arbor functions as more than the entrance to a garden. Sometimes it acts to highlight a certain garden feature, such as a birdbath, pond or fountain.

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And sometimes the arbor is the focus of the garden itself, such as a tunnel of flowers designed to envelop the visitor in beauty. When paired with a bench or situated next to a patio, a garden arbor provides a visual cue to stop, relax and enjoy the garden’s splendor. Garden arbors are as practical as they are magical, which helps explain why there are so many intriguing and delightful examples to be found tucked away in the gardens of Lawrence.

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Rosalie and Dean Burkhead installed two metal arbors in their garden six years ago, one featuring white ‘Candida’ clematis and the other light and dark purple varieties of clematis. Rosalie says she chose clematis because it’s easy to care for and blooms from spring through fall, right up until the first frost. Rosalie and husband Dean often sit on their back patio and enjoy their arbors while drinking coffee or eating their meals. “I just love flowers,” she says.

Rendall’s panel arbors Master Gardener Susan Rendall has, in her own words, “lots of arbors—five at least.” When she moved from Wisconsin to Kansas, she decided the humidity and rainfall in her new home state would destroy the wooden arbors she had used.


Top Rendall’s wire cattle fencing arbors prove that even the most practical building tools (the arbor costs approximately only $20 per panel) can become beautiful garden additions. middle From a different angle, Reed’s arbor highlights the pathways and dimensions of her garden leading to the doorway.

Looking for a new material, Susan discovered wire cattle fencing panels. “They resist everything: humidity, rain … all of that,” says Susan. “Plus they’re really inexpensive and easy to install.” Susan built her arbors by pounding T-posts into the ground to act as footing for the cattle panels. Because a cattle panel is about 16 feet long, it lends itself to tall or broad arbors. “If you want to be fancier, you put in a couple of hose clamps to hold the panel to the T-posts,” explains Susan. “It creates a nice, sizeable arbor. I spray-painted all of mine a muddy green to blend into the background.” And, she says, anyone can get started on an arbor now, especially if they’d like to get one going for next spring. “Fall is a good time to establish these kinds of things.” Most of Susan’s arbors are covered with climbing roses or clematis, but she also has one blanketed in honeysuckle and still another that’s home to wisteria.

When paired with a bench or situated next to a patio, a garden arbor provides a visual cue to stop, relax and enjoy the garden’s splendor.

bottom An arbor frames a second arbor in the Burkheads’ garden, providing layers of depth and texture to their yard. bottom right A blooming clematis highlights one of the Burkheads’ wrought iron arbors.


Susan says she likes to put arbors in her rural Lawrence garden to “create vertical relief,” but says that some perform specific functions. “I’ve done some of them to provide shade over benches and walkways and to give a view to the prairie.” Others help to highlight garden features.

Reed’s daredevil-inspired arbors Kathy Reed is also a master gardener in Lawrence. In fact, her interest in putting an arbor in her garden hit right about the time she finished her master gardener schooling. Some daredevil antics by her son also provided inspiration. “We caught him and his friends jumping from the top of his play center—it was one of those castle-type ones made of wood—to the trampoline below.” Soon after, Kathy and her husband, Larry, dismantled the play center.

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Ever resourceful, Kathy knew exactly how she wanted to recycle the wood, and luckily, Larry was game. He built their arbor, which is now engulfed in honeysuckle, from those old play center timbers. Later, when a neighbor dismantled a fence, Larry built Kathy’s tool shed, which is cleverly disguised as an outhouse and peeks through the arbor. “He even made a little sign for it that I can turn to say ‘occupied’ or ‘empty,’” says Kathy. Kathy says creating their garden has been a fun meshing of her green thumb and her husband’s handy work. “It was a combination of both of us. I like unusual and different things. He did a great job of angling the arbor and shed so they’re visible from the street. The garden is just real whimsical.” m


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The Big Squeeze For more than 25 years, the Lewis family has created a much-anticipated holiday out of the fall apple harvest Above Carly Armbrister gulps fresh cider at the Big Squeeze, an annual apple-pressing celebration at the Steve and Lorel Lewis farm outside Lawrence. Above Right Kristina Rasmussen gathers apples from the Lewises’ apple trees.



here are five major holidays in the Lewis family: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Fourth of July and the Big Squeeze. A Lewis family original, the Big Squeeze is celebrated when the air turns crisp and luscious apples hang heavy in the trees. That’s when the Lewises receive friends and family on their farm to pick apples and squeeze them into cider. In the age of Facebook and Twitter, where communities are viral and connec-

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tions are made over broadband, this party is an in-person affair. You actually have to get in a car or on a bike and travel to the Lewis farm southwest of Lawrence. The Big Squeeze centers around two things: a clump of 10 or so apple trees and a woodand-iron contraption that comes without a charger or a government-mandated safety brochure. People take turns cranking the oldfashioned cider press and squeezing tart nectar from the apples they have picked

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and cleaned on site. A bottling operation springs up beside it as glasses turn into gallons. It’s BYOJ (Bring Your Own Jugs) for the nearly 100 guests. And, for more than 25 years, everyone has left with a belly and container full of the honey brown juice. Liz Rulifson, a Lewis daughter who doesn’t know life without the Big Squeeze, says when she was a child the event was all about “getting so dirty and playing so hard and drinking so much cider you get a headache.” Now Rulifson regularly hauls a big cider supply to her own home, stowing gallons in the freezer for a fresh taste in the dead of winter. She recommends apple cider slushes with popcorn— another Lewis family tradition that she is passing on to her kids, third-generation Big Squeezers. Hosts extraordinaire Steve and Lorel are both retired schoolteachers and what you might call “good people” with easy smiles and a welcoming air. “My


Top right Because the Lewis apples are unknown hybrids, the family has chosen to name its unique fruit after various family members. middle Apples from the Lewis trees and from guests are mixed together for the pressing. Lorel says each year’s event produces a different type of cider depending on the blend of apples.

wife’s the party animal,” jokes Steve. “She likes to get everyone together.” The Lewises set up hand-painted signs to greet guests as they meander up the country roads to the quaint hobby farm where the apples are waiting. When the cider press slows, everyone supplies a favorite dish for the outdoor dinner table. Lots of cranking and lots of playing mean big appetites. Steve’s only demand of guests is that they help with the green bean casserole—they ran out one year and friends have made sure that it never happens again. “Steve’s kind of a maniac about green bean casserole,” laughs Big Squeeze regular Jon Marburger. In all seriousness, guests don’t miss a chance to praise their gracious hosts. “They have about the biggest hearts of anyone we know,” says John Yocum, who has attended the annual festival seven times with his family. Each year, the hosts and guests end festivities with a bonfire. Everyone grabs a lawn chair and a few strum guitars. The fun will continue until well into the night, and the cider will last well past the Big Squeeze. m

A Lewis family original, the Big Squeeze is celebrated when the air turns crisp and luscious apples hang heavy in the trees.

Right Lorel originally placed an old bathtub in her yard to use for moonlight bathing, but it has turned out to be an ideal place for washing apples before the pressing. Far right After the bath, apples are rinsed and cleaned before being pressed.


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t he B ig Sq u e e z e r … The Big Squeeze wouldn’t have any squeeze at all without the Lewises’ cider press. Along with the apples, this metal-and-wood contraption is arguably the star of the show. Steve and Lorel picked up the press in 1972 at a farm auction near Joliet, Illinois, for what Lorel describes as a “huge sum of money for the time”—$50. Over the years, Steve has switched out several parts to keep it working. “Bit by bit, like Frankenstein,” Lorel explains, “all the wooden parts have been replaced.” Many of the metal parts, however, appear to be original, and the Lewises have chosen to leave the wooden hand crank design—as opposed to the more common rotating wheel crank or a motorized crank—on the press. Cranking the press takes a bit of technique and a lot of strength. Lorel says the task is easier when fueled by bravado. “The best things to come to the Squeeze are teenage boys because they want to give the pressing a try and they want to prove themselves and not give up,” Lorel explains. “It’s hard work.”

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For EMU, low production budgets often mean that what is lacking in expensive backdrops or costumes is made up with acting skills. We challenged 32-year-old veteran EMU actor Kevin Siess to create five performances with just five photos and five hats.

T he F i v e Fa c e s

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Cast: Kevin Siess as Uncle Joe, Ned Satz, Hamlet’s friend, the Fool and Boston Corbett Scene: A backroom dressing area of an EMU performance act



Uncle Joe is a good ol’ boy whose Wranglers are a little tight and whose cigarette won’t stay lit. He’s pretty sure of his manhood and puts on a face of arrogance.


Behind the scenes with EMU An innovative theater troupe marks its 10th anniversary

Above EMU has championed local actors and playwrights for 10 years. Here, actors perform in Oily Oily Oxen Sheen a series of original one-act plays written by local talent.






efore the crowds gather, the lights dim and the players take their places, a bizarre sound echoes through the Lawrence Arts Center. It’s as if a group of chatty aliens are converging on an undisclosed but nearby location. “Da-deedle-da-deedle, da-deedle-da, deedle-da-deedle!” This interplanetary concert is followed by increasingly loud stomping sounds. And then silence.

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Welcome to the pre-performance vocalization ritual for the actors of Lawrence-based EMU Theatre.

Beginnings Long before these alien noises and this acting troupe combining Shakespeare with elements of guerrilla theater, Nathan Cadman and Andy Stowers had an idea to blend latte with laughter. Ten years ago, they set up a comedy performance for a standing-room-only crowd

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Loveable redneck farmer Ned Satz enjoys the countryside, toughlooking trucks and deep-plowing tractors. He’s a hardworking man with calloused hands, muddy boots and a honky-tonkplaying radio. This mysterious figure is an actor and traveling friend of Hamlet.



He’s an absolute fool and his only purpose in life is to look and act as ridiculous as possible.


Boston Corbett killed John Wilkes Booth. His dedication to the Union was undying, but was he a criminal or a hero?

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top Liza Pehrson says the opportunity to act, direct and write some of the EMUperformed plays is something she never could have imagined doing years ago while attending youth acting camps that brought homesickness and fear. Middle Actors rehearse a scene from the production festival Oily Oily Oxen Sheen.

at Lawrence’s Java Break coffeehouse, where they worked. There were no spotlights, no sponsors and no stagehands. But there were plenty of laughs and calls for an encore. “Our original idea was that it was going to be a one-off,” says Stowers. “And then, when it came to divide up the money with everyone who worked on that production, they wanted to do another performance rather than have their 1/20th or 1/25th of the profits.” Plans were hatched for another production and a troupe was formed. Cadman and Stowers thought up a name for the group: EMU. Originally, EMU was an acronym for Esomething Msomething Usomething, but the members now encourage the public to associate the name with an ostrichlike bird or whatever else comes to mind. “We say it can mean whatever you want it to mean, except Eastern Michigan University,” explains Stowers.

Taking it to the people And 132 plays and 44 performances later, EMU is still drawing crowds. Cadman and Stow-

This fall, EMU will feature Horrorshow 3-D, a group of Halloween-themed short plays and skits. For scheduling, location and admission cost for this and all other productions, visit the EMU website at

Bottom Actor Nick Givechi blends performance with life. “We ad lib to make each other laugh,” says Givechi.


ers continue to lead the group as both producer and director, sometimes writing and performing as well. They are joined by occasional supporters and core performers. Stowers estimates that at least 50 people, including artists and musicians, contributed to one of the most recent productions. What has not changed is the group’s commitment to innovative theater and take-it-tothe-people approach. EMU performers bring costumes and makeup to appear whenever and wherever it works. Past productions have been in small rooms with folding chairs, under the trees in a local park, in local eateries with standingroom-only arrangements and along the crowded sidewalks of downtown Lawrence.

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The collective Vital to EMU are the actors who come in all shapes, ages and backgrounds. No one works for EMU and no one is obligated to perform. But the regular and on-and-off volunteer talent converges to create performances that are as diverse as the players themselves. Nick Givechi, 26, has been acting with the troupe for more than a year. He says the acting, particularly the improvisation that goes with it, is an extension of everyday life. He recalls one particular night when an outdoor EMU performance met with competition from a nearby concert in the park. With some quick thinking, the actor worked the distant music into the play. Liza Pehrson, 29, who has been with EMU for nearly three years, says that the group’s ad-lib approach and continuous reinvention creates a valuable energy. “It sounds somewhat corny to talk about the ‘energy,’ but it really does fuel those of us who are starting to get burned out,” says Pehrson. “It opens your eyes and helps you remember what it is like to be so excited. And the audience not only sees the performance, they feel that energy.” m

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F i ve Fa b ulo u s Fall S p o t s A g u i d e to s o m e o f t h e b e s t l o c at io n s fo r a u t u m n col o rs


here are lots of reasons to love fall: the cooler weather, the start of football season and, of course, the beautiful foliage. Folks on the East Coast take pride in their renowned—and admittedly spectacular—fall color, but don’t be too jealous. Kansas has its own gorgeous landscapes to fawn over, and some of them are right here in Lawrence. According to the Travel and Tourism Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce, the third and fourth weeks of October are peak times to observe fall color in the state. In northeast Kansas, the showiest trees are sugar and red maples and cottonwoods (the state tree). The maples are known for their bright reds; the cottonwoods for their mellow yellows. But these majestic trees shouldn’t get all the attention. Sometimes the most gorgeous vistas can be found a bit lower to the ground. Gazing over a field of crops or native grasses as they change from bright green to tawny yellow can be just as awe-inspiring. Whether you have an entire weekend or just an hour, getting outdoors to observe the fall colors is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. On these pages, we’ve compiled some of the best spots around to see it. Don’t forget your camera!

B l ack Jack B at t le f ie ld and Nature Park (three miles east of Baldwin City on U.S. Highway 56)

This lovely 40-acre park was the site of one of the first battles between those opposed to slavery and those in favor of it. Today, things are a lot more serene and guided tours are given weekend afternoons from May through mid-October. But you don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy this area, which is open year-round. Simply come for the Black Jack oaks themselves, which are all over the property, and the maples that take on fall colors. The area also features native prairie shrubs and grasses.

Hidden Valle y C amp (Bob Billings Parkway, west of Kasold Drive)

Purchased in 1956 for use by area Girl Scouts, Hidden Valley Camp comprises 40 acres of thickly wooded land. The troops host social and educational activities here. It’s also used for their overnight camping trips. One of Hidden Valley’s most unique features is a tree house that allows the Girl Scouts to climb up among the branches and view the land around them. The forested lot of privately owned land is open to supporting members year-round and to the public for fall workdays. To join the Friends of Hidden Valley or to sign up for the workdays, contact site manager Durand Reiber at

S oy b e a n f ie ld s

(East Hills Business Park and across northeast Kansas) Soybean plants grow low to the ground—most reach a height of only 3 feet—and turn from green to shades of gold and yellow as they get ready to be harvested, typically in late September. They don’t overpower the senses like a forest of bright red maples, but they are strangely, undeniably beautiful. The soybean fields near the East Hills Business Park provide a peaceful contrast to the stark landscape of this industrial area. From Lawrence, the area is just a quick drive east on Kansas Highway 10. The rows and rows of soybeans look particularly pretty as the wind blows through them, creating mesmerizing waves.

S cenic R iver R oad

Scenic River Road (North 2000/2050 Road) runs along the south edge of the Kansas River north of Lawrence and takes you on a steep, winding path with a magnificent view of the fall colors. Follow the road through Lecompton and come out on the Kansas Capitol Trail (North 2190 Road), where the tree branches often form a canopy above, covering you in bright red and gold colors as sunlight beams through the openings.

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(atop Simmons Hill along North First Street, north of Baldwin City) To get an amazing view of the beauty of the Kansas landscape in fall, head to the Signal Oak historical marker in Baldwin City. Signal Oak is no longer there, but hundreds of other trees are visible as you gaze over three valleys from high above. Also visible from the hill is the University of Kansas campus, which comes alive with fall color in its own right, with more than 20,000 trees. m

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Barbara Ballard


arbara Ballard leads a dual public life. As a lifelong educator, adjunct professor Ballard arrived in Lawrence more than 25 years ago to take a job with the University of Kansas as director of the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center. She has since held numerous campus positions and currently serves as the associate director for civic programming and outreach at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. She combines this work with service as a state representative for the 44th District, a region that includes most of central Lawrence. For the past 12 years, Representative Ballard has chaired the Democratic caucus in the Kansas House. Ballard’s office reflects her dual responsibilities. In fact, she has two offices: her legislative office next to the Capitol in Topeka and her KU office inside the Dole Institute. The Lawrence office tends to be a more personalized space, and it was here that we met with her and asked her to identify five items that would tell us more about Barbara Ballard.


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5 2007 Legislator of the Year Award, National Black Caucus of State Legislators This is from a group of 700 AfricanAmerican legislators in 43 states and the Virgin Islands. Another important award I have is the CLASS award, which stands for Citation for Leadership and Achievement in Student Services. For me, and I think for other educators, it really is an honor to receive a reward from students. I was thrilled.


This picture means a lot to me. In part because it is a young AfricanAmerican girl holding a flag and when you look at it, you think, “Hey, that’s democracy—the promise you can be anything and do anything.”


Photograph of son, Greg Ballard

This was going into his senior year. He came home one day with a “ fade” haircut and we had never seen him with it that close. He usually wore his hair out. He was cute! I just remember thinking, “Greg looks so cute.” And his senior year was a good year for him; I look at it and think this is right before he was about to venture out on his own. It’s just my favorite picture.


John F. Kennedy pictures

Everybody was in love with the Kennedys. My mom had a Kennedy picture in her house, in her living room. I remember other elections before this one, but Kennedy’s election is the first one I really remember where there was a lot of excitement around it.




1997 presidential inauguration souvenirs

I had never gone to an inaugural before this, neither had my husband, and we were very excited about attending our first inauguration. We didn’t know what to expect, and it was exciting to be a part of the event—so I put pictures together of all these events and I have fond memories of a wonderful time in Washington, D.C.

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ome occasions just call for a drink. To celebrate Lawrence Magazine’s fifth anniversary, we asked the drink creators at Pachamama’s restaurant in downtown Lawrence to make a new cocktail: Lawrence Mag-arita. We made just two requests: 1) It had to have five ingredients and 2) It had to be great. Bartender Phil Zeikle took the lead in merging fresh peach puree with pepper-infused tequila for a taste that captures the feel of a fall fruit harvest under an autumn wind. Zeikle champions fresh ingredients and infused flavors for his drinks. In fact, he is hard-pressed to find a fruit or vegetable that he wouldn’t consider pairing with a drink—as long as it is fresh and natural. He has made a strawberry-rhubarb cocktail and has been known to use celery as an ingredient. The peach that he chose for the Lawrence Magazine cocktail seems to be the perfect complement to the sharp, super-toned, pepper-infused tequila. “You don’t expect this of a drink,” says Zeikle. “It’s sweet and hot and it really goes together—the heat lingers, but just enough so that you want another drink.” You can try Lawrence Magazine’s spicy peach cocktail at home or order it at Pachamama’s—the restaurant will include the Lawrence Mag-arita on its drink menu throughout the fall season. We’ll drink to that.

Lawrence Mag-arita 1 ounce fresh-squeezed peach puree 2½ ounces serrano pepper-infused silver tequila juice of ½ a lime 1 dash simple syrup 1 fresh mint leaf To infuse tequila: Slice two serrano peppers and remove seeds. Place peppers in a 750-milliliter bottle of silver tequila and leave for two to 10 days. (The longer you infuse the tequila, the more intensity it will obtain from the peppers—Zeikle says six to seven days of infusion will produce the best results for this drink.) Remove peppers after infusion period. To make simple syrup: Take equal portions of water and sugar (1/2 cup of each should make enough syrup for several cocktails) and combine in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Allow to cool. Recipe: Pour puree, tequila and fresh-squeezed lime juice into a shaker tin over ice. Shake and then pour into glass. Add a dash of simple syrup to taste and garnish with a fresh mint leaf. You can also add a dash of sparkling water or wine on the top.

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Fa mi ly f u n … Atlanta is perfect for family fun, and here are some reasons why. Most locations are accessible by public transport or a short drive outside the city. S t o n e M o u n ta i n Pa r k : It’s the most-visited attraction in Georgia, thanks to the Summit Skyride, Lasershow Spectacular and historical/ craft demonstrations. Move over, Branson; this is way cool. Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags W h i t e Wat e r , At l a n ta : Intensive ride experiences (Cliffhanger can do in even the diehards) means these parks require at least a day each.

Hubba Hubba for the South’s Old Hub Remember when the main reason for staying in Atlanta was that your flight had been delayed? Now there are many reasons to turn this stopover spot into a vacation destination

The Swan House built in 1928 and now open to the public, on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center, is what many visitors think of when they picture the historic South. But Atlanta has successfully blended history with innovation to become a meaningful and entertaining tourist destination.



n a wetsuit, breathing from a tank, I drifted past tarpons, giant guitarfish, ornate wobbegongs, largetooth sawfish, giant groupers and a disconcerting hammerhead shark. It was a silent world, with sand-covered bottom below and diffused sunlight above. Then, with heart-clutching closeness, “it” came up from below, heading straight at me. A humongous whale shark. The fact that it has a small esophagus and prefers plankton to people does not register when all 25 feet of shark practically slide between your legs. Trust me: Flight response trumps logic in a nanosecond. Where was I? Australia? The Indo-Pacific? Ah, no. Try Atlanta. Landlocked, yes, but home to the Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium—all 8 million gallons of it. I’ve been through Atlanta at least 30 times but, like many travelers, never left the airport. It was always

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a place to switch planes en route to somewhere else. After a recent extended visit, I wish I’d stayed over years ago. Atlanta is just two flight hours from Kansas City, and airplane tickets to Georgia’s capital are cheap and abundant. It’s a hopping, fun, conveniently navigated city, perfect for a long-weekend romantic escape or a family-friendly vacation.

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F e r n b a n k M u s e u m o f N at u r a l H i s t o r y: Yes, it’s a learning experience, but the kids won’t know it. The five-story IMAX tops it off. Y e l l o w R i v e r G a m e R a n c h : A woodland preserve with more than 600 native Georgia animals, including a Twitter-posting groundhog whose handlers say can predict the weather. K a n g a r o o C o n s e r vat i o n C e n t e r : It boasts the largest ’roo collection outside Australia and takes accreditation and preservation seriously. Jimmy Carter Library and Museum: History in a doable format. Walk into the Oval Office and track the life of the 39th president. For many, it’s a tribute to the region’s other man of peace. The museum is closed for a $10 million redesign and will reopen in October. Imagine It! The Children’s Museum o f At l a n ta : Aimed at the younger set, this downtown site features family-friendly, handson discovery and exploration. G e o r g i a Aq u a r i u m : I couldn’t get enough. It’s as much fun for parents as kids. Z o o At l a n ta ( i n G r a n t Pa r k ) : At only 35 acres, it’s much smaller than the Kansas City Zoo but packed with exhibits. Kids adore the pandas and gorillas. C h at ta h o o c h e e R i v e r N at i o n a l R e c r e at i o n A r e a : Take a raft, canoe, kayak or even pedal boat down the river. Outfitters make it easy.


Exploring Basics There are many ways to explore Atlanta, but you can easily move across town using MARTA, which combines the city’s buses with a fast-and-easy rail system. Tourist passes covering both rail and bus lines are a bargain at $12 for four days of unlimited travel. Book a hotel downtown or midtown to make the best use of public transport and be near destinations.

Downtown Start a visit at downtown’s Centennial Olympic Park and circle the Olympic Ring Fountain. Across the street is the Georgia Aquarium, which (my bias) deserves a full day to really appreciate. The aquarium is one of six major venues covered with a nineday city pass that costs $69 for adults and $49 for youths. That fee is about half the combined regular admission prices—and you go to the head of any line. Next to the aquarium is the World of Coca-Cola, a popular tourist draw. But unless you are a vintage collector or Coke freak, it can feel like one long commercial. Opt instead for the Inside CNN Studio Tour—included with City Pass—to take a look at global news production and then do a quick walk through Underground Atlanta, which is six city blocks with more than 100 specialty stores, historical tours and frequent entertainment or festivals. Feeling adventurous? Combine history and novelty by taking a downtown Segway Tour. I tried it with some trepidation: Cruising streets and parks by Segway while listening to an informative guide is risky for those of us who are balance-challenged. But walking no longer gives me a rush of accomplishment, and the Segway did just that. (Meaning, I didn’t fall off and didn’t crash into people or trees.)

Midtown Moving into Midtown, stroll the 30 acres of gardens and urban for-

est—plus Conservatory and Orchid Center—of the Botanical Gardens. The High Museum of Art is a gem: Three adjacent buildings with a central courtyard house collections that span 19th and 20th century American and European art, African and African-American art, photography, contemporary works plus exceptional rotating exhibits (currently showing Monet’s famous water lilies). A lunch in the ultra-hip museum café of Logan Turnpike grits with maple cheddar and royal rock shrimp had me rethinking any lingering bias about Southern cuisine.

The High Museum is a part of the Woodruff Arts Center that includes symphony and theater productions. Another Midtown must-see is the Fox Theatre, built to be the Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque and to hold more than 5,000 enthusiastic Shriners. It’s an architectural highlight. Gone With the Wind fans will need to check out the Margaret Mitchell house, where she wrote the novel. If you like Southern literature, inquire about the Southern authors lecture series. Also in Midtown, the Center for Puppetry Arts—yes, “puppetry arts”—

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The Atlanta History Center’s 33 acres contain a history museum, a museum dedicated to the Atlanta Olympics, a mansion, a living history farm, a research center and trails like these that take guests through beautiful wilderness.


journey millionaire back in 1903—and several churches. Start at Sweet Auburn and take your pick from many locations across the city. If you can, go to a Sunday service at Ebenezer Baptist or another historic church. It’s a way to begin to appreciate the spirit and soul that inspired historic change.

Yoga with belugas

is the largest museum of its kind in the U.S. and offers both kid- and adultfocused performances. It’s one of those unexpected delights that kids may talk about for months … and parents too. This is way beyond what you think of when you think “puppets.”

Visitors to the downtown World of CocaCola exhibit can see multilingual advertisements and promotions attesting to the Atlanta-based soft drink company’s ability to conquer the world market. Though the museum is a popular spot, there are many other Atlanta destinations that offer more in entertainment and culture.


Buckhead For a taste of the South, visit Buckhead, a fashionable district of mansions and old money. It’s home to the Atlanta History Center, with a restored mansion and restaurant, farmhouses and both permanent and rotating exhibits. A new wing celebrates the Olympics, with an emphasis on the Atlanta games of ’96, including some interactive exhibits where visitors can test their prowess. Shop till you drop at Lenox Square (upscale, boutiques, too-toochic), Phipps Plaza or the Galleries of Peachtree Hills. For antiques and galleries, try Miami Circle or Bennett Street District. Even if you can’t afford to buy, they are delightful to peruse. Sipping an afternoon latte while watching the real shoppers is also a diversion.  

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Sweet Auburn Atlanta is rich in civil rights history with monuments and important locations throughout the city’s districts. There are varied organized tours or you can structure your own by reading Sacred Places: A Guide to the Civil Rights Sites in Atlanta, Georgia by Harry Lefever and Michael Page. Whichever route you choose, one essential stop is the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. King’s birthplace is set in the Sweet Auburn District, which is home to Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he was baptized, and the King Center, where his Nobel Peace Prize and gravesite are on exhibit. Other permanent exhibits at the King Center include a video for kids about children and the civil rights movement that provides renewed appreciation for the courage and tenacity of all involved. But Atlanta has black and civil rights history at every turn: Morehouse and Spelman colleges, the “Sitting Down at Rich’s” mural on MLK Jr. Drive, the Herndon Home—Alonzo Herndon was Atlanta’s first black

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On my last day in Atlanta, just hours before my flight home, I walked over for one last look at the aquarium and found myself drawn to the beluga whales. Picture this: a morning yoga class. Dozens of people are plunked down on mats in front of a massive, transparent glass wall. On the other side, snow-white belugas glide past in a slow, romantic dance. I swear they are doing pirouettes. Two musicians play sitars. Human bodies stretch against a backdrop of belugas. It is all too surreal. Just one more of Atlanta’s many surprises. m


D i n i ng …

ining in Atlanta is a case of too many great places and not enough time. I found exceptional food at reasonable prices. Avoid cutesy tourist draws like Pittypat’s Porch—overpriced as well— and ask locals about their favorites. I tried Rathbun’s—a restaurant with a trendy, renovated warehouse feel at 112 Krog St.—which boasts rave reviews from Bon Appetit and Travel and Leisure. It didn’t disappoint: sage-rubbed pork tenderloin with white cabbage pancetta carbonara, forest mushroom risotto and four mini-desserts … plus a balanced wine list. Other suggestions include Kyma, with dramatic décor and an inventive Greek/Mediterranean menu at 3085 Piedmont Road, No Mas! Cantina, an authentic and fun eatery plus an adjacent store crammed with handcrafted Mexican furnishings and accessories at 180 Walker St., and Busy Bee Cafe, which has been dishing out soul food for more than 50 years at 810 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW. But take to the streets, read some reviews and find your own favorites.





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events August Civil War on the Western Frontier August 7-21 / Sites throughout Lawrence / Tours, lectures and presentations focusing on Bloody Kansas events. 865-4499. Lawrence Busker Festival

August 21-23 / Various times.

Professional street performers stage free events throughout downtown Lawrence Free Outdoor Concert and Family Arts Festival August 21 / Lied Center of Kansas / 7 p.m. Featuring fiddler and performer Amanda Shaw. 864-3469. Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships August 22-23 / South Park / Starts at noon. Competitions, workshops and dances featuring state’s best acoustic musicians. Free entry. 841-7817. index.html

s e p t e mb e r Haskell Indian Art Market September 12-13 / Haskell Indian Nations University / Starts at 10 a.m. Outdoor market featuring artists from across the country, dances and food booths. Free entry. Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival September 13 / South Park / 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Musical groups, train rides, wading pool and moonwalk for children. Free. 832-7940. Festival of Cultures

September 27 / South Park /

Noon-5 p.m. Celebration of cultures including music, dance, food and games. Free.


Annual Nordic Heritage Festival

October 3 / Douglas County

Fairgrounds / Noon-8:30 p.m. Features food, crafts and dance troupes. Donation of $5 requested. 843-7535. Kaw Valley Farm Tour

October 3-4 / Several area farms

welcome visitors for tours, sights and tastes. Admission is $10 per car. 843-1409.

KU Football Homecoming vs. Iowa State October 10 / Kansas University Memorial Stadium / Time TBA. 864-3141. Little Green Festival October 10-11 / South Park / Demonstration of eco-friendly products, children’s activities, music and art. Begins at 10 a.m. Free. Lawrence ArtWalk 2009

October 10-11 / Throughout

Lawrence / Self-guided tour of Lawrence artists’ studios and spaces. More than 50 artists participate. Free. Annual Downtown Lawrence Fall Bazaar October 17 / Downtown Lawrence / Open-air market featuring fall merchandise and street performers. 842-3883.

Lawrence Magazine Carillon Request Concert October 18 / 5:00 p.m. University of Kansas carillonneur Elizabeth Berghout lets you choose the songs to be played on the Campanile bells (see details on page 55 of this issue) Downtown Lawrence Halloween Trick-or-Treat October 31 / Downtown merchants greet children with treats and trinkets. Begins at 5 p.m. Open to all. 842-3883.

Lawrence Public Library Fall Book Sale October 1-11 / Lawrence Public Library / Open to members at 5 p.m. Oct. 1, open to public at 11 a.m. Oct. 2. 843-3833.

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Lawrence Magazine Fall 2009  

Lawrence Magazine Fall 2009

Lawrence Magazine Fall 2009  

Lawrence Magazine Fall 2009