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Kids decide what’s cookin’ Hamiltons’ artistic décor On stage with Barrier-Free Theatre Bill Snyder: the comeback



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editor’s note

I must say, Coach Bill Snyder is an anomaly to me.

The very mention of his name elicits a response that is likened to that for a legendary community leader, governor or even the president of the U.S. During his previous tenure, he managed to paint the town a deeper shade of purple and awaken a stronger following of Kansas State University athletics than ever thought possible. But you already know this. It’s me who finally sees this for what it is (through my crimson and blue goggles as a Jayhawk who once walked Mount Oread) as the celebrated coach returns to lead the Wildcats. I now find my allegiance blurring just a bit with the attitude— on and off the field—that Bill Snyder has helped create in Manhattan. This season is a good time to reflect on those, including Coach Snyder, who are using their own initiatives to give back to Manhattan. In our Q&A, David Echols with the Flint Hills Breadbasket shares his sincere appreciation for the operation. While serving those less fortunate in the community, he values the volunteers, colleagues and donations that make the Breadbasket an asset in Manhattan.

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Publisher/Art Director Darby Oppold Editor Katy Ibsen

The women from the Junior League of the Flint Hills can relate well to this sentiment. Their service in Manhattan and Riley County serves many individuals and meets their desire to volunteer. At the Barrier-Free Theatre, service, leadership and acting go hand in hand. Sally Bailey was instrumental in creating a progressive environment for adolescents and adults with developmental or physical disabilities. With the help of the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department and students from K-State, Bailey has provided these individuals with a place to share their gifts. And let us not forget our furry friends. Over at the Manhattan Public Library, four-legged volunteers join young readers every Sunday for R.E.A.D., a program designed to encourage children to read with the assistance of therapy dogs. We know a story may not be enough to acknowledge these individuals for their service and work in Manhattan, but we wanted to thank them for making Manhattan a better place this fall—on and off the field. Katy, Editor

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1 | Editor's note 45 | Q & A 64 | Calendar of events

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4 | A kitchen redux One couple’s efforts make a tiny kitchen functional and friendly 8 | A League of their own Junior League of the Flint Hills members help the community and, in turn, themselves 12 | The Chef is up Zach Filbert adds a twist to the classic breakfast

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24 | In store: Ann-A-Lee’s The well-known boutique freshens its locale 28 | Vintage Flair A quest to give new life to treasured pieces

local profiles

32 | May we (re-)introduce Coach Snyder? A visit with the man we get to cheer for again

for the family


54 | Kids kick it in the kitchen Kids a Cookin’ shares recipes for you and your little ones

18 | Artistic atmosphere One couple make the most of a home’s space for art

58 | A dog’s story The library’s R.E.A.D. program encourages children to share a book with a furry friend

48 | Stage presence Barrier-Free Theatre entertains and supports Manhattan’s own

get away

62 | Knoxville’s Mountain Do Amenities abound in this big Southeast city with a small-town feel

36 | Fullagar’s flow An artist’s techniques are identified through his subjects

health & fitness

46 | T  he simple route to good health Looking for an effective diet? Get back to basics

On the cover Tiffany and Turner Thompson work on a Kids a Cookin’ recipe together.


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A kitchen redux One couple’s efforts make a tiny kitchen functional and friendly

Lewis Shelton and Marcia McFarland enjoy cooking more in their renovated kitchen. The tiny space yearned for organization and better work flow.


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n 8- by 10-foot kitchen isn’t much room for one chef—much less a chef and a few of her grandchildren. “We have 10 grandkids,” Marcia McFarland says. “Cooking is something we always do.” But when everyone would pile into the kitchen, Marcia knew they needed more space. So almost five years ago Marcia and her husband, Lewis Shelton, decided it was time to renovate their condominium’s small kitchen into a sleek and contemporary space. “There were two reasons we wanted to renovate,” Marcia says. “One was efficiency. The old kitchen just wasn’t easy to work in. And the other was aesthetics. Our old kitchen just looked ugly compared to the rest of the house.” The couple knew they were dealing with limited space, so they worked with Kathryn Focke of KGF Designs in Manhattan. Kathryn designed the kitchen off requests from Marcia, who wanted to keep her copper hanging pans and a cherry dining room table as part of the

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“The old kitchen just wasn’t easy to work in. And the other was aesthetics. Our old kitchen just looked ugly compared to the rest of the house.” – Marcia McFarland

room’s tone. These details inspired the natural cherry wood cabinets and copper accents. “I told [Kathryn] that I wanted my pans hanging because I like to reach up and get them,” Marcia says. “I didn’t want to worry about finding some kind of space for them.” The couple also wanted the kitchen and dining room areas to work together. To begin, the kitchen was gutted and the ceiling was raised 6 inches. Now, floor-to-ceiling cherry cabinets provide more storage space. Panels on the front of the dishwasher and refrigerator allow for the kitchen to have seamless appeal. Silver hardware adds shine to the cabinetry and appliances. Textured tiles with copper designs on the white tile backsplash give it a more rustic look. “Everything was done with perfection,” Lewis says. “Kathryn kept saying, ‘In a small kitchen like this, every inch counts.’ Her design work was just meticulous.” The redesign includes new appliances, such as a double-door refrigerator with the freezer portion on the bottom. The latest in refrigerators is perfect for storing all the vegetables for their vegetarian lifestyle. A quiet-as-a-mouse dishwasher blends in with the rest of the cabinetry, while a contemporary microwave with a built-in toaster serves as a convenient food preparation spot. The new sunken double-sided kitchen sink offers plenty of utility. “The joy of this kitchen is it is so workable now,” Marcia says. “If there are two things I could say about it is it’s beautifully designed to cook in, and I love to cook.” Another important feature is the new pantry with a complete rollout shelf system that holds Marcia’s canned and dry goods. There are several pullout wire baskets for fruits, breads and vegetables. “I had been keeping and storing canned goods in the garage,” Marcia says. “I could bring it all inside now. The pantry is marvelous.” With the redesign, Marcia gained shelves to showcase her cookbooks. “I cook a lot. I can stand here at my stove, reach for my pans and cook what I want all right here. I got my vinegar here and my oils here,” Marcia says. “Even after four and a half years, I will very often call Lew and say, ‘I love this kitchen because it’s very easy to cook with.’” A Zodiaq countertop was selected for its stain, scratch and heat resistance. Abundant lighting throughout the kitchen can be controlled through a dimmer switch. Creating a larger space allowed for a contemporary seating area with silver barstools and a modern light fixture that shows off a watercolor titled Canyon Piece. The painting by Marcia’s brother, Don Lake, ties in with the copper accents throughout the kitchen.


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Kathryn designed the kitchen off requests from Marcia, who wanted to keep her copper hanging pans and a cherry dining room table as part of the room’s tone. These details inspired the natural cherry wood cabinets and copper accents. A kitchen renovation can be inconvenient. Marcia and Lewis agree that eating out of a microwave in the basement and using the bathroom to wash their dishes during the project was well worth it. They love the fact the kitchen complements the rest of the house now. “It’s been wonderful and continues to be. The nice thing about doing a kitchen as opposed to another room in the house is you are in the kitchen so much, so you continue to enjoy it,” Marcia says.

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A League of their own

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Junior League of the Flint Hills members help the community and, in turn, themselves

Junior League of the Flint Hills members, from left, Kristin Haney, Jessie Veves, Shannon Krueger and Sara Carson volunteer at the Road to the Bowl booth at Power Play on Poyntz in September.


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manda Eilders says community is at the heart of the Junior League of the Flint Hills. As co-chair of membership, Eilders seeks to build the group’s numbers by sharing her experiences. “It’s about getting out in the community and helping people in need,” says Eilders. “For women living in this community who want to make a difference, the Junior League is a great opportunity.” Founded in 1988, Barb Kruger, Jennie Bennett, Mary Kramer, Libby Edgar and Debbie Zetzman founded the Flint Hills Service League, which later became Junior League of the Flint Hills. The group became part of the Association of Junior Leagues International through volunteer work in the community. They had to qualify by completing a certain amount of volunteer work or something else. With two fundraisers and a large number of volunteer opportunities for its 67 active members, the group continues to make an impact in the Manhattan area.

| manhattan living below LEFT Dedicated members and past and present officers include, from left, Karen Rogers, Sabrina Waters and Kerry Wefald. below RIGHT Kimberly Ivester, left, and Kerry Wefald present a new book to mom Angela Davidson and baby Abigail.

“For women living in this community who want to make a difference, the Junior League is a great opportunity.”

– Amanda Eilders

Ongoing programs, such as the Books for Babies literacy effort and Road to the Bowl fundraiser, have seen a great deal of support in the last three years. The Junior League has given donations to help build the city’s new Splash Park, adopted a family room at the emergency shelter and furnished a resource room in the new Boys & Girls Club building. Members must contribute items and time to the group’s annual Next to New Sale, a huge high-end garage sale and fundraiser. Members also must volunteer in the community and attend seven of nine general meetings each year. Member Karen Rogers says the group’s efforts are much more than volunteerism. The Junior League offers opportunities young women don’t often get, she says. “You learn how to be interviewed, how to conduct an interview, leadership, how to put together a retreat, how to organize and put things in writing,” says Rogers.


manages two family farms, heads the Manhattan Airport Board and is a member and former chair of the Manhattan Rotary Club. During her active time in the Junior League, she attended professional workshops and listened to high-caliber speakers, including former first lady Laura Bush. “[The Junior League] gives you marketability as a professional or teaches you how to run a home in a more professional way,” says Rogers. From national conventions with lectures and trainings to the evergrowing network of women that the organization creates in the community, the Junior League aims to offer its members continuous opportunities for professional growth. Sabrina Waters is co-chair of membership with Eilders for the Flint Hills group. “There is public speaking and opportunities to chair a committee,” she says. “You are surrounded by vast amounts of women you can turn to for guidance.” Waters grew up in Mississippi and later moved to Junction City with her husband, who is in the military. “There are women who come from different backgrounds,” she says. “You can find commonalities and build interpersonal skills.”

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Rogers was an active member for 10 years but is now known as a sustainer, meaning she supports the organization but does not need to volunteer her time. “It is [the younger women’s] time to run the organization, get the training and do the work,” she says. A mother of two grown daughters, she enjoys spending time with her grandson and the rest of her family. Rogers—who calls herself a professional volunteer—was Junior League president for two years,

But the members are not the only ones benefiting from the Junior League. Their community programs do everything from increasing literacy in the Manhattan area to battling childhood obesity. Despite the impact of these programs, the Junior League sometimes fights the same stereotypes—mainly that it is an organization for wealthy women with nothing else to do. The Junior League of the Flint Hills is not a selective organization. New members are accepted in the fall of each year. From August to December these women are considered provisionals, who must pay dues, attend all

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meetings, contribute to a group project and participate in volunteer days. In January they become active members who pay dues and volunteer their time. After five active years, the women can become sustainers. “We have the reputation of being stay-at-home moms who wear their Sunday best and pearls; that is not the Junior League these days,” says Kerry Wefald, the group’s current president. In addition to being married with two children, she is a product manager for Pepsi. And Wefald is not alone. Waters works for the government doing background checks for security purposes, while Eilders is the marketing director at Rock Springs 4-H Center. Most Junior League members work outside the home, bringing different skills and connections to the organization. But in the most simple of outcomes, the Junior League is a good place for newcomers to meet like-minded people and make friends. “It is a great opportunity to have fun and make a difference,” says Waters. “We get together, we laugh. We are working toward a purpose; this is not just a coffee club. It is women working together.”

Junior League by the numbers 292 Junior Leagues worldwide 71 percent of members work outside the home 47 percent are between the ages of 35 and 54 88 percent are college graduates $100 annual dues ($35 goes to the national organization)

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The Chef is up

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Zach Filbert adds a twist to the classic breakfast

howing up for work well before the sun rises leaves Zach Filbert, chef at The Chef, little time to entertain at home. So when he does have friends over, he likes to prepare dishes that are quick and easy. “When I’m entertaining at home, I like to do stirfry. That’s what I like to eat, so that’s what I also like to prepare,” Filbert says. It’s also why his favorite kitchen tool is his castiron wok. Filbert prefers cast iron because it heats well and holds an even temperature during cooking. “I play around with stir-fry a lot. You can use any meat you like, even lobster, or do an easy vegetarian stir-fry. I change it out depending on what’s seasonally fresh,” Filbert says.

Must-haves Another must-have in Filbert’s home kitchen is Sriracha hot chili sauce, an Asian pepper and garlic sauce. “I put it on just about everything—hamburgers, fried rice, in soup. It has such a good flavor. I also always have kosher salt on hand because it’s so versaZach Filbert, chef at The Chef, whips up a spicy shrimp dish at home with his fallback favorite, Sriracha.


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Owners Kurstin and Kevin Harris, left, and Filbert worked together to open The Chef.

Spicy Garlic Shrimp 1 tablespoon canola oil 6 fresh shrimp, tail on ½ teaspoon chopped garlic 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon Sriracha 1 tablespoon white wine 1 tablespoon butter to finish the sauce Sprinkle of sesame seeds for garnish Heat oil over a medium-high heat. Add shrimp and sear one side. Flip and add garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Add soy sauce, Sriracha and wine. Once shrimp is done, add butter at the last second. Garnish with sesame seeds.

“We do everything from scratch. I think that’s the only way to do a restaurant.”

– Zach Filbert

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tile. I wouldn’t use it in baking, but any other kind of cooking you can easily substitute it in for iodized salt,” he says. But his most prized possession is his grandmother’s cast-iron skillet. “That was her fried chicken pan, and she passed it down to me. It’s old school and I really love it, although it is seasoned so perfectly I’m afraid to use it,” Filbert says with a big smile while adjusting his trademark, a ball cap worn backward.

In the beginning Filbert’s first restaurant job was at Texas Star in Aggieville. He began working there in 1997 as a dishwasher while he was a student at Kansas State University studying hotel and restaurant management. Filbert then moved on to be a dishwasher at Harry’s, where he also helped with food preparation. “Slowly and surely I started doing more and more there and became the sous chef at Harry’s for seven years. I learned all my basic cooking techniques at Harry’s,” Filbert says. He left Harry’s to broaden his cooking experience. Filbert found those new experiences at Cox Brothers BBQ, where he served as kitchen manager for two years, and Coco Bolos, where he was also the cook. After those experiences he returned to Harry’s for another two years. While there Filbert hooked up with fellow employees Kevin and Kurstin Harris, and in September 2008 the trio opened The Chef, a breakfast café in downtown Manhattan. “We do everything from scratch. I think that’s the only way to do a restaurant,” Filbert says.

Over easy The Chef specializes in breakfast and sandwiches because the three owners saw a void for this kind of food downtown. Filbert’s challenge is that eggs can be unforgiving. “My tip for cooking perfect eggs is to use a lot of nonstick spray,” he says.

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When it comes to cooking hash browns that are perfectly browned and crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside, Filbert suggests using a lot of butter. “It doesn’t make them healthy, but they’re hash browns—they’re not supposed to be health food,� he says. Neither is the sausage gravy Filbert serves on fresh biscuits. The key to great gravy, he says, is to stir the roux constantly while adding the flour. “Gravy becomes lumpy when you don’t work the flour in well enough,� he says.

It’s an art Don’t let Filbert’s youthful appearance fool you. At 32, he’s a seasoned cook who loves the freedom and fast pace of the restaurant business. “I’m not the type to sit at a desk in an office all day. And cooking is an art form, so I enjoy having the freedom to express myself,� he says. Filbert has remained in Manhattan because he thinks it offers many opportunities in the restaurant business. “I thought about leaving, but when Kevin approached me about opening The Chef, I decided to stay,� he says. Regardless, he does admit his life is different since The Chef opened. “I get to work at 4 a.m. during the week, so my life has certainly changed some,� he says. No more nights hanging out in Aggieville? “No. I usually only see Aggieville driving through during the day now,� he says.

Zach Filbert’s Homemade Creole Spice This recipe calls for dried herbs and spices. 2 tablespoons onion powder 2 tablespoons granulated garlic 2 tablespoons oregano 2 tablespoons basil 1 tablespoon black pepper 1 tablespoon white pepper 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon celery salt 5 tablespoons paprika (Filbert prefers “extra fancy� paprika, but any kind will do.) Mix the herbs and spices and keep in an airtight jar or zip-lock bag. As long as the spice mix is kept in an airtight container, Filbert says, it should keep well for about a year.

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atmosphere • one couple m a k e th e m ost o f a ho m e ’ s spa c e f or art

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I t j u s t m i g h t c a u s e a d o u b l e t ak e . The piece of art placed near the driveway belongs to the quirky couple who have occupied the home for more than 10 years. During that time, Jim and Connie Hamilton have taken their love for art and created a playful home, both inside and out. “We’ve always had really interesting things to look at wherever we’ve lived,” says Jim, 67, a philosophy professor at Kansas State University. A n a rt ist ic touc h The home was designed by Emil Fischer, a former dean of K-State’s

College of Architecture, Planning and Design, and built in 1965 for some of his friends. From the outside, it appears to have two stories, but there actually are four. Traces of the home’s original style can be seen just inside the front door, where orange-red burlap covers the walls. The home’s remaining interior colors are more subdued, with dark gray walls and light-colored woodwork to accent a variety of art. “We have a lot of art. I think that’s the thing that people notice about us,” says Connie, 64, who works as an attorney in Topeka.

Paintings, photos and creations made of plaster and ceramics by Kansas artists fill every room. Th e t o p f l o o r Connie says there wasn’t a lot of remodeling work to be done to this main level of the home. The couple did a few touch-up projects but remained faithful to the home’s original look. The main floor’s conventional bathroom and two bedrooms are simple in form but filled with peculiar objects of art. Connie describes the bedrooms as “pretty standard rooms” except for the artistic per-

previous page Jim and Connie Hamilton’s downstairs library is a peaceful place to relax. The large yellow steel profile in the front yard, “MXTW” by David Van Hee, signifies their great appreciation for art. below The dining room is a gallery for some of the Hamiltons’ favorite items. Many original paintings are found in the house including “Petunia” by Zak Barnes. The master bathroom was partially remodeled with the help of Get It Re:done in Manhattan.

“ W e hav e a l o t o f a r t. I t hi n k t ha t ’ s t h e t hi n g t ha t p e o p l e n o t i c e a b o u t u s .” – Co n n i e H a m i l to n

sonality in pieces like those from Russia subtly placed in a room where their three grandchildren stay when visiting. “There’s really not a theme to the rooms,” Jim says. “It’s just about if it looks good, and sometimes, do we have a place anywhere to put more art.” While they left the top-floor bathroom in most of its original state, some areas received a little TLC from John Stamey, owner of the remodeling business Get it Re:done. He incorporated new blue tiles into the original yellow design. Th e m ai n f l o o r d e c o r Jim and Connie enjoy their home’s contemporary and interesting ambiance with a lived-in feel. Even with all the art on the display, the space is not a gallery. “There are works of art that I just dearly love that I’m glad to see at a museum, but I wouldn’t hang them in my house,” Jim says. “We get stuff that we enjoy having in the house and that we enjoy living around.” The spacious living and dining room area displays a variety of unusual items. On one wall hangs a saw from Florida that was a gift from a friend. In the center of the room, between white chairs and a sofa that dates to the ’60s, is a dining room table that Jim and Connie shortened into a coffee table. Large windows in the room reveal an expansive backyard. The home sits on a secluded hillside with lush plants and surrounding trees, so when the leaves fall, the view increases down the hillside and across Manhattan.

A guest bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and a laundry area are also on the main floor. “This is a home that can transition us to handicapped or impaired for when we get older,” says Connie. The master bathroom boasts a more extensive remodel by Stamey. “This is really decadent,” Jim says of the room, which features a towel warmer that automatically turns on in the morning. A small photograph taken in Mexico that hangs by the bathroom sink inspired the room’s colors. “I saw the musty taupe and the tile look, and my first thought was that it was a bathroom photo,” Connie says. “I knew we had all this blue tile because we loved it. I knew that the whole bathroom was going to have to fit into this picture.”

“ W e ’ v e a lway s ha d r e a l ly i n t e r e s t i n g t hi n g s t o l o o k a t wh e r e v e r w e ’ v e l i v e d .” – j i m H a m i l to n

“ W e ’ v e n e v e r a s pi r e d t o s u p e r s l e e k m o d e r n s t y l e .” – Co n n i e H a m i l to n

Jim and Connie enjoy their four-story home. A lower level room combines coziness and their art collection. “Rose,” another original piece by Zak Barnes, hangs in the dining room.

Low e r l e v e l s Unlike the top two levels, the bottom two have undergone dramatic makeovers through the work of Stamey, including the addition of carpet and insulation. They maintain an intended bungalow feel through painted woodwork. “We’ve never aspired to supersleek modern style,” Connie says of the cozy space. Stamey helped add a room featuring built-in bookcases, which have shelves that are lit to highlight a multitude of books. Between the shelves rests a wooden chest that Jim and his father made together. Stamey also added glass paneling by the bookcases to duplicate similar original paneling in upper areas of the home. An old chemistry bench lines another wall behind a dining table. “It’s a wonderful buffet because it has a lot of drawers,” Connie says. The lowest level has the most dramatic change of the house. “This was a totally undone room,” Connie says. “It got carpeting, walls, a ceiling and new doors leading to the back patio.” Outdoors The Hamiltons enjoy decorating the exterior as much as the interior. They transformed the outdoor brick terrace with paths that line both sides of the house and meet in front. They created walkouts from the bottom two floors, built stone walls and planted hedging and pots of fresh herbs, which they occasionally use when cooking.

While Connie and Jim enjoy art, they claim they are not artists. Yet a few examples might suggest otherwise. Their backyard features an original piece—a harp they created from an old piano that couldn’t be tuned. “We liked all the shapes in it,” Connie says. Out front is another hidden piano harp in a garden bed. Inside and out, the Hamiltons have a whimsical approach for decorating and updating. Common themes and designs aren’t a priority, but they focus on what they think looks good and what they appreciate. As Connie poignantly says, “It’s like a palette for us.”

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In store: Ann-A-Lee’s The well-known boutique freshens its locale


ori Able is striving for something unique. “I want it to feel like a European-style market,” she says of her boutique, Ann-ALee’s, named after her daughter and grandmothers. Able, who has lived in Manhattan for 20 years, opened the doors to the lifestyle boutique nine years ago in an old stone house off U.S. Highway 24. “I absolutely hated leaving that, but what was important to me after making the decision to move was to try and maintain the same kind of charm,” Able says. The shop now resides in the newly developed Grand Mere Village at the corner of Kimball Avenue and Vanesta Drive. True to her word, it still embodies the European charm that Able values. “We know that there are a lot of choices for people to make their purchases. That’s why we plan on giving them a reason to shop at Ann-A-Lee’s,” she says. Able and her employees greet customers by name, offer food samples, provide gift wrapping, fill special orders and deliver items. “To us, that’s just part of the experience,” she says.

The shop now resides in the newly developed Grand Mere Village at the corner of Kimball Avenue and Vanesta Drive. Ann-A-Lee’s 3905 Vanesta Drive, Suite C

(785) 320-2320 Lori Able is the brains behind Manhattan’s popular home décor store, Ann-A-Lee’s.


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Ann-A-Lee’s eccentric inventory

Lampe Berger. Able has been told that running out of fuel to burn these home fragrance lamps is like being out of milk. “It’s the only device on the market that cleans the air as well as scents it,” says Able, who has sold Lampe Bergers since opening her shop.

Vera Bradley. Ann-A-Lee’s is the exclusive dealer in Manhattan for Vera Bradley products, which are among her best-selling items. “It’s a great line with appeal to all age ranges,” she says. While best known for its line of fabric bags, Vera Bradley stationery also is available at the store.

Jewelry. “I love the buying,” says Able, who travels to market six to eight times a year while picking up unique items in places like Dallas, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Such items include an assortment of trendy jewelry at various prices.

Gourmet food items. Able is a bit of a foodie and loves to bring that in as part of her store. She cooks and travels to food shows to find the best products to bring back to Manhattan. Several items work perfectly as hostess gifts or pick-up items for quick meal preparation.

Vietri. “Anything to do with entertaining is what we specialize in,” Able says. Vietri, an Italian tabletop line that is microwaveable and dishwasher-safe, offers designs from plain white to patterns.


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Vintage Flair A quest to give new life to treasured pieces

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uesdays are when Michael and Ann Dudek create their weekend treasure map. That’s when the weekly issue of Grass & Grain is released, providing lists of upcoming estate sales and farm auctions in the Manhattan area and beyond. The artsy and design-savvy Dudeks attend sales in the region almost every weekend, trying to visit two to three auctions each of those days. They hunt for well-built, well-designed objects, which can be recycled, reused and reunited with a good home. “We’re promoting the idea of recycling and reusing quality items. We call it ‘reuniting’ on our website, and it’s like a big treasure hunt,” Michael says.

“We were at an auction and saw an older woman grab some candlesticks. Her face lit up and she said, ‘Oh my God. We had some just like these when I was growing up.’ That’s when we understood there is a real human story behind all these thing.”

– Ann Dudek

Enlightened Matter is the online shop where the Dudeks sell many of the items they find at auctions. The website includes Michael’s blog, which offers comments regarding particular auctions, the culture surrounding estate sales and his astute observations on furniture, design and human nature. Designer Chris Bos Barrett, of Graphic Twist, created the website design and logo. John Patton with Great Plains Web Hosting took care of the rest so the Dudeks could focus on their hunts. Michael admits some people may see buying items from another person’s estate as macabre, but the Dudeks believe they are offering a valuable service and

Shop Enlightened Matter or read Michael Dudek’s blog at The entry at Ann and Mike Dudek’s home reveals their love for vintage furnishings. They continue to value the past through their hobby and business, Enlightened Matter.


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In their upstairs office, the Dudeks use period pieces and unique chairs found on their antiques excursions.

saving a piece of history, which is why their focus “We soon found we liked the same things. We definitely have this is always on recycling. interest in common. It’s fun for us. It’s fun to watch people buy high “If it is well-built and well-designed, why not quality items and be excited about their purchase,” Michael says. reuse it? By taking these items and giving them The stories attached to the objects have helped the couple undercare and a good home, you’re really honoring stand that by recycling these items, they also are sharing them with them,” Ann says. people who feel some kind of connection. They also feel privileged to be given the oppor “We were at an auction and saw an older woman grab some candletunity to share someone’s life through the items. sticks. Her face lit up and she said, ‘Oh my God. We had some just like As Michael wrote in a recent blog: “One of the these when I was growing up.’ That’s when we understood there is a most interesting aspects of riding the estate auction real human story behind all these things,” Ann says. circuit is that you get a fairly personal glimpse into That emotional response is one of the things the Dudeks look for the lives of people that you would most likely never when deciding what to bid on at auctions, and it is one of the suggesmeet in day to day existence. You actually touch and tions they have for others considering estate purchases. ponder possessions that they would normally never “First of all, is it built well? Then, is it well-designed and in good allow strangers to touch much less see. … shape? But the real deciding factor is if it appeals to you on an emo “This is an added bonus to those of us with a pastional level. If so, then buy it,” Michael says. sion for treasure hunting. There is a story with every The Dudeks consider Enlightened Matter a hobby, and the items object and to imagine what it might have been is just on their website are priced for little more than they paid for them. as entertaining as reading any novel or watching any Shipping is included in the price; local enthusiasts who wish to pick drama on T.V. Sometimes you hear snippets of the up items receive a discounted price. And if someone is searching for deceased story from relative or neighbors remembering something in particular, the Dudeks will look for it at the auctions. their lives out loud and you are left to fill in the blanks.” “We feel as though we’re looking out for all this great old stuff It helps that Michael and Ann are experienced and trying to find a good home for it,” Michael says. treasure hunters with an eye for good design. Michael, an assistant professor of interior design at Kansas State University, has more than 20 years of experience as an architect and designer. Ann, who spent years working in architecture and design offices, developed her love of reused furniture and décor from necessity. “I was always on a tight budget, so most of my furniture was used,” she says. The two met while living in Atlanta, where both were attending tag sales and auctions—Michael hoping to add to his collection of vintage records, Ann looking for jewelry – Michael Dudek and good finds to furnish her home.

“We’re promoting the idea of recycling and reusing quality items. We call it ‘reuniting’ on our website, and it’s like a big treasure hunt.”


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May we (re-)introduce Coach Snyder? A visit with the man we get to cheer for again

In Manhattan, Coach Bill Snyder is known as a husband, father, friend, neighbor and leader. He doesn’t consider himself a legend—even though most Wildcat fans would. He’s humble and intelligent when it comes to the game of football, especially that of Kansas State University football. With fall comes football, and this year with that comes the return of Coach Snyder. Manhattan Magazine wanted to take some time to remind ourselves just why we look up to this legend.


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The team What pieces of wisdom do you give your players? There are a lot of things that we try to share with young people, and I think maybe at the forefront of all of it is my encouragement to try to bring people into their lives that really care about them and want to help make their lives better—and understanding how to surround yourself with people like that. Then we talk an awful lot about their priorities and exactly what those priorities are. We kind of hope that those priorities are their faith, their family, being the best person, being the best student and being the best football athlete they can be. That’s probably the main theme that runs through the conversations that I have with them. What do you think your players value most in you? You know, I’m not altogether certain. I think they probably appreciate the fact that things are going to be open and honest, that I’m always going to try to help them advance in all facets of their lives.

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I think they understand and appreciate that there will always be accountability and that they have some responsibilities. We are trying to teach all the responsibility and all the intrinsic values that become so important in life. When young people are not responsible in those areas, there is a system of accountability. They know I won’t waver from that, and I think they respect that.

The atmosphere In your eyes, what makes K-State special? It’s often said, at least in our environment here, that Kansas State is the friendliest campus you are going to find anywhere, and I really believe that. I remember when I came here 20 years ago, before I took the job, I walked on our campus. It was the middle of winter and I stood on a corner and talked to students going back and forth and faculty members as well, and they had no idea who I was. I just struck up a conversation because I just wanted to find out what their feelings were about the university and what kind of people they were. I was truly impressed. They didn’t know me from Adam, and yet they stopped and took the time out in the cold to visit with me. No one got in a hurry, and they were extremely friendly. It allows me to say it’s the friendliest campus you’ll find. How has the Big 12 changed, in your mind, since you started coaching at K-State? I think it’s probably become a little bit more balanced. It’s got greater depth in terms of quality. I look at last year, for example; I was on one of the polls that determined the top 25 [teams]. It was called the Legends Poll, and a lot of past real legends that were coaches were on it, so I enjoyed being a part of that and getting to listen to those people. … About midway through the season, there were seven Big 12 teams in the top 15 in the polls. It wasn’t just our poll. It was virtually all polls. … I think our conference has really grown to the point that it is arguably the finest football conference in the country.

Kansas State’s ’97 Cotton Bowl, ’97 Fiesta Bowl and then the 2001 Cotton Bowl established the three largest crowds in the history of college football to cross state lines to see their team play.


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How would you describe K-State spirit and fans? They do have a tremendous spirit and they always have. I’ve always relayed back to when I first came here and we only had 13,000 in average attendance at the football games. That grew over the years … to 19, 30, 40 and then 50 [thousand]. Then at one point in time it stabilized to about 50,000 fans, and that was a full stadium. I always tell the stories about the fans traveling to our bowl games in mass numbers. The ’97 Cotton Bowl, ’97 Fiesta Bowl and then the 2001 Cotton Bowl that Kansas State established the three largest crowds in the history of college football to cross state lines to see their team play. I think that just spoke volumes about what the Kansas State fans are really all about.

The accomplishments You talked a little about the Legends Poll you were on. What do you think legends are made of? I have absolutely no idea [laughter]. These were all coaches that I remember. They are coaches that have been in the profession for an awful long time and had great success. People that other coaches look up to and inspire to have similar successes. But I really have no idea what constitutes a legend. I have no idea. Why do you feel leadership is so important in your program? Well, I think it’s important in everything. Everyone will be thrown into a leadership role—you, I, anybody. It might be in our career fields, in education, in athletics; it might be in our family, community life, whatever. We’re all going to be thrust into that, and if we don’t have quality leaders in those areas, then obviously those areas are going to falter. The Kansas Leadership Center is attempting to promote civic leadership across the state of Kansas. And I think it’s quite obvious that if you don’t have leadership at the civic level, your communities tend to maybe move in the direction that’s not in the best interest of the community. And that would be true in a family structure or a career field. It’s really true in all facets of life. What are you missing about retirement? I miss an awful lot of things [laughter]! I don’t think about it too much other than I was involved in a lot of things. Most important to me was the opportunity to spend more time with our family. You know, we have eight grandchildren and five children. I got to see an awful lot of those youth sporting events, and I’m trying to make sure I don’t completely divorce myself from that. I make sure that I still can get to some of those events and spend time with our grandchildren and children—maybe a little bit more than I did the first time I was coaching here.

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Fullagar’s flow An artist’s techniques are identified through his subjects Artist Clive Fullagar visits his rural property often for inspiration from nature. He plans to build a new home and studio there.


Clive Fullagar studies being in “the flow”—a zone of a holistic experience that one achieves when absorbed in the task at hand. “I have had one person describe it as living inside yourself,” says Fullagar. “It is the balance that exists between being challenged and feeling that one has the skills to meet the challenge.” Fullagar, an industrial organizational psychology professor at Kansas State University, uses the flow concept in his world of academia as well as when he is creating portrait and landscape paintings. “It’s a time when you withdraw from life and everything revolves around the portrait,” he says.

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Fullagar aims for a flow of subject, research, interviews and multi-image design before he tips his pencilsized brush with color and begins the process of bringing a blank canvas to life. “For me, the planning stage, research and interaction with the sitter is as enjoyable as actually finishing the painting,” he says.

Studying subjects Although he has no formal art training, Fullagar has painted many landscapes and dignitaries. His current subject is Jon Wefald, former president of K-State. Whether it’s creating portraits of previous K-State President Duane Acker, Wefald or Fort Hays State University President Edward Hammond, Fullagar’s mission is the same: defining the individual. Capturing the physical likeness of an individual is the easy part. What is more difficult is identifying the individual through his leadership skills, her accomplishments and the subject’s personality. Wefald’s portrait, which will find a home in Anderson Hall, will be a relaxed image of him with a telephone to his ear. “I want to show that President

| local profiles CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Fullagar rests in his studio among some of his creations. Portrait of Fort Hays State President Edward Hammond. Setting sun landscape. Prairie landscape.

Wefald was a proactive leader instead of one of passive nature sitting back in a chair waiting for something to happen,” says Fullagar. “He was one who made direct one-on-one connections.”

Finding inspiration Born in Uganda 55 years ago, Fullagar and his family moved to Kenya for his preschool years. At the age of 7, he was sent to a boarding school in England. “It was a mass migration to a school, like Hogwarts School in Harry Potter,” says Fullagar. Laughing, he says, “We used to call the plane the ‘Lollipop Special’ because it was an airplane full of kids going back to boarding school. The crew had to hate it because it was all kids.” Fullagar later graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, the alma mater of Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Fullagar joined K-State’s psychology team in 1988, which is roughly the same time he started “painting with an intent.” Upon arriving in Manhattan, he joined the Columbian Theatre artist organization in Wamego, where he met Jay Nelson of the Strecker-Nelson Art Gallery. “[Nelson] had the courage to exhibit some of my pictures,” says Fullagar. Many of those pieces—Carnahan, Konza Path, Thunderheads and Lake


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Lights—are Flint Hills landscapes. Fullagar calls the area “small beauty,” because it is a combination of gentleness with “a wildness about it that is exhilarating.” “There’s a beauty that becomes very obvious related to the light of the day that you don’t get in many states,” says Fullagar of the Konza Prairie. “There’s a sense of space that you don’t get in Colorado, because you’re blocked in by the mountains or bounded by trees to the point of being claustrophobic.” For Fullagar, portraits are more challenging than landscape artistry. “Most artists refer to portraiture as the ugly stepsister of art because it is restrictive by nature. There is not a great opportunity to express your own style,” he says. “With landscape, there are an infinite number of variations.” So is Fullagar satisfied with his work? “An artist is always looking for a way to improve,” he says. “Like it is for a golfer, it’s discontent that keeps you coming back.”

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A view of farmland in the Flint Hills.

The portrait’s flow With his portrait work, Clive Fullagar strives to reveal the subject’s personality. Here’s a look at some of his work. Fort Hays State University President Edward Hammond is perched at his office desk, identifying his relaxed leadership approach. On his desk is a clay statue of a Chinese warrior and a globe showing China, reflecting how under Hammond’s watch, Fort Hays State collected the largest Chinese student population of any school in Kansas. He is also wearing the championship ring from the Tigers’ basketball program, which included his son as a roster member. The portrait of Jon Wefald will show Kansas State University’s former president near an image of the Roman Colosseum on a shelf. “The Roman Colosseum is in reference to Wefald being a historian, with that being an area of scholarship for him, plus it’s a reference to the building of an athletic arena, which he has done for K-State,” he says. Wefald is posed with a Powercat pin in his lapel, a small portrait of his wife, Ruth Ann, on his desk and a painting of Hale Library decorating his office wall. As Fullagar says, “The process of producing a fine art portrait is a collaborative one between the sitter and the artist.”

“For me, the planning stage, research and interaction with the sitter is as enjoyable as actually finishing the painting.” – Clive Fullagar


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You might say David Echols stumbled upon the Flint Hills Breadbasket. After volunteering during some of his downtime, he decided to join the team on a regular basis. For the past 10 years, he has been the Flint Hills Breadbasket warehouse manager, which is no easy task considering the projects, programs and 10,000 square feet of warehouse to maintain. And he’s not shy to reiterate, “We run mainly on volunteer support.” The Flint Hills Breadbasket helps to diminish poverty in the Riley County area by making food available to those in need. But as Echols suggests, it involves much more than that.


David Echols Flint Hills Breadbasket warehouse manager

Interview conducted, condensed and edited by Katy Ibsen.

What is your role at Flint Hills Breadbasket? Mainly I manage the warehouse, the USDA commodities projects … and a backpack program going on for the kids at school. I manage all the intake and the output of the food that comes in and also all of the volunteers and the community service people we get from the court.

How did the organization begin in Manhattan? Well, the Flint Hills Breadbasket was founded in 1982 in a small shed where the city of Manhattan housed their machinery. And since then we have grown and continued to offer a whole lot more food to the area’s underprivileged … mostly through community donations and volunteer support.

You mentioned the USDA Commodities project and the Backpack Program. What are those? Well the USDA commodities, it’s just the regular government commodities for people who qualify because of low income. … They have to qualify first, and we get [it] to the individuals. The backpack program is a program that we started; it’s kind of nationwide now, I think. We started it for kids in school, identified by school nurses and social workers, that on the weekends when they go home and they don’t get school meals, they don’t get to eat, period, and don’t care whether they eat or not. So on Thursday we put bags of food together, enough for all their meals for a weekend, and we distribute them to the schools on Friday. The kids get them for the weekend.

What do you find most rewarding about Flint Hills Breadbasket? It’s one of two things. There are those people who really need and appreciate the [volunteers and my colleagues], and it’s very satisfying to work with them—good people here at the Breadbasket. Then you have people come in who really need the help and are really appreciative, then that makes it worthwhile, too. What would community members be surprised to learn about the operation? Probably they wouldn’t expect to learn the number of hours it actually takes to keep up with [the Breadbasket] and administer the programs here.

And how many numbers is that? Well, just myself, somewhere between 65 and 70 hours a week. On average, how many volunteers do you have helping you? I work with anywhere between four and six volunteers and then the court-appointed community service individuals. Several times a year we have groups come in and do projects for us [providing] volunteer hours. How long have you lived in Manhattan? What has the city meant to you? I moved here right at 20 years [ago] now. I retired from the service, which is why I am here. It’s safe, hospitable and a beautiful place to live. Do you find more individuals utilizing the food pantry? Yeah, we do find quite an increase. Especially as gas prices keep going up and people cannot make ends meet. What do you look forward to every day at Flint Hills Breadbasket? Several things. I look forward to coming to a place I like to be every day, look forward to the people I work with— that it’s an enjoyable thing to do.

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ating healthy and staying active can help prevent and combat problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Easier said than done, right? To help establish a plan for healthy eating, Almaz Rufael, clinical nutrition manager at Mercy Regional Health Center, suggests the use of MyPyramid—a plan that many people are familiar with but few understand. With the MyPyramid interactive online tool (, the U.S. Department of Agriculture outlines a personalized food plan based on height, weight, age, sex and activity level.

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“If the individual is overweight, it will base a diet to help achieve a healthier lifestyle. Although an estimate of calories is given, the plan is based on fruits, vegetables as well as other nutritious options,” says Rufael. MyPyramid works for people of all ages, including children as young as 2, making it a good tool for families. A child can print a food pyramid chart to help track food choices. According to Rufael, one of the main U.S. health concerns is declining youth health. “Kids are growing faster and bigger. We see kids now who have type 2 diabetes, [which is typically] an older person’s dis-

ease. I see that as a major, major health concern, and we need to address it,” she says.

Rufael suggests these simple nutrition guidelines: •

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Have three meals a day regularly, starting with breakfast. Keep food as natural as possible. If you are using natural products (no processed food or canned products) and are serving fresh vegetables and fruits, it is easier to avoid unhealthy foods. Provide healthy food options. If everything in the home is healthy, there will be no unhealthy options. Kids will eat what is provided for them. Limit sugar. If sugar is the first or second ingredient in a product, it is not a good choice. Have fruits and vegetables at every meal and for snacks. Remember, the recommendation is to eat a minimum of five fruits and vegetables a day. Have at least one meal as a family. Choose a time that works best for your family’s circumstances, whether it be breakfast or dinner, where everyone can sit together. Avoid high-fat desserts. Fruit is a great way to end a meal. To make a fruit dessert, chop up different kinds of fruit, add a little bit of whipped cream and serve in parfait glasses.

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are heart issues, it is better to switch back to whole milk to get a higher fat content.

A healthy breakfast should at least consist of a fruit and a carbohydrate such as whole wheat toast, oatmeal or a whole grain cereal like Shredded Wheat. For lunch a healthy option would be 2 or 3 ounces of lean meat with fruit and vegetables. Try “a sandwich with lean meat, like turkey or a leftover roast, on whole wheat or seven-grain bread,” suggests Rufael. Dinner can be a similar menu to lunch with the same basics of a lean protein with vegetables and fruits.

Meat servings

Dairy servings Everyone should have two servings of milk a day, except for young children and women, who need three. Drinking milk with a meal or adding some type of dairy will help achieve this basic requirement. Children should drink whole milk and transition to 1 percent to 2 percent as teenagers. If teens are not active, choose skim milk. Adults should be consuming low-fat or no-fat dairy. As we age and become frail, unless there

Almaz Rufael, clinical nutrition manager at Mercy Regional Health Center

“Americans eat a lot of meat. Meat in Third World countries is rare. Their food is a variety of nonmeat products. The plate is surrounded by a different variety, and meat is not the central part of it. But here we think of meat and potatoes and the rest as a complement to the meat. Food should be in varieties, eating whole foods and vegetables,” says Rufael. It’s good to have fish twice a week. If that is not an option, consider taking a fish oil supplement. Good alternatives to meat that still provide protein are legumes, split peas and beans. Rufael realizes it isn’t easy to adjust lifelong habits and suggests making small meal switches to start. “Food is an acquired taste. But we can always change our tastes. Some habits are hard to shake, but it can change.”

“I like seeing everybody with happy faces and smiling and feeling good about themselves.” – Julie Roth

Amy Kells, foreground, leads a dance with Nita Smith, Curtis Whitney, Tina Sorell, Michael Pearson and various staff members.

When 23-year-old Monica Fredericks first stepped onstage at the Manhattan Arts Center with Barrier-Free Theatre five years ago, she admits to being shy.

But then friend and fellow actor James Willms gave her some good advice: “Just be

yourself—you’ll come out of your shell.”

And she did.

Fredericks enjoyed herself so much, she’s returned every year to take part in the eight-

month program offered through the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department as part of its special populations classes. Sessions occur one afternoon a week, eventually culminating in the presentation of a 30-minute play in the spring.

The intent is that the play is completely conceived and acted by the program’s partici-

pants, who are adolescents or adults with developmental or physical disabilities.

“Often, this part of our community is seen as a burden. Barrier-Free Theatre is a way to

show they are a gift and have gifts to share,” says Sally Bailey, a registered drama therapist, associate professor at Kansas State University and BFT’s director for the past 10 years. Class auditions—to demonstrate that students are able and willing to participate—are in early September. Members sign a contract agreeing to three stipulations: They will come to rehearsal, they will participate and they will respect other people.

From left, Julie Roth, Monica Fredericks and Michael Carpenter get in character.

stage presence Barrier-Free Theatre entertains and supports Manhattan’s own

Michael Carpenter peers through a makeshift telescope, practicing for a big scene.

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Music therapist Teri Holmberg and guest director Estelle Hatcher lead a group exercise at the Manhattan Arts Center.

“They have to make a commitment. They can’t go, ‘I’m too tired or in a bad

mood today,’” says Bailey. Most members live in group homes and come to the weekly rehearsals right after work.

Troupe members have been participating in drama games and activities since

the beginning of September—brainstorming and tossing out ideas about what they would like to do this year.

“It’s a creative process from the beginning. They have to come to a consensus.

We need to see if we can put a couple of those ideas together,” says Bailey. The 25-member troupe determines which is the most popular idea.

Fredericks suggests something musical, such as songs from the musical Annie,

or something with an undersea locale such SpongeBob SquarePants. Willms, 44, a veteran of all the BFT performances, wants to see a version of the past television comedy Night Court.

The members take the various ideas and improvise to see what works for them.

Members sign a contract agreeing to three stipulations: They will come to rehearsal, they will participate and they will respect other people.

“They get to see what fits and to try on characters,” says Bailey. She’s worked

with as many at 32 participants in the past but has capped the group at 25 because “you want everyone to have their moment to shine, and everybody deserves enough time in rehearsal.” Bailey considers BFT to be an integrated experience, as K-State students in drama therapy, special education or speech pathology often work with the troupe. “[BFT members] usually don’t get to socialize with nondevelopmentally disabled adults as peers,” so everyone benefits, she says. Assisting Bailey are Teri Holmberg and Anna Beck. Holmberg is a music therapist who writes the music and sings, while Beck, a graduate student, has helped choreograph for two years.

To get the students to think about their characters, Bailey has them divide into

smaller groups and gives them a random picture. “I ask, ‘Who are these people? What are they doing? Go ahead and act it out,’” she says.

This year’s performance dates are April 2-3, 2010. Tickets to the performances at the Manhattan Arts Center are available through the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department, (785) 587-2757.

below Cast members James Willms, left, and Julie Roth share a laugh.

Last year’s science fiction play, Alpha Anima 9: A Planet Divided, involved space travel. “I would tell them, ‘You are on a friendly or a hostile or an all-animal plant. You have never been there before. Do you get along? How do you communicate?’” says Bailey.

These communication and social skills are the basis of drama therapy.

By Thanksgiving the troupe has enough material to build a story line. Students get to

list a first and second choice of a role. “There are always ways to incorporate their ideas so they really own [their character],” says Bailey.

Bailey recalls one student who played Queen of the Mermaids and came onstage in her

electric wheelchair carrying a seaweed prop. “We find a way for people to participate who can participate,” she says.

Music and humor also find their way into the production. Last year’s play included the

songs “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “You’ve Got a Friend.” “I like seeing everybody with happy faces and smiling and feeling good about themselves,” says Julie Roth, 29, two-year participant. Ryan Hodges practices with other cast members and volunteers.

“Creativity is in everyone,” says Bailey. “My hope is that it gives them skills they can

take away to their everyday lives.”

about Barrier-Free Theatre Is it unique for a community like Manhattan to have a program like Barrier-Free Theatre? “Unfortunately, yes,” says Sally Bailey, director of Kansas State University’s drama therapy program, who has led the parks and recreation class since coming here in the fall of 1999. The local program began in the late 1990s. Jane Gibson’s son had participated in a similar program in the Washington, D.C., area. When the Gibson family moved to Manhattan, she attempted to get something similar started here. “It was wonderful,” Gibson says of the Arts Access Program her son Luke took part in at what was then the Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts. She made the rounds here in the Little Apple, talking with people at local organizations until the city’s Parks and Recreation Department agreed to such a class. Here’s the twist: The program Luke Gibson enjoyed out east was created by the aforementioned Bailey, who served as the D.C. area’s program director from 1988 until 1998. Luke, now 31, is a longtime member of Barrier-Free Theatre, and his “first” drama teacher has been his teacher in Manhattan for the past 10 years.

“Creativity is in everyone. My hope is that it gives them skills they can take away to their everyday lives.” – Sally Bailey

Sally Bailey has served as director of Barrier-Free Theatre since 1999.

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Kids kick it in the kitchen


t’s 5 p.m. and mom hasn’t had a chance to think about a meal. Her kids are bored, hungry and nagging her about what’s for dinner. She decides to cook some frozen chicken nuggets and a box of macaroni and cheese. But this doesn’t have to be the case. With a few clicks of the mouse, she can come across fun, easy and delicious step-by-step recipes geared for the kids to lend a hand. Where? At the Kids a Cookin’ website out of Kansas State University. The Kids a Cookin’ online resource allows for kids and their parents to download recipe podcasts and videos. Host and mom Karen Arnold works with a different child helper each episode, preparing various recipes such as fruit pizza, breakfast burritos, cinnamon biscuits, pretzels and many others. The site includes more than 100 recipes available to print and try at home, plus side dish suggestions and nutritional information. “Parents and kids need activities they can do together,” Arnold says. “An activity like cooking is even better when it’s done together. It gives kids a sense of pride and accomplishment. These are basic cooking skills that they’ll use forever and hopefully help them to make better food choices.”

Kids a Cookin’ shares recipes for you and your little ones


above Turner, left, mom Tiffany and Taylor Thompson look up a fruit smoothie recipe on the Kids a Cookin’ website. right Younger brothers Jax and Judson enjoy the smoothies.

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“An activity like cooking is even better when it’s done together. It gives kids a sense of pride and accomplishment.”

– Karen Arnold

ideas. Today, in lieu of the television show, a new recipe and tip are added weekly to the website. “A lot of the recipes are personal family ones I used on the kids when they were growing up—tried and true recipes,” Walsten says. Walsten made a point to keep the recipes simple and easy to prepare with just a few common items found in most kitchens. “We tried to limit the number of ingredients and number of steps involved in the recipe,” she says. A favorite recipe calls for spreading peanut butter on a flour tortilla, sticking a banana inside and rolling it up. “At first kids aren’t for sure about it, but they end up loving it once they’ve tried it,” Walsten says.

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The complete online resource came from the former local television show Kids a Cookin’. Created by the K-State University Family Nutrition Program and produced by the Educational Communications Center (ECC), the show had pizzazz with a full colorful kitchen set complete with a refrigerator, stove and sink.

Personal favorites Kathy Walsten, a nutrition educator at K-State, developed a majority of the content for Kids a Cookin’, including the recipes. Many feature the popular food groups, breakfast and snack

To accommodate more families across the state of Kansas, the recipes also are available in Spanish. Deb Pryor, who helped produce the show for ECC, made translation available. “In order to reach our target audience, we knew that we needed to include Spanish,” Pryor says. “There are several counties in Kansas with a large percentage of Spanish-speaking people, including the Garden City and Emporia area.” In 2007, when Pryor began using an iPod, she realized its potential as a multimedia player for Family Nutrition Program specialists and families. “It can be used to show the Kids a Cookin’ programs one-on-one, or plugged into a projector or TV set to show to larger groups,” Pryor says. “Also, making the podcasts available on the web gives anyone the ability to play them in iTunes on their computer or download to their own iPod to view at a later time.” With more than just recipes for the kiddos, the Kids a Cookin’ website has received more than 2 million hits since January 2009 and averages more than 10,000 hits a day. The ECC also has made the recipes available on DVD at all county extension offices or libraries. “Extension people across the state are really using Kids a Cookin,’” Walsten says. “They go into the school systems and the kids actually make the recipes.”

Time well-spent The primary goal is for kids and parents to cook together in the kitchen. “It’s really important and priceless,” Walsten says. “Kids learn so many things in the kitchen, such as communication skills, new words, vocabulary,

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working together, taking turns and even math. You also can learn about other countries if you do some international foods.” The program strives to teach kids food safety as well as where food is grown and produced. “We found that kids would open a can and think that’s the only place green beans came from,” Walsten says. Beyond the cooking and education, an important objective is for families to sit down and eat together without the distraction of TV. “Family time is so important to learn manners. It’s a great time to talk about the recipe you just fixed together, what you could do differently or what you could do next time to make it better,” Walsten says. “Kids will eat healthier if you sit down as a family together. If they had a hand in the preparation, then they’ll at least probably try it too.”

“A lot of the recipes are personal family ones I used on the kids when they were growing up—tried and true recipes.”

– Kathy Walsten

Kathy Walsten, nutrition educator at Kansas State University, helped develop Kids a Cookin’ and still provides a great deal of content for the website.


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n Sunday afternoons, a few unusual suspects enter the Manhattan Public Library. Appearing in all shapes, sizes and colors, they are best described as man’s (or kid’s) best friend. These particular volunteers are a part of the Reading Education Assistance Dogs program (R.E.A.D.) that helps children gain confidence in their reading. R.E.A.D. pups are registered therapy animals that volunteer with their owners as a team in libraries. The program is designed to encourage children to read aloud for their nonjudgmental listeners and help them improve their reading and communication skills. There are no qualifications for reading level, so children of all ages and abilities can participate. “In so many situations, their reading is being judged or graded, which is very stressful and makes it more difficult for them to read. The dogs don’t care at all if they get a word wrong or stutter. They are just happy to have the attention,” says Jessica Long, children’s programming assistant at Manhattan Public Library.

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TOP Kate Auld reads to Yossarian at the Manhattan Public Library during a R.E.A.D. program. MIDDLE Bixby listens carefully as Lauren West reads a new book. BOTTOM R.E.A.D. listener Pedro.

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R.E.A.D. is offered on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Find out more about what is happening at the Manhattan Public Library at Learn more about how to become therapy dog certified at

TOP Mocha is a member of Therapy Dogs International Inc. and attends R.E.A.D. BOTTOM Moss, also a member of R.E.A.D. is strongly drawn to children, making him a perfect therapy dog.

During her three years with the library, Long has seen R.E.A.D. grow into what it is today. “It started in May 2007 as a one-month trial program, and since November 2008 it has been weekly, with an average of eight to 12 readers each Sunday,” says Long. In its infancy, R.E.A.D. had only two volunteers at the Manhattan library. Today it depends on four dog owners and their eight dogs. Volunteers are easy to find; often they are already R.E.A.D. certified and eager to start.

Moss When Beth Galligan picked Moss, a 2-year-old border collie, she specifically sought out a therapy dog. “I began by looking for a breeder who had used their dogs as therapy dogs,” says Galligan. “When Moss passed his therapy dog test, I asked the Manhattan Public Library if they had a program established for children to read to dogs, and they did. “Moss was strongly drawn to the children,” says Galligan. “He was polite with the adults, but his eyes lit up whenever he saw the children.” Galligan sees the benefits of the program among new visitors and familiar faces she sees weekly. “Each time the children read, they are more comfortable with reading aloud, especially in front of strangers,” she says.

Pancho, Mocha, Samson and Pedro

“I love to read, and I find it personally challenging and tremendously rewarding to ‘fit’ a book with a child and watch them get excited about reading it.” – Donna Shell

Susan Keller and her husband, Dennis, have four dogs that participate in R.E.A.D., which they learned about from another volunteer. Their two schipperkes, Pancho, 14, and Mocha, 6, and two bichon frises, Samson, 9, and Pedro, 5, make the rounds at the library. Each dog is registered through Therapy Dogs International Inc. “I felt they would be perfect for the program,” says Keller. The dogs “love children and interacting with the kids.” Each of her dogs also enjoys getting pets from the children during reading time, except for Pedro. “I will confess that Pedro usually falls asleep,” she says. “I guess he is relaxed.” It’s not just the Kellers’ pets that help readers build confidence; sometimes their owners do, too. “I find either my husband or I will need to help with a harder-to-pronounce word,” says Keller. “The boy did not get discouraged and finished the book.”

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Yossarian Donna Shell, a U.S. history teacher at Junction City Middle School, brings Yossarian, a young golden retriever, to the library about twice a month to read. The fluffy golden is named after Shell’s favorite character in Joseph Heller’s novel Catch-22. While at the Manhattan Kennel Club, Shell learned about R.E.A.D. and was interested in training a therapy dog. Shell’s own love for books was part of her decision to get involved with the program. “I love to read, and I find it personally challenging and tremendously rewarding to ‘fit’ a book with a child and watch them get excited about reading it,” says Shell. Shell has observed improvement among readers in the program—one girl in particular. “She read to Yoss last weekend, and at the end before she left she very proudly told me ‘My reading is getting better!’ and I assured her it certainly was. She left with a huge smile,” says Shell.

“Caramel loves being pet while being read to. Sometimes she sticks her nose in the book as if she is reading along. The kids get a kick out of that.” – Donna Shell


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“The dogs don’t care at all if they get a word wrong or stutter. They are just happy to have the attention.” – Jessica Long

Marcia Boring and husband Brent found out about R.E.A.D. before they had Caramel, a 7-year-old golden retriever, and Dylan, a 1½ -year-old Labrador retriever, both Delta Pet Partner certified therapy dogs. “Several years ago, friends of mine were making a trip to Salt Lake City to meet with Sandy Martin, who founded the program,” says Boring. “I tagged along, and after meeting her and hearing her talk about the program, I was sold. All I needed was the dog.” Caramel is mellow and loves nothing more than cuddling with someone. “[Caramel] loves being pet while being read to. Sometimes she sticks her nose in the book as if she is reading along. The kids get a kick out of that.” Marcia remembers one young girl who read with Caramel. “It was amazing to me to see how different she was the last time she came. Reading was still difficult for her, but her demeanor was vastly different. Where the first time she came in very shy and meek, the last time she practically bounced,” says Boring. “I hope the program does continue to grow. It’s great to see the children come in and be excited about reading to the dogs,” says Long. “Several parents have commented that their children don’t want to read at home or at school, but they do want to come to the library and read to the dogs.”

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left The skyline in downtown Knoxville. below The renowned Knoxville Zoo features more than 230 species of animals.

Amenities abound in this big Southeast city with a small-town feel

Knoxville’s Mountain Do


radled into the lush folds of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville has a rustic charm woven with 21st century progress. Knoxville’s past is deeply rooted in the 18th and 19th centuries, which are vividly documented in a variety of museums, the historic Old City district and Civil War-era homes. Today, the area’s lush natural beauty still beckons outdoor enthusiasts to explore national parks. Likewise, a rich legacy of people and places continue to shape the city with contemporary venues, cultural arts and modern technology—matching the past, stride for stride. A weekend in Knoxville allows visitors to delve into the past and take a peek at the future.

Friday 3 p.m. History lesson The heart and soul of Knoxville are alive at the East Tennessee History Center. Come face to face with exhibitions detailing the region’s colorful genealogy and archives from the pioneers, Civil War and Tennessee Valley Author-


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ity. The popular exhibit, “Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee,” interprets 200 years of the region’s history. 4 p.m. Croon and swoon Knoxville’s musical heritage is legendary. A one-hour self-guided country music walking tour showcases venues where Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, the Everly Brothers and Roy Acuff began their journeys to fame. 5 p.m. Ride the rails Catch a quick bite at the Tomato Head restaurant, a long-standing favorite of locals and visitors at Knoxville’s Market Square District. Afterward, climb aboard the Three Rivers Rambler excursion train. The restored l925 steam engine pulls open-air and coach cars along an 11-mile scenic route. The 90-minute journey begins along Knoxville’s downtown waterfront and rolls past historic settlements including the Three Rivers Trestle.

Saturday 9 a.m. Up and at ’em The freshest cup o’ joe is brewing at Pete’s Coffee Shop, a 24-year downtown fixture. With a latte to go, stroll around the corner to the Market Square pedestrian mall to discover unique shops in renovated, turn-of-the-century warehouses and office buildings. It’s a perfect place to shop, dine and people-watch. 10 a.m. Old sol Across the street from Market Square is World’s Fair Park where you’ll find Sunsphere, a steel structure that’s 266 feet tall and topped with a 74-foot bronze sphere. Inside there is a 360-degree view of the city from an observation deck. As a “monument to the sun,” this attraction was created as the signature symbol for the 1982 World’s Fair, when it received an average of 60,000 visitors a day. 11 a.m. World class Knoxville’s Museum of Art is also within World’s Fair Park. The 53,000-square-foot facility houses 20th and 21st century twoand three-dimensional works of paper, paint, sculpture and mixed media. Plan a visit on First Fridays for Alive after Five, a unique musical event for all ages.

12:30 p.m. Outdoor paradise Hop back across the street to Market Square and grab a bite at Café 4. This full-service restaurant/bakery/coffeehouse features comfort food with a global flair. After lunch visit Ijams Nature Center. This regional environmental education center is surrounded by 160 acres of natural landscapes and connected by five miles of trails. With more than 40 species of birds and diverse wildlife, it’s a perfect place to relax. 3:30 p.m. Go Vols Head football coach Lane Kiffin assertively controls the power of the T. That’s the University of Tennessee (UT), a powerhouse Southeastern Conference football team that routinely sells out games in hometown Knoxville’s Neyland Stadium. Celebrate fall with a booming schedule of exciting seasonal games. Ticket prices start at $40. 6 p.m. Mmm mmm good At day’s end there’s plenty to shout about at one of Knoxville’s treasures, Calhoun’s on the River. With classic Southern dishes like savory fried green tomatoes, specialty ribs and fried catfish, this favorite proves why it won the title of “Best Ribs in America” at the National Rib CookOff event. 8 p.m. Curtain up The refurbished Tennessee Theatre downtown is one of the great movie halls from the roaring ’20s. Fully restored, this grand dame is now an official venue of Tennessee and is known as “Knoxville’s Grand Entertainment Palace.” Hosting everything the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and vintage films to live concerts by today’s hottest musicians, this splendid theater is a fine place to end the evening.

Sunday 9:30 a.m. Where the wild things are Spend a leisurely day at the Knoxville Zoo. Brimming with more than 230 species of animals, this world-class zoo will entertain the whole family. After the zoo, end your outing with lunch at Litton’s Market. This longtime Knoxville favorite is fewer than 10 miles from the zoo and a destination for awesome burgers and desserts.

Resources: East Tennessee History Center Knoxville country music walk Tomato Head Three Rivers Rambler Pete’s Coffee Shop Sunsphere Knoxville Museum of Art Ijams Nature Center Calhoun’s on the River Tennessee Theatre Knoxville Zoo

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Oct-Dec October 1-4

Conclave is for all mystery lovers. This year’s guest of honor will be Earlene Fowler, known for her Benni Harper quilt-titled mystery series. Other mystery writers from across the United States will share advice on how to get mystery manuscripts published and sign books. All events are at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. To register, visit www.

On the Verge This play follows the adventures of three Victorian women as they explore what they believe to be a new land. They are in fact traveling forward through time and while doing so begin to learn from the future. 7:30 p.m. ThursdaySaturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Manhattan Arts Center. Tickets start at $10. (785) 537-4420. www.

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November 13

Oktoberfest Food and

Kansas State University Libraries Gala “What So Proudly

fun for everyone at Fort Riley. Enjoy carnival rides, listen to German music and participate in traditional German activities. For more information, call (785) 239-4983.

We Hale,” the 22nd library gala, celebrates K-State’s military history collections and academic programs with featured speaker General Richard Myers. For more information, call (785) 532-7447.

October 18

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles RAIN is a multimedia, multidimensional experience. A fusion of historical footage and a quartet of musicians cover the Fab Four from the earliest beginnings to today. 7:30 p.m., McCain Auditorium. Tickets start at $35. (785) 532-6428.

October 24-25 SPOOKtacular!

Explore “Legends & Fairytales” while trick-ortreating in your costume. Noon-5 p.m. at Sunset Zoo. Adults $4, children $2. (785) 587-2737.

October 27

Tap Dogs The highoctane international Broadway hit Tap Dogs brings extreme tap dancing to McCain Auditorium. Enjoy raw choreography, innovative sets and a driving score. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30. (785) 532-6428.

October 30November 1

The Great Manhattan Mystery Conclave Now in its sixth year, the Great Manhattan Mystery


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November 14–29

Annual Buttons ’n Bows Arts & Crafts Fair Vendors from several states offer items including wood, pottery, jewelry and baskets. Admission is $1. Seven Dolors Catholic School, 306 S. Juliette. (785) 565-5050.

November 19

Ladies Night: Holiday Origami Folding Visit the Beach Museum and see Robert Lang’s origami, enjoy dessert and learn how to use origami to decorate for the holidays. Cost is $10 per person; reservations required. Event starts at 7 p.m. (785) 532-7718. http://

November 28

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: Holiday Ranch House Enjoy the

10 a.m., 2480 Kansas Highway 177, Strong City. (620) 273-8494.

November 28

Homemade for the Holidays Arts and Crafts Show Enjoy the works of more than 55 crafters with an emphasis on holiday items. Lunch provided by 4-H members. Events start at 9 a.m. Pottorf Hall at Cico Park. (785) 776-8829.

December 4

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party One of the hottest swing bands around brings its high-energy blues, rock and jazz music to get everyone ready for the holidays. Tickets start at $25. McCain Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. (785) 532-6428.

December 4

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade The annual Lighted Parade starts at Manhattan Town Center, travels through downtown and ends in Aggieville’s Triangle Park for the Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting. Events start at 6 p.m. (785) 537-0730.

December 31

Little Apple New Year’s Eve Celebration and Ball Drop Manhattan’s

New Year’s celebration features live music, a laser light show, ball drop to ring in the New Year and fireworks over City Park. All festivities take place in Aggieville in front of Varney’s Bookstore. For more information, visit www.

Tallgrass Prairie historic ranch house decorated for the holidays. Bring the family to a special open house event with living history characters playing music and children decorating the tree. Refreshments served.

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Manhattan Magazine Fall 2009  
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Manhattan Magazine Fall 2009