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Letter from the Publisher


Roy Heatherly Publisher

elcome to VIP - issue No. 2! Thank you to everyone for your kind comments and support of VIP. Thank you as well for reading us. Just like our first issue, this month’s VIP Wichita reflects the unique spirit, diverse make up and great events that make Wichita wonderful. What would you say if you were asked - Why do you love Wichita? This month’s VIP did just that. Find out what the Perceptions Task Force of the Greater Wichita Partnership had to say. We will be asking that question each month to different groups and Wichita residents. As you read this - ask yourself - Why do I love Wichita? I can’t wait to see what everyone says. Feel free to send us your thoughts. Following along with this we also included an article on Wichita’s flag by Angie Prather. What a great story, great symbol and a great way to show our Wichita pride. As you spend time in this month’s VIP you will have Breakfast with Belle, see awesome dinosaurs at Exploration Place, and enjoy the kick off of KEYN’s summer concert series. What a great way to spend a Friday night in downtown Wichita. You will see your friends at Music Theatre

Wichita’s performance of Oklahoma. We can honestly say Wichita can out-Broadway Broadway with the quality talent, music, singing, dancing and acting that Music Theatre Wichita provides. There’s Color me RAD, Relay for Life, walks, golf tournaments and more. How special is Mark Arts - and how special will the corner of 13th and Rock be. Bonnie Bing will once again have her Who Wore What fashion page, as well as her latest My Favorite Space feature. Next month, Bonnie will take on a much larger role coordinating our first fashion issue. There is so much going on in our city. Enjoy VIP and see if you can find yourself or your friends in one of our photo spreads. If not this month, we will be taking your picture soon. Have fun - we hope you enjoy Wichita as much as we do.

mag.com Volume I - Issue II Publisher Roy Heatherly Editor Scott Elpers General Sales Manager Molly Guidas Writers & Photographers Bonnie Bing Whitney Pulen Amy Geiszler-Jones MeLinda Schnyder Darcy Daniels Linda Gregory 825 East Douglas Ave Wichita, KS, 67202 (316)-268-6688 events@vipwichitamag.com www.vipwichitamag.com


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7*1t The Workroom

Young Professionals of Wichita #ILoveWichita T-Shirt Unveiling

Suzy Finn, Janelle King & Erica Burns

Story & Photography by Darcy Daniels


ooper Blaske was named the winning designer of the #ILoveWichita T-shirt contest during the Young Professionals of Wichita Final Friday Mingle at The Workroom on June 24. T-shirts featuring Blaske’s winning design “Wichita Horizons” will be available exclusively at The Workroom. Net profits from T-shirt sales will be split between the winning artist and Tallgrass Film Festival.

Mollie & Doug Omenski

Mike & Paula Matson

Meg Foreman, Sam Foreman & Jacob Wayman

Matt Florney, Amanda Arroyo & Megan Messler

Alex Davidson & Beau Wehkamp

Megan Radley & Mary Hetherington

Kelsey Easterday & Jeremy Burkey


7*1t Mark Arts

Kim Breitenbach, Kathy Wood & Annie Koch

GROUNDBREAKING Photography by Whitney Pulen


ith more than $7 million raised through a community-wide capital campaign, plus $10.5 million in land and lead gifts donated by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation and the Koch family, the Wichita Center for the Arts broke ground on July 22 on its new arts education center on the southwest corner of Rock Road and 13th Street. Along with the groundbreaking, the center’s new name was unveiled – Mark Arts at the Mary R Koch Arts Center. The name communicates the idea of artists leaving a mark on their works in the form of a brush stroke, a stamp, a signature or a symbol. It also honors Mary Robinson Koch, who was one of the center’s students and benefactors. Katy Dorrah, executive director of the center, said Mark Arts will be a regional attraction where people can come to create and appreciate art. “Our new building and name are transformational for us,” Dorrah said. “Mark Arts will be a place for everyone. It will serve the region’s growing and thriving arts community and welcome people of all interests and skill levels to apply their creativity.” The new 40,000-square-foot prairie-style arts center will feature a gallery and events center that could host up to 700 people, state-of-the art technology for teaching and exhibits, art and educational spaces optimized for creative media, a culinary teaching kitchen, a sculpture garden, gallery space for national exhibits and green space for art fairs, special events and plein air classes. In announcing the new name, Liz Koch, honorary trustee for the center and president of the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, said Mark Arts signals a new era for the 96-year-old center. “The building and the setting will be spectacular and inspire creativity. And the name – Mark Arts – is fresh,


Laura Roddy & Amy Reep

Nancy Schwan, Mary Lynn Oliver, Rhonda Dennis & Bonnie Bing

Jan Butler, Janice Crotts & Janet Aiken

Charles & Liz Koch

Bruce Van Bebber & Scott Post

simple and memorable,” Koch said. “The word ‘Mark’ - an acronym for Mary R. Koch - is a tribute to my mother-inlaw, who had such a passion for the arts and the important role they play in our lives. We hope to inspire artists and students to make their mark in the same way Mary did throughout her life.” The groundbreaking puts the center about three months ahead of schedule. “We originally hoped to break ground in September, but the widespread community support we’ve received has enabled us to start the project a few months early,” Dorrah said. In February, the K.T. Weidemann Foundation announced a $1 million challenge grant in support of the new center. The challenge grant was met with gifts from Capitol Federal Foundation, Dwane and Velma Wallace Foundation, Maura and Bob Geist, the SPOUT Foundation and dozens of other individuals, corporations and foundations. The capital campaign, launched in September 2015, was chaired by Bonnie Bing and Mike Michaelis. Karla Fazio, president of the center’s board of trustees, indicated fundraising will continue in hopes of raising a total of $20 million, which will ensure completion of a walking trail and additional landscaping and parking. “This has truly been a community-wide effort with gifts of all sizes from many generous supporters,” Fazio said. “We’ll continue to fundraise and have also launched a paver campaign that we hope will generate close to $300,000.” Timeframe for completion of the new center is December 2017 with the opening slated for January 2018.

Ellie Keppy, Pastor Kristin Woelk & Mary Ward

Dave White, Jan Luth & Susan Addington

Diane Post & Angie Prather

Babs Mellor, Gracie Cullen & Charlotte Patterson


VIP Calendar of Events August 2016 Sunday


Monday 1

Wednesday 2

Thursday 3






KEYN Summer Concert Series Emberhope 8th Annual Chalk Art Festival Wichita Waterwalk 6:30 p.m. Old Town Square 9 a.m.







Red Shoe Society Meet & Greet

Music Theatre Wichita Mamma Mia!

Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita 5:30 p.m.

Century II 7 p.m.




Exploration Place 7 p.m.



13 Wichita Figure Skating Club Mid-Continent Classic Wichita Ice Center



1 Million Cups


Wichita State University Old Town 8:30 a.m.

Intrust Bank Arena 11 a.m.



24 Art For Your Ears Summer Concert Series

Botanica 6 p.m.


12 Drink with the Dinosaurs

Tuesdays on the Terrace



McKnight Outdoor Plaza Wichita State University 7 p.m.


30 unWINEd Botanica 6 p.m.



Final Friday

Crawl For Cancer

Downtown Wichita 6 p.m.

Old Town 1 p.m.

September Events September 10 Zoobilee Sedgwick County Zoo September 24 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Wichita Waterwalk


Sally Lou Loveman

Alicia Thompson

Dr. Alan Fearey

Wore: A red dress and red spike heels

Wore: A printed jumpsuit

Wore: A tropical print shirt and khakis

What: Go Red Ladies Night Out

What: Reception for Music Theatre of Wichita

What: CityArts Xtravaganza

When: July 21

When: July 12

When: July 16

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton

Where: Century II

Where: CityArts

Why: “This event calls for a red dress and I’ve worn Why: “I wore this jumpsuit because it’s trendy, another red dress by Akris a couple of times recently comfy, it’s bold and it’s cool.” and decided to wear this one. It is by Zara.”

Why: “This is my summer stuff. Short sleeve shirts you don’t tuck in and khakis. I like it because it goes everywhere, even when I’m making rounds at the hospital.”




7*1t Wichita Country Club



Ashlyne Powers, Kaley Ball, Cayden Nesmith & Lily Crowdus

Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen

ootballs flew through the air, children scurried about, and a team of skydivers impressed the crowd with acrobatics on their way to a perfect landing at Wichita Country Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Independence Day celebration on July 4. The day also featured a watermelon eating contest, summer treats and swimming and relay races as guests enjoyed the festivities adorned in their patriotic attire. The evening concluded with an impressive fireworks display to the delight of all party-goers.

Emily Stockton & Cory Conklin

Lauren Hutchinson & Meagan Richardson

Phoebe Richardson, Tom Richardson, Bob & Jamie Schmaltz

Ben Murphy, Christina Naftzger, Easton Ewy, Paige Ewy & Julia Cox

Hayes Poore. Gary Poore & Tim McKee

Lindsey Wasinger, Charese Dakhil & Katie Brewer


Tracie & Jennifer Jones

Sarah & AJ Gebert

Taylor Phipps, Grant Phipps, Michelle Phipps, Brandon & Kim Haag

Andrea Sullivan, Tina Mondragon & Anna Katharine Sullivan

Caroline Razook, Teanne McKinney, Jan Parker, Sharon Razook

Sam Fiebach, Gracie Fiebach, Charlotte Fiebach, Kay Conlin, Mark & Tara Fiebach

William Thengvall, Dana Clark, Emily, Ellie, Andrew, Dotty, Phil & Nathan Thengvall

Elie Khalife, Aziz Maksoud, George Zakharia, Ali Issa

Michelle Cornejo, Kennedy Cornejo, Kurt Cornejo & Peter Krsnich

Freidy Eid, Adriana Eid, Orelia Eid, Raya & Nassim Nabbout


From left: Katie Andrusak, Rachel Wetta and Christine Campbell pose for a selfie with T-shirts displaying the Wichita flag backstage at Century II of The Wichita Bar Association’s Bar Show in June.

FLAG FEVER Wichita’s popular banner becomes the symbol for a resurgence of pride in The Air Capital. By Angie Prather


ark your calendars. Wichita’s official city flag turns 80 next year on National Flag Day, June 14. Six years ago, there weren’t many people who could pick out the Wichita flag from a lineup of municipal banners. Kyle Filiatreault, who manages the Abode Venue in downtown Wichita, recently estimated that on a scale of 1 to 10, “Wichita flag recognition was at a negative 3” when he started flying it in 2011 at his event venue located at 1330 E. Douglas.


Flag Revival Efforts Through The Years There have been a number of efforts to inspire Wichitans to embrace the timeless flag design originally developed by Wichitan Cecil B. McAlister in 1937. A “Positively Wichita” campaign spearheaded by branding experts at Armstrong Chamberlin in 1990 incorporated elements of the Wichita flag in T-shirts, a poster, a music video and television commercials. Emprise Bank and KAKE-TV collaborated with the agency to

increase awareness about the city’s unique symbol. Local artist Chris Gulick

occasions like Christmas and said the demand keeps increasing for

community in 2003. It wasn’t even


time. He worked with a number

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the forefront, but he was told by

fact the new movement has helped fuel regional artists who are selling

Gulick had ornamental license said, “We couldn’t give them away.” Fast forward to 2015. A resurgence of pride in Wichita started gaining momentum and became the logical rallying point. Filiatreault and Gulick agree that Wichita now has a full-blown case

and at pop-up markets like the 2nd Saturday Artisan Market. Several area retailers now carry clothing and accessories imprinted

A Flag’s Resurgence In Popularity Filiatreault points to an editorial by Chamber executive Angie Elliott that ran in the Wichita Eagle last year as one turning point

Long-time community enthusiast Jon Rolph, President of SASNAK, is thrilled with the resurgence. “Wichitans have been searching for a tangible way to show their connection to their city

published in 2015. “Her article raised awareness

to demonstrate their pride.” Rolph remembers when it took him nearly two weeks to

she pointed out locations where people could see it,” he said. “We were one of those locations.”

take it on a Chamber-sponsored city-to-city visit to Pittsburg in 2011. At that time Henry Helgerson Co. was the only place

question about what it represents, but the vast majority of people easily

A photo of former Wichita State basketball player Fred VanVleet

art, music and food scene has also accelerated city pride and interest in

recalls that very few city and business leaders recognized it when he placed it on a podium during the trip to demonstrate his own Wichita pride.

He chaired this year’s Wichita River Festival and was pleased incorporated in the 2016 design for River Festival poster and button design. Gulick said a number of groups who have been helping

and price points at area retailers the Wind Kites & Toys, Henry Helgerson Co, and Seasonal Decorating. Wings of the Wind co-owner Susan Adams says she’s socks when showing his Wichita pride.

popularity. He credits retailers, artists, community enthusiasts and businesses in the city’s core that


and Ho Douglas Design District’s Avenue Art Days and businesses like

raised its visibility. Gulick contends that millennials who are spending more time in the core area of Wichita couldn’t help but learn about it and spread the word. Is Flag Fever Sustainable?

people, experiences and places that make our city special. Most importantly, it’s a tangible reminder of our connection to each other and to our home. Angie Prather is the vice president of community relations and investors for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce. Additional photography provided by Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Adams also credits millennials for reviving it as a city

Wichita pride? Check out ilovewichita.org. Follow the @WichitaFlag on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

town,” she said. She loves that people of all generations are using social media channels to show their pride in all the positive things happening in Wichita. Like Adams, Courtney Sendall at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce believes that social media has accelerated

Check the Murals album on the @WichitaFlag Facebook page for murals that incorporate

the @WichitaFlag social media accounts for over a year and has media accounts. Sendall acts as the curator for ‘all things Wichita

Wichita Flag” on the VIP Wichita Magazine Facebook page or YouTube at WichitaMetroChamber.

on the accounts almost daily. “It’s really grown in popularity and we’re reposting images from people who are doing everything from wrapping their car

Wichita Flag Facts

keeping us connected to people who have moved away from contest

tAdopted on Flag Day (June 14) that same year. was most recently pictured in Italy, Iceland, New Zealand and South Korea. Filliatreault are hopeful that Wichitans will continue to make the that “it’s still gaining traction and trending upwards.” An Important Rallying Banner

when it was raised over the City Building that was then located at 204 S. Main St. in a newspaper article published in 1938.

Flag vexillologists like Roman Mars have witnessed containing the Indian design for the sun, symbolizes a ‘hogan’ or permanent home.

language of the community.”

of happy people and permanent homes.

response for city leaders who tell him they have more important those more important things.”

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symbolize rays of light and ways to come and go, open and free to all.


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7*1t Wichita State University

American Heart Association

Wichita Walk

Gary Rader, Loretta Sweeney, Isaac Wairagu & Ann Kajigi

Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


he American Heart Association raised more than $100,000 at its Wichita Walk 5K at Wichita State University on June 18. Teams sporting matching T-shirts gathered on WSU’s campus to raise money to support the American Heart Association’s mission of “building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.” Mrs. Kansas 2016, Charissa Cederberg, supervised the opening activities alongside her husband, Austin. Money raised at the 5K will help improve patient care and raise awareness of heart health.

Gale Wyckoff & Trenton Ward

Rebecca Arbuckle, Laura Toon, Megan Looper, Rachel Campbell & Maddie Hall

Andrea Miller, Nancy Hamm, Jana Porter & Sherri Conard

Jenna, Jamie, Madison & Grant Angell

Sandy Tran, Kurt Bragg, Chad Cutchall, Luke Harrell, Mike Thomas & Krystal Lekashingo


Austin Cederberg & Mrs. Kansas Charissa Cederberg

Joretta Elrod, Wendi Nash, Diane Donald, Taylen Rackler, Jacob Rackler & Ric Elrod

Dr. Richard Steckley, Desi Steckley, Joanna Grant, Anne Gehman, Joyce Heismeyer & Lydia Schwertfeger

Back row: Deb Swindle, Kristin Leonard, Tammy Clark, Candace Barnes & Sasha Teel Front row: Kris Cody, Madyson & Tammy Clark

Back row: Braeden Huslig, Brad Huslig, Ashley Huslig, Jessica, Rick & Laura Hageman Front row: Rene Huslig, Sherry Robben, Rebecca & Rhonda Hageman

Denise Turner, Nicole Boren, Laura Fisher & Cindy Opat

Back row: Kurt Bragg, Chad Cutchall, Luke Harrell, Kyle Baker & Tomas Ramos Front row: Mike Thomas, Elizabeth Ishtiaq, Sandy Tran & Krystal Lekashingo

Jeff Emmot, Linda, Lolly & Ivy Newman

Megan Dennis & Lindsey Stillwell

Cindy Bond, Melinda Bond, Baxter & Tucker


7*1t Prairie Pines

Prairie Pines Chamber Music at the Barn New Zealand String Quartet Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


hamber Music at the Barn continued its 20th anniversary season with the third of five summer concerts on July 14 and 15. The event featured the New Zealand String Quartet playing classical pieces composed by Beethoven, Gareth Farr, Jack Body and Brahms. The quartet - Helene Pohl, Gillian Ansell, Rolf Gjelsten and Monique Lapins - has been featured at venues around the globe, including Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wigmore Hall and Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress. The concert was held in a log cabin at Prairie Pines, which overlooks the beautifully landscaped grounds.

Marla Webber & Judy Marek

Kip & Jody Scott

Jay Plank, Pat Plank & John Morrison

Betty Wood, Bob Scott & Art Wood

Wayne & Sandy Binn


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7*1t Exploration Place

Breakfast with Belle Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


xploration Place, in partnership with Music Theatre Wichita, hosted Breakfast with Belle on June 26. A soldout crowd enjoyed a breakfast buffet alongside Beauty and the Beast characters, who were in Wichita for a five-day theatrical production of the Disney classic. Children posed with cast members dressed in full costume. Belle and Mrs. Potts proved to be popular photo opportunities with the line for pictures snaking through Exploration Place. Belle and Mrs. Potts both performed for the crowd, while Maurice, Belle’s father, handed out “inventor kits” to attendees. The children and their families had a magical experience in a way only Disney can inspire.

Britton Hollingsworth, Karen Blackmon, Nigel Hall, Liz Jarmer & Will Branner

Mylee & Megan Metcalf

Catherine Charlebois as Belle

Catherine Charlebois & Katie Banks

Ella & Christie Davisson

Kristi & Kennedy Fenwick


Andrea & Briana Wilcox

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7*1t CityArts

CityArts Xtravaganza Dr. Alan Fearey, Sharon Fearey, Annette & David Graham Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


he Wichita art scene received a $4,000 boost at the third annual Xtravaganza at CityArts in Old Town on July 16. Each year, more than 6,000 aspiring artists participate in educational programs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from silversmithing to drawing - offered by CityArts. The evening helped raise funds to support CityArtsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scholarship programs. Guests sampled a variety of foods from Beautiful Day Cafe, enjoyed live music from Flatland String Band and a live auction emceed by Lonny McCurdy. The exhibition hall was decorated with works from area artists, as well as pieces available for purchase through live and silent auctions.

Lonny McCurdy, Megan McCurdy-Niedens & Ty Patton

Holly Gourley & Regan Sellmeyer

Lori Hase & Don Burull

Julie & Jerry Carley

Tammy & Chad Gorges

Kristie & Glenn Eubanks

Lauren Llanes & Nora Tang

Kathryn Black & Jocelyn Baeza

Jesse McCullough & Regina Campos

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7*1t Reverie Coffee Roasters


Coffee Roasters

Third Anniversary


t’s difficult for a small business to make it past its first year, so Reverie Coffee Roasters’ third anniversary was cause for celebration on June 25. Chayne Strugeon, Zac Minson & Gabri Samia More than 450 people came to the local Wichita coffee shop throughout the day - some who have been coming since Reverie first opened in 2013. It started off with a large crowd lined out the door at opening. It’s that dedicated customer base which makes Reverie successful, said owner Andrew Gough. “We have really good customers and they support us well,” Gough said. Reverie had a variety of features to mark the anniversary, including live music, food trucks and a local ice cream vendor. Along with customer service, Gough credits Reverie’s success to centering on the products and making unique drinks. While there are numerous coffee shops in town, others don’t undertake the actual bean roasting and onsite service in the same way Reverie does. “It makes for a different experience,” Gough said. Nicole Easton & Patty Moulds

Katie & Chris Johnson

Ben Plotkin & Andrew Gough

Janae Miller & Benji Mast

Roni Lowrey & Callyn Worcester

Amy Nichols & Marci Ward

Steven Morillo & Lou Helman

Tommy Nguyen & Matt Lo


Reverie Coffee Roasters - Third Anniversary

Scott Phillips & Emma Phelps

Marie & Dr. Rob Coleman

Bryon Kirtdoll & Bill Schrant

Andrew Gough & Nathan Holthus

Danyelle Mazanec & Tiffany Messner

Kelsea & Zach Rathbun






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My Favorite Space


Story by Bonnie Bing Photography by Whitney Pulen

f ever there was a house that matches the owner’s personality, it is Anne Garvey’s east-side home. The cottage is tucked back from Douglas Ave. next door to the very large house she grew up in. “This was Granny’s house. I used to ride my horse out there,” she said, pointing to where the track is for The Independent School. Anne asked her mother, the late Jean Garvey, if she thought it would be all right for her to live in her grandmother’s house. “She said she thought it was a good idea, so the next thing I did was come in and gut the place,” Anne said. Colorful would be one way to describe Anne’s decorating. Eclectic would be another. It all comes together to be a fun place to sit and look at the many things she collects and her many keepsakes. Although she says she “moves things around a lot,” her favorite chair where she loves to sit doesn’t get moved much. Anne enjoys sitting, sometimes reclining, and looking out to a deck and a wooded area. “The view changes with the seasons but it’s always beautiful,” she said. “I love the natural light, so I have to have big windows.” Her comfy recliner covered in floral fabric is where she likes to read, meditate, doze a bit and occasionally watch television. But the TV is hidden in a cabinet and comes out only when she is going to watch it. “I hate technology. I hide it,” she said. She doesn’t hide her collection of kaleidoscopes. They hang in the windows and even from a chandelier. “That’s so people taller than me at five-feet-two-inches don’t hit their heads,” explaining the ones dangling from the chandelier. “I like them. My life is a kaleidoscope,” she said chuckling. Keeping watch behind her chair is a wooden statue to which Anne has added multicolored lights. “She is Quan Yin, Goddess of Mercy. It’s from Thailand,” she said. “I’ve had her for years. She has moved with me many times.” Her dogs, Lovey and Willard, seem very comfortable in the room of lime green, pink and countless other colors. Willard sometimes sits in the chair with Anne. Lovey is too big, but both are usually nearby. Seems that corner is their favorite space too. Near the giant picture of the Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz that is on the ceiling is a sign over the door. Anne calls attention to it as guests leave. “Do good and care not to whom.”


7*1t Downtown Wichita

Automobilia Moonlight Car Show


Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen

utomobile enthusiasts flooded downtown Wichita on July 9 to see the Automobilia Moonlight Car Show and Street Party. Vintage cars, classic trucks, late-model vehicles, even hearses and rare finds were on display for blocks stretching between downtown Wichita and Old Town. Many owners lounged near their vehicles and talked to attendees about the cars on display. Robert Giesen, for example, even had fliers explaining his 1918 Detroit Electric Model 75Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history.

Robert Giesen

Aaron & Amber Wells holding Baxter

Danny & Miriam Lane

Christina Denslow & Mike Moore

Stacy & Steven Cannon

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7*1t Hyatt Regency

Wichita Grand Opera 14th Annual Chairmen’s Opera Ball


ast met West June 18 at the Hyatt Regency’s Grand Eagle Ballroom for the 14th annual Chairmen’s Opera Ball, a fundraising event for the Wichita Grand Opera. The event, a regular highlight of the city’s summer social calendar, entertained 300 guests with the theme “Pleasures of the Orient.” Guests were encouraged to wear Oriental outfits to the formal ball, which was adorned with decorations celebrating Asian cultures. The entire evening was influenced by the Orient, from the decorations and food to the world-class entertainment, which including Chinese dancers, Japanese drummers and a lion-and-dragon team. To set the scene, a large gong in the hallway was struck to get the attendees’ attention for the start of festivities. The ball has often attracted celebrities and the opera elite, including Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo and two stars with Kansas connections, Joyce DiDonato and Samuel Ramey. Ramey, and his wife, Lindsey, were in the house this year, too. There also were silent and live actions. Among the items was a Volkswagen from Steven Motors. The ball was co-chaired by Dr. Thomas and Lily Ashcom and Dr. Dennis and Ann Ross.

Trent Selbits, Jennifer Sebits, Val & Rod Learned

Parvan Bakardiev & Margaret Pent

Dr. Dennis Ross & Ann Ross

Mouna Todorov, GiGi Zakharia & Noma Issa

Lindsey & Samuel Ramey

Sonya Luna & Matt Flamini


Michael Myers & Dr. Anthony Pollock

Irene & George Matta

Michael & Teri Monteferrante

Jocelyne Ausseil & LewJene Schneider

Dr. Estephan Zayat, Tony Wakim & Dr. Bassem El-Nabbout

Frank & Marilyn Miller

Sarah Hunter, Joseph Hunter & Shoko Sevart

Tammy & Steven Patterson

Randy & Carol Roths

Sierra Scott & Harrison Schenk

Dr. Thomas Ashcom & Dave Murray

Nilo Tejano, Esper Tejano & Pat Nieman

Christine Bitner & Adam Knapp

Rhea Hartley & Matthew Reed


7*1t Abode Venue

Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce

Metro Maui Mingle

Jeff Preisner, Kelsey Murphy & Gary Plummer

Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


t was 100 degrees outside on June 22 but it was cool inside Abode Venue for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quarterly mixer. With such a hot temperature outside, it seemed appropriate that this mixer was dubbed the Metro Maui Mingle. Guests were asked to wear island-themed attire and artificial leis were available at the door. The mixer is one of several networking opportunities sponsored by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce for area businesses.

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Courtney Sendell, Rachel Douglass & Jan Baggett

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7*1t Crestview Country Club

7TH ANNUAL WICHITA AERO CLUB GOLF CLASSIC Diana Clasen, Pam Anderson, Shane Stanley-Ayre, Isabel Paltan & Grant Boyd Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


ess than a week before professionals teed off at the Air Capital Classic, local golfers had the opportunity to enjoy the same pristine course at the 7th annual Wichita Aero Club Golf Classic at Crestview Country Club on June 19. The event raised money to support Wichita Aero Club’s Stimpson and Humphrey scholarships. WAC President Dave Franson opened the tournament with a speech alongside scholarship recipient Talon Wanless. The day concluded with an awards ceremony held in Crestview Country Club’s newly expanded suite bordering the greens. Golfers had a chance to win a new car, courtesy of DavisMoore, by shooting a hole-in-one. Additional contributions and cash prizes helped raise money for the scholarship funds.

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7*1t Century II

Music Theatre Wichita Presents

OKLAHOMA! Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen Jodi Francis, Brian Thompson, Dustin Lentz & Evan Wessel


usic Theatre Wichitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Rodgers and Hammersteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oklahoma! debut at Century II on July 13. Music Theatre Wichita hosted a Civic Leaders Reception prior to the dress rehearsal the day before curtains went up on the performance. The event was sponsored by Ameriprise Financial - Stoutheart Financial Group. Music Theatre Wichita was founded in 1972 and selfproduces five musical productions each summer. Each year the administrative team, technical staff, performers and orchestra members come together to bring Wichita Broadway-style productions. Oklahoma!, which first appeared on Broadway in March of 1943, was the first musical to place equal importance on story, dialog, song and dance. The production ran at Century II until July 17.

Alicia Thompson & Jennifer Smith

Darcee Datteri & Doug Brehm

Wayne Bryan, Angela Cassette & Kevin Munhall

Alan Dsouza & Shan Jabara

Marilyn Eales, Diane Nelson & Sharon Perry


David & Stef Flores

Janet Dennis, Dave Unruh, David Dennis & Lynn Rogers

Tracy Rittmueller & Christin Preuett

Dr. Hal Hale & Dr. Lucynda Raben

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7*1t Mark Arts


Abstract National Exhibition


ark Arts, formerly known as the Wichita Center for the Arts, held its inaugural Abstract National Exhibition show July 8. More than 400 art fans came out for the first show for the center, with many taking in a presentation by juror Sandra Duran Wilson of Santa Fe, New Mexico on abstraction. Katy Dorrah, executive director of Mark Arts, was pleased with the turnout and the kickoff for the center under the new name. “It’s just a great thrill here tonight,” she said. “We’re reinventing ourselves.” Attendees enjoyed wine and cheese along with background music and discussions with artists. Prizes were awarded - including first, second and third places and four honorable mentions. First place and a $1,000 prize went to Darryl Halbrooks of Richmond, Kentucky for his work entitled “Transit of Magrathea.” The exhibit was underwritten by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation. Additional support for educational programming and the opening reception was provided by the Victor Murdock Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation.

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Each month, VIP Wichita Magazine ask community leaders why they love Wichita. Their answers are as diverse as their backgrounds. For August, meet members of the Wichita Leadership Council Perception Task Force.

Craig Lindeman - Director of Communications - Greater Wichita Partnership For me, Wichita is about family. This is where my grandparents settled, where my parents met and where my wife and I are raising our two boys. I want the best for this city - and for others to view it in the best possible light - because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big part of who I am and who my children will one day become.

Laura Bernstorf - Senior Project Management Specialist - Airbus I love Wichita for the people and what they make happen. Wichitans who see something missing in their community and who are so passionate that they step up to make it happen. I love that in turn, Wichita steps up to support these programs, events and organizations. I love that we are so determined to succeed on our own that occasionally we forget to work together and help each other out in our common goals. I love that Wichitans are so dedicated and hard working some of us forget to enjoy the fun things going on here every day, evening and weekend. I love it when people smile and say hello on the street. The kind, dedicated, caring people in Wichita are why I am proud to call myself a Wichitan.

Vera Bothner - Managing Partner - Bothner and Bradley, Inc. There are so many reasons to love Wichita so here are just a few â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the people, the great quality of life from the Zoo to Exploration Place to the Art Museum and more, the fun shops and great restaurants, the ease of getting around, our neighbors and neighborhood, the feeling of community and the new grassroots explosion of the Wichita flag and Wichita pride.


People & Places

Wichita Habitat For Humanity hands over keys to Sisk Family A joyous Sisk family cried, laughed and then cried again when keys were handed over to them for their new Wichita home on July 13. The three-bedroom, energy efficient home was a one-of-a-kind Koch companies and Wichita Habitat for Humanity project. “The Koch Industries family of companies brought its unique capabilities to the table and truly embraced the Sisk family through the process of building their eighth home in partnership with us,” said Ann Fox, executive director of Wichita Habitat for Humanity. “We are grateful for the innovations they have demonstrated in this home and for the relationships they have created with the family. By providing technical and personal support, they offer hope and have helped put the Sisk family on a truly firm foundation and made a tangible impact on our community.” About 500 Koch employees worked on the home in Wichita Habitat for Humanity’s Rock the Block neighborhood.

The initiative focuses on in-fill development, building new homes and doing rehabilitation on others in an area in north Wichita. “We are so happy for the Sisk family and proud of the hard work they’ve done to secure their new home,” said Meredith Olson, vice president of public affairs for Koch Industries. “Our vision for philanthropy at Koch is to remove barriers to opportunity for those who need it most, and that’s why our partnership with Habitat for Humanity is so fitting. Habitat provides opportunities for families to purchase their own home if they supply the time, effort and hard work.” Wichita Habitat for Humanity will celebrate its 30th anniversary with its Raise the Roof fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the Emprise Bank Atrium. Along with great food, music and drinks, a live auction will be held to raise funds to build the first Habitat house of 2017. Tickets can be purchased through the Wichita Habitat for Humanity website.

Eyebrows for Anthony Skin Essentials hosted “Eyebrows for Anthony” on July 2, where all proceeds from the eyebrow shaping event were donated for surgical and travel expenses to Anthony Todd Edwards, who was recently diagnosed with carcinoid cancer. From left, Skin Essentials’ Sarah Starbuck, Pam Edmondson, JoDeen Oglesby and Ashley Jozefowicz all participated in the event.

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7*1t Mary Jane Teall Theatre

Wichita Bar Association 2016 Bar Show Photography by Linda Gregory


he Wichita Bar Association presented its 2016 Bar Show “Seven Jobs for Seven Judges” on June 15 and 16 at the Mary Jane Teall Theatre in Century II. Gary Ayers, Judge Mark Vining, Rick Macias & Lyndon Vix The Bar Show, a tradition since 1936, is a political satire in musical format featuring attorneys and judges from the Wichita Bar Association. The show is a collection of songs usually popular show tunes with lyrics re-written to cover topical themes - tied together with a story that usually follows the Kansas Supreme Court on an adventure. It satirizes courts, politicians and lawyers and is written, directed and choreographed by members of the Wichita Bar Association. All those on stage and in the crew are members of the Wichita Bar Association. The show is presented every three to four years when the Kansas Bar Association’s annual meeting is held in Wichita. The show presented on June 16 was for those registered for the annual Kansas Bar Association meeting, while the show presented the night before was a benefit for Dear Neighbor Ministries. The benefit resulted in a monetary donation of $5,540 and nearly 350 food items for that charity. Rachel Wetta

Brad Vining, Kimberly Vining, Becky Mann & Laci Boyle

Beth Swanson, Ben Winters & Joe Schremmer

Judge David Dahl & Tonya Dahl

Mark Hutton, Matt Gorney, Amanda Arroyo & Liz Bird

Katie Andrusak & Christine Campbell

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7*1t Reflection Ridge Plaza

West Wichita Food Truck Rally

Damn Kids – Joe Simpson, Geoff Winningham, Colton Cox & Scott Unruh

Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


ven though the heat was sweltering, loads of people flocked to try a variety of cuisine served up by the assortment of mobile vendors at the West Wichita Food Truck Rally on July 8 at Reflection Ridge Plaza. There were 13 trucks in attendance including The Flying Stove, The Brown Box Bakery, Garden of Eatin’, Let’m Eat Brats, Funky Monkey Munchies and more. The rock band, Damn Kids, entertained food truck fans throughout the evening. Check wichitafoodtrucks.com for food truck locations and information on future events.

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7*1t Wichita Art Museum

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Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


undreds of people showed up to help celebrate the Wichita Art Museum’s 81st birthday July 16. In addition to the always-free Saturday admission, visitors enjoyed free Hiland Dairy ice cream scooped up by the Wichita Wagonmasters, a toppings bar featuring nuts and candies from the Nifty Nut House and cookies. The second-level S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall, which features the colorful Confetti Chandelier by Dale Chihuly, was an appropriate setting for the ice cream social. The Wichita State University Steel Band provided live music. In the museum’s basement art studio, guests of all ages helped create a mixed media collage using yarn, hardware, caramel candies and more. The community art project was inspired by Edward Hopper’s painting, “Conference at Night,” which is on display at the museum. The final piece will eventually be displayed at WAM. The Wichita Art Museum was founded in 1935, thanks to the patronage of Louis Murdock, and its permanent collection now has more than 8,000 objects with an emphasis on American art. Its holdings span three centuries of paintings, sculptures, glass, works on paper and decorative arts.

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Gabriel Kenemer, Meg Saunders, Anne Saunders & Melanie Saunders

Braxton, Melanie, Taylin, Clint, Aspen, & Sienna Summers

Gabe Vannucchi, Stacy Chestnut & Carl Lundeen


Carolyn Copple, Norma Veazey & Teresa Veazey

Corbie Leiker & Olivia Curry

Patty Bennett & Libby Merritt

Scott Hampel & Patricia McDonnell

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Gail Evans & Kim Moren

Clay, DeAnn & Gwyn Schuler

Timmothy Joseph Jennings, Malory Sweat & Allison Jennings

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Tim, Mila, Rada & Pat Daley

Christiette, Leiahna, Giovahna & Ahna Eckels

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VIP Profile: Guadalupe Clinic

Members of Women of Wichita and staff at the Guadalupe Clinic pose for a photo with a cancer detection device that was purchased through fundraising efforts by the local philanthropic organization. Guadalupe Clinic does not receive federal funding and relies on donations from individuals and corporations, as well as funds received through grant funding organizations, like Women of Wichita.


Story by MeLinda Schnyder

o most people, traveling 5 miles to go to a doctor would not be an issue. But what if you are living 200 percent below poverty level, do not own a car and work multiple jobs to support your family? Guadalupe Clinic has been serving Wichitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uninsured and underserved for 31 years, offering health care services where they are needed most: South St. Francis, South Hillside and North Broadway. Guadalupe Clinic does not receive federal funding and relies on donations


from individuals and corporations as well as funds received through grant funding organizations. The average cost of services provided per patient is $100 and patients are asked for a $5 donation, however, no one is turned away due to an inability to donate. VIP Wichita sat down with Executive Director David H. Gear to learn more about Guadalupe Clinic. VIP: Who does your clinic serve? DG: We serve the poorest of the poor. These are people who without Guadalupe

Clinic would have to choose between taking care of their family or seeing a doctor. At Guadalupe Clinic we strive to take that burden from them. No one should ever have to make that kind of choice. Good health is a blessing and an essential ingredient in leading a productive life. We provide health care for people in our community from all races, ethnicities and religions. VIP: How many people do you serve? DG: In 2015, Guadalupe Clinic provided

Among numerous other services, Guadalupe Clinic provides general exams, health screenings, lab tests, X-rays and health education to patients, many of whom are working but services provided per patient is $100 and patients are asked for a $5 donation, however, no one is turned away due to an inability to donate.

together with volunteer health care professionals and students.

25,656 medical services through one of our clinic locations or increase in patients. We fully expect that number to continue to other health care options. Other safety-net clinics serve the fees with additional costs for each service, our patients can’t generous grant from the Goebel Family Star Lumber Foundation, we doubled the clinic size on South Hillside. We are already at capacity again, which shows the need for services in our community. VIP: What services are provided? DG: We provide doctor’s care, general exams, health screenings, lab tests, X-rays, health education and specialty services, including allergy, cardiology, dermatology, disease and chronic illness management, orthopedics, pulmonary care, women’s health and wellness exams, and a diabetic clinic. Referrals for more serious illnesses can be made through various connections and partnerships within the community for established patients. VIP: Who provides the services? physician assistants and medical assistants who work together with our volunteer health care professionals and students. Many of the services we provide are available because of our strategic educational, for example, KU School of Medicine, and professional partnerships, like Wichita Radiological Services. In 2015, we had more than 273 medical volunteers who provided in excess of 6,500 hours of their time and talents and we provided learning opportunities for more than 190 future doctors and nurses.

VIP: How did Guadalupe Clinic start? DG: In July 1985, Guadalupe Health Station opened its doors on South St. Francis. Funds for the initial project were provided by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother in Oklahoma, who had been teachers at Guadalupe Catholic Grade School for 30 years prior to the school closing. Since their mission included education and health care, the sisters decided the old Guadalupe Grade School would be a great location to start a clinic to serve the poor. Alice Wiggins, a registered nurse, was one of the founding volunteer inception, Guadalupe Clinic operated under the premise that health care professionals would follow their stewardship calling by volunteering their time and talents thus keeping costs low. In 1986, volunteer physicians joined the six nurses and the health station was renamed Guadalupe Clinic and incorporated. Alice, as well as other doctors and nurses who have volunteered since the beginning, are still volunteers today. VIP: How can people support Guadalupe Clinic? our mission of serving the poor. Volunteers are asked to donate South St. Francis, Wichita, KS 67211 or given online at www. guadalupeclinic.com. We also greatly appreciate donations of medication as well as all-day bus passes to assist patients with transportation. Please contact us if you’d like to tour our facilities

Additional photography provided by Guadalupe Clinic.


7*1t Terradyne Country Club

Alzheimer’s Association Robert C. Reilly 10th Annual Golf Tournament Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


he Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Kansas Chapter raised more than $30,000 at its 10th annual Robert C. Reilly Golf Tournament at Terradyne Country Club on June 27. The tournament started in 2007 when Isodyne Inc. President Joe Reilly approached the local Alzheimer’s Association chapter about holding a tournament to benefit local Alzheimer’s caregivers. Joe and his siblings had cared for a loved one and knew how challenging it could be, so he wanted to help others by creating a fundraiser to provide respite care for local Alzheimer’s caregivers. Respite care allows primary caregivers a break while qualified individuals step in and assist.

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Adam Manlove, Kurt Breitenbach, Mark Schmelzle & Steve Houlik

Jeff Hamilton, Bryan Wilson, Hans Widener & James Sample

Doug Stark & Dyana Schaefer


Aaron Niehves, Nathan Van Dever, Bryce Schroeder & Scott Rozendal

Tim Hein, Mike Unruh & Garett Gould

Larry Hanson, Terry Ediger, Tim Wright & Bill Hanson

Clint Tankersly, Nick Korkki, Chuck Alfers & Leo Rhea

Mark Anderson & Brock Hayes

Matt Davis, Grant Glasgow, Dustin Jackson & Tim Bishop

Sharon Erwin, Mike Ruggiero, Mike Valdez & Bill Weber

Nick Conde, Brian Luff, Tom Luff & Doug White

Ron Adame, Kaith Rariden & Tim Banta


7*1t Delta Dental of Kansas





Summer Mixer

Colin McKenney, Cindy Miles, Kevin Fish & David Stupay

Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


he Nonprofit Chamber of Service held a summer mixer July 13, where Cindy Miles, the new executive director of the chamber, was introduced. The event was hosted at Delta Dental of Kansas. The Wichita Crime Commission sponsored the event. The Nonprofit Chamber of Service was established in 2005 to provide opportunities for nonprofit organizations to network and facilitate collaboration among nonprofits. The chamber provides training, support and other resources to help the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nonprofits succeed.

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Anne Nelson, Marsha Hills & Pat Jones

Laurel Alkire, Toyia Bulla, Joy Miller & Terri Jones

Debbie Willsie, BreAnn Collins & Brien Bolin

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Dusty Buell & Lynn Rottinghaus

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7*1t Rainbows United


SUMMER FASHION SHOW Christian Rothwell Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


ore than 70 special needs children modeled outfits at the Rainbows United summer fashion show on June 24. Many models came up with their own costume ideas. Several groups of campers banded together and created outfits with a common theme, such as “millionaire yacht club” and “undercover spies.” Parents and community supporters lined both sides of the runway to admire and encourage the fashion show participants. The mission of Rainbows United is to enhance the lives of children with special needs and their families by bringing together community resources and providing customized services.

Phoenix Lamar

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Margaret Shook, Diane Cottingham & Blair Miller

Megan McCumbers

Chris McHenry

Alex Oakley, Julie & Mila & Uriah Hampel

Deb Voth & Angela Kessler

Lindsay Coffee & Lark Walker


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7*1t Holiday Inn Wichita East

Dress For Success Sisterhood of the Divine Makeover

Kate Caselton, Angie George, Krystian Fish, Nicole Ensminger & Linsey Coster

Story & Photography by MeLinda Schnyder


uests enjoyed shopping at booths from local retailers, a silent auction, brunch and a fashion show at the 12th annual Sisterhood of the Divine Makeover on June 18 at the Holiday Inn Wichita East. The event benefits Dress for Success Wichita, the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only affiliate of the national Dress for Success organization. In addition to providing interview-appropriate clothing free of charge to low-income women seeking employment, Dress for Success offers networking, career coaching, leadership experience and job seeking support to empower women. In 2015, Dress for Success Wichita delivered more than 800 services to more than 330 local women.

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7*1t Crestview Country Club

Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita

Grant Awards Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


ight Kansas nonprofits, including seven in the Wichita area, will be able to help more than 2,800 children with grants they received from Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita this year. RMHC Wichita awarded a total of $32,000 to the organizations, whose officials were on hand to receive the checks from Bob Lane, chairman of the RMHC Wichita grants committee, during a June 29 ceremony at Crestview Country Club. Since 1999, RMHC Wichita has awarded 225 grants for a total of $969,483. The money comes from a combination of fundraising efforts through area McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurants, including change receptacles inside the restaurants and in the drive-through lanes, and grant funding from RMHC Wichita. The 2016 recipients were: Arrowhead West in Dodge City; Child Start, Children First: CEO Kansas, Episcopal Social Services, Freedom Hooves (formerly Flint Hills Therapeutic Riding Center), GraceMed Health Clinic, Kansas Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Service League and Rainbows United.

Bob Lane, Susan Smythe & Rick Kuehl

Pam Noble & Michelle Jordan

Patrick Lowrance, Stuart Ray & Steve Turkle

Bob Lane, Diane Bitting & Mogan Jarrard

Bob Lane, Amanda Meinhardt & Paige Farrah

Bob Lane & Angela Kessler


Ukiah Hawkins, Heather Snapp & Kevin Tatrow

Bob Lane, Michelle Base & Doreen Eyler

7*1t Exploration Place

Dinosaurs in Motion Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


here was a lot of roaring and clanging of (metal) teeth during the June 17 opening and members-only night of Exploration Place’s newest traveling exhibition. Dinosaurs in Motion, on display until Sept. 5, features 14 interactive, recycled metal dinosaur sculptures with exposed mechanics that were created by master metalsmith John Payne. During a VIP reception, donors and Exploration Place officials were welcomed by Jason Cox, immediate past chair of the science center’s board of trustees, and listened to remarks about the melding of art and engineering by John Harrison, concertmaster of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and an engineering professor at Wichita State. Members of Exploration Place enjoyed an afterhours look at Dinosaurs in Motion, where children and adults alike used pulleys, levers and remote controls to manipulate the kinetic sculptures. Mike Everhart, a local dinosaur fossil collector and adjunct curator of paleontology at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, Kansas, was also on hand to share fossils he’s collected. Major sponsors of the exhibit are the Shaw Family Foundation, Squid Ink Creative and Westar Energy, along with the Allstate Foundation, Bill Bischoff, Buckley Industries, the Gridley Family Foundation, Harry Street Carpet, Hotel at Waterwalk, and Beth and Tim Rohrig. John Harrison, Bree Cox, Jason Cox, Beth & Tim Rohrig

Doug, Elizabeth & Caroline Pringle

Junetta Everett, Phil Frick, Judy Frick & Bill Bischoff

Kathy Johnson, Diego Johnson & Ben Walker

Brad Painchaud, Stacey Painchaud, Jan Luth, Tracy Hoover & Henry Gridley

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7*1t Wichita Waterwalk

Food Trucks on the Fountain

Photography by Darcy Daniels


ore than 30 food trucks served a wide array of food to a large crowd at the monthy Food Trucks on the Fountain event Wichitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Waterwalk on

June 26.

The event, held on the final Sunday of each months, also featured live music and a 90-minute outdoor yoga class by Satya Moon Yoga, with donations going to Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita. Future dates for Food Trucks on the Fountain are August 28, September 25 and October 30.

Sarah Audley & Terrell

John Nelson & Ashley Bruner

Sherri Conrad, Marilyn Keller & Vancy Utz-Hagman

London Roseberry, Dayton Yarrow, Joy Henderson & Daniella Thompson

Samantha Schmidt & Amber Martin


Tanya & Derek Frazier

7*1t Crestview Country Club

Air Capital Classic 17th Hole Photography by Molly Guidas - Story by Scott Elpers


nce called “the place to see and be seen,” the 17th hole at Crestview Country Club offered a break from the typical atmosphere at a professional golf tournament during a four-day stretch at the Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic in late June. With a good view from the double-decker grandstands, spectators cheered on caddies - lugging large golf bags – who raced the distance from tee box to the green of the Par 3 hole. Open bars and free food were plentiful in the grandstands, but tickets were tough to come by at the 17th hole, which are generally reserved for sponsoring businesses of the event.

Roy Trudo, Ryan Scott, Cameron Teel, Sasha Teel, Kylee Francis, Tyler Francis, Zac Wachholz & Jenifer Alexander

Ben & Audrey Cotton

Chris Drach & Brittany Smith

Rafael Barboza, Natalia Heredia & Kylie Rhoten

Vicki Stranathan, Robyn Zarich, Cody Whitehair, Austin Cook & Vicki Bentley

John Gragg & Paul Causton

Cassie Wheaton, Andy Resser & Lisa Dodge

Christina Butler, Adam Frederick & Michele Wenz

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7*1t Hyatt Regency

12th Annual Wichita Anime Festival Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


nime enthusiasts took over the first two floors of the Hyatt Regency Hotel to show off their elaborate cosplay costumes at the 12th annual Wichita Anime Festival. The three-day festival in early July featured artwork, vendors and other anime and cosplay related items. Attendees participated in several sessions that focused on costume-making, cosplay basics and flow art. The event featured question-and-answer panels as well as lip-synch battles and celebrity card games. The festival was attended by several notable voice actors, including Kyle Hebert, Joel McDonald and Cynthia Cranz. The weekend concluded with an award ceremony for best costumes.

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7*1t Sedgwick County Park

Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita

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Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


edgwick County Park was abuzz with music and billowing clouds of colored dust as the 2016 Color Me Rad 5K run kicked off June 25. A DJ played music as runners stretched and prepped for their color-filled morning run, which helped raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita. Competitors meandered around the starting area sporting white clothing that would be doused with tinted powders at eight different color stations along the 5K route. Nearly $3,400 was by runners and volunteers. Lydia & Candace Schneider

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7*1t Bishop Carroll High School

American Cancer Society

Relay For Life Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


ancer survivors, caregivers, family members, friends, co-workers and other supporters participated in the 12hour Relay for Life of Sedgwick County at Bishop Carroll High School July 15. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s largest fundraising event. Nearly 60 teams were registered, and it took 80 volunteers, along with 20 interns from Textron, to stage this year’s event, said organizer Melissa Easterberg. Relay for Life teams camped out overnight on the field of Bishop Carroll’s stadium, while at least one participant from each team was on the track at all times. Food, entertainment and games, including Via Christi’s Kohl’s Safety Town, along with a silent auction, were part of the event. The relay started with a survivor lap at 7 p.m. At 10 p.m., luminaria bags and candles that lined the track were lit to honor loved ones fighting the disease or who have died because of cancer. Presenting sponsors for the Relay for Life of Sedgwick County were Via Christi Health and the Kansas Air National Guard Fighting Jayhawks.

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Sean Simmons, Kyle Mott, Hady Arevalo, Heather Nelson, Mauro Garcia, JoAnn Pitzer & Joe Price

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SUMMER CONCERT SERIES KICKOFF Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


he 2016 KEYN Summer Concert Series, held at the Waterwalk in downtown Wichita, kicked off with the first of six consecutive, free, Friday night concerts July 8 with music by King Midas and the Muflers, Kansas’ longest performing rock ‘n’ roll band. KEYN radio personalities Don Hall and Barbara Baan welcomed fans to the concert series. As the night went on, listeners danced to the band, a local favorite since 1966, in the Waterwalk Commons area. A new feature at the concert series includes select food and beverage trucks. Two more concerts remain in the series, which is sponsored by Legacy Bank: Aug. 5 with local rock band Groove 42 and Aug. 12 with The Astronauts, a dance band that plays ‘80s music. The venue and food trucks open at 6:30 p.m. with bands taking the stage at 8 p.m. Bring lawn chairs to enjoy the music.

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Alex & Jessica Felix

Pat Brown & Mindy Hill

Don Hall & Barbara Baan

Zion Jones, Jaysa Jones, Shannon Black, Ciona Hopson, Karen Avery, John Abernathy & Carol Kinion

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7*1t Stearman Field

Stearman Field 9th Annual Fly-In & Car Show Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


wo modes of transportation were on display during the 9th Annual Fly-In and Car Show June 18 at Stearman Field in Benton, jut nine miles east of Wichita. Those attending had the opportunity to try a B-52 flight simulator, look under the hoods and check out the interiors of vintage and classic cars, watch planes land, and touch a number of small, private aircraft parked on the tarmac on this popular, small airport that includes the Stearman Field Bar & Grill and several condominium-hangars. Glenn Splane won first place in the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice Awards car show, while Kraig Seglem placed second and Mike Stanhope placed third. Music was provided by The Branded during the daytime hours, while the Fabulous Shirtheads took the stage in the evening for the event.

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WGOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rigoletto By Michael Bergland Combine a lusty Duke, his deformed but witty sidekick, a curse, an assassin, a senseless murder, and some of the greatest music ever written, and you might think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about an episode of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Game of Thrones.â&#x20AC;? Instead, what you have is Wichita Grand Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new production of Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rigoletto,â&#x20AC;? at Century II on September 3, 7pm at Century II. One of the most popular operas ever written, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rigolettoâ&#x20AC;? - a tale of love, loss, betrayal, and revenge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is not without a checkered past. Nearly being banned before it made it to the stage, Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s source material, the controversial play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Roi sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amuse,â&#x20AC;? by Victor Hugo, only made it through one scandalous performance in Paris before being banned. Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adaptation of this controversial play is not only one connection Victor Hugo has with opera and theatre as many other stories have garnered worldwide acclaim, such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hunchback of Notre Dameâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Miserables.â&#x20AC;? Verdi had a keen nose for drama, though, and knew Hugoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play would be a sure-fire opera hit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rigolettoâ&#x20AC;? was born, with Verdi claiming it would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;perhaps the greatest drama in modern times.â&#x20AC;? He fought with censors for nearly a year to get his adaptation performed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; eventually changing the tenor role from a womanizing, immoral King to a Duke from a long-dead Italian family, so no one could sue. The other thing Verdi managed to do was to write one of the biggest opera hits ever: â&#x20AC;&#x153;La donna è mobile,â&#x20AC;? a melody that is immediately recognizable by all. Verdi was so positive that the tune would be wildly popular, he insisted on absolute secrecy. Even the singers didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the music to the aria until just hours before the premiere. Verdi was right: following the premiere, every gondolier in Venice could be heard singing the beautiful aria. WGOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new production has assembled an international star power cast: Italian-American tenor Leonardo Capalbo makes his WGO debut as the philandering Duke of Mantua as opera superstar Samuel Ramey sings the pivotal role of Count Monterone. Baritone Michael Nansel and Korean soprano Yunnie Park return to WGO in the title role of Rigoletto and Gilda, his daughter, respectively, following rave reviews in last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s WGO productions. Renowned International set and costume designer and director Robert Stivanello makes his WGO debut while WGO Principal and Slovakian National Opera Conductor Martin MĂĄzik, at home in every major opera house in Europe takes the baton for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rigoletto.â&#x20AC;? Tickets for WGOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rigolettoâ&#x20AC;? range from $85 to $37, with senior, student, group and corporate discounts available. For tickets, call WGOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Box Office at (316) 262-8054 or buy online at SelectASeat.com.


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