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VIP Wichita October Contents events
Breakfast with Google Vine Autumn & Art Patron Party Habitat for Humanity - Raise the Roof Zoobilee Startup Grind Wichita - Chocolate, Food & Entrepreneurship 6 Meridian Anniversary Open House WSU - WATC Old Town Ribbon Cutting The Courtyards at Elk Creek Groundbreaking Crawl for Cancer Wine Mosey Wichita Art Museum pARTy Evolve with CDK Wichita University of Kansas Chancellor Reception American College of Trial Lawyers Via Christi Charity Classic Heath & Wellness Coalition Working Well Conference CJ Memorial Golf Tournament Jet Open Kickoff Party Music Theatre Wichita Dinner Party Diversity Jam Rodeo Drive Masterpiece Edition
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features VIP Profile: Tallgrass Film Association She Means Business: Gina Pasquariello CEO Spotlight: Nancy Withers VIP Professional: Perfection Builders Fiddler’s Cover at Prairie Pines VIP Interview: Rows of Sharin’ Wichita Wears #WichitaFlag
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Tallgrass Film Association Photographed by Madison Ham
October 2017 • 7
VIP Calendar of Events October 2017 Monday
7 Woofstock Sedgwick County Park 9:30 a.m.
12 Bloktoberfest Waterwalk 5 p.m.
Prairie Fire Marathon Downtown Wichita 7:30 a.m.
17 Friends of Felines’ Meow Fixer Mixer Prairie Pines 6:30 p.m. Tallgrass Film Fest
Barks, Buds & Suds Pub Crawl for Pups Old Town 11 a.m.
14 Bloktoberfest Waterwalk 10 a.m.
Alton Brown Eat Your Science Century II 7 p.m.
21 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Waterwalk 9 a.m.
Tallgrass Film Fest
Tallgrass Film Fest
Tallgrass Film Fest
27 The Rocky Horror Picture Show The Orpheum Midnight Final Friday
Tallgrass Film Fest
Tallgrass Film Fest
28 Share Our Food Mid-America All-Indian Center 6 p.m.
The Ambassador â€˘ VIP
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Megan Leis, Lauren LaForge, Kelle White
Breakfast with Google Hosted by Excelerate Digital
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Andy McFayden, Brody Latham
Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen
he Wichita Eagle and Excelerate Digital hosted breakfast and a morning presentation for Wichita marketing professionals and advertisers at The Ambassador on August 22. The exclusive event featured a guest speaker from Google, who spoke about trends in digital marketing. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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Chris Williams, Marco Carazo, Clay Hobrecht, Rowdie Pate
Lily Schneider, Kelly Niernberger
Josh Hamilton, Chris Drach
October 2017 â€˘ 9
VIP • Botanica
Elisabeth Owens, Paul Owens, Stephanie Kou, Kane Kou
Nate Purdum, Sarah Purdum, Chloe McBride, Zach Zerbe
Vine Story & Photography by MeLinda Schnyder
rees wrapped in strings of lights with chandeliers hanging from their branches and arbors dangling vintage pendant and cafe lights transformed gardens, terraces and meadows at Botanica Wichita into a unique setting on September 8. Vine, an evening of food, drink and music benefits the city’s 17.5-acre botanical gem. With nearly 800 attending, this event is the largest single-day fundraiser for Botanica. Forty percent of the gardens’ operating expenses are funded by special events. Attendees entered through the Chinese Garden of Friendship, then enjoyed food and drink stations in the Shakespeare Garden, concourse, terrace and meadow. The focus was local: local musicians played throughout the evening, the dishes served included locally sourced produce and spices and the meadow offered wine sampling from Grace Hill Winery, Wyldewood Cellars and Jenny Dawn Cellars. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
Marty Miller, Kathy Sweeney, Jade Martin
10 • October 2017
Kendra Faul, Tim Rozzell
MaKayla Harding, Teketa Harding
Megan Stewart, Bryan Officer
Grae Johnson, April Johnson
Arraya Paksin-Hall, Reena Patel, Sharon Pullins
Kylee Schroer, Kate Geren, Kai Williams
Jason Hebb, Melissa Hebb, Kathy Sweeney, Jimmy Spillman
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Stephanie Hentzen, Bernie Hentzen, Renee Biby, Dan Biby
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October 2017 • 11
VIP â€˘ Bradley Fair
George Laham, Joceylne Laham, Susie Longwell, Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell
Vera Bothner, Debbie Gann, Sheryl Wohlford, Mary Beth Jarvis
Autumn & Art Patron Party
Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley
Susanne Suellentrop, Rita Knoblauch
Carol Sherman, George Sherman
or one weekend in September, Bradley Fair became a lakeside art gallery. On September 15, a lavish patron party was held to kickoff Autumn & Art, a popular event held each year at Bradley Fair. The event featured gourmet food, specialty wine and spirits, craft beer tasting, a silent auction, wine pull, photo booth fun, amazing artwork and live performances. Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair is free to the public because of those sponsor companies and patrons honored on opening night. Autumn & Art was presented by Fidelity Bank and welcomed 98 artists from across the U.S. this year, including 31 from Kansas. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com. Norris Slupianek, Midge Slupianek, Clark Bastian, Sharon Bastian, Baro Nelson, Tim Nelson
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12 â€˘ October 2017
Dee Sinnett, Joan Loehr, Dan Sinnett
Autumn & Art Patron Party
Rob Snyder, Susan Peters, Sheila Frye, Bryan Frye, Patti Masten, Ben Lynn
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VIP â€˘ Emprise Bank Atrium
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Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley
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aise the Roof, an annual fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, took place at the Emprise Bank Atrium on September 16. Attendees enjoyed a variety of foods, beverages and live music, while gazing at the artwork on display at Emprise bank. GRIT Virtual was onsite to take attendees on a virtual reality tour of Habitat for Humanity homes. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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VIP • Sedgwick County Zoo
Steve Wappelhorst, Kathy Wappelhorst, Charnell Parker, June Russell, Charlene Bennett, Efrem Bennett
Michael O’Donnell, Amanda McKenzie, Bailey Shupe, Braden Stuart
Zoobilee Story & Photography by MeLinda Schnyder
oobilee chair Marvin O. Long and a committee of volunteers and Sedgwick County Zoo employees, including new executive director Jeff Ettling, threw another wild fundraiser on September 9. It’s the only day of the year the zoo closes to the public, allowing the team to set up for their biggest event of the year. About 6,000 attended Zoobilee to sample food and drinks from 70 restaurant vendors set up throughout the zoo, listen to eight bands including headliner Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band and bid on one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items. According to preliminary figures, this year’s event grossed close to $1 million that will be used for operational expenses, allowing the zoo to keep its admission prices affordable. A portion of this year’s funds will also go to support the zoo’s animal conservation initiatives in the wild. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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Debbie Larson, Dave Larson
Terri Kent, Kevin Kent
Jessica Scholes, Mike Scholes
Scott Peppard, Shari Peppard, Aleta Rose, Tra Cunningham, Everette Swanson, Tamara Molnar
16 • October 2017
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October 2017 • 17
Tallgrass Film Association By Amy Geiszler-Jones Photography by Madison Ham
Over the past 15 years, Wichita’s own Tallgrass Film Festival has become one of the hottest tickets around – not only for filmgoers, but for filmmakers, too. It’s even gotten the attention of another festival director who knows a thing or two about making films: Robert Redford.
“Local art-driven events like the Tallgrass Film Festival not only have a positive impact on Wichita’s economy but also add to the quality of life in this city,” said Redford, the founder of the Sundance Film Festival and an award-winning actor and director. For the third year in a row, Moviemaker magazine has touted the festival as one of the “top 50 film festivals worth the entry fee.” “Film is such an accessible art. Who doesn’t like movies?” said Lela Meadow-Conner, who’s currently serving as the festival’s creative director. She has held various positions, including six years as executive director of the Tallgrass Film Association, the festival’s parent organization that sponsors other film-related activities throughout the year, including the 24-hour filmmaking venture, Down to the Wire. Meadow-Conner, who knew Tallgrass founder Timothy Gruver from their days in the film industry in Los Angeles, has been involved with the festival since its inception as a three-day festival in 2003. On its 10th anniversary, the festival expanded to five days. This year’s milestone festival takes place Oct. 18 to 22. Last year’s festival drew a record-setting 16,000 people to 194 film-viewings. Word has spread in the moviemaking industry about the festival. This year, the festival received a record 2,000-plus film submissions. A local programming committee curated the submissions down to about 50 feature films and 100 short films. “I like to say we’ve whittled it down to the ultimate playlist,” Meadow-Conner said. This year’s lineup includes a prominent focus on women in front of and behind the camera, as well as a celebration of South African movies, according to organizers. The schedule includes the opening night and North American premiere of “For the Birds,” a film set in 1970s South Africa that tells of a young nurse ruffling feathers as she shows what it means to be an independent woman, and the closing night film, “Served Like A Girl,” that chronicles the lives of female veterans vying for the title of Ms. Veteran America. The festival gets its tagline, Stubbornly Independent, in part
because it showcases independent films. Meadow-Conner said some people still don’t understand the concept of an independent film. She has a simple explanation: “It’s just a movie. It’s a movie made without the millions of dollars from a studio behind it but with a great story.” The tagline also reflects the attitude behind the festival. It was sort of a stubborn venture, borne out of a “why not Wichita” attitude. Rather than maligning Wichita as being in the middle of nowhere in an area void of culture, festival organizers showcase the city’s entrepreneurial spirit by embracing independent filmmakers and in the process expose Wichitans not only to new films but a new relationship with its city. The festival also draws many out-of-town visitors. That’s one reason Nicole Howerton got involved. Owner of Howerton+White, which is the festival’s creative design and marketing agency on record, Howerton saw the potential the festival had to lift up Wichita. It was important, she said, to position herself and her business alongside a venture that wanted to enrich and build culture – with culture in this case referring to both the art aspect of the festival and the mindset of Wichitans about their community. Not only can festival-goers see films, they can rub shoulders with filmmakers, actors and more at the parties, meet-the-filmmaker and other educational events that make up the five-day festival. In the past, celebrities such as Elliott Gould, Cloris Leachman and Gary Busey have made appearances. This year, Rose McGowan, who starred in the TV hit “Charmed” and in several movies, is scheduled to come to Wichita to accept the festival’s Ad Astra Award on Oct. 19. Her directorial debut film, “Dawn,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, will be shown that evening, as well. More than 60 visiting filmmakers from all around the world are expected at this year’s festival. “That speaks to opportunities for businesses and people to be engaged with this organization,” said Howerton, citing how businesses can take advantage of volunteer opportunities as a pride of community Continued on Page 73
VIP • The Lux
Dan Kreis, Katherine Ambrose, Heather Newhouse, Jillian Ambrose
Keana Roets, Rebecca Gates, Jeff Jones, Brad Painchaud
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Chocolate, Food & Entrepreneurship Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley
Katie Bullock, Dan Drake
Troy Wayman, Lacie Leatherman
Kristin Khosravipour, Andrew Gough
Jordan Tibbetts, Matthew Mitchell
tartup Grind Wichita held its Chocolate, Food & Entrepreneurship event at The Lux on September 14. The event featured Beth Tully, founder of Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates and current director of brand innovation at Sasnak. Her most recent project was assisting in the launch of Sasnak’s new concept, HomeGrown. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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Anniversary Open House Jerry Bay, Danielle Williams
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Meridian, a wealth management and investment firm, hosted a full crowd to celebrate its first anniversary during an open house at its eastside Wichita location at the Waterfront on September 7. Managing partners, staff, family and clients were on hand for the celebration. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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VIP • Old Town
Lyndon Wells, Sheree Utash, John Bardo
Emily Patterson, Anna Lanier, Susan Johnson
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ichita State University and Wichita Area Technical College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony August 31 at their new joint Old Town location at 213 N. Mead. The facility will provide training for students in WSU’s physician assistant and physical therapy programs and WATC’s surgical technology, practical nurse, healthcare administration and management, certified nurse aide, certified medication aide and home health aide programs. The former Airbus facility was renovated to include a simulation hospital, emergency room, labor and delivery room, a surgical lab with simulators and a SynDaver (synthetic human) lab, as well as therapy rooms. Sandra Bibb, dean of WSU’s College of Health Professions, emceed the ceremony, which included remarks by WATC governing board chair Lyndon Wells, WATC president Sheree Utash and WSU president John Bardo. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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24 • October 2017
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Sharon Collins, Johanna Hutmacher
Jeremy Buehner, Sara Welch
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October 2017 • 25
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By Scott Elpers - Photography by Madison Ham
ina Pasquariello vividly remembers her first handstand. Having done it countless times since, she’s perfected the move along with many other yoga poses. That’s her in the photo on the left, doing what she once thought was unimaginable. “It was one of those impossible moments,” Pasquariello said. “I never thought I’d be able to do that. It’s much like opening a yoga studio. The idea was awesome, but there was no way it was going to happen.” Pasquariello, who’s been teaching yoga for 13 years, crossed another item off her list of impossible goals when she opened Hot Asana Yoga Studio in west Wichita three years ago. Last month, she opened a second location on the east side. “We were getting a lot of requests for an east location. We have people drive from the east side of Wichita every day,” she said. “Having an east location essentially doubled the amount off classes we can offer.” Pasquariello leads a team of instructors certified in hot yoga. The hour-long classes can be challenging, but are open to all ages and abilities. “It’s more an athletic yoga practice. We do lots of handstands, arm balances and inversions. It’s a balance between strength and flexibility. It doesn’t really matter where you’re at physically. You’re going to be challenged in these classes,” she said. “We’re one of the only studios in the area that offers truly hot yoga. It’s 95 degrees in our studio. You’re going to sweat a lot.” Owning a yoga studio was far from Pasquariello’s mind when she was in college. The Wichita native studied exercise science, only to switch her major to fine arts during her senior year at Wichita State University. She went on to get her master’s in education from Fort Hays State University, then spent seven years teaching pottery at Wichita East High School. When she opened Hot Asana’s first location, she was balancing both jobs.
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he team at Perfection Builders held a groundbreaking on August 31 for its latest project, The Courtyards at Elk Creek in Bel Aire. Perfection Builders specializes in upscale maintenance-free communities, with devlopments in Wichita, Derby and Bel Aire. Look for photos at www. vipwichitamag.com.
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October 2017 • 27
VIP • The Pumphouse
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Monte Ysidro, Stephanie Walty, Brooke Knight, Yvette Ysidro
Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley
rawl for Cancer took over Wichita’s Old Town bar district again on August 26. Each team consisting of about ten to twelve people traveled to five different bars and were given four tickets valid for four pitchers of beer at each bar. Crawl for Cancer is an organization driven to plan and host fundraising events that support lifesaving research and those affected by cancer. It was started by a group of friends who wanted to have fun while raising money for a good cause. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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28 • October 2017
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October 2017 • 29
VIP • Cowtown
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Phil May, Maureen Youngmeyer-May, Nancy Knapp, Brenda Golden
Wine Mosey Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones
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tagecoach rides and wine tasting made a perfect pairing on a pleasant September 17 evening at Old Cowtown for the living history museum’s 9th Annual Wine Mosey. During the event, guests stepped inside Cowtown’s historic buildings to taste wines and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres. Silent auction tables and a rope toss game to win bottles of wine were set up on the dirt streets to help raise funds for the museum’s programming. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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CEO Spotlight Nancy Withers By Amy Geiszler-Jones Photography by Madison Ham
hink of it as a building with his and hers storefronts. Three years ago Matt and Nancy Withers converted a former boat dealership building near Central and Greenwich to house their respective businesses. Nancy Withers, who has worked as an interior designer for more than 25 years with clients all over the country, used that opportunity to start her own design firm, Kitchens Wow. Signs Now, the business Matt Withers has run since 1991, occupies the other portion of the building. The businesses share warehouse space in the back. “It’s been a really good move,” said Nancy Withers. The specialty of her full-service design and remodeling company – the design of kitchens and bathrooms – reflects the areas of the home that are getting the most attention by homeowners nowadays. While Withers’ company can help homeowners design an entire home, kitchens and bathrooms comprise much of the firm’s work, and the resulting designs often will elicit a “wow” and other complimentary remarks. The firm works with several trade crews to handle a design or remodel from start to finish. Kitchens and bathrooms have moved beyond being just utilitarian rooms and are often key selling points of a home. Modern kitchens have become gathering places for families and friends to visit and experience some fun as they cook together, while master bathrooms are becoming spa-like retreats for homeowners. Amenities such a TV or a fireplace are now showing up in master bathrooms, said Withers. Her firm is always careful to understand the lifestyles of its customers. “One of my mainstays is that I don’t live in those homes, my clients do,” said Withers, who earned an interior design degree from Fort Hays University. “I focus on their needs, not my design preferences.” Instead, she uses her expertise to help clients understand various design features. With the use of design software, she can even create virtual design models that clients view on a wall-mounted monitor in the design studio’s conference room. Continued on Page 69
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Wichita Art Museum pARTy Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones
uring a fundraiser for the Wichita Art Museum on August 19, about 60 guests toured one of the state’s most renowned private collections that includes the work of more than 500 Kansas artists at Emprise Bank, which has amassed the collection over the years. The event, Art and Food, Locally Sourced, was one of a series of 22 parties – ranging from small intimate dinner parties for eight to larger affairs open to 100 guests – that comprises this year’s WAM fundraising effort called “pARTy – a collection.” Just as the word art is in the center of party, the parties, which kicked off August 17 and continue through November 9, are centered around art in some way, while having different themes and settings selected by each party’s hosts, according to organizers. Hosts for the August 19 party were two generations of two families: Dee and Mike Michaelis, Nancy and Mike Michaelis, Marni Vliet Stone and David Stone, and Whitney Vliet Ward and Mike Ward. Along with the art tour, Kansas food, beverages and restaurants were featured at the event. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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Scott Lehner (left) and Jason Ronk formed Perfection Builders in 2004, which specializes in upscale maintenance-free communities.
By Amy Geiszler-Jones - Photography by Madison Ham
hen Perfection Builders was formed in 2004 by Scott Lehner and Jason Ronk, it was because the pair had become experts in a specialized building technique known as insulated concrete form homes. Ronk had a thriving carpentry business and Lehner had a background in business and a company that specialized in ICF homes that focus on energy efficiency and sustainability. Now the business has a new niche: offering maintenance-free communities that appeal to people who want to exchange home maintenance chores and honey-do lists for quality time with family, friends and neighbors. Initially the pair started building typical spec homes in addition to ICF homes.
They even built some patio homes, which typically consist of units of homes with maintenance and landscaping provided by an association. “We felt there should be more to a community besides lawn mowing, and we felt the needs of those clients weren’t really being met,” Lehner said. “The homes were nice, but they really weren’t any different than most other homes being offered.” The company wanted to not only meet the needs of clients but improve their quality of life. To develop its niche, Perfection Builders became a franchisee of Ohio-based Epcon Communities, which now has 500 maintenance-free communities around the country and bills itself as the largest builder of homes targeting baby boomers.
Maintenance-free communities are a growing trend across the country. The communities’ selling points go beyond including home maintenance as a perk. Most offer lifestyle options, such as clubhouses, fitness centers and pools. At Perfection Builders’ communities, amenities include pickleball courts, heated pools and social events, and the communities are designed for access and walkability. “Our average homebuyer is still pretty young, around 60 years old,” said Lehner, a native of Cheney who earned an accounting degree from Wichita State. “Probably half of our buyers are still working or are business owners who don’t want to deal with home maintenance. They want a lock-and-leave lifestyle. The buyers we attract are a lot of fun Continued on Page 71
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DK Wichita held its first annual summer mixer on August 11 for Wichita’s builders, interior designers, remodelers and suppliers. Kamela Compton of National Flooring was the guest of honor. She and her team educated the guests on the current flooring textiles and fabrics for the upcoming fall season. CDK Wichita is dedicated to bridging professional partnerships between members of ASID and WABA to aid the evolution of the industry. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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Fiddler’s Cove at Prairie Pines a romantic vision for west Wichita
By MeLinda Schnyder - Photography By Madison Ham
ob Scott wants you to know that he’s not a professional developer and Fiddler’s Cove at Prairie Pines in northwest Wichita is his first – and likely only – new home development. That explains why it’s unlike any other development in the Wichita area: just 50 lots but each is a large, half-acre lot, at least half of Fiddler’s Cove’s 40 acres are devoted to parks, lakes and other open spaces, none of the houses back up to another house and the development borders Prairie Pines, a cultural hub for theater, music and other special events. “We put a lot of emotion and romance into it that not every developer does,” said Scott, known in the community as a long-time State Farm Insurance agent and the owner of Prairie Pines, a Christmas tree farm that opened in 1980 that has expanded to a year-round operation. “I wanted to make money at it, of course, but my driving force was to create something really nice that wasn’t being done on the west side of Wichita. Fiddler’s Cover is more of a romantic dream than a practical dream for me, just like Prairie Pines was and still is. It’s about a place to live that has plenty of room, is high quality and has plenty of trees and amenities.” Scott estimates he is a year or two away from completing Fiddler’s Cove, named for his love of music and the development being within hearing distance of the popular Chamber Music at the Barn summer concert series at Prairie Pines. They started selling homes in 2008 and have 13 lots remaining,
along with three show houses for sale ranging from the upper $600,000s to $1.2 million. Some of Wichita’s premier builders have homes in Fiddler’s Cove and the public can see the three show homes during Wichita Area Builders Association’s Fall Parade of Homes that runs for three weekends from Oct. 7-22. Fiddler’s Cove attracts buyers looking for a peaceful, quiet, secluded and relaxed environment. Its size gives Fiddler’s Cove the feel of a small neighborhood where neighbors can get to know everyone in the development.
“You wind your way back off of 37th Street and then suddenly you see this beautiful stone bridge that serves as the entrance and it’s a ‘wow’ for people,” said Angie George, a Berkshire Hathaway PenFed Realty broker who represents Fiddler’s Cove. The bridge, Scott said, is one of several sentimental features. He purchased the stones from the abandoned two-story building where Scott attended grade school in western Kansas and moved it here to build the bridge. It’s the only way in or out of the development. “Buyers love that it’s tucked away and they appreciate that there’s one road in and one road out, for security purposes. It isn’t gated but the bridge gives you a sense of seclusion,” said Sharon Lee, the Berkshire Hathaway PenFed Realty agent for Fiddler’s Cove. Lee said that many buyers have built homes with screened back porches to take advantage of the beautiful views and abundance of wildlife. “One of the best things Bob has done in developing Fiddler’s Cove is that no matter where you are in the development, you’re backing up to water or trees,” said Lee, adding that homes are on city water for consumption and each has a well for gardening and recreational use. The south and east sides of Fiddler’s Cover are bounded by lakes, the north side has a 100-yard berm with trees and native grasses that grow tall and wave in the wind and the west side is separated from a neighboring development by a forested buffer three trees Continued on Page 73
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Rick Klingman, Dr. Diane Klingman, Steve Dillard, Gena Dillard
Shelly Stumpe, Matt Stumpe, Doug Girod
University of Kansas Chancellor
Sue Watson, Caroline Pringle, Doug Pringle, Traci Pickert, Bill Pickert, Daniel Thomas
Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley
ouglas A. Girod was honored as the 18th chancellor of the University of Kansas during a reception at the Wichita Art Museum on August 9. The reception was hosted by KU Endowment and KU Alumni Association presidents Dale Seuferling and Heath Peterson. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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VIP Interview: Rows of Sharin’ By MeLinda Schnyder
n 2009, Kathy Huschka was retiring from a career as a special education teacher and came up with an idea to share her passion for gardening with adults and youth with intellectual or developmental disabilities. She knew gardening brought general enjoyment to many people and could also offer therapeutic benefits. She proposed a community garden to The Arc of Sedgwick County, a nonprofit organization that started in 1953 and is one of 650 nationwide chapters of The Arc of the United States. The Arc’s leadership was unsure of the level of commitment, especially during Kansas’ hot summer days, but decided to try three small raised beds behind their bus barn. Today, Rows of Sharin’ Community Garden is one of the most popular activities of The Arc’s self advocates, adults working to establish independence. “Each year the garden has grown a bit more and each year the self advocates, under Kathy’s direction, decide on new things to grow,” said Kevin Fish, executive director of The Arc. “Our self advocates love the social aspect of working the garden together. They have enjoyed developing the skills to maintain the garden and harvesting the fruits of their labor. They have learned to cook and prepare vegetables from the garden and even how to prepare items for the winter. They also love being able to share with others and have donated to the nearby retirement community and various food banks.” Rows of Sharin’ can always use community volunteers to help with watering or making improvements to the gardens, and donations of hand tools and garden gloves allow more folks to work in the garden
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at the same time. Fish, who started with The Arc 21 years ago, said that even though his organization has been active in Wichita for 64 years, there are still families and individuals who are not aware of the programs and services they offer to increase self-confidence and independence. For example, children with down syndrome learn social skills and become more involved in school by being involved with The Arc’s Circle of Friends mentoring group. Adults with autism gain independence by going out to dinner or a concert through The Arc’s Special Projects programs. VIP: How did your organization start in Wichita? KF: The Arc of Sedgwick County was created in 1953 by a group of parents who wanted more opportunities for their children with intellectual disabilities and to provide support for other families as well. One founding member, Wilma Martin, presented information about what was known as the Association for Retarded Children, which had just been created nationally. She was elected as the first board president, leading what was then an all-volunteer organization. VIP: Who do you serve? KF: The Arc serves those with intellectual and or developmental disabilities including autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Annually, we serve nearly 4,000 individuals with developmental disabilities primarily in the Sedgwick County area, but
will routinely draw from surrounding counties and at times from across the state. VIP: How do you serve them? KF: The Arc’s mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families by providing educational and social opportunities to enhance the development of individual potential while advocating for supports and services within the community. Through a multitude of programs, activities and special events, The Arc is able to touch countless lives and achieve our mission. VIP: Tell us about your programs. KF: We work closely with other agencies and surrounding school districts to provide a variety of programs and activities. Our five major program areas include: targeted case management; information and education; mentoring programs; the summer YESS socialization program; and special projects that offer year-round social and recreational activities, such as travel programs, camps, dances and pageants. Circle of Friends, a mentoring program active in over 45 area schools, has over 2,300 students participating. Youth Education and Summer Socialization (YESS) is one of the most unique programs of its kind and is nationally recognized for its quality programming. VIP: What is the size of The Arc? KF: The Arc’s day-to-day staff is approximately 30, with an additional 50 seasonal staff who assist with summer and school break programming. The Arc’s governing board is made up of 15 community volunteers. The Arc relies on 25,000+ hours donated by volunteers annually, including hundreds of hours through community, employee, church and school groups. The rest are from our passionate long-term volunteers who assist with the hundreds of events offered throughout the year. This group includes many self advocates who grew up in The Arc’s programs and love to give back and help others. VIP: How is your organization funded? KF: Funding partners like the United Way of the Plains and Sedgwick County Developmental Disability Organization provide grant support to help us keep programs free or affordable for families. Most of those within our case management services have Medicaid funding to support this valuable service. Some of our programs have a fee associated to participate, but our donors help us keep these as low as possible so that all interested can hopefully participate and benefit. Community support through fundraising events, contributions and in-kind donations is our most important funding source to support programs and those we serve. VIP: How can readers support your organization? KF: Please share our story with others who may need our services, or who may want to become involved. Invite The Arc to present to your civic, employee or church group. We could not provide these valuable programs without the community’s wonderful support. If you have a few hours a month, you can volunteer to take a group of adults to a concert, help in the garden, become a mentor for an adult or assist kids in our monthly programs. Donations are appreciated all year round, and they help us provide unique quality programs at no or low-cost. You can learn more about us or donate directly on our website, arc-sedgwickcounty.org.
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VIP â€˘ The Ambassador
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Terry Guebert, Don Gribble II, Kathleen Guebert
American College of Trial Lawyers Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley
embers of the American College of Trial Lawyers capped three days of meetings and social events with a dinner in the Regency Room at the Ambassador Hotel on August 19. Aviation photographer Paul Bowen was guest speaker for the 10th Circuit Regional Dinner. Lawyers, their spouses and guests from several states attended the event organized by Teresa and Steve Day. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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VIP • Crestview Country Club
Alex Holmes, Carly Anderson, Jesi Reichenberger, Josephy Nguyen, Emma Finkeldei, Alexis Segura
Betsy Redler, Freddy Simon, Scott Redler
Via Christi Charity Classic Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones
ia Christi Philanthropy partnered with Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers and Panera Bread to host its 37th annual Charity Classic Golf Tournament on September 15 at Crestview Country Club. Freddy Simon, co-founder and namesake of Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, served as the tournament’s honorary chair for the fourth consecutive year. This year’s tournament was held in honor of Bill Simon, Freddy’s son, who had been a longtime supporter of the Via Christy Charity Classic. Marlon King of Intrust Bank was the tournament chair. Volunteers included students from Wichita’s two Catholic high schools who are members of the St. Gianna Catholic Health Academy. Funds raised from this year’s tournament will support renovations at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph, said Monica Coen, chief philanthropy officer. Over the years, more than $5.1 million has been raised from the Via Christi Charity Classic. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
Kevin Ulwelling, J.V. Johnston, Mike Mullins, Bob Thurman
Jason McClendon, Chris Rea, Rocky Cornejo, Dr. Micah Hall
Jeff Schwab, Elaine Moore, Mark Scholler, Betsy Redler, Scott Reder, Jon Simon
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Mike Mullins, Marlon King, Monica Coen
Via Christi Charity Classic
Alyssa Salas, Heidi Asmussen, Wayne Hesse, Marie Moore, Makayla Ehmke, Julia Howey
Dawn Walker, Tim Taylor, Alex Breitenbach, Jonathan Vande Krol
Ben Simon, Randy Simon, Freddy Simon, Jon Simon
Kelly Rundell, Brad LaForge, Scott Hill, Art Chalmers
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VIP â€˘ Hyatt Regency
Jenna Vathauer, Teresa Penning, Kylie Penning
Jan Wagner, Debby Wells, Juana Ceballos, Elisha Bannon, Yasmina Urbina, Michele Davis
Health & Wellness Coalition Working Well Conference Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen
Amber Traffas, Samantha Zeller
Susan Randall, Laurie Moody
Stephanie Florence, Allyson Rodriguez
Lauren Ogorzolka, Emma Ochs
he Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita held its 13th annual Working Well Conference August 21 and 22 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Wichita. The conference was attended by professionals from the Wichita area and beyond, eager to make a difference in their lives and the lives of their coworkers. Keynote speakers Cathy Newton, Dr. Paul Atchley, Angela Siebert and Brian Passon discussed topics about wellness in the workplace and how technology impacts the modern workplace. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
Regina Grant, Monte Hostetler
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Michael Hunter, Gayla Ratzlaff
Kelli Frazell, Cheryl Carroll
VIP • Hidden Lakes Golf Course
Stacy Lahman, Frank Seitz, Greg Korbe, Sam Korbe
Bob Shanks, Doc Cox, Kerry Cox, Troy Wayman
CJ Memorial Golf Tournament
Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones
Ana Sawyer, Carrie Nungesser
Andi Roe, Christine Rogers
ore than 140 golfers took part in the CJ Memorial Golf Tournament, held September 18 at Hidden Lakes Golf Course. The tournament, in its 11th year, raises money to support The Arc of Sedgwick County, KETCH, Rainbows United and Derby Free Spirits, a Special Olympics team. The beneficiaries of the tournament funds are organizations that had helped improve the life of the tournament’s namesake, CJ Seitz, during his lifetime. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
Kelly Isham, Tim Zoglman, Greg Prideaux, Jim Noel
John Saindon, Tanner Smith, Drake Smith, Rex Smith
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Justin Hromek, Anthony Jenkins, Blaine Frazier, Derek Frazier
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Michael Graf, Dylan Donner, Joel Huet, Rees Lahman
Isaac Perez, Josh Newman, Dan Dejmal, Casey Bough
Tastefully updated, upgraded and renovated kitchen and bathrooms, newer windows, heat/air. So much to love! • 3084 sq ft • 4 bedrooms • 3 full baths • all new kitchen – cabinets, counters & appliances – opening to hearth rm w/ massive sliding doors to back yard, fireplace, wet bar • family rm flows from hearth rm w/ wood-burning fireplace • master w/ en suite bath • private fenced yard, sprinklers, tasteful landscaping 9 E. English, Eastborough, KS 67207 | MLS #539673
Scott Duke, Bryce Rowe, Eric Schlecht, Jeff Smith
Craig Staats, Tad LaVergne, Rocky Cornejo, Terry Staats
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VIP • Newman University
Jet Open Kickoff Party Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones
ewman University athletic department supporters, coaches, student-athletes and administrators kicked off the 33nd Annual Laurie Bell Memorial Jet Open golf tournament with a special pre-golf reception and auction event August 6 at the university’s Dugan-Gorges Conference Center. The August 6 kickoff party and golf tournament, held August 7 at Rolling Hills Country Club, raise money for Newman athletic scholarships and facility upgrades. During the kickoff party, Newman University President Noreen Carrocci presented the Coach of the Year award to head women’s volleyball coach Destiny Clark, and Athletic Director Vic Trilli presented the Herb Bachrodt Athletic Director’s Award to head women’s tennis coach Shella Augspurger. Michael Taylor and Joanna Pryor, members of the Jet Open committee, received the Ray Dondlinger Award. Dondlinger & Sons Contruction was the kickoff party sponsor. Among the guests were several members of Laurie Bell’s family, including husband Johnnie Bell, their children and grandchildren. The charity golf tournament was renamed in Bell’s honor in its 25th year to recognize Bell’s contributions to Newman athletics. She died in 2009. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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Cliff Brown, Beau Barnthson, Destiny Clark, Clarissa Krum
R.J. Allen, Tylease DePriest, Jamahl DePriest
Jet Open Kickoff Party
Mary Grace Bell Muck, Mark Bell, Hunter Vance, Margaret Bell Vance, Greg Vance
Fred Muck, Mary Grace Bell Muck, Johnnie Bell, Father Tom Welk
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Mike Bell, Mark Bell, Johnnie Bell, Jim Rheem
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VIP • The Ambassador
Kathy O’Shaughnessy, Pat O’Shaughnessy, Mickey Armstrong, Norma Greever, Anne Coffin
Helen Meyer, Russell Meyer, Ann Garvey
Music Theatre Wichita
Mark Eaton, Karen Folino
Judy Goodpasture, Hew Goodpasture
Anna Mills, Belden Mills
Bill Thompson, Barbara Thompson
Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley
dinner party celebrating the birthday of Wayne Bryan, director of the Music Theatre Wichita, was held at The Ambassador on August 15. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
Melissa Steadman Hart, Hal Davis, Marla Zerener
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Wichita Wears O nce the leaves start to change colors you know it’s time to refresh and update your wardrobe. But let’s start at the top with your hair and makeup. A new season is a great time for a new hair style. And your choices are varied. “One-length bobs, a modern shag, long, medium short, cropped, blunt fringed bangs. Trends, all of it,” said Pam Cutler of Salon Knotty. Speaking of cropped and fringed, Tod Ernst of Planet Hair says he thinks a very popular look for fall is the ‘real Twiggy look’ with short, short hair.” He says stylists are still doing undercuts where the underneath hair is shaved. “And for women in the 35 to 55 age range we’re seeing a lot of layering, and textures. We’re even doing some perms to get that texture back,” he said. And stylists say it’s a great time to try a fresh color. “Some women never experiment with their hair color,” Cutler said. She advises if the reason you are coloring your hair is to cover the gray, refrain from choosing your natural hair color or an all-over color. Scarlett Davis of Crave Beauty Academy says blondes will be going for the ash tones, but adds mocha, chocolates and caramel tones are hot for fall. Rest assured it’s not a color palette limited to tones from Mother Nature. “We’re seeing a lot of the younger girls doing pastel colors, mermaid colors, oil slick colors and also pale blonds that are beigey and silvery,” Ernst said. But as Davis says, it’s not all about the hair. “Makeup trends have come and gone quickly in the past year but for fall, trends are all about being bold and daring with color.” Suggestions from Cutler include choosing a matte finish with your foundation and trying a matte dark lip color. “And a clean, great shaped brow is important,” she said. Emma Terry at Planet Hair agrees brows are important and should have soft lines but still be prominent. She says go for berry colors on the lips and shades of purple and blue for the eyes. Everyone agrees adding fake eyelashes is the look for eyes. They also suggest when you wear dramatic eye makeup, your lips should be more natural. But if your lips are pulling focus, tone down the eyes. Some of the trends you’ll see but may not take part in are the very metallic lipsticks in blue and purple. And fake freckles. “Yes, we said it, faux freckles are the new fall trend,” said Davis. - Bonnie Bing
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VIP â€˘ Old Town
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n July 21, a crowd gathered around an outdoor stage in front of the Museum of World Treasures in Old Town for the annual Diversity Jam. The free concert event celebrated a variety of cultures with mix of local talent. Blues, opera, Latin and bluegrass were just a few of the musical genres highlighted at the concert, which include performances from Lady & The Tramps, Darl Christner, Loli Christner, Dave Baker, T-Roy and Todd Roy. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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rt was on the shopping list at Mark Arts’ Rodeo Drive Masterpiece Edition. The three-day event kicked off on August 24 with a special one-hour VIP shopping event, which featured a presentation by certified appraiser John Boldenow. All proceeds from the event supported Mark Arts’ mission to provide artistic opportunities in an atmosphere of lifelong learning. There have been other Rodeo Drive events that focused on different things, such as home accessories, but by featuring art, this edition concentrated on what Mark Arts “does best,” said Laura Roddy, the center’s development and marketing director. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.
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Gina Pasquariello [ summerfield at tallgrass stunning patio home ] Continued from Page 26
“Opening a second studio doesn’t seem so hard when you think that for almost three years I had two full time jobs at the same time,” she said. “I was never into safe bets. I was in fine arts. I wanted to do what I love, no matter the risk.” She combined her love for teaching and yoga when she started certifying other yoga teachers with curriculum she designed. Pasquariello is designated E-YRT 500, which means she’s been teaching yoga for at least four years and has taught at least 2000 hours of yoga classes. When it came to her owning her own studio, Pasquariello’s fingerprint is everywhere. She designed Hot Asana’s logo, its website and even painted the walls her favorite bright colors. “I get to do what I love and what I’m passionate about,” she said. “Do what you love. The rest will fall into place.”
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CEO Spotlight Nancy Withers Continued from Page 32 As part of the design process, she will do an on-site visit that helps her understand a client’s lifestyle and needs. She’ll pay attention to colors, styles and who utilizes the space – even taking into consideration pets. On one job, for example, a client needed to have a space for a cat’s litter box in the bathroom but didn’t want it to be openly exposed. The solution was to hide the litter box in the vanity and provide an access door for the cat. “It’s intimate work to design people’s private spaces and ask about their lifestyles,” said Withers. In the Kitchens Wow showroom, visitors can see for themselves some of the latest trends in the various kitchen and bath vignettes displayed – pullouts and storage compartments that make efficient use of cabinets in the kitchen and glass-walled walk-in showers that help open up the feel of a bathroom. The samples of cabinets, tiles and specialty stones illustrate the variety of higher-end choices available through Kitchens Wow. Other popular looks, said Withers, are island cabinetry in a different color, lots of neutral tones of whites, grays and white on white, and the transitional style, which is a combination of modern and traditional elements. But not everyone wants to be a trendsetter, Withers said, and that’s OK. “We focus on what people love and want.” Listening to customers and networking are key elements to a business, said Withers, a native of northwest Kansas. Her experience as Miss Kansas USA 1989 helped her hone her public relations skills and ability to engage with people, she said. Kitchens Wow is a member of the National Bath and Kitchen Association and the Better Business Bureau and can be found in the professional directory of houzz, an online design resource for homeowners.
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Continued from Page 37 and it’s a blessing to build for them.” In 2011, Perfection Builders opened its first maintenance-free committee known as Watercress Village in Maize. It was well received and sold out quickly. Since then it has opened three more courtyard communities in Wichita, Derby and Bel Aire, and one in Manhattan, with two new ones in development in west and in northeast Wichita. The residences in Perfection Builders’ courtyard communities are upscale single-level homes, with an option to add a second-level bonus suite. Homeowners can customize the nine available floor plans that can result in homes ranging in size from 1,400 square feet to 3,400 square feet with an extensive list of custom features. The average home in Perfection Builders’ communities is generally a two-bedroom, two-bath, 2,300-square-foot home with a price tag of around $400,000, Lehner said. “Our buyers put in some pretty nice things,” said Lehner. The homes have courtyards to the side or back of the house and are designed to provide maximum privacy for homeowners who want to create the perfect retreat. Some homeowners take advantage of the courtyards to extend their living space and add fireplaces, kitchens and even TVs. Perfection Builders also offers traditional homes and townhomes. Three years ago, it added an in-house broker, Summit Properties, to handle sales of its properties.
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Everything Woman Bio
Dr. Alicia Thompson’s responsibilities as superintendent of the Wichita Public Schools formally began on July 1, 2017. However, Dr. Thompson is no stranger to Wichita schools or the community. Her legacy in the Wichita district extends back to her mother, who was a veteran teacher in the Wichita district. When it was time to start kindergarten, she was a student at Carter Elementary, then transitioned to Chisholm Trail Elementary. A proud Wichita Heights Falcon, she went on to attend college at Langston University, Newman University, and ultimately received her doctorate of educational leadership from Wichita State. Her 25-year career in Kansas’ largest school district began as a teacher at Ingalls Elementary, now Spaght Magnet Elementary. She transitioned into a building leader and then a district-level administrator prior to her appointment as Wichita’s superintendent in spring 2017. Dr. Thompson believes in investing her own time in the community that has supported her. Community activities have included service on boards of directors for Goodwill Industries, American Red Cross, Real Men Real Heroes, Leadership Wichita and Exploration Place. In her role as superintendent, she will serve the Wichita Chamber Board of Directors, Greater Wichita Partnership and Business Education Alliance. She is actively involved in the WSU School of Education leadership advisory board, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Links, Inc., and St. Mark United Methodist Church. Alicia has been honored with the Wichita Business Journal’s Leadership in Diversity Award, the Martin Luther King Education Award from the Urban League of Kansas, and the NAACP Education Award. Dr. Thompson and her husband Reggie, a West High Pioneer, have two children – a daughter who graduated from Northeast Magnet, and a daughter who will begin middle school this fall. Dr. Alicia Thompson is truly an Everything Woman!
VIP Profile: Tallgrass Film Association Continued from Page 19 and team-building efforts. She sees this kind of cultural opportunity as a benefit for businesses to use when recruiting, too. More than 330 volunteers helped in various capacities last year, from projectionists to drivers to filmmakers and more. This year, more than 400 volunteers are expected. The festival takes place in the heart of Wichita at some historic venues, allowing Wichitans to explore different parts of their city in different ways. The nine film-viewing venues are Venue 332 at the Scottish Rite, the Ruffin Building, Wilke Family Center at First United Methodist Church, Roxy’s Downtown, The Orpheum Theatre, Kansas Leadership Center, Wichita Art Museum, the Wichita Public Library and even the ICT Pop Up Park. Party venues include Union Station and the former Greyhound bus depot in downtown Wichita. “It’s walkable,” noted volunteer and incoming president of Tallgrass Film Association’s board of directors April Johnson,who helps plan some of the special events surrounding the festival. Wichita’s Q-Line is running a special route to hit all the festival venues. With the idea of engaging both film buffs and novice attendees, festival organizers have created various different ticket packages, from a TALLpass that gives one access to everything to a one-day binge pass for Saturday, Oct. 21, to individual movie tickets. A special VIP lounge is set up for Oct. 19 to 22 at The Lux, where those with a VIP TALLpass can imbibe in happy hour, get a massage or makeup session, eat meals and hobnob with visiting filmmakers.
Tallgrass Film Association Creative Director Lela Meadow-Conner and Director of Programming & Education Nick Pope will oversee the film festival’s 15th year in Wichita, which runs October 18-22.
Fiddler’s Cove at Prairie Pines Continued from Page 40 deep. In the middle of the development is a heavily treed park with a saltwater pool, a basketball court and a 700-foot narrow stream lined with tons of rocks and featuring two waterfalls. “Any smart developer would set aside 20 percent to not sell but in our development, we have half the land dedicated to parks and lakes,” said Scott, an energetic 80-year-old who still climbs mountains on family vacations and remains hands-on with Fiddler’s Cove, walking the property at least once a day and driving through once a day. Scott estimates there are 400 to 500 trees throughout the development –Chinese pistache trees, maples, oaks, redbuds, along with pines – chosen for their longevity and quality of color. Additionally, homeowners are offered unlimited pine trees for their yard, planted by Scott’s Prairie Pines crew. “Any pines that we put in now are loblolly pines, which get to be 100 feet tall and live 100 years. They are magnificent trees that grow very fast,” he said. Scott bought the acreage where Fiddler’s Cove sits in 1989 and had nearly 40,000 trees growing there until deciding to harvest the trees in the early 2000s and develop the land. His vision was a high-end development within the sought-after Maize school district that would allow residents to enjoy Prairie Pines, which offers year-round cultural experiences: summer concerts, an old-fashioned Christmas experience, dinner theater and other special events. “On a summer night, you can sit in the backyard and listen to music or walk over to Prairie Pines to enjoy a concert,” Scott said. “It’s really very enchanting.”
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Even though Ron Baker (left) and Fred VanVleet are not Wichita natives, the city will forever claim them as its own. And they have regularly expressed their fondness for Wichita as well. The duo played key roles in the WSU Shocker Final Four run in 2013 and historic undefeated season in 2014, putting Wichita back on the national stage of men’s basketball.
It’s no secret that Bobby Bones loves Wichita. He even gave the city a shout out in his 2016 New York Times best seller as being the first market where his syndicated radio show found success.
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The Navy will commission the third rendition of the USS Wichita in 2018. The entire crew was outfitted with Wichita flag swag when they visited the ship’s namesake over the summer.
The Porter family took the Wichita flag to New York City in June. While outside the NBC Today Show studios, Hoda Kotb wished the flag a happy 80th birthday.
Nico Hernandez, a Wichita North High School alumn, made both the USA and hometown proud when he won the bronze medal in light-weight boxing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
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