Newton, KS 2016 Visitor Guide

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Newton Kansas 2016 Visitor Guide


A publication of the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau


Local history ........................................ 4-5 Museums ............................................. 6-7 Arts & entertainment ......................... 8-11 Local map ........................................ 12-13 Restaurants ..................................... 14-15 Lodging ................................................ 16 Outdoor activities ............................ 18-19 Community information ........................ 20 Calendar of events ........................... 21-22 Shopping guide .................................... 23 to

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Trails to Rails ewton was founded in 1871 as the Newton began N Santa Fe Railroad chugged westward across the plains and cowboys cattle up the Chisholm Trail its life on the drove from Texas. Newton’s early years as a were brief but rowdy. Chisholm Trail and cowtown Though the cowboys soon moved farther down the trail, the railroad conto shape the town as Mennonite has remained tinued immigrants from Germany and the including Bernard Warkentin, connected to the Ukraine, helped establish Newton as an important influence in Kansas’ agricultural railroads ever since future. Newton’s only cattle season was the summer of the town’s founding in 1871, when 40,000 head of cattle barreled into town and cowboys brought with them saloons, corruption and a notorious gunfight now known as the “Gunfight at Hide Park” or the “Newton Massacre.” Virtually none of the original sites from Newton’s Chisholm Trail days exist today. Despite its cowtown beginnings, the character of Newton changed quickly as the “barbaric domiciles,” as de-

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scribed by The Newton Kansan, were replaced by businesses supporting the growing agriculture and the strengthening railroad. Those industries remain integral parts of the Newton community today. Although “cowboy culture” was headed south to Wichita by 1872, the railroad still brought remnants of the West into town, including Buffalo Bill, who made the first of several trips to Newton with his famed “Wild West Show” in the 1870s. The railroad also brought other notable guests, including then-New York Governor Teddy Roosevelt, who stopped in Newton while campaigning with William McKinley in 1900 during the presidential race. By the mid-1870s, the Warkentin family was settling into an agricultural life in Kansas. Bernard Warkentin discovered that the winter wheat Mennonite farmers were accustomed to growing in the Ukraine also grew well on the Kansas plains. He established grain mills in Halstead and Newton and worked to recruit fellow Menno-

nites still facing persecution in Russia to immigrate to the United States and establish farms. The resulting migration established a strong link to Mennonite culture in central Kansas. Warkentin’s influence on Newton also remains evident today, as his grandest and final home stands on First Street and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is now a house museum that is open to the public with more than 80 percent of its contents original to the family. (See page 7 for tour information.) Newton’s oldest existing business, Anderson’s Book & Office Supply, has operated continuously here for more than 100 years. It began in the 1800s as a wooden stand set up by the railroad tracks to sell newspapers, sandwiches and cookies to rail passengers. Currently, the business is located at 627 N. Main St. and is still operated by the Anderson family. Today, dozens of trains regularly pass through Newton each day. Many are operated by BNSF carrying freight across the country. However, Newton continues to serve rail passengers at its Amtrak depot. Passenger trains run along the Southwest Chief route, with endpoints in Chicago and Los Angeles. East and westbound trains stop in Newton between 2:30 and 3 a.m. (For more information about Amtrak, see page 20.) For more information about Newton’s history and its downtown historic district, pick up a copy of the Historic Newton Downtown Walking Tour at the Newton visitor center inside City Hall, Newton Public Library and Anderson’s Book & Office Supply, or read it online at

Harvey Girls A London-born entrepreneur is credited with establishing the first American restaurant chain, called the Harvey House, which provided restaurants, souvenir shops and hotel rooms to rail passengers. Fred Harvey opened eating houses along the Santa Fe Railroad beginning in 1876. The Harvey House in Newton opened in 1882 and operated until May 1957. Harvey Houses were known for their menus, coffee cup code and “Harvey Girls,” among other things. Harvey hired women age 18-30 to staff his restaurants, and his employees followed a strict set of rules. In addition to the age requirements, Harvey Girls were required to be attractive and intelligent, unmarried and have “good moral character.” The restaurant chain’s server culture was the spotlight of the 1946 film “The Harvey Girls,” which starred Judy Garland.

Harvey House Cup code • Right side up on saucer: Coffee • Cup upside down: Hot tea • Cup against saucer: Iced tea • Cup upside down away from saucer: Milk

At left: Newton is pictured circa 1872, not long after its founding. Top: Teddy Roosevelt, far right, is pictured on a train in Newton during a stop in 1900 when he was a vice presidential candidate. (Photos courtesy of Harvey County Historical Society Archives) Newton Visitor Guide • 5

Step into the past Local museums preserve Newton’s cultural heritage and history


ocal history comes alive in the Newton area’s three museums. All offer special events and exhibits as well as regular educational programs for local residents and visitors to enjoy. Special events and educational programs are highlights for the museums, and range from an annual Kansas Day celebration each Kansas D January at Kauffman Museum and ay extensive Christmas displays at Warkentin House to a paranormal investigation at the Historical Museum. A calendar of lectures, musical events and fundraisers keep history hands-on throughout the year.

Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives 203 N. Main, Newton; 316-283-2221 Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and first and third Saturdays Admission: Free, donations welcome 2016 exhibits: “Purposeful Stitches: Community Quilts”; “Fill ‘er Up! Service Stations of Harvey County”; “Fathers of Necessity: Area Inventors” Features: Housed in the Carnegie Library building, the museum features permanent exhibits including photos, stories and artifacts from Harvey County’s past along with rotating special exhibits. In addition, the museum hosts regular educational events and is home to a research archive open to the public. Online: 6 • Newton Visitor Guide

Kauffman Museum 27th & North Main St., North Newton; 316-283-1612 Hours: 9:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. SaturdaySunday Admission: $4 adults; $2 children (age 6-16) 2016 exhibits: “Root for the Home Team” sports exhibit runs through May; an exhibit of Gesine Janzen will open in late summer and run through spring of 2017. Features: The Kauffman Museum tells the story of the Mennonite migration to the area. It also features a tallgrass prairie reconstruction, historic farmstead, furniture collection and museum shop. In addition to the museum exhibits, the Kauffman regularly hosts guest speakers and activities, including the Kansas Day Celebration held annually the fourth Saturday in January. Online:

Warkentin House Museum

221 E. First St., Newton; 316-283-3113; 316-284-3642 Hours: 1-4:30 p.m. weekends (spring and fall), 1-4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday (June-August). Other times by appointment. Admission: $4 adults; $2 children (5-12) Features: This Victorian home offers a glimpse into life in Kansas in the late 1800s. It features Czechoslovakian crystal, French and Italian fireplaces, Lincrusta-Walton wainscoting, cut and etched glass and stained glass windows. The house was built in 1886-87 as the Newton home of Bernard Warkentin and his family. Warkentin is credited with influencing the cultivation of winter wheat, which contributed to Kansas’ reputation as the Wheat State. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and 80 percent of its contents are original to the family. Online:

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Carriage Factory Art Gallery

Newton offers strong support to arts Galleries offer wide variety of exhibits, serve as community gathering places


he Newton community supports an array of arts and organizations dedicated to both visual and performing arts. The community’s largest gallery is Carriage Factory Art Gallery, named for the historic building it now calls home. Carriage Factory offers rotating exhibits featuring regional artists, a gift shop, workshops and classes for all ages. The gallery also serves as a meeting place for artists, musicians, visitors and residents. Carriage Factory’s 2016 exhibits feature Eric Carbrey and Ralph Wickstrom, through May 7; Stephen Locke and Elisabeth Owens, May 14-July 2; Vernon Rickman, July 9-Sept. 3; Joe Loganbill, Sept. 10-Nov. 5; and Barbara Fast, Aneeka Herrold and Hanna Eastin, Nov. 12-Dec. 31. Special exhibits typically open with a free public reception. The gallery is open from noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. 128 E. Sixth St., Newton; 316-284-2749, The Robert W. Regier Art Gallery is located inside the Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College in North Newton. The gallery’s spring exhibits feature works by students while fall and winter exhibits feature local, regional and national artists, including Bethel alumni. The fall and winter exhibits will be announced in late summer. The gallery is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 2-4 p.m. Sundays. It is closed during school breaks, holidays and in the summer. Admission is free. 300 E. 27th St., North Newton; 316-283-2500, In addition to the galleries, several downtown Newton businesses also feature handmade crafts and artwork for sale as well as classes and workshops.

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Blue Sky Sculpture

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Named one of 8 Wonders of Kansas Art


ewton’s Blue Sky Sculpture captures the whimsy of the ever-changing Kansas sky. This sculpture is located in Centennial Park near the intersection of 12th and Kansas Avenue, and has been designated one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art. It was designed through the joint efforts of artists Phil Epp, painter and designer; Terry Corbett, ceramist and designer; and Conrad Snider, ceramist and designer. The sculpture invites the viewer to consider how the natural Kansas sky and the art installation work together. Viewers are encouraged to pause at the viewing pad near the parking lot to watch the movement of the natural sky against the stationary cobalt-glazed tiles. A path and steps leading to the sculpture itself offer visitors additional opportunities for interaction as they are encouraged to touch the tiles and sculpture. The sculpture also lends inspiration for the cloud motif on the town’s water tower and directional signs. Centennial Park is always open and there is no admission fee.

Monday – Thursday

11:00 – 8:00pm

Friday – Saturday

11:00 – 9:00pm

125 W. 6th St. Newton KS (316) 804–4924

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On Stage Local, regional, national performers fill Newton’s arts calendar


erforming arts have a long tradition in the Newton area. The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2016. It’s schedule typically features four concerts, one each in the winter, spring and summer and fall. “Poised for Pops” will be held April 16 and feature popular showtunes, including music from “Star Wars and “Frozen.” “Touch of a Woman” will be held June 5 and feature chamber music for wind instruments and piano. Fall and winter concert themes will be announced mid-summer. Tickets are $12.50 in advance and $15

at the door for adults and $6 in advance or $7 at the door for students. Concert locations vary. For more information and a schedule, call 316-772-3265 or visit Bethel College offers numerous performing arts events throughout the year.

Choral and instrumental ensembles, including the college’s jazz band, entertain audiences both on and off campus. Theater students collaborate for an opera or major musical and other performances each year. The college also hosts


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visiting performers and lecturers from around the country. Many on-campus performances are offered in the Luyken Fine Arts Center’s newly-renovated Krehbiel Auditorium. Ticket prices vary. For more information, contact Bethel College at 316-283-2500 or visit for an event calendar.

Hesston Bethel Performing Arts Series brings nationally and internationally recognized performers to the community annually. The series features five performances running from the fall through the spring. Performers vary each season. The 2016-17 season will be announced in the summer. Ticket prices and performance locations vary. Visit for more information. Newton Community Theatre offers a summer production each year. The 2016 show will be announced in late spring. For more information, visit

Page 10: Actors perform during the 2015 Newton Community Theatre’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” At left: Bethel College theater students perform scenes from Mozart Operas. The college presents a wide variety of musical and drama performances during the year. (Photo by Vada Snider/Courtesy of Bethel College)

The Spring into the Arts Festival is the newcomer to the Newton arts scene. Celebrating its third anniversary in 2016, it is a collaborative effort sponsored by the Newton Area Arts Council to offer art events and performances throughout the month of April. The 2016 festival features performances from seven groups as well as the Art & Music in the Heart of Newton street festival and the Apple Blossom Festival. The Spring into the Arts Festival also features an art contest. Artwork is on display through the month of April in various downtown businesses and on the organization’s website. A complete schedule is available at To view contest art or purchase event tickets, visit

The Breadbasket 219 North Main Street • Newton, Kansas • (316)283-3811

Breakfast Buffet: 6:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Sunday Buffet: 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. German Buffet: Fri & Sat 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Homemade Soups Peppernuts Homemade Pies & Cinnamon Rolls Deli-Style Sandwiches Special Orders Welcome! The Breadbasket is the best place in Newton to get a home-style meal from some of the nicest people around. Whether you prefer a specialty buffet or you've only got time for breakfast, we'd love to serve you...

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12. Holiday Inn Express, 1430 E. Broadway Court, Newton 13. Comfort Inn & Suites, 1205 E. First St., Newton TO WICHITA 14. Red Coach Inn, 1301 E. First St., Newton 15. Days Inn, 105 Manchester, Newton 16. Newell Travel Center, 200 Manchester, Newton 17. Newton Inn, 1620 E. Second St., Newton



7. Harvey County Historical Museum, 203 N. Main St., Newton 8. Warkentin House Museum, 211 E. First St., Newton 9. Meridian Center, 1420 E. Broadway Court, Newton 10. Sand Creek Station Golf Course, 920 Meadowlark Drive, Newton 11. Chisholm Trail Shopping Center, 601 SE 36th St., Newton 5




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1. Kauffman Museum, 27th & North Main, North Newton 2. Bethel College, 300 27thRSt., 1E 1 WNorthRNewton 3. Blue Sky Sculpture, Kansas Avenue, just north of 12th Street in Centennial Park, Newton 4. Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton 5. Amtrak Depot, Fifth & Main streets, Newton 6. Sand Creek boat ramp, Fourth Street at Sand Creek, five blocks west of Main Street, Newton














Where to eat

Local restaurants offer variety of options


here’s no shortage of local dining options in Newton, which has drawn restaurateurs from a variety of culinary traditions — ­ a fact reflected in their menus. Local favorites include brick oven fired pizzas, burger nights, Mexican and Asian fare, Mennonite and German influences and an all-night donut shop. No matter what strikes your palate, more than likely you’ll find it here.

701 Café Located at the corner of Broadway and Main, 701 Café offers a unique twist on gourmet sandwiches and freshly baked sweets. 701 N. Main, 316-804-4573 Acapulco Mexican Restaurant This family-owned Mexican restaurant features fajitas, handmade tamales, enchiladas, tacos and combination platters as well as a wide selection of margaritas, beers and cocktails. Open for lunch and dinner. 217 W. Broadway, 316-283-6026 Back Alley Pizza One of downtown’s newest restaurants offers scratch-made dough and sauce for its popular selection of brick-oven fired pizzas. It also offers salads and cannoli. 125 W. Sixth, 316-804-4924 The Bistro at Asbury Park The Bistro serves breakfast and paninis, salads and soup of the day as well as coffee drinks, smoothies, ice cream and homemade pies and cookies. 200 SW 14th, 316-283-4770 The Breadbasket The Breadbasket has been a downtown favorite for 30 years. It features soups, salads, sandwiches as well as freshly baked goods at lunch and a German buffet on Friday and Saturday evenings. 219 N. Main, 316-283-3811

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Back Alley Pizza

Casa Fiesta Casa Fiesta offers Mexican fare with daily food and drink specials. Open for lunch and dinner. 1607 N. Main, 316-283-7960 Charlie’s Restaurant Conveniently located near I-135 in Newell Travel Center, Charlie’s Restaurant offers family dining favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 200 Manchester, 316-283-0790 China Inn China Inn serves a variety of Asian favorites. It is open for lunch and dinner. 411 N. Main, 316-283-6295

China Super Buffet China Super Buffet offers a wide variety of Asian dishes served buffet-style. A menu featuring appetizers, soups and various other entrees and online ordering are also available. 512 N. Main, 316-283-8088 Chong’s Chong’s offers Asian fare and is open for lunch and dinner. It is located just north of the downtown business district. 1816 N. Main, 316-283-8250 CJ’s Pancake House CJ’s Pancake House offers soups, sandwiches and daily specials as well as made-to-order breakfast served all day. It is located off of Exit 31 on I-135. 1525 E. First, 316-283-5653

Curtis C’s Diner Curtis C’s Diner has served the Newton community for more than 15 years, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily specials and soups, sandwiches, homemade pies and a children’s menu. 1039 Washington, 316-283-6333 Druber’s Daylight Donuts Opening at 11:30 p.m. most nights, Druber’s offers donuts and homemade pies to night owls as well as lunch options such as sandwiches and soups. 116 W. Sixth, 316-283-1206 El Toro Café This Mexican café is located just west of Main Street and is open select days for lunch and dinner. 121 W. Fifth, 316-283-4044 Genova Italian Restaurant Genova offers appetizers, soups, salads, pizza, favorite Italian entrees featuring housemade pastas, stromboli and a children’s menu. It is located in the Cedar Village Shopping Center south of the downtown business district. 1021 Washington, 316-587-8099 Le J’s Bar-B-Q Le J’s offers a variety of meats, including ribs, brisket, turkey and pulled pork, as well as sandwiches, family packs and traditional sides. It is open for lunch and dinner in the Chisholm Trail Shopping Center off of Exit 28 on I-135. 601 SE 36th, Ste. 108, 316-283-0802 Lupe’s Carry Out Located south of downtown, Lupe’s offers Mexican fare for take out. A small number of tables are available in an attached covered area. Open weekdays for lunch and dinner. 1305 Washington, 316-283-5502 Mojo’s Coffee Bar This coffee shop at Bethel College in North Newton offers a variety of beverages, baked goods as well as breakfast and lunch options. It has a kiosk location at Newton Medical Center as well. 300 E. 27th, North Newton, 316-284-5204 600 Medical Center Drive, Newton

Moxie Grill This bar and grill is open in the evenings and offers appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, drink specials and live music. Its Wednesday burger night is a local favorite. 1420 Old Main St., 316-212-1668 Norm’s Coffee Bar This downtown coffee shop offers a variety of beverages and some baked goods. It shares space with Back Alley Pizza. 125 W. Sixth, 316-804-4924 Panda Hibachi Grill & Sushi A new Asian option will open soon in Newton, offering a hibachi menu to be prepared by restaurant chefs at customers’ tables as well as sushi options. 1027 Washington Prairie Harvest This downtown deli and bakery offers a lunch menu of daily specials such as soups, wraps, salads and hummus with vegetarian and wheat-free options. Dinner is served each Thursday evening. The restaurant and retail store also offer daily selections of baked goods and local produce. 601 N. Main, 316-283-6623 Sand Creek Station Café Sand Creek Station Golf Course offers a seasonal full-service menu of salads, wraps, sandwiches and burgers. The café is open to the public. 920 Meadowbrook Drive, 316-284-6161 Taco Tico Taco Tico offers a wide variety of Mexican and TexMex favorites including tacos, sanchos, burritos, salads, enchiladas, salads, sides and desserts. 2406 N. Anderson, 316-804-7262

Regional and national chains

What’s a bierock?

One regional dish found on several local restaurant menus and common at street fairs and festivals is the bierock, a yeast roll filled with meat, cabbage or sauerkraut, onions, seasonings and sometimes cheese. These stuffed buns are common in Volga German communities in the United States and were brought to this region by Mennonite settlers as early as the 1880s. Some local restaurants, including Prairie Harvest Market & Deli (601 N. Main St.), make bierocks as a special dinner menu item every few weeks. The market also offers them for sale frozen — while they last. These stuffed buns typically get snapped up in a hurry. The Bistro at Asbury Park (200 SW 14th St.), The Breadbasket (219 N. Main St.) and 701 Café (701 N. Main St.) serve bierocks daily. You’ll find them on the lunch menu at the restaurants. 701 Café also serves a breakfast version. Bierocks are just one of the German food items that influence Newton’s culinary traditions today. Other traditional dishes available in the community include zwieback, rich, sweet buns; verenika, a dough pocket filled with a cottage cheese mixture and topped with ham gravy; and borscht, a soup of Ukrainian origin often made with beets. Want to sample it all? Check out The Breadbasket’s German buffet on Friday and Saturday nights.

Applebee’s, Arby’s, Braum’s, Burger King, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Great Wall, KFC, Little Caesar’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Montana Mikes, Papa John’s Pizza, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Sonic, Subway, Taco Bell, Wendy’s

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Comfort Inn & Suites 1205 E. First St., Newton, KS 316-804-4866

60 $$

Days Inn 105 Manchester, Newton, KS 316-283-3330

78 $

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 1430 E. Broadway Court, Newton, KS 316-804-7040 Newell Travel Center 200 Manchester, Newton, KS 316-283-4000

68 $$

22 $

Newton Inn 1620 E. Second St., Newton, KS 316-283-7611

32 $

Red Coach Inn 1301 E. First St., Newton, KS 316-283-9120



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Average Nightly Rate codes: $=$50-$80; $$=$81-$100; $$$=$101+

Additional lodging options Cycling

Newton Bike Shop offers a hostel for touring cyclists, 131 W. Sixth St., 316-243-2070. Camping is also available in Athletic Park. Call the park department at 316-284-6083 for rules and information. Shower facilities are available at Newton Recreation Commission, 415 N. Poplar.


AmericInn: 2 Leonard Ct., Hesston. Indoor pool, pet friendly, free breakfast. 620-327-2053

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RV Parks and Camping

Spring Lake RV Resort: 1308 S. Spring Lake Road, Halstead. 316-835-3443. Tent and RV camping. Cabins available. 12 miles west of Newton. Harvey County West Park: 2733 West Park Road, Burrton. 316-835-3189. 10 miles west of Newton. 34 designated campsites with electricity. Camping is also allowed in any groomed area unless prohibited by signage. Harvey County East Park: 314 N. East Lake Road, Newton. 316-283-5420. 8 miles east of

Newton. 70 designated campsites with electricity. Camping is also allowed in any groomed area unless prohibited by signage.

Vacation rentals

Craft House: 215 E. First St., Newton. Sleeps 16. Designed for group and craft retreats. www. Serenity Silo: 2507 Ivy Drive, North Newton. 316-283-5231. This silo-turned-home near Bethel College sleeps six.

Clayworks Gallery Unique & Handmade Pottery, Jewelry, Sculpture & MORE Custom work - Classes in Clay 417 N. Main • Newton, Kansas 67114 • 316-284-0636

2 Leonard Court Hesston, KS 67062

(620) 327-2053 Free, Hot, Home-Style Breakfast Free Hotel-Wide, High-Speed Internet Indoor Heated Pool & Hot Tub Meeting Room Pet Friendly Rooms Available Quieter Rooms Built with SoundGuard Whirlpool & Fireplace Suites

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Go play outside Trails, parks and paddling offer plenty of outdoor options


here’s plenty of room to play outside in and around Newton. The city maintains nearly 20 parks, including a large stretch of the Sand Creek Trail, a mostly paved path that runs approximately 7 miles along Sand Creek. Sometimes called the “Trail of Two Cities,” the path connects the communities of Newton and North Newton. Other Newton park amenities include various athletic fields, skate park, a swimming pool, picnic shelters and climate-controlled shelters, playgrounds and disc golf. Harvey County maintains three primary parks: East Park, West Park and Camp Hawk. The county parks come alive in the summer and fall with a variety of

family events including radio controlled aircraft fly-ins, movies under the stars, an Outdoor Adventurers program, fishing tournaments and a food truck rally. On April 16, Harvey County East Park will also host the Conquer the Gauntlet obstacle race. In addition to hosting events, each park offers unique amenities. See pages 21-22 or visit for event information. East Park features a 314-acre treelined lake, full-service campgrounds, shelters and trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding. It is located at 314 East Lake Road, 8 miles east of

Newton. 316-283-5420 West Park is the original Harvey County park, dating to the 1930s. It offers a small fishing lake, campsites, shelters, canoe rentals and trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding. 2733 West Park Road, Burrton. 316-283-5420 Camp Hawk is a wooded 40-acre park with a small fishing pond. It features a popular disc golf course and large cabin-style shelter. It also offers athletic facilities and primitive campsites. It is located at 1801 SW 36th St., about 2 miles south of Newton. 316-283-5420

Hit the water on Sand Creek I

n addition to local parks, residents and visitors looking for floating fun can rent watercraft from CaNewton Canoe and Kayak Rental. The boats are available creekside near the boat ramp at Fourth Street, five blocks west of Main Street, in Newton. Canoes, kayaks and paddleboats are available. Prices range from $10-$15 per hour and include life vests. Boats are available from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekends and 5:30-7 p.m. on weeknights. Other hours by appointment or arrangement. Rentals begin in April and end in late September. Reservations are accepted. Walk-up rentals may also be arranged when boats are available by ringing the bell next to the tiki statue sign on the fence north of the boat dock. For more information or to make a reservation, call 316-288-5756.

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Top: A trail sign marks the Sand Creek Trail in North Newton. Above: A family launches a kayak into Sand Creek. Kayaks, canoes and paddle boats are available for rent at the creek.

Disc golf options Camp Hawk: 1801 SW 36th St., Newton. 24 holes, permanent. Par 72. Mixed terrain with woods, creeks and ponds. Signature hole #23 has water on both sides all the way to the basket.

Sand Creek shines as Newton’s premiere course


nown as one of the state’s top golf courses, Sand Creek Station has earned multiple national honors in the 10 years it has been open. Numerous national tournaments have been held at the course, including the USGA’s final Amateur Public Links event in 2014. In 2016, Sand Creek Station will play host to the NCAA’s Division 1 men’s Summit League Conference championship in May. The course also hosts numerous public tournaments as well as regular tee time opportunities for resident and visiting

golfers. In addition, foot golf will be introduced this summer. The course plays on the town’s railroad heritage and is, as they say in Scotland, “hard by the cinders,” continuing a century’s old tradition of golf bordering railways. The course is open daily. Regular rates start at $29 for non-residents, as well as other promotional rates for seniors, educators, students, law enforcement, first responders and others. Online tee times and a club calendar are available at or by calling 316-284-6161.

Centennial Park: 12th and Kansas Ave., Newton. 9 holes, permanent. Par 27. Mostly open course with wooded perimeter. Thresher National Disc Golf Course: Bethel College campus, North Newton. 9 holes, permanent. Par 30. Discs for purchase or loan and maps are available at the campus bookstore.

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Local resources for visitors Amtrak’s Southwest Chief: Eastbound and westbound trains are scheduled to arrive between 2:45 and 3 a.m. daily. Free long-term public parking is located off West Fourth Street behind the post office. For local Amtrak information, visit Airport services: Newton City/County Airport is located 3 miles east of Newton on Oliver Road. It is open weekdays from 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m.7 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 316-284-6048 Car Rentals: Hertz Car Rental operates two locations in Newton, at the airport (316-284-6084) and on Fourth Street (316-283-0789). Conklin Cars, 1500 E. Third St., also offers vehicle rentals. 316-281-3001 Conference center: Meridian Center, 1420 E. Broadway Court, offers versatile state-of-the-art space for conferences, meetings and social events including weddings. An on-site chef offers catering and beverage services. 316-284-3100 Workout facilities: Newton Recreation Commission offers one-day passes for its fitness facility, located at 415 N. Poplar St. The facility features strength and cardio equipment, indoor pool and drop-in classes. Open seven days a week; hours vary. Call 316-283-7330. Walk-up health care: Via Christi Clinic, 700 Medical Center Drive, Newton. Urgent care hours: 1-7 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays. Closed Sunday. 316-284-5011 Convenient Care,118 E. 12th St., Newton; Opening spring 2016. Hours to be determined. Emergency services: Newton Medical Center ER, 600 Medical Center Drive. Open 24 hours. 316-283-2700

Welcome to Sand Creek Station! The course plays on the town’s railroad history, and many holes are, as they say in Scotland, “hard by the cinders,” continuing a century’s old tradition of golf bordering railways. Sand Creek Station has played host to several Championship events including the last ever U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, two NJCAA Men's Div. 1 National Championships, and the NCAA Summit League Men's Championship.

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Things to do: Spotlight on 2016 events in Newton Newton area events calendar

Paddle Battle on Sand Creek: Canoe and kayakers compete in 1-mile and 2-mile events April 9 on Sand Creek in Newton. $25 per paddler. Boats available for rent. Register at html. Conquer the Gauntlet: 3.9-mile obstacle race April 16 at Harvey County East Park. $85. Register at http:// Poised for Pops: Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra will present “Poised for Pops” at 7 p.m. April 16 at Newton High School, 900 W. 12th St., Newton. Adult tickets are $12.50 in advance; $15 at the door. Student tickets are $6 in advance; $7 at the door.

The Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau offers a free to online event calendar that is updated weekly. Go to newton-events.html/ for additional events. The calendar is searchable by date and key word or activity. John McCutcheon concert: Performance by folk musician John McCutcheon. 6 p.m. April 17 in Krehbiel Auditorium at Bethel College. $22 and $35. Art & Music in the Heart of Newton: Enjoy musicians and artist demonstrating their talents at downtown businesses from 6-8 p.m. April 21. Free. 316-283-2560,

Painting workshop: Susan Bartel will lead a spring-themed acrylics workshop from 1-4 p.m. April 23 at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton. $25, includes supplies. Registration required. 316-284-2749 Newton Community Children’s Chorus: The chorus will hold its spring concert at 3 p.m. April 24 at Shalom Mennonite Church, 800 E. First St., Newton. Free. Apple Blossom Festival: This family-friendly festival features music, entertainment, food, crafts and kids’ activities. 5-8 p.m. April 29 at Newton Presbyterian Manor, 100 E. Seventh St., Newton. 316-283-5400 NCAA Summit League golf championship: Athletes from the NCAA’s Summit League will compete to play in the national championship from April 30-May 2 at Sand Creek Station Golf Course. Spectators are welcome. Free. 316-284-6161

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KIPCOR Film Series: A screening and discussion of “The Waiting Room” will be held at 3 p.m. May 1 in Krehbiel Auditorium at Bethel College. Free.

for students; $15 and $7 at the door. Kids fishing clinic: This clinic teaches kids the ins and outs of fishing and includes instructional time and hands-on fishing June 25 at Harvey County West Park. Rod, reel and bait provided. Free. Parents must attend. 316-283-5420




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Newton Downtown Car Show: Hundreds of cars and hot rods compete in various categories at the annual show, which is held on May 7. The event Cars in the Park: This annual car also features vendors, show draws a variety of vehicles musicians and other to Athletic Park on July 2. Free entertainment. A cruise admission. w o night is held on May 6. h rS own Ca Free for spectators. www. Headin’ for Home Downt newtondowntowncarshow. 5K: This annual race begins and com ends at Centennial Park. 5K starts at 8 a.m., family fun run starts at Food truck rally, movie and fly-in: Harvey County 9 a.m. Early registration is $30; East Park will host a food truck rally, movie under the $35 on race day. http://headinstars and radio-controlled aircraft fly-in on May 7. Food trucks will begin gathering during the day, the movie will begin at sunset and the fly-in will follow. Sand Creek Station an316-283-5420 niversary: Sand Creek StaTaste o f Newt tion Golf Course will host on Chisholm Trail Bike Ride: Route options range a community celebration from 3- to 43-mile rides. The annual ride takes place in honor of its 10th anniversary May 7, starting at Athletic Park. Registration is $25 July 7-9. Events include golf tournament, food single, $50 family. tastings and family fun run. Prices vary. Jazz on the Green: Bethel College musicians will perform an outdoor concert at 8 p.m. May 11 on the Float Fly-In: Newton Radio Control Club will host campus green in North Newton. Free. a float fly-in for radio-controlled aircraft July 23 at Walton’s Landing in Harvey County East Park. Free. Tracing Our Tracks: Celebrate local history and preservation with a day of free events May 14. From Harvey County Fair: The annual county fair runs 10 a.m.-noon, a guided walking tour will take place Aug. 5-9 at the fairgrounds in Newton. Features downtown. Free hot dogs will be midway rides, rodeo, demolition derby, music, parade u O served at the Warkentin House and more. Fair admission free. Event prices vary. g r Tra acin from noon-1 p.m. And free self-guided tours of the Ride for the Dogs: The McKinley Residential Hishumane society’s antoric District will take place ew nual poker run and party from 1-4 p.m. Narrated 1 t o n , K S 1 8 7 2-2 0 begins at 9 a.m. Sept. trolley tours will be offered 19 in Newton. Event during the afternoon for $5. includes lunch, prizes Pick up maps and board the trolley at the Warkentin Ride fo House. and a raffle. Registrar the D ogs tion is $10. www. Movie Under the Stars: A family-friendly movie will be shown outdoors at sundown May 21 at Harvey Movie under the Stars: A family-friendly movie will County West Park. Free. 316-283-5420 be shown outdoors at sundown Sept. 17 at Harvey County East Park. Free. 316-283-5420 Summer symphony: Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra will perform its summer chamber concert at 4 p.m. June 5 at Hesston Mennonite Church. Advance tickets are $12.50 for adults and $6

Red Hot Chili Pepper 5K & Little Pepper Run: 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. and family fun run begins at 9:30 Sept. 24 in downtown Newton. 5K runners get free admission to chili cook-off. Visit for registration information. Harvey County Chili Cook-off: United Way agencies and community groups serve up various chili samples from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Sixth and Main streets, downtown Newton. $5 for chili tasting kit. Taste of Newton: Annual street festival draws thousands to downtown Newton for food, music and other entertainment. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 29. Free admission. Bethel Fall Festival: Annual fall festival fair features vendors, musicians, food, information booths and children’s play area on Oct. 1 at Bethel College, North Newton. Free. Air Capital Fly-In: Pilots bring a variety of modern and vintage aircraft to Newton City/County Airport on Oct. 1 for demonstrations and display. Event also includes food, vendors, candy drop and kids’ activities. $5 parking fee. 316-284-6089 Halloween Safe Walk: Spooks and goblins take to Main Street at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31 for the Halloween Safe Walk. The street is closed to traffic and businesses hand out candy. Free. Parade of Lights: The annual Newton Christmas Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 along Main Street with an array of lighted floats. The evening also includes musical performances, extended shopping hours, refreshments and the Chamber of Commerce’s annual open house. Free. Five Places of Christmas: Enjoy free admission and refreshments at the annual Five Places celebration of Christmas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 at Warkentin House, Kauffman Museum, Carriage Factory Art Gallery, Bethel College and Harvey County Historical Museum. Free.

Newton area shopping Antiques & Collectibles

Layman’s Antique Mall & Flea Market, 703 N. Main St., 316-282-1212 Metcalf Sisters’ Antiques, 224 N. Main St., 316-283-5570 Road Runner Sales, 415 N. Main St., 316-258-0907 Wharf Road, 413 N. Main St., 316-204-5068, 316-283-3579

Crafts & Hobbies




Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., 316-284-2749 Clayworks Gallery, 417 N. Main St., 316-284-0636 Gathered Goods, 625 N. Main St., 316-803-1147 Eau Lily Boutique, 712 N. Main St., 316-284-0390 River Mill Woods, at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center, 601 E. 36th St., 316-804-8905

Charlotte’s Sew Natural, 710 N. Main St., 316-284-2547 Creation Station, 605 N. Main St., 316-772-0883 Family Video, 1001 N. Main St., 316-283-7898 Full Throttle Hobbies, at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center, 601 E. 36th St., 316-283-9008 Game On, at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center, 601 E. 36th St., 316-804-4942 GameStop, 413 Windward Drive, 316-283-4033 Treasured Fabric, 511 N. Main St., 316-804-7119



Art Galleries, Handmade Goods & Framing

Newton Bike Shop, 131 W. Sixth St., 316-243-2070

Book Stores

Anderson’s Book & Office Supply, 627 N. Main St., 316-283-3570 Book ReViews, 707 N. Main St., 316-283-3442 Book Warehouse, at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center, 601 E. 36th St., 316-804-4553 Faith & Life Bookstore, 606 N. Main St., 316-283-2210

Clothing & Shoes

BonWorth, at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center, 601 E. 36th St., 316-284-2999 Carter’s for Kids, at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center, 601 E. 36th St., 316-283-5554 Cato Fashions, 401 Windward Drive, 316-283-8548 Dress Barn, at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center, 601 E. 36th St., 316-283-0484 Famous Footwear, at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center, 601 E. 36th St., 316-284-9669 Khaos Apparel, at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center, 601 E. 36th St., 316-804-4900 Main Street Co., 611 N. Main St., Newton, 316-283-5745 Moyo Clothing, 615 N. Main St., Newton, 316-804-7170

Convenience Stores

Casey’s General Store, 1815 W. First St., 316-283-7206 CT Happy Store, 129 W. Broadway, 316-283-1357 Kwik Shop North, 1220 N. Main St., 316-283-1957 Kwik Shop South, 1315 Washington Rd., 316-283-0562 Lonestar North, 1823 N. Main St., 316-283-3287 Lonestar East, 1608 E. First St., 316-283-0440 Newell Travel Center, 200 Manchester Ave., 316-283-4000 Phillips 66, 100 S. Main St., 316-283-0780 Pump & Pantry, 3524 S. Duncan St., 316-804-7070

Designs by John, 115 W. Fifth St., 316-284-2757 Ruzen Flowers, 520 Washington Rd., 316-283-1780

Food Retail & Grocery Stores

Braum’s, 1209 E. First St., 316-283-7509 Dillon’s North, 1216 N. Main St., 316-283-4180 Dillon’s South, 1410 S. Kansas Ave., 316-284-3720 Gillispie Meats, 420 E. Broadway, 316-283-1661 Garibaldi, 123 W. Broadway, 316-283-1814 La Bonita Mini Market, 1804 W. Fourth St., 316-283-1940 Meridian Grocery, 101 S. Meridian Road, 316-283-4374 Prairie Harvest, 601 N. Main St., 316-283-6623 Vitamin World, at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center, 601 E. 36th St., 316-284-2557 Walmart, 1701 S. Kansas Road, 316-284-0555


Baker Furniture & Carpet, at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center, 601 E. 36th St., 316-283-8118 Furniture Warehouse, 200 N. Main, 316-283-8536 Heritage Home Furnishings, 200 W. Broadway, 316-283-1818 Marshall Furniture, 126 E. Fifth St., 316-283-0690 Mattress Hub, 1417 N. Main St., 316-283-5206


Chisholm Trail True Value, 507 SE 36th St., 316-283-3276 Graber’s Ace Hardware, 208 W. Broadway, 316-283-1900 Orscheln Farm & Home, 321 Windward Drive, 316-283-2969

Home Accessories & Kitchen Supplies

Kitchen Collection, at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center, 601 E. 36th St., 316-283-8341 Kitchen Corner, 607 N. Main St., 316-283-4253

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Alexander’s Jewelry, 613 N. Main, 316-283-1190 Rohr Jewelry, 505 N. Main, 316-283-0340

Liquor stores

Anderson Retail Liquor, 200 E. 12th St., 316-283-4432 Kansas Retail Liquor, 206 S. Kansas, 316-283-2678 Newton Discount Liquor, 1225 Washington Road, 316-283-9463 Trail’s End Liquor, 110 N. Meridian Road, 316-283-1040

Pet supplies

Passion for Pets, 2305 S. Kansas Ave., 316-804-4219 Pet World, 1805 W. First St., 316-283-8400

Pharmacies & Health Suppliers

Dillon’s North, 1216 N. Main St., 316-283-4180 Dillon’s South, 1410 S. Kansas Ave., 316-284-3720 Serendipity Naturals, 1027 Washington Road, 316-587-8081 Walgreens, 1300 N. Main St., 316-281-9356 Walmart, 1701 S. Kansas Road, 316-284-0555


Sears Hometown Store, 505 N. Poplar, 316-283-3100 Walmart, 1701 S. Kansas Road, 316-284-0555

Sporting goods

Golf USA, at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center, 601 SE 36th St., 316-804-4494 Sand Creek Station Pro Shop, 920 Meadowbrook Drive, 316-284-6161

Thrift & Discount Stores

Et Cetera Shop, 619 N. Main St., 316-283-9461 Dollar General North, 2305 Old Hwy. 81, 316-283-6775 Dollar General downtown, 320 N. Main St., 316-284-0664 Dollar Tree, 409 Windward Drive, 316-283-8341 Newton Visitor Guide • 23

Choose inspiring, award-winning care in Harvey County Hesston Wellness Center 701 S. Main, Hesston, 620-327-3480 Exercise pool, fitness equipment, classes, personal training, arts studio Hickory Homes 175 W. Hickory, Hesston, 620-327-3790 Income-based housing for ages 62+ and for the mobility impaired Kidron Bethel Village 3001 Ivy Drive, North Newton, 316-836-4832 Harvest Grounds Coffee Shop, Independent and Assisted Living, Health Care, integrated memory care, rehabilitation therapies


Kidron Inc. 500 W. Bluestem, North Newton, 316-836-4832 Income-based housing for ages 62+ and for adults with severe mobility impairment Lakeside Inclusive 701 S. Main, Hesston, 620-327-3491 Concierge Independent Living with enhanced services MyMaid Housekeeping Services 701 S. Main, Hesston, 620-327-3474 Residential and commercial housekeeping service North Newton Wellness Center 3001 Ivy Drive, North Newton, 316-836-4843 Salt water exercise pool, fitness equipment, classes, personal training Progressive Recovery Academy 404 S. Hess, Hesston, 620-951-0104 Short-term rehabilitation following hospital stays Schowalter Villa 200 W. Cedar, Hesston, 620-327-0400 Independent Living, Assisted Living, Health Care, Progressive Recovery Academy short-term rehab, integrated memory care, rehabilitation therapies Water’s Edge Restaurant 701 S. Main, Hesston, 620-327-4099 Full-service restaurant, catering