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Susan Werner: Celebrating agriculture through music

Sep 12, 2013
Official press photo

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Susan Werner has worked on concept albums before – from jazz standards to pop classics to Gospel music for agnostics. But now she's turned to her farm roots for inspiration.

Werner, who's currently touring in the Midwest, describes her new CD, Hayseed, as "egg meets art," celebrating agriculture through music.

umich.edu

From the time I toddled until I finished 3rd grade, I called oil boomtowns dotting Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico home. During those years my family lived in this stark and beautiful region, my dad would bring me bits of petrified dinosaur skeleton he found near rig locations where he worked. These bones-turned-stones gripped my imagination until I added a dinosaur tooth and a dinosaur coprolite or fossilized doo to my rock collection.

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  Small-town Schoenchen is keeping its heritage alive with a German feast of green bean dumpling soup, sauerkraut soup, German sausage, ham and beans, noodles, homemade bread, pies, kuchen and other desserts this Sunday.  While enjoying dinner, traditional sounds of polkas and waltzes will fill the air according to the Bee

The gossip on states

Sep 2, 2013

Side-by-side Kansas and Colorado were ranked first as having “the worst” and “the most beautiful” scenery in the country, respectively, according to a recent poll by Business Insider.  It is not clear whether eastern Colorado was considered part of Kansas or Colorado by the poll respondents.

usends.com

As a youngster riding down Highway 50, I never questioned how this piece of asphalt connected me to the past of either Kansas or our nation. It was a boring ride that didn’t have interesting scenery unless we happened to drive through a storm with writhing clouds or pass through at sunrise or sunset.

Nearly 150 years later, the Sand Creek Massacre remains a wound that has not yet fully healed.  This is evident in the recent closing of a permanent exhibit at the History Colorado Center in Denver exploring the 1864 massacre as part of its Colorado Stories section.  The closing was prompted by concerns of Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal members over aspects of the exhibit’s interpretation and the lack of prior consultation, according to a complete story in the Denver Post.  A reopening is pending the state and tribes reaching a consensus on the exhibit.

midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer.  Here’s an idea to add to your end-of-season traditions:  the drive-in movie.  Remember?  The place with playground equipment under the big screen, the smell of popcorn on the breeze, and watching a movie under the night sky.   

Gifted Armadillos

Aug 23, 2013
superanimalwallpaper.blogspot.com

Sometimes you look at a creature and wonder how it evolved into the beast it is. The kangaroo and platypus come to mind, but they’re Australian, and who can account for animal adaptations down under? The critter I’m most curious about is one I see squashed all too often on the Texas and Oklahoma Interstates--the armadillo. Not long ago, I spied an immigrant armadillo flattened on I-70 in Trego County.

“Texas”… The Show Goes On

Aug 14, 2013
behance.net

As evening gives way to night, a lone horseman appears on the cliff above Pioneer Amphitheatre in Palo Duro Canyon.  He carries the Texas state flag.  Fireworks sparkle, the music grows, and a cast of 60 burst on the stage telling the struggles and triumphs of Panhandle settlers in the 1800s.  It’s the outdoor musical “Texas”-  a summer tradition in the nation’s second largest canyon for 48 years. 

Immigration Reform: Up Close and Personal in SW Kansas

Aug 12, 2013
Fernando Salaza / The Wichita Eagle

People value hard work in SW Kansas.  In an area where the unemployment rate is significantly below the national average, workers are needed.  The Wichita Eagle gave a glimpse into the struggles of being an immigrant.   

Artist: J. Keppler / Michigan State University Museum, Appel Collection

Two traveling exhibits, one featuring personal stories of Kanas’ immigration history and the other the role of caricature and stereotype in forming American values and attitudes about immigration, are now on exhibit at the Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma KS.  As part of the exhibition, a presentation and discussion on “Ethnic Labor and Small Towns on the Rock Island Rail Line” will be led by M.J.

Sean Steffen/Amarillo Globe-News

A fundraising campaign to sustain the Harrington String Quartet after a major loss of funding has raised a majority of its goal.

Stringendo, a West Texas A&M University project established in April to support the Canyon, Tex. classical music quartet, has raised $25,000 of a $35,000 goal in under four months, the Amarillo Globe-News reports.

amarillobotanicalgardens.org

The Amarillo Botanical Gardens is a shining example of the pioneering spirit of the High Plains.  The hail of May 28 destroyed what late frosts did not reported the Amarillo Globe-News

Take a Picasso Moment and Wash the Dust Away

Jul 30, 2013

Pablo Picasso - "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

In the midst of summer, take a breath, pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea, and enjoy the beauty of Texas native, Kimbell McCurry.  McCurry is the featured artist at the 20th annual Western Art Show in Dodge City, Kansas.  His work is on display at the Landmark National Bank, located at Central and Spruce, through August 2.

Photo courtesy Louise Ehmke

Rolfe Mandel recently found a knapping pile and mammoth bones in close proximity according to The University of Kansas.  Mandel, a geoarchaeologist at the University of Kansas, says the closeness, as well as human artifacts, suggest humans may have lived on the high plains earlier than previously thought. 

The First Lady of the Texas Panhandle

Jul 19, 2013
Charles Goodnight Historical Center

Mary Ann Dyer Goodnight: First Lady of  the Texas Panhandle, wife of Charlie Goodnight, and to cowhands, "The Mother of the Texas Panhandle."  Myra H McIlvain recently told the story of Mary Goodnight in her blog.

A father with Alzheimer’s alone on the farm.  A swindling banker.  The school bully now grown-up as the local drug dealer.  A bleak, fictional town set in eastern Colorado.  The “unhomesteading” of the plains.  These are all elements of Greg Hill’s new novel East of Denver.

First Carnivore Dinosaur Tooth Found at Black Mesa

Jul 15, 2013
byways.org

Black Mesa is the highest point in Oklahoma.  Its name comes from a layer of black volcanic rock that coated the mesa 10 million years ago.  Located in the northwest corner of the panhandle, it's where The University Herald says Dr. Mark Micozzi found a tooth from the largest land-dwelling carnivores- theropods. 

Southeast Colorado Getaway Spots

Jul 14, 2013
Colorado Preservation

If Colorado is on your summer get away list, there are some interesting places to visit.  Colorado Matters recently asked listeners and travel guide, Doug Whitehead, for suggestions that might not be as well-known.  Some of the ideas are right outside our front door in southeastern Colorado. 

John Graham

The Amarillo Symphony last week announced Jacomo Rafael Bairos as its new musical director.  I sat down with the new conductor to ask him about his influences and his vision for the symphony.

Randall Derrick

June, 1874

The second Battle of Adobe Walls begins.

Chief Quanah Parker, one of the sons of captured white woman Cynthia Ann Parker, has been convinced by the tribe's medicine man his warriors are immune to enemy bullets.  They attack the Adobe Walls trading post, defended by buffalo hunters.  The medicine man was wrong.  Survivors include Parker and a crack shot by the name of William "Billy" Dixon. 

Amarillo Symphony Names New Music Director

Jul 3, 2013

Jacomo Rafael Bairos comes to Amarillo from Charlotte, N.C., and puts emphasis on making the symphony feel younger and more relevant.

Sternberg Fossils Go Online in 3-D

Jul 1, 2013
Hays Daily News

A joint project between the Fort Hays State University Sternberg Museum of Natural History and the Forsyth Library is bringing fossils into the digital age with 3-D technology.  The Hays Daily News reported Sternberg employees handle the fossils, while students photograph them at the museum.  Students return with the photos to the library to complete the 3-D process.  Scanning allows the viewer to rotate the specimen digitally, rather than looking at multiple photos.

Indiana Jones Author Debuts Latest Work in Dodge City

Jun 29, 2013

  Max McCoy is a well-known and award-winning author.  The Dodge Globe reported that McCoy, a Kansas native and professor at Emporia State University, will launch his newest novel, “Of Grave Concern,” on Tuesday, July 2, 2:00 pm, at the Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City, Kansas.

Folks, you get a couple Texans together, fishin' on a pond, and I guarantee the thing they'll be talking about as they head to shore is cookin' what's on the stringer.

Quentin Hope

Poet Mary Lee Hahn offers a short poem that reflects on tourists eyeing the High Plains from I-70 and defines "a good, soaking rain".

Benediction continues the story of the small, ever-changing, ever-the-same, town of Holt, Colorado. In "Plainsong," the picture of traditional family was shifted when two brothers took in a pregnant girl who became their "daughter." "Eventide," saw the community ban together to protect a family from a violent uncle. "Benediction," brings a minister from Denver to the high plains, who challenges the community's beliefs, and Holt will never be the same.

Vox Veniae, a church in East Austin, Texas, has discovered a unique path to blending people of different colors and cultures, as well as reflecting the place they live. The key? Being a good neighbor who engages and participates in the world. A great lesson no matter where you live on the high plains. Don't miss the video- Rev. Gideon Tsang shares insightful perspective.

There are Many Things to See in Kansas

Jun 8, 2013
kansastravel.org

Travelers across the High Plains often say there's nothing to see as you travel across this great expanse.  A recent article in The Wichita Eagle gave a list of 105 things to see in the state of Kansas that would argue that perception. 

Clutter Murderer Files Online

Jun 7, 2013
Kansas State Historical Society

Home should be safe.  It doesn't matter if you live in the country or the city, in an apartment or on a farm, the place where you lay your head should be safe.  No so for Herb and Bonnie Clutter, and their two children.  The Clutter family was murdered in 1959 by Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith a few days before Christmas in their farmhouse, outside a little farming town in Kansas called Holcomb. 

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