Derreck Kayongo Speaks at Dillon Lecture Series on October 6

 The 2015 Dillon Lecture Series on October 6 features Derreck Kayongo, a humanitarian and visionary. The lecture is at the Hutchinson Sports Arena on 11th, between Plum and Severance Streets. It begins at 10:30 a.m.

Kayongo came to the U.S. as a child refugee. He, along with his wife Sarah, founded The Global Soap Project, which reuses partially-used hotel soaps into new bars that are distributed to the needy, particularly in Africa. His group donates over a million bars annually to more than 20 countries around the world.

Individual tickets for the Dillon lectures are also available for $10, with all students and HCC faculty/staff admitted free.

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Salt City Model Train Show on October 24 in Hutchinson’s Memorial Hall



The Salt City Model Train Show is October 24 from 9-4 at Memorial Hall, 101 S. Walnut in Hutchinson. Cost is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. It will feature operating model train layouts, all sizes of model trains for sale, railroad memorabilia, railroad collectibles, concessions and door prizes.

For more information contact Mark Buckley at 620-474-6100 or

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Toying Around Exhibit at Reno County Museum

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“Toying Around” is a new exhibit at the Reno County Museum in Hutchinson. The museum is located at the corner of Avenue A and Walnut Street, 100 S. Walnut Street. All of the toys in this exhibit represent the history of Reno County from the late 19th century until the last 20th century.

2015-08-11 16wIt wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that the nature of toys and childhood both changed. When many families moved to cities and work became industrial, rather than agricultural, fewer hours were spent working and more time and money could be spent on leisure.

At the same time, toys were being mass-produced and were gradually becoming less expensive. For the first time in history, the focus of childhood became education and play.

Play is important for brain development as it allows children to express their creativity, build social and emotional skills, and use their imagination.

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Vogts Sisters Perform at Stage 9 in Hutchinson

vogtsThe Vogts Sister, an Americana music duo, will perform Saturday, August 8, at Stage 9 in downtown Hutchinson. Their music makes one think of Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris, and their sister harmonies are spectacular. Stage 9 is at 9 South Main. Tickets are only $25 and the show begins at 8:30 p.m.

Their love for music started by listening to old-time cowboy ballads, which grew into a genuine admiration for bluegrass, folk and Americana music. They tour in and around Kansas and released a debut album in 2012.

The sister duo began singing harmony in 2011 after taking guitar and piano lessons for years. They have since added a mandolin and fiddle to their collection of instruments. Their voices provide the timeless music with effortless harmonies and pure vocals.

Maggie graduated college in December 2013, and Abigail is a senior in high school. They make their home in rural Erie, Kansas.

Listen to their music at:

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Art On The Move


Art on the Move is offering a free art experience for children of all ages on Saturday, August 1, in Carey Park at Stremel Field. Kids will be able to make their own tile art from 7-8:30 p.m. It’s free! Art on the Move is a project from the Hutchinson Community Foundation’s Unconference earlier this year.

Families First is sponsoring movie night, with the movie, “Home,” beginning at 8:30 p.m. The first 100 families to attend will receive a blanket to use and take home. The idea of Movie Night also grew at the Unconference. The two groups are combining efforts to make the most of the funding.

Saturday is a great opportunity for families to have a fun night out for free!

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Emancipation Proclamation Day

Emancipation Proclamation Day events:
July 30: the film Selma for free – Thursday evening 7:00 pm at the Fox Theater in Hutchinson
July 31: Jazz Night in Avenue A Park 7:30 pm.
August 1: Parade at 10:00 am followed by a picnic in Carey Park at noon
August 2: Gospel Fest at Stringer Fine Arts, HCC 3:00 pm followed by an ice cream social

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Talk20 Hutch on Friday, July 24

Talk20 Hutch is July 24, at 7 p.m. in the Hutchinson Public Library. Ttalk20hutch-FB-20150724he library is at 901 N. Main. This is the fourth installment of Talk20 Hutch. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Talk20 Hutch brings people together to learn, listen, and engage over a variety of topics. The event is free and open to the public. The after party is at Cool Beans, 209 N Walnut St, right off of Main, in downtown Hutchinson. People are encouraged to continue the conversation at Cool Beans after the structured event at the library.

Ten community members show 20 photographs, and speak for only 20 seconds per slide (a total of a little over 6 minutes). The slides are on a timer, so the format is set. The total time of the event is around 90 minutes, including a 10 minute intermission halfway through.

“It should be a great evening,” says Patsy Terrell, one of the organizers. “We’ll be hearing about everything from hiking the Grand Canyon to working in television in Los Angeles. Talk20 is a great opportunity to learn about people in our community who have fascinating stories to tell.”

These are the participants for Talk20 Hutch:
• Paco Bell – Wings and Things
• Andrew Tash – Behind the Camera
• Mike Livingston – Creating a Creative Workplace
• Trish Rose – Down is Optional, Up is Mandatory
• Anne Lauer / Brian E Davis – Living Downtown in Unique Buildings
• Martha Fee – Friendship Across the World and Through the Years
• Ron Hirst – Farming: Start Up to Full Time to Part Time
• Mimi Meredith – Who makes a difference?
• Holly Thomas – Holly’s Sweet Treats
• Kent Sallee – Amazing Kansas Petroglyphs

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The Savannah Disputation by Hutchinson Theatre Guild

htg stage 9 logoThe Savannah Disputation is presented by the Hutchinson Theatre Guild July 16-19, and July 23-26, 2015, with Thursday – Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2 p.m. Performances are at Stage 9 in downtown Hutchinson, 9 South Main.

The play is a comedy drenched in southern charm and infused with a pinch of hellfire and a dollop of damnation.  The Savannah Disputation tells of two spinsters, Mary and Margaret. Drastically different in practically every way, Margaret and Mary are forced to buckle down together on their deeply held Catholic beliefs when a young, perky Christian fundamentalist missionary arrives trying to save their souls from hell.

Melissa, a member of the Evangelical Church of the Holy Spirit Alliance Church, is steadfast her beliefs that Catholics are not, in fact, Christian, due to certain rituals of the church. Mary, who wants to win the theological arguments, and Margaret, who just wants to her have peace of mind back, call in reinforcements in the form of their local parish priest, Father Patrick Murphy. In what can only be called a full-blown theological disputation, Melissa, Father Murphy, Mary and Margaret try to make sense of the complex spiritual world which they inhabit.

“The great thing about this wonderful work by Evan Smith is that it always throws in just the right balance of comedy while taking on serious matters of faith,” says Director Denny Vick. “As an audience member, you should be expected to be challenged but also thoroughly entertained by this production.”

Sarah Kovach and Peggy Livingston lead the production as Mary and Margaret. Melissa, the fundamentalist missionary, is portrayed by Abigail Webb. Rounding out the cast is Robert Callahan as Father Patrick Murphy. Kovach and Webb make their Stage 9 debuts in The Savannah Disputation.

The production is under the direction of Denny Vick who also contributes a scenic design. Deidre Mattox serves as costume designer. Charles Johnston, Production Coordinator at Stage 9, acts in a dual capacity as lighting designer and technical director. Jordan Hebert contributes sound design and properties are designed by Paula Rothe. Becky Christner leads publicity and marketing with E. Brian Davis serving as stage manager for the production.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for ages 8-14. Children must be eight years old to attend this production. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at as well as at Apron Strings (using cash and check only), located at the intersection of Sherman and Main Street in downtown Hutchinson. Patrons may also purchase tickets at the door starting one hour prior to a performance.

All seating is general admission. The house opens at 7 p.m. for evening performances and 1:30 p.m. for afternoon performances. Stage 9 seats 85 people and seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, contact the Hutchinson Theatre Guild by email at or by phone at 316-350-PLAY (7529).

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Sculpture Walk 2015 Opening Reception

sculpturewalklogoThe 2015 SculptureWalk Opening Reception is Thursday, June 18, 2015, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Art Center,. The Art Center is at 405 North Washington in downtown Hutchinson.

Some of this year’s sculptors will be attending. The 2015 Juror’s Award and the new Site Sponsor Award will be announced.

This year’s reception coincides with the June Third Thursday, which features the annual ArtWalk.

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Master Gardener Hutchinson Garden Tour June 13, 2015

garden tour 2015Master Gardeners seventh annual Hutchinson Garden Tour on Saturday, June 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Spend a relaxing day strolling through some of Hutchinson’s most beautiful and inspiring gardens and landscapes.

Delight in the floral beauty and lush plantings of five spectacular gardens, as well as the newly expanded Master Gardener Demonstration Garden on the Hutchinson Community College Campus.  Borrow inspiration from these energetic and tireless gardeners, who love to share their joy of gardening, like to experiment with new plants, and enjoy creating beautiful, and relaxing outdoor living spaces.

Hillside Retreat, Wagerle Garden at 3415 Inverness
Enjoy a gentle hillside retreat shaded with mature trees and a variety of shrubs, ferns, hostas, groundcovers, and vibrant flowers  – all woven together with meandering paths through the garden and wooded areas, natural stonework and garden art including statuary.

Fruits and Veggies, Hemmerling Garden at 2604 Apple Lane
You’ll visit the extensive vineyard and vegetable garden of a landscaper, who sells his produce at the farmer’s market, and enjoys propagating plants.

Cottage Charm, Chambers Garden at 211 Carey Place
The charming cottage garden in Hyde Park is a plant collector’s paradise with an extensive variety of shrubs, perennials, self-seeding annuals and native plants with a few vegetable plants tucked in.

Roses are Red, Sayler Garden at 300 West 11th
If you love roses, you’ll be enchanted with the midtown yard and gardens surrounded with fragrant roses in endless colors, a panorama of flowering shrubs, perennials and colorful annuals, garden statuary, gorgeous window boxes, and several serene seating areas accented with artistic containers cascading with vibrant and unusual plant combinations.

Coming Up Roses, Lairmore Garden at 4600 Spyglass
You’ll find more roses, and an expansive landscape of flowering shrubs, vines and lilies in the colorful garden oasis on Spyglass, accented with a new gazebo, walking paths and several relaxing living spaces surrounded with fragrance and a carnival of color…..also known as “the best deer buffet in Hutchinson!”

Don’t miss the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden on the HCC Campus featuring a wide variety of Prairie Star annuals, perennials, shrubs and ornamental grasses, plus the newly planted shade garden.

This year’s educational talks at the gardens will include rose gardening, dealing with garden invaders, growing and cooking with herbs, gardening with succulents, using the correct garden tools, and a history of iris through the ages.  Your ticket will include a map of the garden locations and the schedule of the short educational talks at each garden.  Informational materials are available on each subject all day.  Reno County Extension Master Gardeners will be your tour guides at each of the six gardens, and available to answer gardening questions.

Advance tickets may be purchased prior to the day of the tour for $8.00 at the Reno County Extension Office at 2 W. 10th, South Hutchinson; Dillon Nature Center, 3002 E. 30th; Stutzman’s Greenhouse in Pleasantview and on Apple Lane, Bornholdt’s Plantland at 1508 West 4th, Benton’s Greenhouse at 209 South Valley Pride Road, and at all Dillons stores in Hutchinson.

Tickets may be purchased on line with a credit card at; click on Horticulture and Outdoors, then Master Gardeners for ticket ordering form.  Or you can call Reno Country Extension (620-662-2371) to order tickets.

Tickets will also be available at each of the gardens the day of the tour for $10.00.  Youth 16 and younger are free.

Garden Tour proceeds support Master Gardener community education programs, the Master Gardener demonstration garden at Hutchinson Community College, and the garden at Reno County Extension.  Funds also support youth programs, including the Youth Lawnmower Safety Clinic, Junior Master Gardeners, and 4H.

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