Gingerbread House Decorating


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Talking Tombstones October 15

cemetery-1670223_1920Talking Tombstones is October 15 at Eastside Cemetery near Severance and A. Actors portray dearly departed residents of Hutchinson and Reno County, whose spirits reside at Eastside Cemetery. Performances are at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

As a special celebration of Stage 9’s 100th Anniversary and the 10th Anniversary of Talking Tombstones, ten characters have been selected for revival.  Only five characters are presented in each tour with a discounted ticket price offered to patrons who want to see both performances.

Guides will lead the way through the historical tombstones as actors bring voices from the past to life. This year’s resurrected local residents and the actors portraying them are:

Thurman J. Bixler, bottler, inventor, and entertainer (Bob Colladay)
Sister Broadwell, sister to Dalton Gang member, Dick Broadwell (Marcie McKinnell)
Mary Collingwood, early settler of Pretty Prairie (Sarah Kovach)
The Harvey Girl, iconic waitress of the Harvey Houses (Sarah Winkler)
Solomon Butler, Olympic caliber athlete (John Zackery II)
Mattie Moore Blanchard, grieving mother of five children (Deidre Mattox)
Rivers Banks, early Reno County pioneer, Civil War Veteran, orchard founder (Jordan Gajewski)
Bernice Delano, young spurned ingénue (Nikki Hase)
Samuel Slack, early Hutchinson settler (Bob Callahan)
Ann Owens, freed slave and local Hutchinson resident (Jocelyn Woodson)

Characters in the fundraiser are researched by the Reno County Genealogical Society throughout the year.

In addition to the performances, go to the mausoleum at the conclusion of each program where Lynn Ledeboer, Curator of the Reno County Museum, will provide a fascinating look at funerary related artifacts from local funeral homes.

Tickets are $20 for general admission to the event. Two tour ticket packages are available for $30.  The program at 7:15 pm is included in the price of admission. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at as well as at Apron Strings, located at the intersection of Sherman and Main Street. Patrons may also purchase tickets at the mausoleum thirty minutes prior to a performance.

For additional information about the performance, please contact Stage 9 by email at or by phone at 316-350-PLAY (7529).

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Harvey Houses of Kansas Author in Hutchinson September 9

harveyhousesRosa Walston Latimer, author of “Harvey Houses of Kansas: Historic Hospitality from Topeka to Syracuse,” is at the Reno County Museum on September 9th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The Reno County Museum is at the corner of Avenue A and Walnut.

She will be autographing her book, which will be available for purchase. The book was chosen as a 2016 Notable Kansas Book by the Kansas State Librarian. Light refreshments will be served.

Her Amazon bio says that the story of her grandmother, who was a Harvey Girl in New Mexico, sparked Rosa’s interest in preserving women’s history. It continues: This led her to write “Harvey Houses of Texas” followed by “Harvey Houses of New Mexico” and “Harvey Houses of Kansas ” – all published by The History Press. In these books, according to a review in New Mexico Magazine, “Rosa pays devoted attention to the vibrant inner lives and daily work life of Harvey Girls, transforming what could have been a prim volume into an intimate page-turner.”

Rosa lives in Post, TX where she owns an independent bookstore, Ruby Lane Books & Gallery on Main Street. She is an author, playwright and an award-winning photographer. Rosa writes for national and regional magazines and newspapers; was news editor of a print and an online newspaper and supervising director of a nationally syndicated television program.

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Truckstop Honeymoon Performs in Hutchinson

truckstophoneymoonTruckstop Honeymoon is performing at Stage 9 on September 3.

Hollering with all their hearts over a five string banjo and a doghouse bass, Truckstop Honeymoon live the life they sing about. Touring across three continents with four kids and a truck load of songs, Katie and Mike West tell stories about the strangeness of everyday life. Their music combines elements of bluegrass, music hall jazz and straight up rock’n’roll. Vaudevillian wit and showmanship spike their energetic live shows, while the fearless honesty of their songs touches the hearts of listeners around the world.

In eleven years Truckstop Honeymoon have released eight CDs and a full length documentary film on Baton Rouge label, Squirrel Records. They perform at International folk festivals, rock clubs, neighborhood bars, house concerts and hay barns from Nebraska to Tasmania.

Tickets on sale at and Apron Strings Kitchen Store. Tickets just $20 through August 27th, then go to $25 this show will likely sell out get your tickets early!

Ticket price includes your complimentary favorite refreshments during the reception and show.

Don’t miss this rare chance to see and hear Katie and Mike in Hutchinson!

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Talk20 Hutch on July 22

talk20 hutch graphic 20160722Talk20 Hutch is July 22, at 7 p.m. in the Hutchinson Public Library. The library is at 901 N. Main. This is the sixth 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 Carl’s Bar, 103 N. Main, in downtown Hutchinson. People are encouraged to continue the conversation at Carl’s after the structured event at the library. Those under 21 are welcome.

Ten community members show 20 photographs, and speak for only 20 seconds per slide (a total of a little over 6 minutes per presentation). 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.

“Talk20 is about people sharing their stories with the community,” says Patsy Terrell, one of the organizers. “We want to hear about their passions.”

These are the participants for Talk20 Hutch:

  • Bailey Stiggins – Extrovert Problems
  • Dave McKane – Hutchinson Saved My Life
  • Ivonne Rivera-Newberry – Bendiciones (Blessings)
  • Scott Brown – Inspiration & Collaboration
  • Amanda Roberts – Overcoming Poverty
  • Ron Sylvester – The Changing Face of the News
  • Michele Silsbee – Parents, Find Your Tribe
  • Judy Crow McDonald, PhD – Around the World with Schools
  • Darren Morawitz – Cosplay: A Nerd Odyessy
  • Jackson Swearer – Downtown Living
    (The actual order won’t be announced until that evening.) 

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Hutchinson Garden Tour

Garden Tour 2016The Reno County Extension Master Gardener’s eighth annual Hutchinson Garden Tour is Saturday, June 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Gardens include:

  • Bountiful Country Harvest, Mott Garden at 604 East 71st
  • Elegance in the Shade, Gordon Garden at 102 Road Runner
  • Plant Collector’s Dream, Barnes Garden at 706 West 20th
  • Designed for Outdoor Living, McKay Garden at 1829 North Monroe
  • Gardener’s Paradise in the Sandhills, Hanzlicek Garden at 4200 Brigadune
  • Pathways to Discovery, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden on HCC Campus

Highlights of this year’s tour include a dry creek bed with an arching bridge, a gnome garden, a new butterfly garden, bubbling fountains, and a recently built pergola and sunny deck with color-splashed container gardens. For those who like the unusual, you’ll be fascinated by the endless collection of succulents, tropical fruit trees, orchids, plumaria and exotic horticulture oddities.

All of the educational talks will be presented at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden on the HCC campus, with parking available in the 14th street parking lot.

10:00  Attracting Beneficial Insects
by Scott Vogt
Executive Director of Dyck Arboretum, Hesston

10:30  Pruning Trees & Shrubs
by Bob Hunter
Certified Arborist

11:00  Shade Gardening
by Matthew MCKernan
Sedgwick County Ornamental Horticulture Agent

Your ticket will include a map of the garden locations and the schedule of the educational talks at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden. Reno County Extension Master Gardeners will be your tour guides at each of the six gardens, and available to answer gardening questions. See for preview photos of the Garden Tour.

Advance tickets are $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. Or buy online at or  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. Children 12 and younger are free.

Garden Tour proceeds support Master Gardener community education programs and 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 4-H.
Gardens on the tour include:

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Daddy Daughter Dance

person-1104802_640The 13th annual Daddy-Daughter Dance is Saturday, May 7. It’s from 7-8:30 p.m. at Prairie Hills Middle School, 3200 Lucille Drive.

Altrusa International of Hutchinson is creating a special evening with music, dancing, refreshments and door prizes. Make memories that will last a lifetime.

The dance is for girls in 1st through 6th grade and their dad or other father-figure in their lives. Tickets are available at:
• Prairie Point Fabrics, 7 East Sherman, until 6 p.m. Friday, May 6
• Metropolitan Coffee, 17th & Lorraine, until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7

Money raised supports the Children’s Emergency Shelter Home, Inc.

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Hutchinson Art Fair on May 7

20160317 678The 54th Annual Hutchinson Art Association Fair is Saturday May 7 from 9-4. It will be held in the Sunflower South Building at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

The original work of over 45 artists from throughout the Mid-West in a variety of mediums, featuring a wide range of prices, will be on display. Don’t miss this chance for a great family outing including great Art, Food, and Music.

In 2015 artists exhibiting at the Fair were presented nearly $2,400.00 in purchase awards and $2,300.00 in cash awards. The cash awards consisted of 1 st – $500, 2nd – $400 and 3rd – $300 plus eleven Awards of Excellence totaling $1,100 and four Memorial awards totaling $1,000. An additional estimated $15,000.00 in purchases were made by the thousands of patrons in attendance at the Art Fair.

The Art Fair is free and sponsored by the Hutchinson Art Association in conjunction with The Hutchinson News, Downtown Hutchinson and The Dillon Stores. For more information call the Hutchinson Art Center at 620/663-1081 or e-mail

Art projects for the children will be offered throughout the day. Our future artists will be able to create works of art for Mom, the refrigerator door, or simply for the joy of doing. There is no charge for the children’s activities.

The music at the Art Fair is sponsored by the Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council.

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O’ Handsome Navigator at Stage 9 on May 14

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David Garibaldi at Dillon Lecture Series on April 4

garibaldi-150x180Performance Painter David Garibaldi will speak  at the Dillon Lecture Series on April 4 at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. It begins at 10:30 a.m.

David Garibaldi took his passion for graffiti and turned it in a more positive and creative direction to create images through his body movement and brushes while communicating via music in an entertaining way with the hope of inspiring the audience to use their passion to benefit and inspire others.

Tickets are only $10 and available that morning.

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