Make a Day of It in Hutchinson – April 5, 2013

April 5 – Experience Downtown Hutchinson

Morning
Downtown Hutchinson has a number of antique shops. Armstrong Antiques has some museum quality pieces, and Bear Blessings is chock-full of interesting things to see. The Toy Depot is a step back to your childhood – whenever that was.

Lunch
Anchor Inn at the corner of Main and B will be hopping at lunch time. Fridays they have an extra large buffet of goodies and many locals make it a weekly event. You can order off the menu if you prefer. The original Anchor Inn is the center structure or you can “meet by the fountain.” Check them out at anchorinnhutch.com.

Afternoon
Spend the afternoon shopping the south end of downtown. Amelia Beadila’s is more fun than you can imagine. Tesori has unique gift items, and Apron Strings will delight the cook or the wanna-be cook.

Take some time to visit the Reno County Museum at the corner of Avenue A and Walnut. It’s a look at Hutchinson’s history and it’s free.

Enjoy a stroll in Avenue A park at the corner of Avenue A and Main if the weather permits. It’s a beautiful part of downtown, built along Cow Creek, which flows under Memorial Hall.

Dinner
Jillian’s has wood-fired pizza and other treats perfect for capping off a day downtown. It’s best to make reservations for a Friday night,  but the effort is certainly worthwhile. They offer a large selection of wines and the hummus is delicious.

Evening
The Fox Theatre is a beautifully restored Art Deco era masterpiece. The Hot 8 Brass Band is performing at 7:30 PM.

Hot 8 5The Hot 8 Brass Band has epitomized New Orleans street music for over a decade.  They were all born and raised in New Orleans and many began playing together in high school.  Members of the Hot 8 Brass Band have toured in Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Finland, England, and Sardinia.   The band performs annually at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, world and jazz festivals across the US and Europe, and were featured in both Spike Lee documentaries “When the Levees Broke” and “If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise.”  The Hot 8 has released three critically acclaimed recordings and is featured on the latest Blind Boys of Alabama recording on Time-Life Records

After the show
Bluebird Books at 2 North Main is offering a Hot 8  Brass Band Post-Show Mingle from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Wind down and mingle with the members of this renowned New Orleans band.  Talk music, books, and the Big Easy with the men who began breaking in their now well-loved, well-worn horns together at their New Orleans high school. Please RSVP to info@bluebirdbookstore.com to reserve your spot.

 Enjoy your visit! Come visit again soon!.

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