Book Craft Workshop November 14

bc3A book craft workshop is set for November 14 at the Hutchinson Public Library. The workshop is free, from 10-3, in the second floor auditorium at the library, 901 N. Main. Five different book crafts will be demonstrated. Guests can stay for all or only part of them. Signup is required and is at the Friendshop, near the Main Street door. The workshop is for ages 14 and over, and families are encouraged to use this event as a way to bridge the generations.

Book crafts are a Pinterest trend, and this workshop will get you started with materials provided and fellow crafters to learn from and work with. Despite a tattered cover or being “out of date,” some old books contain remarkable illustrations, fashion plates, music, and interestingly obsolete maps or typeface. The pages and even parts of the book spine or cover may be repurposed into truly unique creations. Some of the book craft projects are for seasonal decoration or home decor, such as ornaments or a tablerunner; and some may be framed and kept on your wall to show your love of books.

bc2Each craft is easy to do, and participants can enjoy working together in small groups. Crafters may bring their lunch and keep crafting during the lunch break. All who sign up will be contacted by phone with further information before the craft day.

Instructors are Jo Higgins and Cheryl Wardlaw. When signing up at the Friendshop, see several samples of book crafts.

Participants can bring personal photographs, lace or other items they want to add to a project. All the basic materials and directions for the featured crafts will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own glue gun or anything else they love to work with. Participants who already have used book material in art projects are asked to bring and share their own ideas with the others if they wish.

For questions, call Cheryl at 662-8352.

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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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