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Art Exhibits

  1. Celebrating 100 Years of History and Heritage: Riley County Historical Museum

    October 13, 2016, 8:30 AM - February 4, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Riley County Historical Museum

    Centennial celebration exhibit showcases 100-plus artifacts and photographs significant to the history of the Riley County community. Notable objects include a section of original seating from Wareham Opera House, penny-farthing bicycle owned by Guy Varney, hand-carved sunflower clock made from local wood for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893.

    Many objects on view have been rarely exhibited. Centennial exhibition accompanied by series of programs (watch for announcements and check calendar).

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  2. Eisenhower and the Great War

    March 4, 2017, 9:00 AM - February 28, 2018, 4:45 PM @ Eisenhower Presidential Library

    Great War's influence on Dwight Eisenhower’s budding leadership abilities. World War I proved crucial to the making of this American icon and future president.

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  3. Chisholm Trail: History & Legacy

    April 1, 2017, 8:00 AM - October 13, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Hale Library fifth floor gallery

    K-State Libraries joins 150th anniversary celebrations of Chisholm Trail. "Chisholm Trail: History & Legacy" exhibit with artifacts, books, maps and photos allows glimpse into Kansas' Wild West era and turbulent relationship with Texas cattle trade.

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  4. Chisholm Trail 150th: The Cowtown that Raised a President

    April 1, 2017, 9:00 AM - May 30, 2018, 4:45 PM @ Eisenhower Presidential Library

    Rare artifacts and historic photographs of life along the Chisholm Trail to celebrate the trail's sesquicentennial. Learn origins of the cowboy boot, and how the phrase “real McCoy” became a familiar phrase in American lexicon. Legendary stories behind near mythical figures like Wild Bill Hickok and others. Dwight Eisenhower developed a love for all things western ... find out why. This lil' cowtown raised a President!

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  5. Thrift Style

    August 1, 2017, 10:00 AM - December 16, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Thriving collectors market for reused bags and fabric as remnants from feed, flour and sugar sacks re-purposed into clothing and other household objects, this market continues today. This exhibition explores recycled fabrics into clothing and quilts drawn from K-State's collection of Historic Costume and Textile Museum.

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  6. Ubiquitous: Enrico Isamu Oyama Exhibition

    August 15, 2017, 10:00 AM - December 23, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Beach Museum of Art

    Enrico Isamu Oyama grew up in Tokyo and has worked in New York since 2011. “Ubiquitous” surveys how Oyama channeled his interests in Tokyo and American street cultures, Western abstract art and Japanese calligraphy to create Quick Turn Structure (QTS), his signature expression. Wide range of creative platforms include painting, digital media, sound and fashion.

    QTS gives visual form to the mixed-race, multicultural, transnational experiences in today’s world of fluid borders and inter-connectivity.

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  7. "The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West" traveling exhibit

    August 24, 2017, 8:00 AM - October 17, 2017, 5:45 PM @ Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

    The Old Chisholm Trail helped shape popular culture and altered visions of the American West. To celebrate the Chisholm Trail's 150th anniversary, Symphony in the Flint Hills partners with Flint Hills Design and Lost Trail Soda to create "The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West" traveling exhibit.

    This original exhibit invites visitors to explore the Chisholm Trail from its 1860s inception. Exhibit highlights include an interactive musical exploration of the scores of verses to the cowboy song, "The Old Chisholm Trail," video and audio clips of movies and songs that reference the Chisholm Trail, and several artistically rendered, life-size longhorn cattle.

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  8. Strecker Nelson West Gallery: The Mind's Eye

    August 25, 2017, 10:00 AM - October 28, 2017, 6:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Artists' interpretations of reality and fantasy features John Gary Brown, William Counter, Tim Forcade, Jeff Foster, Bambi Freeman, Bev Gegen, Susan Grace, Eleanor Heimbaugh, Christina Klein, Jennifer Rivera, Nancy Teague, Barbara Waterman Peters and Rashelle Weissenbach. SNW premieres: Conci Denniston, Michael Driggs and Lynette Ubel.

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  9. Over, Under, Through

    August 25, 2017, 5:00 PM - October 15, 2017, 4:00 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    In her prints, Katharina Bossmann uses color and light to create "extractions" from place and memory. Whether woodcuts, screen prints or etchings, the prints layer color to create landscapes and the inhabitants of them. Exhibition includes broad range of Heather Bayless' metalwork and jewelry.

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  10. Reclaimed Creations: Sayaka Ganz Exhibition

    September 5, 2017, 10:00 AM - December 9, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    In her sculpture, Sayaka Ganz uses reclaimed plastic objects such as discarded utensils as a painter uses brush strokes. Ganz describes her style as “3D impressionism," as the recycled objects appear unified at a distance but at close proximity, individual objects are discernable. Ganz was born in Japan and grew up in Japan, Brazil and Hong Kong. She holds a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University.

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  11. Patty Carroll: Anonymous Women

    September 16, 2017, 12:00 PM - October 14, 2017, 5:00 PM @ The Volland Store

    Series of photographs, Anonymous Women: Draped, Reconstructed, Demise. Anonymous Women series exhibited internationally and has won multiple awards with Patty Carroll acknowledged as one of Photolucida’s “Top 50” in 2014. Carroll's work has been featured in prestigious blogs and international magazines such as Huffington Post, The Cut, Ain’t Bad Magazine and BJP (Britain).

    Her work has been shown internationally in one-person exhibits in China, Europe and U.S. Presented by The Volland Store and Leedy-Volkous Art Center, Kansas City.

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  12. Mural Lab

    October 5, 2017 - October 28, 2017 @ Little Apple Art Supply

    Assisted by a K-State student, artist Enrico Isamu Oyama creates mural on the building that houses exhibition, sponsor Little Apple Art Supply. Visit throughout October to witness the artist’s progress and contribution to the Aggieville streetscape.

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  13. Fronteras/Frontiers Exhibition

    October 7, 2017, 10:00 AM - April 1, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Exhibition explores complexity of borders and frontiers in the Midwest through the work by artists Artemio Rodríguez and Fidencio Fifield-Perez. Rodríguez's practice transcends the boundaries of printmaking, and engages the public through mobile printmaking studio/gallery, the GraficoMovil. Born in Mexico and raised in the U.S., Fifield-Perez explores issues of migration, labor, and the politicization of borders through the manipulation of maps, newspaper cuttings and paper.

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  14. Art in Motion

    October 7, 2017, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Celebration of art in museum parking lot. Concurrent with “Harmony at the ‘Hatt” music festival in Aggieville Triangle Park. Live painting performance by artist Enrico Isamu Oyama responds in the moment to surrounding people, sounds, atmosphere and energy. Gallery talk and discussion with artist Fidencio Fifield-Perez in Fronteras/Frontiers. Action art activities for all ages.

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Community Events

  1. Duty First: 100 Years of the Big Red One

    August 26, 2017, 9:00 AM - January 14, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Explore 100-year history of 1st Infantry Division, from Big Red One founding to present day. Exhibit displays exceptional history of the 1ID in Tallgrass Gallery; chronicles five heroic soldiers through WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Gulf Wars, Kosovo conflict and today's military. For children, Camp Funston "boot camp" where kids can "train" alongside Rags, 1ID's WWI pooch mascot.

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  2. Fall Sidewalk Sale

    October 5, 2017, 9:00 AM - October 8, 2017, 6:00 PM @ Manhattan Town Center

    Last sidewalk sale of 2017 at Manhattan Town Center! Cash in on great deals.

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  3. Manhattan Christian College Family Weekend

    October 6, 2017 - October 7, 2017 @ MCC Campus

    Family-friends invited to attend campus events and get to know college faculty-staff.

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  4. 8th Annual Riley Fall Festival

    October 7, 2017, 9:00 AM @ Downtown area

    Events include BBQ contest, beer garden, bounce house, car show, cornhole tournament, 5K road run, parade, rock wall and much more! Door prizes and silent auction associated with car show; dash plaques presented to first 50 cars entered. Biscuits and gravy breakfast, barbecue challenge, free-will donation meal, pie baking contest, kids games, 50/50 pot.

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  5. Star Wars Reads Day

    October 7, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Day to celebrate all things Star Wars! Fans of all ages invited to visit a galaxy far, far away ... and you can do it at the library. Activities include crafts, trivia and a costume parade. Noon film screening.

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  6. Interior Designer Warehouse Sale

    October 7, 2017, 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM @ AsterHouse Design

    AsterHouse Design warehouse overflows with items that include furniture, rugs, lighting, bedding, accessories and more. Mix of showroom samples, brand new items that didn't fit a project and vintage pieces. Vendor booths offer even more shopping possibilities: art, jewelry, furniture, antiques and more. Carpools and prompt arrival encouraged. Free parking available at Keats Park across the street; paid on-site parking.

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  7. Harmony in the 'Hatt

    October 7, 2017, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Triangle Park, Aggieville

    Celebrate Harmony in the Manhattan community with great music on a Saturday afternoon in Aggieville's Triangle Park; plus fantastic art across the street on campus at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum's Art in Motion festival.

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Conventions & Meetings

  1. Kansas State Grange Convention

    October 6, 2017 - October 8, 2017 @ Four Points by Sheraton

    Nonprofit, nonpartisan, fraternal organization that advocates for Rural America and Agriculture.

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Craft Shows

  1. 44th Annual Pumpkin Patch Arts and Crafts Fair

    October 6, 2017, 9:00 AM - October 7, 2017, 4:00 PM @ Riley County Fairgrounds

    Local vendors sell handmade and refurbished arts and crafts; exhibitors demonstrate various skills and trades. Attractions and activities for children.

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Oztoberfest Murder Mystery

    October 5, 2017, 7:30 PM - October 7, 2017, 10:00 PM @ The Columbian Theatre

    Celebrate another year of OZtoberFest to recognize “The Wizard of Oz” and the best actors, beautiful set and stunning costumes. Problems arise when a once perfect night turns into one full of raging divas, faulty props and even murder. Witch? The Lion? Dear Aunt Em? Alternate endings each of three nights keep audiences on their toes; hunt for clues to solve this exciting and often hilarious whodunit based on a treasured musical.

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  2. The Arsonists by Max Frisch

    October 5, 2017, 7:30 PM - October 7, 2017, 9:00 PM @ Nichols Hall

    Respected community member Gottlieb Biedermann fulfills his civic duty by giving shelter to two fire-displaced houseguests. When they start filling the attic with drums of gasoline, what is an accommodating host to do but help them light the fuse?

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  3. Mary Poppins at MAC

    October 6, 2017, 7:30 PM - October 8, 2017, 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    That magical nanny named Mary Poppins blows in on an East wind to No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane, and her stern yet mystical ways take the children on an odyssey of new adventures. Family friendly show to open the 2017-18 MAC theater season.

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  4. Laughapalooza Comedy Festival

    October 6, 2017, 8:00 PM - October 7, 2017 @ Wareham Opera House

    Feature packed comedy festival with multiple shows, from stand-up comedy to Improv and sketch comedy! Billy Wayne Davis from Last Comic Standing fame highlights strong Saturday billing. Enjoy Downtown Manhattan between shows; between-show entertainment includes music, improv, caricature artists and more. Big belly laughs in The Little Apple.

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  5. Ann Zimmerman Concert

    October 7, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Great Plains Theatre

    Award-winning native singer/songwriter with roots deep in the American grasslands. Ann Zimmerman sings her native prairie into universal language and works magic from songs of life on the winding and windy plains.

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Festivals & Parades

  1. Central States Marching Festival

    October 7, 2017, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM @ Bill Snyder Family Stadium

    Finest marching event of its kind in the state of Kansas. Clinic sessions, adjudication and critique sessions all designed to provide the most educational venue possible and help to equip marching programs in the region with tools to continue to develop and succeed. K-State Marching Band program is pleased to provide Kansas with an innovative and thorough concept in marching festivals.

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Kansas State Wildcats athletics

  1. Volleyball: Texas Tech vs. K-State

    October 7, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Ahearn Field House

    K-State has won six consecutive matches in series against Texas Tech Red Raiders, and gone 22-2 since 2005.

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Recreational sports activities/events

  1. Rush the Rails

    October 7, 2017, 7:00 AM - October 8, 2017, 2:30 AM @ Flint Hills Nature Trail origin

    Inaugural celebration along Flint Hills Nature Trail, the product of hard work to convert abandoned railroad bed into multi-use trail. Fun ride and competitive relay run along FHNT. Three non-competitive fun rides available, as well as a 4- and 8-person team competitive relay run. 11 a.m. finish line celebrations originate in Council Grove.

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  2. Headless Bicyclist Ride

    October 7, 2017, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ CiCo Park

    6-mile bike ride with healthy vendors to include farmer's market, Brew Bros and Pathfinder, with free face painting and spooky story time. Family-friendly, and proceeds go to enhance Green Apple Bikes program.

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Special Events

  1. Duty First: 100 Years of the Big Red One

    August 26, 2017, 9:00 AM - January 14, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Explore 100-year history of 1st Infantry Division, from Big Red One founding to present day. Exhibit displays exceptional history of the 1ID in Tallgrass Gallery; chronicles five heroic soldiers through WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Gulf Wars, Kosovo conflict and today's military. For children, Camp Funston "boot camp" where kids can "train" alongside Rags, 1ID's WWI pooch mascot.

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  2. 44th Annual Pumpkin Patch Arts and Crafts Fair

    October 6, 2017, 9:00 AM - October 7, 2017, 4:00 PM @ Riley County Fairgrounds

    Local vendors sell handmade and refurbished arts and crafts; exhibitors demonstrate various skills and trades. Attractions and activities for children.

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  3. Tallgrass Tour Bus: Historic POW Camp and Atlas E Missile Site

    October 7, 2017, 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center (tour origin)

    Travel in time and see artifacts left behind from World War II POW camp that contained German soldiers, with a visit to Wabaunsee County Historical Society Museum. Travel to Lake Wabaunsee to see camp remains, and enjoy lunch at The Lodge restaurant. After lunch, take a special guided tour of a converted Atlas E nuclear missile site, part of the nation's Cold War heritage (now a local residence).

    Round trip travel, tour, lunch fees covered within cost. Under-18 must be accompanied by adult. Explore hidden military history in the Flint Hills, and journey on special Tallgrass Tour Bus to Alma.

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  4. Chisholm Trail Day Festival

    October 7, 2017, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Dickinson County Heritage Center

    Live entertainment, historical presentations, folk craft demonstrations and antique farm show; annual festival celebrates Dickinson County's role in massive cattle drives, with Abilene at trailhead for "End of the Chisholm Trail". Living history/farm demos, antique gasoline engines, antique car/farm shows. Threshing demos throughout day. Food vendors on the grounds.

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  5. OZtoberfest

    October 7, 2017, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM @ Lincoln Avenue activities

    Fun, fall, family celebration! Downtown Wamego hosts variety of activities that include OZ costume contest, classic car show, Munchkinland, Auntie Em's Boutique, Tin Man's Garage and much more. Parking available on side streets and around City Park. Centrally located downtown on Lincoln Avenue, easy to park and walk.

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