By Kathleen Swift Photos by Artistic Expressions Photography “I’ve always said that wine is bottled poetry,” remarked Tina Kennedy. “It creates atmosphere, a certain feeling, depending on who you are with and what you pair it with.” Kennedy should know since she and...
By Don Lowe As area residents and out-of-towners alike explore Lendonwood Gardens in the coming weeks and months, they’ll likely feel even more at home thanks to the newly constructed welcome center designed to help get their tour off to a delightful start. When...
By Kathleen Swift Photos by Bokeh “It all started with a bowl of chips and salsa,” said Kaitlin Farley. “Isn’t that where all love stories start?” “Our love story began in February 2018, at Cactus Grill in Kansas City at a small table in the corner of the restaurant,”...
By Larry Whitely INDEPENDENCE DAY It is known as the Fourth of July holiday. The real reason why we celebrate this day is much more than fireworks, parades, picnics, camping trips, fun on the water and family cookouts. The Fourth of July is the day the Declaration of...
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Family, Fireworks and Fun
Independence Day is one of my most favorite holidays. Fourth of July celebrations are centered around family gatherings, camping trips, barbeques, children running with sparklers and amazing fireworks displays. It is a full day centered around appreciation, packed with entertainment and concludes with laughter well past night fall.
In our Calendar of Events section, we bring you all the need-to-know information to plan your perfect holiday celebration….and the whole month of July. Check out this month’s events! It is filled with parades, concerts, festivals and more. I am excited just looking at all the fun things to do and see in our region this month! Take pictures, make memories, live in the moment and do not forget to take us with you! We want to see and hear about the fun you are having this month.
July also marks one of my favorite features: Honoring Our Military. SMTO loves taking a moment every year to honor the men and women who are serving or have served in the military to give us the freedom we have today. It is because of those men and women we have the liberty to celebrate with our family, take trips, eat great food and see fireworks. On pages 70-85, you can get to know some of the great individuals from right here at home who have made our reality possible each day. We cannot thank the featured men and women, and all those we didn’t have the honor to highlight, enough for their sacrifice and dedication.
We also feature Southeast Kansas with the Faces of Southeast Kansas. Meet the men and women who are setting the community on fire with their expertise, products or service. We highlight the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, which is redefining performance. We focus on eight murals in Southeast Kansas. You can learn about their meaning and how they are touching lives. Southeast Kansas is rich in history, art and community. Flip through the pages and explore.
On page 48, you will meet Dillon Leggett, a well-known local musician. This young man started playing his way into the hearts of many at the age of 12. Our cover story shares his greatest influences, biggest inspirations and all you need to know to catch a show this summer. This article will turn you into a fan!
We hope you use our July edition as a source for information and a guide for entertainment all month long. We hope you take time to appreciate the meaning of Independence Day, you spend it doing something you love and you find someone to thank for giving us our freedom. We hope you eat local, shop local and enjoy the natural beauty of our region.
Happy Fourth of July! Be safe and have fun!