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Ritual and Desire: WAM Summer Opening Party

Posted on June 11, 2017 by under Events.    

Here are some pictures from the Wichita Art Museum‘s summer opening party: Ritual and Desire. The exhibit showcases contemporary glass art by Beth Lipman, Cassandra C. Jones, and Lauren Fensterstock. The exhibit will be on display from now until September 10.

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The summer opening party is one of our most favorite events that signify the beginning of summer. We love being able to preview the exhibits right as they open.

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They usually have live music, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Brian and I love checking out the exhibits at the art museum but there is no better time to check them out than at the summer and fall opening parties.

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Fly By Night provided fun music as people milled about and socialized.

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One of the Fly By Night band members, Joe Stumpe, is my friend on Facebook by way of Twitter and Wichita Eagle. Another, Cianna (or Cynthia), works for Accuweather and works in my office building so I see her all the time in the elevator. I had no idea that she’s part of the band until that night.

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Brian and I tend to keep to ourselves at these events but we did have good conversation with two women.

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I think they found us, and our propensity for selfies, amusing.

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Here are some pictures of the colorful and yummy hors d’oeuvres at the party.

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They also had chicken and pineapple skewers which I did not photograph. I thought the food was pretty good. Brian didn’t enjoy the offerings as much as I did. Naturally, he was starving.

We ended up bailing so we could get him fed. We ended the evening at the Hill, one of Brian’s favorite restaurants. Yes, we still go there despite everything. The food is that good. But I digress… Go check out Ritual and Desire when you get a chance. It’s pretty cool.

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Kentucky Derby Party

Posted on May 30, 2017 by under Community, Events.    

These are pictures from the Kentucky Derby Party event earlier this month. The fundraising event was hosted by the Rotary Club of East Wichita and benefited Starkey, EmberHope, and Heartspring.

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I donned by best hat and put on my party face and off we went!

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The boys had a great time competing in the horse-racing event.

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Brian and I agreed that I would not be any good at this event so we decided that he should represent team FLIP + CHING. He actually did quite well in his heat and advanced to the semi-finals and, eventually, the finals.

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This is what they were racing.

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I’m not sure who came up with this game but I found it clever and fun.

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This is the final round.

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Brian did fantastic overall and finished in third place.

Instead of having a silent auction, they decided to raffle off some of the smaller packages and then conducted a live auction for the bigger prize packages. All the prizes were great but the only one that we were interested in was the Symphony in the Flint Hills package. We didn’t end up winning that package because Brian and I couldn’t decide quickly enough whether or not we wanted to bid on it. However, I volunteered us to help with the SFH event this year so we are going to be there anyway. The best part of volunteering for these types of events is that I get credit for the volunteer hours and still get to enjoy the show!

This is a list of the generous people and businesses who made the first ever Kentucky Derby Party a success.

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I’m so glad Tammie invited us because we had a great time.

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I saw lots of familiar Rotarians and I also ran into Ginger’s daughter Sarah.

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Although we didn’t win any of the raffle or auction items, Brian got to hang out with some amazing people and learned more about the Kentucky Derby in one afternoon than we ever would have had we not attended the event. Tammie and the rest of the event committee did a fantastic job. They raised $10,500 for the three charities.

It was a fabulous fundraising event/party and a great way to spend our Saturday afternoon.

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Cinco de Mayo Zumba in the Square

Posted on May 25, 2017 by under Events, Things to Do, Zumba.    

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Here are some pictures from the first Zumba in the Square event of the year which, coincidentally, fell on Cinco de Mayo. I ended up being in charge of this one because Pat, our fearless Zumba in the Square leader who normally organizes these events, just happened to have a schedule conflict that night. Lucky for me, I had the help of several amazing instructors.

Amy, Andrea, Charis, Johnna, Missy, Nick, and Todd all taught some songs. A picture of our kick ass Zumbathon® playlist is on the left.

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It was such a blast leading songs for a fun-loving group!

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We had a great turnout!

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Afterward a bunch of us went to Carlos O’Kelly’s to continue our Cinco de Mayo celebration. We had to wait a little bit before they could seat our group because there were 30 of us. It was a great time, though!

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I ended up making some new friends.

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Anyway, I was so delirious from the Zumbathon┬« that I completely spaced and left my water bottle at Old Town Square. We were almost home before I realized my folly. It’s a very special water bottle. It was one of the S’well bottles we’d gotten from Brian’s parents for Christmas. I was really upset that I left it.

Brian knew that I was really upset about leaving my water bottle so we agreed to go back and look for it. As luck would have it, the bottle was still there on the grass where I had left it. I got really lucky!

Although, I did tell Brian that if my water bottle was no longer there when we returned I wouldn’t be too upset because that would mean that some homeless person has taken it and they probably need it more than me. I’m really glad that I got my S’well bottle back, though.

We got home really late after making a trip back to downtown and then driving back home. It was a long, exhausting day but totally worth it. We had such a great time! If you missed the event, fear not. We’ve got another Zumba in the Square event coming up in a couple of weeks. The next one is scheduled for June 16.

I won’t be able to lead any songs at that event because we are celebrating with family that day. We’re having a cookout at our house to celebrate Brian’s birthday (June 13), grandma’s birthday (June 19), and Father’s Day. I hope you can make it to the next Zumba in the Square event though because it’s fabulous and not to be missed! It’s one of my favorite summer activities!

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WASAC’s Take Back the Night

Posted on May 21, 2017 by under Community, Events, Things to Do.    

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These are pictures from our team building volunteer activity for the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center‘s Take Back the Night event. My friend and coworker Alex is an avid volunteer for the agency and she arranged it so that we would man the Community Quilt Project station at the event.

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I don’t really know much about WASAC and their programs but I agreed to volunteer in support of Alex. She is always so generous with her time and volunteers for things at organizations that I’m passionate about so it was my turn to return the favor. There are no pictures of Brian because he didn’t want to do this event with me. It turned out all right because we had enough representation at the event. It would have been nice to have him there but it was okay that he wasn’t. There wasn’t much to the volunteer activity.

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We basically just talked with people at the event and encouraged them to participate in the Community Quilt Project. We had two tables with several blank fabric squares and colorful markers. We also had completed squares on display as examples. Each person’s contribution is an art work or saying on fabric square, which would then be incorporated into a big community quilt.

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I wanted to contribute to the Community Quilt Project so I designed a couple of patches also. Some people got really artsy and did drawings but I’ve never been any good at that so I just wrote a bunch of encouraging words down and decorated/colored them.

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I’d never been to one of these events before so this was my first. I’m not sure what the participation and attendance was like last year but this event was very well attended. I think it also helped that some awesome food trucks were there, including my friend’s truck Kamayan.

It was interesting to hear stories from survivors and supporters. I think it actually worked out better that Brian didn’t go because he would not have had the attention span for it. Please visit the WASAC web site to learn more about support groups, volunteer opportunities, advocacy, and other services.

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Arbor Day 2017

Posted on May 20, 2017 by under Events.    

For the first time ever, I had the opportunity to attend the local National Arbor Day celebration. In the United States, National Arbor Day is observed on the final Friday of April. That’s when it is celebrated here in Wichita; however, there are some states that choose to observe it on a different day.

This year Arbor Day fell on April 28. I just happened to be available that day so I jumped at the chance to join Alicia, Amy, Ron, Marsha, Kathie and the Westar In Motion trailer at O.J. Watson Park. Alicia and I worked for part of the morning and then we went to get coffee at Scooter’s down the street from the office before heading to the park.

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We noticed a bunch of people taking photos with the Wichita Eagle sign in front of the building. I think that was the very, very last day before everything was to be taken down since the newspaper moved to its new location in Old Town Square. Naturally, we did the same when we left the coffee shop.

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Upon arrival at the Arbor Day celebration site, the first thing I noticed were the huge bucket trucks. You can see the Westar In Motion trailer at the far end.

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While everyone was gathered and listening to the presentation, Kathie and Marsha were busy making popcorn in the trailer.

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Planting a tree is always one of the highlights of the event. City Arborist Gary Farris was on hand to educate everyone on the proper techniques for planting trees. The students were all very attentive.

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The kids also got to watch one of the tree experts climb a tree.

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This is the talking portion of it. I got some videos but I posted them on Facebook and I’m not sure how to get them on here. I did find a video from the event on YouTube (see below). Enjoy!

Here’s a selfie of our group with the trailer.

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Besides popcorn and water, we also got some delicious chocolate chip cookies from the local Double Tree hotel. We had the perfect weather and it was great to be able to spend the morning at the park. It was a nice break from work. I hope I get to tag along again next year.

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