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Win a Ford for Kids’ Sake Appreciation Event

Posted on October 20, 2017 by under Events.    

The DeVaughns hosted an appreciation event over the weekend for everyone who helped with the Win a Ford for Kids’ Sake campaign. Here are some pictures.

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Brian got to check out their fancy wine cellar.

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There was also beer pong in the basement.

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Brian and I had a great time. It was super nice of Susan and Dustin to open up their home to everyone and host the appreciation event.

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It gave Brian and I a taste of what grownup parties are like. LOL. There are days when I think we’ve finally got this adulating thing down and then when we get a glimpse of how other people our age host parties, it makes me realize that we live and act like a couple of frat boys.

We can grow old but we may never grow up.

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ICT Bloktoberfest 2017

Posted on October 20, 2017 by under Events.    

It has been quite a festive couple of months. First, there was Zoobilee. Then Ava’s Army Pub Crawl and the Home for Doc Gala. Then Greater Andover Days and Strike a Pose! Then Haus of Brews. The fun times never end!

We actually planned to take a break last weekend but, as luck would have it, we ended up winning tickets to the beer tasting event at ICT Bloktoberfest. We won the Bloktoberfest Beer Fest tickets from the Cards Against Humanity Night event at Hopping Gnome Brewery, of all places!

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I think the universe just really wanted us to be out and about this weekend.

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I’m so glad we decided to go because the weather was fabulous! Here are few pictures from Friday night…

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We got there early to ensure we got good parking but that also meant we got a head start on the beer tasting.

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There were over 70 beers to try (see the beer tasting lineup below) but, honestly, Brian just kept going back to his favorites.

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There were other things to try also like whiskey and gin.

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Here’s a picture of us with one of my coworkers who we ran into at the event.

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It was a beautiful evening and they set up a very nice open area with various yard games. The #TogetherWichita sign was also there.

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Of course, Brian and I got a selfie with it.

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Here’s a better one.

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Brian also wanted a picture with this car.

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Apparently, it’s pretty special.

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I’m not a car person; so I wouldn’t know. He admired it extensively.

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It was a beautiful evening for a little car show.

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We stayed a little longer than we planned but the beer kept flowing freely and we wanted to make the most of our FREE beer fest tickets.

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What a fun event! I’m so glad that we had the opportunity to go this year!

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Prairie Fire Marathon

Posted on October 14, 2017 by under Events, Things to Do.    

After a late night of partying at Haus of Brews, Brian and I decided to get up super duper early the next day to support some friends who were running in the Prairie Fire Marathon. #PFM has been going on for years but we’d never really had any interest in being part of the mob before.

This year was an extra special one, however, because our friend Jimbo was in town over the weekend to run in the marathon AND also sing the national anthem.

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Here’s us at around 7 am, waiting for the event to start. I still can’t believe I managed to talk Brian into going. If we we look rough, it’s because we didn’t go to bed until 1 am that morning. It took that long to unwind after Haus of Brews.

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We got there early and found a good spot. We also found Jimbo.

We realized later that the reason we got a good spot that morning is that very few spectators actually show up for the start of the race. Most people just show up to watch their friends and family finish.

Not us, though. We were committed. We wanted to see Jimbo sing the national anthem so we got there early and found the perfect spot.

Here he is singing the national anthem.

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Here are some pictures of the runners as they waited for the race to begin.

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The race started shortly after. As you can see from the pics above and the video below, there were hundreds of runners participating in the event.

The sea of runners continued for several minutes.

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Brian’s reward for getting up early was supposed to be a big breakfast at Doo-Dah Diner but, when we got there, we found out that they wouldn’t open until 8 am. So we snapped this photo and then decided to go elsewhere for breakfast.

My friend Derek recommended the app RaceJoy so we were able to track the progress of the runners we knew. We decided to make our way back to #PFM around 9 am to watch and cheer as the half marathon runners crossed the finish line. It was about half past 9 by the time we made it back to our spot near the finish line. Derek had already finished. However, we did manage to find him and get a couple of photos of him and his fancy medals.

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He got a #Back2Back medal in addition to his finisher medal since he also ran the #PFM earlier this year in Spring.

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As we waited for Jimbo to reach the finish line, we saw several people we knew complete their respective races. Tammie, Alicia, and Angi all ran the half marathon. Francie, a friend and fellow Zumba instructor, ran the full marathon. The husband of one of my friends from high school also ran the full marathon.

It was quite inspiring to watch runners from such diverse backgrounds cross the finish line. There were young people. There were old people. They came in various shapes and sizes. And they all crossed the finish line. It was amazing.

There were at least two couples that we watched cross the finish line holding hands. It was adorable. I told Brian, “That could be us, except you don’t run.” LOL.

Here’s a video of Jimbo crossing the finish line.

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His parents were there to watch him finish the race as well. We caught up with them afterwards. This was Jimbo’s 50th marathon and you could tell they were very proud of him and all that he has accomplished.

We didn’t linger too long downtown because I still had to teach my Zumba class. Mostly we wanted to be there to cheer Jimbo on and also watch some other friends finish. It was a beautiful day to be out and about but we were both ready to go once all the people we knew had crossed the finish line. We’d been standing out there for several hours already after all.

P.S. KWCH featured our friend Jimbo in their race coverage that evening. You can read about it here. So glad we could there to witness his 50th marathon and watch him sing the national anthem at the start of the race.

Congrats, Jimbo!

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9th Annual Haus of Brews

Posted on October 12, 2017 by under Events.    

Brian and I had a fabulous time at Haus of Brews this weekend. I’m not sure how the our Rotary Club did but I think we did pretty well. Mother Nature did us a solid and gave us great weather this year, which was awesome considering how terrible it was last year with the rain and everything. We still had a great time despite the stormy weather but, man, it was rough!

This year the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. So perfect, in fact, I think we broke the attendance record for the event. We had so many people that we actually ran out of food and, I was told, we’ve never had that problem before.

I volunteered both me and Brian for helping with food service and clean up from 9-10 pm but by 8 o’clock we were completely out of food. There was nothing to serve. They actually had to order some pulled pork sliders to supplement the food shortage because, while many people had already eaten, people were still arriving.

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Here are some pictures from the event.

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This is a picture of me with Andover City Council Member Troy Tabor who dressed festively for the occasion. You can see his full outfit in the next photo.

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Here’s Brian and Misty, just chillin’ at the end of the evening. Not much to do since there wasn’t any food for us to serve. The pulled pork sliders eventually arrived but there wasn’t much to that as well and we had more than enough volunteers.

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Here’s a photo of just a few of the people — Rotarians, spouses and friends — who made the event possible.

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We had such an awesome time that we are looking forward to attending and helping with this event again next year.

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Strike a Pose!

Posted on October 10, 2017 by under Events.    

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Brian and I attended the opening of a new exhibit at the Wichita Art Museum last weekend. The exhibit is called Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty and will run through February 4, 2018.

Irving Penn was an American photographer known for his fashion photography and portraits. He passed away in 2009. This exhibit, which includes 146 photographs from all stages of Penn’s career, is the first retrospective of his work in nearly 20 years. His photos are amazing. We will probably be back multiple times this season.

We highly recommend checking out Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty at the Wichita Art Museum before the exhibit closes.

I wouldn’t consider us art geeks but we do try to attend the exhibit openings whenever we can. We love a good party, for one, and WAM throws the best ones. Secondly, the idea of seeing exhibits first appeals to my competitive nature. LOL. Thirdly, we can’t tell people to check it out if we haven’t seen the exhibit ourselves. And, last but not least, the parties give us an opportunity to see our friend Teresa, PR genius extraordinaire.

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Here’s picture of us with Teresa (above) and then a selfie of just the two of us. Why? Because a party isn’t a party without at least a few selfies. Plus, if there are no pictures, it didn’t happen. LOL.

If a tree falls in the woods and no one got a picture, did it really fall?

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One of the highlights of the opening party was a fashion show by Planet Hair. But before the whole runway extravaganza, they had these models stand perfectly still on wood blocks throughout the great hall.

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Here are a few pictures.

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The “statues” gracefully made their way to the stage through the crowd, one pose at a time. Once they were all on the stage, they performed a sort of dance.

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I snapped a few photos of the performance.

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Then the fashion show commenced.

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I wish we would have checked out the exhibit first and then watched the fashion show because the costumes probably would have made more sense.

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The Planet Hair team basically recreated some of Penn’s iconic photographs and brought them to life. The show was incredible either way but I think we would have enjoyed it even more had we seen the photo inspirations first.

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Here’s a picture of the Planet Hair team at the end of the fashion show.

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My friend Emma, who happens to be one of my favorite makeup artists, helped with the fashion show. She is awesome and has done my makeup for various events a few times. Here’s a picture of me and Emma…

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GOODING performed after the fashion show.

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And, because we are nerds, Brian and I both got selfies with the band’s front man, Steven Gooding. He is super nice, BTW!

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Here are a few pictures of the band performing…

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GOODING was the final act of this year’s Carnegie Concert Series at Heritage Square. I was really bummed because I was in training at Wichita State on the day of the final lunch time concert but then quickly got over it when I realized that they would be performing at Strike a Pose! — the art museum’s opening party — because then I would get to see them after all.

The universe likes me.

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As always, WAM delivered on yet another great party. Check out the related posts below for pictures from other parties that we’ve attended at the art museum that we’ve attended in the past.

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In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a couple more selfies. Strike a pose!

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