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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 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. SNW Presents 2017

    November 4, 2017 - December 30, 2017 @ SNW Gallery

    Strecker Nelson West Gallery offers unique and original art for unique and original people in life. SNW represents the region's finest artists, and presents pieces by Bo Bedillion, Ann Carter, Kim Casebeer, Jim Coffman, Anne Egitto, Lorrie Eigles, Ralph Fontenot, Andrea Fuhrman, Kristin Goering, Heather Smith Jones, Jim Jones, Cally Krallman, Joe Loganbill, Carol McCall, Danny Meisinger, Owen Oertling, Nora Othic, Nancy Teague, Jean Terry and Diana Werts, with a new consignment of watercolors by Gene Ernst.

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  9. Wrap It Up art exhibit and sale

    November 5, 2017 - December 24, 2017 @ Manhattan Arts Center

    The galleries at MAC are filled with handmade artwork from 85 local and regional artists. It's a great time to find unique, affordable gifts for friends, family, co-workers, and yourself. Open daily November 5 - December 24. Closed Thanksgiving Day - November 23.

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  10. Getting Hooked: Rugs by Cecilia Evans Clement

    November 18, 2017, 12:00 PM - February 4, 2018, 5:00 PM @ The Volland Store

    Cecilia Evans Clement began hooking rugs in 1985 and for the next 30 years developed her craft. “Turning into a ‘hooker’ about the age of 60 has been one of the most gratifying things I have ever done,” Clement says.

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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. Breakfast with Santa (SOLD OUT)

    December 2, 2017, 8:45 AM - 11:59 AM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Enjoy hot breakfast with jolly old Saint Nick; then little ones and their families have the chance to get pictures taken with the large merry elf from the North Pole. Variety of games and activities available to keep sugar plums dancing in everyone's heads.

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. WinterDance '17

    November 30, 2017, 7:30 PM - December 2, 2017, 9:00 PM @ Nichols Hall

    Holiday showcase of exciting dance styles: jazz, tap, modern, ballet and African dance. Talented K-State students perform original pieces choreographed by faculty.

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  2. The 39 Steps at MAC

    December 1, 2017, 7:30 PM - December 3, 2017, 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater! Two-time Tony Award-winner packed with nonstop laughs.

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  3. Winter Theatre Academy: Fiddler on the Roof, JR

    December 1, 2017, 7:30 PM - December 3, 2017, 9:30 PM @ Columbian Theatre

    Columbian launches its first Winter Theatre Academy (WTA) to serve children with the desire and passion to learn about theater art. Winter Theatre Academy is supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission.

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  4. Martina McBride: The Joy of Christmas

    December 2, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Martina McBride has been a household name in the country music industry for 15 years, and she's earned more than 15 major music awards including four-time Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association. Packages and Meet and Greet Experiences also available for McBride's Christmas concert.

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Festivals & Parades

  1. Festival of Lights Celebration

    November 24, 2017, 6:00 PM - January 1, 2018 @ Blue Earth Plaza

    Manhattan Festival of Lights welcomes the holiday season as Blue Earth Plaza in southeast Manhattan is bathed in glorious lighting to usher in the celebration of the season. This is the fifth annual event that introduces the holiday season and brings our community together in celebration.

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For the Kids!

  1. Santa Photos

    November 24, 2017 - December 24, 2017 @ Manhattan Town Center Center Court

    Santa photos available every day from Nov. 24 through Christmas Eve!

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  2. Kid's Craft: Snowman Painting

    December 2, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Straight Upp Creative Studio

    Join us for a story about a snowman and pottery painting! We will also enjoy a yummy snack and some milk or koolaid. Ages 2-8 (older children are welcome but programming is focused on the 2-8 age group). Tickets are priced per child. Tickets are non-refundable. Parents must accompany child for the program.

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  3. Beach Museum of Art Annual Family Holiday Workshop

    December 2, 2017, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Create holiday cards and decorations inspired by Mexican traditions. Refreshments served.

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Recreational sports activities/events

  1. Girls on the Run of the Flint Hills Fall 5K

    December 2, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ World War 1 Memorial Stadium

    5K embodies the mission to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident; largest girls empowerment 5K in the Flint Hills. Presented by Women of K-State.

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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. Festival of Lights: Ice Sculpting

    December 2, 2017, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Blue Earth Plaza

    Enjoy free popcorn, cookies, hot cocoa and take a ride on virtual reality Santa Sleigh ride, with train and trolley rides. When sculptors are finished and judging begins, St. Mary’s Academy Choir will sing and continue the spirit of Christmas in Blue Earth Plaza. Celebrate the season in Manhattan!

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