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Posted on January 17, 2019 at 4:20 PM by Michael Goens
A mid-week occurrence of Kansas Day (Jan. 29) may not really stir passions for people to take a vacation day but you can definitely clear the preceding weekend and find a wide range of fun events around MHK. How about an art-themed outing? The state’s birthday observance 10 days from this weekend marks a grand occasion to visit our grand downtown shops, restaurants and art stops during Jan. 26-27.
A pair of instructional classes are in the mix for Jan. 26, with “Books & Brushes: The Grouchy Ladybug” (10 a.m., $20) and “Paint & Sip: Aurora Forest” (7 p.m., $32) at 121 S. 4th St. Paint & Sip classes can be especially entertaining when guests bring your own beverage to enjoy hands-on instruction from Neal Wollenberg. Sip wine and enjoy the chance to enhance your painting skills. Paint & Sip even have added a sprinkle of art history to the festivities. Uncorked
The “Storyland” exhibition features Manhattan’s own Johnny Kaw specialties, where you can snap your Johnny selfie during the Kansas Day 2019 event from noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 27 (regular admission rates: $9 adults/$4 youth). You’ll find the real-thing Johnny in Manhattan City Park at 11th & Humboldt/Poyntz. Details on Kansas Day events at FHDC.
In between stops, make your way along Downtown Manhattan on Poyntz Avenue, filled with popular shops and restaurants like Bourbon & Baker, El Patron, Tallgrass TapHouse and Wine Dive Kitchen. Aggieville’s another great place for unique Manhattan trinkets and t-shirts.
Spend your pre-Kansas Day weekend in our Gateway to the Flint Hills; you’ll be spellbound with “Oh Manhattan!” excitement.
Visit Manhattan calendar Downtown Manhattan KS Flint Hills Discovery Center Riley County Historical sites Manhattan Town Center
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