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Jan 17

Kansas Day beckons: Make a weekend of fun in Manhattan!

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.

Strecker Nelson West Gallery
The state’s longest-operated art gallery is right here in Manhattan. In fact, SNW Gallery operates with a simple philosophy, “to connect people with art because art enriches our lives.” That’s how SNW Gallerist Alyn West feels about public interaction. She loves for people to drop in and browse at 406 Poyntz, even if you want artwork with a budget in mind. “We understand that,” West says. SNW Gallery features “Creatures Great and Small” on display for the next five weeks, with 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday gallery hours (open to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday).

Uncorked Inspiration
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

Flint Hills Discovery Center
Interactive stations where your kids can gain an immersive experience relative to state symbols. The state’s burly animal “mascot” is an American bison, also the national mammal, is an emphasis during the five-hour celebration. Your kids will squeal when they see live honeybees in action and feel actual bison fur. Jan. 27 is the second full day for FHDC’s newest exhibits, “Framed: Step Into Art,” and “Storyland” A Trip Through Childhood Favorites.”
Flint Hills Discovery Center (74)

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.

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