It was a beautiful evening on the prairie for the Country Barn Dance. The window of the hay loft and dance floor was open wide to the fields and the stars. We are new fans of the Matt Engels Band as they played and sang the dance favorites. Snacks and beverages were plentiful and the hospitality gracious. As we walked the farm and visited the kiosk we could imagine what it was like over 125 years ago and the time that the people here relied on the man power, horse power, and the earth and it's fruit. There are pictures documenting this time when the cattle and the pigs would gain, and the corn grew well, providing animal feed and corn meal. Nothing was wasted and everything was utilized to the best of their abilities. The primary goals were caring for the families. And, the egg money even provided a college education for four children. Many events take place at this historic farm and ranch. Weekends are open to visitors. Prairie talks take place from time to time. Be sure and fan the FB to know what is happening at Pioneer Bluffs.
Excited for this weekends activities which include hike and yoga at the Tallgrass Preserve, meet the artists at this Saturday's symphony silent auction gallery, and Saturday night barn dance at Pioneer Bluffs with a live band. It's looking like another beautiful weekend of sunshine. All the shops and galleries will be open. And you never go hungry in the Flint Hills. Kellers Feed and Wine, Wagon Wheel, Jacilito Cantina, Grand Central and Ad Astra are cooking this weekend! Yummy!
We have guest rooms each weekend and a special offer in May. Book a room and get one free so you can bring friends. We have a breakfast table seating 10. And, an open kitchen with fresh veggies, trail snacks, coffee, tea and water.... and chocolate of course!
Excitement is high for Rodeo weekend! Please inquire about a weekend stay at email@example.com. And, looking forward to a beautiful sunset and learning about the stars at Symphony on the Prairie.
Gained some personal perspetive from one disc golfer who hopes to join in competition another year. I am hearing the Clover Cliff Disc Golf course is being enjoyed by the disc golfers. We have availability at firstname.lastname@example.org if you may possibly venture out this next beautiful weekend to see what all the hub bub is about and see some Disc Golfing and maybe you can join in. Check it out and see if you can. We are offering again this weekend a book one and get one room with king size beds and homed cooked breakfasts each morning. The professionals will be at the Emporia Country Club this weekend, but there will be other's competing at Boyce Baumgarder Memorial at Swope Park in Cottonwood Falls and at Clover Cliff Ranch. It will for sure be a relaxing way to enjoy the weather and the charming town of Cottonwood Falls. Main Street (Broadway Street) is always a good visit for antiques and artwork or a stop at the fabric shop. Enjoy the local cuisine at Keller's Feed and Wine, Grand Central Hotel and Ad Astra in next door Strong City. You may want to bring your trail bikes as well. And, also take some time to see the Tallgrass National Preserve or enjoy the fishing at Chase County lake.
Going north at the Kansas Turnpike Cassoday exit you now get the pleasure of driving into the beautiful green hills that you have been scanning as you speed along the Turnpike. But now you can take your time and enjoy the turns. There are a couple of stopping points and overlooks especially created for your enjoyment. Each ravine and creek has tinges of purple against the brush and green hills. There a few other white blossoms as well. More and more purple as you drive along the winding Scenic 177 Byway. Gazing into the trees with hues of purple and hints of green in the upcoming canopy fill the creek bottoms. The cattle trucks are also joining in with the millions of cattle that will graze the grass this summer. The cowboys are ready at the pens waiting to release the beef to graze the greening hills. It is Spring in the Flint Hills. We look forward to hosting guests at the Spring Street Retreat. We're excited for you to enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside and this charming little town.
Besides the beautiful green hills and the pleasant temperatures the next big event coming to this area is Glass Blown Open. GBO is taking place the last week of April and is a week long disc golf tournament to play the many courses in Emporia and surrounding areas. Cottonwood Falls has the Boyce Baumgardner Memorial Course at Swope Park and Clover Cliff Ranch also has 18 tees. Professional Disc Golf Association was founded in 1976 and the movement continues to grow internationally. Just like in golf there are the drivers, short game, and putting. Thumbs up to getting people of all ages outside and playing together, increasing skills, and following some rules. Emporia will be hosting a Junior Disc Golf tournament the weekend of July 9. What a great way to enjoy the beautiful Kansas Flint Hills and get some fun, exercise and relaxation time. We would be very happy to help host any of these participants so please contact us at email@example.com. Just wanted to share some images of what I am talking about. The disc and where they are supposed to go. I have seen these around but haven't really thought about what they are. The bag to carry the disc looks like a good idea to me.
When you visit Cottonwood Falls for a weekend getaway, be sure and plan to visit Prairie PastTimes artist cooperative across the street from the most delicious steak dinners at the Grand Central. Each Friday night there is a jam session with musicians. It's very low key normally and very relaxing and enjoyable. Musical instruments are soothing to the soul. You can shop the artwork for gifts and it's a great way to wind up your week and listen to these people playing their guitars and few other instruments and singing some songs. Each Friday night is a theme. I love gospel night because Bennie will for sure be there and always sings a very special song to close his time for the evening.
Chase County Chamber Connect meetings are an educational value for local business and community supporters. Yesterday it was a pleasure to get to visit Camp Wood and enjoy the beauty of the camp while getting a little time to learn from their staff how they are reaching out through social media to parents and campers. They are all ready for summer camp season and are looking forward to hosting youth and offering opportunities for them to learn new skills and enjoy favorite past times such as skate boarding and fun of all kinds, During the summer they welcome campers Sunday afternoons to stay, play and learn the whole week till Saturday when parents return to retrieve their children. There is a beautiful dining hall overlooking the green hills and the eastern and western skies. There is lake for swimming and canoeing. There is basic horse camp and then wrangler camp.
The invitation is also out to parents to take some time to refresh and recharge those weekends and have some time together as a family in the beautiful Flint Hills, to learn about your child's week of camp and experience it as well. For families we offer the Tallgrass Preserve, guest ranches for horseback riding, Chase County lake for fishing, disc golfing, swimming pool, playgrounds, historic Courthouse and main street ambiance. It is just a peaceful small town and place to relax. Spring Streets large guestrooms with king size beds and additional beds for children are ideal along with home made breakfasts and snacks. Our guests feel right at home! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
This week I enjoyed getting to join with 164 others who met at the main street conference center in Lindsborg. This was described as meeting of "doers". And that is how I see myself. Much prefer action and not just talk. Kansas Sunflower Sampler organizes these annual events. Excellent community spirit and positive attitudes. Loved getting to see and hear the "Powerups" (ages 21-39) and their visions and thoughts. They are finding "quality of life" here in the wonderful state of Kansas. Fresh air, freedom, easy commutes, excellent schools, caring neighbors, and safe communities. Inspiring to learn about the medical practice intent on serving general medical needs in small communities. Inspiring to hear of others willing to invest their own resources of capital and preserving building and joining in the community spirit. And those seeking to learn the needs within the community and providing a valued service or product and committing to care for their families in these communities. I have a new list of ideas and will be seeking to put these into action.
Understandably people are sensitive when others start talking about their livelihoods. I was a little skeptical when I started hearing about the research project "Bio-fuels and Land Use Project". Here are a few pictures from the books that I am including in the Spring Street Retreat library. Some of the pictures look familiar of my own experience. There are also photo's of conservation management practices and of the last small remnant of native prairie grass that we know as the Flint Hills of Kansas. I love people pictures and glad to see the photographer's own parents and "homeplace". The gallery exhibit has very colorful photo's of a variety of people who live off the land and another perspective of the resources available here.
It was another lovely dinner with fascinating Kansas author's. Enjoyed hearing Jim Hoy several years ago. This year Larry Schwarm spoke of his photography work for the "Biofuels and Climate Change: Farmers' Land Use Decisions" research project by Kansas University, Kansas State University and Wichita State University. The Wichita Art Museum currently has this work just for a few more days. As I look through the pictures I know from personal experience that what they represent are people who have the freedom to try to support their families the best they can with the resources that are available. There are many losses and yet there is great success and great abundance as this nation is very well fed and there is an an abundance to export to other people around the earth.
Writing this with weekly updates about what is happening at Spring Street and the places I love in the beautiful Flint Hills.