Ok. so here we are. Trying to be sure our medical care does not get overwhelmed with sick people as we all experience the most unusual time of no one on earth having immunity to a new virus. For possibly 20% of the population the virus can be especially dangerous as pneumonia may develop and be life threatening. I have had a cough and congestion for a couple of weeks and now Bob is experiencing the same so we're thinking we may be part of the 80% so far. We are in quarantine. Bob is working from home and we don't really feel like going anywhere anyway. This is my second week. Symptoms seem to be a little less each day. We sleep well with our Mucinnex and night time relief. We take a daytime to try to keep the congestion at bay, So far we are ok.
We have enjoyed several batches of chicken and noodles now. One with homemade noodles and the other with store bought homemade. We like the home made the best.
We enjoyed curb-side when we were last in CWF a couple of weekend ago. And, a beautiful evening on the back deck.
It is wonderful to be a gallery for Cher Olson and Dr. Eric Dyck. I proudly get to share the highlights of the area in the Spring Street living room thanks to Eric's capturing of these iconic places at especially unique and beautiful times. Eric and Margie (a native) have been in this area all their lives. They are multi-talented people and we are the beneficiaries of wonderful photography, sewing, knitting, crocheting and all kinds of hand-work that can be seen at PrairiePastTimes.
Please plan to visit us soon and see our wonderful gallery!
We were so fortunate to have more wonderful guests this past year. Our calendar is looking a little more promising than last year. Please call soon as we have several guest rooms still available Symphony Weekend. Every weekend we will be offering our Weekend Getaway special rate of $200 +tax (includes Friday and Saturday king-size bed and spacious room, refreshments, and breakfasts).
Valentine Weekend, special events at Clover Cliff Pavilion and Keller's Feed and Wine.
March 27-29, Quilt and Sewing Retreat located in the ideal Community Center with Emma Chase home cooking ($80 per person to share a room).
March -April Spring Fling, Reserve one guest room and get one 1/2 price
May 1-3, La Grind 2 day gravel bike ride and race at Camp Wood
May 8-10, Plein Air Artists Weekend and the Flint Hills Trail bike ride
Memorial Weekend Wedding
May 28-30, Dirty Kansa bike ride and the Flint Hills Rodeo
June 12-14, Symphony in the Flint Hills and Flint Hills American Folk Life Festival
June 26-28, 50 Year Alumni Reunion and Chief Washunga Days at Council Grove
September 11-13, Dream Ride (equine ride) Clover Cliff Ranch
September 25-27 WoodFest, family fine art camp and instrument sampler presented by Symphony in the Flint Hills
November 6, Spring Street will be decorated for the holiday season and we have dinner seating for 22
November 27-29, Christmas in the Country home tour, shopping, and courthouse lighting
We are offering a special weekend getaway including 2 nights in our spacious guestrooms with king size beds, breakfasts, and refreshments. This is a wonderful time to enjoy Friday night music, excellent local food, main street shops and galleries, Saturday morning at the Tallgrass Preserve, Saturday afternoon courthouse tour, scenic drive (or trail bike) through the Flint Hills, and rest and relaxation on our wonderful veranda's, and hike to the Chase State Lake Falls. The sunsets at the Preserve are stunning. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to plan your visit.
What a beautiful evening under the lacy leaves of the walnut trees on the banks of the creek in Council Grove. A walking trail now ambles along from main street to the Kaw Mission. There you will find a Kansas Historian working to preserve the history of those who lived in this area centuries ago. First the Indians and then the pioneers. This was an exciting place late in the 1800's as the people voyaged across North America enjoying the freedom of a new land. Finding grasslands, trees for building and furniture making, a climate for growing food, and suitable for animals grazing the prairie. The people already further west and at the Pacific needed goods and this was the way of shipping and commerce in the day. This pleasant evening it was a delight to hear the music of the Tallgrass Express. You will often find them at special Flint Hills event. They share music of guitar, fiddle and banjo. And words and stories to learn about the people and the region here. Annie Wilson, teacher, singer, song-writer does this along with organizing Friday evening jam sessions at the Prairie PastTimes artist cooperative in Cottonwood Falls.
The hills are now a lush green and as you get closer you realize there are many other plants amidst the grasses as well. Nature has decorated the hills with many colors such as orange, purple, blue, bright pink and yellow. The butterflies are happily fluttering about the Milkweed. The prairie birds fly and perch amidst the grasses, and their songs are so sweet along with the breeze and fresh air. You can walk the Tallgrass Prairie paths or enjoy a ride and hear the Park Rangers share more about this ancient environment.
Thoroughly enjoyed the Flint Hills Rodeo. It is an idyllic setting in the midst of the rolling green hills on the first weekend of June. As the sun is setting the music, the professional riders, and the clown make for great family fun. It's very exciting to see how long the cowboys can stay on the bucking horses and who keeps their hat on. The bull riding is thrilling as these muscular and wild looking creatures give their riders a great ride. The cowgirls race around the arena between competitions and also around the barrels. Always fun to see the rodeo clown as he keeps an out for the participants and their safety and also provides entertainment for the crowd. We serve breakfast each morning for our guests and our guests enjoy this spacious old home with the modern amenities, king size beds and extra beds for families. It's coming up soon get your tickets at the Rodeo website. Please email email@example.com to reserve your room. We have more information to share about having a great time Rodeo weekend.
Another lovely weekend in Chase county! We had a fun day of fishing, playing at Swope Park, playing at the Strong City Park, and listening to the sounds of the trains. Our two year old wanted to know where those sounds were coming from so her adventurous aunt showed her the way and ended up at the caboose near the Strong City depot. Another fun stop as they all climbed on board. The falls at the walking bridge are especially interesting as there is a lot of watering rushing over them. Everyone enjoyed hiking to the falls at the Chase County lake. The gardening is going great at Spring Street, excited about the fall plantings and the previous plants and seeds that have made an appearance this spring. There will be a lot of weeding to do with the abundant rains. But the green hills are amazing and quite a sight to enjoy! Please make plans for weekend getaway and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to plan your visit soon!
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.