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Friday, June 09, 2006

Symphony in the Flinthills

We are taking a much needed break from all things and leaving Friday afternoon, and heading out for Symphony in the Flinthills. It's only about an hour or so drive away from here where we live.

The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve has the largest unbroken tract of native tallgrass in the U.S. When you visit their site, be sure to click on their Photo Essay to explore America's vanishing prairie. It might have you looking at Kansas in a different light!

Here are some of the activities planned for Saturday:

  • Guided wildflower and native grasses walks led by Kansas Native Plant Society members

  • Bird hikes accompanied by Kansas Audubon members

  • History of cowboys and historic ranching in the Flint Hills and a panel of cowboys with early day stories

  • First Person Interpretations by regional historians in 1880s costumes

  • Presentations about the prairie - its birds, plants and wildflowers

  • Geology presentation about the Flint Hills

  • Education on Native American inhabitants of the region

  • Petting zoo with symphonic instruments provided by the Kansas City Symphony Auxiliary

  • Authentic horse-drawn covered wagons for rides out into the prairie

  • And then it's all capped off with a 90 minute outdoor concert on the prairie, and at the end of it, a beautiful sunset is planned. That is, unless the rain moves in.

    All in all, it should be a nice little getaway for us. Other little towns are scattered along the way, just waiting for us to discover them, too. So more reports on Sunday night or Monday. We'll be staying overnight on Friday and Saturday, just so I don't have to worry about being too tired to enjoy all the things I want to hear, see, smell and feel!


    Dawn said...

    Oh how fun! Have a wonderful time! It sounds so relaxing!

    joyce said...

    I am pretty sure there is a book in our local library about that Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. I forget the author but will have a look the next time I am in the library. I read it and enjoyed it alot. We have a wild grass prairie preserve near here but probably different plants. We also have some original woods on our property so the subject is of great interest to me. I hope you enjoy your holidoy. How not to!

    ForestJane said...

    Ohhh, it'd be fun to sit on the edge of the prairie, looking out into the vastness, and work on a quilt square... pretending, of course, that you're Laura Ingalls Wilder, in a prairie schooner, heading west... :)

    Judy said...

    This sounds just up our alley!! We love to do things like this! Hope you are having a wonderful time!!