Thursday, November 21, 2013


Bob Drake, Eby Construction explains work being done at Brown Grand
The main item on the November meeting agenda of the Cloud County Convention & Tourism Committee was fourth quarter grant applications.  Susie Haver, Co Director, presented an Attraction/Marketing Grant Application from the Brown Grand Theatre in the amount of $5,000.  Theatre director, Susan Cantine-Maxson explained that the Brown Grand will be $83,000 short of funds needed when the work is completed in April and is searching for funds to help make up the difference.  She also described the work Eby Construction,  has begun, placing new steel support beams beneath the stage, and invited committee members to come take a look.  Committee member Scot Seifert, Clyde, suggested that due to the importance of the Brown Grand to local tourism and the county community as a whole, the remaining 2013 grant funds be awarded to the Brown Grand.  The vote was unanimous with Susan Cantine-Maxson abstaining. 

Other business included welcoming Matt Farmer, Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, to join the committee as a full member, replacing the position recently vacated by Larry Sorell, Lazy S Farms & Rustic Remembrances Bed & Breakfast.  Farmer is the Assistant Manager of Jamestown Wildlife Area.  

Monday, November 11, 2013

Buffalo Creek Marsh, Jamestown Wildlife Area  is temporarily closed as it plays host to six Whooping Cranes.   The Whooping Crane, the tallest north American bird, with the male approximately 5 feet tall, is an endangered crane species named for its whooping sound.  In 2003, there were about 153 pairs.  It is estimated that there are 500 Whooping Cranes in existence in 2013.

Photo courtesy of Jamestown Wildlife Area, Matt Farmer

Saturday, January 12, 2013

WWII POW Camp Concordia Preservation Society to hold Annual Meeting

Members of the WWII POW Camp Concordia Preservation Society will hold their Annual Meeting on Monday, January 14, 2013 at the Cloud County Museum Annex.  The Annual Meeting consists of a pot luck dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by the meeting beginning around 7:00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Plates, napkins, utensils and drinks will be provided.  Members are asked to bring one to two dishes to share.  

The Annual meeting will consist of the election of officers for 2013, an update from Susan Sutton on The Way We Worked exhibit, a recap of 2012 accomplishments and a overview of 2013 goals.  

WWII POW Camp Concordia Preservation Society is a group of individuals dedicated to the preservation of the remnants of Camp Concordia and the story of how over 4,000 German POWs were housed at the camp.  While most of the old camp site has been returned back to farm land, remnants including a few of original foundations of buildings, a Main Gate Guard Post, the water tower base, Officer's Club, one of the stone guard towers and building T-9 still stand as a reminder of this important part of our history.   

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

El Puerto set to reopen Wednesday!

Making sure the new "open" sign is hanging straight.
El Puerto, located in downtown Concordia, is a buzz of activity today as they put the finishing touches on the renovations and get ready to open the doors in the morning.
On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, El Puerto will the start 2013 with a whole new look and at least 50 more seats!  Congratulations El Puerto!  We wish you great success in 2013!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Santa is Coming to Concordia Tonight!

Santa is coming to Concordia Tonight!
Santa will arrive at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 23 by horse & buggy and will be available to hear your "wish list" until 7:30 p.m. at his Concordia headquarters located in the Century 21 Conference Room, 201 W. 6th St., Concordia, KS  66901.

Loads of activities downtown including live music at Jitters, bake sale, hot cocoa and cider, popcorn, and horse & buggy rides.  Retail stores will be open late so come get in the Christmas spirit!