Thursday, December 31, 2009

What is that?

Skylar Alexander, Omaha, Nebraska, had a lot of questions when he came upon this display at the Cloud County Museum Annex. "Did women really used to do this?" and "Why?" were our two favorite.
Need something to do with your house guests over the holiday?
The museum offers hours of free educational entertainment.
The Cloud County Museum Annex will be open Saturday, January 2, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the main museum will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Heat Wave!

While Monday is the official first day of winter, this past week has felt as if winter is already here! It has definitely been long underwear and nice leather glove weather. Today it is almost 40 degrees and it feels like a heat wave.
If you are still feeling a bit cold may we suggest a large bowl of Mulligatawny soup at the Huckleberry Tea House for lunch. In the evening how about some Endorphin Rush Poppers at Heavy's (or is that the wrong kind of hot)?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Concordia's Destination Dolls - Christmas Shopping Trip

Most of you have seen my group of rowdy girls, known as the Destination Dolls, traveling about, but for those of you who have not heard of them before, let me give you a bit of background.
Six local gals who are "Bunco Babes" made a pact to get together as often as possible to "explore" rural Kansas. As the girls travel they document their adventures and how much they spend. Their goals include learning about this great state we live in, and having an impact on the businesses they see along the way.

You should know that I tried to talk them into naming themselves "Claude's Dolls", (after me of course) but they wouldn't listen. I'm amazed they hear anything I say over all that chatting, but that's another story. Anyway, I thought you might enjoy hearing a bit about their latest adventure.

This past Saturday, December 12, 2009, Concordia's "Destination Dolls" spent the afternoon Christmas shopping in unique shops around the area. They began their journey at the Museum Shop Around Gift Shop located in the Cloud County Museum Annex, downtown Concordia. After checking out the new "Prisoner's of Plenty" DVD, the new book on the Col. Brown family, and the Kansas Barn Alliance coffee, they headed for Belleville.

The Rusty Wheel was first on the list. Located in an old house, the Rusty Wheel has an awesome collection of Christmas ornaments, decorations, and collectibles. They truly have something for everyone from modern, rustic, traditional, and county.

The Feathered Nest was next on the list. Home furnishings, home decour, unique baby gifts, and kitchenware are just some of the things you will find. I always love it when the girls bring back some of the great party dips from the Feathered Nest.After wrapping up their purchases the girls then headed to Crossroads Floral and Antique Villa where they found antique jewelry, lovely holiday floral arrangements and unique baskets.

By this time the girls realized they needed to head to Scandia so they wouldn't miss the Wine and Sweet Treats Tasting at the Scandia Antique Mall. Needless to say the Dolls had a great time!
Jane Ann took time out to pose with the Dolls.

While they would have loved to stay longer the Dolls did not want to be late to the Christmas Open House at the National Orphan Train Museum in Concordia. (The Dolls swear it had nothing to do with the wine and hors'dourves being served) If you haven't stopped by to see the new exhibit: "From Orphan Trains to Convents: 5 Stories of Religious Women", you will want to add it to your list of things to do this winter.

It is my understanding that the Dolls ended their day at Heavy's BBQ, although none of them will confirm the events of the evening, I've heard there was a lot of rowdy laughter. (Stories and photos are welcome!) The Dolls had so much fun that I expect there will be more shopping tales to be heard soon.

As you are planning your Christmas shopping, please remember that everything you purchase in a small town, big or small, has a big impact on the local economy.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Loads of Snow!

Two days after Mother Nature dumped over 15" of snow on
Concordia, we are still trying to clear our streets. City Staff have been working around the clock to remove the snow and make our streets safer to travel. Please take a moment to thank the City of Concordia for all their hard work!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Scholars...Saints..and Scalawags

Murder, divorce, political corruption and controversy are just a few of the topics in the newest book about one of Concordia's most famous and prominent figures, Col. Napoleon Bonaparte Brown.
Did you know that our beloved Col. Napoleon Bonaparte Brown was once dismissed from the service in 1865 for incompetency and worthlessness? Did you know that Brown, who is described as being handsome, gallant, charming and kind, was sued by his first wife for divorce on the grounds of adultery?
Check out this new book written by Concordian Marilyn Johnston and her daughter Susan Hoppe to learn these and other fun facts about Col. Brown and his family.
"Scholars..Saints and Scalaways" can be purchased at the Cloud County Historical Museum Annex at 6th & Lincoln in downtown Concordia for just $13.50.
Author Marilyn Johnston will signing copies of the her book at the main Museum, 635 Broadway, Concordia, Saturday, December 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Santa came early for Susie Haver!

Santa arrived in downtown Concordia Friday night for a fun filled evening of sleigh rides, holiday shopping, candy and prizes! Shoppers were given a ticket to enter in a drawing of their choice at participating retailers.
Monday morning Susie was surprised when her office mate told her "you need to go to Rod's".
To Rod's, she went and found her name on the door! Susie was the lucky winner of a $50 Gift Card! The excited winner thanked Rod's and sent hugs to Santa!