June2016


Summer 2016: “Down-Home Dinner Theater” Sneak Peek!

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Down-Home Dinner Theater
Chicken-N-Pickin’ serves up food and fun with family at the forefront

Spend one afternoon at Chicken-N-Pickin’ outside of Walnut, and you’ll experience a lot of knee-slapping, toe-tapping, dancing, finger-licking and comments like: “That’s the best fried chicken I’ve had in ages.”

Folks just can’t get enough of this down-home dinner theater, which always features an old-fashioned fried chicken dinner with all the fixins’, plus two hours of live music and comedy. Visitors come by the bus load – from Topeka, Kansas City, Wichita, Springfield – and by the time they leave they’re hooked, hailing Chicken-N-Pickin’ as “comparable to a Branson, Mo., experience – absent the crowds, traffic congestion, long drive and high prices.”

Karen Duling-Zitsch is the woman behind it all: acting as hostess, chef and country music entertainer. She comes by it honestly…

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Summer 2016: “Safari in SEK” Sneak Peek!

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Safari in SEK
Monkeys, kangaroos, bears, wolves, lions: Find it all at Safari Zoological Park in Caney

Mary Wyrick presses up to the side of the cage, bucket of raw meat in hand. The zoo employee points to her cheek, and Kojo greets her with a sloppy, wet kiss through the fence. The grizzly bear, 800 pounds, receives a hunk of meat for his affection.

Nope, this isn’t your typical zoo. Far from it.

At Safari Zoological Park in Caney, owner Tom Harvey has created an environment where visitors can view animals up close and personally, while tour guides like Mary direct and educate along the way. It’s a system, Tom says, that’s kept Safari Zoological Park in business in small-town Kansas for 27 years….

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