Spring 2017: “Thriving” Sneak Peek!

Thriving Thrive Allen County makes big strides for Southeast Kansas You don’t have to search hard to see the impact Thrive Allen County has had in Iola. There’s the new Allen County Regional Hospital, the soon-to-be-constructed grocery store in the heart of town, the bike sharrows painted in the...

Winter 2016: “Dine & Dream” Sneak Peek!

Dine & Dream Traditional B&B meets reservation-only fine dining at the Smittle House Ena Smittle likes to say that she has the most fun job she could possibly have in Columbus, Kansas. You can’t argue with that.  At Smittle House Bed & Breakfast, Ena and her husband, John, have...

Winter 2016: “Candy Craze” Sneak Peek!

Candy Craze Iola attracts multiple candy companies over the years, including Sifers Valomilk Next time you spot Valomilk, that vintage chocolate-coated treat with a runny marshmallow center, make sure you thank Iola.  Valomilk’s creator, Sifers Candy Company, originated in Iola and was based there for several decades before moving...

Fall 2016: “Hickory Creek Farms” Sneak Peek!

Hickory Creek Farms Pumpkin patch provides family fun on the farm in McCune Ruth Zimmerman unfurls a map on the floor of her family’s farmhouse kitchen. On it is a hand-drawn, intricate design of twists and turns, dreamt up by her son Will. It’s the basis for this year’s...

Fall 2016: “Elk Falls Pottery” Sneak Peek!

Made by Hand Elk Falls Pottery celebrates 40 years of craftsmanship It was in college that Steve and Jane Fry fell in love with pottery – and with each other. They haven’t looked back since.  This year, the Frys celebrate 40 years of running their family business, Elk Falls...

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

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...

Summer 2016: “Safari in SEK” Sneak Peek!

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...

Spring 2016: “Outdoor Oasis” Sneak Peek!

Outdoor Oasis Hunt, fish, explore, or kick back and relax at Timber Hills Lake Ranch When you cross the gate into the ranch with one of the largest hunting preserves in the state of Kansas, it’s like entering another world. A world where trophy elk and deer roam free....

Spring 2016: “Glorious Glass” Sneak Peek!

Glorious Glass ChaGlaz Designs in Glass wows with one-of-a-kind glasswork Keith Wilson examines three handmade marbles in his Parsons garage-turned-art studio, twirling them in his hand as their colors and sparkly dichroic glass catch the light. “These are absolutely one of a kind,” he says. “I’ll never be able...

Winter 2015: “Barn Quilts” Sneak Peek!

Barn Quilts They’re popping up all across SEK these days, thanks to a fundraiser in Woodson County Woodson County might be one of the newest members of the Flint Hills Barn Quilt Trail, but you wouldn’t guess it. Just a year after it launched, the Woodson County Barn Quilt...