Winter 2014: “Men of Brutus” sneak peek!

Men of Brutus New film highlights men who operated, preserve Big Brutus What makes a filmmaker from Brooklyn – who just wrapped working on a new Chris Rock movie, no less – suddenly take interest in West Mineral, Kansas? It’s this little thing – or, rather, massive thing –...

Fall 2014: “Erie Dinosaur Park” sneak peek!

Erie Dinosaur Park Dorris dinosaurs donated to Erie to create new public park People who knew the late Robert Dorris describe him as honest and hard-working, imaginative and adventurous: a stand-up Christian husband and father. But an artist? That’s not how Bob saw himself, anyway. His wife, Elveta, says...

Fall 2014: “Vogel Family Vineyards” sneak peek!

Vogel Family Vineyards Vines flourish on Galena family’s land Ten years ago, Steve and Sheryll Vogel took a trip to Napa Valley. Like millions of wine enthusiasts, they were impressed with the beautiful northern California landscape. Unlike many of those other visitors, however, they decided to try to replicate...

Summer 2014: “Bowlus Birthday” sneak peek!

Bowlus Birthday The Bowlus Fine Arts Center is celebrating 50 years in Iola Decades ago, banker Thomas H. Bowlus left most of his estate to one bold vision: the construction of a world-class fine arts and cultural center in his small hometown of Iola. Today, as the Bowlus Fine...

Summer 2014: “Makin’ Music” sneak peek!

Makin’ Music Larry Brockway’s Hall of Fame Studio is a hit in Neodesha Rodney Lay likes to say that Larry Brockway has big ears.  Just not in the way you’re thinking. “He can just hear what sounds right,” says Lay, of “Hee Haw” and Rodney & the Blazers fame....

Spring 2014: “Greenhouse Gold” sneak peek!

Greenhouse Gold Arnold’s Greenhouse flourishes in LeRoy for more than 35 years Know your grower, Rita Arnold likes to say. At Arnold’s Greenhouse in LeRoy, that’s easy to do. Despite its 70,000 square feet of greenhouses and retail space, all housing nearly 3,500 varieties of plants, Arnold’s isn’t your...

Spring 2014: “The FarmHouse” sneak peek!

The FarmHouse Parsons woman transforms 100-year-old farmhouse into charming getaway Last New Year’s Eve, Debbie Hoppes welcomed an out-of-town couple to The FarmHouse. As she closed the front door and headed to her car, she overheard: “Honey, you hit the ball out of the park choosing this place.” Actually,...

Winter 2013 issue: “Cookie Heaven” sneak peek!

Cookie Heaven Thousands of copper cookie cutters are sold at CopperGifts.com. Every single one of them is made right here in Southeast Kansas. Flip on Food Network reruns, and you just might see the faces of Southeast Kansas locals Raymond and Beth Braman. The Parsons-based Bramans have been featured...

Winter 2013 issue: “Sister Act” sneak peek!

Sister Act With their timeless music and effortless melodies, the Vogts Sisters are capturing SEK’s attention Russ Head has heard it all before. He’s been in the music business almost his whole life, after all – as an audio engineer, a musician and even an instructor of recording arts....

Fall 2013 issue: ‘Art Gone Postal’ sneak peek!

Art Gone Postal Fall 2013 Issue Just call them the seven wonders of Southeast Kansas. Found in Burlington, Columbus, Eureka, Fort Scott, Fredonia, Neodesha and Oswego, seven New Deal murals and sculptures have called Southeast Kansas home for more than 70 years. Produced under the Treasury Department’s Section of...