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7/11/2011

IL VOLO….INCREDIBLE TEENAGERS AND HEADING THIS WAY…

Filed under: prairie musings, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music, Video — Peg Britton @ 12:42 pm

3/6/2011

SIXTH ANNUAL SYMPHONY OF THE FLINT HILLS CONCERT…

Filed under: prairie musings, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music, Ally Britton — Peg Britton @ 11:09 am

This year’s celebration in the Flint Hills on June 11th will feature the 150th Anniversary of Kansas Statehood. The Symphony is partnering with Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area to tell stories that shaped this region and forged the values of its people.  The festivities will be held on the Fix pasture on the West Branch of Mill Creek, hosted by the Keith Shultz Family.
The educational programs this year will feature the  Pottawatomie journey to the Flint Hills, the western-most route of the Underground Railroad, the Beecher Bible and Rifle Colony of Wabaunsee, early military trails and forts and Exodusters settling in the Flint Hills.  In addition, there will be programs on ranching, the flora and fauna and the art and poetry of the region.

The highlight of the music program performed by the Kansas City Symphony will be Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copeland.

There will be guided prairie and wildflower walks, rides in horse-drawn covered wagons, silent art auction, old-time cowboys and modern ranchers telling tales.

After the concert, there will be telescopes for star-gazing, dancing to traditional western music and sitting in the moonlight. Food and beverages will be served until 11:00 p.m.
Ally started calling the ticket office as well as applying on-line at 10:00 a.m. yesterday for tickets to the Sixth Annual Symphony of the Flint Hills and landed two shortly before 10:30.  By 10:35 they were sold out, according to a friend.

In their printed and on-line information for how to purchase tickets, they were sending mixed messages that were very confusing.  I wrote them about it and they then e-mailed corrections saying there were no on line sales and mixed it with the  misinformation stating there were on-line sales.  Alas.  There have been problems with their ticket sales every year and this year seemed more confusing than usual. They limit sales to one day starting at 10:00 a.m. so thousands of people are  simultaneously trying to buy tickets.

At the last minute, they put up an on-line ticket order form which we filled out after 10:00 a.m. Sat. and quickly received confirmation for two tickets. Even that form was incorrect as they had old ticket prices on it.

They usually limit ticket sales to about 5,000 so you can see the problem as they all converge during the first two hours of sales in an attempt to acquire tickets. It’s worth walking over hot coals to land tickets for a day with the symphony in the Flint Hills.

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Photo by David Leiker, I think.

Thanks for tuning in…
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3/2/2011

SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS TICKET INFORMATION…

Filed under: prairie musings, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 8:30 pm
Concert and Ticket Information
Tickets On Sale
Saturday, March 5, 2011
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
*****
Concert Date Saturday, June 11, 2011
Rain Date Sunday, June 12, 2011
No refunds, no exchanges.  In case of
event cancellation the ticket may be
used as a tax-deductible contribution.
*****
Concert Information
Date Saturday, June 11, 2011
Time Ticket Gate opens at 1:00 P.M
Activities begin early afternoon.
Concert starts at 6:45 P.M.
Food and beverages will be served
Until 11 p.m. in the Food Tent.
info@kcsymphony.org
*****
Walk-In Locations
Kansas City Symphony Box Office
March 5th, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Wichita Saturday, March 5, 2011
Dillards at Towne East
Shopping Mall 10 a.m.
*****
Call for tickets: March 5th only from 10:00 to 5:00
816-471-0400
*****
For more information please visit: symphonyintheflinthills.org
****
THERE ARE NO E-MAIL OR ON-LINE SALES.

6/14/2010

TRANSCRIPT OF MARK PARKINSON’S SPEECH…FROM PRIME BUZZ

Filed under: political musings, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 3:14 pm

Here’s the transcript of Gov. Mark Parkinson’s speech at the Symphony in the Flint Hills. Cathy Park forwarded it to me.

6/13/2010

GOVERNOR MARK PARKINSON’S WELCOME TO THE SYMPHONY ATTENDEES …

Filed under: prairie musings, friends, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music, blogs — Peg Britton @ 6:46 pm

This is a video of Governor Mark Parkinson’s welcoming address at the Symphony last night that is very much worth viewing. I have heard nothing but glowing remarks from numerous people about what he said. This video was taken by Cheryl Unruh and appears on her facebook page. She is the author of the famous Kansas blog… Flyover People.

ONCE AGAIN, THE SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS - WITH LYLE LOVETT - WAS A HUGE SUCCESS…

Filed under: prairie musings, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 7:44 am

Check here for Cheryl Unruh’s Flyover People website   and more on Lyle Lovett and the Symphony in the Flint Hills Concert.

The following photos were take by Ally Britton.

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Symphony in the Flint Hills 2010…Kansas City Symphony and special guest Lyle Lovett performed.

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Two Britton ladies…Ally and Karen

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Karen on her trek over the prairie and to the concert behind the beyond…

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Over 5,000 tickets to this event were sold in less than two hours last March.  Between 6,000 and 7,000 ticket holders, special guests and volunteers attended the 2010 concert.  If you have never attended this special event, you really ought to plan to do so.

6/10/2010

RANDOM THOUGHTS …

Filed under: prairie musings, family, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music, Ally Britton — Peg Britton @ 9:03 am

Many years ago…I can’t begin to remember how many…Brit came home with some fruit trees to plant, and plant we did.  I remember that a couple of them were Bing cherry trees and since I associate them with the Pacific northwest and more rain and cool weather than we get, I thought it was a stretch that they would survive.  We planted them anyway and every year he searched for cherries and was always disappointed he didn’t have something to harvest. Barren trees.

This time last year, following Brit’s death, Ally came in and announced her dad was fiddling with the tree as there were a few cherries on it….probably a dozen.

Yesterday, Ally was mowing again and came in to get something to put the cherries in.  I thought she was joshing me.  Later she arrived with about three gallons of Royal Anne Cherries…and they are wonderful.  Just like you buy in the store, “almost” equally as good.  And, there are that many more out there that need picking.  I think Todd has his work cut out for him.  Brit would be so happy to know that.

Carly Fiorina showed her true colors in making catty, unwarranted remarks about Barbara Boxer’s hair before an open mic.

Unaware of an open mic before a television interview on Wednesday, Fiorina mocked rival Sen. Barbara Boxer’s hair, complained about Fox-TV’s Sean Hannity and grumbled about Election Night cheeseburgers.

Laughing, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO told staffers someone had seen Boxer on television and “said what everyone says, ‘God, what is that hair?’ So yesterday!”

But she also questioned fellow Republican Meg Whitman’s decision to talk with Fox’s Hannity so soon after winning the GOP nomination for governor.

“I find it really surprising,” she said. “I think it’s bizarre. … I think it’s a very bad choice, actually. You know how he is. Sean Hannity is not an easy interview.”

How tacky. Politicians  forget they should treat a mic as “always open” and it’s often their undoing that they fail to remember that.  Fiorina is a smart, well-educated woman and did some good things as CEO at Hewlett-Packard before the board forced her to resign. She insisted on merging the company with Compaq and that was a disaster. She was fired ! That’s something a lot of people don’t know.  It will be interesting to follow her campaign with Boxer. I’ll take Boxer’s hair, and Boxer, over Fiorina’s any day.

The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, in game 6 over the Flyers, for the first time in 49 years. It’s the Blackhawks first Stanley Cup win since 1961.

The latest figures point to the fact it takes $222,360 to raise a child to college age.  That includes food, shelter, clothing, etc.  It doesn’t include the cost of sending a child to college.  Is it any wonder why so many young children are on the short end of being cared for properly?

The Ellsworth Area Art Gallery board of directors hosted an appreciation dinner for all their volunteers last night at the city room at the golf course.  It was a very nice event and the food was wonderful. Steve Steinhouse smoked meat for the event while Rich Vargo churned homemade vanilla ice cream…both trademarks of these men.  Other board members filled in with salads, other trimmings and Bev Connally’s chocolate cake.  It takes dedicated volunteers to keep many of our organizations functioning properly.  The board is doing a good job with the art gallery.  If you haven’t stopped by lately, please treat yourself and take a look.

The River Festival in Salina starts tonight with The Festival Jam, sponsored by the Salina Media Group and SM Hanson Music.  There will be 16 bands of every possible musical style, changing every 15-minutes….endless very loud music.  The Salina River Festival draws huge numbers of people from central Kansas.  Take your lawn chair and spend the evening enjoying the events with friends. Saturday, if you are interested in fine jewelry check out Booth 10 - Fine Arts - Jewelry by Sandy Freeman.

Saturday is the Symphony of the Flint Hills…my favorite event in Kansas although I’m sending Ally and Karen as my stand-in’s. It’s just too much for me to manage anymore. Rain is forecast so cross your fingers it will wait until Sunday.

Thanks for tuning in…

3/8/2010

SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS TICKETS SOLD OUT IN RECORD TIME…2 HOURS

Filed under: prairie musings, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 2:28 pm

Ally and I are pros at ordering Symphony in the Flint Hills tickets.  Or so we believe.  She came early this morning so we could be armed with phones at 10:00 when tickets were to go on sale.  Past experience has led us to this pattern…she with a land line and cell phone and I manning a cell phone.

We started calling at 10 and all lines were busy. Sometimes it has taken us two hours to get tickets with steady calling.  She thought she’d try ordering on line and I told her that hadn’t worked for a lot of people a few years ago, people who thought they had secured tickets by that means only to find out later the system was botched.  Something must have changed as within a few seconds, she had tickets verified on line.  That was shortly after 10.  By noon they were sold out.  They usually limit the crowd to 5,000 so I suppose that was the same this year.

I’d rather go to one of these concerts more than almost anything I can think of right now.  It’s as much for spending the day on the prairie as it is the music. It’s the best day of the year when I do get to go, but it’s really hard for me now, even using all the handicapped facilities they offer, and I don’t handle the sun and heat at all well, especially with Lupus.  So, Ally and our friend Deneen are going and will return with all kinds of glowing reports for me.

I’m glad we could get tickets.  I’m sure there are a lot of disappointed people who failed to do so.  I have a feeling this will be another wonderful event in the Flint Hills.

3/4/2010

SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS WITH LYLE LOVETT AS SPECIAL GUEST

Filed under: prairie musings, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 4:19 pm

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Dave Leiker photo
If you really  love Kansas, one of the most fulfilling events you can attend is the Symphony in the Flint Hills.  You should make every attempt to attend at least once during your life time.

The Inspiration for the Symphony in the Flint Hills came from Matfield Green rancher, Jane Koger, who in 1994 decided to celebrate her 40th birthday day by organizing an all-woman symphony to play on the open prairie of her property in Chase County. The concert was a huge success and attracted more than 3,000 people.

You can see blogs from previous concerts here.   Tickets go on sale Monday, March 8 and they are NOT easy to come by. After they go on sale, they are usually sold within a few hours.

All the activities this year center outside Strong City.    In honor of the event’s fifth anniversary on June 12, four-time Grammy award-winning artist Lyle Lovett  will make a special guest appearance at the 2010 Symphony in the Flint Hills and perform three numbers with the Kansas City Symphony.

“Lyle Lovett shares our passion for the Tallgrass prairie,” said Emily Hunter, executive director of the Symphony in the Flint Hills. “We are pleased to have Mr. Lovett as our special guest joining the Kansas City Symphony to celebrate the treasured Flint Hills of Kansas.”

Lovett, a Texas native, is a long-time friend of Edward Bass who is hosting this year’s event on his pasture in Chase County.  “Lyle has many friends in Kansas and narrated the PBS special ‘The Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie,’” said Hunter.

“The Flint Hills are blessed with some of the most magical, natural landscapes of our continent,” said Bass. “Most of the time it’s only a small band of cowboys that get to experience their full beauty though. The Symphony in the Flint Hills will allow several thousand people to become immersed in a remarkable nature setting enhanced by a celebration of musical arts. I am enormously proud to help make this happen.”

Historically cattle trails, then railroads and now highways have brought Texas cattle to the lush grasslands of the Kansas Flint Hills. Bass will join local ranchers in telling the story of how cattle grazing on the unique tallgrass prairies of the region has evolved over a period of 150 years to incorporate sustainable practices that emulate the natural migrations of the bison herds that once populated America’s heartland.

While event organizers are committed to telling the story of the Flint Hills through the event, they also focus on helping the local economy. More than 7,000 people will visit Chase County the day of the symphony – more than tripling the resident population. Of the $3 million that will have been spent over five years producing the concert series, 74 percent will have gone directly to Flint Hills’ rural enterprises and services.

Bass’ “South Clements Pasture” is seven miles south of Cottonwood Falls and eight miles west of Bazaar. Bass studied architecture at Yale, built a hotel in the Himalayas, spent $200 million building Biosphere 2 project in Arizona 1990s and invested in venture capital, ranches in Texas, Kansas, Australia.  This is the first time Bass’s ranchlands have been open to the public.

Tickets to the 2010 Symphony in the Flint Hills go on sale Monday, March 8. Adult tickets are $63 and tickets for children (12 and under) are $43.

Phone and online orders:
816-471-0400
kcsymphony.org
info@kcsymphony.org

6/12/2009

4TH ANNUAL SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS

Filed under: prairie musings, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 11:21 am

I’m missing one of my favorite events today …the Symphony in the Flint Hills on the Doyle Creek Land and Cattle Company located between Florence and Strong City.  It brings together the best of Kansas one can experience in a single day.

What this all about?  Their website says it best:

Once a vast prairie covered one-third of our continent–an endless grassland teeming with bison, deer, antelope, fowl and wildflowers of every color. Today, an untouched piece of that prairie still exists in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

Each spring there is a gathering, a coming together of art, nature and the kindred souls who appreciate them both. For one evening, the meadowlark’s song is joined by a Symphony in the Flint Hills.

Before the plow tilled the surrounding lands, before train track split the endless sea of green, native grasses stood as high as a man’s chest on the tallgrass prairie. Here, where vast limestone and flint deposits made tilling impractical, the largest portion of virgin tallgrass prairie remains intact in the Kansas Flint Hills. This is where we gather.

The Flint Hills have many faces. Each year moving the symphony to different sites-traveling from county to county, we honor our beloved tallgrass prairie and our plains heritage with music as big as the western sky. You are invited to join us near Florence, Kansas on Saturday, June 13 to enjoy the Kansas City Symphony performing for the Fourth Annual Symphony in the Flint Hills 2009.

6/15/2008

SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS, MORRIS COUNTY KANSAS

Filed under: prairie musings, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 12:00 pm

Follow the flags to the Symphony.

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After exploring Council Grove, nearby the site of the 2008 3rd Annual Symphony in the Flint Hills, we approached the event entrance. The silvery-white peaked tents are symbolic of the event and are a stark but beautiful contrast against the backdrop of the tall grass prairie.

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“Wild Bill’s” wagon was led by Bow and Tie. Karen and Ally took a covered wagon ride, participated in the prairie wildflower identification walks and browsed the entire concert area. Early on, it’s important to find the areas where they sell food, big homemade cookies, Boulevard beer, lemonade and Kansas art and books.

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Wild Bill looking back at two of his passengers, Ally and Karen.

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Todd and I people-watched from the entertainment tent where there was shade and a gentle breeze. With 6,000 people in attendance, we had no shortage of views. People were having a good time enjoying each other and the food and beverages. We spotted a few Ellsworthites in the crowd.

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We connected with our good friends from Emporia, Dave Leiker and Cheryl Unruh. Cheryl has excellent pictures and her own accounting of the events of yesterday. See them both on her website, Flyover People. Scroll down a bit.

Dave is an official photographer for the event. His photos can be viewed along with his remarkable collection of photographs on Prairie Dust.

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If you squint, you can see the stream of people walking to the event from the parking lot on the horizon at the right. There were three thousand or more cars in the lot and how anyone located their car after the concert, I don’t know. We parked in the much smaller ADA lot and passed by the other on the way out. There was constant honking of horns as people hit their panic buttons on their remotes to find their cars. Aisle markers would have helped enormously.

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The lady who sat in front of me during the concert was so annoying to me and to the people in front of her, that during intermission I moved topside and sat with Josh and Kimberly Svaty. Kimberly’s sister, Carolyn, passed by for this photo op.

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People departed with memories to last another year when the 2009 event will be held near Florence. If you want to attend, you’ll need to follow the Symphony in the Flint Hills website to learn what day they will sell 5,000 available tickets. There will be a three to four hour window of opportunity to purchase tickets….and that’s all. They are scarce as hen’s teeth if you miss that opportunity.
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As we drove home, we passed by the exit to Chapman, and noticed with sadness how dark the area was following the ravaging tornado that hit their community with such tragic results. For stories and pictures about this, check out Linda’s Backroad Musings.

6/14/2008

SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS

Filed under: prairie musings, family, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 5:20 am

Today I’m spending the day in the Flint Hills, which for me, is more beautiful than almost any other place in the world. It is the day I look forward to more than any other during the year. It’s the day of the third annual Symphony in the Flint Hills and this year will be held about a mile south of Council Grove in Morris County on private ranch land.

Todd, Karen, Ally and I are leaving as soon as I can get some clothes out of the laundry and gather myself together. We will return about midnight. The concert is long, which is a very good thing, and getting 6,000 people out of the area on a narrow dirt road takes patience and time. It’s well worth it.

Here are some photos. Click on the pictures for a larger view.

In the meantime, I’ll miss Leo who is coming to tear our our 30+ year old kitchen countertop. Brit won’t be able to hear the noise and will enjoy being construction superintendent. Today is the day we start foraging for food around town as we have no sink or running water in the kitchen, no stove or countertop. Getting to the refrigerator won’t be easy either. We have about 10 days of this to endure and it won’t be easy for either of us deviating from our normal daily routines.

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The coffee pot and drinking water have replaced my blue eyeshadow and fashion makeup on the bathroom counter top. Kidding about the make up. I’ve always wondered how some women can climb out of bed in the morning, look in the mirror and think…Oh, I’d look so much better if I covered my eye lids with blue eye shadow and black eye liner.

I have a large stainless steel three section sink that I’m getting rid of should anyone want it. I’m going to miss it but it’s time to down-size. New three-bowl stainless steel sinks cost almost as much as a new car which is another reason I’m not getting a new one. I also have a large, maple chopboard but a friend has tentatively spoken for it.

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These are the “before” pictures. The counter top has never been so….”empty”….since it was installed in 1976. It has served me well through thousands of meal preparations and great fun in the kitchen. My kitchen isn’t very large, but it’s efficient and easy to work in. I have a large open pantry behind where I’m standing taking this picture that should answer all the other questions one might have as to where I put things. We’re putting in a Zodiaq counter top and 2 inch square tile backsplash that extends to the bottom of the spice rack.

Tomorrow is Father’s Day. We’re covered for that. Ally is cooking for her dad and the rest of us are tagging along.

Have some fun today. I sure intend to.

3/3/2008

I’M POISED BY THE PHONE…IT’S TIME TO BUY SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS TICKETS.

Filed under: prairie musings, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 12:29 pm

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Today is the day the Symphony in the Flint Hills tickets go on sale. I have a headset on and a phone in either hand and everything set for redial. Even being as well prepared as one can get for this sales event, I’ll be lucky to get any. They only have 5,000 for sale and last year they sold out in two hours.

The concert this year is going to occur on privately owned ranch land approximately one mile south of historic Council Grove east of National Scenic Byway Kansas Highway 177. The Kansas City Symphony will play there June 14th in one of nature’s most beautiful natural amphitheatres.

Just to give you an idea, I started dialing at 9:59 with both phones and got busy signals continuously while redialing every 5 seconds. Finally, at about 11:10, Ally got through on my cell phone when an operator said the wait time was 60 minutes. So, then after a few minutes, the phone started ringing, and ringing and ringing. A delightful real person answered at 11:20 and I got six tickets.

YAY! I may not need all six tickets so keep that in mind later on while I see how the pastures lie and who in the family will be attending.

If there is a heaven, this event has to be it.

6/17/2007

SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS 2007 WAS MAGICAL

Filed under: prairie musings, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 7:44 pm

Climbing Mt. Everest has never been one of my hidden ambitions. Standing on top of Everest and looking at the splendiferous panoramic view from the top of the world has been something I’ve always dreamed would be a highlight of my lifetime. I can only experience that though the eyes of another.

An achievable “mountain top” experience came my way yesterday on top of a ridge in the Flint Hills. It was as exhilarating as any Everest experience could be and it was here in my own backyard. To me, there is nothing quite as beautiful as the tall grass prairie of the Flint Hills.

If you ever have a chance to attend a Symphony in the Flint Hills, I highly recommend you take advantage of it. The trick is getting the tickets. After that, everything at the concert site is near perfection.

Ally and I took the long, back road to Eskridge on highway 4. We stopped in Lindsborg for Swedish pancakes topped with lingonberries to tide us over until evening. We lollygagged through Gypsum, Carlton, Elmo, Hope, Latimer, White City, Dwight, Alta Vista and Hessdale.

Before entering Eskridge we could see the concert site miles away as the hills were covered with silvery white tents whose spiked tops resembled the Denver Airport. In anticipation of what was to come, we passed through Eskridge along with all the other people who were on their way to the concert site.

Eskridge was a bevy of activity along the main route and in the city park. You could buy buffalo burgers, barbecue and all types of food at several locations. What we needed most was sunscreen as Ally forgot hers. None was to be found in town. We stopped in the local bar for a quick look around, sat for awhile and moseyed on to the Jim Richardson National Geographic photo display of the Flint Hills.

We parked in the ADA lot to get a ride to the concert site as I knew my back wouldn’t withstand the mile walk. A volunteer picked us up in a golf cart and delivered us to the waiting area to get a ride on a hay rack to the site. There was a wait, but it was pleasant.

Ally and I rented chairs and took them to the concert site to stake out our claim. After that, there were endless things to see and do. The many individual tents had seating for about 100 each so you could escape the hot sun and enjoy the variety of presentations they offered. There were wagon and field trips out on the prairie. The food tent was huge, the lines were long but the food was very good and there was ample seating. There was a nice breeze so it was a pleasant place to have dinner.

The program started promptly at 6:30 with the Governor’s remarks. I heard her for the second time in two days. After other customary introductions, the music commenced before the crowd of 6,500 people…all assembled on chairs, sitting on hay bales or lying on blankets in the prairie.

The panoramic prairie vista was incredibly beautiful. There were cowboys riding around the perimeter of the crowd, far out in the grass to give us a perspective of the vastness of the prairie.

The music selections were appropriate for the prairie especially as the sun set over the Flint Hills to the dramatic John Barry music from Dances with Wolves. The crowd joined the symphony in singing four verses of “Home on the Range” before we all dispersed.

My head is still in Wabaunsee County and I haven’t done this post justice. The experience was beyond words I can find for it.

P.S. I see my friend, Linda Hanney, has her post up for you to read. It will give you more information on the event so please take a look.

3/12/2007

RASCAL FLATTS SING “ELLSWORTH KANSAS 1948″ ON THE CD, “ME AND MY GANG”

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 3:48 pm

“Me and My Gang” has been certified quadruple platinum. And it’s been nominated for Album of the Year. (Academy of Country Music - May 15), according to my friend, Cheryl Unruh.

There are still a lot of people googling for the writers of “Ellsworth Kansas 1948″ so here they are again: Michael Dulaney (the one who spent time in Ellsworth KS as a youth), Neil Thrasher and Wendell Mobley.

It’s a very good CD, so do us a favor and buy it. And ask your favorite DJ to play it. Thanks.

LILY ALLEN

Filed under: prairie musings, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 3:34 pm

A few weeks ago Dave Letterman had Lily Allen on the musical portion of his show. It was late; I was feathered in and rather enjoyed listening to her reggae-, hip-hop, calypso, Brazilian and New Orleans-touched pop version of “Smile”. It was different.

It reminded me a little of a combination of “Maggie, Pierce and EJ” and “Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band”, which I appear to have misplaced.

It has been my habit never to listen to lyrics, not on purpose. It’s just a natural thing with me. I hear voices as other instruments molding the whole of the musical experience. The words aren’t part of it. I know that’s weird. I’ve always picked out individual instruments and listened how they interweave the music and rhythm into one form of orchestration or another. Consequently, I don’t know the words to anything beyond “The Star Spangled Banner” and I’m not always sure of that.

Lily’s voice and orchestral accompaniment was unusual and I was rather taken with the talent coming from this very young Brit.

So, I asked Ruby who knows more about music than I’ve learned in a life time to pick up her CD as she was going to Salina. She gave me a half grin and asked if I were “sure” as she’s very familiar with her music. “Absolutely”, I said. I’d heard one of her songs and wanted to listen to more.

When she brought the CD to me, she said the folks who worked at the House of Sight and Sound where she bought it thought, since I liked Lily, she had a very cool older friend.

I listened to the “music” for several days while doing other things. Then, one day I turned the sound up and actually listened to the lyrics. GEEEZ. The F word and others … typical I guess, but not at all what I expected from this little sylph like singer. She sings in light, girlish tones that don’t hide her accent, she dishes the dirt on the seedy side of London, bad and inadequate boyfriends and her worthless little brother. Her vocabulary is full of those words I choose not to hear….but…oh well.

Strange, I know, but I like the sound and tune out the words. I hope Ruby explains to her friends that I may not be as cool as they think…but I’ll try.

3/9/2007

WANTED: 9 TICKETS TO SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS

Filed under: prairie musings, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 9:57 am

If you know where I can get additional tickets, please let me know. I need 4.

A reader who has a B & B in Manhattan is up a creek as she has her rooms booked to “Symphony” attendees who now can’t get tickets. It will be a costly weekend for her unless she can obtain tickets for them. She needs 5 and could use more. If you have tickets and are looking for a place to stay, you might check with her and take a look at her B & B. Look at the photos of her rooms. They are lovely.

Now…we need at least 9 tickets. Linda D. 2, Linda H. 2, Diana 5+…

3/6/2007

5,000 SYMPHONY OF THE HILLS TICKETS SOLD OUT THE FIRST DAY.

Filed under: prairie musings, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 2:52 pm

I called at noon yesterday to order my tickets thinking I’d just get it out of the way. A friend tried today and they are all sold out.

Organizers said they were “sold out by 5:00 pm Monday, hours after they went on sale.”

The Symphony in the Flint Hills is set for June 16 at Schwarting Ranch in Wabaunsee County. The day-long event features an outdoor concert by the Kansas City Symphony, nature walks, wagon rides, history talks, barbecue and more.

“The Flint Hills are a cherished landscape, and this proves that there are many people who are eager to celebrate it,” said Emily Hunter, event coordinator at Symphony in the Flint Hills.

Patron packages at $1,000 are still available. A $1,000 contribution includes two reserved seats to the concert, a pre-concert dinner, a VIP parking pass, and access to a hospitality tent.

This has to show how much people of the prairie treasure the Flint Hills, the mixed grass prairie of the Smoky Hills and other untouched soil and grasses that makes Kansas what it is. It cannot be duplicated; it cannot be replaced.


3/5/2007

KANSAS AT ITS BEST….SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS

Filed under: prairie musings, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 5:44 pm

When you combine tall grass prairie and classical music with 5,000 people who love both the prairie and classical music, the end product is a glorious Symphony in the Flint Hills.

Symphony in the Flint Hills

Before you go any further, if you take a look at this panoramic picture of Dave Leiker’s from last year’s event, I think it will tell you more than I could with a thousand words. Once you click on “large” or “normal” size, use the arrow at the bottom to scan 360 degrees of people and prairie.

This summer the second annual event will be held on Steve Schwarting’s ranch in the Kansas Flint Hills near Eskridge in Wabaunsee County. (Scroll down for map)

The Inspiration for the Symphony in the Flint Hills came from Matfield Green rancher, Jane Koger, who in 1994 decided to celebrate her 40th birthday day by organizing an all-woman symphony to play on the open prairie of her property in Chase County. The concert was a huge success and attracted more than 3,000 people.

The walk home

“The Second Annual Concert, Symphony in the Flint Hills 2007, will be held on Saturday, June 16th. The Kansas City Symphony Orchestra concert will reflect the spirit of the American prairie and include well known works evoking images of the landscape and heritage we celebrate. Musical selections will range from Aaron Copland’s lofty and beautiful An Outdoor Overture to Antonin Dvorak’s picturesque 9th Symphony in E Minor “From the New World” and suites from award-winning motion picture scores inspired by the prairie vistas.

Symphony attendees

Explore this complete website for everything you ever wanted to know about this event. Tickets are on sale and I have two.

View Snapshots from the Symphony in the Flint Hills June 2006, by David Leiker.

“Once a vast prairie covered one-third of our continent–an endless grassland teeming with bison, deer, antelope, fowl and wildflowers of every color. Today, an untouched piece of that prairie still exists in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

“Each spring there is a gathering, a coming together of art, nature and the kindred souls who appreciate them both. For one evening, the meadowlark’s song is joined by a Symphony in the Flint Hills.

“Before the plow tilled the surrounding lands, before train track split the endless sea of green, native grasses stood as high as a man’s chest on the tallgrass prairie. Here, where vast limestone and flint deposits made tilling impractical, the largest portion of virgin tallgrass prairie remains intact in the Kansas Flint Hills. This is where we gather.

“The Flint Hills have many faces. Each year moving the symphony to different sites-traveling from county to county, we honor our beloved tallgrass prairie and our plains heritage with music as big as the western sky. You are invited to join us in Wabaunsee County on Saturday, June 16 to enjoy the Kansas City Symphony performing for Second Annual Symphony in the Flint Hills 2007.”

Joyce Thierer of Ride Into History
Joyce Thierer of Ride Into History

3/31/2006

ELLSWORTH KANSAS 1948: RASCAL FLATTS. THE TOWN IS BUZZING.

Filed under: prairie musings, friends, Ellsworth, Symphony in the Flint Hills/music — Peg Britton @ 3:03 pm

Many thanks to Jeff Fischer for sending this link. It’s good music. If someone knows who this song was written about, please let me know.

Mrs. Britton,
If you haven’t heard that song about Ellsworth yet, you can hear it here(link at the bottom). It’s a video of the group in the studio. That’s pretty cool that Ellsworth would be in a song. I’m going to buy the CD next week when it comes out.
I’m glad to hear Dane is doing better. I doubt he’d know me, I was 10 years younger than him. I hope he keeps on making progress. I enjoy your blog, keep up the good work.
Jeff Fischer
(Clay’s oldest)

Click here to hear “Ellsworth Kansas 1948″

I listened to this a dozen times. There were some difficulties, but I let the system run it’s course and I could listen to it. I downloaded something required so I could hear it, and it worked. It has good harmony and good melody. It was written about someone who lived in Ellsworth, but I don’t know who. Now, we need to use this someway in promotional material. Maybe we could get the group to come here to perform.

Peg
They are a number one Country Western Group. Wonderful. Thanks for sending it to me. I will get it also.
We should play it all over town. Just in time also for the cowtown days and the cattle drive. Super.
Thanks again.
Shirley —–

Peg,
We already found and listened to it.
Sharon

Went to Wichita today to the doctor. While I was there I thought I’d try Wal-Mart just by chance Rascal Flatts CD would be out. Of course not just like they said Tuesday. I emailed my daughter-in law who lives in Shawnee to try and get me one on Tuesday in Kansas City area. I am sure around here everyone will try to buy it. Haven’t heard it yet, just got home but will try later tonight. It’s funny this CD is really causing people to get excited in Ellsworth. It’s kind of cute, the town is buzzing. Linda

From Cheryl Unruh: I thought the song was good–it tells an interesting story. To get publicity–I guess it might be worth a shot to start hammering away at Rascal Flatts, begging them to come and play a gig at Ellsworth.

Or maybe suggest to area papers (Hays, Salina, Wichita, Topeka) that they write a story about the songs origins.

It’s really not too far-fetched of an idea that the group would come and play in Ellsworth. It would be good press for them, too.

Cheryl

More of the Rascals music!

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