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THURSDAY - MAY 3

 
Coldwater
 
Throughout BKRT: You’re Fired Ceramics & Canvas Digital Art Crawl 2018. Follow us on Instagram @yourefiredceramicsandcanvas or on Facebook (You're Fired Ceramics & Canvas) and then watch for the clues.  We'll post a list of public art sites to visit, then you snap pics of those places and post them to our social media pages.  Get creative!  Use the hashtag #YFCArtCrawl18 on Instagram or post to our Facebook page (You’re Fired Ceramics & Canvas) and you'll be entered to win an inaugural t-shirt from NovelT's and the BKRT YFC Art Crawl, plus other prizes!

Throughout BKRT: Buy chances to win a beautiful sunflower quilt in commemoration of the first annual BKRT! Proceeds benefit the Coldwater Beautification Committee. Tickets at the Chief Theatre122 E. Main St.

Throughout BKRT: Bar P Botanical Gardens open, 300-306 E. Cleveland.

4pm: Scavenger Hunt - Throughout the BKRT the Chief Theatre will host a Scavenger beginning on Thursday at 4pm and ending Sunday at 4pm.  Winners will be awarded prizes.  Stop by the Chief to get your entry form.  $5/person, 122 E. Main St.
4:30 & 6:30pm:  The Frontier Experience - A short movie filmed in Comanche County in 1975 starring many of our local community members. Chief Theatre122 E. Main St.

Protection
 
8am-5pm: Twisted Sisters annual 15% off Sale104 W. Walnut. Guests are     welcome to paint on our back wall, leaving their mark on Protection, KS.  Paints and stencils provided!
 
9am-5pm:  Grannies Barn Quilts201 N Washington. Quilt lovers will want to stop by and take a look at the barn quilts for sale. Hosted by Lisa Thompson. 

11am:  Why is it named Protection? — and other true tales about the town. Bring a lawn chair and gather around the Polio Monument at Broadway and Walnut, on the sidewalk just north of Don’s Place. Dave Webb, Kansas author and historian from Protection, will share stories about his hometown’s unusual name and other history bits.

2pm:  Succulent Class at Vintage Soil, 700 E. Main St. Come and shop all this seasons vibrant beautiful home grown plants and also shop cool vintage finds. May 3-6 come join Vintage Soil succulent classes where you will learn about these popular interesting plants care while being able to plant your own succulent mini garden in a unique vintage find you can purchase or bring along to plant in. (cost of class is $15 plus cost of product including succulents, watering tool and if need a cool planter) 

Wilmore       
 
Throughout BKRT:  Self-guided tour of Wilmore during the BKRT.  Pick up a guide at the Community Center, 105 S. Taft that will correspond with numbered signs placed throughout town. Folks will learn the story behind the Stan Herd mural, how Mule Creek got its name, information about the various buildings around town as far as their different uses over the years, schools and churches.  
 
9am-9pm: Wilmore Carousel, 205 Main. If the carousel isn't already running when you arrive, just honk the horn and owners, Ernie and Christy Griffin, will come out of their restored Sears and Roebuck house next door and open it to give you a free ride!   
 
1-4pm: Wilmore Community Center open105 S. Taft. Stop by and see photos of old Wilmore, and hear stories about floods, a tornado, bank robberies and a kidnapping by Bonnie and Clyde.  

2-4pm:  Wilmore Volunteer Fire Department Fire Safety TalkTaft and Railroad.  Learn about what being a volunteer fire fighter is like, hear about the 2016 & 2017 wildfires in the area and see the gear up close! And, Battle of the Barrel! Teams of all ages compete to push a barrel on a steel cable using the fire hose.
 

FRIDAY - MAY 4


Coldwater

Throughout BKRT: You’re Fired Ceramics & Canvas Digital Art Crawl 2018. Follow us on Instagram @yourefiredceramicsandcanvas or on Facebook (You're Fired Ceramics & Canvas) and then watch for the clues.  We'll post a list of public art sites to visit, then you snap pics of those places and post them to our social media pages.  Get creative!  Use the hashtag #YFCArtCrawl18 on Instagram or post to our Facebook page (You’re Fired Ceramics & Canvas) and you'll be entered to win an inaugural t-shirt from NovelT's and the BKRT YFC Art Crawl, plus other prizes!

Throughout BKRT: Bar P Botanical Gardens open, 300-306 E. Cleveland.

10:30am, 1:30, 3:30, 5:30pm: The Frontier Experience - A short movie filmed in Comanche County in 1975 starring many of our local community members. The Chief Theatre122 E. Main St.
 
4pm:  The Stump with Marci Penner, Coldwater Heritage Park, New York and Main

7pm:  Live music featuring Patrick Herd and Lane Haas at the Chief Theatre, 122 E. Main St.

Protection
 
8am-5pm: Twisted Sisters annual 15% off Sale104 W. Walnut. Guests are     welcome to paint on our back wall, leaving their mark on Protection, KS.  Paints and stencils provided!
 
9am-5pm:  Grannies Barn Quilts201 N Washington. Quilt lovers will want to stop by and take a look at the barn quilts for sale. Hosted by Lisa Thompson. 

10am:  Bring Your Own Lawn Chair (BYOLC) and let's talk about rural schools, 310 S. Jefferson.  It's exciting and challenging to be connected to a small, rural school.  Here are a few stats: 325 students, 900 square miles, 4-day week, 8 man football, graduating classes that range from 16 to 40 students.  At this BYOLC, we'll talk a little bit about our history and our future. We'll also open the building for a partial tour of the elementary/middle school - a still-in-use 93 year old school house that's listed on the National Historic Registry. Funds are always tight in a public school - even more so in a rural district.  Want to help?  Bring your Box Tops for Education and empty printer cartridges. Our district collects these and turns them in for extra funds.  Collection boxes will be at the BYOLC. 

11am:  Why is it named Protection? — and other true tales about the town. Bring a lawn chair and gather around the Polio Monument at Broadway and Walnut, on the sidewalk just north of Don’s Place. Dave Webb, Kansas author and historian from Protection, will share stories about his hometown’s unusual name and other history bits.

2pm:  Succulent Class at Vintage Soil700 E. Main St. Come and shop all this seasons vibrant beautiful home grown plants and also shop cool vintage finds. May 3-6 come join Vintage Soil succulent classes where you will learn about these popular interesting plants care while being able to plant your own succulent mini garden in a unique vintage find you can purchase or bring along to plant in. (cost of class is $15 plus cost of product including succulents, watering tool and if need a cool planter) 

5-9pm:  Dale Family Farms, Friday Night on the Farm! 526 Avenue K. One ticket entitles the holder to the following: A tour of Dale Family Farms - a working farm that raises cattle, hogs, chickens, goats, turkeys and kids. Dinner.  Menu will include - Dale Family Farms pulled pork, Supreme Beans, Corn Bread, Salad with greens from the farm, Chocolate Cake. Live Music with Mike Benish, an award winning song writer from Spearville, KS.  He'll play original songs and covers from 6-9 pm.  And bring your own instrument for a jam session!   Reservations: Adult Early bird $20, After April 20th, $25. Children (5-12) early bird $15.  After April 20th, $20, Children under 5, free. 
Reserve your spot at http://bit.do/DFFBKRT.

Wilmore         
 
Throughout BKRT:  Self-guided tour of Wilmore during the BKRT.  Pick up a guide at the Community Center, 105 S. Taft that will correspond with numbered signs placed throughout town. Folks will learn the story behind the Stan Herd mural, how Mule Creek got its name, information about the various buildings around town as far as their different uses over the years, schools and churches.  
 
9am-9pm: Wilmore Carousel, 205 Main. If the carousel isn't already running when you arrive, just honk the horn and owners, Ernie and Christy Griffin, will come out of their restored Sears and Roebuck house next door and open it to give you a free ride!
 
1-4pm:  Wilmore Community Center open105 S. Taft. Stop by and see photos of old Wilmore, and hear stories about floods, a tornado, bank robberies and a kidnapping by Bonnie and Clyde.  

2-4pm:  Wilmore Volunteer Fire Department Fire Safety TalkTaft and Railroad.  Learn about what being a volunteer fire fighter is like, hear about the 2016 & 2017 wildfires in the area and see the gear up close! And, Battle of the Barrel! Teams of all ages compete to push a barrel on a steel cable using the fire hose.
 

SATURDAY - MAY 5


Coldwater

Throughout BKRT: You’re Fired Ceramics & Canvas Digital Art Crawl 2018. Follow us on Instagram @yourefiredceramicsandcanvas or on Facebook (You're Fired Ceramics & Canvas) and then watch for the clues.  We'll post a list of public art sites to visit, then you snap pics of those places and post them to our social media pages.  Get creative!  Use the hashtag #YFCArtCrawl18 on Instagram or post to our Facebook page (You’re Fired Ceramics & Canvas) and you'll be entered to win an inaugural t-shirt from NovelT's and the BKRT YFC Art Crawl, plus other prizes!

Throughout BKRT: Bar P Botanical Gardens open, 300-306 E. Cleveland.

11:30am-2pm: Hamburger and Hotdog meals at the Chief Theatre122 E. Main St.

7pm: From Canvas to College: The YFC Scholarship Art Auction at You’re Fired Ceramics & Canvas, 136 E. Main St. Silent auction begins at 7pm and final bids will be collected at 9pm. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Live music by Mike Benish! Sneak peek at the art for the auction 1-5pm.

7:30pm: Feature Movie at the  Chief Theatre122 E. Main St. Movie TBD.

Protection

8am-5pm: Twisted Sisters annual 15% off Sale104 W. Walnut. Guests are welcome to paint on our back wall, leaving their mark on Protection, KS.  Paints and stencils provided!

9am-5pm:  Grannies Barn Quilts201 N Washington. Quilt lovers will want to stop by and take a look at the barn quilts for sale. Hosted by Lisa Thompson. 

10am-6pm:  Protection Township Library Kids Book Walk, Stan Herd Gallery Open, 404 N. Broadway.

11am:  Why is it named Protection? — and other true tales about the town. Bring a lawn chair and gather around the Polio Monument at Broadway and Walnut, on the sidewalk just north of Don’s Place. Dave Webb, Kansas author and historian from Protection, will share stories about his hometown’s unusual name and other history bits.

11:30am:  The Stump with Marci Penner, 221 N. Broadway

11:45am:  Marci Penner will facilitate a "Bring Your Own Lawn Chair" event featuring the community-owned grocery store, Protection Venture. Visitors will set their lawn chairs up outside near the store and listen, learn and ask questions about what it's like to run a grocery store in a small town. 221 N. Broadway.

2pm:  Succulent Class at Vintage Soil700 E. Main St. Come and shop all this seasons vibrant beautiful home grown plants and also shop cool vintage finds. May 3-6 come join Vintage Soil succulent classes where you will learn about these popular interesting plants care while being able to plant your own succulent mini garden in a unique vintage find you can purchase or bring along to plant in. (cost of class is $15 plus cost of product including succulents, watering tool and if need a cool planter) 

3pm:  Stan Herd presentation at the Protection Township Library. Environmental artist and muralist Stan Herd grew up in Protection and during the BKRT he’ll be in his hometown. He’s planning a show-and-tell session about the field-sized artwork he has created in several countries — most recently in China.

Wilmore 

Throughout BKRT:  Self-guided tour of Wilmore during the BKRT.  Pick up a guide at the Community Center, 105 S. Taft that will correspond with numbered signs placed throughout town. Folks will learn the story behind the Stan Herd mural, how Mule Creek got its name, information about the various buildings around town as far as their different uses over the years, schools and churches. 

9am-9pm: Wilmore Carousel, 205 Main. If the carousel isn't already running when you arrive, just honk the horn and owners, Ernie and Christy Griffin, will come out of their restored Sears and Roebuck house next door and open it to give you a free ride!

Noon:  Hot Dog Cookout in Centennial Park.

1-4pm:  Wilmore Community Center open105 S. Taft. Stop by and see photos of old Wilmore, and hear stories about floods, a tornado, bank robberies and a kidnapping by Bonnie and Clyde.  
 
2-4pm:  Wilmore Volunteer Fire Department Fire Safety TalkTaft and Railroad.  Learn about what being a volunteer fire fighter is like, hear about the 2016 & 2017 wildfires in the area and see the gear up close! And, Battle of the Barrel! Teams of all ages compete to push a barrel on a steel cable using the fire hose.
 
2pm:  The Stump with Marci Penner, Taft and Railroad.
 

SUNDAY - MAY 6


Coldwater

Throughout BKRT: You’re Fired Ceramics & Canvas Digital Art Crawl 2018. Follow us on Instagram @yourefiredceramicsandcanvas or on Facebook (You're Fired Ceramics & Canvas) and then watch for the clues.  We'll post a list of public art sites to visit, then you snap pics of those places and post them to our social media pages.  Get creative!  Use the hashtag #YFCArtCrawl18 on Instagram or post to our Facebook page (You’re Fired Ceramics & Canvas) and you'll be entered to win an inaugural t-shirt from NovelT's and the BKRT YFC Art Crawl, plus other prizes!

Throughout BKRT: Bar P Botanical Gardens open, 300-306 E. Cleveland.

10:30am, 1:30, 3:30, 5:30pm: The Frontier Experience - A short movie filmed in Comanche County in 1975 starring many of our local community members. The Chief Theatre122 E. Main St.

7:30pm: Feature Movie at the  Chief Theatre122 E. Main St. Movie TBD.

Protection

11am-3pm: Twisted Sisters annual 15% off Sale104 W. Walnut. Guests are welcome to paint on our back wall, leaving their mark on Protection, KS.  Paints and stencils provided!

9am-5pm:  Grannies Barn Quilts201 N Washington. Quilt lovers will want to stop by and take a look at the barn quilts for sale. Hosted by Lisa Thompson. 

2pm:  Succulent Class at Vintage Soil700 E. Main St. Come and shop all this seasons vibrant beautiful home grown plants and also shop cool vintage finds. May 3-6 come join Vintage Soil succulent classes where you will learn about these popular interesting plants care while being able to plant your own succulent mini garden in a unique vintage find you can purchase or bring along to plant in. (cost of class is $15 plus cost of product including succulents, watering tool and if need a cool planter)
 

Wilmore 

Throughout BKRT:  Self-guided tour of Wilmore during the BKRT.  Pick up a guide at the Community Center, 105 S. Taft that will correspond with numbered signs placed throughout town. Folks will learn the story behind the Stan Herd mural, how Mule Creek got its name, information about the various buildings around town as far as their different uses over the years, schools and churches. 

9am-9pm: Wilmore Carousel, 205 Main. If the carousel isn't already running when you arrive, just honk the horn and owners, Ernie and Christy Griffin, will come out of their restored Sears and Roebuck house next door and open it to give you a free ride!  

1-4pm:  Wilmore Community Center open105 S. Taft. Stop by and see photos of old Wilmore, and hear stories about floods, a tornado, bank robberies and a kidnapping by Bonnie and Clyde.  
 
2-4pm:  Wilmore Volunteer Fire Department Fire Safety TalkTaft and Railroad.  Learn about what being a volunteer fire fighter is like, hear about the 2016 & 2017 wildfires in the area and see the gear up close! And, Battle of the Barrel! Teams of all ages compete to push a barrel on a steel cable using the fire hose.