Museum plans Halloween History Howl on Saturday

The Wyandotte County Museum, 126th and State Avenue, Bonner Springs, is planning a Halloween History Howl from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.

The event is a family fall festival geared to children, said Jennifer Laughlin, museum curator. It will include pumpkin painting, a magic show, fire trucks and police cars, sheriff’s station children’s identification cards, Schlagle Library display, face painting and a balloon artist.

Refreshments of cider and popcorn are included with the admission price of $5 for children ages 2-15. Adults are admitted free with their children.

Also at the Wyandotte County Museum, the exhibit, “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Project,” will continue through Nov. 15. A Smithsonian traveling exhibit, it is the history of migrant workers.

The museum also plans a historical bus tour on past and present entertainment in Wyandotte County on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 18, she said.

To be included on the guided bus tour are such sites as Carnival Park, Big 11 Lake, and the old Granada Theater in downtown Kansas City, Kan.

For more information on the bus tour or other activities, call the museum, located inside Wyandotte County Park at Bonner Springs, at 913-573-5002.

Elementary school lunch menus

Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools
Monday, Oct. 13
Chicken nuggets, dinner roll, jelly, salad, grape tomatoes, fruit and milk.
Tuesday, Oct. 14
Super nachos, refried beans, green peas, mandarin oranges, fruit and milk.
Wednesday, Oct. 15
Cheese breadsticks with marinara sauce, garden salad, corn, pear, fruit, and milk.
Thursday, Oct. 16
Pulled pork sandwich, tater tots, baked beans, banana, fruit and milk.
Friday, Oct. 17
Hot dog on bun, baby carrots, pineapple, green beans, fruit and milk.
All Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools meals include alternate entrée choices of mini chef’s salad, mini fruit chef salad and yogurt muffin basket.

Turner Public Schools
Monday, Oct. 13
Beef or turkey sticks with gravy, bread sticks.
Tuesday, Oct. 14
Crispy chicken on bun, snack chip.
Wednesday, Oct. 15
Cheese and pepperoni pizza, cookie.
Thursday, Oct. 16
No school.
Friday, Oct. 17
No school.
Additional Turner entrees: Yogurt platter, peanut butter and jelly platter. Milk included with meals. Fruit and veggie bar offered daily.


Piper Public Schools

Monday, Oct. 13
Hot dog on bun with macaroni and cheese; grilled cheese sandwich, tomato slices, garden salad, green beans, grapes, peaches; turkey chef salad, tomato slices, grapes, peaches, blueberry fruit muffin.
Tuesday, Oct. 14
Super nachos; chicken soft taco, chopped garden salad, barbecue bacon beans, banana, mandarin oranges; taco salad, barbecue bacon beans, banana, mandarin oranges, and tortilla chips.
Wednesday, Oct. 15
Chicken patty-grilled chicken; Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas, watermelon, pineapple, roll; chicken Caesar salad, peas, watermelon, pineapple, roll, crackers.
Thursday, Oct. 16
Hawaiian barbecue chicken wrap; cheeseburger, steamed broccoli, glazed carrots, roasted squash, pears, banana; Italian chef salad, corn, pears, banana, Italian bread.
Friday, Oct. 17
No school.

Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Public Schools

Monday, Oct. 13
Chicken patty on bun; hot dog on a bun, tomato slices, garden salad, green beans, grapes, peaches; turkey chef salad, tomato slices, grapes, epaches and blueberry fruit muffin.
Tuesday, Oct. 14
Super nachos, sun butter and jelly sandwich with cheese stick, garden salad, barbecue bacon beans, banana, mandarin oranges; taco salad, barbecue bacon beans, banana, mandarin oranges and tortilla chips.
Wednesday, Oct. 15
No school.
Thursday, Oct. 16
No school.
Friday, Oct. 17
No school.
All menus from all districts subject to change.

KCK organization teaches lost arts of blacksmithing, carving and spinning

Dave Whisenhurt demonstrated carving recently at the Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs. (Photo by William Crum)
Dave Whisenhurt demonstrated carving recently at the Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

The lost arts of stone carving, wood working, blacksmithing, spinning and embroidery are preserved by an organization in Kansas City, Kan.

The Institute for Historic and Educational Arts, a not-for-profit organization, teaches the lost arts. The organization was founded in 1996 by Mike and Marsha Nave.

At the Kansas City Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs, the institute displays blacksmithing, embroidery and spinning.

“We teach a lot of things out here,” Mike Nave said. “We would go out to schools and churches and teach, however sometimes that gets to be a little bit hard.”

Bringing all the equipment to a site can be a challenge, he said.

“This year we have two new classes; one of them, for example, is tent making and the other is sail making,” Nave said.

He said girls were more eager to learn the skills than boys. Currently, a girl apprentice is studying blacksmithing, he said.

For more information about the Institute for Historic and Educational Arts, call 913-621-4940 or visit the website at www.historicarts.com.

Will Miller demonstrated blacksmithing recently at the Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs. (Photo by William Crum)
Will Miller demonstrated blacksmithing recently at the Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs. (Photo by William Crum)

Lily Cody worked as an apprentice blacksmith at the Renaissance Festival recently. (Photo by William Crum)
Lily Cody worked as an apprentice blacksmith at the Renaissance Festival recently. (Photo by William Crum)

Jose Elgadillo demonstrated lost arts recently at the Renaissance Festival. (Photo by William Crum)
Jose Elgadillo demonstrated lost arts recently at the Renaissance Festival. (Photo by William Crum)