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Are You Ready For The Weekend?

Because it’s going to be a great one! We have two momentous occasions coming up that I would be remiss not to celebrate first and foremost.


After years of fundraising, planning, dreaming, and much hard work, the Trail Days Arts & History Center’s new theater is ready for its debut!


Congratulations, Ken and Shirley McClintock and the rest of the Trail Days Cafe & Museum team, on this monumental achievement. For years and years, this theater has been in the works, and this weekend we FINALLY get to experience it.


A destination in Council Grove that promises to serve more than just our community. It will be a place to learn about the Flint Hills while simultaneously experiencing the arts. I’ve recently had the privilege of listening to Shirley enthusiastically speak about her vision for this space, and I am excited to watch it flourish in the coming years. Programming and events that educate, inspire, and entertain are on the docket, and even more are in the works.


Plus, with the grand opening of this space comes the debut night of our Council Grove Community Theatre’s first stage production, Steel Magnolias!


We’ve been so happy to support this event through promotion and ticket sales on CouncilGrove.com and in our office, DESTINATION : Council Grove. We’ve seen firsthand the outstanding quality of the work of theatre director Dave May, and we are confident this production will knock our socks off.


Have you seen the cast? If you love this movie as much as I do, you’ll get and adore this lineup too . . .


  • Sarah Reichart as Ouiser

  • Lori May as Truvy

  • Adara Bolieu as Shelby

  • Nellye Hight as Annelle

  • Christy Alexander as M’Lynn

  • Leanne Williams as Clairee


My heart is more excited than I can express!


As if this isn’t enough, check out what else we have happening!


A little early to be considered a weekend event, but nonetheless, this THURSDAY is The Dealership Building’s second “Get Local Social”! Join them for a blind whiskey tasting. They will be sampling a wide range of local Kansas whiskeys and then revealing all the details of your personal favorites. You may be surprised at the results! Tickets are required and limited to 30. Please email info@thedealershipcg to reserve your spot! Includes whiskey tastings, a full-sized cocktail, soft pretzel bites, and a great time!


FRIDAY, Erichsen Agri-Motive / NAPA is hosting (get this, guys!) the Chick-Fil-A Food Truck! From 11:00am -7:00pm get your fill of Chick-Fil-A. You’ll find them in the parking lot of Napa. They’ll be the ones in the big red truck, with the scent of chicken wafting through the streets of CG!


But wait, there’s more!


Both FRIDAY & SATURDAY, The Hays House 1857 Restaurant & Tavern is bringing back their sought-after Snow Crab Specials; a classic snow crab cluster option AND a potato, corn, crab, and sausage boil. Check their Facebook page : @HaysHouse1857, for all the details. At the same time, Trail Days Cafe & Museum is serving up a Southern meal in honor of Steel Magnolias. Oven Fried Chicken, BBQ Baked Beans, Southern Coleslaw, Cornbread, and Apple Pie, all for just $25.00 per person. Meal service begins at 6:00pm, and reservations can be made by calling the cafe at (620)767-7986.


As of press time, we haven’t heard what’s happening at our other fabulous drinking and dining establishments, but we’re sure it’s amazing too!


Thinking about doing some shopping this weekend? Our shops are planning great things as well!


Happy second Birthday to our favorite bookstore, Flint Hills Books! Can you believe they’re TWO?!?! Jennifer and the crew are giving us so much to celebrate! February 22-25, buy one book, get a second book for 20% off, a FREE mini jotter with book purchase, while supplies last (I received one of these for Christmas, and I just adore it!), and enter to win COLLECTIVE WOMEN : Lessons, Inspiration, and Advice for Women over 50 (no purchase necessary to enter).


As well find charm, deals, and unique to Council Grove merchandise at Valerie’s Gifts & Such, Route 56, Weathered Wood Home, The Wooden Spoon, Free Range Junkers, The Dustie Shelf, Rocking W Antiques, Flowers by Lindsey, The Boutique at The Kanvas, Adams Lumber and Homestore, 318 Mercantile, the Cottage House Gift Shop, Alexander Artworks, and more.


How’s that for an incredible weekend in the Flint Hills? We are all in! Are you?

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