Category Archives: Art

Jazz, R and B Violinist Performs Oct. 8

The Gordon Parks Museum Presents:
Multi-Talented Contemporary
Jazz & R&B Violinist
The River Room
3 W. OAK ST., FORT SCOTT, KS 66701
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Performance at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $30 in advance, or $35 at the door.
Tickets are available at the Gordon Parks Museum or over the phone (620) 223.2700, Ext. 5850
Click HEREto visit the Gordon Parks Museum website.
Click HEREto view the Press release from The Gordon Parks Museum and learn more about his amazing and talented performer who is coming to Fort Scott!

Museum of Creativity Starts Fall Activities

From the museum’s Facebook page.
The Museum of Creativity has craft classes for children, some playgroups, and a ladies craft time starting this week.
The building is located at 201 S. National Avenue in the Beaux Arts Centre.
Owner Lorina Bowman, said the following are available:
Play Group – [Open Play] every Monday from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Maker Monday – [Beginner Crafts] ages 7-18 – every Monday after school – 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
From the museum’s Facebook page.
Lego Club – [Challenge Builds] ages 7-18 – every Tuesday after school 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Ladies Craft Night – [Crafts] every Tuesday Night from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday Fun – [Open Play] every Friday from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Game Night – [Board Games] every Friday from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Entrance fee for all groups is $1 for each person.
“There will be an extra kit fee for craft groups and that will always be posted at least 24 hours in advance on the group event page,” Bowman said.
“We are accepting reservations for field trips, birthday parties or any other type of event you would like to have here,” she said. “It is only $100 to reserve the museum and classroom. Please contact us to see how we can make your event special. We will not host events or be open on Sundays.”
“If you would like to volunteer time or money to help out our non-profit we have lots of opportunities,” she said. “Come talk to us!”
More details can be found on the Museum of Creativity Facebook page, then click on the events tab to find each group for more details.
Text Bowman at  209-204-9743 or email:

Students and school/class/booster club can win prizes

Contests aim to Put the Brakes on Fatalities


Poster and video contests where Kansas students can win great prizes and learn about traffic safety are back as part of this year’s Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day safety campaign. The poster contest deadline is Sept. 24, and the video contest deadline is Sept. 26.


In addition, the school, class or booster club of the grand prize-winning students will also receive money as part of the contests’ prizes.


Poster contest: For Kansas students ages 5 to 13 – all students who submit completed poster entries will be eligible for a random prize drawing of a $100 Amazon gift card. A total of 18 regional winners in the six regions and age groups (ages 5-7, ages 8-10 and ages 11-13) will receive a bicycle from the Kansas Turnpike Authority and a helmet from Safe Kids Kansas. Three statewide winners will each receive:

sKindle Fire Tablet and case from the KTA;

s$50 Amazon gift card from Fuel True/Independent Energy and Convenience;

sMovie passes from AAA Kansas; and

s$200 for the school, class or the booster club.

Poster entries must be postmarked by Friday, Sept. 24. Information and entry forms are available here.


Video contest: For Kansas teens in grades 8-12. Prizes from the KTA include a GoPro, a DJI Stabilizer and a DJI Drone, and the grand prize winner’s school, class or booster club will receive $500. Video entries must be submitted to the KTA by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26. Entry details are available here.


About 37,000 people die in traffic crashes each year across the United States. That’s nearly 101 fatalities every day. Let’s encourage everyone – drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists – to exercise caution every day and Put the Brakes on Fatalities.


The Kansas Department of Transportation, KTA and other transportation organizations in Kansas are sponsoring the contests. More information about Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day is available here.


Winners from the 2019 contests are listed below:

Poster Contest Winners –

Northeast Kansas – Ella Kate Schuyler, Lawrence; Emma Kuhlman, Topeka; Paiton Wallace, Basehor

North central Kansas – Quincy Coup, Hope; Grayson Koenig, McPherson; Hannah Simmelink, Esbon
Northwest Kansas – Colt Raudis, Hays; Jerome Bieghler, Phillipsburg; Peyton Gower, Phillipsburg

Southeast Kansas – Harper Frasier, Galena; Hannah Noel, Columbus; Faith Godsell, McCune

South central Kansas – Avery Hutson, El Dorado; Cade Brown, Andale, Von Woleslagel, Hutchinson

Southwest Kansas – Andelyn Reimer, Meade; Mary Paris, Dighton; Teaghen Elledge, Spearville


2019 Video Contest winners –

Students from Lansing High School won first place.

Students from Eudora captured second place.

Shawnee Mission West High School placed third.

View the winning videos here.

2021 Gordon Parks Museum Photo Contest Starts

A panel in the Gordon Parks Museum, located on the campus of Fort Scott Community College, 2401 S. Horton.

The 2021 Gordon Parks Museum to feature Photo Contest

Fort Scott, KS. -The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College, will feature a photo contest sponsored by Merl Humphrey Photography. This event is inspired by Gordon Parks, who started his career in fashion photography and chose a camera to fight against racism, discrimination, and poverty.


The theme of the contest, “Fashion and Diversity”, is for any amateur photographer. Photographers are invited to capture the essence of the theme.


Non-professional photographers of any age and skill level are invited to take pictures for the project and may enter up to two photos in JPEG format with less than 2MB. There will be a first place ($100), second place ($75) and third place ($50) prize and up to five honorable mentions. All photos submitted will be on exhibit at The Gordon Parks Museum and in the Ellis Family Fine Arts Center Oct. 7 – 9, 2021. All photos will also be posted on the Gordon Parks Museum website and Facebook page. Judges for the photo contest will be professional photographer, Veretta Cobler and established make-up artist and hair stylist, Donna Fumoso based in New York City.

Photographs must be submitted via e-mail to All photos must be attached in JPEG format and limit file size to less than 2 MB. All entries will be confirmed via email. Photographers should submit (in their email) a title, along with their name, address, email, phone number and share a one or two sentence on what inspired the photo. If under 10 years old, please include parent’s information. Photos should be received via email by Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at the latest.

For more information, email or by phone call 223-2700, ext. 5850.

Fall Art Walk, Sept. 20

Save the Date!
Friday, September 10th, 2021
Liberty Theatre Patio
113 S. Main Street
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved
inside the Liberty Theatre
If you have any questions, please contact
Deb Anderson 620.224.8650 | Terri Floyd 620.224.7221
ClickHERE to visit our Facebook Page

Rodeo! At Bourbon County Fair Starts Today

It’s that time of year, spending time with family, friends, and neighbors at the Bourbon County Fair.
The fair showcases talents, and provides entertainment, and offers local products to buy. Local entertainers will be featured at the final event on Saturday night.
This year’s Bourbon County Fair starts this tonight at the fairgrounds located on south Horton Street, across from Fort Scott Community College.
“The rodeo starts Friday, July 9th (at 8 p.m.) and events continue clear till Saturday, July 17th,” Diane Brillhart, treasurer of the fair board, said.
Adult tickets to the rodeo are $12, kids six-years-old and up $7 and kids under 6 are free.

New this year is ‘Christmas at the Fair,'” she said. “Retail booths will be set up in the Merchant’s Building Monday through Friday from 4-9 p.m.  We have a great assortment of items.”

Hands-on activities will be happening in the 4-H Building, sponsored by Southwind K-State Extension, the Museum of Creativity, and the Bourbon County Conservation District.
A Decluttering Program by Starlite FCE, led by Glenda Miller, Karen Peery, and Terri Williams, will be presented Wednesday, 2 p.m., at the Myers Building.
Food trucks will be onsite opening at 10:30  a.m. each day.  Breakfast will be available in the 4-H Building 7-9:30 a.m.
“We are having the Fair Finale on Saturday, July 17th,” Brillhart said. “D.J. Brown and the Bourbon County Revival along with The Barnstormers will be providing a great night of entertainment.”
  Gates open at 6 p.m. and music will start at about 7 p.m.  Tickets are $5.
In addition, there will be food trucks and refreshments available, she said.
Continuing this year is the draft horse pull on Tuesday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. and the 4-H Dance and Cornhole Tournament, Thursday, July 15.
“Ben Cole, the voice of the Bourbon County Fair, will be announcing our Market Livestock Shows,” Brillhart said.
A goat show at the Bourbon County Fair in 2017.

Bourbon County Fair Board Officers are President Dale Griffiths; Vice-President Mark Crystal ; Secretary Lynda Foster; Assistant Secretary Sue Reinecke;  Treasurer Diane Brillhart;  Assistant Treasurer Mark Brillhart; Grandstand Superintendent Stewart Gulager and  Assistant Grandstand Superintendent Bobby Reed.

Art Offerings For Children

Happy Snappy Art offers five different paintings reflecting a weekly theme for children.
“Our upcoming Kids theme will be ‘Down on the Farm’,” said Judy Earp, Happy Snappy Art.  “We will paint country scenes and farm animals while learning new techniques and having fun.”
“The Teen Art Camp theme will be ‘French Impressionist Painting’,” she said.  “We will paint five different paintings inspired by the Impressionists. We will even paint our own version of Monet’s Garden.”

Art Is Therapy For Toal

Stephen Toal stands in front of a mural he recently created at Riverfront Park. Submitted photo.

Stephen Toal has been clean and sober for three years now from alcohol addiction.

Toal has been busy creating artistic murals in parks in Fort Scott.

This spring he painted a mural under the big rock shelter house at Gunn Park, painting over graffiti.

This summer he is working on murals at Riverfront Park.

Murals by Stephen Toal that are on the Hwy. 69 overpass in Riverfront Park. Submitted photo.

“Art is a big part of my recovery,” he said. “I think by doing these it helps me and also the community and will hopefully start bringing in more people at the park.”

Art helps him to focus, “When I am doing art, I am in my own zone,” he said.

Toal started focusing on art when he needed to change his life.

He was encouraged to pursue art by a counselor.

“When I went to rehab, a counselor asked me what I like to do,” he said. “I liked to draw. I got into art. I feel that is what I am meant to be.”

“I do photography as well,” Toal said. “I do five to six different art mediums.”

“I really enjoy the outdoor painting,” he said. “I think by painting the murals it’s bringing the community together and showing others the power of art.”

“There will be more (art)to come,” Toal said. ” I am starting on the inside of the tunnel (at Riverfront Park). The tunnel mural is going to be about Fort Scott and Kansas mixed in. I’m currently still doing some research on old businesses here and people that influenced Fort Scott. I am working on the design. And will possibly collaborate with other local artists.”

He does the community art projects for free.

“I don’t like getting into the money side,” he said. “And I have a lot of paint.”

Toalbucket was a nickname a  friend gave Toal when younger.  When he needed a logo he improvised and designed a bucket. Submitted photo.

Bourbon County Art Walk 2021 this Friday, June 25

Join us this
Friday, June 25th
Please take this opportunity to SUPPORT our local and regional artists!
Hope to see you there!
Crooner’s Patio
113 S. Main Street
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
If you have any questions, please contact
Deb Anderson 620.224.8650
Terri Floyd 620.224.7221
ClickHERE to visit our Facebook Page

What’s Happening in Fort Scott, June 18 Newsletter

What’s Happening in Fort Scott!
June 18th Weekly Newsletter
Adam LaRoche 16U Tournament @ LaRoche Baseball Complex
Click here for bracket!
Every Friday & Saturday!
50-minute Narrated Trolley Tour
of Historic Fort Scott. Every hour on the hour. Depart from The Fort Scott
Chamber at 231 E. Wall St.
Friday hours: 11 am until 3 pm
Saturday hours: 10 am until 2 pm.
$6 Adults & $4 for 12 yrs & under.
6/18 & 6/20 LaRoche Baseball Complex! Saturday I am running 3 tournaments in town an 8u with 8 teams, an 11 u with 4 teams, and a 16u with 12 teams. Click here for more info.
6/18 & 6/19- Care to Share Benefit Yard Sale at 1123 Burke St. Friday (7:30 to 6 pm) and Sat. (7:30 to 2 pm)
6/18 – Jazz and R & B Violinist, Dominique Hammons Music Performance Fundraising. Performing at Liberty Theater at 8 pm. $35
Click here to see all the details.
6/18 thru 6/25 – Museum of Creativity – OPEN PLAY SEASON. Admission – $3/person (free-4-1 yr old) Monday, Thurs. & Fri. 10 am – 2 pm
Friday also at 4 pm – 8 pm. Click here for info.
6/18 – Friday Night Karaoke at The Boiler Room Bewhaus! 7 pm until 10 pm! 2 S. National St.
6/18 – Friday Night concert at Common Ground Presents, The Wood Family from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Click here for more info.
6/18 & 6/24 – Fort Scott Cinema. Now showing: Petter Rabbit 2, In the Heights, Fast & Furious 9, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. Click here for more info.
6/19- Farmers’ Market, 8 am to noon, Skubitz Plaza in front of the Fort.
6/19 ~ The Lavender Patch Farm 4th Annual Fest from 9 am until 3:30 pm. The Trolley will be transporting passengers to the event all day. Jump on at The FS Chamber, 231 E. Wall. To learn more about the festivities,click here.
June & July Hours open daily. Thurs. thru Mon.
6/19 – Main Street Gallery & Gifts – 2nd Annual Junk & Disorderly Event!. Join us for shopping over 10,000 Sq. Feet of Space and 50 + Vendors! Click hereto view more information.
6/19 – Fort Scott Paint in the Park by Creative Signs “USA Flag” Click hereto view more information.
6/22 – Lego Club hosted by Museum of Creativity, Tuesdays through August, 4:30-5:30 click here for more info.
6/21 & 6/23 – RAMM Bicycle riding across USA, will be thru Fort Scott, June 21st thru June 23rd. LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER’S FOR STATIONS Click hereto view more information.
6/22- Security 1st Title Customer Appreciation Luncheon Click here to view more information.
6/24- KANSAS ROCKS…Summer Off Road 101 Course. 9 am until 5 pm.Click hereto view more information.
6/24- EVERGY FREE Community Safety Workshop 9:30 am 11:30 am.Click hereto view more information.
Downtown Fort Scott is booming!
Click here for Chamber member
specialty shopping & other retail in
Downtown & other areas of the community.
Fort Scott Area
Chamber of Commerce
In This Issue
Chamber Highlights
Click here for our
Membership Directory.
We THANK our members for their support! Interested in joining the Chamber?
Click here for info.
Thinking of doing business in or relocating to Fort Scott?
Contact us for a relocation packet, information on grants & incentives, and more!
Seeking a job/career?
We post a Job of the Day daily on our Facebook page, distribute a monthly job openings flyer, and post jobs on our website.
Many opportunities available!
Housing needs?
Click here for a listing of our Chamber member realtors.
Click here for our rental listing.
Many fitness options are available…
SPIN classesnow offered bySmallville Athletics, every Mon & Wed at 5:15 pm, and Tu & Thurs at 6 pm. $5/class or $50/mo. unlimited.
Total Body Fitness ~ M & W Karen Reinbolt at BRCC@
8:15 am $20/8 week session.
Zumba~ M,W, F @ 6pm Monalynn Decker at BRCC $40 for a 12-week session.
Indoor Fitness/Gyms at
I AM Rehab + Fitness, Smallville Athletics, and Buck Run!

[Message clipped]  View entire message

Artwalk Next Week in Downtown Fort Scott

Join us next week
Friday, June 25th
Please take this opportunity to SUPPORT our local and regional artists!
Hope to see you there!
Crooner’s Patio
113 S. Main Street
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
If you have any questions, please contact
Deb Anderson 620.224.8650
Terri Floyd 620.224.7221
ClickHERE to visit our Facebook Page

Fort Scott News

%d bloggers like this: