Category Archives: Entertainment

Friday Night Free Concert: Forever Family

Friday evening’s community concert at the Heritage Park Gazebo in downtown Fort Scott, at 1st and Main Street will feature Forever Family. It starts at 7 p.m. Please bring a lawn chair and enjoy the outside concert.

 Siblings Jim Dillow,  Ernie Dillow, and, Shirley Showalter started singing together about six years ago. 

“They felt God leading them to share the gospel message of hope and love through music and testimony,” Ralph Carlson, event coordinator said.  “Forever Family enjoyed singing at the Gazebo for the last 3-4 years.  In December of 2017 Jim was suddenly taken to his heavenly home.  They discontinued their ministry at that time as the loss of their Godly and inspiring brother was so heartbreaking and overwhelming.  Recently God has opened doors for Ernie and Shirley to sing together again.  Friday evening will be their first full concert since Jim’s passing.  They, along with Jim’s wife, Susan, are dedicating this performance to the memory and legacy of their brother and husband.  They look forward to sharing; knowing God always has a plan for our lives.  Ernie and Shirley will continue to praise God and seek His guidance for future ministry.”

A Memorable Night with Gordon Parks


The Gordon Parks Museum has been such an inspiring addition to Fort Scott Community College and the community. Recently, the Gordon Parks Museum has graciously obtained new additions to the museum from the Mercy Fort Scott Foundation. The new additions will be revealed at the “Night at The Gordon Parks Museum” event on July 25th.

“This fundraiser event will be a very fun evening with great opportunity to see the grand viewing of our newest addition to the museum, the Gordon Parks collections from the Mercy-Fort Scott Foundation Board. Event participants will also be able to enjoy some great music from Blues Guitarist, Lem Sheppard as he will be performing throughout the night. We will have some great silent auctions items and a 50/50 raffle. This fundraiser event is a great way to help support one of our unique treasures we have in our community, the Gordon Parks Museum.” said Kirk Sharp, Executive Director of the Gordon Parks Museum.

Doors will open for the event at 6 pm Thursday night and Lem Sheppard will begin to perform at 6:30 pm. Heavy hors derves will be served and a cash bar will be available. Tickets to the event will be $15 prior to the event that can be purchased at the museum. Tickets will then be $20 at the door the night of the event. For more information, please contact Kirk Sharp at 620.223.2700 ext. 5850 or email him at You can also follow the museum on Facebook.


Chamber Coffee Hosts Needed for August 1 and August 29

Chamber Coffee Hosts still needed!
Highlight and grow your
business or organization,
and give your community a chance to get to know you better –
Host a Chamber Coffee!
Don’t miss this free opportunity to highlight and grow your
business or organization!
The Chamber of Commerce is looking for businesses and organizations to host Chamber Coffees
for the following dates in 2019:
August: 1st and 29th
Chamber Coffees are hosted at a different member business or member organization location each week.
The event starts at 8am; generally the first 20 minutes is mingling & networking, followed by announcement of guests & new Chamber members, followed by remarks from the host business or organization.
Light refreshments may be served; you may give away promotional items or hold a drawing for prizes if you choose. The Coffees usually end between 8:45-8:50am.
If your business or organization would be interested in hosting one of our available Chamber Coffees, please contact us:

Chamber Coffee at County Fair July 18

Join us for Chamber Coffee
Hosted by:

Bourbon County Fair

2102 S. Huntington Blvd.
Thursday, July 18, 2019  at 8:00 a.m.
Visit the 2019 Bourbon County Fair website by clicking HERE.
Chamber members and guests are encouraged to attend for networking, community announcements, and to learn about the hosting business or organization.
Members may pay $1 to make an announcement about an upcoming event, special/sale/discount, or news of any kind.
Upcoming Coffees:
July 25 – Bourbon County E-Community @ Sleep Inn
August 8 – State Farm/Meeks Law Firm
August 15 – Craw-Kan

Help the Fort Scott Youth Team Search the Fort    

Fort Scott National Historic Site’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is looking for clues during the Fort’s Junior Ranger Day Saturday, July 20, and ‘Texting and Twitter: 1840s style’ 10 am until 3 pm Saturday, July 27. Both Saturdays are for all ages.

Get clues from dragoon or infantry soldiers, a laundress, or other people from the fort as you search the grounds. The interactive Junior Ranger Day programs are separated into age brackets of 3-5, 5-7, and 8-up. We also encourage the young at heart, and older ‘Jr. Rangers’, to try our new ‘Fort Inspector’ program. This program will keep you on your toes and test your I-Spy skills as you search for items throughout the fort.  Upon completion of your Junior Ranger Program, you will be sworn in as an official Junior Ranger and awarded a Junior Ranger badge. This program runs continuously all day.

‘Texting and Twitter: 1840s style’ will give you clues into historic methods of communication including quill pen and ink well letter writing, deciphering messages in Morse code, and composing a ‘tweet’ for a historic news story.

All programs are free and open to the public. To participate, stop by the visitor center.

The site exhibit areas and visitor center are open daily from 8 am -5 pm daily. The park grounds are open daily from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset.

Craw-Kan Taking Orders For High Speed Internet

Your Community Technology Partner asks:
Hey, Fort Scott –
are you in the zone?
Hey Fort Scott –
are you in the zone?
CRAW-KAN is now taking business and residential orders for fiber optic internet, high definition TV and phone service in the GREEN shaded area on the map above.
Call 620-724-8235 to sign up,
or check out
for packages and pricing;
then click “I WANT FIBER” and enter your info to have us
contact you!
If you aren’t in the GREEN *yet* please be patient…
We are coming to the east side of town next year!!

Friday Night Concert at First United Methodist Church: Blackwood Brothers Quartet

“This Friday night we are excited to bring to you the Blackwood Brothers Quartet,” Ralph Carlson, organizer of the Friday Night Concerts. “This Quartet features some of the finest musicians in Gospel music. We have presented them for several years now and I am particularly pleased to get them back this year.”

This week instead of Heritage Park, downtown Fort Scott, the concert will be moved to the First United Methodist Church at Third Street and National Avenue.

First United Methodist Church and the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce are jointly sponsoring the concert.

Admission is free.

There will be a free-will offering taken and CDs will be available for purchase.

“Come early as the church will be packed,” Carlson said. “You might consider the balcony for the young and able-bodied as the seating is quite good up there and visibility is also good. Come out Friday night and enjoy this very special concert.”

Blackwood Brothers Quartet Free Concert July 19

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet will give a free concert at the First United Methodist Church, Friday, July 19th, at 7 p.m.

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet was formed in 1934 with brothers Roy, Doyle, James and Roy’s son, RW. RW was killed in a plane crash in 1954 and Roy and Doyle retired from traveling in the late ’50s. However the quartet with James, as the quartet’s leader and spokesman, established a new group of singers who would go on to take Gospel music to new heights. They have traveled and sung in all 50 of the United States, every Canadian province as well as cities in Great Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Northern Africa, South Africa, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand South Korea, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.

James, the last surviving member of the original quartet, died in 2002, but his youngest son Billy continues the family tradition of great gospel singing. The group today consists of Billy Blackwood baritone, Wayne Little tenor, Butch Owens bass, and Jonathan Mattingly as lead singer.

A free-will offering will be taken at the end of the concert to help defray the quartet’s travel expenses. For more information call The First United Methodist Church at 620-223-1950 or Don Tucker at 620-223-4617.

Bird Show For All Ages At The Ellis Center July 16

Wings of Love Inc.’s Rare Jewels of the Rainforest Bird Show returns to Fort Scott on July 16, 10 – 11 a.m. at the Danny & Willa Ellis Fine Arts Center on the campus of Fort Scott Community College.

 Join the Fort Scott Public Library’s Miss Val and Miss Sam and Wings of Love, Inc. for an incredible bird show!

Meet the largest and smallest types of parrots in the world, hear a bird sing OR talk, meet an adorable toucan, and meet the largest type of owl in the world!

Learn about behaviors, origins, endangered species, and the rain forests.

LibraryCon Features Local Authors July 20

Fort Scott Public Library is hosting its first-ever LibraryCon event on July 20, from 10 am to 2 pm. Based upon community participation and interest, this may turn into an annual event.
Local Authors Appearing for Autographs and Discussion
Cathy Werling
Bio: Cathy Werling is a retired elementary educator living in Fort Scott, Kansas.  Her passion for helping students develop positive character traits and seek out worthy role models led to her part-time work at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.  Through her series of books about these humble heroes, Cathy hopes to inspire children to truly be those people who make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Pastor James Collins
Bio: James Collins currently serves as Senior Pastor at First Southern Baptist Church in historic Fort Scott, Kansas. He has served in various pastoral positions in Kanas, Oklahoma, and California. Prior to accepting the position in Fort Scott, James served as a United States Army Chaplain where he saw service in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Inherent Resolve.

A life-long learner, James has four graduate degrees and is in the dissertation phase for the Doctor of Ministry Degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He loves reading, especially books on Bible prophecy.
James is married to the love of his life, Amanda Collins. They have three incredible children, Abby, Timothy, and John. The Collins’ live in Fort Scott, Kansas where they are restoring a Victorian house.
You can find more information on his books and ministry at

Other Guests:
Briana Spurgeon, AKA “The Cookie Momster”
The Cookie Momster makes and sells specialty cookies for all occasions. You may find photos of her work on her Facebook page. Join her in the library event room from 10 – 11 am to create a delicious cookie of your own and hear a story read by her.
Angela Bin, AKA the “Queen of Hearts”
FSHS drama teacher, Angela Bin will join us as the iconic Alice in Wonderland character, with a possible appearance by her daughter, Emma. They will lead activities related to the story.
Also appearing: Professor Harold Hicks will lead a creative writing workshop for kids from 1 – 2 pm in the event room. Susan Messer will lead a round of mystery trivia and another on children’s literature, Taylor Qualls will help with some activities, Dominic Cannon will lead a tabletop gaming session, Ashley Cannon will host anime activities, and Kaylee Cannon will oversee activities related to cartoons.
The library hopes more community members will sign up to help! Specifically needed are more people to lead rounds of trivia (Miss Val can come up with the questions; volunteers would just need to read them and award prizes), oversee kids’ activities, and dress up in costumes to help make the event more interesting and fun. If enough attendees come in costume, a costume contest will also be held, with prizes awarded in several categories. Judges are also needed in order to offer the contest. Contact Valetta Cannon at or 620-223-2882 or stop by the library if you would like to help.

StoryWalk: Reading and Relationships

The program that combines walking, reading, talking, and learning into one enjoyable family activity is returning to Fort Scott. StoryWalk is a collaborative public offering for families of young children to help with reading skills, develop relationship skills, have a physically active, outdoors experience together, according to Joy Miller with Kansas State University Research and Extension.

Fort Scott Public Library and K-State have once again collaborated on the family reading program.

Beginning Sunday, July 14, families can go to the library at 201 S. National Avenue to begin StoryWalk. A different story will be featured every three weeks until the end of the program on September 16.

Story panels begin at the ground level door on the north side of the library. Families may then proceed counterclockwise walking around the block from Second Street to National Avenue to Third Street to Main Street, then back to the library.

Ideally, families will read each panel, talk about the story, and move on to the next panel.

Every three weeks, a new book for young children will be featured, giving families abundant opportunities for finding time to enjoy the activity and even do repeate readings.

The theme of this installment of StoryWalk is to encourage families to walk together while learning scientific themes.

For the past two years, the extension office and the library have hosted similar storywalk programs.

Featured books will be “The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds,” “The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten,” and “The Magic School Bus Gets Planted,”  by Joanna Cole.

Questions about StoryWalk can be directed to Joy Miller at 620-223-3720 or Valetta Cannon at 620-223-2882.