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A Beautiful Day For Art In The Yard

Tents and booths were set up in the shade of trees on the Kemna property Saturday for the public to view and buy the wares of artists.

The weather cooperated and the beautiful September day was enjoyed by attendees of the Art in the Yard festival at local artist Bobbi Kemna’s property northwest of Fort Scott on Saturday.

Local and area artists of all styles set up booths and tents in the shade to sell their wares.

Pottery, woodwork, fabric, painting, metal, photography, furniture, food, theater, music, jewelry and lavender artists were placed around the acreage for the public to visit with and buy their wares.

The City of Fort Scott provided a  free trolley from downtown to the site, located on 215th Street, rural Fort Scott.

There was no official headcount, Kemna said, but approximately 200 people is her estimate.

She said she welcomes feedback from attendees.

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Something New: Art In The Yard Sept. 15

Following are photos that were taken during the morning of the event.

The public is free to add their photos in comments.

Festival creator and host Bobbi Kemna, left, visits with Arnold and Clara Schofield and granddaughter on Saturday morning at the Art in the Yard Festival.
Barb McCord visits with an attendee while demonstrating how to weave in the nature tapestry she bought to the Art in the Yard Festival. The natural material was provided and the attendees were invited to weave the material through a giant loom, with the intent of a finished tapestry by days end.
Carol George admires Paul Milk’s Hardanger embroidery. Milk also sold photography and cross stitch articles at the Art in the Yard Festival Saturday.
The Fort Scott Community Orchestra, under the direction of Carson Felt, entertained the art festival attendees.
Sydney and Hannah Ramsey added final touches to Nick Magee’s artwork Saturday at Art in the Yard. Their mother, Emily Ramsey, right, supervises. Magee, in the background, had his paintings for sale at the Art in the Yard Festival.
The Fort Scott High School Thespians entertained the attendees with improv comedy Saturday. The group also sold soft drinks to further their cause of attending an international theater event in Scotland next summer.
Bobbi Kemna, event organizer and host, visits with attendees on the porch of her pottery workshop Saturday at  Art in the Yard.

Free Friday Night Concert Sept. 14 at Heritage Pavilion

Amber and Ryan Goodbody are the featured artists this Friday night at the Heritage Park Pavilion, First and Main Streets.

Also featured will be David Pricket, guitar and vocal; Floyd Feezell, vocal; and Marilyn Adcock. guitar, autoharp, and vocals.

“The weather is predicted to be good so come early and bring your lawn chairs,” Ralph Carlson, coordinator of the Chamber of Commerce sponsored event, said. “I am pleased to have this lineup for this Friday.”

Something New: Art In The Yard Sept. 15

Local artist Bobbi Kemna has created something new.

Bobbi Kemna on the front porch of her pottery studio facility.

Turning from pottery, for which she is locally known, Bobbi Kemna has been working for several months to create a one-day festival event for artists to display and sell their wares.

The day will be full of art of all kinds: pottery, fabric, paintings, metal, jewelry, furniture, music, theater, and food.

“This is for artists and art enthusiasts,” Kemna said.

She is hosting the event called Art In The Yard 2018 at her home on  Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Kemna home.

Kemna lives at 1366  215th Street, which is north of Hwy. 54, just west of the Hwy. 69-54 junction.

There will be a free trolley ride to pick up attendees at the Boiler Room Brewhaus parking lot, 10 S. National, starting at 10 a.m.

Additionally, there will be a designated vehicle parking just north of the festival site.

The event will feature artists from the area and also Wichita, Kansas City, and Joplin, MO, Kemna said.

“It will be a fun day with artful stuff to purchase,” Kemna said. “No fee is charged to come.”

The Fort Scott Bus Depot building was moved to the Kemna property years ago. Kemna has decorated the outside with art.

“I’m excited about it,” she said. “I want it to be a launching pad for artists. Some don’t know how to market.”

About 25 artists have said they will be there with metal, fabric, wood, pottery, jewelry, furniture, music art as well as food vendors.

“The musicians will be playing for tips, please be generous,” Kemna said.

BBQ food, homemade cookies and cupcakes, and soft drinks will be sold.

Local artists Barbara Ritter, Mary Eastwood, Paul Milks, Barbara Gibson, Lucy Gladbach, Jean Strader, David and Barb McCord, Diana Stoughton, Tonya Miller, Jeff Tinsley, Nick McGee, Susan Porter, Danny Hereford, Jeremy Rider,Jeremiah Richards, Patrick Kerr, Betsy Reichard, Dylan Renfro and Dee Davis will show and sell their artwork.

Friends and family are giving their support and helping out during the festival, she said.

Fort Scott High School theater teacher Angie Bin and her thespian students will perform and sell drinks as a fundraiser for the group.

Musicians will be playing in different spots in the yard.

Carsen Felt, director of the Fort Scott High School orchestra will be bringing 30 students to perform.

Students from St. Martin’s Academy will perform.

“One plays the bagpipe,” Kemna said.

Kemna inside her pottery studio facility on her property. It is where she creates and showcases her work.

For Kemna, the festival is a fulfillment of a vision she had when she moved into the 1895 circa property called “Anatomy Hill,  20 years ago, with her husband, Harry.

Kemna has the story of her property history on display in her pottery studio facility.

It is a vision she shared with her husband, now deceased.

“Of tents, arts and people, the whole yard full,” Kemna said. “It’s been 20 years to get here.”

For more information about some of the artists, look on Kemna’s Facebook page: Art in the Yard 2018.

Kemna can be reached at 620-223-4583 or

Kemna wants to acknowledge Sammie Emery’s part in encouraging her as an artist, she said.

Emery had a pottery class that Kemna attended. At first, Kemna didn’t think pottery was for her.

But with Emery’s encouragement, she kept attending the class, until one day Kemna found “Clay had wrapped itself around my heart.”



Free Band Concert Sept. 7 at Heritage Park Pavilion

The featured band this Friday night is the “Takin’ Notes Band”.

The concert is free and held at the Heritage Park Pavilion, First and Main Streets.

The band includes a variety of genre from old country, bluegrass gospel, and rock.

Terri Louk on lead vocals and guitar, Randy Maples lead guitar and vocals, Lane Steiner on drums and harmonica, David Shelby on vocals and guitar, Jeff Deal on bass, Brian Crites dulcimer, Bill Buck on mandolin and Dr. Larry Buck vocals and mandolin.

The program starts at 7 p.m. The audience is asked to bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited.

In the event of foul weather, the concert will be moved to the Common Grounds Coffee Shop, one-half block south of the pavilion.

Bourbon County Arts Council Patio Concert Sept. 15

Join us Saturday, September 15th at the Liberty Theatre Patio to watch EN Power & Light in concert!
Tickets for this event are $10 for BCAC member and $15 for non-member.
You may purchase tickets from Terri Floyd at 224-7221, Deb Anderson at 224-8650, or Bre Martin at 644-8703. You may also call the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at 223-3566

2018 Old Settlers Picnic

The UHS Class of 1958 was in the parade.

For 113 years people have been gathering on Uniontown’s square to celebrate Labor Day.

Vendors dot the treed park, children and adults play games, groups sell food and drink for the annual picnic. There is also recognition of the oldest present at the picnic, the longest residency in Uniontown and who drove the farthest to attend.

Through the years other events have been added, a children’s fishing derby, a talent show, rodeos, and community church service.

And there is a parade.

The 2018  Old Settler’s Picnic was September 3  this year.

Mary Bruner was honored as the grand marshall of the parade, which always fills the town square perimeter with visitors.

Pictured is the Bruner family throwing candy to children during the parade route.

The parade was filled with children, past and future Uniontown High School graduates, fire volunteers, motorcycles, old machinery,  floats, politicians, and horses.

Children line up in Uniontown’s Old Settler’s Picnic parade.
Allen Drake, class of 1965, left, and his wife, Billie Jo Drake, class of ’68, pose with a former Uniontown High School teacher, Larry Lambing. Lambing taught from 1959 to 1965 at UHS.
The Uniontown High School Band entertains during the Old Settler’s Picnic Parade on Labor Day.
The Pledge of Allegiance begins the parade during the Old Settler’s Picnic Monday in Uniontown.
The Uniontown High School class of 2021.
The UHS Cheer Squads.
The UHS class of 1968.
Uniontown Fire Volunteer Katie Towne drives a firetruck in the parade.
The UHS Class of 1963.
The Uniontown Saddle Club.
Marmaton Community Church float.
The UHS Class of 1958.
The drums and flag squad bring up the tail of the UHS band in the parade.
The UHS marching band.



Mike Lundeen Featured At Friday Night Free Concert

The show this Friday will feature Mike Lundeen on the keyboard.  I am really pleased to get Mike back to The Pavilion as he is a favorite with our audiences. His music spans Old Classics and newer renditions of lite classics.  His performance of Scott Joplin pieces is amazing.  This is a program to catch.

In addition, there will be performances by other regular Heritage Park contributors.

The program starts at 7 pm.

Bring your lawn chairs as seating is limited. The weather is predicted to be good

Submitted by Ralph Carlson

Friday Free Concert: Workman Bluegrass Band

Friday Concerts in the Park goers gather around the pavilion at First and Main streets.

This Friday’s Chamber of Commerce sponsored concert will feature the Workman Bluegrass band.

“The band has performed many times for us at the pavilion and is a  continuing favorite with their lively renditions of bluegrass, folk and traditional gospel music,” Ralph Carlson, the event organizer said. “The concert starts at 7 pm. come early and bring your lawn chairs as seating is limited. In the event of rain, the band has opted to go indoors at The Common Grounds Coffee shop 1/2 block south of the Heritage Park Pavilion.”

History Offerings At Fort Scott National Historic Site on Labor Day Weekend


Celebrate the Dignity and Importance of Labor, 1840s style


Fort Scott KS – Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3, 2018, Fort Scott National Historic Site (FOSC) will commemorate Labor Day weekend with artillery, horses, music, living history demonstrations and a series of interpretive programs. All programs are free.

Saturday, September 1st
10:00 a.m.  “Flour, Sweat, and Tears”: 1840s Bakehouse Program
11:00 a.m.  Thunder Wagon: 1840s Artillery Demonstration
12:00 p.m.  “Hardy Dashing Fellows” Dragoon Soldier Program
1:00 p.m.    Guided Tour of Fort Scott National Historic Site
2:00 p.m.   “Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: 1840s style” –Officers’ Wife Program (letter writing)
3:00 p.m.   Thunder Wagon: 1840s Artillery Demo
4:00 p.m.    Flag Retreat

Sunday, September 2nd
11:00 a.m.  Thunder Wagon: 1840s Artillery Demo
12:00 p.m.  “Saws and Scalpels: Civil War Medicine”
1:00 p.m.   “Crack Post of the Frontier” Guided Tour-Construction History of Fort Scott
2:00 p.m.   “The Griffith Trial: A Marais des Cygnes Conviction”
3:00 p.m.   Thunder Wagon: 1840s Artillery Demo
4:00 p.m.   Flag Retreat

Monday, September 3rd
11:00 a.m.  Thunder Wagon: 1840s Artillery Demonstration
12:00 p.m.  “Fort Scott Soldier Ants” 1840s Construction Demonstration
1:00 p.m.   Guided Tour of Fort Scott National Historic Site
2:00 p.m.   Musical Program-Holmes Brigade Minstrels

2:30 p.m.  Free ice cream, served to honor all those who have worked hard to build America, courtesy of the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site.
3:00 p.m.   Thunder Wagon: 1840s Artillery Demonstration
3:30 p.m.   Musical Program -Holmes Brigade Minstrels
4:00 p.m.   Flag Retreat

The thunder of artillery will sound each day at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. with a short program explaining how the gun is fired.

Other programs offered throughout the weekend are Guided tours at 1:00 p.m. and a flag retreat ceremony at 4:00 p.m. occur each day.

On Saturday, living history interpreters will be cooking in the mess hall and baking bread in the bakehouse with an interpretive program about the bakehouse at 10:00 a.m.

At 12:00 p.m. a program about dragoon soldiers titled “Hardy Dashing Fellows” and at 2:00 p.m. an officer’s wife will be sharing the latest gossip in the program “Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: 1840s style.”

On Sunday, September 2, in the program “The Griffith Trial:  A Marais des Cygnes Conviction”, Park Ranger Robert Thomas will lead a reenactment of the trial of William Griffith, the only man to be convicted of the Marais des Cygnes Massacre.

Also on Sunday, you can learn about Civil War medicine in “Saws and Scalpels.”

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

This quote from Martin Luther King can be applied to the workers of modern times as well as those who labored to build and maintain Fort Scott.

A special tour on Sunday “From the Crack Post of the Frontier:” will focus on the labor force, building materials, architectural styles, and construction techniques used in the building of Fort Scott.

Programs on Monday, September 3 will include a Labor Day construction demonstration, musical programs offered by the Holmes Brigade Minstrels and free ice cream at 2:30 p.m., served to honor all those who have worked hard to build America. The ice cream is being offered courtesy of the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site.


Car Show At Presbyterian Village Sept. 13

Presbyterian Village to host a car show

FORT SCOTT, Kan. – If you’ve got a classic show car you’d like to show off, Fort Scott Presbyterian Village is giving you an excuse September 13. The senior living community will be hosting a car show from 4 to 7 p.m.

Shine up those whitewalls and polish that chrome because prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place winners. Come out and enjoy hot dogs, chips, and drinks while wandering through a collection of classic cars.

RSVP to Becky Kellum, marketing director, by Sept. 4 at 620-223-5550 or


Fort Scott Presbyterian Village has been offering independent and assisted living apartments for seniors from southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri since 1994. Learn more at It is a member of the nonprofit Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America network of 17 communities and 2 hospices in Kansas and Missouri. Learn more about PMMA at

Friday Night Concert In The Park: Hemphill Family

Ralph Carlson and Tammy Helm play as part of the Friday Night Concert on August 3.

The Hemphill Family and Friends will be the featured act at this week’s concert at Heritage Park at 7 p.m.

The weekly Friday Night Concert is at First and Main Streets and is free and open to the public.

Ralph Carlson is the organizer of the concert series, which is sponsored by the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce.

Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs.

Lawnchairs line Main Street at for the Friday Night Concert on Aug. 3.  Lawnchairs also filled the area in front of and to the side of the pavilion. Several area musicians entertained the audience at this concert.