Gordon Parks Celebration this weekend at the Ellis Center at Fort Scott Community College. Here is the list of activities.
Thursday October 4th
PHOTO EXHIBIT in the Lunt Lobby of the Fine Arts Center. The Merl Humphrey Photography-sponsored photo contest will be on display with the theme of “What Inspires Me.” Winners will be announced at the Chamber Coffee.
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. — Ft. Scott Chamber of Commerce Coffee at the Gordon Parks Museum.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. —“Leadbelly” film in the Gordon Parks Museum. FREE.
Friday October 5th
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Registration open outside of the Museum.
9:05 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.: “Leadbelly and Irene: Heartbeat of the Musical Frontier” with Megan Felt.Megan Felt, Program Director at the Lowell Milken Center in Fort Scott, created this short documentary on Huddie Ledbetter when she was a student at Uniontown High School. FSCC Ellis Fine Arts Center/Gordon Parks Museum. FREE
10:05-11:30: “A Conversation with Roger Mosley.” The 2018 “Choice of Weapons Award” honoree, Mr. Mosley played Huddie Ledbetter in the Gordon Parks-directed film “Leadbelly” and starred in the popular television series, “Magnum P.I.”Discussion led by Karole Graham, Big Mabel in “The Learning Tree” and Laura May in “Leadbelly.”FSCC Ellis Fine Arts Center/Theatre. FREE
12:00 p.m.– 1:15 p.m.—Grab a sack lunch from the lobby ($8-purchase that day) and join us in the museum for PARKS POETRY OUT LOUD, sponsored by the Bourbon County Arts Council. Poetry Out Loud is a contest & reading of selected poems of Gordon Parks. ANYONE may enter. No preregistration –just show up! Prize money of $100 (First Place), $75 (Second Place), and $50 (Third Place). (The eight poems are on the gordonparkscenter.org website.) FSCC Ellis Fine Arts Center/Gordon Parks Museum. FREE
2:00 p.m.Guided Trolley Tour of Gordon Parks’ Fort Scott. Meet at the entrance of the FSCC Ellis Fine Arts Center. See the places in Fort Scott that are part of Gordon Parks’ history. Fee: $7.
5:00 p.m.—Meet and Greet at Sharkey’s Pub. Drop by and meet Roger Mosley and Karole Graham, “Big Mabel” in The Learning Tree.”
7:00 p.m.—Friday Night Concert in the Park featuring the music of blues guitarist Lem Sheppard, Heritage Park Pavilion at 1st and Main Street in downtown Fort Scott. Food Vendors will be open at 5:00 p.m.
Bring your lawn chair! FREE
Saturday, October 6th
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Registration open outside of the Museum.
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Kid’s Art Workshop–Art activities for kids age 5-12. FSCC Ellis Fine Arts Center/Meeting Rooms. Fee: $5-payable the day of the workshop.
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Dimensional Art Workshop-Museum $10 Participants will experience creating a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork using photography, pastels and/or watercolors. The finished work will be printed on 11 x 17 paper. Gordon Parks used this technique in his later years and created beautiful images by creating a background either with pastels, watercolor, etc. He then used a found object, lit the entire scene on two levels and took a photograph of it. FSCC Ellis Fine Arts Center/Gordon Parks Museum. Fee: $10-payable the day of the workshop.
12:00—1:30—Lunch on your own.
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – “Gordon Parks, Jazz, and Photography,“ with John Mason, Associate Professor, Associate Chair, University of Virginia Department of History. Mason is working on “Gordon Parks and American Democracy,” a book about the ways in which Parks’ Life magazine photo-essays on poverty and the black liberation struggle and the books that he published during the civil rights era made him one of the era’s most significant interpreters of the black experience. FREE
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.—Guided Trolley Tour of Gordon Parks’ Fort Scott. Meet at the entrance of the FSCC Ellis Fine Arts Center. See the places in Fort Scott that are part of Gordon Parks’ history. Fee: $7. 7:00 p.m. – “Celebration Tribute Dinner.” Dinner and evening of tribute; presentation of the 2018 “Gordon Parks Choice of Weapons Award” to Roger E. Mosley and a Celebration 15th-year Anniversary retrospective. Liberty Theatre, 113 S. Main. All seats reserved. Fee: $30.00. (Reserve by Wed., Oct. 3)
Sunday, October 7th
10:00 a.m.—Breakfast at Nate’s Place. Enjoy breakfast at one of Fort Scott’s finest! Located on the corner of National & 8th Street, you’re sure to find something on the menu to please. Check it out at: lyonstwinmansions.com/nates-place-restaurant. (No ticket required-everyone pays for their own)
The Gunn Park Trails volunteers would like to invite everyone to enjoy the fall weather and join us for the 6th annual Tri-yak-a-thon.
This year’s proceeds will benefit the new bike share program. The event will take place on October 13 at 10:00 AM in Gunn Park.
The Tri-yak-a-thon is a race where participants run on Gunn Park’s beautiful trails, kayak up and down the Marmaton River, and then tackle the trails again on a bike.
The goal of the event is to have fun and raise money to support the bike share program.
The trail run is approximately 4 miles, the kayak portion is 2.5 miles, and the final portion is a 7-mile mountain bike ride. Participate as a relay team, or if you are tough enough you can do the entire race as a solo participant.
You must bring your own kayak, life jacket, helmet, and mountain bike.
On Friday evening, September 28, the Concert in the Park (First and Main Street) show will feature a group of performers drawn from Allen, Bourbon and Linn Counties.
Some of the performers will be familiar to regular concert attendees while others will be making their first appearance. They are all very accomplished musicians and entertainers. The program will be similar to the one presented by this group last year that was very well received.
This is part of the Friday night concert in the park series sponsored by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce.
The performance will begin at 7:00 PM.
In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the FSCC Round Room at 2108 S. Horton.
The concert is free to the public. Because of limited seating, you are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
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.”
Local artist Bobbi Kemna has created something new.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.”
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.
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.
The parade was filled with children, past and future Uniontown High School graduates, fire volunteers, motorcycles, old machinery, floats, politicians, and horses.