The Sounds of the Prairie!

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The concert site before the gates opened.

Have you ever attended a professional outdoor symphony?  How about one located in the gorgeous Flint Hills of Kansas?  No?  I didn't think so!  This day marked an amazing combination of history, food, trail rides, and showcased the natural beauty of the land.  I, along with a colleague, created an exhibit for the county museum.  It was a MAJOR piece of work and around 6,000 people had the opportunity to view it.  The exhibit was the final step of a class (a self-proposed graduate class) and we were excited to finally finish it and put it on display. 

The day was a success!  We rose early and drove an hour to the Symphony site, where we were almost sucked in by the mud (it had rained the night before).

Covered wagons and outriders
  After coating ourselves in sunscreen AND bug spray we unloaded the car and walked the 20 minutes to the tent location.  It was hot and muggy with no breeze to ease the way.  Fortunately for us we were able to set everything up in a huge tent. 

We took the opportunity to ride in a covered wagon that was accompanied by an outrider.  It sure was interesting!  Can you believe people rode west in these things?  The mind boggles!  By the time the music rolled around we'd even seen the Mounted Cavalry carrying the US and Kansas flags while wearing Civil War garb.  The Governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius introduced the Kansas City Symphony and the evening ensued with an amazing combination of music, storytelling, and enjoyment.  The place was packed but everyone seemed to relish the music and the natural sounds of the land.  At the conclusion of the concert, the conductor began "Home on the Range."  If you were born in Kansas you KNOW this song!  After all, it is the state song.  Most people sang along while others went to the outskirts of the seating area to take photos of the sun setting over the hills.

It was an amazing day!  If anyone ever gets the chance to buy a ticket (this year they sold out in 24 hours), then do!  You will not be disappointed!

travelman727 says:
WOW! I live in Wichita and have never heard of this event! I will definitely make it a point to attend next year :-D
Posted on: Jun 27, 2007
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The concert site before the gates …
The concert site before the gates…
Covered wagons and outriders
Covered wagons and outriders
Trail left by the wagon wheels.  T…
Trail left by the wagon wheels. …
Our outrider.  A herd of cattle ca…
Our outrider. A herd of cattle c…
Butterfly milkweed.
Butterfly milkweed.
The calvary and the colors.
The calvary and the colors.
The Kansas City Symphony.  This is…
The Kansas City Symphony. This i…
Sunset over the Flint Hills.
Sunset over the Flint Hills.
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