Monday, November 30, 2009

Garnett Hosts Holiday “Girlfriend Getaway” Tour…

Make some “Holiday Memories” this Sunday. Grab your girlfriends (or friends) and join us Sunday, December 6th to experience the Garnett Friends of the Library Holiday Homes Tour, and The Kirk House W.I.N.G.S. of Hope Charity Gift Boutique. This is your rare opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful homes in Garnett, Kansas.

The Holiday Homes Tour begins at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 417 South Walnut, with a program that sets the stage for this wonderful tour and engages guests in “The Season of the Inexpressible Gift”.

Festively decorated homes on the tour include:
425 East Park Road – “Wonderful Time of the Year”
28206 NW Marshall Road – “Santa’s Country Christmas”
812 West Fourth Avenue – “All Hearts Go Home for Christmas”

Enjoy special musical entertainment and refreshments at the Garnett Public Library. Tour the Walker Art Collection and local artists’ gallery while there. Advanced tickets to the Holiday Homes Tour can be purchased for $6 at the library, or purchase the day of the event for $7.

Next, stroll west of the Garnett Public Library to The Kirk House for the W.I.N.G.S. of Hope Charity Gift Boutique. This event features home-based vendors and area businesses showcasing unique cash and carry gifts to help you get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping, while benefiting the local breast cancer awareness organization, W.I.N.G.S. (Women In Need Gaining Strength), with a portion of the proceeds.

Featured Vendors:
Holiday Blocks
The Korn Krib
Cookie Lee Jewelry
Scentsy Wickless Candles
Tre Sorella’s Boutique
Upper Case Living
Homemade Gourmet
Quilted Creations
Silpada Jewelry
AuBurn Pharmacy Gifts
W.I.N.G.S. Breast Cancer Awareness Gifts
Prairie Belle’s Catering
Rhonda Holsinger Pastries & Catering
The Victorian Window

The Holiday Homes Tour is 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 6th. Tour ticket required. The Kirk House’s W.I.N.G.S. of Hope Charity Gift Boutique welcomes visitors from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. with no admission charged. For more information please contact:

The Garnett Public Library – 785.448-3388
The Kirk House –
W.I.N.G.S. –
Garnett Tourism – (Become a fan on Facebook! -

Create special holiday memories this Sunday in Garnett!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Make this a "Christmas to Remember"...

The Garnett community is ramping up for a festive holiday weekend. As families gather for the Thanksgiving holiday, the citizens of Garnett are putting the final touches on “A Christmas to Remember”.

Area businesses are busy putting on the Ritz, as the chamber of commerce holds its first holiday window decorating contest. Judging will be held November 23rd with chamber bucks awarded to the top 3 finalists. Walk off that pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving by taking a stroll around Garnett’s town square and Prairie Spirit Trail and judge for yourself as you window shop.

Those looking for a day trip can enjoy a full day of great food, fun activities and nostalgia by spending the day in Garnett on Saturday, November 28th. Start the day at the Community Breakfast. This breakfast is priced right (freewill donation) and includes your choice of pancakes, biscuits and gravy, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. The Community Breakfast supports the Little Peoples Learning Center, a non-profit daycare, and is held at the First United Methodist Church, 205 S. Oak, from 7 to 9 a.m.

Next, tour the Holiday Craft Show & Bierock Sale at St. Rose School, 520 E. 4thin Garnett. Meander from booth to booth from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and get your Christmas stocking stuffers and decorating ideas here. Vendors scheduled for exhibition at the craft show are from Lenexa, Bremen, Overland Park, Louisburg, and Baldwin, as well as from the local area of Westphalia, Richmond and Garnett. Be sure to take home some freshly baked bierocks and cinnamon rolls, while supplies last. The craft show is a fund-raiser that supports St. Rose Catholic School.

“Soup’s On!” beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Garnett Fire Station. Enjoy all-you-can-eat chili, vegetable or potato soup, relishes and homemade cake served in the truck bay of the fire station by the volunteer firefighters. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Proceeds of the Garnett Fire Department Chili & Soup Supper help with the purchase of firefighting equipment. The fire station is the place to get warm and take pleasure in a hot meal before or after the parade.

The Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 39th annual Christmas Parade and Lighting Ceremony on “The Square” beginning at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme, “A Christmas to Remember”, was the winning submission by Jake Morgan, student at Garnett Elementary Center. As the winner of the Name the Christmas Parade Contest, Jake will join Santa for a ride on a fire truck in the parade. Countdown with the ceremony’s emcee to the illumination of the city’s lights at 6:30 p.m. followed by the start of the parade of marching bands and lighted floats.

Following the parade, meet Santa at the Santa Fe Depot, 7th & Main. Visit the decorated depot with miniature trains on display. Bring your kids and your camera for pictures with Santa. If you happen to forget your camera - no worries. The Garnett Chamber will take photos for you for $1 each. Enjoy cider, cocoa and cookies, and treat bags for the children.

Invite your friends and bring your family to Garnett. Create fond memories and experience “A Christmas to Remember”.

For more information please visit or become a fan of Garnett, Kansas on Facebook: Contact the Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 785.448.6767.

Friday, September 18, 2009

CAN-U-CRUISE, Can Help A Community!

SEPT. 25th, 6-9 p.m. -

Whether you have a classic car or a custom bike, or just like to look, this cruise night hosted by the Lake Garnett Cruisers is a "must see" event. The cruisers are hoping to fill a car trailer full of donated canned goods, box items (mac 'n cheese, etc.) and paper products to benefit the Garnett Area Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry (a/k/a... EMPTY Pantry!). Donations will be accepted by everyone, whether a "cruiser" or not. However, those bringing their classic or custom hotrods and motorcycles will be vying for some door prizes and some cash prizes, and a real cruise will take place to area nursing homes and around Lake Garnett. See the Lake Garnett Cruisers website, for specifics.

The cruise night is a kick-off event to Cornstock 2009. One of the fastest growing and most original festivals in Eastern Kansas, Cornstock includes a fantastic outdoor concert on the cheap (3 bands for only $25; $20 in advance). This year's featured entertainment is Diamond Rio. Did you know Diamond Rio is releasing a new album and a book about the band? Due out Tuesday, September 22nd, just days before Cornstock (September 26).

Fine Arts Jubilee in Fine Event Indeed!

Don't miss the Fine Arts Fall Jubilee this Sunday, September 20th at the historic Kirk House, 145 W. 4th Avenue in Garnett. Participate in the Themed Basket Silent Auction, Piano Raffle (on display at Garnett Antiques), ice cream social and homemade pies, food court and most intriging reason to attend is being able to take a free tour of the historic Kirk House. Enjoy art and entertainment provided by ACHS students, magic show, songfest on the veranda and more! All donations benefit the Friends of the Arts, so donate, donate, donate! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more info visit If you love art and love beautiful homes, this event is a "two-fer" you won't want to miss! See you Sunday!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Garnett, Kansas has a new blog!

It's a beautiful day to walk the Prairie Spirit Trail in Garnett, Kansas!

It's a "garage saler's" paradise this weekend as more than 33 homes and businesses participate in the Fall City Wide Garage Sale Day this Saturday, September 19th! Unique, hard to find items at the right price can be yours only if you're in Garnett this Saturday.

If you live in Garnett, now is the time to clean out the nooks and crannies in and around your home. Items you wish to discard can be placed curbside or alley way for pick-up during City Wide Clean-Up Week, September 21-25. Please, please... Help city crews by placing items in seperate piles; steel with steel, paper with paper... Let's not mix that yard waste or "clean-up" items with your normal weekly trash.

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