Archive for Thursday, May 31, 2007

Busy June is here for community

May 31, 2007

As they say, talk is cheap. We've been pointing to June as an incredibly busy month in Baldwin City. Well, it's here.

It starts Friday as Thomas the Tank Engine begins his annual two-weekend stay at the Midland Railway. Usually, the six-day event attracts around 20,000 people to town, but ticket sales are down and gas prices are the suspected reason. For those locals who haven't wanted to brave the crowds at the depot, this could be the year.

On Saturday are broad spectrum events -- citywide garage sales in the morning, the Battle of Black Jack's 151st anniversary that afternoon and evening. If that's not something for everyone, we don't know what is.

Baldwin City is well known as "the" citywide garage sale event of the summer. We're afraid all that we can say is we have good junk. But, lots of folks flock here for the bargains and -- weather permitting with the crazy rains we've had -- it will happen again.

Last year was the big bash for the Battle of Black Jack in its 150th year, but this year's celebration will have plenty to do. In addition to the regular program, a new trail will debut and many significant artifacts will be on display.

And, that's just the first weekend of June. From here on out, there's one thing after another. Thomas is back for June 8, 9 and 10.

On the weekend of June 15-16, another of Baldwin City's fine events -- Planes, Trains and Automobiles -- will again provide plenty to do in downtown Baldwin City. Entries are still being sought for PTA's tribute to dads on that Father's Day weekend. Essays on why dads are the best was a popular item at least year's event. Also on June 15 is the first Art Walk of the season by the Baldwin Community Arts Council.

All of those are old standbys. This year's June will feature a newcomer with a historical vein. It's the traveling Chautauqua Days, which will be here June 21-24, with a youth camp prior. It features speakers performing famous Kansans, such as Carry Nation. It should be a real treat.

Chautauqua Days makes stops in communities all across the state and this year it's Baldwin City's turn. We should take advantage of this opportunity which may not pass our way again for years.

No, the busy time of school in session may be over, but Baldwin City will have plenty to do. There are other activities as well and no one can say "there's nothing to do here." Enjoy.

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