Free Local Summer Concerts

Free Local Summer Concerts

Midwest Wanderer Podcast Episode 2 – July 9, 2024

Welcome to the Midwest Wanderer Podcast Episode 2. In this episode we chat about local events, particularly free local summer concerts found throughout the Midwest.

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Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park and Hannibal MO

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park and Hannibal MO

Midwest Wanderer Podcast Episode 1 – July 3, 2024

Welcome to the Midwest Wanderer Podcast Episode 1. In the inaugural episode of our weekly podcast, we start with a talk about weather preparedness. Then, we chat about our recent visits to Chicago Southland’s Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park and Hannibal, Missouri.

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Palos Heights Public Art and Lake Katherine: A Day of Art and Nature

Palos Heights Public Art and Lake Katherine: A Day of Art and Nature

We planned a quick outing to visit sculpture parks in three Chicago suburbs. Instead, we spent the entire day exploring public art and Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, Illinois.

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Kenosha Charter Boat Fishing Excursion: No Experience Needed

Kenosha Charter Boat Fishing Excursion: No Experience Needed

A while back, the folks at Visit Kenosha asked if Skip and I would like to go on a Kenosha Charter Boat Association fishing excursion on Lake Michigan. My answer was, it sounds like fun but I haven’t fished since I was in high school. Even then, someone else baited the hook.  They assured me I needed no experience at all. So, yeah, sign me up!

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Exploring the Kansas Gunsmoke Trail

Exploring the Kansas Gunsmoke Trail

Midwest Wanderer Explores… Latest Issue

When the Kansas Gunsmoke Trail launched last year, we couldn’t wait to experience it. The trail is made up of four Kansas cities that were mentioned often in the old radio and television Gunsmoke series— Wichita, Dodge City, Hays, and Abilene—and includes lots of Old West-related attractions.

Our latest Midwest Wanderer Explores e-zine issue, “Kansas Gunsmoke Trail,” includes twelve articles about our experiences on the trail, plus links to related blog posts we’ve published in the past.

  • Discover Dodge City’s Wild West legacy through immersive exhibits at the Boot Hill Museum…
  • Trace the footsteps of frontier defenders at Historic Fort Hays…
  • Ride the oldest operating C.W. Parker carousel and see Wild Bill Hickok’s gun at the Dickinson County Heritage Center and Museum in Abilene…
  • Sip a cold sarsaparilla in the saloon while watching showgirls dance at Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita…

…and so much more.

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43-Second Solar Eclipse Diamond Ring Reveal

43-Second Solar Eclipse Diamond Ring Reveal

To be honest, I hadn’t heard of the solar eclipse diamond ring before the 2024 eclipse. I guess I wasn’t paying enough attention to media coverage.

So, as I watched the solar eclipse from our vantage point in southeast Missouri, near West Plains, I didn’t know to look for the diamond. Once the moon completely covered the sun, I took off my eclipse glasses. (It’s safe to do so during totality.) Then, as the first rays of sunshine peeked out as the moon passed out of totality, I quickly looked away. Read more