- September 1, 2023: The day started with taking photos of the Wichita,
Kansas home of the late Kirstie Alley, the actress best known for her roles
in the TV show Cheers and the Look Who's Talking movies was
born in Wichita and owned a lovely home on east Douglas Avenue.
didn't try to keep it secret and each November would set out one of Wichita's
most popular Christmas displays, "The Village," which was a row of large
panels with Christmas town scenes which came from the set of Alley's 1993
movie Look Who's Talking Now.
went to the new Wichita Baseball Museum, which opened at Riverfront Stadium
on July 15. Arriving at the address, there was no sign about the museum
and the doors were locked, but when the person at the Wichita Wind Surge
ticket office was free, she told me the museum was inside on the second
floor and to push an intercom button and tell them where I was going.
not that big a baseball fan, but still found the small museum quite interesting.
There are interactive games which are probably more oriented toward younger
visitors and there was a lot of information about the history of baseball
in Wichita and many of the people who played baseball in town over the
years. It was interesting enough for me to read the information on most
of the displays. I particularly liked the Wichita Baseball Heritage wall
with uniforms, pictures ad posters. There was even info about The Monrovians
(Western Colored League team) playing a game against the
a few blocks away, I visited Hatman Jack's, which was founded in 1976,
and says that it is the third largest hat store in the United States. Hatman
Jack's has thousands of hats from various manufacturers, as well as making
custom hats. Although primarily a men's store, there are also hats for
women, children and novelty hats.
I arrived, founder Jack Kellogg was being interviewed by one of the other
writers who had participated in the media event the past couple of days.
Jack's website boasts that their hats have been worn by celebrities such
as B. B. King, Charlie Daniels, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Mickey Mantle,
Mickey Spillane, and Luciano Pavarotti. Their hats can also be see in movies
and television shows such as, The Quick and the Dead, The Secret
Life of Bees, The Road to Valhalla, and Dr. Quinn Medicine
across Douglas Avenue to Old Town, is Envision Arts Gallery, which opened
a little over a year and a half ago. It is the first national permanent
gallery that gives artists who are visually impaired a stage to showcase
their work. Some of the art is textured so that it can be better enjoyed
by a visually impaired visitor.
receptionist was very welcoming and glad to share the story of the gallery
and of the parent organization, Envision, which provides training &
assistance to disabled Individuals. Most items displayed in the gallery
are available to purchase.
was at Bills Charcoal Grill on Arkansas Avenue on the north side of Wichita.
It has been getting good reviews and seemed worth investigating.
ordered Special Burger #7 which came with a hot link on top of the patty
and French fries for $10.88. The burger was decent and I think I would
have preferred it without the hot link. The fries were good for battered
fries, crispy, but tender inside.
last stop of the trip was between Lawrence and Tonganoxie at Grinter's
Sunflower Farm, which is the most famous place to take photos in a farm
sunflower field in Kansas.
first sunflowers of the season bloomed on Tuesday and the fields looked
like they were near peak already. I don't think they will last as long
as the usually do.
General, where the Grinter family sells gifts and baked good was busy today
and the farmer's wife was at the cash register.