So let me get this straight, a handful municipalities and state governments in the United States are boycotting travel to Arizona because of a new law there allowing law enforcement to request proof of citizenship?



Wonder what happens if Arizona, in retaliation, requests its citizens to boycott travel to other states and a full-blown travel and tourism boycott breaks out between several states?

So let me get this straight, a handful municipalities and state governments in the United States are boycotting travel to Arizona because of a new law there allowing law enforcement to request proof of citizenship?

Wonder what happens if Arizona, in retaliation, requests its citizens to boycott travel to other states and a full-blown travel and tourism boycott breaks out between several states?

Here it is Kansas, a grand opportunity … when those other states are boycotting travel each other, I say we keep the doors open and welcome them all here – the opportunity to move up in the travel and tourism pecking order.

It’s to the point where a state representative has asked organizations and associations to stop booking their conferences, conventions and meetings in Arizona until the law is overturned.

Fine by us, Crawford County will take as many groups as Arizona is willing to share.
 
New Southeast Kansas Day Trips and Adventure Guide

Two years since its last effort, Creek Place Inc., publishers of Southeast Kansas Living magazine, in cooperation with Southeast Kansas Tourism Region and funded in part by the Southeast Kansas Prosperity Foundation has issued its latest Southeast Kansas Day Trips and Adventure Guide.

The new guide made its arrival at the Crawford County CVB last week, although boxes for distribution are yet to arrive.

The 62-page full-color book features suggested day trips, itineraries and themed getaways throughout Southeast Kansas – instead of spending time finding what there is to do, this book tells you what to do, where to go and what to see.

The publication is the third such effort having made its debut in 2007 with a 10,000 print that lasted a short time only to have the 10,000 print run of the 2008 version fly off the brochure racks even faster.
Among the information in the book includes day trips and adventures in all 14 members counties of the Southeast Kansas Tourism Region – Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Coffey, Cherokee, Crawford, Elk, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson counties.

Stay tuned, as soon as our first shipment of guides arrive for distribution, we will post it here.

In the meantime, SEKTR is working on its new website, www.discoversoutheastkansas.com. Venture over for a visit and remember, it is still under construction.
 
Upcoming Events

If you’re not making the trip north this weekend to Leavenworth for the 2010 Kansas Sampler Festival, there are plenty of activities taking place this weekend in Crawford County and Southeast Kansas, get out and enjoy:

• Today, the musical “Church Basement Ladies” will take place at Memorial Auditorium. A celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there, Church Basement Ladies is a new musical comedy featuring four distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to undergo changes in 1964. From the elderly matriarch of the kitchen to the young bride-to-be learning the proper order of things, we see them handle a record-breaking Christmas dinner, the funeral of a dear friend, a Hawaiian Easter Fund Raiser, and of course, a steaming hot July wedding. They stave off potential disasters, share and debate recipes, instruct the young and keep the Pastor on due course while thoroughly enjoying (and tolerating) each other as the true “steel magnolias” of the church. Funny and down to earth, audiences will recognize these ladies as they witness the church year unfold from below the house of God. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Memorial Auditorium at (620) 231-7827 or log onto www.memorialauditorium.org.

• Today and continuing through Sunday, the Pittsburg State University Department of Communication Theatre Company presents “Brass Tacks” conceived and directed by Cynthia Allen. If you’ve ever loved, hated, wanted, or had a job, this is the comedy for you. An improvisation developed by the Advanced Performance Ensemble. Today’s and Saturday’s evening performances begin at 8 p.m., Sunday matinee performance at 2 p.m. in the Pittsburg State University Studio Theatre. Tickets are $8 for adults, 17-under, 65-over $5, PSU students and faculty free. For more information, contact the Pittsburg State University Department of Communication Theatre Company at (620) 235-4716 or log onto www.pittstate.edu.

• Saturday, the inaugural My Town Media-Pittsburg Community Garden 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will take place from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 705 East Centennial in Pittsburg. Entry fee is $45 per team, divisions include 13-under, 14-19, 20-up men and 20-up women. A free throw and 3-point contest will be held and registration forms are available at My Town Media, 412 North Locust, or online at www.mytown-media.com. For more information, contact (620) 240-9895.

• Sunday, the State Line Horse Show Circuit conducts its second show of the year at the Hepler Ruritan Arena at 1 p.m. The purpose of the State Line Horse Show Circuit is to promote and encourage family participation in the showing of all breeds of horses and mules. The circuit promotes friendship, sportsmanship, sharing of knowledge and experience. Open to anyone, you do not have to be a member to participate. For more information, contact Anita Burgar (620) 724-6682 or (620) 719-0614, or log onto www.statelinehsc.com

• Sunday, the Pittsburg State University Choirs Oratorio, under the direction of Dr. Susan Marchant, will perform at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg. For more information, contact the Pittsburg State University Department of Music at (620) 235-4466 or log onto www.pittstate.edu.

• Thursday, Pittsburg State University presents the Four-State Band Festival all day at Memorial Auditorium with a festival concert at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Pittsburg State University Department of Music at (620) 235-4466 or log onto www.pittstate.edu or contact Memorial Auditorium at (620) 231-7827 or log onto www.memorialauditorium.org.
 
Craig Hull is the director of the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau. It is the purpose of the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote travel and tourism in Crawford County, Southeast Kansas and the Midwest. He can be reached at chull@pittsburgareachamber.com or at 1-800-879-1112.