Hi, welcome to Week 4 of our time together here. And thanks for the many nice comments, both here on the site and on the street around town.
Another Winner in our Trivia Division! (Actually, I’ve never care for the word ‘trivia’; I much prefer “meaningful cultural factoids”.) No, I don’t think that term is gonna catch on, but I think trivia is so popular because it’s NOT trivial. Each trivia fact is a nifty little nugget that enriches our life in some small way or maybe brings back a fond memory.
Anyway, a big Congratulations to John Strobel who correctly identified the location of the first Dillon’s store in Great Bend: it was one door north of the Barton Arts Center (formerly McCoy’s Shoes) at Main and Forest. John is now listed in the archives as our newest Registered Certified Trivia Expert. We’ll have a new question in a just a few minutes.
Last week I asked for funny animal stories and offered one of my own about our late Yorkie, Jack. (See last week’s post elsewhere on this page.) Well, Tyler Clark came through with a great one about a family cat that chewed her way into his Grandmother’s box spring, getting trapped there and causing strange noises . Is this bed haunted? Nope, just a cat that can’t get out ! (Again, see last week for his complete story.) Tyler, thank you; that’s a great one. Everyone who read it loved it. And what about YOU? If you have any funny or weird animal stories, tell us.
Took a road trip to Abilene this past weekend to see “Buddy Holly” the musical at the Great Plains Theatre. What a great high energy show with all the Holly hits that you know and love. If you want to see it check their website at greatplainstheatre.com. I believe it runs for another week. It is well worth the trip. This theatre group uses paid professional actors and has a very ambitious season running through December. Their theatre is a beautiful old converted church building that looks like a medieval castle.
While in Abilene we toured the Seeleye (pronounced “seely) Mansion, a 1905 gem that has 25 rooms, including 11 bedrooms. It was built with all the best materials and furnishings available in 1905, including a Tiffany fireplace, and has been restored to its original glory by a local man who lives in the home, but lets the public tour it. It was the home of Dr. A.B Seeleye and his family. He was a patent medicine manufacturer who made all sorts of tonics and elixirs designed to ‘cure’ whatever you thought ailed you. He had more than 300 salesmen working for him selling the products in 14 states. Our tour guide was very informative and fun and even let us try out the custom-made bowling alley (!) in the basement. An amazing place. Put it on your list of things to see.
We aso toured the Greyhound Hall of Fame in Abilene, which is a really well-done museum close to the Eisenhower Center. Abilene was (and still is) a major greyhound-raising area. The museum has many exhibits about the history of the dogs (favorites of the ancient Egyptian kings, among others)and their racing careers. By the way, two very charming and friendly-and real- greyhounds greet you when you walk in the front door. We met ‘Jade’ and ‘Gary’. When was the last time you met a dog named ‘Gary’? They are retired racing dogs. The museum guide told us greyhounds make excellent pets and almost never bark inside the house. Just make sure you have plenty of room for them.
Okay, here’s our new Trivia Question: what was the name of the supermarket located for many years at 18th and Washington in Great Bend?
Thanks for checking in here. It’s been fun being with you. Have an excellent week ahead.