WRITER: Kathy Hanks

Area couple creating covered wagons for unique glamping experience

Dennis and Donna Steinman aren’t creating the kind of Conestoga wagons that hardy pioneers used to travel west. Their PlainsCraft Conestoga Wagons are more like the Winnebago of covered wagons; they're intended for those drawn to glamorous camping, or glamping. “I’ve always loved wagons, and I’m fascinated by how people traveled in the darn things,” Dennis said. “They were tough people.” The ...

Go, See, Do: Friends of the Lawrence Public Library book sale, concert at the depot and more

Book lovers can peruse tens of thousands of titles — all priced at less than $2 — at the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library's spring book sale. Sue Hopkins, a Friends of the Lawrence Public Library board member, said that more than 64,000 bookstore-quality books — everything from coffee-table art books to popular fiction — are for sale. Plus, there are more than 8,000 CDs, DVDs and audiobooks ...

Late Lawrence artist Albert Bloch to be featured at film fest in documentary created by grandson

Albert Bloch was an enigma to many people, including his grandson Scott, who has spent two decades unraveling the mystery of Bloch's life. Some answers are revealed in the documentary film “AB,” which are Albert Bloch's initials. Scott Bloch wrote and produced the film, which will be screened during this weekend’s Kansas City FilmFest International in Kansas City, Mo. An artist, poet and professor at the ...

Downtown Lawrence Farmers' Market to kick off season Saturday

The Lawrence Farmers’ Market will open its 43rd season Saturday with familiar vendors and some new faces selling a variety of products, from locally produced meat to vegan cinnamon buns. While it’s still early for a lot of fresh produce, plenty of greens will be available, according to Brian McInerney, the market manager. For those starting gardens, young vegetable plants will be available, along with ...

A sign of permanent devotion: People pay $100 to get a tattoo, support the Lawrence Public Library

Some people were feeling a sting as they supported the Lawrence Public Library Tuesday. It’s National Library Week, and one of the events planned by the library was “Get Inked for the Library.” Jarod and Holly Hackney, owners of Standard Electric Tattooing, 19 W. Ninth St., scheduled the day to do the tattooing and planned to donate all the proceeds to the library. "We're doing this to draw attention to ...

Parking patrol officer sees her role as an ambassador for downtown Lawrence, despite some undiplomatic words thrown her way

Some people don’t hold back their feelings when they catch Tanya Green slipping a yellow parking ticket under the windshield wiper of their vehicle. As one of Lawrence’s parking patrol officers, Green has had some nasty words hurled at her while checking the meters around downtown. “Have you ever watched the show 'Parking Wars?'” Green asked, referring to reruns of a reality TV show about Philadelphia ...

Van Go's apprentice artists begin work on 3 murals for hospital

In order to create the murals that will soon adorn the walls of three crisis rooms in LMH Health's emergency department, apprentice artists at Van Go Inc. had to take a crash course in calming. Before they could start painting, the 19 young workers with the arts-based social service agency had to meet with the hospital staff to learn about the people who would be seeing their work: patients who are experiencing ...

Go, See, Do: "The Runaway Orchestra," "Finding Women's Histories" at the Watkins and more

Hip-hop dancers at a special performance of “The Runaway Orchestra” at the Lawrence Arts Center had a class of second graders grooving in their seats Thursday morning, but the Arts Center says the new show, which officially opens Friday night at 6 p.m., isn't just for youngsters. Marlo Angell, director of new media at the arts center, said the 30-minute theatrical performance is for all ages and showcases ...

New inductees, including Kansas state song, to enter Music Hall of Fame during ceremony at Liberty Hall

A group of musicians from across the state will join the likes of Melissa Etheridge, Pat Metheny and Martina McBride as they enter the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. Dues-paying members of the Hall of Fame vote each year for the inductees, selecting those who have contributed significantly to the music industry. “We induct people from the state of Kansas and greater Kansas City metropolitan area,” said Allen ...

Refugee forced to flee his country will tell his story at Lawrence Public Library

A University of Kansas doctoral student who was forced to flee his country will share his story Wednesday night at the Lawrence Public Library. The student, Samuel Dermas, began working on a second doctoral degree this semester at KU. He is originally from Eritrea, a country in east Africa bordering the Red Sea. Eritrea had been at war with Ethiopia, on its southern border, for 20 years until a peace treaty was ...

Lawrence woman journeys 1,500 miles to show detained migrant kids someone cares

It was so important to a Lawrence woman to let migrant teens behind the fence of a detention center know someone cares about them that she drove for 24 hours to stand on a ladder and wave to them. The woman, Bonnie Uffman, a semiretired licensed clinical psychotherapist, just returned from 10 days witnessing outside the Homestead Migrant Child Detention Facility next to the Homestead Air Reserve Base in South ...

Have an inner rock star? Contestants sought for Mic Drop 2019 fundraiser

For those who enjoy singing along to the car radio, it might be time to kick it up a notch and go public for a good cause. Organizers of Lawrence Mic Drop 2019 are looking for 10 to 12 contestants to perform on the stage of Liberty Hall during the June 22 fundraiser for The Willow Domestic Violence Center. This will be the third year for the fundraiser. Last year's event raised more than $30,000 for The ...

Three sisters to display nature-inspired artworks at downtown Lawrence show

Hong Zhang was dropping off the last of her paintings Wednesday morning for Friday’s opening of “Journey to the West: works on paper by three Chinese sisters.” “Now I can sleep tonight,” said Hong Zhang, one of the three sisters displaying their work in the show at the Fayman Gallery, 927 1/2 Massachusetts St. The other two sisters — Hong Zhang’s twin, Bo Zhang, who lives in Chicago, and older ...

Go, See, Do: Sunrise Project community garden kickoff, grass house building and more

The Sunrise Project is kicking off its garden work for the season on Saturday, and the nonprofit is inviting the community to come out and help — rain or shine. Although the National Weather Service is predicting a 40 percent chance of rain for Saturday, Melissa Freiburger, executive director of the Sunrise Project, said there will be planting going on in the greenhouses on the nonprofit's property, 1501 ...

Have a message to get out? Lawrence Public Library can help you make a button

Pinned to William Ottens' lanyard is a small button that says something about him: “I like cats.” “It’s a great conversation starter,” said Ottens, the Lawrence Public Library’s cataloging and collection development coordinator. For those interested in wearing their own personalized statement, a button maker is now available in the library’s downstairs technology department. It's free to borrow, ...

Theologian in residence explores Christian nationalism at Haskell event

University of Washington professor James Wellman stood before students at Haskell Indian Nations University Monday afternoon and asked for a show of hands of how many thought Christianity was a peaceful religion. No one raised a hand. Then he asked if anyone in the room thought Christianity was a violent religion. The hands shot up, with most of the audience of Native American students agreeing that ...

Artist-in-residence uses printmaking and puppetry to tell stories she's not comfortable telling

Johanna Winters admits she sometimes hides behind the puppets she creates. They express things the soft-spoken woman might not be comfortable publicly sharing. Issues of aging and being told she is obsolete haunt the 35-year-old. When she manipulates a puppet, people are not watching her. They are focused on the movement of the puppet, and that feels safe for her. On a recent afternoon, in her basement ...

Work delay moves opening of downtown visitor center to June

If all goes according to plan, the new Lawrence Visitor Center at 812 Massachusetts St. could be welcoming visitors by June. That’s later than was expected because of a work delay. The contractor that Explore Lawrence originally planned to work with had submitted too high a bid for the remodel. Now First Construction LLC of Lawrence will do the work. “First Construction gave a reasonable bid of $70,000,” ...

Cooperative living arrangements an option as we age and downsize

Pauline Coffey was flushed after a 1-mile jaunt along Lawrence’s Burroughs Creek Trail on a recent afternoon. Proximity to the trail was an important part of the 94-year-old’s decision to buy a home at Delaware Street Commons, in the 1200 block of Delaware Street, four years ago. Walking every day has been vital to her well-being. Coffey also chose the location because she wanted both independence and a ...

Go, See, Do: A March Madness-inspired art show/tournament and more

March isn't just tourney time for college basketball — one local coffee shop and pub is expanding it to the art world, too. At Shaun and Sons Artisan Pub and Coffeehouse, 2228 Iowa St., a bracket of 64 paintings by local artists has been narrowed down over the month by a panel of judges. The art show, called “mARTch MADNESS,” got started a little earlier than the NCAA men's basketball tournament that ...