General Schedule - Friday evening August 18th - Sunday noon August 20th
FRIDAY EVENING AUGUST 18th: "A Rare Find" at the Burford Theatre
All of our sessions - Friday night, Saturday during the day, Saturday night and Sunday morning will be held at the Burford Theatre, 118 S Summit St, Arkansas City. This is right in the middle of downtown.
On Friday evening registration will begin at 5 pm at the theatre. A reception, dinner and evening program will begin at 5:30 and go until around 9:00 pm.
We'll finish our evening session around 9:00 and meet back at the Best Western Plus for "Dialogue After Hours" in the hospitality room.
SATURDAY AUGUST 19th
The Heart of Dialogue: day sessions at the Burford Theatre
We'll breakfast at Best Western Plus, then travel to the Burford Theatre. There will be two general sessions with the whole group, and three concurrent sessions where we'll be splitting into smaller groups and have many topics to choose from. Thanks to the suggestions you make on your registration form, the conversations will range from nitty gritty to humorous and philosophical. There's something for everyone! We'll also have lunch at the Burford.
SAT MID-AFTERNOON: A remarkable tour of Etzanoa
Talk about "A Rare Find" ! In 2015 archaelogists discovered "The Lost City of Etzanoa", just on the edge of Ark City. Etzanoa is an internationally significant find where approximately 20,000 ancestors of the Wichita Indians lived in the 1600's. We are fortunate to have arranged a Saturday afternoon tour of the Etzanoa site with one of its most knowledgeable guides. We'll learn about the history of Etzanoa and visit three sites: the confluence of the Arkansas and Walnut rivers, the battlefield, and chief’s lodge. (If you choose not to take this tour, you can roam other attractions in Ark City, go shopping, or take a nap!)
SATURDAY EVENING AT THE BURFORD THEATRE
For dinner tonight we're going to enjoy "A Taste of Ark City" ! Ark City has a wonderful array of ethnic and American restaurants. From BBQ to Chinese to Mexican, we're in for a tasty time.
Our evening program brings back two former and beloved conveners, Dave Kendall and Rex Buchanan. Dave is a filmmaker and Rex is a geologist. They've been working on a documentary called "Hot Times in the Heartland", which explores the impact of climate change on Kansas. This is going to be a great opportunity for an environmental discussion that hits right here at home. Dave will show us some preview clips from the upcoming documentary, and they'll share some of the Kansas stories they've uncovered; they're interested in our feedback and observations as well.
We'll continue our conversations "After Hours" at the hotel hospitality suite.
SUNDAY MORNING AT the Burford: some high octane conversation!
Many people say this is their favorite part of the weekend. We'll have three roundtable sessions where you can choose from 9-10 topics at a time. These include some fresh topics that you bring to Kansas Dialogue on Friday night, so they feature the latest current events, the most controversial subjects, the goofy, the esoteric, the political, the spiritual... topics that are best suited to small group sharing.
As always, we conclude the weekend with our own fake radio show: "This I Believe"... an inspiring collection of audio essays written and performed by several people in our group. This live show is modeled after the NPR Radio series.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A MEMORABLE WEEKEND GETAWAY!
More details will be available once we know who's coming.