General Schedule - Thursday evening August 22nd - Sunday noon August 25th
Note: Kansas Dialogue doesn't officially begin until Friday evening August 23rd, but if you're willing to arrive a day early, we have some exciting activities planned at no extra charge.
PRE-DIALOGUE ACTIVITIES THURSDAY EVENING AND FRIDAY MORNING:
Thursday evening - Lon Frahm's home - It's an "Open Range Salon!"
No, not a saloon, although there will be some libation. A Salon evening, Kansas Dialogue style. Supper will be wood-fired pizza, baked on the spot. It'll be a great time to connect with old friends and make some new ones. And after dinner, we'll entertain each other with music, poetry, storytelling and who knows what else. Something brand new at Kansas Dialogue! Thanks for your hospitality, Lon.
Friday morning - WOW.
A unique opportunity to see our newest State Park before it's
even open to the public! The Little Jerusalem Badlands State
Park features dramatic Niobrara Chalk bluffs and spires,
millions of years old. It is a one-of-a-kind landscape in Kansas.
We'll also visit the adjacent Smoky Valley Ranch, which is owned
by the Nature Conservancy; and picnic at Lake Scott State Park.
Transportation and expert guides will be provided, courtesy of
our host. It will be a fascinating morning. We'll be leaving the
hotel at 8 am, and will need a definite headcount in advance.
Please check the box on your registration form if you wish to attend.
The 300-acre badlands and Smoky Valley Ranch are located off U.S. Highway 83 about halfway between Scott City and Oakley, Kansas—west of Monument Rocks and north of Historic Lake Scott State Park.
Friday Evening August 23rd: Welcome to the Open Range and High Plains of Kansas
CITY LIMITS CONVENTION CENTER - Reception, supper and opening session
What does it mean to be on the High Plains? Most Kansas Dialoguers come from the eastern half of the state, so we're going to take some time to learn a bit about the life and land of the High Plains.
For small group conversations, we'll also be asking you to bring an object or picture with you that represents your image of the phrase "Open Range". And we'll be "Opening Up: Our Personal Stories" about where we live in Kansas and why we like it.
We'll finish our first evening session around 9:00 and continue informal "Dialogue After Hours" in the hospitality room.
SATURDAY AUGUST 24th
The Heart of Dialogue: day sessions at the Frahm Farmland complex
If you attended the 2006 Kansas Dialogue in Colby, you're in for a treat. The farm complex has expanded a lot, and we'll be able to have all of our sessions right there on the farm - with air conditioning! We'll eat breakfast at the hotel before we go.
We'll be flipping our usual day schedule so that our tour of Lon's high tech farming operation can happen in the morning, when it's cooler. We'll have 2 general sessions and 3 concurrent sessions during the course of the day. During the concurrent sessions 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!
Saturday Evening at the Prairie Museum of Art and History
After a break to rest and clean up from our day on the farm, we'll
head to the Prairie Museum of Art and History for our evening
Weather permitting, we'll have supper in the Cooper Barn, which is
part of the museum complex. The 1936 Cooper Barn has been named
by the Kansas Sampler Foundation as one of the Eight Wonders of
Kansas Architecture. It's the largest barn in Kansas, and contains
an outstanding agricultural exhibit. The Prairie Museum is a special backdrop for our evening conversation.
As always, we'll continue "After Hours" at the hotel.
Sunday morning at the City Limits Convention Center: Some high octane conversation!
Many people say this is their favorite part of the weekend. We'll have three roundtables where you can choose from 10-12 topics at a time. These are 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.
It was in Colby in 2006 that we began what has become a Sunday morning tradition: 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!