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Still plenty to do in Chase County today

Louise Carlin, Symphony in the Flint Hills Merchandise/Art Manager, works hanging the art back up in their gallery space. Everything had already been packed in trucks and ready to the deliver to the site this morning. (Photo by Kelly Glasscock)

By Brogan Gillmore and Matthew Kelly

After a storm tore through Chase County the night before the symphony, preparations are being made to accommodate the guests and artists who came to enjoy an evening in the Flint Hills. Events are being moved, and the machinations of Symphony in the Flint Hills are underway.

Visitors can still enjoy plenty of events in the area, as well as local shops and eateries.

The symphony itself has been rescheduled for Sunday, but the art silent auction is set to open at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Symphony in the Flint Hills gallery at their main office in Cottonwood Falls.

The gallery is right down the street from the historic Chase County Courthouse, where the Flint Hills Folklife Festival is already underway. This free event features impersonators dressed in era-appropriate attire acting out life on the Kansas prairie in the 1860s.

A fiddle clinic will be held at 1:30 p.m., and the festival closes for the day at 5. Following at 7:30 p.m., festival-goers can enjoy an evening of dancing to live music at “Contra on the Green” on the courthouse lawn. The festival also runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Plenty of local businesses are open today for exploring and getting a taste of the local flavor.

With four antique shops — Vintage Bulldog, Cottonwood Falls Collectibles, Tallgrass Antiques, and Cleo’s Antiques — there’s no shortage of antiques, knick-knacks, and vintage artifacts.

For art lovers, along with Symphony in the Flint Hills’ gallery where the silent auction will be held, there is Prairie PastTimes, a gallery ran by the local artists displaying their work, and Flint Hills Art Gallery.

Restaurants in both Strong City, a mile north of Cottonwood Falls, and Cottonwood Falls give guests an opportunity to wind down after exploring Chase County. Ad Astra, Jacalito’s, and Keller Feed and Wine Co.4 give a wide variety of local options.

The Symphony in the Flint Hills may be postponed until Sunday, but there’s still plenty for guests to do this weekend.