What to do in Wichita this fall

Looking for petting zoos, cider and kettle corn? Or maybe zombies, chainsaws and haunted forests. We’ve got your October treats and tricks right here!

Welcome Wichita’s first urban winery

Jennifer McDonald doesn’t just bottle hand-crafted wine. She’s also creating memories — especially once she opens her new production wine facility, tasting room and event venue at Union Station this month.

10 years later, art still connecting people
in Wichita

There’s something special about Autumn & Art, the open-air art show at Bradley Fair, that keeps attendees and artists coming back — from as far away as North Dakota — year after year.


Sitting pretty

Looking for macramé chandeliers, white leather sofas or black velvet slipper chairs for that special event? Wichita designer extraordinaire Ashley Moore to the rescue with Refined Furniture Rental.


Touching base with Eric Wedge

Wichita State’s new head baseball coach brings a deep resume to the position: major leaguer, manager — and starting catcher on the university’s 1989 national championship team.


Retooling school

Flipped classrooms, new grade cards, kids as entrepreneurs — as we enter the information age, today’s educators are tinkering under the hood with long-held assumptions of education.


Independent inspires

“Children should feel joy while learning,” says the new head of The Independent School, Chris English. He talked to SPLURGE! about how the school strives to create flexible teaching practices and lifelong learners.


WSU basketball greats give back

Five WSU basketball legends are forming a new team with all of Wichita as their court. The players are from different generations, but share a common goal of giving back and putting a smile on people’s faces.


College class of 2025

In just six years, experts say, it’s impossible to predict what 50 percent of prospective jobs will be. How should students prepare? We spoke to leaders at local colleges and universities to catch a glimpse of the future.


New York-style theater workshop comes to ICT

NYU grad student and ICT native Alex Wakim brings his new musical, “An American in Beirut,” to town, giving Wichitans a peek behind the curtain of the theater workshop process.


Soccer dads

How can a kicking around a black-and-white ball teach character, teamwork, persistence and leadership? These dads explain how soccer helps sons — and daughters — in all aspects of life.


Unique prize celebrates Wichita Open's
30th year

This year’s one-of-a-kind prize for the golf ball drop contest took some serious time and legwork — and plenty of help from the PGA Tour. Hint: Signatures from national golf legends are involved.


Radio DJ’s tell-all is 'crazier than fiction'

Former morning show D.J., Lukas Cox, just released a new book chock full of stories about meeting famous musicians and celebrities — but it’s also about “hitting the bottom of the ocean” and swimming back up again.


AfterShocks ready to rock b-ball tourney

The legendary names. The regional rivalries. Already excitement is building for July madness, when the AfterShocks, a team of former WSU basketball players now gone pro, try to win it all at The Basketball Tournament.


Proud moms: Wichita moms share their children’s success stories

This month four Wichita mother tell stories of their kids excelling in life — whether on stage, in the art studio or on the football field — and persisting through through challenges and hardships.


'They've changed the course of my life'

Meet Andrew McLeod, soon-to-be high school grad, guitar player and computer science aficionado. He also has severe vision impairment, but attributes much of his success to Envision, the SPLURGE! Party beneficiary.


Bigger and better party of the summer

We’re turning up the heat on what promises to be the biggest party of the summer — all to celebrate the Wichita Open 30th Birthday Bash and the 10th annual SPLURGE! tournament tee-off party.


A unique varietal of helping

A full weekend of wine dinners, walkabouts and tastings gathers funds for the Guadalupe Clinic like grapes on a sun-filled hillside. It’s a rare-vintage event funding a feel-good bouquet of a story.


A tale of two teams

While the men’s basketball team at Wichita State is rebuilding, some of the young players are starting to show tantalizing glimpses of teamwork and powerhouse potential.


3D weather graphics by KWCH

At KWCH Channel 12, a new 3D graphic technology is helping Kansans visualize the ever-evolving weather in our state — a skill that becomes even more critical during storm season.


Sweet love

In a story that that reads like a rom-com meet-cute, Steve Jahn, the owner of a candy-and-nuts business, fell in love at first sight with one of his customers 21 years ago. The rest is Nifty Nut House history.


Relaxing refuge

What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it. Belly up to the Blending Bar at Fresh Spa Market and select from fresh, natural ingredients and over 200 fragrance and essential oils to create your own customized scrub, body lotion or more.


Lives well lived

As the calendar turns, we remember four men whose contributions were both entrepreneurial and personal: Steve Hatchett, Keith Lesher, Mervyn Criser and Leslie Rudd. They live on in their humor, humility, generosity and character.


He’s back

A reflective interview with Gene Stephenson, community hero, after his Shocker Sports Hall of Fame induction. He looks back on the program he coached for 36 years, and begins to think about the future.


Century II turns 50

This month we mark the 50th birthday of the iconic, blue-domed building that has attracted national talent, from Anne Murray to The Monkees, from David Copperfield to “CATS.” Whether it will see another 50 years is soon to be decided.


Our Cover, Your Kid

Congratulations to 4-year-old Jackson Touchatt, first-place winner in the SPLURGE! Our Cover, Your Kid contest. Jackson is already an enthusiastic performer, competitive runner and dapper dresser. At left are second place winners: siblings Kaden and Katelynn Mar.


SPLURGE’S Nice List for 2018

Santa’s not even sure it’s winter in Wichita, because it’s so warm — warm-hearted that is. From Junior League to Shepherd’s Way to the actual Warm Hearts Campaign, non-profits top our 2018 Nice List.


Keep the faith

Get acquainted with the seven freshmen, four sophomores, two juniors and two seniors on this year’s Shocker men’s basketball squad. Coach Gregg Marshall shares the opportunities and challenges.


I am thankful

Family, friends, acquaintances and health care professionals have made all the difference for three Wichitans as they traveled through their individual journeys as cancer survivors.


Evie Clair goes to the ball

For this “America’s Got Talent” finalist, performing at the Cattle Baron’s Ball isn’t just another singing performance: She has a very personal reason for wanting to support the American Cancer Society.


Douglas Design District

Organizers of the “avenue of creativity” along Douglas are looking into the future and seeing a three-mile, tree-lined and pedestrian-friendly corridor of neighborhoods and unique, locally-owned businesses.


What to do in Wichita this fall

Screams and slushies, corn cribs and cider, zombies and ziplines are just a few of the festivities on offer to celebrate fall in the Wichita area. Spooky, kiddie, artsy or foodie, there’s something for everyone.


Born in duality

The artist who creates hyper-realistic oil paintings with a theatrical expression of light and dark is unpretentious on the surface — but like his work, he contains hidden nuance and depth.


Autumn & Art

Where else can you enjoy paintings around a pond, ceramics under the sky and glass on the grass? Time to welcome fall with a celebration of art and nature, in addition to food, drink and art-themed fun for all ages.


Cotillion’s legacy of good times rolls on

This mod circular building opened in 1960, and previous owner Richard Leslie was there from the beginning. He gives us the inside scoop on the venue that’s played host to some of the most memorable moments of our lives.


Fiercely beautiful

Ashlyn Lakin’s flip kick on the soccer field went viral — but the real trick of the Maize graduate is exemplifying beauty and prowess while remaining kind and humble.


That new education smell

Schools are stocking up on ideas for how to make this year’s crop of students the best equipped, most connected and most emotionally prepared they can be.


Wine Women & Shoes

One of the best-dressed fundraisers in town features a live and silent auction, fashion show and national vendors selling jewelry, purses and shoes. All to benefit Wesley Children’s Foundation.


‘America’s patriotism is alive and well’

What does patriotism look like? Veterans returning from a Kansas Honor Flight are met with standing ovations, cheers, flags, balloons, hugs — and even a bagpiper.


Jules’ journey

When her body stopped producing blood, Maize middle-schooler Jules Cundiff found support from more than just blood relatives as she underwent a bone marrow transplant.


Education on trend

Generation Z is taking over college campuses this fall, and new opportunities in technology, stackable credentials and wrap-around support give them more options than ever.


Fantastic fathers

Jason Osgood is an Air Force pilot and father of four, with one on the way, who strives to give 100 percent to both career and family. Read his story and those of two other Wichita fathers.


Taps Mugadza: ‘Expect to be moved'

The crowd-pleasing, five-week concert series croons back to Bradley Fair this month, including Zimbabwe native Taps Mugadza, whose life story is every bit as soul-stirring as his voice.


Native Gala

Organizers from the Mid-America All-Indian Center are using the ICT Native Gala to share their culture — from fashion to music to food — as a way of reaching out to people of all backgrounds.


Mum's the word

Dr. Anna Stork-Fury, Taylor Gould and Jackie Davis are three very different kinds of moms — but they all agree that the humbling and exciting process of becoming a mother changes you forever.


Get out and enjoy summer!

We’ve got all your classics like summer camps, Music Theatre Wichita and the NBC World Series. And some non-traditional ideas too. Anybody up for a Moonlight Meadow Night Hike?


Breathing room at WSU

After joining the American Athletic Conference, WSU embarks on a good-natured “arms race” for the best student-athletes nationwide. The Shock the World fundraising campaign is helping with facilities improvements.


Autism awareness: Making an impact

From babies and toddlers undergoing evaluation all the way up to young adults learning to live independently, Wichita’s many community organizations support individuals with autism every step of the way.


Senior status

As we enter the Shocker’s postseason, playing on is all the motivation needed for Rashard Kelly and the team’s five other seniors, who are nearing the end of their careers in black and gold.


Preparing for what La Niña might bring

Why does this infamous weather pattern bring such unpredictability? KWCH meteorologist Ross Janssen explains, and gives tips and tricks for riding out the severe weather season.



Hoops to hippos

No spring break plans? No worries. There’s plenty going on in and around ICT this month, from hoops to hippos, tacos to tailgate parties and Pac-Man to St. Pat’s Day.


Lives well lived

Three Wichitans leave behind a legacy of smiles, kindness, compassion and community service. The families of Jessie Davies, Jan Graff and Kent Criser share their memories.


Happy new era

Book lovers, art aficionados, apartment dwellers and aircraft workers all have grand things to anticipate in the new year. Not to mention anyone who loves a good steak. In other words, just about everyone.


Our Cover, Your Kid

The blue eyes and cherubic cheeks of one-year-old Brooklynn Bolster won the hearts of our judges, and landed her some prime real estate on our December cover. Meet this budding model from Belle Plaine, Kan.


Nice? Not a problem this year

The big man's ICT bag is bulging with goodies this year. Everybody, from large corporations and universities to artists, organizers, boosters and just plain folk contributed to a list glowing with goodness.


Stress less: Advice for the holidays

Are you stressed by travel pressures, tired of refereeing conflicts between your family and significant other — or just overwhelmed with trying to make everything perfect? Two Wichita therapists share coping strategies for the season.


Chris Mann returns home

200 singers and musicians, singer/dancer Kaitlyn Costello, Wichita Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Wichita Community Children's Choir and "The Voice" finalist Chris Mann unite on one stage for a world-class concert.


I am thankful

In our annual November feature we profile two Wichitans who have risen above struggles to find personal growth, community and surprising reasons to be grateful. Meet Grant Pierce and Mark Chamberlin.


Home for Doc Gala

The polished B-29 Superfortress was the guest of honor in a hanger-held party just a few hundred yards from where it was originally built in 1944. The 1940's-themed gala raised funds for Doc's permanent home in ICT.


The ghouls next door

The Wichita Paranormal Research Society has documented a surge in autumnal apparitions at Cowtown. Meet some of the old and the restless seen there, and in other historical locales.


For the love of the land and wine

When he was young, Dan Stockemer vowed never to go into the family business of dairy farming. However, he did eventually bring the art of Sonoma County viticulture back to his home in Sedgwick County.


For the love of art � and science

What happens when a biology teacher discovers art? Just like the sand and soda ash that are melted in a 2,000 degree oven to create glass, the result is an alchemical blend of science and art.


Food, fun and fine art

When Mother Nature paints with fall colors, you know it's time for one of Wichita's favorite festivals, where art in all its forms � visual, musical, theatrical and dance � are showcased in a natural outdoor setting.


Overcoming addiction

Three local recovery heroes share their stories from helplessness to wholeness. Todd Schroeder, Allison Meador and Bill Vineyard have very different histories, but they all end with finding a larger purpose in life.


Above and beyond

This month's Valor Golf Tournament swings out to raise funds supporting the Valor Awards, which honors law enforcement officers for quick thinking, courage and sacrifice in the field.


Education: Hot trends for fall

Student-centered learning, technology and real-world experience are just a few forward-looking trends taking a spin on the education runway for fall of 2017.


Rehearsal for success

The Global MBA program at Friends University prepares grads for international business in an immersive way that's like a dress rehearsal for success.


Loyal and true to the red, white and blue

Four local families share why patriotism is so important to them not just on the Fourth of July throughout the entire year.


DOC makes housecalls

Doc one of the two remaining flyable bombers that helped end WWII is touring the country and attending aviation events this summer.


Higher education: Dollars and sense

With mounting student debt and competition for jobs, area educators say that the role of preparing students in an affordable manner is more important than ever.


Wet & wild

Boating, water skiing, fishing or simply relaxing satisfy your wet and wild side at one of Wichita's area lakes.


A dozen ideas for Dad

Father's Day is June 18, and we've compiled a list of one dozen ideas to help you honor dad in Doo-Dah.


Bike Share ICT

Wichita now has its own bike share program called Bike Share ICT. Hop on a bike for a casual ride beside the river, cruise from a downtown workplace to a Delano restaurant for lunch with friends, or see Wichita's iconic sights on a sunny Saturday.


Summer in the city

You won't want to spend a minute cloistered indoors this summer, and we've compiled a list of great activities. Catch an FC Wichita match, one of many outdoor performances or feast at the food trucks ICT awaits!


Chill and charge up

Riverfest 2017 is hitting a high point. Nine days of concerts and more than 100 activities are all free with a button. New events and longtime favorites will take place downtown Wichita June 2-10.


Top 10 characteristics of a supermom

Regardless of what makes your ideal Supermom, all moms share the same struggle discovering the balance between work, interests, commitments, home and family.


Splurge! Tee Off Party: Air Capital Classic

Air Capital Classic and SPLURGE! have selected Envision as this year's beneficiary of the Tee Off Party. Proceeds will be used to enrich the lives of blind and vision impaired individuals.


CASAino jackpot

CASA-supported kids will take the table April 22, with a fundraiser featuring casino game tables, live jazz music, a cigar bar and more at Abode Venue. CASA of Sedgwick County provides trained advocates for foster children moving through the court system.


Point man

With March Madness looming, Gregg Marshall and the Wichita State Shockers hope they're peaking at the right time. Point guard Landry Shamet has assumed a leadership role on the court beyond the maturity of most freshman.


Tick tock treasure

Walk through the doors of the Old Time Clock Shop to witness the magic of more than 500 clocks displayed around the store, ticking to keep time.


Primrose confidential

To give new west-side students the inside scoop on life at Primrose, owner Anjana Bhakta went straight to the real experts.


Mind and body healing

Struggling with sleeping, maintaining focus, trouble losing weight or making mistakes at work? Learn how a visit to AgeWell Brain Center may be just the solution people are seeking.


Love is

Teri and Michael Monteferrante share their personal love story,
proving that happily ever after does exist in real life.


Sustain and train your brain

Cognitive training is now an additional service offered at Cognitive Performance & Health, an integrative, direct care practice putting the patient at the center of care and leading to early detection and intervention.


The cognitive era

Maximizing our cognitive power is a concept that's already accepted on the east and west coasts and is just starting to take off in the Midwest including here in Wichita.


Lives well lived

Celebrating the lives and honoring the memory of two beloved community members, Brian Bergkamp and Jo Zakas. Their legacy will live on in the hearts of all who have been touched by their heroism, faith and selflessness.


Going viral

With one of the fastest growing channels on YouTube, fans are flipping over local teen, Tanner Braungardt.


Our Cover, Your Kid

Meet Austin, 3-year-old resident of Rose Hill and winner of SPLURGE!'s Our Cover, Your Kid contest.


You better not pout, you better not cry

Santa asks SPLURGE! to help compile his naughty or nice list each December. Find out who are the heroes in the heartland and who deserves a big lump of coal.


Out Here in Kansas

Journalist Adam Knapp had virtually no experience with video, but he did know how to interview people and tell a good story. His film "Out Here in Kansas" exploring gays and the church premiered to a sold-out crowd.


Opera legend joins Wichita Grand Opera

International opera legend Samuel Ramey returns to Wichita. The Kansas native joins the staff of Wichita Grand Opera and shares his vision for the future.


I am thankful

Thanksgiving is a time to honor what in life we are most thankful for. The King and Vance families share how prayers, hope, love and survival make them even more grateful this Thanksgiving.


What's next for Nico?

Olympic boxing medalist Nico Hernandez was welcomed home with a celebration at Eisenhower National Airport, a parade and even a scholarship to Wichita State University. Find out what the future holds for Nico.


Hooray Ranch

A picturesque setting on the Central Flyway waterfowl migration route, engaging activities and outstanding meals provided by the in-house chef make Hooray Ranch a "wow" facility.


Educated choices

Just as no two children are alike, neither are their education options. Local leaders in primary and secondary education discuss the many options available to help families make the choice that is right for them.


Badge of approval

Expand your skill sets with affordable and accessible professional training available at Wichita State University's Office for Workforce Education.



Let freedom ring

Beyond the sparklers and revelry, the Fourth of July is an opportunity to reflect on the vision our nation's founders established for this great country: freedom. Local residents share what freedom means to them.


Higher education trends

A growing number of high school students are getting a jump start on their careers, be it in the workplace or in college. Local institutions engage students with early college programs and paths that encourage career exploration.


Wichita dads through the generations

Three Wichita dads from three different generations share their tales of fatherhood. Although generational traits, family dynamics and parenting techniques vary by father, one important element remains constant a dad's love for their child is infinite.


Summer smoothies

Thursday summer concerts jazz up Bradley Fair. The sights and sounds of summer return to Bradley Fair Plaza each Thursday in June. The free concert series welcomes back fan favorites and introduces a new generation of jazz artists.



Five years after it opened, the Downing Children's Garden at Botanica is a magical place for kids and kids at heart, where families can be together playing in the monster woods or watching the colors change on the rainbow overhead.

Rudy Love: Exposing the legend

Wichita legend, Rudy Love has made an unbelievable impact in the world of music. Fortunately, Rudy and The Love Family are making a resurgence find out where to catch a live show.


Pets with purpose

Local therapy dogs, Hunny and Norman, have an important job to do. By sharing snuggles, kisses and a slight paw, these two compassionate canines let kids and adults know they hear them.


Silicon Valley thrives in Wichita

Social Networking Technology came to Wichita last year from the San Francisco Bay area to tap into our city's talented workforce. Learn about SNT's expansion plans to nearly double number of employees locally and the Wichita team's can-do attitude.

Shockers search for March magic

The Shocks are searching for some magic this March as they
build momentum entering the post-season after a year of ups
and downs.

The Wichita staycation

What's keeping you from doing a little exploring in your own hometown? Spring break is the ideal time to live like a tourist and discover Wichita's attractions culture, nightlife, outdoors. We have compiled a list of ideas for your spring break staycation.

Wichita's sweetest couple

Love-love is a win-win for Crestview Country Club director of tennis Marc Gelina and his wife Jill. The pair reflects on their marriage, tennis, family and love.

Find your love zone

Buddy zone, booty zone or bonding zone? Take this 12-point quiz to reveal your love quadrant by examining everything from your couple's tattoo to your first date.

A decade of decadence

The 10th anniversary theme is It May Be Death By Chocolate, But Rock n Roll Never Dies, and here are 10 reasons why it may be the biggest and best yet.

A new year brings a new gift to Wichita

Wichita Center for the Arts plans a state-of-the-art 39,000 square-foot facility, featuring expanded classrooms, premier gallery space for national exhibits, expanded studios, outdoor sculpture garden and a 400-seat great hall.

Multi-talented Kapaun graduate dances her way to the big screen

Sarah Frangenberg has been dancing for as long as she can remember and recently she landed the lead role in the independent film Lift Me Up.

Legacy of Little Mo continues in Wichita

The Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation will host its annual fundraising tournament to support the foundation's efforts to introduce Wichita-area youth to tennis and expand the competitive offerings available to established players in the region.

Our Cover, Your Kid: meet Kaci & Delainey

Sisters, models and best friends Delainey and Kaci don't mind sharing the spotlight as winners of Splurge! Magazine's Our Cover, Your Kid photo contest.

Wichita's Naughty & Nice 2015: filling stockings of heroes and heels

Splurge! likes to help out Santa each December. Find out who made Wichita's Naughty list and who is on the Nice list.


Giving thanks for mental health help: Jenny Wenzel's twin daughters were in a downward spiral from severe anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She found hope and help in a psychiatric program across the country.



Mind tricks

Curtis Waltermire is better known as Curtis the Mentalist. Although he claims no psychic abilities, he uses psychology, physiology and his personal intuition to leave audience members feeling as if he knows their inner thoughts.



The Kansas firefighters selected as calendar models are beautiful inside and out. Proceeds from the 2016 edition will help the Coats for Kids project and the Kansas Firefighters Museum.



Grabbing the gold

A stroke at birth left Madison Castillo with partial paralysis. Now a Maize High School senior, she competes in track and field and has even medaled against students without physical disabilities. In addition, she competes nationally in Paralympic events.


Hip, hip for Hooray Ranch

This rural Shangri La in Kingman was primarily established to offer premium hunting experiences, but the property is available for weddings, corporate retreats and other events, too.


Galleries alfresco

Artists from 23 states will be showing and selling ceramics, paintings, drawings, glass, jewelry, photography, sculpture and two- and -three-dimensional media works. The event has continued to grow and evolve, drawing 18,000 people last year.


Christian rocker brings message of 'deliberate" faith to Wichita

Christian rocker Phil Joel will headline HopeNet's annual banquet this month. The former Newsboy, a New Zealand native, met his wife, then Heather Cozine, when on tour in Wichita.


Andover teacher helps peers and students dream big

Where there's 'Mrs. Smoke,' there's a fire in students. Andover teacher Dyane Smokorowski, affectionately called Mrs. Smoke, is the winner of the 2015 national Chasing Rainbows Award.


Pencils down

Taking care of teachers: Leaders of the Wichita in Mind movement want to fight teacher burnout by giving educators tools for self-care. They say meditation can reduce stress and help regulate emotions.


Happy Independence Day

On Independence Day, America's most patriotic holiday, we celebrate life and liberty. We also pursue happiness through fireworks, parades and backyard barbecues.


Meet the mayor

Wichita is truly a gem of a city," says Jeff Longwell, our new mayor. Longwell says his top priority is public transit, important both for economic development and tourism.


The importance of Dad

In celebration of Father's Day, SPLURGE! profiles two inspiring dads: Larry Inlow, a firefighter and coach of FC Wichita, and Mitch Herren, a lawyer who runs while pushing his daughter in a custom racing wheelchair.

The making of a mindful city

Wichita in Mind aims to raise the happiness and well-being of the community at large through a nonsectarian form of meditation. The movement has facilitated several programs for local teachers, veterans and children.

A staycation summer

There will be no summertime boredom with this list. SPLURGE! offers a list of 50 things to do in Wichita this summer that fit various interests, ages and budgets.

Celebrating an undeniable love X 10

Kimberly Whitaker's 10 children range from 3 years old up to 26. She says defined expectations, organization and flexibility help keep her household running smoothly.

Raptor rapture

The Eagle Valley Raptor Center in Cheney is dedicated to helping injured birds of prey become independent and return to nature. Ken Lockwood takes that charge seriously, helping about 175 birds a year.

Exploration Place reaches out

Exploration Place increasingly sends its educators out into schools, rather than waiting for students to come to the science center on the Arkansas River. Last year, its programming reached more than 32,000 schoolchildren.

Double vision

Shocker coaches Gregg Marshall and Jody Adams are readying their teams for the postseason, and SPLURGE! spent a day at Charles Koch Arena, observing a day of practices and film sessions for the men's and women's basketball teams.

Eyes to the skies

The Channel 12 meteorologists are poised to act when severe weather strikes. They caution that lightning and flooding are more deadly than tornadoes.

Battle Buddies

A local nonprofit is dedicated to matching trained service dogs with military veterans suffering from injuries or disabilities.

Secrets to keeping love strong

Lasting love respect, kindness and generosity are among the common attributes of successful marriages. SPLURGE! talks to three long-married couples about how they make their marriages work.

When losing means winning

Sisters Maggie Barth and Danielle Dillon teamed up to take back control of their health.

ICT 2015

The new terminal at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport will be the gateway to our city. Wichita will be bursting with upgrades from east to west and in between.

Our Cover, Your Kid: Meet Bridget

4-year-old Bridget Cohlmia won our annual contest to be featured on the cover of SPLURGE! She already loves seeing all the people in the magazine, and this month there's a little something extra to look forward to.

The 2014 Wichita Naughty & Nice List

Making a list, checking it twice SPLURGE! likes to do Santa a favor come December. Find out who's been naughty and who's been nice in Wichita this year.

Former Shocker star Jason Perez scores again

Shocker Hall of Famer Jason Perez is using his basketball expertise to coach young athletes. Now his Next Level Hoops Academy has a permanent home in Bel Aire.

MOXI Junction coffeehouse lives up to name

A mom with moxi, Joanna Kilgore, opened a coffee shop in Maize to give her son and others with special needs a purpose. Instead of fitting them into a job, I made a job that fit them, she says.

Giving up the ghosts

Wichita ghost hunters: Members of the Wichita Paranormal Research Society highlight three local haunts noted for ghostly presences and other unexplainable encounters.

Hometown hero

Chad Dunham saved a woman from a burning apartment. He says he was just doing what he was trained to do and even neglected to mention the rescue to his wife for a couple of days.

Passion & profession

Skillful hands, exacting palate: The vintner will see you now. Wichita neurosurgeon Theo Mellion also has a burgeoning wine import business.

Telling our story: Historical Museum celebrates 75 years

Wichita through the years: Waltz back in time with the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. It's celebrating 75 years with a gala and a special anniversary exhibit.


Top trends in education

Local primary and secondary educators discuss the latest in technology, individualized education, hands-on learning and more.

Wichita teen is a tennis phenom

England native Katie Swan now calls Wichita home. The 15-year-old trains locally in tennis but holds court internationally, ranked in the top 75 in the world for girls under 18.


Proud to be an American

Augusta native Jonathon Blank was severely injured while serving in the Marines in Afghanistan. Today, he has relearned to walk using prosthetics. His patriotic family has had four siblings deploy in the military, and his parents are public servants.

One spark spreads sparks of kindness worldwide

Wichitan David Hill's life was changed by one moment of kindness. Now he leads the One Spark Foundation, dedicated to changing the world one spark one act of kindness at a time.


Discovering her voice

Wichitan Kaleigh Glanton's vocal career was launched on reality TV, but it was her guitarist dad who first recognized her amazing ability. Now she's completing an album and has an island gig lined up this summer.

Summer Smooth

Bradley Fair Summer Concerts are back. Pack a picnic on Thursday evenings, and let the rich riffs carry you away.
Five smooth operators are booked this year.

Behind the scenes: Storm Team 12

Storm Team 12, Storm Troopers. Go behind the scenes and learn how much work goes into just one minute of a KWCH weather broadcast. A good day for meteorologists Merril Teller
and Ross Janssen is a bad day for the public.

Sun-sun-summer: 50 eagerly awaited activities and events

Wichita is brimming with great summer activities. SPLURGE! checks off the top 50 fun-in-the-sun things for this summer from music and art, to festivals and water fun!

Tanganyika Twilight Tours

Are you ready to get wild this summer? Tanganyika Twilight Tours are here just in time! Head out to Wichita's premiere wildlife park this summer for the adventure you can't get anywhere else, and it's all to support the Tanganyika Winter Fund.

Rockin' the runways

Tessa Roberts-Heard holds the title of Mrs. Kansas American 2002 and also an electrical engineering degree from Wichita State University. In December she graduated from WATC with her Aviation Maintenance Technology Degree.

Bragging rights

The Wichita State Shockers made a national name for themselves last spring when they made their run at the Final Four. Both the men's and women's teams have fought hard for their impressive records, as well as their bragging rights.

Air Capital Ambassadors

Last August, the Air Capital Classic put out a call to the community for people to come forward and be a part of their Ambassador program. They called and Wichita answered. Check out where the tournament's Ambassador program is at now!

saving women's lives

SPLURGE! has partnered with the American Heart Association to bring our readers the most up to date information on heart disease and a delicious (and healthy) Valentine's treat recipe.

Under the aqua dome

Century II has been considered a uniquely Wichitan landmark since its inception over 45 years ago. But what all has this historic exhibition center brought to the community over those four decades? Read on to find out!

Lives well lived

SPLURGE! pays homage to some of the incredible people
who have impacted the Wichita community and the lives of
those who live here through charitable giving, hard work and
a passion for people.

2013 nonprofits reign Splurge! crowns charities collectively as Person of the Year

2013 was quite the year for Wichita with so many amazing things happening and so many impressive candidates to choose from, find out who made the grade for 2013's Person of the Year.

Check this list twice: It's Naughty & Nice 2013

Every year, SPLURGE! puts out it's list of both the naughty and the nice from over the past year in the ICT. No need to worry Nice outweighs Naughty, two to one!

I am thankful

At the Thanksgiving holiday we start to think about all of the blessings we have to be grateful for, but gratitude isn't just for this time of year. Read the stories of three Wichitans who count their blessings on a daily basis and seek to inspire others year round.


Marshall's Law

We are huge fans of the Wichita State Shockers, and we know that our readers are as well. Check out our SPLURGE! special feature on all things WSU basketball for inside scoop from the coaches, a look ahead at the coming season and more!


Firefighter calendar benefits Kansas kids

Which is larger, the muscles or the hearts of these firefighters, who share freely of both in order to put warm coats into the hands of needy children.


Creative community groups introduce new fundraisers

A Redneck Wine Tastin' and Blondes vs. Brunettes Powderpuff Football Game are just two ways Wichitans take part in creative philanthropy.


Caroline Glaser from the Voice to perform at SPLURGE!/WATC Benefit Concert

Up-and-coming music sensation Caroline Glaser (The Voice) talks with SPLURGE! about her experience on the show, her concert here in October and how she'll always be a Jayhawk.


Making the case for the Air Capital:
Little Known Aviation Facts

From Clyde Cessna's experimental landing techniques to Bill Lear poaching talent for his first line of business jets, these are the stories behind the title Air Capital of the World


Class acts: Private, public, eschool the choice is yours

Last month, we showed you whats new in higher education. Now, check out what's new and innovative with primary and secondary schools in the Wichita area.


The Air Capital Classic: A vital piece of the Wichita community

The Air Capital Classic golf tournament is of vital importance to the Wichita community. See what some of the many people who love and support the tournament have to say about it.


A salute to the red, white & blue

What does patriotism mean to you? From barbeques to fireworks to pride in the freedoms and equal rights granted by US citenship, five Wichitans share their ideals of patriotism.


American Indian Festival

Two full days of a contest powwow, arts and craft booth, Native American culture and don't forget the Indian Tacos. Download the full 8-page guide here.


What's new in Wichita's higher education?

Splurge! talked with four area schools to learn what college looks like in Wichita for the 2013-2014 academic year.


Hello friend: Bill Cosby still building after five decades

Bill Cosby takes the stage of the Orpheum Theatre with a simple mission: talk, laugh and have fun.


Smooth summer sounds

Enjoy the melodies of jazz through the month of June with
performances from Joseph Vincelli, Julian Vaughn, Steve Cole
and many more at the Bradley Fair Plaza.


All about him

Meet three local super-dads and also get tips on all things manly, from maintaining the perfect stubble density to mastering the pull-up to tying a pocket square.


Father of the year

The American Diabetes Association and the National Father's Day council have joined forces to honor men from across the country for their commitment to fatherhood.


Summertime fun for special kids with
special needs

From baseball, cheerleading and tumbling, to horseback riding and crafts, to swimming, fishing and canoeing, these organizations help kids with special needs make the most of long summer days.


Riverfest 2013: Re-energizing old traditions

If you miss the Celebrity Egg Toss or the Cardboard Regatta, this is your lucky year. "Throwback" day is just one way Festival organizers are using new/old events to "bring the whole community together."


A dog's life

Animal experts give their best tips and advice on how to select the perfect dog for you, as well as how to train and care for them. Also, meet famous pooches Millie, Baylie and Bella!


Best seat in the house

If Koch Arena ranks as one of the ten best college basketball arenas in the country (No. 7, according to EPSN), then what are the best seats in the arena itself? Splurge! has eyes on the game from several points of view.


The Nowcast: Storm Team 12 on the radar

Storm Team 12 is ready to shift to the nowcast," at a moment's notice, especially during the spring severe weather season. The meteorologists take us behind the scenes and answer all your weather questions.

Love is in the air

Three Wichita couples share inspiring stories of lasting love, second chances and one suprise proposal on the stage of the Orpheum Theater.


A real eye-opener: KWCH's morning show

Co-anchors Kara Sewell and Brian Heap and Weatherman Mark Larson of KWCH's Eyewitness News This Morning share an easy chemistry and a nose for news, which has boosted ratings to the top of the morning-show market.

High school senior's trumpet skills earn him trip to Grammy

Andover High School senior, Michael Raehpour, will be part of the Grammy Camp Jazz Session, serending audiences at events surrounding the 55th Grammys on February 5 in Los Angeles.


First ladies of basketball

The wives of Kansas's top basketball coaches don pink jerseys in support of Cards for the Cure. They were all invited by Spike Anderson to volunteer with the Kansas Poker Championship tournament.


New Sheriff and D.A.

The two newest faces at the top of local law enforcement aren't really all that new: Sheriff Jeff Easter and District Attorney-elect Marc Bennett bring a combined 41 years of experience in their respective offices.

Dennis Schoenebeck: Splurge! Person of
the Year 2012

It would be difficult to come up with the name of someone who spearheads more projects that affect more Wichitans than Dennis Schoenebeck, General Executive of the Greater Wichita YMCA.


Naughty or nice?

Who's been good and not-so-good? As usual around these parts, the former outweighed the latter, although this year the final tally was closer than usual

Katie Margreiter

Splurge's Our Cover, Your Kid Contest winner giggled and grinned throughout her photo shoot. She loves swimming, soccor and playing at the lake including baiting her own hook.

I am thankful

With the support of family and friends, and a pair of high-tech knees, Ashleigh Steadham and Colby Liston find gratitude, blessings and even humor in the midst of adversity.

Firefighter calendar

Kansas firefighters are warming up children by supporting Coats for Kids and heating up things in general with the 2013 Firefighters Calendar. Get a sneak peek at some of the photos here.

Wesley celebrates 100 years

Wesley Medical Center celebrates 100 years of commitment to community and progress everything from air life transport to the birth care center to the Da Vinci Robot.


The Ambassador Hotel: An urban escape

The historic splendor of the Union National Bank Building at the corner of Broadway and Douglas will be maintained as the Ambassador Hotel is transformed into downtown Wichita's premier luxury hotel.

Wings Over McConnell: Putting the
wild in wild blue yonder

Jets, biplanes, WWII fighters and everything in between will roar to life in the air over McConnell during the the Air Force base's open house and air show.

Hometown girl: Bonnie Bing

1980 Bonnie Bing arrived at the Eagle with no journalism experience. By the time she retired, she was surely one of the most beloved employees in Eagle history and for many readers, the face of the newspaper.

On your mark, get set, action!

How do you shoot a 6-minute film normally a weeks-long undertaking in 24 hours? Local filmmakers assemble teams and strategies.

American Indian Festival

Two days full with a contest powwow, arts and craft booth, Native American culture and don't forget the Indian Tacos. Download the full 8-page guide here.

Area schools are bullish about education, jobs

Despite economic uncertainties, universities and community and technical colleges in Wichita are optimistic about job prospects and their ability to position students for employment post-graduation.

John Bardo

Dr. John Bardo was announced as Wichita State's 13th university president in April, and now he is at the helm of the city's largest learning institution. Get your first glimpse of Bardo in this Splurge!

Wichita's bucket list

Pet a lemur, be an extra in a movie, perform some stand up comedy or go to motorcycle school. These are just 4 of the 40 bucket list items of must-dos in Wichita. Add a few to your own list.

The Beggs goodbye

After 13 years as president of Wichita State University, Don Beggs and his wife, Shirley, bid the city a fond farewell. They received the keys to the city and standing ovations seemingly everywhere they go.

Making opera sexy

After his debut on the competitive reality television show The Voice former Wichitan Chris Mann's exposure went through the roof. He went from hustling to get 100 new Twitter followers a month to gaining 10,000 followers in a day.

Unique summer activities

Host your own movie party under the stars, turn your family into a bowling team, discover Santa Fe Lake and more. Some off-the-beaten-path ideas for summer fun.

Decoding the autism puzzle

Autism is the leading developmental disability, and it gets the least amount of funding, says Connie Ebert of Heartspring. Wichita families find ways to cope with an autism diagnosis, including behavioral therapy and reaching out to each other.

Chasers take the country by storm

Kansas is home base to high-profile storm chasers who pursue developing weather events across the country, in the process facing hazards ranging from Category 4 hurricanes to bad convenience store food.

So you want to be a storm chaser?

Aquire the training, experience and equipment to follow the storms while staying safe. Tips on getting started from the pros

State's basketball card could be full at big dance

This March might be the maddest ever we interview WSU men's coach Gregg Marshall, also, KU men return to the NCAA for the 23rd year. An insider's guide to St. Louis.

Adams turning around WSU women ballers long record of futility

More March Madness: Interview with WSU women's coach Jody Adams; K-State Wildcats try to find groove; KU and K-State women's bubble may burst.

From the heart: The Tiahrts love story

The prettiest girl on campus and a boy with a distinctive walk met at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. That's how Todd and Vicki Tiahrt's love story began a love story that's still being written, day by day.

Go Red for Women

More women die of cardiovascular disease than from the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association's national movement to raise women's awareness of their risk for heart disease.

12 people you should meet in 2012

Find out who the 12 notable leaders in our community are and read about their exciting challenges ahead.

Cruz Williams

12 interesting facts about Wichita

What do Mentholatum, the electric guitar, Jones Automobile Company and the entrepreneurial spirit have in common? They all have links to The Air Capital of the World.

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