A Potluck Success!

Thanks to everyone that attended our first potluck gathering tonight at Synder’s Cabin in Gage Park! We hope you all had as great of time as we did. It was fantastic to be in a room with a group of people that all have similar thoughts and dreams for Topeka and understand that the power of positive thinking is the first place to start.

Here’s a couple of photos that we took at the event. Enjoy!

5 thoughts on “A Potluck Success!

  1. Thank you to everyone who came out to the potluck dinner/gathering tonight. It was wonderful to put faces with names and meet all of you. It was also refreshing to see so many others who want to have a positive impact on Topeka. For those who were unable to attend, we will try to do this again. Thank you again, because positive change will take the action of many. We look forward to working with all of you to make this community a better place!

  2. Thanks again to all the planners and organizers for Sunday night’s excellent potluck. It is inspiring to know so many people who have a commitment to making Topeka a better place!

    I want to remind everyone that I’m looking for people to share with the general population why they like Topeka or what their dream is for Topeka. All you need to do is write up about a minute of copy and send it to me in an email. My email address is jim.ogle@wibw.com. I will get it added to our production schedule and invite you in at a convenient time for you to record.

    When recorded, your comments will play for a complete day at the end of each of our newscasts. The combined audience you will reach will be about 40,000 people.

    If you are dedicated to “Transforming Topeka”, this is a great opportunity for you to be heard by a huge audience!

    If you have any questions, please call me at 272-4686.

    Jim Ogle

  3. It was great being with everyone last night and experiencing the positive energy about Topeka and Shawnee County. My wife and I are newcommers (10 months)are are very happy to be a part of this community. It has a exceptional future if we all work to move forward in a positive way.

    During the potluck, we started talking about the wonderful things about Topeka and Shawnee County. Following is my list after 10 months:
    Topeka Civic Theater
    Expo Center Events
    Washburn University
    Washburn University Law School
    Lake Shawnee and Park
    Chez Yasu restaurant on 17th Street (home grown French restaurant)
    Piasanio’s restaurant on Gage Blvd. (home grown Italian restaurant)
    Our community’s close commute to KC for big city experience (45 minutes), as well as short commute for a college town experience (30 minutes and 45 minutes).
    Saturday morning breakfast at the General Store in Dover
    Rowing Association at Lake Shawnee
    Excellent golf courses
    First Friday’s Art Walk
    Heartland Park
    SCCA Races
    NHRA Races
    The Roadrunners (the way hockey should be played!)
    Short commute times and less congestion
    Cricket at Auburn Park on the weekends
    Family-oriented community

    The Rose Garden at Gage Park
    Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival
    The collection of animals at the Zoo
    Art galleries
    Museum at the Library
    Combat Air Museum
    Art at the Capitol
    The architecture of downtown Topeka and North Topeka
    12 art galleries
    Five performing arts facilities
    The beautiful countryside
    The Flint Hills
    The people…Midwesterners that care
    Our heritage…the strong people that built America

    Multiple beautiful parks – playgrounds for kids
    Ensley Botanical Gardens
    Ward Meade complex
    Kansas Museum of History
    Quetzal Restaurant
    The Rowhouse Restaurant
    Antique Malls
    The Library
    Spirit of Kansas Festival (4th of July)
    Mulvane Mountain and Plains Art Festival

    Glass Expressions – 29th & Oakley. Locally owned / beautiful hand blown glass (some local artists).
    Washburn University is a wonderful place to walk/exercise.
    Lupita’s Mexican Rest. – mom and pop on Kansas Ave. – good food/reasonably priced, good service.

    Gallery Classic
    Tammi’s Antiques & Florals
    Buttercups & Daisies
    Kitchen Gallery
    Linda’s Home & Garden
    The Linen Tree
    Marion Lane Candles
    2 Harts

    Woodward Home
    Governor’s Mansion and hiking trails
    Great Overland Station
    Viewing Topeka from Burnett’s Mt.
    Lake Shawnee Gardens
    Driving through Potwin at Christmas
    Fireworks over Lake Shawnee – July 4th
    Backyard Bar-be-ques
    Picnics at Shawnee Lake
    Inside the Capitol at night
    Driving through the Flint Hills on the ‘old roads’
    Discovering treasures at the antique stores on rainy weekends
    Listening to the bands play at the amphitheatre in Gage Park – or for really special treats – when they have a theatrical performance there
    Silent movies or Jazz in the Grace Cathedral
    St Joseph’s Catholic Church – awesome inside

    Neighborhood parties
    The Carousel at Gage Park
    The Farmer’s Market
    Collins Park 4th of July Parade
    Boo at the Zoo
    Topeka ZOObilee
    Blessing of the Animals at the Zoo
    Rock band blaring at night at the pavilion at the zoo for a special party and the animals joining in the noise and dancing
    Watching fireworks from my front yard on the 4th of July
    Storytime at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
    First Friday Art Walks
    When the ice and snow clings to the trees
    Baseball/softball games all over town
    All Veterans Memorial

    Keep up the good work.

    Steve Jenkins

  4. Steve –
    Your list is impressive! You’ve obviously gotten a lot accomplished in 10 short months. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for attending last night!

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