Gearing up for the 30th season of Sunflower Journeys!
Sunflower Journeys 3000 Season (Broadcast times and dates subject to change)
3001:Fun Little Things – Premieres on KTWU October 5th, 2017, 8pm
In this Sunflower Journeys 30th season premiere, we visit the Blue Sky Miniature Horse Ranch north of Hays, Kansas; we tour the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City; and we meet Wilma and Wilda Williams from LeRoy, Kansas, who share their vast Barbie collection with us.
3002:History’s Lessons – Premieres on KTWU October 5th, 2017, 8:30pm
On this Sunflower Journeys, we visit a regional branch of the National Archives and Records Administration; we see an unusual photo collection of women who were incarcerated under a World War I era law; we visit the grand opening of the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in Overland Park.
3003:Senior Spotlight – Premieres on KTWU October 12th, 2017, 8pm
On this episode of Sunflower Journeys, we observe a college class that meets in a retirement center in Manhattan, Kansas, where students are seeking the knowledge of elders; then we talk to a professor who has studied the difficulties of downsizing; and we meet Cam Beatty, who shows us his active take on retirement.
3004:Religious Experience – Premieres on KTWU October 19th, 2017, 8pm
In this episode of Sunflower Journeys, we learn about Grace Cathedral in Topeka, and find out about their mission within the community; we visit Lawrence, KS, where we see huge pipe organs being made at the Reuter’s Organ Company; and we visit the Sunset Spiritualist Church in Wells, Kansas.
3005:Flowers & Farms – Premieres on KTWU October 26th, 2017, 8pm
In this episode, we find out about the Bigger family, who raised award-winning peonies in Topeka; we have a chat with folks at the KSU Extension in Topeka to learn about soil testing, including a tour of the KSU soil testing lab in Manhattan, KS; then we meet Kate Johnson, a city dweller who decided to become a non-traditional farmer using Kickstarter funding.
3006:Educational Moments – Premieres on KTWU November 2nd, 2017, 8pm
In this episode, we learn the history of KSAC, a pioneering educational radio station in Manhattan, Kansas; we find out about JAG, short for Jobs for America’s Graduates, and see how this program gives very hands-on assistance to challenged high school students; and we meet Kaylee Erickson, who has a student teaching assignment at a Topeka middle school.
3007:Venturing Outdoors – Premieres on KTWU November 9th, 2017, 8pm
In this episode, we travel to Manhattan, Kansas to experience high-flying adventures with a new zipline course that shows off the Flint Hills; we venture to the new Baker Wetlands Discovery Center south of Lawrence, KS; and we learn about Operation Wildlife, a rescue program that gives all types of animals and birds a chance at survival.
3008:Active Tourism – Premieres on KTWU November 16th, 2017, 8pm
In this Sunflower Journeys episode, we visit Lincoln, Kansas to see why the town features an annual event honoring Abraham Lincoln; we look at a new trend in outdoor camping called, “Glamping”; and we see the opening of the Evil Knievel Museum in Topeka, Kansas.
3009:Food and Fun – Premieres on KTWU November 30th, 2017, 8pm
The annual Wilson Czech Festival is featured in this episode of Sunflower Journeys, as well as a look at the Internet craze of “sunflower selfies” in Northeast, Kansas; and we look at a small-town fair in Vinland, Kansas, that has a long tradition of bringing that community together.
3010:Trails and Quilts – Premieres on KTWU November 30th, 2017, 8:45 (Aprox.)
In this Sunflower Journeys show, high school students take the role of teachers for hundreds of grade schoolers during an annual event called “Life on the Frontier” at Fort Scott, Kansas; we look at a celebration commemorating the Chisholm Trail’s 150th year; and we meet Deb Divine, who shares quilts and quilting history with a group of workshop participants, in this Plains People segment.
3011:Science in Action – Premieres on KTWU December 7th, 2017, 8pm
Sunflower Journeys revisits Kansas bee keepers to see how they are coping with various challenges to the industry; we tour a summer camp for adults at the Kansas Cosmophere, and we meet Brenda Culbertson, who walks us through the 2017 solar eclipse in this Plains People segment.
3012:Funky Locations & Events – Premieres on KTWU December 14th, 2017, 8pm
The term salvage yard usually suggests automobiles, but this Sunflower Journeys show starts with a salvage yard for airplanes in Rantoul, Kansas; we look at unusual items that are located in Kansas that appear on the National Register; and we go 4-wheeling with a look at the Kansas Rocks Recreational Park in Mapleton, Kansas.
3013:Historic Tourism – Premieres on KTWU December 21st, 2017, 8pm
In this show, we get off the beaten path and explore Sycamore Springs Resort in Sabetha, Kansas; we visit the center of downtown Kansas City, Kansas and learn about a Native American cemetery that is found in the middle of that urban area; and we tour Fort Riley’s Fall Apple Day Festival and soak up some of the military history associated with that renowned military establishment.