Sedan #1

(Deb) Hi I’m Deb Bisel and we are sitting in the lovely Red Buffalo Gift Shop right in the heart of Sedan. In the next couple of episodes we’re going to be visiting Sedan, Kansas, and we’re going to be visiting Prairie Days at the Little House on the Prairie and I hope you’ll stay with us because you are going to really love the next couple of episodes of Around Kansas.Closed Captioning Brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission.
The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers.(Deb) Welcome to Around Kansas, and we’re in front of Floyd’s Market in Sedan with Roger Floyd, the owner of the market here. And Floyd’s is celebrating 100 years in business this year. Congratulations. (Roger) Thank you. (Deb) So, tell me who started it and how you got started and all that stuff. (Roger) My Grandfather, A.J. Floyd started it in 1914. (Deb) So was he from Sedan or did he move here from somewhere else? (Floyd) Yes our whole family has been original residents here, settlers. (Deb) So, you’ve kept this Mom and Pop grocery essentially; that’s a difficult business today. (Roger) It’s getting more and more so out here in the sticks where we are because everybody goes out of town to the city and we have to compete with whatever they do there. (Deb) So, while it’s difficult, it’s also so important to the survival of a community to have a grocery store like yours. So how have you managed to keep that going? (Roger) We try and be a part of the community and what goes around comes around. We help them they help us. (Deb) As far as being a part of the community, we were just looking at the community what this community means to you and some of the things your family been involved in making happen. (Roger) We’ve just been here forever and we’ve always been a part of the community, whatever we’ve been able to do to help we have. (Deb) Well, that’s a great way to put it. (Roger) We enjoy the community and we try to pay back. (Deb) Now, the grocery store is four generations. So, who are those four generations? (Roger) My Grandfather, A.J. Floyd, my Dad, Darrel Floyd, me and then my son, Austin. (Deb) Now is Austin going to keep running the store? (Roger) Yes, probably. As long as we can keep it going. (Deb) Well, I met Austin yesterday and he is a fantastic young man. He is really impressive. And again, keeping young people in the community is essential to the survival of all small communities. (Roger) Yes, he and I, we’re both lucky cause we have something to come here for. (Deb) Well, it’s a beautiful community and we’ve enjoyed visiting Sedan so much and you know, so often Bill Curtis’ name is associated with Sedan. And I think it is wonderful that Bill’s been involved in so many efforts in this community. But as you guys highlight, it takes a community. (Roger) Yeah, it takes everybody working together. He did a lot coming in. Some of the buildings might not be there now if it wasn’t for what he has done. (Deb) But it takes a community to keep it going. (Roger) Everybody has to work together. The town is real good about that. (Deb) Well Roger, thanks so much and congratulations and we’ll come back in a few years and mark another anniversary with you. (Roger) OK, thank you. (Deb) We’ll be right back. Stay tuned for more of Around Kansas.(Deb) Here in the parking lot in front of Floyd’s market with Roger Floyd. His family has been in the market for a hundred years. And behind us is one of the biggest American flags I have ever seen. And last night when we drove into Sedan and the flag was unfurled and seemed to just hover over the entire downtown. So Roger, tell me about the flag and what and why it’s there. (Floyd) It’s there because of Beryl Robinson. He is a customer and friend for a long time. He came in the store real excited one day and said, “Rog, I’ve been down to Pawhuska and they had this big beautiful flag downtown Pawhuska. We got to do this. We got to put one of those in your parking lot.” He just wanted me to think about it. I said, “OK, Beryl.” He said, “No, we don’t have to decide now.” I said, “Beryl, I said OK. Let’s do it.” So, Beryl made the flag pole and May did all the planning for to get it set. And I buy the flags and keep it maintained, so it’s a community effort, group effort to get it done. It’s still there. I never get tired of looking at it. (Deb) We’ll be right back. Stay tuned.

(Deb) Welcome to Around Kansas, I’m sitting here with my very dear friend and partner in crime, Michelle Martin. Michelle, great to have you. (Michelle) Good to see you Deb. (Deb) So, today we’re right in the middle of Sedan. We’re in the Red Buffalo Gift Shop and were going to talk a lot about the area of Sedan, the community here, but we’re going to start with her day job, Director of the Little House on the Prairie Museum. And Michelle, what a great gig that is. (Michelle) Well, there is nothing more identifiable than the name Little House on the Prairie, the book written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, made into a successful television show, now a musical, now going to be a major Hollywood motion picture. And there is nothing more quintessentially Kansas than Little House on the Prairie. (Deb) No kidding and that’s just… we’re in Sedan so it’s what 40 miles from here? (Michelle) Yeah, we are just south of Independence, Kansas, which is east of here about 35 to 40 minutes. (Deb) Now, the Little House property, the property that the Ingalls family lived on is owned by the Curtis family. So, that’s not a state run site. So talk a little bit about how you guys are funded and how you are run. (Michelle) Deb, Little House on the Prairie Museum has been since it’s inception in the 1970’s, a privately owned, non-profit museum. It is funded by the admission fee of $3 per adult, $1 per child which has not been raised to keep up with the cost of living or expenses in over 15 years. We have kept it intentionally low so people can afford to come and visit and walk in the footsteps of Laura Ingalls Wilder. (Deb) Talk about specifically Prairie Days and how that event came to be and what it is? (Michelle) Prairie Days started roughly 15 years ago and it started with the staff at the museum at the time and they wanted to do something to celebrate the life and the spirit of the pioneer of the Ingalls family. All of the Laura Ingalls Wilder home sites that are officially recognized like ours all have an annual event of some kind, that celebrates the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Prairie Days, our one day event, the second Saturday of every June brings together living historians, music, food, craft activities for children. We try to bring in individual potters, weavers, blacksmiths, soap makers, folks who actually make things with their hands, much like folks did in the days of the Ingalls family and they share that with our visitors. We have our living historians who come in and do programs And it’s a great day of family fun. We also have antique farm equipment, hands on activities for children and for kids of all ages really. (Deb) It’s so awesome to watch how fascinated kids are by things being made, just simple things. (Michelle) Yes. (Deb) And how they are made, the potter, the blacksmith, you know the basket making. All those processes- making rope, I mean just simple ordinary things and the kids are fascinated by it. (Michelle) They are and they walk away learning something. You’re educating them in a very sly way. They don’t realize it. You know, they don’t want to go to school, it’s summer! But what they don’t realize is when they come to our museum and they come to Prairie Days they are learning things by osmosis, by seeing. We have Civil War soldiers who go ahead and do the drill of instruction and give out balsa wood rifles and they have the marching and drilling and learning what a soldier’s life was like. And what those children don’t realize, they are learning something that they can’t read in the history books. (Deb) Exactly, exactly. Now, obviously you are dependent on a lot of volunteers who show up and do things. (Michelle) Yes. Really that’s our major source of support to be able to run an event like that, are our volunteers. Whether they come from Independence, we have a crop of volunteers that come up from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where I reside now. We pull from the whole area to put a festival like Prairie Days on. We are very fortunate, we have a volunteer and good friend Shane Blakesley, who helps us with our herd of animals that people get to see farm animals when they come to our museum. We have folks come in who have never seen a farm animal in their life. (Deb) Hard to believe, isn’t it? (Michelle) City folks. And were it not for folks like Shane, we wouldn’t be able to keep that animal herd going. (Deb) Oh yes, that’s a tremendous amount of work. What are the hours of Little House during the year? (Michelle) During our open season, we are open April through October. (Deb) OK. (Michelle) Our hours do vary and we ask folks to check our website, But during the summer, during the height of our peak season, we are open Tuesday through Sunday. We are open Tuesday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. We do limit our hours in the fall. When those kids go back to school, we find our visitation does drop, families aren’t traveling as much and so we do have some limited hours in the fall. But as we said, they can check our Facebook page and our website, they can see photographs, they can get all the latest info on all of our events.

(Deb) Welcome back to Around Kansas. I am with Mary Curtis and we’re on stage at the Gregg Theatre in downtown Sedan. And Mary, what a vital part of the community these theaters once were. And thanks to the efforts of folks like you and other volunteers in the community that’s happening once again. (Mary) It is, it is. We were closed for a year. But with our generous community, got the money for brand new digital equipment and sound. And it’s HD; it’s a wonderful experience coming to a movie here. (Deb) Now what’s the capacity for the theatre? (Mary) 270. (Deb) 270. (Mary) We don’t always fill that. (Deb) Right. (Mary) But we do have a crowd every show. (Deb) That’s fantastic and so you have movies here and then the community theatre. (Mary) Then we have live theatre and traveling events. We’re always anxious to book, so we use, you have to use a building or it will deteriorate. (Deb) Absolutely. (Mary) So, we always welcome any show that’s passing by. (Deb) Now this was the era of the art deco theatre. So, you’ve got a lot of the fixtures that are original? (Mary) We do. (Deb) And that beautiful art deco style. (Mary) 1938. (Deb) 1938. So, the theatre was continuously operated until a year ago. (Mary) Believe it or not, at $5 for an adult. (Deb) Wow. (Mary) It’s $3 for kids. (Deb) What a deal. What a deal. So, is it entirely volunteer operated now? (Mary) It is. Now Roger Floyd, who is Floyd’s Market, (Deb) Right. (Mary) had been running it basically because the bills, well it probably does not break even. (Deb) Sure. (Mary) And he has provided the concession booth, all the candy and popcorn. He has done, he has kept it going. (Deb) What needs to happen next? What are you working on now? (Mary) Our issue now, the building is rock and so we’ve got moisture issues. We basically need to seal the exterior from the seeping of rain. The grout has deteriorated. So that is the next portion. (Deb) That’s a biggie. (Mary) It is. (Deb) Yeah, that’s a biggie. (Mary) It is. But, you know, we’re open. Open for business and it will come. (Deb) Wonderful. Now do you have fund raising events? (Mary) We have, yes. It’s almost like our community is tapped out, they have been so generous, so we’re giving it a break until we start our next one. (Deb) Right, right. Well, it’s just so vital to a community and so many of the things that you are doing here you know, it’s one thing to have tourist traffic, but it’s another thing to serve the community that lives here and that’s one of the things that theatre really does accomplish doesn’t it? (Mary) Culture. (Deb) Absolutely. (Mary) And it’s not just cowboy culture, we’re trying to open it up for families. (Deb) Now, if folks are interested in supporting or becoming involved some way, or finding out your schedule, do you have a website or Facebook page? (Mary) Gregg Theatre Facebook page. And then friends of Gregg Theatre and then you can get through on the Sedan website, (Deb) Great. Mary, thanks so much. (Mary) Thank you. (Deb) Stay tuned; we’ll be right back.

(Deb) Welcome back to Around Kansas and we’re in Safari Marks which is a really historic building in the heart of Sedan. And with me is Kim Jones, who along with her husband, owns this gorgeous property. So Kim, you are celebrating a year anniversary in July. (Kim) Yes. (Deb) So, what a labor of love to take on this historic building and turn it into what’s now the center of the night life in Sedan. (Kim) It’s been a lot of fun. (Deb) Well, a lot of fun with a lot of hard work, I’m sure. (Kim) Yes, yes. A lot of hard work. (Deb) So, what made you look at this and think, by golly, we can work ourselves to death and we can turn this into a really awesome place? (Kim) We have loved this building for a long time. And my mother-in-law actually has had this place for sale for a long time and she just looked at Airy (?) Foundation and they had been trying to sell it for a long time and the opportunity… we kept looking at the building and thinking, surely there is something we can do in this building. Because it’s a beautiful building. And we kept trying to think… and finally some of the laws changed a little bit here in town, so we could actually open a restaurant and serve alcohol. And we actually gave some nightlife to Sedan. Never had it before here. (Deb) That’s fantastic. So, you’ve got a full service bar and restaurant. (Kim) Yes. (Deb) And what kind of menu? (Kim) We’ve got everything from steaks and seafood to burgers and fries. (Deb) That’s good. That’s really good. (Kim) We’ve got quesadillas and just a lot of really good food. (Deb) So, you do a lot of live music here. (Kim) Yes. We do a lot of live bands. We try to support local talent in the area from Wichita to down into Oklahoma, but mainly the Kansas area. (Deb) Now, talk about what this building was. Originally a hotel? (Kim) Originally it was a hotel, the haunted hotel, that’s what they called it. And after that I believe it was a candy factory, Mrs. Burton’s Candy Factory. (Deb) So, how long had it been empty when you guys got it? (Kim) Probably somewhere between 11 and 15 years. (Deb) Wow. Wow. So that’s a lot to… (Kim) Just empty and takes up almost the whole block. (Deb) Right, so tell us about the name, Safari Marks. Tell us how it got that name. (Kim) My husband and I are both avid hunters and we had gone to Africa for 30 days and when we were trying to think of names I said, “Let’s call it Safari Marks!” And he was like, “No, no, no, no, no.” (Deb) So, from what I understand a lot of people sort of have become his nickname hasn’t it? (Kim) It has. (Deb) Like Crocodile Dundee, we got Safari Mark. (Kim) Yeah, yeah. (Deb) So, for a lot of local folks here they immediately got the connection between… (Kim) Yeah, they get it, they get it, so… (Deb) Alright, so the trophies behind us here. All these faces that are behind us are they some of your trophies, yours and Mark’s? (Kim) Yes. We eventually will have a lot more of our African trophies here also. We call this the North American Room, because it’s got all the North American animals in it. (Deb) Uh, huh. (Kim) So, it is kind of our special event room. (Deb) It is absolutely gorgeous. And the bar and the staircase and everything, are they original to the building? (Kim) It’s all original woodwork. All of the woodwork is original in here. It was all brought back to its normal, to what it was back in the day. The best that we could do. (Deb) Right. And the floor, the mosaic floor. (Kim) It’s all original. The building was built in 1904, so it’s all original. (Deb) Tin ceiling? (Kim) Yep. Ceilings are all original. (Deb) Now you mentioned your mother-in-law, so let’s talk a little bit about her because she deserves a lot of credit for good things that have gone in Sedan. (Kim) She does. She is Little Miss Sedan, Anita Jones. A lot of people know her Yellow Brick Road. (Deb) So she was one of the folks who spear headed the Yellow Brick Road? (Kim) Yes she did. She’s always been in tourism, she’s always loved Sedan. We call her Little Miss Sedan. She will go to her grave trying to promote Sedan. (Deb) Good job. Now do you guys have a website or Facebook page. (Kim) We have a Facebook page, it’s Safari Marks. And it always lists what our specials are; we have a lot of lunch specials, it will have the lunch specials. We have evening specials, it has those on there. And it also tells what bands will be playing when. (Deb) OK. Now, you are open year around? (Kim) Open year around. Wednesday through Saturday. (Deb) OK. Wonderful. Kim, thanks so much for sharing this with us. (Kim) Oh, you’re welcome. It’s a beautiful place. The food is wonderful. The service is fantastic. Right here in the heart of Sedan. Come to Safari Marks.

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