2016 Featured Businesses
Tallgrass AntiquesTallgrass Antiques
Tallgrass Express String BandTallgrass Express String Band
performing mainly at community events in the Flint Hills region.
Their mission is to provide local entertainment, and through their recordings, share with a
broader audience their celebration of the beauty and wonder of the Kansas Flint Hills and its
The band has recorded four CDs, including a unique album series of 46 all-original Songs
from the Kansas Flint Hills. The 2014 double-CD album of 30 songs, entitled: “Sky & Water,
Wind & Grass” follows the 2010 “Clean Curve of Hill Against Sky.”
In addition to their original songs about the land and life of the Flint Hills, they perform fast-
driving old timey and bluegrass favorites, folk ballads, Western swing tunes, beautiful Celtic
melodies, early American gospel hymns, and beloved Cowboy and Western standards.
Tallgrass Express tailors programs to fit each audience.
In historic western dress, they share their musical skills on fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, guitar
and bass and specialize in lyrical vocals and harmonies. Concerts include brief stories on the
background of songs, humorous observations on rural life today, and frequent references to
the heritage, land and culture of their home, the tallgrass prairie of the Kansas Flint Hills.
It’s all delivered with a sparkle they hope shows how much they enjoy making and sharing their
music with others.
With over 300 performances, their experience includes community festivals and concerts,
gallery openings, historical events, organization dinners, parties, weddings and receptions,
church programs, and dances. Their Roving Music is a regular feature at the Symphony in the
Founding member Annie Wilson says, “We feel incredibly lucky to live amidst the splendor and
wide open spaces of the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie. Through our music, we celebrate this land
and its people.”
Tallgrass Prairie National PreserveTallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Hours: Hiking Trails open 24/7, buildings open daily 8:30-4:30 (summer) and 9-4:30 (winter)
The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is one of the nation’s newest national preserves. It protects one of the last remaining tallgrass ecosystems in the world. Tallgrass prairie once covered 400,000 square miles of North America, but less than 4% remains, primarily here in Chase County.
Explore over 10,000 acres including five hiking trails, a bison herd, abundant wildlife, catch and release fishing areas, as well as an 1881 historic ranch house, limestone barn and outbuildings, and nearby one room schoolhouse. The Preserve was named one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas in 2008.
Taylor Guest HomesTaylor Guest Homes
Taylor Historic Guesthouse – Cottonwood Falls:
Escape to a piece of history . . . in a perfect location! The Taylor Historic Guesthouse in Cottonwood Falls is literally steps away from the Chase County Historic Courthouse, and Historic Downtown District of Cottonwood Falls and it’s idealic shops and activity. This 4 Bedroom, 1-1/2 Bath property has recently been fully revitalized for your stay artfully blending the coolness of the old and historic with modern conveniences at your fingertips . Dine with up to 10 friends and family members at the oversized dining room table or snack at the granite kitchen island or watching the game on the big screen TV! Need to get out and get some exercise? The Chase Disc Golf 18 hole professional and 9 hole youth courses are only a few short blocks away!
The BankThe Bank
The old and since long (1933) closed Bank of Matfield Green, Kansas, enjoys a surprising new life, as “The Bank”.”
Not a location to deposit or withdraw money, but an inviting place where locals, travelers and visitors meet and where the coffee is always hot and fresh, where contemporary art is on display. Free Wi-Fi.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm.
Tobias AgencyTobias Agency Contact: Linda Markham
WoodFest is a collaboration between Symphony In The Flint Hills & Camp Wood.
Enjoy an entire day immersed in the beauty of the Flint Hills while family members of all ages take part in music workshops, guided prairie walks, horseback rides and a twilight concert under the stars featuring guest artists.
This annual fall event takes place at Camp Wood YMCA in Elmdale, Kansas, a world-class, family-friendly facility with spacious, interior, all-weather spaces.