Heritage, ice cream, music

3-straight on house frontA story of Flint Hills heritage, an old-fashioned ice cream social, and classical music will be offered at Pioneer Bluffs.

At 1:30 p.m., Saturday, August 4, a Prairie Talk by Margie Dyck of Lawrence will share stories of the Shaft family and the Gold Standard Fruit and Stock Farm. Immediately following, at about 2:30 p.m. will be an old-fashioned ice cream social. Then at 3:00 p.m. will be a classical guitar concert by Howard Glanton, Newton, and Excier Rodriguez, Wichita.

The story of the Shaft family is one of courage, fortitude, and perseverance. William and Jane Shaft left their home in Michigan in 1857 with nine children; they embarked on an adventure west and were among the first white settlers in the Flint Hills.

The baby of the family, Jessie, was Margie Dyck’s great-grandmother. “Just a few months after homesteading the Gold Standard Fruit and Stock Farm in Chase County, Kansas,” says Dyck, “William Shaft drowned in a flood. Jane and her children made the daring decision to stay and continue building their home, carving a life on the Kansas frontier. The stone house and barn built by this brave pioneer woman and her nine children stands today.”

Another grandmother of Margie Dyck is descended from a well-known figure from Chase County history, Stephen Wood. Dyck will have more than 150 years of fascinating stories to share at this Prairie Talk.

The ice cream social follows, an annual fundraising treat offered by Pioneer Bluffs volunteers.

 A concert by classical guitarists Howard Glanton and Excier Rodriguez begins at 3:00 p.m. Visitors will enjoy music that has taken these musicians around the world in international competitions and performances.

Donations gratefully accepted, and will fund prairie heritage programs at Pioneer Bluffs. Reservations requested but not required. Contact Executive Director Lynn Smith at (620) 753-3484 or lynn@pioneerbluffs.org for reservations or questions.

Margie Dyck is also the featured Prairie PastTimes artist at Pioneer Bluffs. She says she “feels I am sewing with my mother and grandmother” when creating her textile art, using a talent passed through the family for generations. Her work shows her love of color and employs the geometric patterns of pieced quilts from long ago.

Her art exhibit can be seen in the 1908 home at Pioneer Bluffs during regular hours of noon to 5:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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