Annual Events

Friday Photography: Happy Birthday, America, from Nebraska!

July 4th Eagle & Balloon

Even our national symbol is blown up …

July 4th Rider Collage

I love a parade!

July 4th Two Flags Collage

Flags from yesterday and today …

July 4th In God We Trust Edited

Our national motto …

July 4th Capital

Reminders of our government …

July 4th Kids on Capital Steps

A beautiful day to enjoy the Nebraska Capital!

 

July 4th Fireworks Collage

Have a safe and happy 4th of  July!  A BIG THANK YOU to those who serve our country and who have made freedom possible!  God bless America!

 

 

 

 

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Nebraska’s Small Town Independence Day Celebrations (Featuring Seward and Waverly)

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I am feeling a bit embarrassed this morning.  In my haste to try to get information out to you last night, so that you could actually catch the fireworks shows that were happening last evening, I forgot something rather important.  I only left “America’s Fourth of July City-Small Town USA!” city off of my list.  Jeepers!  I also know that nearby Waverly is having a full day of festivities.    These two towns get their own post evidently! 🙂

Photo taken from July Fourth Seward website

All of these events are taking place in Seward, and you can find a printable schedule on their site.

A Grand Parade at 4:00 pm                                   Outstanding Fireworks Display
“Food Alley”                                                                Free Movies at the Rivoli Theater
Crafts on the Square-Craft Show                          Humanities Presentations/Lectures
Patriotic Programs                                                   Children’s Games
Historic Exhibits                                                        Walking Tour of Downtown
Art Shows                                                                   Clowns
Quilt Lectures/Talks                                                 Special Seward County Independent
Quilt Exhibit                                                                Travelogues
Anvil Firing                                                                  Prayer Service
Grand Concert in Plum Creek Park                      Children’s Drama/Shows
Rotary Club Royalty                                                  Antique Auto Show/Contest
Parachutists                                                              Cloggers and Dancers
Holiday Lights Downtown                                       Horseshoe Contest
Carnival                                                                      Freedom Run
Bar-B-Que                                                                  Band Concerts
Miscellaneous Market                                             Tourist Family
Pet Parade/Contest                                                 Awards
Apple Pie Eating Contest                                       Pictorial Postal Cancellation
Guest Register                                                         Baseball games
Wild West Shootout                                                 Band Concerts
Magic Shows                                                            Family Shows/Concerts

Their GIANT fireworks salute takes place tonight at 10!

As for WaverlyFest, you missed the state’s largest street dance last night.  Sorry!  But you still have time to make it to the 10 a.m. parade.  I could not find the exact schedule of events, but here is a description from their website of the upcoming events.  (Note: the picture is also from their website!)

Come join the Fourth of July celebration in Waverly Nebraska.  Events include a pancake feed, a parade, Ice Cream Social, Kid Games, Money Toss, Sand Volleyball, Beer Garden, Street Dance, and Swimming.  The celebration concludes with a Fireworks Display at Lawson Park.

However you celebrate the day of Independence, I pray that you and your loved ones stay safe!

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Celebrating Independence Day Across Nebraska

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Image from Wikimedia Commons

I had hoped to get this posted earlier today because many events have been underway, at least in this area, for quite awhile.  Yet since there are a few more hours left until dark and the real shows are beginning, I decided it was still worth the post.  Obviously I will not manage to catch every town.  But here are some of the larger celebrations happening across Nebraska today, tomorrow and the rest of this week-end!

Frontier Trails

Grand Island: Fonner Park Fireworks at Dusk on July 4th

Hastings: 4th of July Concert with “The Rumbles” (possibly fireworks to follow?)

Kearney Fireworks: Thursday July 3rd 10 pm

Fort Kearny Stampede Day (July 4th Day)

Lewis and Clark

Columbus: Red, White & KaBoom on Thursday July 3rd

Norfolk (Saturday the 5th at 10 pm)

Metro

Fremont: Thursday Night

Lincoln: Uncle Sam Jam: Thursday July 3rd

Lincoln Red, White and Zoo (Friday All Day)

Two Other Lincoln Events on the 4th of July:

Celebrate America! — 9:30 a.m., kids’ parade and marching band; 10-11 a.m., patriotic program; 11-11:30 a.m., old-fashioned family games; 11:30 a.m.-noon, hot dog lunch, Cripple Creek Park, Pine Lake Road between 40th and 56th streets, north on Beaver Creek Lane; the park is on the corner of Fir Hollow and Beaver Creek Lane. Everyone welcome.

Fourth of July storytime — 11 a.m., SouthPointe Barnes & Noble Booksellers. “Corduroy’s 4th of July” and “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Omaha: Link to “Family Fun in Omaha” for all the area events!

Panhandle

Alliance: Laing Lake Lunatic Boat Races

Gering Fireworks (Thursday Night)

Scotts Bluff Area VIewing (Watch area fireworks from the Bluff – no actual fireworks permitted on site)

Pioneer Country

Beatrice: Homestead National Monument: Campire Series (July 4th evening events)

Nebraska City: Events on Friday and Saturday

York: July 3rd Fireworks

Prairie Lakes

Maxwell: Maranatha Bible Camp (Dinner, concert & fireworks: $)

North Platte Fireworks on July 4th- 8 p.m.?

Ogallala Fireworks: July 4th at Dusk

Sandhills:

Ainsworth Fourth of July (Celebration all day including races & evening fireworks)

Know of any other great events happening to celebrate the 4th of July?  Please post them on my “Odyssey Through Nebraska” Facebook Page!

Happy Birthday, United States of America!

 

 

 

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Tuesday Travel Tips: Having a Nebraska State Park Permit Expands Your Adventure Options

Today was the best kind of day: full of wonderful places and most importantly spending time with wonderful people.  We were with dear friends and then had a few adventures alone.  Lovely memories!  On the way back from our first adventure, we took a quick detour.

Conestoga Lake Zoomed In

Having driven by the Conestoga Lake sign many times, I thought it was high time that we stopped!  The park was so close to the main road and to Denton – a great location!

Conestoga Lake Sign

Conestoga Lake is one of the many state recreation areas across Nebraska.  I appreciate the fact that these areas can be found in SO many places across our state.  87 possibilities to be exact! As our kids continue to grow, I hope that we will make these outings happen more often.  And that we will have time to actually stop, as opposed to just driving into the parking lot like we did today!  This is why I plan to add a similar sticker (like the one below) every year from now on!

Nebraska Park Permit

This year we bought these little Nebraska park permit stickers for BOTH of our vehicles for UNDER $40.  Now we can stop at state parks when we are out and about – totally worth the outdoor adventures that await! I do believe that walking around Conestoga Lake would be a fun outing!

Conestoga Lake Shore

I am happy to announce that for my first bloGIVEversary prize, I get to give away a 2014 Nebraska Annual Park Permit!   Please enter below using the lovely Rafflecopter link!  Next Tuesday I will introduce my next prize and will announce this week’s winner then!

Link to Rafflecopter Giveaway

P.S. A big thank you to my dear friend who donated her extra park permit for me to give away to one of you!  Our family loves experiencing adventures with yours!  So glad that you are a part of our lives!

 

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Stopping Slavery in Nebraska: Nebraska City and the Mayhew Cabin

Mayhew Cabin Exterior

Built with stacked logs, the snug cabin is certainly not much to look at.

Mayhew Cabin Collage

Looking at the interior, comfortably housing one person almost seems like a stretch, much less the four people who stayed here.  After relocating from Ohio, the Mayhew family called this log cabin near the Missouri River home.

Nebraska City, part of then Nebraska Territory, was just starting to grow. Because of being located near Missouri,  the town had one feature that set them apart from the other area locations.  Slaves.  Ten of them were noted on the census.  This did not set well with Mrs. Mayhew.  Or especially with her brother, John Kagi, who dwelt with them for several months.

About this time, Kagi became a companion of John Brown.  You may recognize him as the one who eventually led a raid Harper’s Ferry to make a statement against slavery.  This event was a precursor that helped to catapult our nation into a Civil War.   Before all this, Kagi was an active abolitionist and was doing what he could to help end slavery, including using his sister’s cabin as at least a temporary Underground Railroad Station.  This is where his association with Brown causes history to be a bit fuzzy.

Some newspaper clippings tell of Brown visiting this site himself.  Others imply that only Kagi was acting as the Underground Railroad Conductor.   The name game does come into play here, and possibly the wrong man was given the credit.  Rather than being called Kagi cave in honor of the man who definitely found himself at home there, the more notorious man gets the name of the cave.  Was Brown ever even in Nebraska?  No one is completely sure.  Why?  Being involved with the Underground Railroad was not exactly something a person would announce at the town square.  Even after the Civil War, Southern Sympathizers were still around and many just wanted to move past the heartache.  Either way, proof does exist that a group of at least one dozen slaves passed through the cabin at one point, at least long enough to eat breakfast.

Mayhew Cabin John Brown's Cave Monument

The exact details of what all happened are definitely sketchy.  Yet I still feel that my knowledge of the underground railroad increased by visiting the Mayhew Cabin and John Brown’s Cave.  Understanding the impact that Nebraska had on this network is also interesting.  Tomorrow I plan on telling a bit more about this place, and the lessons that I learned.

Why is this timing of this post significant?  I mentioned in my post yesterday that June 19th happens to be an important holiday.  Especially for the ancestors of slaves in this country.  Juneteenth is the celebration of the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas.  This celebration of freedom has caught on and spread to other states.  Including Nebraska who hosted one event in Omaha earlier this week and will have celebrations in Lincoln and in Nebraska City tomorrow.  The latter is the place where I will “take you” again tomorrow, exploring anew the part that Nebraska played in the Underground Railroad.

 

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Music & Mozzarella @ the Museum Starts This WEEK

FREE CONCERTS start THIS Thursday night at the Lincoln Children’s Museum in downtown Lincoln.

Featuring a variety of children’s musical groups, you will not want to miss one these fun evenings.  Starting at 5:00 with the mozzarella (pizza) and music at 6:00, your whole evening can be filled with fun family moments.  This year they are serving Papa John’s pizza and Pepsi products.  (Note: while the band is free for the listen, there is a cost for the food)!

Here is the 2014 line-up:

June 5 The String Beanas

June 12 Mighty Magic Pants

June 19 The Drum Safari

June 26 The Doo-Dads

(No concert July 3)

July 10 Mr. Kneel

July 17 The String Beans AND Mighty Magic Pants

With this being the TENTH anniversary of these musical family events, all sorts of fun activities are planned.  The concerts do take place outside in their parking lot, so you will want to dress accordingly.  Be prepared to have an unforgettable evening – when food and music are involved, a great time is ready to be had!

 

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America’s Great Stories to be Told Again in Lincoln this June

This month I am privileged to be a part of a grassroots Lincoln organization: America’s Great Stories.  Four storytellers will be presenting first person narrative biographical sketches about four key American historical figures.  While I am not personally dressing up in costume, I get to lead the children in the Pledge of Allegiance, learning “America the Beautiful” and in a verse that impacted the lives of these four Americans.  Although many of the presentations are for specific groups, the three Lincoln locations mentioned are open to the public.  NOTE: all of these community room events are sponsored by “America’s Great Stories.”

 

 

Calvert Recreational Center (4500 Stockwell) on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

June 3 James Naismith (inventor of basketball)

June 10 Booker T. Washington (Famed educator)

June 17 George Washington (founding father)

June 24 Katharine Lee Bates (writer of “America the Beautiful”)

James Naismith Portrayed

Portrayal of James Naismith

 

Walt Library (6701 S. 14th) on Fridays at 11:00 a.m.

June 6 James Naismith (inventor of basketball)

June 13 Booker T. Washington (famed educator)

June 20 George Washington (founding father)

June 27 Katharine Lee Bates (writer of “America the Beautiful”)

 

Booker T. Washington portrayed

Portrayal of  Booker T. Washington

Gere Library (56th & Normal) on Fridays at 3:00 p.m.

June 6 James Naismith (inventor of basketball)

June 13 Booker T. Washington (famed educator)

June 20 George Washington (founding father)

June 27 Katharine Lee Bates (writer of “America the Beautiful”)

 

We have attended these presentations in the past, and the first person narrators do an excellent job of bringing these important American historical figures to life!

“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.”

-George Washington-

P.S. Due to room capacity limitations, the library sessions in particular can fill up quickly.  If you are flexible on your timing, attending the evening sessions at Calvert Rec Center may be your best option!

 

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Give to Lincoln Day: Thursday May 29th, 2014

Today is “Give to Lincoln” Day!

 

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On this day many of the Lincoln non-profit organizations that make a difference in our community will be getting donations and part of a matching $300,000 grant that help them to continue to make an impact.   This provides an interesting dilemma for me as I know so many people in each of these organizations.  Who should I support?  So many good options! If you are pondering this as well, you can check out the complete list of eligible organizations online.  Still stuck on who should receive your gift?  You can “love them all” and contribute to the matching fund.

P.S. Want a hint for our Wordless Wednesday from yesterday?  The location where we went just happens to be one of the “Give to Lincoln” organizations.  I will reveal that place to you later on today. 🙂

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2014 Memorial Day in Nebraska

Today across Nebraska many celebrations in honor of the true meaning of Memorial Day are taking place.  Each link below contains several options – some will be more patriotic than others!

Central Nebraska (including the “1894 Memorial Day Celebration” at Stuhr Museum)

Omaha

Southeast Nebraska

Fort McPherson National Cemetery (Maxwell)

Many local area cemeteries will be having honorary events.  Please check with your community to see what is happening near you!  Know of any in particular?  Please post them on the Odyssey Through Nebraska Facebook Page.

 

Wyuka Honor Circle

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

-Katherine Lee Bates-

 

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Today (5/9) is National Gardens Day: Free Admission to Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha

Today is National Public Garden Day.  Bet you didn’t know there was such a holiday? 🙂  You can celebrate by going to Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha for FREE!  Today is supposed to be a beautiful day across the Eastern part of Nebraska.  So, take this as your excuse to get outside and enjoy!

This is picture is from the Lauritzen Gardens website!

Click to learn more details about the Garden Day and the rest of what this urban oasis has to offer!

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