June 16, 2009
Cowley PTK students help with Symphony in the Flinthills�
On Saturday, June 13, 13 brave souls representing the Cowley College
chapter of Phi Theta Kappa joined forces with 15 members from the Butler
Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa for a fund-raising event
The task was to assist with the parking and exiting of approximately 3,500 cars for over 5,000 attendees and 600 volunteers who came to Cedar Point, KS to experience the Symphony in the Flinthills.
The groups arrived at the site at 10 a.m. and finally headed for home just after midnight. It was a gorgeous day and a fantastic experience.
The fourth annual concert was held on the Doyle Creek Land and Cattle Company located between Florence and Strong City, south of Cedar Point. The site is in Chase County on privately owned ranchland approximately three miles southeast of Cedar Point. Several hundred acres of tallgrass prairie out in the middle of nowhere was transformed into a tent city which offered food, educational presentations on the grasslands and wildflowers, covered wagon rides, bird hikes, star gazing and much more. All culminating with a 90 minute concert performed by the Kansas City Symphony.
Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc. is a Kansas arts organization that aspires to become a Kansas arts institution. Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc. was formed in March 2004 by leaders in Chase, Lyon, Morris and Wabaunsee counties and was incorporated as a Kansas not-for-profit organization in November 2004.
Once a vast prairie covered one-third of this continent -- an endless grassland teeming with bison, deer, antelope, fowl and wildflowers of every color. Today, an untouched piece of that prairie still exists in the Flint Hills of Kansas.
Each spring there is a gathering, a coming together of art, nature and the kindred souls who appreciate them both. For one evening, the meadowlark’s song is joined by the sounds of the Kansas City Symphony. The Flint Hills have many faces, so each year the symphony sight travels from county to county, honoring the beloved tallgrass prairie and the plains heritage with music as big as the western sky.
The group of Phi Theta Kappans received high praise for their willingness to work hard and their ability to stay calm and flexible when unforeseen problems occurred. The money they received will be used to help cover conference expenses for the next school year.
Those pictured are, from left, Aubrey Lyman, Micaela Marks, Phuong Huynh, Danielle Napier, Melinda Neal, Nancy Ayers, Bertha Zhao, Bertha Perez, Greg Anderson, Keoki Waipa and James Walling. Not pictured are Mark Neal and Max Ayers)