McPherson, Kansas is among America’s Best 50 Cities to Live — # 24, actually

24/7 Wall Street recently published their list of the best fifty cities to live in America.  Here are McPherson’s attributes:

> Population: 13,212
> 5 yr. population change: 0.0%
> Median home value: $135,800
> Median household income: $54,057

“The median household income in McPherson, Kansas of $54,057 a year is just below the national median of $55,322. However, a dollar goes a long way in McPherson as goods and services are 14% less expensive than they are on average nationwide. Indeed, extreme financial hardship is relatively rare in the city. Just 7.3% of residents live in poverty compared to 15.1% of Americans.

McPherson residents also have many options when it comes to entertainment and recreation. The city has a far greater than typical concentration of restaurants, fitness centers, museums, golf courses, and movie theaters.”

The methodology of 24/7 Wall St. included a weighted index of 25 measures that fall into four categories: affordability, economy, quality of life and community.  To avoid geographic clustering, only the top-ranking city, with a minimum population of 8,000, in any given county was selected. 

Learn about the ‘Renaissance’ at the former Assaria, Kansas high school

Walking toward the Renaissance Cafe, diners might expect to grab a tray and stand in line for Sloppy Joe’s.  Instead diners will be ‘schooled’ to order and enjoy some of the finest dining in central Kansas.  Or anywhere else!

The Renaissance Cafe just announced its new menu:

  • Amuse-Bouche: Red Pear, Bellavitana Merlot, Mint, Dried Cherry
  • Beef Carpacio with Radish and Kumquat
  • Pork Cordon Bleu
  • Seared Tuna with Edamame, Wasabi Cream and Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Salads: Panzanella, Arugula and Caesar

See ‘Kansas” in Kansas

Celebrate (don’t ‘beware’) the Ides of March!

The iconic band Kansas will perform at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina on Friday, March 15 as part of their “Point of No Return 40th Anniversary Tour.”  If you just can’t wait, listen to their live album “Leftoverture Live & Beyond” that was release last year on November 3, 2017.

Until then, buy your tickets for these upcoming performances at the Stiefel Theatre!  All shows start at 8 pm.

  • Friday, November 2: Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games
  • Saturday, November 3: Tedeschi Trucks Bank with Sam Lewis
  • Wednesday, November 7: Straight No Chaser
  • Saturday, November 10: Lindsay Buckingham with J. S. Ondara
  • Thursday, November 15: Josh Turner
  • Friday, November 16: Generation Axe with Vai, Wyld Malmsteen, Bettencourt and Abasi
  • Thursday, November 29: Tommy Emmanuel with Jerry Douglas
  • Saturday, December 1: Mark Chestnutt and Joe Diffie

Traveling in Middle America

Middle America.  The Great Plains.  Flyover Country.  It doesn’t matter what the central United States are called.

Middle America deserves to be seated prominently at the table for all travelers.  Yes, especially the so-called luxury travelers.

Middle America is drenched with adventures and unique experiences that are literally everywhere–especially where travelers may least expect them: small towns and rural communities.

Middle America is easily accessible, reasonably priced and untapped!