Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Vintage Camper LOVE

I love vintage campers! Several years ago I bought a 1968 Scotty Sierra for $200 years. It was pulled from a field and had several rat’s nests in it. I put on a mask, rubber gloves and cleaned it out. It is fabulous but I realized that it needed lots of work that I can’t do myself. So it’s now at a local contractor’s garage and he is rebuilding the walls and several other repairs. When I get it back, I’ll paint it and start decorating!

I’m looking forward to camping in it this summer! More pictures to come when further along!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Junkin Queen

I confess - I am a Junkin' Queen! I comb over thrift stores, garage sales and auctions to find unique, one of a kind items! I've been able to make my hobby into a business by having a booth at an Antique Mall and repurpose shop. I also love "boothing" - which means setting up a booth at Vintage Markets. In the fall each year, the Stone Barn Farm hosts a Vintage Camper Show and Vintage Market. I'll be posting my schedule of Junkin' events soon!

Kansas Barn Alliance

The Kansas Barn Alliance was formed to discover, memorialize and preserve the story of rural Kansas, especially barns. It's a fun group who work together to collect stories and pictures of barns in rural Kansas and to encourage preservation of barns. They host an annual conference called Barn Fest and distribute a quarterly newsletter.

The Stone Barn Farm is proud to be a member of the Kansas Barn Alliance and I (Shannon) serve on the board as the Vice President.

You can find out more about the Kansas Barn Alliance at kansasbarnalliance.org.

Farm Weddings

Over the years, we have hosted some beautiful weddings at the Stone Barn Farm. It always amazes me how creative the brides are when it comes to decorating. I love the country themed events.

One bride had a drone flyover as the bridal party formed a heart shape.

Another couple was treated, after a rainy morning, to a double rainbow that appeared over the barn at the end of their wedding.

Weddings at the Stone Barn Farm costs $750 for the whole weekend and include one cabin for both Friday and Saturday night. Three other cabins are available for rent, if needed. (620) 886-1703 for more information.

Relax in the Home on the Range Cabin

We have four log cabins for rent at the Stone Barn Farm. Each cabin has a theme. Cabin Four is called Home on the Range and has a Kansas theme. It's decorated with sunflowers and has a king size bed and hot tub. It's also our most popular cabin and rents for $90 a night. It's a great place to relax and includes lots of amenities - coffee maker, apartment size refrigerator, microwave, cable tv, all linens and the previously mentioned hot tub! Call for reservations (620) 886-1703.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Mom of Twins

I'm the mom of 9 year old twin boys. It's a constant adventure and I have often been encouraged to write down some of my experiences.

So here's one...

We were at the convenience store in Winfield and I was getting gas. The twins went inside to get something to drink. I pumped the gas and came in to pay. As I came around the row, I see Wyatt on his hands and knees with Wade standing on his back reaching for a pop high in the cooler. They look at me and smile and Wade says, "It pays to be a twin!"

New Year - Looking Back and New Plans!

Each year I like to look back at what was accomplished and make new plans for the future of Stone Barn Farm. In 2017, we added two concerts to our events and the Vintage Camper Show attendance doubled from the previous year.

Our first concert was held in April and featured Ned Ledoux.

It stormed and rained like crazy the day of the concert!! What an experience it was! I was so nervous that no one would show up. We hoped to have the concert at our barn but since it was an outdoor venue we made a decision to move it to Cedar Vale, 15 miles away. The Hewins Park Pavilion had a large stage and was covered. It's a historic building and the community of Cedar Vale welcomed us. The concert started at 8 p.m. and at 7:15 there were few cars arriving. Thankfully, the rain stopped just before the concert and 500 people showed up! We had hoped for 300 so you can imagine my surprise. They all came from little kids to grandparents and Ned put on a fabulous show!

In the fall, we held our second concert of the year and had booked Jason Boland and the Stragglers. I love red dirt music and had been a fan for many years. This time, Mother Nature sent high winds the day of the concert. We were able to keep it at the Stone Barn and rearranged the stage. We met our target of 300 concert goers and everyone there had a great time!

Our Vintage Camper Show continues to grow in attendance and the number of campers registered. Three years ago, attendance was around 300. Last year we had 1,000 visitors and this year it increased to 2,000! Cars were coming in as far as the eye could see! It was a wonderful event - music, shopping from homemade vendors and crafters, good comfort food and 18 vintage campers. Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe signed their Kansas Guidebooks. We learned that we needed more bathrooms, trashcans and food vendors. I can't wait to see how this event grows in the future.

So now on to 2018 and new plans for Happenings! I'm working on booking more concerts this year and grow the Vintage Camper Show. Also, looking at redecorating and remodeling some of the cabins. We will continue to rent tables and chairs and host weddings. I'm also looking for new event ideas. Let me know you would like to attend. What type of events would you like us to have at the Stone Barn Farm?

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