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Fredonia, Kansas Fall Homecoming Parade
Sunday - November 13, 2016: We revisited Cozy's Cafe on 7th Street in Overland Park, Kansas. The restaurant was quite busy and service was a little slow. Cozy's has a Mediterranean influenced menu and also serves breakfast all day. 

The small family run restaurant opened in 2009.

 

Cozy's Cafe - Overland Park, Kansas Cozy's Cafe
 
Thursday - November 25, 2016: The next month will be very busy with constant visits to follow up on current Christmas Light Displays in Johnson County, Lawrence and Topeka, Kansas. I made the first visits today, starting with the Haskins Street Christmas Display at 79th Street and Pflumm in Lenexa. Many of the displays are only impressive after dark, but this one also has many features which are worth seeing in daytime. 

 I particularly like the parachuting dog!

 

Haskins Street Christmas Display - Lenexa, Kansas Haskins Street Christmas Display
Saturday - November 26, 2016: Although we have visited Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory & Sanctuary a number of times, we had never been there for a feeding of the big cats, so we scheduled this visit to coincide with a feeding. 

After touring the sanctuary, we found a spot near the Tigers, which were the first animals fed. The most interesting part may have been the last 10 or 15 minutes before the feeding. The cats new it was coming and grew anxious, constantly moving. They were separated as much as possible and all fed as close to the same time as possible. We also tagged along for the feeding of some of the smaller wild cats.

Before leaving Louisburg, we went across town to Louisburg Cider Mill which was busy with people having freshly fried donuts, cold cider and hot spiced cider. Many people were purchasing gift baskets or purchasing individual food items to create their own gift baskets.

 

Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory - Louisburg, Kansas Cedar Cove

Louisburg Cider Mill - Louisburg, Kansas Louisburg Cider Mill

Monday - November 28, 2016: I drove to Lawrence, Kansas to make the first pass through, checking on the locations which had nice Christmas displays last year or which had contacted us asking to be added to the 2016 Lawrence Christmas Light Tour.

After checking them all out, we had supper at Burgers by Biggs. We have been to their BBQ restaurant several times, but this was the first time for the burger. The hamburgers were good, if not outstanding. The hand made onion rings and fresh cut fries were also good. 

If we lived nearby, this Biggs would be added to the mix of places we visited, but with so many good places in Lawrence and our getting there only occasionally, this restaurant does not rise to "must visit."

 

Burgers by Biggs - Lawrence, Kansas Cheeseburger & fries at Burgers by Biggs
Tuesday - November 29, 2016: Tonight was the first pass through the the homes on the Topeka Kansas Christmas Light Tour. Several of last year's displays were not up (at least so far) and there will no new displays which were elaborate enough or unique to the point of being added to the tour. 

The Powell's Christmas display on SE Leo Avenue is shown at the right. It was once much larger and won prizes for several years. It is still attractive and well done.

 

Powell's Christmas display - Topeka, Kansas Powell's Christmas display
Wednesday - November 30, 2016: It was time to revisit Jon Russell's Kansas City Barbeque in Overland Park, Kansas, to update its review. I made a point of going on Wednesday, because that has been the only day they serve their popular chicken wings, but they now offer them every day. The wings are spicy from a dry rub and slightly crispy on the outside.
 
Jon Russell's Kansas City Barbeque - Overland Park, Kansas Jon Russell's Kansas City Barbeque
 
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