- November 22, 2014:
Today was the annual meeting of the Great Planes Nature Photographers at
the Opera House in McPherson, Kansas. It was my first visit to the Opera
House and my first event with the GPNP.
Opera House is quite attractive and much of the interior is updated and
modern. The 160 photographers quickly filled the first floor and I found
a seat in the first balcony.
featured speaker for the day was Jennifer Wu, whose appearance was sponsored
by Cannon. I particularly enjoyed the morning session, where I filled three
pages with notes. The afternoon session had less to offer those who are
not particularly interested in star photography.
were no workshops and with the the theater style seating, the event does
not lend itself to networking by those who do not know each other already.
But it was a worthwhile event and well worth the $15 fee.
was at Woodies Smokehouse (called Woodies BBQ Shack on their web site).
The prices are quite reasonable.
meats have a lost of flavor from the rub used in preparation and are served
dry (without sauce). There are a wide variety of BBQ sauce available to
thought that the ribs, hot links and spicy baked beans were all very good.
The beef brisket was dry and flavorless. The corn on the con serving was
a a large complete ear.
was in Strong City at Ad Astra, a small, interesting restaurant which is
open only on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. My starter of blue cheese chips
(house made potato chips drizzled with ranch dressing, then topped with
Maytag blue cheese crumbles and green onion) was very good, but I would
have liked the chips to have been just a little more done.
of the burgers looked good to me, though I would have liked a build your
own option, where I could have used the most appealing toppings from each
one. They are served on a toasted pretzel bun and you have a choice of
a 1/3 pound patty of beef, black bean or bison, or 1/2 pound of longhorn.
I couldn't find what the regular beef was.
selected the prairie burner (American & Swiss cheeses, roasted jalapeno,
applewood smoked bacon, spicy mayo and lettuce) with bison. The juicy,
flavorful meat was cooked perfectly medium as ordered. I particularly enjoyed
the bacon. For a side, I picked the deep fried Brussels sprouts (tossed
with garlic infused olive oil). The sprouts may have beef my favorite part
of the meal, but a little of them goes a long way and I would have preferred
a smaller helping and the option of a second side.