Nothing on agenda this weekend

By Ben Hopper

School’s out, summer’s just beginning and the pace of Manhattan is slowing down a bit. For the past few months, it has been go go go. Finally, an event (or non-event) to celebrate having a little more free time. There are no parades, no sales, no agendas.

Here’s your chance for us to come together on this great day and celebrate… nothing.

Don’t miss The Nothing Festival, all day Saturday.

Enjoy a cup of coffee. Stroll down the sidewalk and chat with friends. Take your family out for a donut or some ice cream. Have a frosty beverage with some pals, or just lie on a blanket in Triangle Park.

“We, of course, love and appreciate K-State and its students, but isn’t it great to kind of feel like we have our town back for a while? That’s the whole idea behind The Nothing Festival: to celebrate the town we call home,” said Leah Hyman, a member of the Aggieville Business Association board of directors.

Even though there is nothing going on, here’s a look at area events.


The Historic Columbian Theatre present “Singing in the Rain,” 7:30 p.m. through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Also June 6-8, June 11 and June 13-15.

Directed by Widge Yager.

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 children and students. Group tour discounts available.

Tickets are available for purchase at The Columbian Theatre Box Office or by phone from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Call 785-456-2029 or visit

Columbian Theatre, Wamego.




Opening reception for “A World of Color,” 5-7 p.m.

A joint exhibit of the Manhattan Arts Center Watercolor Studio and MAC Oil Painting Studio. Exhibit open through July 12. Sponsored by anonymous, Vera and Larry Langemeier and Manhattan Broadcasting Company.

Gallery hours noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

Manhattan Arts Center.


Arts in the Park: Briar, a blues/classic rock group, 8 p.m.

Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park.


Second Chance Prom, 8:30 p.m.

Back to the ‘90s. Featuring cash and prizes for best dressed. Dance and party the night away to some of your favorite tunes from 90s and today.

Tickets at Hyvee or online at Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Wareham Opera House.


Ace Reporter Sam Sargent’s Birthday Show, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.



All Ages Storytime, 11 a.m.

Manhattan Public Library.


Tyler Gregory, 9 p.m.

Cost: $4. Auntie Mae’s.




Manhattan Public Library Summer Reading Program: Fizz Boom Read, through July 31.

People of all ages from babies to teens to grandparents can participate. It’s free to sign up, and all you have to do is keep track of the time you spend reading in order to win fun prizes, like free books and gift certificates to local restaurants. Last year more than 3,000 people participated in summer reading and together logged more than 1,000,000 minutes of reading time.

Registration for the 2014 program begins June 1, either online at or at the library. Reading logs will begin June 1 and last until July 31.


Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.


Scott Senn, Jazz pianist, 6-8:30 p.m.


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