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Travel to Wichita to visit quilt show or a museum on April 3
POSTED: 03/12/2014
Whether it's needlework or a chance to visit a unique trove of historical artifacts, a day trip being planned in early April by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District could be an interesting diversion.

Wichita Quilt Show and World Treasures is the name of this trip, which will take place on Thursday, April 3. Participants can choose to visit the 17th annual quilt show presented by the Machine Quilters Showcase, or if they prefer, to tour the Museum of World Treasures in Wichita's Old Town. Along the way, step-on guide Valerie Studer, a quilting expert and quilt shop owner, will present a mini truck show on the way. Lunch will be at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

Those visiting the quilt show will arrive at the Century II Convention Center in downtown Wichita to see more than 300 beautifully-crafted quilts around this year's theme of Up, Up and Away! Birds, planes, kites, balloons and more creative interpretations will be embellished on award-winning quilts. Vendor booths will also feature supplies, ideas, and gifts. For those not interested in quilts, the museum of World Treasures features three floors of artifacts to explore. Marvel at actual Egyptian mummies, travel to past battlefields, and uncover secrets of ancient civilizations.

On the way back, there will be a stop at the Nifty Nut House for fresh roasted nuts, dried fruit, chocolates, and sugar-free candy.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “day trip.”

Wichita Quilt Show and World Treasures will leave from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at 7 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, and return about 7 p.m. that day. The cost for this 12-hour trip, including transportation, tours, and lunch, is $89 per person.

While the JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District’s Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

The JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the district’s website at

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