The Grapevine (Nov. 16)

11/16/2013 7:27 AM

11/16/2013 7:31 AM

Wreath Festival next week

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its Wreath Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The festival features exhibits, music and gifts and baked goods for sale. Admission is free.

On display will be the Moore Family Santa Collection, which includes a life-size Santa once displayed at the Wichita Macy’s store; miniature Christmas trees made by Sylvia Jackson; and the Wichita Cottage adorned to portray a Victorian Christmas.

The museum, 204 S. Main, will be decorated for the holidays. Lunch will be served both days from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $14, which includes admission to the entire museum.

Talk on interpretation

The Wichita Hosta Society is bringing K-State professor Ted Cable to town to give a talk Tuesday on interpretation – a way of deepening the understanding and appreciation of nature and culture, leading to ways to protect their resources. Cable “will reveal ways of seeing the beauty and interest in nature and how to convey its importance in an entertaining, meaningful way,” the club says.

The talk will be at 7 p.m. at Botanica; admission is free. Snacks will be served starting at 6:30 p.m.

Designer Q&A

Q: What is the next big trend for kitchens? It seems that white cabinets and white marble countertops are the top choice in 2013. Will stainless-steel appliances decline in popularity?

A: Thomas Pheasant, a Washington interior designer and author of “Thomas Pheasant: Simply Serene,” answers: Since kitchens can be one of the more costly spaces, I believe in getting what you like and not following a trend. There is certainly a trend to more modern cabinetry and glossy finishes. I think stainless appliances will always be popular. The commercial ranges seem to be not as much in demand anymore due to energy conservation and the sleek look we are seeing more of.

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