Want to see our float again?

Then you’ll want to get downtown in Baldwin City this weekend!

Several years ago, we decided to buy a new-to-us trailer that could be dedicated to our annual parade float. Before that, we were using one of Ted’s farm trailers, which was fine—except he needed to use it for the farm, so we had to tear down the float right away and give it back.

Now that we have a dedicated float trailer, we can leave the float intact year-round.

That also means we can use it for a stage at our block party—saving ourselves a ton of money on stage rental!—and loan it out to other people in need of a fun stage for a band.

This weekend is Get Downtown Baldwin!, a fun event in downtown Baldwin City with everyone’s favorite cover band, Sellout!, performing once again on our lime-green stage.

The family-friendly event includes a chili feed, beer and wine, and a bounce house (that’s quite the combination!). Dinner starts at 6 p.m. followed by the concert at 8 p.m. And, the event is free! You can also enjoy an art exhibit by Tom Russell.

Stop by the Lumberyard Arts Center for a fun family evening this Saturday!

Thanks to the sponsors: Mid America Bank, Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, City of Baldwin City, and the Baldwin City EDC.

Bikes, Trains and Automobiles

It’s time for another bike-and-train expedition!

A few months ago, we told you about a fun excursion Peach put together with the Midland Railway—and several of our friends took us up on the offer. They carted their bikes to Baldwin City, where they caught the train for a ride on the historic Midland Railway, followed by a bike ride on the new Prairie Spirit Trail.

Well, now you have more opportunities to participate! There’s another ride this weekend, June 20.

Join the Midland Railroad at the Baldwin City Depot at 9 a.m. for a 22-mile round trip to Ottawa. Take your bike along, or not—you can hike if you prefer. The train will unload 1/2 mile north of the Prairie Spirit Trail and the Flint Hills Rail Trail. Ride as long as you want, just make sure you’re back at 3 p.m. to catch the train back to Baldwin City.

RSVP to either Peach at peach@thesandbar.com or to director@visitottawakansas.com, or you can call 785.242.1411. The suggested donation is $10 to the Midland Railway Preservation Association.

And if you can’t make it this weekend, don’t worry. There will be opportunities again on July 18, August 15 and September 19, so mark your calendar!

Midland Rail

Bike the Prairie Spirit Trail

Calling all bikers!

Nope, not that kind—the ones of the cycling variety. Peach has a fun new opportunity this Saturday for our bicyclist friends. Looking at you, Bike Beer Wednesday folks.

Load your bike onto the historic Midland Railway at the Baldwin City Depot and take a train ride to Ottawa, where you’ll have the chance to ride to the Prairie Spirit Trail. Meet the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks trail managers and enjoy hot dogs and beer (again, looking at you, BBW’ers) at the Old Depot in Ottawa.

Then, ride your bike to the oldest operating cinema in America—established in 1905—and enjoy a complimentary tour of the Plaza’s Movie Memorabilia Museum.

Finally, you’ll return on the train and arrive in Baldwin City by 2:30 p.m.

This great opportunity is compliments of the Baldwin City EDC Inc.  Bring the whole family for a day of adventure! Email Peach at peach@thesandbar.com to reserve your spot.

Saturday, April 25
9 a.m.
Baldwin City Depot

Fun things this weekend in Baldwin City

We may not have a Sandbar in Baldwin City, our lovely neighbor town to the south, but we have a soft spot for the charming place. And we have a lot of ties there—did you know that our founder, Peach, lives just outside Baldwin?

She’s super-involved with all the goings-on in the town, and we wanted to let all of our friends know about some of the fun things happening there this weekend.

Historic Trolley Tour

How awesome does this sound?! Board a historic open-air trolley at The Lodge (also owned by Peach), 502 Ames St., and tour all the wonderful historic—and not so historic—sites in town.

The tour is free, and leaves at 10:30 a.m. It lasts about an hour.

Baker University Homecoming

This is a popular weekend for Homecoming celebrations! The Baker Wildcats kick off their game against Graceland at 2 p.m.

Get Downtown Concert and Dinner

Who doesn’t love Sellout!? Everybody’s favorite party band takes the stage in downtown Baldwin City at 8 p.m. They’ll play your favorite 80’s and 90’s party music starting at 8 p.m.

(And you might recognize the stage they’re playing on…)

Come out before the concert for a community-sponsored taco bar at 6 p.m. A beer and wine garden will be available, so bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a lovely evening downtown!

Valentine’s Day at the Lodge in Baldwin City

Unless you're new around here (and if you are, that's okay!), you already know that our founder Peach also owns the Lodge in Baldwin City, a rustic motel and banquet facility. Baldwin City is just a short drive south of Lawrence.

If you haven't made plans with your valentine this weekend, check out the Lodge! They're holding a Valentine Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight. Mark Valentine and the Ticklers, the band that has headlined our annual birthday block party for the past three years, will be performing all your favorite songs.

There's no cover charge for the dane, but you must be 21 or older to attend.

If you want to make the night even more special, add a motel room for just $69, or a suite for $99. Call the Lodge for more information or to make reservations. You can reach them at 785.594.3900 or by email at baldwincitylodge@gmail.com. 

It's sure to be a fun night!