Prairie Village News 9/06/16

Faron Wahl, Manager

      What a magnificent season we have experienced at Prairie Village during 2016!
      As it goes with the passage of time, we’ve been so busy since early spring that it doesn’t seem possible we could be arriving at the end of our regular season. But alas, here we are…looking back at the myriad details of a fun filled whirlwind year.
      Indeed, Labor Day marked the end of our regular season at the village. Our gift shop is now closed, and the doors to our historic buildings will be secured until the spring reopening.
      But a couple of key activities are still coming up, and we don’t want anyone to miss them. Come on out to the Opera House on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. for Joseph Hall’s “Elvis Rock ’n’ Remember” tribute. Joseph was one of the top 10 finalists in 2008 on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” He has won numerous awards during his career, including the “Spirit of Elvis” award, and he performed for a number of years in Branson, Mo. Ticketing for this event is being handled entirely by Joseph’s organization; they cost only $20 and are available at:
      Our annual pumpkin train will run on Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost to attend is a $5 donation per participating child age 12 and under, and $2 per accompanying adult or teen. Anyone who has attended this event in the past has witnessed the wonderful day’s fun as well as the resulting growth it has realized. Come out and spend some fall family time with us riding the train to the pumpkin patch!
      We will continue to offer fall camping (up until the time at which we need to shut off water) for those who want to enjoy the turning leaves and crisp air. Our new camper self check-in station stands ready to accommodate those who will join us, whether the many folks who have never visited but now pull in after finding us online while traveling, or for those from the area who want to plan a fall weekend getaway.
      As I finish off my weekly columns for 2016, I want to thank the countless folks who have been an integral part of Prairie Village this year. Volunteers continue to provide priceless services to us. The support of Madison area individuals, businesses and the Greater Madison Area Chamber has been incredible.
      And to our staff: Thank you for pouring your hearts into your labors all spring and summer, often missing the events yourselves as you worked so hard to serve our guests.
      Planning for all of 2017 is under way. Keep up with us at and on Facebook at Historic Prairie Village. We look forward to seeing you with us again soon!