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ttn logoDecember, 2018: Welcome to my latest adventure!

Kim Schultz

Tis the season to be jolly! Or maybe just really busy! I have no clue where November went. Some years, see long and then you have 2018 which seems like it flew by! New things are coming in 2019! It is time for a change! The more sponsors we find, the more things we can do! 

Kim's Excellent Adventures!

I will call this month, the month that just flew by!


Trip to Dallas - My final trip of 2018! I miss my friends in all the other states!!  Most of the time I travel, I take my lap top and work most of the time! I am just lucky that much of my work can be done anywhere!!               

Supper Club: Our Sixth supper club was at The Burger Stand. We had new faces this time! I love meeting new people! I had a corn dog and fries! Our next one is at The Pennant and will be an Ugly Sweater party! I acutally made this one public so more people can show off their ugly sweaters!

Thanksgiving - It was just our family again this year plus my Aunt Marylin. 

Voted - I hope you did too!

Social Butterflies From Kansas closing in on 1000 likes!  - We are getting closer! Come on and like our page!! Whey are we not there yet!!!

AWE  - I was a speaker this month. I not only talked about The Topeka Newsletter website, I also talked about my life! How I got here! I didn't take the easy path! I fought for what I have and fight every day to get people to work together and help Topeka!!

Beerfest - Not something you normally do in Topeka in November! It was a bit cold but there was still a nice crowd!

NOEL  - Frank was picked as one of the three locals to be in the show!

Black Friday Shopping! I actually went shopping with Chelsea Thanksgiving Evening and then with Dawn on Friday! We went to a few stores, grabbed lunch and just spent time with each other! I love my high school, life long friends!

Game Night with the Social Butterflies  - This was a first public event!

Movie Night - I met my friend Mike in KC for dinner at Culvers and then we went to see Bohemian Rhapsody at The Legends! Loved the movie!  When we arrived, there were tons of people, live music, Santa, Giveaways and other entertainment. After the movie we realized they were lighting the Christmas in the middle of the fountain!

Friends Brunch - My friend Kerrice has a woman's brunch every year! This year it moved from the Sunflower House to her own house! What a cool house! So many new and old friends gather with way too much food and beverages of course!!

I worked a lot this month! It takes me awhile to adjust to cold and dreary weather! December looks like it might be a little more fun!

To locate restaurants and local businesses you can search everything Topeka. We will begin to spotlight local businesses though!! Stay tuned for more fun stuff!!

Coming soon my monthly video Diary!!

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The View from My NOTO Studio

Barbara Waterman Peters


View from my Studio

By Barbara Waterman-Peters

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Barbara Waterman-Peters

We have stumbled into a gorgeous autumn with its lovely colors, startlingly blue sky and chilly nights. On gray days blessed with rain the colors are even richer as though just applied to paper with a juicy wash of watercolor. Leaves are dropping and scattering in the wind, their hues fading all too soon.

The light changes in the fall. It is sharper—great for painting—as it aims itself through my window.

Autumn is my favorite time of year because it brings my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, and its colors are breathtaking.  Somehow nature is closer to us when trees shower us with leaves and warn us of approaching winter. It is a time for reflection and preparation.

At the moment, I am reflecting on current projects and ideas for them surround me like leaves tossed by the wind. Their colors will disappear if I fail to rake them in quickly.

“Clay & Paint: Bradley, Peters, & BW-P”

Two ceramic artists and one painter will show works that address different ways to approach the surface of an object. Opening First Friday October 5 from 4:00-8:30 PM, the show will run through November in conjunction with the Kansas Artist Craftsman Association Conference November 16-17.

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New to Downtown

do it downtown topeka

We want to highlight the downtown progress and dedication of downtown businesses!

Coming in 2019 we will try to highlight different businesses that are new, survived the renovation, or have been in downtown for years!








Local Film Makers

Topeka is a very creative community. Our live theatre is plentiful and amazing. We have all types of music. We also are home to many talented film makers.


Roaring Rat Films 

Gary Piland

This company is 100% local. The owner/Director/Writing lives in Topeka. The movies are shot in Topeka by Topeka actors. 

They are working on putting the two full length movies on iTunes. 





Current Project:


Past releases:

Zombie Kansas

Zombie Kansas




Zombie Beauty Pageant

Zombie Beauty Pageant

Zombie Shorts:   Zombie Chigger,    Zombie Laundry,   Zombie Tattoo Parlor

Zombie Chigger     Zombie Chigger     Zombie Chigger


Sunrunner Films, LLC

Austin Snell

 Austin Snell is the CEO and Director of this company. Austin lives in Lawrence and often uses Topeka and local actors in his movies.

You can purchase your own copy at






Current Project:


"Nature is a haunted house..."  -Emily Dickinson


"In an attempt to reconcile the problems in their relationship, Myra (Carmen Anello) and James (Owen Lawless) venture to an isolated cabin in the mountains.  It is there they encounter an ancient evil that haunts the landscape, capable of turning people into deformed monsters.  Not only will they be fighting for their relationship, they will be fighting for their lives."

EXPOSURE is a throw-back horror experience in the vein of your favorite 70's and 80's classics.  Featuring practical effects-based creature designs and a special appearance by horror legend Lynn Lowry, EXPOSURE is made for fans and by fans.

STARRING: Carmen AnelloOwen Lawless (Helltown) & Lynn Lowry (Shivers, The Crazies, I Drink Your Blood & Model Hunger)

Special Effects by Jake Jackson

Produced by Clayton Ashley, Jake Jackson, and Austin Snell

Written by Jake Jackson and Austin Snell

Directed by Austin Snell


Past movies:

Dust, Blood & Fire and Eraser

 Dust Blood Fire  Erasure





Steve Balderson

Although it appears this company has movied to California, they got their start in Kansas.  Steve Balderson was born in Manhattan, KS.






Maker By Night FX

Special Effects Makeup Artist Jake Jackson 


MotoVike Films

Teach Us All - Documentary hitting Netflix

New Businesses

A Ha Moment Marketing

Andrea Ard


A Ha Moment


Tequillas - Reopened

Brookwood Shopping Center


4 Guys Bar & Grill

Brookwood Shopping Center

2833 B 29th St

Topeka, Kansas


 Soul Fire Nutrition

Brookwood Shopping Center


39 West Gallery

909 N. Kansas Ave. Topeka, KS 66608



Gourmet Treats Topeka


Essentia Salon & Spa

5900 SW Huntoon St. Ste A2

Topeka, KS 66604



Total Fit Body Boot Camp

 5626 SW 29th St

Topeka, KS 



Gun Garage & Shooting Range

2120 NE Meriden Rd, Topeka, KS 66608




Pizzeria Via Family Dining

738 SW Gage Blvd


Pizzeria Via Family Dining offers hand crafted and stone baked pizza, salads, grinders, wraps, wings and we also serve a variety of alcoholic beverages.


Hidden Hill Farms of Kansas

7320 SW Indian Hills Rd

Auburn, KS 66402

COMING in June 2018

Wedding and Event Venue


Kim and Robins Journey to Internet Stardom

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Like our Facebook Page:

Like our Youtube Channel:

Twitter: @ButterfliesKS

We are so excited to be famous!!!

We are looking for businesses who would like to have the Social Butterflies Visit during their Trending Tuesday Lives on Facebook!

We can't wait to help make your business, internet famous!!









Keith the Critic

Keith VansickleKeith the Critic 







NIght SchoolNight School

This comedy stars Kevin Hart as Teddy Walker. In high school Teddy was the popular guy who could do everything but pass a test. So he drops out.

Years later Teddy is poised to take over control of the barbecue store where he works when the current manager retires. While celebrating with his high class girlfriend, he proposes. She accepts and Teddy is on top of the world. But an explosion occurs detroying the store and ending his job.

Teddy's best friend is a financial advisor and has a job for Teddy as long as he gets his GED. But his girlfriend cannot know. Teddy enrolls in night school where his high school nemesis is now principal. The class is taught by Carrie, who is played by Tiffany Haddish, who has a crazy way of ensuring that her class passes. The class consists of a hodgepodge of students who all have their own issues. This includes a prisoner and a dad (Rob Riggle) who is trying to set an example for his son. Night school is just as hard as high school but Carrie is persistent.

This movie has really funny scenes but the script dragged at times. Kevin Hart, Rob Riggle, Tiffany Haddish, and the rest of the cast were great they just needed more to work with. A cast like this brings great expectations but it really didn't live up to its potential. I can only give this movie 2 1/2 out of 4 stars.



The Nunthenun

This horror film takes place at a Roman Catholic monastery in Romania. When two nuns are killed and one has hung herself Father Burke (Demian Bichir) is called upon to investigate. Sister Irene, who is played by Taissa Farmiga, is a novice nun and is asked to acccompany him. Frenchie (Jonas Bloquet) who delivers supplies to the abbey had found the nun and takes Father Burke and Sister Irene to the site. They soon discover that a demonic force exists in the abbey and they must drive it out.

This movie is part of the Conjuring franchise. It was good but not great. At times the story was slow and dull and at other times pretty good. The script was not well written but the makeup, the costumes, the special effects, and the set were outstanding. The script just needed more development. They could have delved deeper into the why and how things occurred.

The Conjuring movies are absolutely better than the Nun. But I still gave it 2 1/2 out of 4 stars.


The PreditorThe Predator

This movie is the 6th of its kind. Army sniper, Quinn McKenna, played by Boyd Holbrook, is on a mission when the Predator ship crashes down. He is able to subdue the Predator and recovers armor and a small ball that can make him invisible. He mails the armor home where his autistic son, Rory, played by Jacob Tremblay, finds the package unbeknownst to his mother.

Will Traeger (Sterling K. Brown) leads the investigation into the Predators and has McKenna arrested. Dr. Casey Bracket (Olivia Munn) is brought in to assist in studying the captured alien. While observing, the Predator awakens killing everyone in site but sparing Casey. With the help of McKenna and a band of army misfits, Casey escapes.

Rory decides to wear the armor trick or treating and activates something that allows the other Predators to track him. McKenna and his new crew must stop the Predators and save his son.

I loved the first Predator movie that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. This one was enjoyable too. They changed it up a bit having the Predator go into the neighborhoods. The entire cast including Olivia Munn were all really good. The costumes were absolutely outstanding. There were even Predator dogs that added a new twist. There were a few disappointments and at time the story lagged. The sound is really good in the theater but other than that, you can wait for the blue ray or see it in the cheap theater. I gave it 2 1/2 out of 4 stars.




Jennifer Garner stars in this thriller in which she plays the part of Riley North. Riley witnesses her husband and daughter gunned down while at an amusement park. The North family were struggling financially. They own an auto shop that is about to be foreclosed on and Riley works at a bank. Riley's husband, Chris, is asked to help steal from Diego Garcia who is a drug lord. Chris considers but turns them down. However, Diego has already learned of the plan. As the North's celebrate their daughter's 10th birthday eating peppermint ice cream, Diego's thugs kill Chris and daughter, Carly, and badly injure Riley.

Once Riley recovers, she positively identifies the shooters. However, the judge has been paid off and declares that there is insufficient evidence. If Riley wants justice, she must take it herself.

Peppermint is such a good movie. It reminds me of Charles Bronson in Death Wish. You find yourself really rooting for Riley. The script was good and all the actors were great, but Jennifer Garner was fantastic. Everything she does is top notch. The action is phenominal but very violent. You should not take young kids as it truly should be "R" rated due to the violence. I gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars. Go see this one!




Talk About Topeka LIVE


Some of October shows!



More shows can be watched on



Topeka Feud




This website is a prototype for an idea that I have been working on for ten years! It is continually changing and I hope to make this the main site for anyone that wants to find something in Topeka to use.

It is being built with those who live in Topeka and the surrounding area but not limited to them.

There are 4 sections to this website.

  1. The Topeka Newsletter is the first part.  It is going through some major overhaul since most of the information can now be found in a better organized manner on the website.  This is free for any locally owned business to use to promote their business.
  2. The Community Calendar is actually the most important part of this website, right now.  Each community should be informed on what is going on. This doesn't just mean the bar scene. When I say informed, I mean fundraisers, sports, daily food and drink specials, sales, entertainment, recreation and anything else going on.  This calendar tries to include anything that the public is invited to. There is no charge to include your events.  We enter all the events so it saves business owners time. They just need to send us the information and we will take it from there.
  3. Everything Topeka is a plethora of information compiled in a map based program.  Here you can search and find different venues in different categories. You can pick one or all categories to search. This search will not find information that is not on the map though so you will need to use the website search function also. It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.
  4. Everything Else is more businesses that are not listed in the Map feature. There is a guide page that actually will lead you in the right direction.  It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.


We have 2 different search bars.  We use a program called Hot Spot and it does not integrate with the rest of the website at this time.  So you will need to use both places if you can't find what you are looking for.  Search Articles option will search everything but the maps. It even includes the calendar.



Day Trips

Day Trip LogoLiving in Topeka has so many advantages. A great city to raise a family, affordable living, theatre, great restaurants, walking trails, parks, schools, night life, and close to many different cities that can add to your adventures.

Kansas City, Lawrence, Wichita, Manhattan and all the other small surrounding cities add to the quality of life you can have in Topeka!

When someone says, support local, that doesn't mean you have to stay in your city. It means that when you travel, try to find the local tastes and flare.

(FF) = Family Friendly Dining



Dover, KS

Appox 20 minutes


Somerset Cafe

Lawrence, KS

Appox 25 minutes


Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
Watkins Museum of History
Spencer Museum of Art
Freedom Frontier National Heritage Area
Robert J Dole Institute of Politics
Wakarusa River Valley
Booth Family Hall of Athletics


Lecompton, KS

Approx 30 minutes

Territorial Capital Museum

Wamego, KS

Approx 45 minutes


Wamego Historical Society and Museum
Oz Museum

Bonner Springs, KS

Approx 50 minute drive
National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame


Appox 60 minute drive


Flint Hills Discovery Center
Milford Nature Center  
Widgets Family Fun
Konza Prairie Nature Trail
K-State Insect Zoo 
Sunset Zoo  
Wildwood Outdoor Adventure Park
Kansas State University Plantetarium
Kansas Wheat Innovation Center


Vista Drive Inn (FF)
Varsity Donuts (FF)
KSU Dairy Bar (FF)

The Chef Cafe (FF)


Atchison, KS

Appox 60 minutes

Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
Atchinson County Historical Society

Emporia, KS

Appox 60 minutes

Johnston Geology Museum
Lyon County History Center
National Teacher's Hall of Fame
Schmidt Museum of Natural History
William Allen White House State Historic Site

Kansas City, KS Area

Approx 60 minutes


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site

Olathe, KS

Kansas City Automotive Museum

Overland Park

Johnson County Museum
Museum at Prairiefire

Shawnee, KS

Shawnee Town 1929
Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City

Leawood, KS

Prairie Fire Museum

Ottawa, KS

Approx 60  minutes

Old Depot Museum


Fort Riley, KS

Approx 60 minutes
Custer House

Leavenworth, KS

Approx 75 minutes
Frontier Army
C.W. Parker Corousel Museum


Abilene KS

Appox 80 minute drive


Eisenhower Presidental Museum & Library


FREE Active Military w/ID & Age 5 and under

Adult $12

Senior (62 & Over), Military (Retired/Disabled), and Student w/ID $9

Ages 6 to 15 $3

Open Daily - Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Don't let this attraction fool you. If you enjoy reading, it could take you 4 or 5 hours. There is a 24 minute movie, then a 15 minute tour of his childhood house, self tour of the museum and a quick look at the library.

Heritage Center of Dickinson County

Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad

Greyhound Hall of Fame


For dinner or lunch

Brookville Hotel Family Style Chicken dinner


Closed on Monday

Tuesday 5pm to 8pm (May-Oct)

Wed, Thurs, Fri 5pm to 8pm

Saturday 11:30 am to 8pm

Sunday 11:30 am to 7pm

Menu includes

Relishes, Sweet-Sour Cole-Slaw, Cottage Cheese (Refillable)

One-half Skillet of Fried Chicken

Mashed Potatoes w/ Cream Gravy, Cream-Style Corn, Biscuits with butter and preserves, and ice cream for dessert.


You will want to make a reservation. This experience is not your typical one. You will sit down and they just start bringing out food. You can get as much of the sides as you can eat. This is a great place to just eat, celebrate with family and or friends or a romantic dinner.

Olpie, KS  (Close to Emporia)

Appox 90 minutes


Chicken House

El Dorado, KS

Approx 1 3/4 Hours

Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum

Fort Scott

Approx 2 hours


Gordon Parks Museum
Lowell Milken Center
Fort Scott Trolley Tour

Chanute, KS

Approx 2 hour drive
Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum

Lindsborg, KS

Approx 2 Hours
Old Mill Museum

Salina, KS

Appox 2 hours


Rolling Hills Zoo
Smoky Hill Museum
Central Kansas Flywheels Yesteryear Museum

McPherson, KS

Approx 2 Hour Drive
McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation

Pittsburg, Kansas

Appox  2 1/2 Hour Drive


Kansas Crossing Casino
ArtForms Gallery
Veterans Memorial Design



Chicken Annie's Original Fried Chicken (FF)
Mary's Fabulous Chicken & Fish (FF)

Concordia, KS

Approx 2 1/2 Hours
German POW Camp Concordia Museum
By Appointment ONLY

Wichita, KS

Appox 2 1/2 hours


Old Cowtown Museum
Mid-America All-Indian Center
Exploration Place
Museum of World Treasurers
Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum
Kansas Aviation Museum
Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House
Coleman Museum and Factory Outlet







Concordia, KS

Approx 2 1/4 hour drive

National Orphan Train Complex


Great Bend, KS

Approx 2 2/3 Hours

Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village

Venture out of Kansas

Independence, MO

1 1/2 Hours

Harry S Truman Historical Site/Library
Bingham Waggoner
(April 1 to Oct 31st)
National Frontier Trail Museum
Pioneer Trails Adventure
Leila's Hair Museum
1879 Railroad Depot
Children's Peace Pavilion

Kansas City, MO

60 minutes

Arabia Steamboat Museum
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Arts
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Negros Leagues Baseball Museum
Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun
Kansas City Zoo
National World War II Museum and Memorial
Crown Center
American Jazz Museum
Hallmark Visitors Center
National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Money Museum
Sea Life Kansas City
Union Station
Science City
Kansas City Fun Tours
Escape Room KC in Union Station
Breakout KC
Science City
Legoland Discovery Center
Aurther Bryants BBQ


More than a day

Baxter Spring

Approx 3 Hours

Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum

Galena, KS

Approx 3 hours

Galena Miling & Historical Museum


Hutchinson, KS

Appox 3 1/2 Hours

Strataca - Salt Mines

Pratt, KS

Approx 3 1/2 Hours

Pratt County Historical Museum

Hillsboro, KS

Approx 3 1/2 Hours

Hillsboro Museums
Pioneer Adobe House, Friesen Dutch Windmill, Kreutziger School House, Schaeffler House


Hays, KS

Appox 4 hours


Sternberg Museum of Natural History


Fort Hays


Boot Hill Cemetery


Ellis County Historical Society Musuem


Oakley, KS

Approx 4 Hours

Fick Fossil and History Museum

Greensburg, KS

Approx 4 Hour Drive
The Big Well

Wallace, KS

Approx 4 3/4 hours

Fort Wallace Museum

Larned, KS

Approx 4 3/4 Hours

Ft Larned National Historic Site

Goodland, KS

Approx 5 Hours

High Plains Museum

Dodge City, KS

Appox 5 1/2 Hours

Boot Hill Museum
Kansas Teacher's Hall of Fame
Gunfighters Wax Museum


Colby, KS

Appox 5 1/2 Hours

The Prairie Museum of Art & History

Liberal, KS

Approx 5 1/2 hour drive

Mid-America Air Museum



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