Monthly Archives: May 2014

Travel Writing :: Sweet spots

One of my first articles for Wichita Magazine, published earlier this year: a look at candy and chocolate spots in the region that offer tours: Henry’s Candies, Russell Stover, Bedre Fine Chocolate, Cero’s Candies, Cocoa Dolce, The Sweet Granada, Askinosie Chocolate.

I wrote the article and took the photos. You can read the article via this link to Wichita Magazine’s website:

http://wichitamag.com/blogsearch/issues/0202/sweet-spots/

Wichita magazine travel article on candy and chocolate shops in the region that offer tours

 

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Aviation Writing :: King Air magazine cover on Royal Flying Doctor Service

King Air magazine feature on Royal Flying Doctor Service in AustraliaI love sharing how companies and organizations around the world are using general aviation to help others. There’s no better example of that than the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which for the past 86 years has had the mission of bringing medical care to the remote sections of Australia. Last year RFDS provided medical care to 295,000 people — from routine care for families living on farms to tourists who have accidents in the outback.

You can read the full article in the April issue of King Air magazine, published by Village Press. The publication’s audience includes owners of the more than 7,000 Beech King Air turboprop aircraft that have been delivered since 1964, as well as prospective owners. Click on the image below or if you cannot see the image, copy and paste this link: http://issuu.com/melindaschnyder/docs/april_2014_kamag_royal_flying_docto

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Aviation Writing :: King Air magazine cover on Dynamic Aviation

Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 10.22.54 PMAs a regular contributor to King Air magazine, I’m always looking for owners and operators of Beechcraft King Airs to pitch to the magazine’s editor. I was trolling Twitter early this year and came across some great photos posted by @AerialMosquito. The handle intrigued me so I did a little Googling to learn more about the company behind the handle – Dynamic Aviation. With one of the largest private fleets of Beechcraft King Airs (125 aircraft), I knew I wanted to tell this story. Thankfully they were on board and here is the story of how a family-owned business headquartered in Virginia came to own so many King Airs. (You’ll have to read the article to find out why @AerialMosquito is an appropriate handle!)

Side note: this ended up being one of the cooler cover photos I’ve been able to source for a cover. This shows a Dynamic Aviation King Air 200 flying a personnel transport mission over the destroyed “Buddhas of Bamiyan” in the Bamwam Valley of Afghanistan.

You can read the full article in the May issue of King Air magazine, published by Village Press. The publication’s audience includes owners of the more than 7,000 Beech King Air turboprop aircraft that have been delivered since 1964, as well as prospective owners. Click on the image below or if you cannot see the image, copy and paste this link: http://issuu.com/melindaschnyder/docs/may_2014_kamag_dynamic_aviation_fea

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Writing :: Business profile/travel piece on Kansas distilleries

 

Wheat State Distilling Wichita Magazine article_Page_1

Kansas has some of the nation’s most stringent liquor laws so it’s taken awhile for the micro-distillery movement to gain momentum here in the wheat state. Remember how micro-breweries really took off in the 1980s and 1990s? That’s happening with small batch spirits and we’re finally seeing it in Kansas.

I wrote an article for Wichita Magazine about Wichita’s first legal distillery since prohibition, which started production late last year and is selling wheat vodka. Soon Wheat State Distilling will also sell rum, gin, bourbon and whiskey. The article is part business profile and part travel piece, because the distillery is open to the public for tours and tastings.

To accompany the article, I also wrote a short piece about another family-owned distillery here in Kansas that offers tours and tastings – Dark Horse Distillery in Lenexa, Kan. If you are in the Kansas City area, this place is worth the tour fee — their story is interesting, you learn the history of distilling, you get to sample the spirits and it’s just a phenomenal space to see.

I learned a lot about these family businesses and distilling while writing these articles. One thing to keep in mind when you visit a distillery or buy their products: ask if they distill all of their products. Some distilleries might make one product start to finish but then expand their line of spirits by flavoring and bottling a neutral grain spirit they purchase from a large industrial distilling operation. Both Wheat State Distilling and Dark Horse Distillery proudly make their entire product line in-house and use as many local ingredients as possible.

Here’s a link to a PDF of the package: Distillery Feature in May 2014 issue of Wichita Magazine

You can also read the articles via these links to Wichita Magazine’s website:

Person of interest: Cereal Entrepreneur David Bahre of Wheat State Distilling in Wichita, Kan.

http://wichitamag.com/blogsearch/issues/0205/cereal-entrepreneur/

Visiting Dark Horse Distillery in Lenexa, Kan.

http://wichitamag.com/blogsearch/issues/0205/dark-horse-distillery/

 

Damian Garcia at Dark Horse Distillery in Lenexa, Kansas

<photo> Damian Garcia at the beautiful bar at Dark Horse Distillery in Lenexa, Kansas.

 

Hand labeling bottles at Dark Horse Distillery.

<photo> Hand labeling bottles of Reunion rye whiskey at Dark Horse Distillery.

 

Owner and master distiller David Bahre of Wheat State Distilling.

<photo> Wheat State Distilling owner and master distiller David Bahre dipping bottles in wax in Wichita, Kansas.

 

A wax dipped bottle at Wheat State Distilling in Wichita, Kansas. These are school neutral bottles, but doesn't that look like WuShock's head (Wichita State mascot)?

<photo> A wax dipped bottle at Wheat State Distilling. These are school neutral bottles, but this one happened to set in a way that looks like WuShock’s head (Wichita State mascot).

 

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