After canceling two events, Old Prairie Town prepares for its new Garden Glow event – Entertainment – The Topeka Capital-Journal

For the past several months, Ward-Meade Garden at Old Prairie Town has been quiet as guests have meandered through the garden, taking in the green foliage and blooming flowers.

But what has been missing are the twinkling lights and large luminaries that many associate with Tulips at Twilight and the Tulip Festival — two annual events that were canceled this year because of COVID-19.

Park officials also canceled the annual Apple Festival, which draws a large crowd of people each year eager to watch demonstrations and eat apples.

“Apple Festival is the biggest event that we have here, and we see on a good year between 6,000 and 8,000 visitors throughout the park at that time,” Old Prairie Town recreation program supervisor John Bell said. “We hated to cancel the 41st annual Apple Festival. It is a fall tradition in many people’s schedules and it’s something that they come out here year after year with their friends and family.”

As a way to make up for those losses, Ward-Meade officials have created a new event that will allow for guests to once again experience an illuminating garden with less interaction and more social distancing in mind.

Garden Glow, which takes place from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 2-11, will feature luminaries, lighted displays and seasonal plants.

Admission is $5, and guests are strongly encouraged to abide by Shawnee County’s face mask requirement.

Because of restrictions on mass gatherings, Ward-Meade has limited the number of people allowed inside at any given time to 400, Bell said.

“We will have volunteers at the gate counting, and then once we get to that 400 number, it will be a one in, one out restriction,” Bell said. “In the garden area, the paths are a little smaller and things can get congested, so we are going to have a directional path flow so that everybody will hopefully enter one path and exit another path.”

Garden Glow will feature several large displays similar to what visitors see during Tulips at Twilight.

“This year we had new displays we were unable to put out because of COVID, so nobody has seen a lot of those,” Bell said. “So this will be an opportunity to not only see some of the past favorites but we have some new displays as well.”

Some of the new displays will include butterflies, ladybugs and frogs.

Those visiting during Garden Glow will also be able to see the hundreds of annuals and trees in bloom.

“It’s different in fall because everything is blooming,” Bell said. “In April, it’s pretty much just the tulips.”

Given COVID-19 restrictions, Garden Glow will be the only large event that Old Prairie Town hosts this year, Bell said.

“The community has seen so many big events get canceled due to COVID,” Bell said. “We wanted to give the community something because at this point, I think the citizens need something to see and experience. We’ve had so many subtractions regarding activities and events. We wanted to give them

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Trump Picked Out Art for White House After Canceling Military Visit On 2018 France Trip: Report

Olivier Douliery/Pool/Getty President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump spent time picking out artwork from the U.S. Embassy in France after he canceled a visit to a military cemetery in 2018, according to a new Bloomberg report, but the art the president took turned out to be replicas.

The new report about the president’s time making faux art selections follows last Thursday’s report from The Atlantic that Trump, 74, had canceled his planned stop at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery for fallen U.S. marines because he was worried the rain would mess up his hair.

Trump reportedly said, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers,” before calling the U.S. marines laid to rest there “suckers” for being killed in action, though he later denied making the disparaging comments.

A day after making the alleged comments, Bloomberg reported Sunday night that the president had then requested that officials bring back a handful of art pieces he fancied from the U.S. embassy that all turned out to be replicas, including a handful of silver Greek figurines, as well as a bust and a portrait of Benjamin Franklin.

Trump’s request had “startled” U.S. Ambassador Jamie McCourt, according to Bloomberg, though the official allowed Trump to take the artwork from her residence while he told her she would get them back “in six years,” referencing his hopes to win a second presidential term in November against Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (left) sits with Donald Trump (right) in the Oval Office, in front of the Greek figurines the president brought back from France behind him.

The president’s request also set off a flurry of emails between the State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations and White House officials trying to coordinate the art transfer. It was determined that the move was legal, given that the art was U.S. property, according to the report.

However, once the artwork was brought back to the U.S. on Air Force One, White House art curators discovered that pieces weren’t as valuable as they seemed.

London art dealer Patricia Wengraf also told Bloomberg that the Greek figurines, made by Neapolitan artist Luigi Avolio, were intended to be passed off as 16th or 17th century pieces, but they were in fact found to be made in the early 20th century.

The Franklin bust and the portrait of him were found to be replicas, as well, after White House curators reviewed the pieces.

Trump then reportedly joked that he liked the replica of the founding father’s bust better than the original, according to two people familiar with the president’s comments who spoke with the outlet.

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation The original Benjamin Franklin portrait that was located at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

In an ironic twist, the original copy of the Franklin portrait, painted

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