Trips and Events


The Silver Cougar Club (SCC) sponsors various trips throughout the year.  Our goal is to provide experiences which appeal to a variety of interests. However you must be a current member of the SCC to travel with the club. Please take a moment to review our travel policy.

Current Trips

There are no current trips.


Current Events


Dave & Becky at the Shafer Art Gallery are reinstating the docent program and are in need of volunteers. It requires minimal training and is a very enjoyable task. If you like to visit with people, and share information and enthusiasm about the gallery and its exhibits, you are the person for the job. If you are interested or would like more information contact Becky Fryberger at (620) 792-9242 or by e-mail at


Past SCC Trips


How often do we miss those educational and fun treasures that are right under our noses? I know that by mid-January you will all be suffering from cabin fever and will be ready for a day out. Join us on Friday, January 20th for a trip to Stafford County. We will leave campus at 10:00 a.m. and head to the Stafford County Flour Mill for a tour and then to the Wheatland Café for their wonderful fried chicken dinner. After lunch we will go to St. John for a tour of the 4-Star Hydroponics farm owned and operated by Don and Rita Taylor.  


“A uniquely Kansas adaptation of Tchaikovsky's traditional Nutcracker for the whole family.  Set in 1869 Kansas, this century's new holiday tradition made its debut in 2000 at the Fox.  Prairie Nutcracker is the perfect heart-warming American celebration for the heartland's holiday season.”  It features an enchanting musical score masterfully adapted from Tchaikovsky by Boston composer, Rick Kuethe, a native of Omaha, Nebraska. Join us on December 9, 2011 for a trip to Hutchinson, Kansas for a unique holiday experience. We will have dinner at Jillian’s Italian Grill. This is a lovely restaurant with lots of atmosphere – 


Kick off the holiday season on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 with this special evening at the Shafer Gallery just for our Silver Cougar Club Members. View the array of decorated trees, the display of unique hand-made quilts and enjoy Christmas music provided by the Hilltop Singers. There is no charge for this event and we will provide bus service from the Senior Center for the first 44 who make reservations. Of course you can always just jump in the car and come out on your own; the Gallery will open at 7:00 p.m.


We tried a new venue for a trip this time. Over thirty members join us for "A Day in Dodge."  The day started with spending a few hours at the Boot Hill Casino & Resort where they tried their luck at gambling and there were a few individuals who were winners! The evening was spent at The Depot Dinner Theater where the group enjoyed the production of "12 Angry Men." 


Fifteen Silver Cougar members spent a late summer day September 21st traveling to western Kansas browsing through museums.  We boarded the college bus and journeyed to Oakley for our first stop at the Fick Fossil and History Museum.  From Oakley we traveled on to the Prairie Museum of Art and History in Colby. Here members were treated to a catered meal, viewed  the World-Class Kuska doll collection and toured the massive Cooper Barn.  Then we were off to Hays to tour the Sternberg Museum to finish out the day. 


On Tuesday, May 10 several members of the Silver Cougar Club journeyed to Grandview Plaza and Ft Riley.  Our first stop was at Grandview Plaza where they toured the facility and learned about the programs they offer.  We picked up Les Patrick, Administrative Assistant at Ft. Riley and traveled on to the fort.  As we drove throught Ft Riley, Les gave a traveling tour and pointed out interesting landmarks and new construction currently underway.  We had lunch at the Golf Course and then on the tour classroom facilities and the Ft Riley Museum.


Curtis Wolf, former Barton biology instructor, is currently the director of the Wetlands Center was our guide on May 3rd for a tour of both the Wetlands Center and Cheyenne Bottoms. The first week of May each year is the peak season for the migration of birds and the bottoms are alive with all species of water fowl.  Members toured the Wetlands while enjoying a boxed lunch.


In mid-April the tulips are absolutely gorgeous in Topeka and we planned a wonderful day for April 14th with tours to Old Prairie Town, lunch at the Overland Station.  Also included were tours to Shawnee Lake and Gage Park, however with Kansas weather being as unpredictable as it is we had to cancel this trip due to severe thunderstoms.  We do hope to try this trip again.


On March 3rd we traveled to Wichita and attended the Home and Garden Show. The members spent the day enjoying beautiful flowers, landscaping, and all of the newest bells and whistles for our spring and summer gardening needs. After leaving Wichita we stopped for a little shopping at Yoder Meats and the Kansas Station with our final stop at the Carriage Crossing for dinner and pie on the way home.


This past December we traveled to the Depot Dinner Theater nestled in the heart of Dodge City and enjoyed a wonderful dinner and show which put everyone in the Christmas spirit. 


What could be better on a brisk fall day than a trip to Yoder for some shopping in the quaint shops downtown and then off to the Carriage Crossing for lunch (cost of meal not included in trip price). Following lunch we will get back on the bus and head off to the Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard. Tanganyika is a slow paced walk through a park filled with exotic animals that are people friendly. You may find yourself petting a kangaroo or feeding a giraffe. Add to the beautiful surroundings the cool crisp air of autumn in Kansas and you have the perfect setting for a pleasant and laid back day enjoying the great outdoors.


On November 9th eighteen Silver Cougar Club members went to prison and had a wonderful time! The events of the evening were not only very inspiring but I cannot imagine one person who left the Ellsworth Correctional Facility not a better person for the experience. We were entertained by the ECF worship and praise team and the music was exceptional – very talented young men.

We were privileged to witness four young men receive 18-hour recognition certificates, three young men receive their 32-hour recognition certificates and nineteen receive manufacturing skill certificates. I do not use the word privileged lightly; it was amazing to witness the profound difference that the BASICS scholarship program has made in the lives of the inmates at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility. It brought back to each of us the so often forgotten knowledge that “there but for the grace of God go I.” In life a missed step here or there, or the wrong road taken during a moment when bad judgment was our guide, can change a life forever. It does not, however, have to be the end of the road but only a detour if someone can see inside and realize the potential for change in all of us. Most of us have been fortunate to have that someone in our lives, while others have not; but on this Tuesday evening I was proud to be part of the Barton family that stepped up and found away to be that someone for these young men.

I hope if we plan this trip again, more of you will be able to join us to see the difference that can be made in the lives of those that were certain they had been forgotten.


Join us in early May for the Wildflowers Festival in Medicine Lodge, Kansas. Imagine touring fields of rolling flowers on a bright spring day, then stopping in a park for a catered BBQ lunch. We’ll get back onto the bus for more wildflowers and ending on Route 180 through the Gypsum Hills.


 The SCC enjoyed this delightful comedy at the Crown Up Town Theatre. This sequel is set in the year 1969 and the world is changing. As folks protest the Vietnam war and women are demanding equal pay for equal work, in their small rural Minnesota community, the ladies of the church basement kitchen are dealing with changes of their own. Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping takes us from serving the high school students at the Luther League Banquet to a church sponsored Missionary Night and the rise and fall of a Viking's Super Bowl Sunday. From the elderly matriarch of the kitchen to the young mom-to-be, these women find strength in one another. As always, you'll laugh until your side dish hurts with their hilarious antics and down-to-earth charm from within the church kitchen.


Silver Cougar Club members kicked off the holiday season by attending an all-new musical comedy revue at the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre in Wichita on November 19th.  Everyone enjoyed this fun-filled show with dazzling dance numbers, sensational singing, colorful costumes and witty comedy.  Some of our members helped provide entertainment by joining the cast on stage for a skit about Rudolph the Red Neck Reindeer.

Silver Cougars at Crown Uptown Silver Cougars Dine at Crown Uptown Crown Uptown Players

SCC members gather at the marquee.

I can't believe I ate the whole thing! Introducing the"Crown Uptown Players"

Excursion and Dinner Trip- Members of the SCC boarded the bus and headed to Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure in Salina and enjoyed dinner and a countryside train ride in Abilene on September 24th.  A surprise stop at Russell Stover's Candies Factory & Outlet Store allowed everyone to satisfy their sweet tooth.  It was a full day with lots of walking, but was enjoyed by all.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers -Members traveled to the Crown Uptown Theatre in Wichita for a matinee performance. The group enjoyed a delicious lunch prior to the performance.

Wetlands Evening Tours - Curtis Wolf, Barton's biology instructor, escorted the members on tours of Cheyenne Bottom and Quivira wildlife preserves. Curtis gives an informative presentation during the tour on the many species of wildlife living in our own backyard.

Salt Mines & Cosmosphere - The members journeyed to Hutchinson where they toured the Salt Mines. Following a lunch stop in Yoder, they returned to Hutchinson to attend the Imax theater and Space Museum.



Past Events

Roses and Chocolate - This year the Silver Cougar Club celebrated Valentines Day with a romantic dinner on the hill complete with roses, chocolate and of course, music.  The SCC members treated their sweehearts to an elegant and delicious dinner of Roast Pork Loin with Apple Dressing, Red Bliss Parsley Potatoes, Green Bean Almandine, salad, rolls and topped off with a dessert of Black Forest Cake.  Each of the ladies attending were presented a rose and all were given a box of chocolates.  The members were serenaded with the music of Barton's Hill Top Singers.

Annual Membership Picnic-   Each year the college treats Silver Cougar Club members to a free picnic supper. Members are invited to bring guests who are interested in joining the club. This year the picnic was held on Wednesday, June 9 in the Barton Community College Student Union. Over 200 SCC members enjoyed a traditional picnic meal of fried chicken, potato salad, cole slaw and baked beans. The meal was topped off with apple cobbler. Since June is the month in which we celebrate our flag, we choose "Old Glory" to be the focus of the evening. The tables were decorated in a patriotic theme. Coleen opened the program with a poem honoring our flag as well as recognizing our veterans. Roger Cooper of Alton, Kansas added to the evening's theme by sharing his favorite patriotic songs and well as childhood memories of days gone by. Another summertime activity is the "Garage Sale", so we held one of items with SCC logo. We also held a chance drawing for several items most of which were donated by SCC members, the proceeds from both the garage sale and chance drawing will be deposited in the SCC Scholarship fund.  We netted $57.50 for the scholarship.  It was an enjoyable evening so mark your calendars for our next picnic which will be held on June 8, 2011. Watch for the May-June newsletter for more information. Remember RSVP's are required to attend and guests must be 55 years or older.  
Darnell Welcomes SCC

SCC Members Wait in Line for food SCC Members in serving line


Roger Cooper perfoms at picnic Roger Cooper and Foundation Staff



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