We have been prepping for over a year now for this great cosmic event. The Leadership Center is quite proud to be the landing place for so many coming to view this natural spectacle. We have reservations from all over the world with guests traveling in from as far as Denmark to view the total solar eclipse. It's all so exciting.
In preparation for this event, we have been working with an incredible community committee consisting of people from the Edgerton Explorit Science Center, Hamilton Fairgrounds, Aurora Police Department, Aurora Public Schools, area churches and several local business people. Together, we have parking, satellite parking, telescopes, food, lodging and more.
For those staying with us at The Leadership Center in one of our lodge rooms, dorms or tent sites, here is what you need to know:
You will check-in at our front desk to get your keys, parking pass, parking spot, and viewing glasses as well as directions to your accommodations.
You MUST HAVE YOUR PARKING PASS visible on the dash of your car so that security knows you are our guest and not an unwanted visitor. All cars without permits will be towed at the owners expense.
We will have a cold continental breakfast available for purchase on Sunday & Monday morning from 7:00-9:00 a.m. in Mather Hall. Tickets are $6.00^ per person and can be purchased at the front desk. The cold continental breakfast will include: assorted cereals and milk, fresh baked pastries, toast & bagel station with assorted toppings, fresh fruit and boiled eggs. We will also have coffee and juice available.
On Sunday, we will have deli sandwich boxes with a sandwich, chips, an apple, cookie and water for $7.50^ per box. Those will be available from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. We ask that these are pre-ordered by emailing email@example.com by Friday, August 18, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. CT
On Monday, we will have a hot dog feed from 10:30-Noon*. For $5.00^, get hot dog, chips and a bottle of water. *while supplies last.
Those who are tenting or in dorm lodging, your parking will be on the grass. You will receive your parking spot pass and parking spot # at check in.
Our pool will be available to swim on Sunday and Monday from 9:00 to Noon. Tickets to swim can be purchased at the front desk for $5.00 per ticket. We will have life guards on duty.
We do have a pond for catch and release fishing. We do have some poles for rent, but do not sell bait on grounds. To purchase bait, you can visit The Boondocks or T & L Liquor here in Aurora. Fishing will not be available on Monday from 10-11 due to a wedding taking place.
We also have sand volleyball courts, horseshoes, corn hole, ladder golf, giant Jenga and inside, and a gym for basketball or volleyball.
Aurora has a beautiful walking path that is easy to get to from our property. It is perfect for running and walks. One end comes out by Poco Creek Golf Course and the other loops through Streeter Park.
^All funds raised from the sales of food will go towards the remodel of The Leadership Center Kitchen.
For those viewing the total solar eclipse on the property of The Leadership Center, Scientist Dan Glomski of the Edgerton Explorit Science Center will be our guide through the eclipse. He will also have telescopes to view from.
For those guests coming in on Monday, August 21st to view the total solar eclipse on our property but not staying with usmust park off grounds and shuttle or walk in.
Parking will be available at two sites: the Hamilton County Fairgrounds located at 8th & A Street, Aurora and the Aurora Vet Clinic, 1704 Q Street, Aurora, NE.(Not available due to rain.)
Shuttles will run from the Hamilton Fairgrounds from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. and 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. They will take guests to and from The Leadership Center. These are free and are provided in partnership with The Edgerton Explorit Science Center , the Hamilton County Ag Society and Aurora Public Schools.
RV Parking is available at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds for $30 a night. There is not water or electricity available. Bathrooms are available. Camping is available starting Friday night and is first come, first serve.
Tenting is available at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds for $15. Bathrooms are available. Camping is available starting Friday night and is first come, first serve.
The Hamilton County Fairgrounds are also the overflow viewing site for The Leadership Center. Ron Haden will be your Total Eclipse Guide to take you through it.
All funds raised at the fairgrounds through camping will be donated to local organizations.
Again, those not staying on The Leadership Center Property, but plan to view the Total Solar Eclipse there, must park off grounds and either walk or shuttle in. Thank you.
Other events to take in while during your visit to Aurora & Hamilton County:
Stars over Sherman Ranch on Saturday, August 19th from 9:00-11:00 p.m. View the beautiful Nebraska night sky over Sherman Ranch, near Marquette, NE. Telescopes will be set up for viewing Jupiter, Saturn and other celestial sites. Sherman Ranch is located at 2340 North "O" Road, Marquette. This event is free. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-694-4032.
Aurora and Dark Island Trail Walks on Sunday, August 20. The Nebraska Wanderfreaunde Trailblazers offer two fun walks open to the public. The morning walk starts at the Edgerton Explorit Center in Aurora, with an evening walk along the Dark Island Trail starting near Central City, NE. Walks cost $3 per person. Contact Sandy Spaulding at 712-322-2797 or email@example.com.
Edgerton Explorit Center will be open on Saturday from 9-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. They will be closed on Monday, August 21st as they will be assisting with Eclipse events at The Leadership Center and the Hamilton County Fairgrounds and other sites.
Aurora Area Chamber and Development will be onsite handing out viewing glasses while supplies last at both The Leadership Center and the Hamilton Fairgrounds. Eclipse glasses are provided by the Edgerton Explorit Science Center. AACD will also be selling Eclipse Shirts for $20 for small, medium, large, extra large, and $25 for extended sizes. They are only excepting checks or cash for these. On Sunday from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Hamburger Feed on the Square. For $5 you will get a burger, chips and a drink. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy music from Mikes Mobile Music. There is also a watermelon feed at the same time and the community band will be playing! On Monday at the Bremer Center from 7-10 a.m. the AACD is hosting a pancake feed! It's $5.00.
In Hampton, Nebraska(6 miles east of Aurora on Hwy 34): Events begin on August 21st at 9:30 at North Baseball Field, West Park. Admission is $2.00 which will get you admittance, viewing glasses, and a commemorative bracelet. The Star Spangled Banner will be sung at 11:00 a.m. followed by a scientific explanation of the eclipse. At 11:30 the Omaha Tribe: Ritual Eclipse Dances-Honoring Nebraska's 150th Year of Statehood. At 11:35 Darkness Begins. Astronaut Clay Anderson arrives via helicopter & presents "Dare to be Extraordinary." 12:59 p.m. the Eclipse Totality begins and ends at 1:04 p.m. At 1:04 there will be fireworks and then the Newcombe Solar Eclipse Magic Show. For more information please call 402-725-3186/402-694-1946/402-694-1901.
Well folks, it's that time of the year again. Say goodbye to warm summer nights, late night bonfires, and the smell of sunscreen. Summer is coming to an end. That means The Interns are leaving.
It has been my pleasure typing to you readers and making you all laugh. I hope you enjoyed our little corner of the world this summer from the perspective of Andrew and I. I know you may all have a favorite, but I'm sure that the next intern will make you laugh just as much this fall.
I have learned so much from my internship at The Leadership Center. Before even taking the position, I only knew where The Leadership Center was located; however, anything else I had quite the learning curve. For some, this can be a difficult or challenging task. Well for me, it was all different from what we had learned in the classroom. I'm not saying that the stuff we learn from the classroom is pointless, but the hands-on experience that I was granted at The Leadership Center has helped shape me into a better hospitality industry worker. I not only was able to just see the office perspective and how events run, but the actual configurations of things.
Here at The Leadership Center, they are one-stop-shop for an event. Whether you want to host a wedding or a small meeting, we can do it all for you. I was able to help with the kitchen, housekeeping, and maintenance departments while I was here. So no, I did not just sit in front of my computer all day during the past 400 hours that I put in here.
So readers, I can truly say packing up from the Big O and moving down to Aurora was a worthwhile experience. I would not change this summer for the world. The staff truly treats you like a family member, even if you are the rule abiding aunt. They still are there to help guide you, encourage you, and want you to know that their door is always open whether that be the office or their own home.
So, thank you again Maile, Micheala, Dario, Jane, Chef Sue, the maintenance boys, kitchen staff, and housekeeping staff for welcoming me into the TLC family. This summer was one for the books, and I plan to visit Aurora whenever I get the chance! Oh, whoops, cannot forget my counterpart Andrew Stople. After all, he was the other intern, and I could not have done some of my projects without him. So, Stople thanks!
This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to do an internship at TLC. Now I will admit that I knew next to nothing about The Leadership Center or what they did, but I will say that I have learned a ton about TLC, Non-Profit organizations, trees, and the amazing staff here. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know everybody and developing new friendships. When I first interviewed with Micheala, Dario, and Maile they mentioned several times that the TLC staff was more like a family than a work staff and I could not agree more. It has been awesome to get to know each and every one of them. When I was first informed about my task of cleaning up the tree line I was extremely nervous because I had very little experience with that sort of work. I had used a chainsaw before but not on trees as big as the pines we cut down. Everything was a learning experience that I feel I took advantage of. I learned not only how to cut down trees but how to handle outside opinions when it came to dealing with the neighbors of TLC. I also enjoyed working with Greg Luthy and his crew when we were finally ready to put in the new trees. I feel that Project Tree Line and the rest of my internship has provided me with knowledge that I wouldn't have gotten anywhere else and knowledge that I will take with me to apply to the rest of my life. This internship not only gave me this knowledge but also helped me with some more personal things like reaffirming my decision to be a teacher. Although at times it was stressful working at TLC, I can honestly say it has been an experience that I am extremely grateful for.
Just a few short weeks ago, we wrapped up the 3rd Annual Evening Stroll. While a little hot, the evening was perfect for our Tuscan themed event. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour out on the front lawn complete with a decadent spread of antipasto, cheeses, bruschetta, and an olive bar as well as an incredible assortment beverages including the feature drink, Limoncello Spritzer served by Grandview Cafe. Guests also perused and bid on an enticing silent auction.
Bringing everyone inside, guests enjoyed a Tuscan garden setting around beautiful tables to savor a delicious meal. Starting off with a Tuscan inspired salad and crusty Italian bread with herb olive oil and chilled San Pellegrino. Chef Sue then treated everyone to a buffet of fire roasted eggplant, zucchini and carrots, pesto linguine, Tuscan style brisket, and creamy chicken with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh spinach.
Of course we then commenced with an entertaining and spirited live auction which nearly cost our intern, Kiara, her new shoes. Lucky her, they were too small or who knows what could have happened! We want to thank actioneer Deryl Hilligas and impromptu auction assistant, JB Voss, for keeping things light, full of laughter and in the end, raising some great funds to help replace the roof on Ted Ward Lodge. We are so grateful to their antics and of course, for our generous and kind supporters.
After dinner was wrapped up, auction items sold, everyone retired out to the island to enjoy a full moon, twinkling stars, bonfires and dessert: tiramisu, Italian creme cake and of course, s'mores. It was the perfect conclusion to such a wonderful night.
When it was all said and done, we raised over $7,500 towards the $42,000 need to replace the totaled roof on Ted Ward Lodge. Thank you to everyone who supported us with their donations, attendance and support. Thank you!
This summer I've been working on renovating all of the headboards in Kiewit lodge. Kiewit lodge has 28 rooms with 2 headboards in each for a total of 56 headboards. Being the only one working on the headboards the process of sanding and staining takes quite a while. I have finished 30 of the 56 headboards which I am proud of because I am constantly being pulled away to mow and set up for events. It was a pleasure to be involved in this project. I hope the newly stained headboards positively effect TLC for years to come and guests enjoy the new improvements to our lodge rooms. Thanks to the funds that have been raised during our fundraisers the last two years, we have been able to make these updates.
Although our original plan of having the Blue Spruce and Chanticleer Pear trees in on the 18th, weather did not allow that. The combination of rain and 100 degree heat caused us to have to push back the installation a week. On Monday, July 24, Greg Luthy and his crew came and began digging the holes for the trees as well as planting a few of them. On Tuesday, July 25, the rest of the trees were put into the ground. Today, July 26, the drip system for the trees will be put in. So far we only have the Blue Spruce trees because Greg decided it would be best to plant the Chanticleer Pear trees in the fall once the trees go dormant. Unfortunately, that will be after my time here at TLC but I will definitely be coming back to see the final product. The Blue Spruce trees look amazing and I couldn't be happier with the work Greg and his team did. If you are interested in donating to Project Tree Line you can head over to our GoFundMe page to donate.
Well people I have been away for awhile...sorry to keep you hanging on to the suspense of what comes next, but reality is sometimes we just get super busy or as I like to put it "Life Happens."
So what have I been up that could possibly just keep me too busy to write one of my awesomely cool blogs. Well lets see: we had two weddings within the first two weekends of July; our 3rd annual Progressive Dinner "An Evening Stroll"; our last summer session of D4LC; and Family Reunions galore people. So you could say I have been up to just about anything and everything you would think happens here.
So I'm going to give you the short version of my thoughts of July...bear with me people.
Weddings have grown on me. See you would think I would love weddings, but I am not entirely a girl that falls head over heels for weddings. However, after seeing how the whole journey takes shape it makes me a little giddy. This comment, however does not leave this blog people.
The Summer fundraiser...gosh where do I even begin on this. See I was given a little baby project to find donation items for our auctions. I was very successful with donation items. Let me tell you I ended up with 64 items! I may be tooting my own horn here, but I was very excited about this goal. Go look at our Facebook or Instagram page, you will see a video of me doing my happy dance at 50 items. I'm serious go watch it. As for the rest of the fundraiser it was a beautiful evening. That week was full of long hours, full of sweat and tears. I'm not kidding about the tears either. Overall very happy with the event especially since it was my first ever event I have helped with at this type of level.
Family reunions are honestly so much fun. They make me think back to the family reunion I had with my boyfriend's family last Summer. Let me tell you it is a blast to see all of these family members come together to see one another every so many years. You get to share in making their special memories that last a lifetime!
So my overall expectations of July have exceeded my goals! Now onto a sad note. I have 15 days left. Okay, no more sappiness because you all are not getting rid of me quite yet. I will be making the most of my last 15 days.
Although we've been really busy lately, Project Tree Line has still been moving forward. We rented a stump grinder and ground all the stumps down to ground level. We've also mowed the area so the trees can be put in without being crowded by weeds. Brandon Cook and Grant Fox have been doing an amazing job at keeping Project Tree Line moving forward especially on days when I am inside and not able to be outside working. I've been extremely thankful for their hard work and dedication. Tomorrow, July 18, Greg Luthy and his crew will be at TLC to begin putting in the Colorado Blue Spruce and Chanticleer Pear trees as well as the drip system. Once Greg's crew is done with that we will have everything in place except the Red Dogwood which we are still working on. I am very excited to start putting our new trees. I am also very excited to see the final product of Project Tree Line. Also, if you would like to donate to Project Tree Line we have created a
Go Fund Me page. Click here if you would like to donate.Thank you in advance to anyone who donates to Project Tree Line, we greatly appreciate your donation.
Though the summer rays have already been scorching hot. Some of us are suffering more than others...though that is only here say. We have been busy bees at The Leadership Center. Working hard on taking the time to put in the tender, love and care our guests deserves.
Let's take a tour of what has been going on in the hallowed halls of The Leadership Center. Event's Past would tell you about Camp Summer Gold, 4-H Llama Camp, Family Reunions, Trinity Lutheran Confirmation Retreat, D4LC. Event's Present would talk your ear off about Boys Town EIPA, West Point FFA Chapter, Baby Bonanza. Event's Future would brag about the Weddings, OUR Fundraiser "An Evening Stroll", D4LC, Family Reunions, Business Meetings that are upcoming. To my knowledge though all three would talk your ear off because we have had quite the shindig of events going on. Specially the last 3 weeks!
What are these events you may ask...Well to start Camp Summer Gold brings a diverse group of teenage girls together to explore creativity, knowledge and stewardship through arts and science based mentor centered workshops and collective girl power. 4-H Llama camp is when all the Llamas come to town. No seriously I am not kidding you, there are legit Llama's on the TLC property. If you think I'm joking, you should check out some of the pictures we have. Of course it is that time of year when families decide to get together and see their loved ones that maybe they do not get to see as often as they would like. Then we get into our VERY own Leadership Conference. Built on a need from one district here in Nebraska 3 years ago to a conference that has grown to help many individuals. See here at The Leadership Center we take pride in this conference because not only do we become the facility that this group stays with, but we get to become the facilitators. I see it as a cool opportunity! Put our teaching skills to the test. This week we had a group from Boys Town that was practicing their sign language. Talk about a talkative group! Hahaha, if you did not get the joke that is okay. I obviously am not that funny. However, West Point FFA was hanging with us this week for a few days after touring a few businesses in town. Baby Bonanza will be taking over the Mather wing tomorrow with different vendors for baby and mom alike. We look forward to the upcoming events in the next two weeks. As The Leadership Center has not hit a lull yet. Which is the best way to have it during the summer! Stay tuned for more blogs to come.