Savanna Maue: A week of firsts, and a whole lot of excitement to come

Savanna Maue is The Capital-Journal’s Food and Fun reporter.

Hey all —


This week was a week of firsts. I got to attend my first Beer Choir event at Norsemen Brewing Co., see a hot air balloon up close, and am tentatively scheduled to meet “The Front Men of Country Music” after their concert in September.

I know, that’s a lot of random. But keeping all these events straight is what I do!

Beer Choir is new to Topeka, there’s a story in the section — but essentially it’s a community gathering brought together by beer and singing. It was such a pleasure to attend, and being around genuinely happy people and upbeat drinking songs was an amazing mid-week mood booster. I will be sure to keep you all updated the next time it occurs.

The hot air balloon is in preparation for the 42nd annual Huff N’ Puff Hot Air Balloon Rally Sept. 8-10 out at Lake Shawnee. Floating through the sky as the sun began to set was such a peaceful experience, and it’s going to be an even more magical when the sky is filled with balloons. More on that coming soon. Also, HUGE thanks to Lori Hutchinson for letting me tag along — such an amazing opportunity.

Lastly, you all (hopefully) have seen by now about “The Front Men of Country” coming to TPAC for the Topeka Remembers 9/11 concert. Four country music stars, Larry Stewart of Restless Heart, Richie McDonald of Lonestar, Tim Rushlow of Little Texas and violinist Donnie Reis, will be performing. After talking to a few of these guys on the phone, Rushlow said he wants a copy of my story after the show.

No pressure there, right? But I’m very excited, and it’s also going to be a great performance you won’t want to miss. Lots of exciting events coming up. I can’t wait to share more as they get closer!