This year’s Cabin Fever, Ark City Arts’ largest annual fundraiser to fund arts programs and events, will showcase the musical ensemble Sentimental Journey.

Cabin FeverThis year, the theme is “In the Mood.” It will be a ’40s style event held at the country cabin of Jay and Nancy Warren, east of Arkansas City.

The $40 ticket will provide libations and a ’40s-style gourmet dinner prepared by Carol House and Jason Smith, featuring Creekstone Farms Premium Beef.

Entertainment will be provided by local talents Lindsay Allen, Kelly Dillner and Julie Sutton, who formed the group Sentimental Journey for this occasion and will bring guests great hits from the Andrews Sisters.

Cabin Fever tickets are on sale now through Sept. 9 at Ark City Arts and the office of the V.J. Wilkins Family Center for the Arts at the Burford Theatre. Call (620 442-5895 or (620) 442-5896 for more information.


Themed dinners

Following the entertainment, there will be a live auction of themed dinners and items donated by local businesses and artists, such as:

  • Advanced Lawn Care
  • Ark City Dental
  • Dawn Colquhoun
  • Hot Stone Spa
  • Spring Hill Golf Course
  • Steamy Joe Coffee Shop
  • Western Industries
  • Local artists Tyler Ross and Danice Sweet

Themed dinners this year include:

  • Club Night at the Burford, by the Ark City Arts Board of Directors with live band
  • Fall Brunch, by Gary and Kammy Downs with Julie Sutton and Alicia Anderson
  • Fish Fry at the Cabin, by Jay and Nancy Warren with Ron Folks
  • Mexican Fiesta, by Michael and Cathy Mora with Carol Hearne
  • Scrabble Luncheon, by Ellen Snell and Carol Hearne
  • Singing Waiters Brunch, by Paul and Lisa Klaassen with Tamen Eis
  • Tour of Italy, by Ernestine Kennelley

About Sentimental Journey

Cabin Fever entertainers Sentimental Journey started with Sutton’s desire to do a ’40s sound.

She is a Winfield singer-songwriter who teaches art at Arkansas City Christian Academy, as well as music and art classes for Ark City Arts. Her music has won contests at PrairieFest and the Walnut Valley Festival, and she has performed at America’s Heartbeat as Melanie, Lulu, Carole King and Bob Dylan.

Sutton is excited to be singing with Allen and Dillner as the Andrews Sisters soundalike trio Sentimental Journey.

Dillner is no stranger to the area. She moved to Arkansas City in 1981, right out of high school. She has been married to her husband, Robert, for more than 35 years, and is the mother of two children and grandmother of five.

Dillner has been in radio for 13 years, and takes care of business at 1025 The River in sales and promotions.

“Growing up in a family where no one knew how to play any kind of instruments, singing a capella with tight harmonies was just what (we) did,” she said.

Dillner has been a part of America’s Heartbeat in the past, portraying Stevie Nicks and Juice Newton. She is excited about Cabin Fever and having the opportunity to once again sing.

An Arkansas City native, Allen is excited to be a part of the Ark City Arts community. While growing up, she was involved in numerous musical performances through high school and Cowley College.

Recording an album with vocal quartet One Light, and performing with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Howard Levy and Eugene Friesen, have been highlights of her performing career thus far.

After receiving her associate of arts degree from Cowley, Allen completed her undergraduate degree in music education at Kansas State University.

After completing her degree, she taught music at the elementary level in Tonganoxie before leaving to pursue her master’s degree in music education with an emphasis in vocal studies at Wichita State University.

Allen now has come full circle in her music career by teaching at Cowley College as the lead applied voice instructor in the visual and performing arts department. She continues to cultivate her love of music by directing the children’s choir, Prairie Voice, at Ark City Arts and performing for community events.

“I am blessed to be a part of a community that supports the arts in such a significant way,” Allen said. “An event such as Cabin Fever shows how much this community cares about making the arts a highlight in people’s lives, and I am thrilled to be even a small part of this!”