This week Nebraska is following the bring a coat/sunglasses/sweater/shorts/umbrella/mittens/sunblock/snow shovel almost-spring-Nebraska-weather plan.  Last night we had snow.  Tomorrow we might be up to 70 – pretty certain my kids will be wearing shorts.  Today happens to be a chillier one – a perfect day for Nebraska Stories.  Tonight is a double header – this is all about the first episode that will be shown!

  • Blue Barn All Grown Up” After 27 years, Omaha’s non-profit Blue Barn Theatre finally has a stage all its own to produce the best in boundary-breaking plays and other works that provoke thought and change.  We get a tour of the new space (just south of Omaha’s Old Market) from the Theatre’s Artistic Director, Susan Clement-Toberer.  This theater is so beautiful.  My friend, Kim, at Oh My! Omaha first brought the Blue Barn Theatre to my attention as she has done several giveaways on her site for tickets.  (Hint, hint – follow her!)  Anyway, I do think that their shows are more for grown-ups, but who doesn’t need a night out? 
  • Rez Ball” Experience the winning moments of the 2015 NSAA Boys State C-1 basketball game that made the Winnebago team state champions. 70 years in the making, their hard work and dedication captured the hearts of Nebraskans.  Think Hoosiers meets Huskers!  I am a BIG basketball fan, but as I remember last year, during the boys state tournament, we were getting ready to start our new business, so I didn’t get to really watch much of the state tournament.  I definitely did not understand the significance of their appearance at the state tourney.  I will most definitely be watching the mini-documentary, “Bago Boys” that is debuting next Thursday, March 3rd, at 7:45 p.m. also on NET. 
  • Rockin’ Down the Highway ” If you feel the need.  need for speed.  We are profiling the life of Nebraska businessman “Speedy” Bill Smith of Speedway Motors and taking a tour of the museum he founded – The Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed.   We’ll see some of the fastest cars in the world and feature a selection of the more notable artifacts in the museum’s 28,000 piece collection.  Perhaps this is a bit redundant since I seem to say this about every Nebraska place, but I have been really wanting to go this museum.  In fact, a friend and I have been attending on taking our kids there, and that outing has been postponed several times.  (If you reading this Corrie, we need to pick a new date!)  Anyway, this museum has quite the eclectic collection – I know that all of my kids are going to love exploring!  If you have already been, please comment below on your favorite part. 
  • Roadside Paleontology” We follow a team of paleontologists as they dig along Nebraska’s highways where they uncover new clues to our state’s paleo history.  Why not follow the big diggers when you are a dinosaur hunter?  Nebraskans can be so brilliant.  I wonder if they allow tourists to tag along behind? 🙂


On Thursday February 25th, Episodes 709 and 710 air back-to-back 7pm and 7:30pm CT respectively on NET.  Unable to watch the show live?  You can find all Nebraska Stories episodes and segments online.

Author: neodyssey

My name is Gretchen Garrison. I started this blog about Nebraska in 2013. So far, I have written three books about Nebraska and Lincoln.