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Cindy Van Camp explains the finer points of formal dining to her young visitors Monday during Manners at the Mansion. Attendees were there from numerous cities, including some from Kansas. From left, Curtis Nicklas, Camdenton, Brooke Davis, Holts Summit and Sophy Saykally of Kansas City, listen and learn. Children are taught which untensil to use for what portion of dinner is currently served, the importance of saying "thank you" to your host(s), conversation etiquette, etc. After a morning of lessons, the students and their guest were invited to have a formal lunch in the Governor's Mansion.

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Curtis Nicklas walked around a table with a handful of silverware, placing pieces where he thought they should go.


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