The Kansas City Renaissance Festival takes place each fall at a site just north of Bonner Springs. It is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, beginning around Labor Day and lasting until mid-October. It is a fund-raiser for the Kansas City Art Institute.
A colorful event featuring music, dance, jousting, lots of food, and numerous off-beat characters. (Not to mention a lot of cleavage.)
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It certainly does not look like a tourist destination. Moon Marble Factory sits in an unassuming, even modest little building stuck in between Front Street and the railroad tracks. There are no big signs and limited parking. But it is JUST the kind of place a curious traveler loves to find.
For years, this company made wooden toys and game boards. When it became difficult to find the marbles desired, they branched out, and the result is Moon Marbles. The store carries an enormous inventory of machine-made marbles, as well as games and toys. But the highlight of a visit is watching owner and artisan Bruce Breslow demonstrate the fine art of making marbles out of pieces of glass tubing. These are not just any marbles, either. Prices currently quoted on their web site run as high as $125 for one marble of about one inch in diameter.
Call ahead to check when marble making demonstrations are available. The store is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
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