As you visit any town it is a bit hard to get your bearings. You need up to date information on what is happening while you are there. You may want to hear some music or attend an art event. You could stop random people on the street but this is a hit or miss affair.
In Kansas City look for the free weekly magazines that are found in and around many restaurants and coffee shops.
The most common are the INK and The Pitch. I like the INK for the articles but the Pitch has a lot of music date info.
Hope this will help on a trip to KC
Kansas City likes to have visitors and want you to have a good time. To this end they have posted a whole new class of signs that are there just to help out of towners to find interesting things to do and to help them understand where the different areas begin and end.
You will see them as you enter an area or just before important intersections. They will be above head height on the right side of the street
This is a unique spot for tourists and marble enthusiasts. They have a store packed in with marbles-all types, styles, and sizes. Besides that, they have many old games from your childhood era, if you are over 40. The shop is worth a trip through to see all the old time game stuff, and buy a marble. There are also daily demo displays of how marbles are made and kilned. Not all are made in China, but from crafts people around here.
Tuba Christmas is a national happening, conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late tuba artist/teacher William J. Bell, sponsored by the Harvey Phillips Foundation. It was held at 179 locations throughout the USA, Canada, and Switzerland.
The photos attached are from the 2009 Kansas City event backed by the Kansas City Symphony, and held in KC's Lyric Theatre. More than 400 tuba and euphonium players, ranging in age from 11 to 76, packed the lower level of seats in the auditorium. Players came from numerous towns and cities in the region, from as far away as Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Scott Watson, tuba professor at the University of Kansas directed. A colorful and unique event!
30 to 40 years ago many of the grand huge American Elm trees were killed by Dutch Elm Disease. The City Foresters took the opportunity to plant a great variety of beautiful hardwood trees.
The trees have now matured to the point that they turn many streets into a kind of living cathedral.
If you visit in mid to late October it is truly spectacular. The streets in and around the Brookside area are the best. So take a walk through a great American neighborhood.
Take A great walk through the heart of Kansas City and get a great sense of what living in Kansas City is like.
About 10 years ago the city took an abandoned trolley track and turned it into a walking/running and cycling path. It is separated from the traffic. This makes it very relaxing.
I begins in the plaza area on the north end and extends all the way to 85th street to the south. This trail passes through the South Plaza, Brookside and Waldo neighborhoods. You pass Small shopping areas with coffee shops and restaurants about every mile to mile and a half.
The trail is well maintained and is wheel chair accessible. Much of it is shaded by large trees. It has a very fine compacted gravel surface for most of the way.
TIP: When you reach the Brookside shopping area the trail seems to end. Just stay with it and after you have had some coffee or a bite to eat you can pick it up again on the other side of the shopping area.
This trail passes through some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in America. Many locals use this as a regular part of their weekly activities. So give it a shot and get the feel of the city.
Hop on the trail and burn off some of the BBQ.
You might find a lot of Wizard of Oz items in the souvenir stores. It's because Dorothy was a Kansas native. If you've seen the movie, you'll know that she spent her entire time in the land of Oz trying to get back to her beloved family in Kansas.
Kansas City Crazy Laws
Minors are not allowed to purchase cap pistols, however they may buy shotguns freely.
Installation of bathtubs with four legs resembling animal paws is prohibited.
'the life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it' - J. M. Barrie
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