Love, Humility and The Greeting Committee

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The first time I ever heard the Greeting Committee play on 96.5 The Buzz, I assumed they were some band, possibly from L.A., making their run at the big time. Imagine my surprise when I saw them live for the first time and realized, not only were they local, they weren’t even old enough to drink. It has been almost two years since The Greeting Committee got signed and released their hit single, “Hands Down” and while most would think they would have moved to a bigger, “better” city to grow their fan base, the band has remained rooted to their hometown. Continue reading

Death of a Business

Fall is finally here! That means pumpkin spiced lattes and wearing leggings for pants is in full swing. That also means that local festivals celebrating the Kansas City community are going on from the Northland to Downtown. One of KC’s most popular and notable “eat, shop, buy local” campaigns is KC Local week, which was about a month ago. But local business appreciation doesn’t stop there; just last weekend North Kansas City hosted its first local festival, The Swift Mile Fest. If any of you didn’t attend, you have no idea what you missed. But amidst all these festivities It’s always sad to hear when a local business closes.

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Gin lovers anonymous: a night with Snake Oil

Who in the crowd likes gin? My guess is that most of you are sticking your tongue out in disgust at your computer/phone/tablet. Tonight I found myself in good company, a bit of a gin lovers collective. Even though this was considered a couples lab at the Bonfire creative space, Artis was the only person in the group actually coupled with the person she brought—married if we want to get a bit more specific. Artis: petite and soft-spoken with an excited smile on her face, was our gin master.

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Restaurant Week. ‘Nough said.

Last week, Kansas Citian’s open tabled like they never have before in anticipation of the 7th annual Kansas City Restaurant Week, myself included. The fundraiser/restaurant expose benefits prominent local charities while feeding adventurous foodies for reasonable prices. If you weren’t making reservations or at least looking through menus before the start of restaurant week last Friday, you have probably set yourself up to miss out on a lot of those “hot commodity” restaurants. But, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of amazing alternatives to choose from. Or if you are from the camp of why go to restaurant week, which I can’t imagine anyone saying, there are a couple of reasons why you should.  Continue reading

The Strawberry Swing: No strawberries but lots of crafts

So, I have been AWOL on the posting game, I’ll admit. Lots of things have been going on for me from my computer crapping out on me and I having to take it in to be fixed to getting a new job. While I did still have my iPad to blog with, my pictures from this event were on my camera and I had no way of tranferring them. Fortunately, I now have my computer back and we can return to business as usual! But, you aren’t here to listen to me give lame excuses for why I’ve have been “behind on the city”. You care about the good stuff, like the Strawberry Swing at the Alexander Majors Barn on State Line Road. Founded in 2011, the Strawberry Swing is all about supporting handmade crafters. 

As a huge supporter, lover and buyer of handmade goods, I was all over this fair. From the moment I arrived, there were quite a few people buying various wares. There was a heavy population of jewelry crafting tables, including Opal and Gold, a local jeweler I discovered at First Fridays. While I do love jewelry (I mean, next to diamonds, they’re a girl’s best friend right), I was on a mission to find a few specific goods. Continue reading

KC Fringe: Delivering the Unexpected

Kansas City Fringe Festival, for thiose of you who may not know, is the largest performing arts Festival in the city. Spanning over two weeks, the festival includes arts as well as theatrical performances. Not to mention there are several evenings on the town, also known as Late Night on the Fringe; the party destination that allows you to meet the actors and crew behind Fringe as well as the volunteers and fellow lovers of the arts. Your KC Fringe buttons are not to be forgotten either. Not only do they get you into the shows and allow you free admission for Late Night, those bad boys can also get you some sweet discounts atselect local spots around the city (for the fully listing of those and sicount specifications, click here). Continue reading

Let’s Cultivate

If any of you braved the murky heat last weekend, you may have been at Cultivate, hosted by Chipotle. Cultivate, though not local, does broach the importance of knowing where your food comes from and happily supported many local restaurants and breweries around Kansas City. The festival is packed as to be expected; it was free and Chipotle was involved.

Upon making a 15 minute trek from my car, I immediately headed towards the beer hall. While I probably should’ve been sucking down some water, I wasn’t about to miss all the local breweries Chipotle had invited to share their summer brews. While I usually go for an old-fashioned wheat on a hot summers day, I had a few saisons, a beer style I also love but usually don’t have often. I bought a few samples from various breweries, including “A Saison Kiss” by Martin City, but finally landed on the ginger peach saison from Cinder Block Brewery. I even ventured outside my comfort zone and was prompted to try my friend’s chocolate stout. The verdict; not bad considering that I am not a stout person. It was definitely a brew I could see myself drinking more of, had she remembered which brewery she got it from. Continue reading

KC Maker Faire Makes for Family Fun

Summer is the season of festivals and KC has quite the plethora of fun fests to go to. Last weekend you had Boulevardia and this past weekend was the 5th Annual Maker Faire hosted by Make magazine. This being my first year going to the Maker Faire, I had no idea what to expect, only making me more excited for I found there. The maker faire is held in many cities around the United States but each city hosts their own local makers. And maker here is used in the general sense. The maker faire hosts makers of all kinds; farmers, engineers, wood workers, metal workers, etc. Brent’s favorite part of the fair was all the science and technology tables set up throughout Union Station and I have to admit, it was kind of fun listening to him tell me how everything I didn’t understand worked. Continue reading

Boulevardia: Year two in Review

Father’s day is a busy weekend and typically means, if you’re anything like me, you’re fretting over what to get dear old dad because you can’t figure out what to buy that he won’t just buy himself. Father’s day weekend also marked Boulvardia’s 2nd “birthday”. Last year, Kansas City’s own Boulevard Brewing Company created their our little country named Boulevard and crammed it with of all the things KC natives—or anyone, for that matter—love: beer, food truck food, music and local wares. From year one to year two, Boulevardia’s notoriety has only grown and gotten better. Brent, having never been a “Boulevardian” before, happily came along to embrace the magic of one of my favorite festivals. Continue reading

Reflections on Memorial Day at the WWI Museum

Diorama of men in the hellish trenches.

Diorama of men in the hellish trenches.

Last weekend, my boyfriend, Brent and I took a trip down to the WWI Museum because he loves history and I’ve never been. All my life, I have always found myself surrounded by history buffs. But, the history fanatic that stands out to me the most is my minister. He has always expressed a love of history, even going so far as attending local historical events around the city. But, it isn’t just his love of history that I admire; it’s also his ability to understand that knowledge of history will strongly affect the future. As a young girl, I didn’t quite understand just how important history was but as an older young girl, it is starting to become apparent that we have forgotten that pieces of history that make us who we are as Americans.

At the WWI Museum, you are invited to watch a film that explores the reasons why the war started in the first place. The most glaring reason; evolving and expanding ideas along with the expansion of technology. As we develop more knowledge about the world, the more compelled we are to take charge and harness that knowledge before anyone else; such was the world then and so it still is today. This seems to be one of the origins of war. Continue reading