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Catch the Blue Fever: 8 Favorite Royals Instagram Photos

News flash: the Kansas City Royals are in the World Series! If you somehow missed one of the biggest sports stories in local history, it’s hard not to notice the blue fever that’s swept through Kansas City, touching everything from fountains and buildings to clothing and food (yes, food).

This is a momentous time for our fair city. And to help keep the celebration going, we’ve picked a few of our favorite Royals-themed Instagram snapshots. Trust us—after checking these out, you’ll feel anything but blue!

Who needs beaches and oceans when you have these gorgeous blue fountains?

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Photo by @kumiker

The Royals in the World Series—not a bad belated present for Union Station’s 100th birthday, right? 

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Photo by @bigricky818

The World Series has returned to Kauffman Stadium. Anyone else still have goosebumps?

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Photo by @forrestgumpofbaseball

Cheers to you, Royals!

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Photo by @rudystenampakc

Now this is why it’s so cool to play baseball in October!

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Photo by @BTBurch

The Royals love is spreading coast to coast … literally! 

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Photo by @caracowsert

Even our grass is getting in the spirit. That’s what we call dedication!

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Photo by @ellensayshola

Kansas City, we’ve got to tell you—you’ve never looked more beautiful. 

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Photo by @alexandertripp

Good news, Kansas City—the party’s just getting started! Keep sharing your Instagram photos using #instakc and show us how you and your city are supporting our favorite boys in blue. Go Royals!

Are you capturing the Blue Fever that’s sweeping Kansas City? Add the #instakc tag to your pics! We’ll be featuring more as the World Series continues!

KRS_BWHeadshot_PaulAndrewsKaty Ryan Schamberger is a KC-based, downtown dwelling, Online Content Marketing Manager and Magazine Journalist with a Passion for Words, Stories and Technology. Katy’s love of the city reached a fever pitch with the publication of her first book, Moon Kansas City. When Katy isn’t writing, you’ll find her exploring her River Market neighborhood or at one of many favorite local shops, restaurants or bars. Follow Katy on Twitter at @katywrites.

#CatchKC: Join the game!

YOU could be featured in an epic game of digital catch! Cheer on the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. Submit your #CatchKC video on Instagram! We’ll mash up all your submissions into one sweet game of catch. HURRY! The deadline to submit and win some sweet KC prizes is midnight TONIGHT after Game 2!

Want to see a preview of the final mashup video? Check it out!

Where in the world are you? We’ve gotten hometown KC videos as well as entries from all over the world! Join in this game of catch with fans from:

Mexico…

England…

and Abu Dhabi!

Oh yeah…the undead can play along, too. Why not?!

 

Royal Stories: My First Love Affair

The Kansas City Royals are in the World Series for the first time in 29 years. And it’s personal for many. Guest blogger Andreina Byrne shares her story about the invincible Kansas City spirit that keeps us loyal Royals fans cheering for our boys in blue.

There wasn’t an ‘Interactive Kids Area’ or, even a Sluggerrr, for the first years of my Royals’ love affair. There was just baseball.

“Limonay, limonay, limonayyyed, ohhhh” the adorably animated vendor used to yell. Fans would yell with him, as I tugged on my dads jacket to make sure he heard the hilarity going on all around him.

IMG_3956My older brother and my older sister and I have been going to the K since before I could walk.We knew that when my Irish-immigrant-dad said “Royals game?” in his Americanized-brogue from living here for ten years, that it was truly, a time to party.

Hot dogs and peanuts overpowered our knobby legs as we struggled to balance them in our laps. We’d get the occasional lemonade too, of course, if the vendor could reach us before the opposing team had readied its outfield players.

The Royals have always been themselves, and there wasn’t a need to impress the fans, even my five-year-old self, who wanted nothing more than to catch my first real catch, like Smalls from the Sandlot. The only thing noticeably different from Smalls and I was my hot pink Mickey Mouse hat that I wore backwards until age 13. Other than that, a growing love for baseball and the passion that it created in every fan was all that mattered.

Kauffman-Stadium_007_AAAnd that’s what made it so memorable. As the early 2000s set in, Kauffman Stadium hit the 50 million in attendance mark, and in 2006, our city began a $250 million dollar renovation to our beloved stadium. I’d like to imagine that after Slugger turned ten that same year, his jersey was dry cleaned a few more times, and his tail was brushed a bit more often, too. After all, he isn’t just the king of any jungle.

Despite each roster change, or even the inducted hall of famers, our city has remained the same. What no vendor, baseball record, or even renovation could have done, is change the heart of Kansas City, or our Royals.

They’ve always been our loyal boys, even when some of their fans weren’t always as loyal. They’ve always been active participants in our Midwest city, even if, at the time, getting an autograph from a smiling outfielder at a Hy-Vee or Chiefs game didn’t seem as cool as it actually was.

The Kansas City Royals have defined the genuine spirit that Kansas City has to offer. Kansas City, and the Royals, honor what we are: a Midwest city that is far beyond a cowtown stereotype, and, a city that requires nothing more than a love for baseball.

You’re hilarious: KC Improv

The Kansas City Improv Company invites you to a New York Times critically accclaimed show this week! Can’t make the event but still looking to laugh? Join their classes offered all all levels and see how funny you really are.

KC Improv Co Presents Red Bastard
2 nights ONLY. OCT. 10 & 11, 8 PM

rbhandsCould this Dangerous, Seductive Comedy-Monster change your life? Something interesting must happen every 10 seconds… And it will. Experience the MADNESS of this dangerous, seductive comedy-monster as he immerses you in his unique and absurdly interactive masterclass. Anything can happen as Red Bastard lures his “students” into a playground of raw conversation, traps, rewards and catch 22’s.

Joined by opening act, The KC Improv Company

It all goes down October 10 and 11 at Kick Comedy Theater. Both shows start at 8pm. Get there early and ready to rolll with laughter!

Tickets just $20.

Ages 17+ only. No drink minimum.

 

IMG_7450Get Classy with the KC Improv Co
What level of laughter do you think you can bring? The KC Improv Co introduces FOUR levels of classes for adults to explore the art of improv acting and comedy. All levels meet in December to perform at the Kick Comedy Theater!

 

  • Level 1: Intro to Improv >> Improv Comedy class for beginners.
  • Level 2: Scenework >> Improv Comedy class for intermediate improvisers
  • Level 3: Advanced Scenework >> Improv Comedy class for intermediate improvisers
  • Level 4: Intermediate Long-Form >> Improv Comedy class for intermediate improvisers
  • Saturday All-Play Class >> Improv Comedy class for all human beings
  • Improv Coaching >> Improv Comedy class for experienced improvisers

Are you in? Learn more and register for classes to get started right away!

Get Haunted at Worlds of Fun

Summer fun is dead. Long live the terrors of fall at World’s of Fun’s Halloween Haunt.

The midwest’s largest Halloween event with over 500 gruesome monsters and 10 extreme haunts has taken over Worlds of Fun in Kansas City. Fright Night scares you silly on Friday and Saturday nights through October 31, 2014. Extreme haunts are not recommended for guests younger than 14 years of age

HauntStiltsClownWhat you’re in for:

* Over 60 rides, activities, and shows.

* Extreme Haunts: Zombie High, Miss Lizzie’s Chamber of Horrors, Corn Stalkers, Asylum Island, London Terror, The Fright Zone, BloodShed, Outlaw’s Revenge, CarnEvil, and Lore of the Vampire featuring Club Blood

* The Chills: Using over 90 fog machines, watch as darkness of night falls and you bear witness to Overlord’s Awakening as he calls his army to rise and transform the park into Halloween Haunt

EDALONZO1* New this year! Ed Alonzo from Saved by the Bell presents his Psycho Circus of Magic and Mayhem!

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Looking for more family-friendly fun? Fear not: There’s daytime fun that’s not-so-scary and Planet Snoopy is open on Saturdays through October until 10 p.m.

Kansas City’s American Royal – 2014 Events

The first day of Autumn has arrived which means one of the our city’s great traditions is about arrive as well! While American Royal events are already underway, the kickoff to an eventful October starts this Saturday with the 89th Annual American Royal Parade in downtown Kansas City. Mark your calendar for these big upcoming events!

paradeThe American Royal Parade: Salute to the Military September 27th, 9:45 a.m.
Bring your friends, family and neighbors as we grow our tradition of paying tribute to America’s Military. The parade will again travel north up Grand Boulevard from Pershing to Truman Road. Close to 4,000 people are expected to march in the parade, including active duty military, veterans from every conflict, 2,000 Boy Scouts, 4-H and FFA youngsters and some of Kansas City’s best marching bands and drill teams.

American Royal Barbeque_047_AAWorld Series of Barbecue®October 2-5
The American Royal Barbecue is the largest event of the historic American Royal and the season finale for the competitive barbecue circuit. Held in Kansas City’s Stockyards District over 550 teams compete in four different categories.

 

Grapes & Steaks Competition - October 8
Wine producers from across the country are invited to submit their best vintages for blind judging in 10 different categories while beef producers submit 3 rib-eye steaks to compete in 2 categories, grass-finished and grain-finished.

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Photo by Merrick Studios

Hunter Jumper ShowOctober 14-19
A showcase combining speed, athleticism and grace by the best horses and riders in the country.

Horse and Livestock Shows, Youth Rodeo, many more events
American Royal events continue through November 15!

B-cycling in KC: A ride through Kansas City parks

Our B-cycling in KC series continues as guest blogger Ellen Schwartze (@ellensayshola) explores the BikeShareKC Parks Tour!

bike_share1Downtown KC: another American concrete jungle, right? Not so! Downtown has several beautiful green spaces tucked between the busy streets and tall buildings. The next time you’re looking for a picnic spot, scenic view or downtown oasis, look no further than these parks, found on the BikeShare B-Outside parks tour.
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I started at one of the most popular bikeshare stations, 3rd & Grand in the River Market. Since this is a choose-your-own-adventure tour, I’ll give you some options to get to the first stop, Berkley Riverfront Park. Option 1: bike across the Grand St. Viaduct (5 minutes) — be prepared to share the road! Option 2: bike a couple blocks up 2nd Street to the Town of Kansas pedestrian bridge (10 minutes), walk the bike down the bridge and stairs to the path. (Pro tip: there is an elevator but it isn’t always on.) The park is decked out with paths, picnic tables and excellent views of the Missouri River and its bridges, including the Hannibal train bridge and the Broadway, Heart of America and Kit Bond bridges.

bike_share4After frolicking — and frolicking is a must — head back the way you came and point your trusty steed westward to Case Park. Again, you have a couple options: Option 1: ride to the 8th & Broadway bike share station then walk up the stairs at 8th & Washington, or Option 2: go straight to the park by conquering the hill on 7th Street. Case Park views stretch to the horizons: to the north, the downtown airport (sit for a moment during the week and you’ll catch a few take-offs), and to the west, the river,
West Bottoms and Kansas City, Kansas. The park also has a playground for the kiddos and tables and grills for weekend cook-outs.

bike_share3Next, pick up a bike from 10th and Washington and turn into the downtown business district for two more parks. Oppenstein Brothers Park at 12th & Walnut (5 minutes) offers a shaded break from the weekday grind. Be sure to investigate the Star Disk, which displays seasonal constellations when you line up the month and day.

bike_share5Four blocks away is one of my favorite parks in KC, Ilus W. Davis Park (3 minutes). It stretches two city blocks between the courthouse and City Hall, with a beautiful water feature and reflecting pool in the southern block. It’s great for people watching in during the week, too. Plop down on the grass and consider all the fun you’re having and all the hard work people are doing in the high rises around you.

bike_share6For your final leg, head due south to one of the most famous views of the KC skyline from Penn Valley Park, home of the Liberty Memorial. Drop off the bike at the Union Station kiosk (15 minutes) and then spend an afternoon exploring the park grounds — it’s huge! If you brought Fido, keep walking south to the off-leash dog park. If you’re a history buff, the WWI National Museum is not to be missed.

And, since you’ve reached the end of your journey, be sure to treat yourself at Parisi Coffee, Pierpont’s or Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Union Station!

EllenEllen loves #downtownkc, where she works at the Mid-America Regional Council, lives in the River Market, and plays at Kansas City Central Library. You can find her biking down to Alamo Drafthouse for a quote-along or down to the Boulevard para amigos y tacos. The way to her corazón is through Burrito Brothers’ front door. She currently blogs for KC Spokespeople, sends out random thoughts at @EllenSaysHola, and tweets #DowntownKC love for the Downtown Neighborhood Association (@dnakcmo).

#BeRoyalKC

Kansas-City-Royals_148_AAIt’s been a banner season for the Kansas City Royals! The team returns from the road on September 11 for the final 2014 season home games. Plan your visit to Kansas City and Kauffman Stadium for one of these upcoming games!

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Want the chance to bring your favorite four-legged friend? Register here for the Bark at the Park game coinciding with the September 17 game against the White Sox!

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Kansas City Celebrates at Union Station

CaptureUnion Station opened and was dedicated on October 30, 1914. During its opening ceremony, Union Station was heralded as one of the most beautiful train stations in the country and that tradition continues today. Union Station is still considered one of the top 23 train stations in the country. – UnionStation.com

One of our city’s most recognizable buildings, Union Station is home to Science City, delicious restaurants and many special events and exhibits throughout the year. On October 30, 2014, Union Station Kansas City will celebrate its 100th Anniversary! To get the party started early, Union Station, along with the Kansas City Chiefs and Quixotic Entertainment, is kicking things off with the biggest Red Friday Pep Rally KC has ever seen!

The evening full of free festivities will include:

  • Event kicks off with a live concert
  • Activities and fun for the entire family
  • Official Kansas City Chiefs Red Friday Pep Rally
  • Spellbinding Digital Imagery and Musical Journey by Quixotic Fusion
  • Spectacular Fireworks Finale Launched From Atop Union Station
  • Food & Drink Available For Purchase

That digital imagery planned for the outside of Union Station? It’s going to be incredible…

Join the Union Station’s Facebook Event to let your friends and family know you’re going!

B-cycling in KC: B-Saucy!

IMG_0658Welcome to the first blog in our B-cycling in KC series! Guest writer Ellen Schwartze will take us along for the ride as she explores the different adventure tours you can take all while using a BikeShareKC B-cycle. First up…the famous, the delicious: Kansas City Barbecue.

(This makes up just one of BikeShareKC’s “Choose Your Own Biking Adventure” tours, which can be downloaded here.)

IMG_0667How far will you go for barbecue? If your answer is “less than two miles, and I’d like some exercise in between meals,” I have great news for you: five examples of KC’s famed dish can be found within biking distance from downtown KC, and you can use the BikeShareKC system to get to them! Not familiar with the bike sharing? Here’s a quick overview.

The concept is easy:

1. Buy a 24-hour pass at the kiosk or online before your ride. (Pro tip: If you’re a KC regular, an annual pass is a much better deal!)

2. Use it! A pass includes unlimited 30-minute check-outs. It’s $2 per half-hour after that.

IMG_0679First, you need a bike! (Note: the seats are adjustable, so be sure to set yours just right!) There are 12 stations in downtown. I started at the Bike Share station on 19th St. between Central and Wyandotte to head out to the first barbecue restaurant, Danny Edward’s Boulevard BBQ. The route (10 minutes) is simple and relatively flat, and has sharrows and bike lanes the entire way. Try “The Big D” sandwich, which was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. You can use the built-in lock on the bike while you go inside to enjoy the wonderful air conditioning — er, I mean, barbecue. (I mean air conditioning.)

IMG_0695Hop back on and ride over to Union Station (12 minutes) — the bike share stand is on the east side, facing Main. Dock the bike, making sure you hear the three beeps that signals it was successfully returned. Walk through IMG_0701Union Station to cross the Freight House pedestrian bridge and you’re now in the backyard of Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue, one of KC’s most famous barbecue houses. Close your eyes and point to the menu; you won’t be let down.

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Walk back the way you came, and continue via The Link to Crown Center (15 minutes). In the food court, you’ll find Three Little Pigs, a small but mighty-tasty option. It’s conveniently located close to Sea Life, LEGOLAND and Kaleidoscope, and offers a kids’ meal with a sandwich, side and drink for $5. That makes for a family- and wallet-friendly option!

IMG_0721Walk out the east doors of Crown Center and you’ll find your next Bike Share station to your left. Grab one and head to jazz country for the ever-famous Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue in the historic 18th & Vine neighborhood (12 minutes). When it’s your turn, be ready to yell your order through the counter window!

Finally, make your way to the City Market. Here’s the route I took (20 minutes), but there are several good options. If you want to switch out bikes to save the extra dollars, try the station at 18th & Oak or 13th & Grand. Drop the bike off one last time at the station at 3rd & Grand, then walk through the City Market to Winslow’s. Grab a beer and one final order of barbecue — you earned it!

 

EllenEllen loves #downtownkc, where she works at the Mid-America Regional Council, lives in the River Market, and plays at Kansas City Central Library. You can find her biking down to Alamo Drafthouse for a quote-along or down to the Boulevard para amigos y tacos. The way to her corazón is through Burrito Brothers’ front door. She currently blogs for KC Spokespeople, sends out random thoughts at @EllenSaysHola, and tweets #DowntownKC love for the Downtown Neighborhood Association (@dnakcmo).
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