Summer nights just got brighter as local businesses across the metro host movie screenings underthe Kansas City night sky. Whether you’re looking for an outing with the besties or to entertain a car full of kids, guest blogger Marcus Walker (and Visit KC intern!) has the hook-up on the most unique and exciting outdoor movie events of the summer.
Working for the weekend:
The WeekEnder is Crown Center’s way of saying sayonara to the work week. Celebrated on the beautiful Center Square—think Central Park but with interactive fountains and modern landscaping—the weekender is the perfect space to enjoy the silver screen and the skyline. Did we mention there is live music, delicious local food and unique jewelry boutiques stationed throughout the area?
THE LINE-UP: The Princess Bride (7/12), Weekend at Bernie’s (7/19), Raiders of the Lost Ark (7/26), Grease (8/2) and Iron Man (8/9).
LOCATION: Crown Center Square
START TIME: Evening begins at 5 p.m., Movie screens around 9 p.m.
DON’T FORGET: Bring blankets or folding chairs for the movie Read more
Bon Appetit Magazine called “tea the new coffee”, in their list of food trends for 2013, so it should come as no surprise that tea is establishing itself in Kansas City, as well. Guest blogger Jenny Vegara (@jvergara) is here to help you play catch up as about 160 million Americans drink tea on any given day.
Bon Appétit Magazine
See, we, as Americans, have a confusing relationship with tea. Served hot, tea is viewed as the drink of other people from other lands. It is an Asian tradition steeped in history and ceremony or it’s that hour in the day when the British reserve time for just a spot of it. Served chilled, however, iced tea is a whole other story in this country. It is what many Americans drink with lunch or dinner. Sweet tea is what people all across the south like to drink instead of soda with their meals. We also live in a country where an “Arnold Palmer,” a mocktail made with iced tea and lemonade is a summertime staple. In America, we clearly like our tea ice cold and refreshing.
Now, close your eyes, and think about tea. What are the images that pop into your head? I think of: Boston Tea Party, Lipton tea bags, the Nestea plunge, gypsies with jangling bracelets and head scarves reading our future in the leaves, jars of brown water sitting on my parent’s cement patio in the sun, Zen yoga masters, Japanese tea ceremonies, grandma’s pinkie finger out and finger sandwiches with the crusts cut off. See how my tea-related thoughts are all over the place? I think tea needs a champion, and a new brand identity.
Earlier this year, Budget Travel magazine named Kansas City one of its Top 10 Budget Travel Destinations for 2012, touting the region as a “hotbed for high culture.” And while the year may be drawing to close, it certainly doesn’t mean the buzz for KC is subsiding.
Here are 10 reasons why the excitement for Kansas City will continue well into the New Year.
Of course, we don’t want you to shop until you drop, but it’s truly possible with the distinct shopping districts available in Kansas City. The city’s shopping areas offer fashion’s favorite labels, fun and funky gifts, high style and affordable prices. But what sets Kansas City apart as a shopping destination is the experience each district creates for the visitor, making finding the perfect gift fun for everyone! Whatever your tastes, we have it all in Kansas City.
Downtown Kansas City
The Crossroads Arts District for unique stocking stuffers like handmade stationery from Hammerpress or artisanal chocolates from Christopher Elbow. In the Power & Light District, look to Envolve for chic women’s styles or shop eight stores in one at The Garment District—a hip fashion collective with a bar nestled inside.
A little further north of downtown and straight out of the mind of Dr. Seuss, City Market transforms itself for Whoville Holidays, a yuletide celebration featuring The Grinch, art activities and a Cindy Lou Who look-alike contest.
After a long afternoon shopping the avenues of downtown KC, it’s time for a light meal. Venture off the beaten path to the Westside area. Popular picks range from small plates at Lill’s on 17th and savory crepes at Chez Elle, to farm-to-table fare at The Westside Local.
The only remaining dome car in Amtrak service.
My son loves trains. Model trains, Thomas the train, freight trains, passenger trains – He loves them all. So I recently surprised him by taking him for a ride on a real train, the Missouri River Runner. Amtrak services KC and recently had the only remaining “Great Dome” rail car available for service between St. Louis to Kansas City.
Since this is the first time in many, many years that the historic dome car has been in KC – I knew that the kids and I had to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Our excitement grows as we wait to board the train. My son can’t keep still, he is so excited. As the train enters the station, they can’t contain themselves. I’m pretty excited too! It’s been years since I rode the train.
Finally the train comes to a complete stop and we wait our turn as riders deboard. Now it’s our turn! We board the train and make our way to the dome car which is the last rail car. It was funny to watch the kids try and keep their balance while the train was moving 80 mph! As I giggled at them, I lost my balance and fell into a man’s lap. Luckily he was nonchalant and unruffled by my clumsiness. We decided to go to the upper level, which was a good choice. With windows on all sides and overhead, the panoramic views of the Missouri countryside were lovely.