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2020 Kemper Gala – “Ions & Elements: Through the Microscope”

October 10th is the date for the 2020 Kemper Gala, “Ions & Elements: Through the Microscope.” During this year’s event, the exhibition on display at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will be Elias Sime: Tightrope. Elias takes salvaged electronic components and creates artworks that highlight the effects of technological progress on the global environment. […]

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Fountains In Our Town –  The Meyer Circle Sea Horse Fountain

The Meyer Circle Sea Horse Fountain has graced Kansas City with its presence for nearly a century. Prior to that time, the original statuary, which was made of Carrera marble and dated from the 17th century, was on display in Venice, Italy. J.C. Nichols, the real estate developer, decided that it should be a gift […]

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To Have And To Host – Picnic at the Park

Keep calm and marry on! If the guest of honor leans more towards a bridechilla than a bridezilla, then a Picnic At The Park with a yoga flow session is a breath of fresh air for all. Celebrate the bride-to-be with a little Zen and a lot of love.   The beauty of this type […]

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To Have And To Host – The Happiest Of Hours

Newly-engaged couples are some of the happiest humans out there. When you’re living the in-love life, every hour is happy! One of my favorite parties to host is a Happiest Of Hours couple’s shower. I have always been a fan of attending and throwing a party that celebrates the marriage of a couple and includes […]

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To Have And To Host – Bubbly Bridal Brunch

Bubbles and brunch go together like eggs and bacon, the perfect pairing for the perfect celebration. Gathering the bride’s favorite gals or wedding party for an intimate brunch filled with laughter and love is truly what wedding celebrations are made for. A morning that fills the blushing bride’s cup (or champagne flute!) to the top […]

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A Few Of My Favorite Things By Heather N. Paxton 

In fourth grade, one of our assignments was to write a poem about a month. I chose June. The exact version is lost, but here’s what I remember:  In June, girls become wives And start all new lives But I shall stay the same And not change my name.  (Yes, I was a curmudgeon even […]

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Flowers, Garlic, and Evil Spirits? Oh My!

How fortunate brides are today to have luxurious bathtubs and exotic shower heads imitating rainfall in the forest to ensure wedding day cleanliness at its best! Because back in the day, dear friends, brides carried garlic, herbs, and spices in bouquets to cover up, shall we say, the lack of a clawfoot tub. Oh, and […]

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Calligraphy – Created With Careful Flourishes

Calligraphy, which is essentially decorative handwriting or handwritten lettering, is a special art form that has an enduring appeal. It can be used to express your personal style on your wedding day. Many brides, who want nothing but the best, have cherished the handwritten quality of their invitations and envelopes, as well as place cards, […]

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The Registry – Wedding Presence

Wedding registries are pure, unadulterated fun: tire swing in the summer fun, kid in a candy shop fun, sticking your toes in the sand fun, pick out what you like and have other people buy it fun! And, believe it or not, registries have only been around for about 100 years. Marshall Fields department store […]

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To Have And To Host – Blooms For The Bride

A Blooms For The Bride shower is my absolute favorite bridal party to host and to attend! Flowers play an integral role in all of life’s celebrations and meaningful moments. From a romantic gesture on the first date to designing a dream bridal bouquet, flowers are riding the love train alongside a couple. Hosting a […]

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Fountains In Our Town – The Children’s Fountain

Anita B. Gorman, a resident of the Northland, became the first woman to be a member of the Kansas City, Missouri Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners in 1979. She served as its president from 1986 until 1991. One project dear to her heart was the creation of The Children’s Fountain in North Kansas City. […]

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Empowering Women By Anne Potter Russ

Finding employment and keeping employment are challenging enough tasks. When women in our community add in the stress of starting a new business or trying to navigate the repercussions of a world-wide pandemic, the programs and services of the Women’s Employment Network are truly a life raft in the sea of uncertainty. This non-profit agency […]

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Fountains In Our Town – William Volker Memorial Fountain

William Volker was born in 1859 in Germany. He came with his family to the United States in 1871, and he settled in Kansas City in 1882. A newspaper advertisement from January 1889 shows William Volker & Co. at 602 and 604 Delaware Street. The firm announced itself as “Headquarters for Mirrors, Picture Frames, Etchings, […]

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Symphony Ball – Stardust

On March 11th, members of the Symphony Ball Committee gathered at Kate Banks’ lovely home to celebrate the revealing of the plans for this year’s Symphony Ball, “Stardust.” Melanie Fenske is serving as the Ball chairman. The September 12th event will be held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Kate Banks, host; Lyn […]

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Grow It And They Will Come: Producing the Produce

Our Town is full of the most innovative, delicious, accessible, and inviting selection of produce and the means by which to achieve healthy sustenance. One need not dig very far beneath the surface to find that fresh, wholesome produce is really part of the culture of Kansas City. From cute herb pots on kitchen window […]

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Home Sweet Home

Residents of Our Town have been staying busy while they practice social distancing. Cheers to the simple things in life! Boy Scout Troop 393 Member Ben P. has been living out the Boy Scout oath by making more than 100 face covers for healthcare providers.   Emmett Langdon is our hero! She has made more […]

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Rockhurst University – Leadership Series Luncheon

March 5th was the date for the annual Rockhurst University Leadership Series Luncheon. The annual event was held at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Carly Fiorina, bestselling author, philanthropist, and former presidential candidate, was the keynote speaker. The University also recognized 50 years of becoming a co-educational institution by honoring female […]

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Sherwood Autism Center – Beat The Blues

Blue was the color of the evening at Sherwood Autism Center’s Beat The Blues party. The third annual event was held at The Abbott. Mandy and Ryan Gray served as the chairmen. Guests helped to raise $116,000 to support the mission of changing the world for a child or adult with autism. Chris and Julie […]

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The National World War I Museum and Memorial – Extraordinary Measures

As the well-known saying goes, “extraordinary times call for … extraordinary measures.” There is no debate regarding the challenges of the times we are living through now, in the 21st century. But, what remains to be seen is how we develop a path not only for survival, but for caring for each other. There is […]

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William Jewell College – Achievement Day Dinner and Celebration

William Jewell College’s 76th Annual Achievement Day Dinner and Celebration was held at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Coach Bill Snyder was the honorary chairman. The William Jewell Citation for Achievement was awarded to three former student athletes, Jill Nagel, Vernon Percy Howard, and Phil Youtsey. John Sherman was the guest […]

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Notre Dame de Sion School – Gala Auction: A Toast to Sion

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center was the site for Notre Dame de Sion Schools’ Gala Auction: A Toast to Sion. John Houlehan was the honorary chairman of the March 7th event. Katherine Bontrager Houlehan and Joe Houlehan, Megan Houlehan Timmons and Nick Timmons, Mary Ann and Matt Knopke, and Jen Ferguson Clarkson and […]

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