Thank You to the Men in My Life!

I grew up in a large family here in Kansas City, and am one of 10 children. As you can imagine, we were constantly on the move as we were all in many different activities. My father made it a point to never miss a single one of our activities. No matter where it was, he was always there. From…

Affair of the Heart Auction

Guests enjoyed a "Red Carpet Affair" at Lutheran High School of Kansas City's 27th annual event, which included dinner provided by Bravo!, live music and auction. Proceeds help provide scholarships to students and for school needs outside of the traditional budget including the opening of a new wing for 2016-17.

The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair

Event organizers recently held their annual Spring Swing at the Alexander Majors barn. The event featured more than 100 handmade and vintage vendors, food trucks, music, kids crafts and a photo booth. Since 2011 the event has raised funds for The Wornall Major House Museums.

Newhouse Hosts Let’s Get Jazzed Event

Cramer Capital Management and Mid-America Contractors hosted the benefit for Newhouse, a domestic violence shelter. 
KC Jazz favorites Lonnie McFadden Richard Studd performed at The Arrowhead Club venue. VIP guests included Neil Smith, Larry Marshall, Willie Wilson and Chiefs' cheerleaders. A Shafer Photography

Costumed Walk Raises Funds for Make-a-Wish®

Area walkers and runners recently dressed as their favorite superhero for the annual Make-A-Wish® Walk and Run event at Sporting Park. This is one of the largest Walk For Wishes events in the country and the largest Make-A-Wish Missouri fundraising event in Kansas City.

Hillcrest’s Bubble Soccer Tournament

This 2nd annual fundraising event was held at Shawnee Mission East in April and was a fundraiser for Hillcrest Transitional Housing, where they offer “A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out” for homeless families and youth in the Kansas City Metro area.

Around Town

Tennessee pipe organ builders Richards, Fowkes & Co. are nearing completion of a new pipe organ for Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village. The 59-stop organ, referred to as Opus 22, is the company’s biggest instrument to date. Everything is monumental—a choir division with 17 stops, two 32’ stops in the pedal, and more 8’ and color stops than the…

My Eye in the Sky Delivers a New Perspective

I think of my drone as a flying tripod because I use it to get a camera up high and see things from a new perspective. I’ve had my drone, a DJI Phantom 2, for more than a year and while it is technically outdated now, it still yields decent still images with a little Photoshop work. The built-in camera…

An Eye on JoCo Sports History

Growing up in Suffolk County on Long Island, I never dreamed I would spend most of my life in Johnson County, Kansas. Sometimes things happen that are difficult to figure out 57 years later. I decided to attend the University of Kansas because--since my dad was an airline pilot--I only had to pay 10 percent of the fare, a long-since…

Sheepdogs and Whisky

I’ve long wished to visit Scotland, to experience the culture and to see up close the ruggedly beautiful countryside and volcanic mountains such as Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. Oh yes, and to sample the whisky.

Pendergast’s Spirits Live on at Tom’s Town

Good friends don’t always make great business partners. But Steve Revare and David Epstein have broken that code. The owners of Tom’s Town, a craft distillery in the Crossroads District, grew up in Prairie Village, met in kindergarten and remained friends through high school at Shawnee Mission East and beyond. Early in their careers, they built a successful media company…

From A Ho-Hum House to an Amazing Abode

When Katie and Brandon Oakes first laid eyes on their Leawood South house back in the summer of 2007, what they saw was pure untapped potential—“a diamond in the rough.” And in the ensuing years, this brave twosome transformed a ho-hum house into an absolutely amazing abode. While their family has grown, so has their home, and it’s the talk…

PediProz Offers More than Just Pretty Toes

Feet may be the least cared for part of the body despite the fact that they carry us through life, often stuffed into less-than-friendly shoes. With the arrival of summer, it may be time to give your tootsies some loving care.

Troop 282 Honors Four New Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 282, based at the Leawood United Methodist Church, is proud to announce the advancement of four scouts to the rank of Eagle. To advance to Eagle, a Scout must achieve seven ranks, earn at least 21 merit badges, of which 13 are Eagle required, serve in leadership positions, and create and execute a service project that benefits…

Stuff Happens On Dad’s Watch

Call me either sexist or a keen observer, but I have a notion to blurt: When men are solo supervisors of kids, dust is more likely fly off the first aid kit. This is neither good nor bad. There isn’t enough room here to share all evidence of this Fiasco Theory. But here’s an anecdotal glimpse, from my life, of…