Letter From the Publisher

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…

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…

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

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.

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.

Go Red For Women Luncheon

More than 1,000 individuals recently gathered at the Overland Park Convention Center for this annual luncheon. The 2016 corporate co-chairs were Lisa Ginter, of CommunityAmerica Credit Union and Angela Hurt, of Veracity Consulting. 
Guests enjoyed a heart healthy lunch and entertainment from The Company Men.

Village Church Annual Art & Hors D’oeuvres

This Mission Road church welcomed a huge crowd at their Art & Hors D'oeuvres event featuring the artwork of 40 artists of all ages. Village Church Chef Emily Berns provided a beautiful spread of delicious hors d'oeuvres. Attendees enjoyed live jazz music performed by the Elder Statesmen of Jazz.

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…

The Family that Juggles Together

When you think about a professional football player, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t juggling. But that is the unique hobby former Kansas City Chief Kendall Gammon picked up as a child, and has passed along to his sons Blaise and Drake.

Building Custom Dreams One Home at a Time

When a client found the ideal location to set down new roots, but the existing home on the property left much to be desired, a call was put in to Larson Building Company with hopes to remodel the abode. The desired changes were significant, however, and beyond the bones of the existing structure. So Lance Larson and his crew found…

Indoor vs Outdoor Skydiving

It is not the same to talk or read about something as to experience it. So even as you are perusing this article about the experiences this writer has had with actual and re-created skydiving, I’d tell you to put the magazine down and go book your own. But if you want a little more information first, by all means…

Do You Need a Kansas City Stay-Cation?

Maybe you’ve laughed at the idea of a "stay-cation" when you’ve heard mention of the concept in the past, but allow me to present to you a few scenarios as to why a stay-cation just might be the most logical option for getting away…

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. Last fall my wife and I took a weeklong group tour of Scotland, and it was a low-stress, easy way to get acquainted with…

Batter Up! 90 Years and Counting

In May, the Ban Johnson League opened its 90th season of baseball in Kansas City for amateur baseball players under the age of 23.

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…