For the past 18 years, on the Saturday before the 4th of July weekend, the community members of Camden Point enjoy the annual Freedom Festival. The festivities begin in the afternoon with the mister and misses contest. Young boys and girls show up dressed in their Fourth of July outfits, do a talent show, and are awarded prizes.
Legendary Jazz Musician, Fats Domino once wrote that he was ‘Going to Kansas City – Kansas City here I come!’ Whether you know the song or not, you probably know that Jazz is as important to Kansas City as Jack Stack Barbeque and the Christmas Lights on the Plaza every year. With summer half gone, Independence Day past, and back-to-school time just starting to appear on the horizon, you may be wondering what there is to do around town – or if there’s something you’ve never done before.
It’s time again for the Platte County Fair! What an exciting time for adults and children alike. The 147th Annual Platte County Fair opened on July 21st and will run through July 24th. It takes place at the fairground in Platte City (exit 18 or 20), off Interstate 29. There are lots of fun events planned including the following: demolition derby, mud-a-thon, huge carnival, fiddle and talent shows, a melodrama and nightly musical entertainment. Come visit us at Mid-Continent Public Librar
The crisp mornings and evenings of late summer signal the transition to autumn. This year's autumnal equinox, according to USA.gov, officially arrives at 11:09 p.m. ET, September 22. Ahhh, Autumn ~ its my favorite time of the year for several reasons. First on the list is the return of football. Soccer just doesn't cut it for me. That's probably politically incorrect of me given the excitement the World Cup generated this year.
Fall… What a perfect time to attend some Art festivals and reconnect with your creative self. This weekend is the 79th annual Country Club Plaza Art Festival. There will be 240 artists, three live music stages, and a kid’s art workshop. Wonderful culinary treats will also be available for purchase. Support the Arts in Kansas City by visiting the art festival this weekend.
The Liberty Branch, including 15 staff and library friends, participated in the Liberty Fall Festival Parade on September 25, 2010. Staff shared candy and library bookmarks with parade watchers. We enjoyed seeing our local community attend the parade, and recognized many who regularly visit the library. It’s always a pleasure to see our library friends!
What is Gatsby Days you ask? That was my question not that long ago, being a newcomer to the Excelsior area. Turns out, it's not a F. Scott Fitzgerald fiction festival, much to my own initial confusion and embarrassment. It's actually a celebration of Excelsior Springs's Prohibition Era history as a resort destination (Which even as a librarian I have to admit is far more fun...)
Where can you find the largest annual arts and crafts festival in Missouri? Here in Independence, Missouri of course!
Spanning Labor Day Weekend is the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival, which is named after the three trails that originated here: Santa Fe, California and Oregon. It's free to get in, and there's lots of fun for everyone! Three main stages provide entertainment, and there's a midway full of carnival revelry. Add that to the over 500 booths with crafts and food and you've got yourself a great weekend.