JANUARY 2014
MORE TO DO THAN YOU EVER KNEW.
A newsletter keeping you informed on what's happening in the KC area.

Reenacting the Past and Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War in Kansas City
 

Attend an event in the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area this year where you not only can you watch history as it happened by attending reenactments, you can also talk to historical characters who lived through the Civil War. Top notch first person reenactors embody history at a variety of different events and allow you to play along as you learn more about the individuals who lived here 150 years ago. The first Sunday of the month from January to May, you can participate in an 1850s town hall meeting with early Kansans like Charles Robinson and James Lane in Lecompton, Kansas. Not up for political debate? Take a tour of Black Jack Battlefield led by Old John Brown on June 7 and again on October 18-19 or encounter the permanent residents of Olathe's cemetery during their October 9-11 cemetery tours.  

 

In Freedom's Frontier, sesquicentennial reenactments in 2014 seem to focus on two infamous figures-Bill Anderson and Sterling Price. In April 1864, "Bloody" Bill Anderson earned his nickname as a result of his actions in the Centralia Massacre. Later that year, he was killed in the Battle of Albany, near Richmond, Missouri. The Battle of Albany will be commemorated at a series of events and reenactments October 24-26. 
 
1864 also marks the year that Confederate General Sterling Price conducted his campaign into Missouri, sweeping into southeast Missouri and turning west. The sweeping October 1864 Battle of Westport-sometimes referred to as the "Gettysburg of the West"-marked the beginning of the end for Price and his troops. The battle swept over much of present day Kansas City. It stopped Price's march toward Leavenworth and forced him to retreat southward. This year, for the first time ever, the battle will be reenacted on the land where it occurred. A major battlefield restoration effort has set the stage for the reenactment, which will take place October 24-26, 2014. As Price retreated south, he was engaged in one of the largest mounted cavalry battles of the entire Civil War at Mine Creek, Kansas. The Battle of Mine Creek will be also be commemorated in October 2014.  

  

  

It's a world of penguins at the Helzberg Penguin Plaza at KC Zoo

Small, large, warm water and cold water, these black and white birds are here at the KC Zoo.

Helzberg Penguin Plaza features a 100,000 gallon cool pool for cold water penguins and a 25,000 gallon warm wet area for warm water penguins. The Kansas City Zoo acquired four types of penguins which include Humboldt, King, Gentoo and Rockhopper species. Each exhibit provides child-friendly and magnificent views showcasing these extraordinary black and white birds in a recreated natural environment including snow for the cold water feathered friends.

 

Upon approach, guests travel over a map of the Southern Oceans depicting where each of the world's 17 species of penguins is located. The Southern Oceans Gallery entry area provides views of five exhibits. These exhibits connect all oceans through a colorful coral reef aquarium, floating moon jellies and a mesmerizing 1500 gallon schooling fish aquarium.

 

The 17,600 square foot exhibit is located near the Endangered Species Carousel. Coming up next, a new restaurant, The Tuxedo Grill, will be opening Memorial Day weekend.

 

 

Here are three unique and exciting events coming to KC but also be sure to check out our complete list of events in the region.  

  
  
    

February 21st -

March 8th
8pm - 10pm

 

Local group, the Rivercity Community Players, present four plays a year, performed in the historic Art Deco 1930's Performing Arts Center in downtown Leavenworth. 

 

 

5th & Delaware Leavenworth, KS 66048

 (map) 

 

March Madness  

  
March 13th - 16th  
 

 March Madness begins with the always exciting and unpredictable conference tournaments, as teams all across the country fight for more wins and a shot at an automatic bid into the Big Dance.

  

Sprint Center 
1407 Grand Blvd 
Kansas City, MO 64106
(map) 

 

 
 
Ottawa: All-Corvette Show 
  
April 21th
9am - 3pm  
 

 Come see corvettes from six generations representing 60 years of automotive history and performance! This is a free spectator event. Proceeds go towards Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.

  

East 1st & South Hickory 
Ottawa,KS
(map) 
  

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