April 2017 Around Town

Kansas City Symphony Women’s Association to hold ‘Swing Fling’ Fundraiser April 8

Do you like to dance to the Big Band sounds of yesteryear? If so, then the Kansas City Symphony Women’s Association Swing Fling is just the ticket for you.

The third annual Swing Fling is 6:30-10 p.m., April 8 at a private, class automobile museum in Grandview, Mo. The museum, which is not open to the public, houses one of the greatest collections of rare and vintage Studebaker automobiles, along with dozens of unusual and valuable cars as well as other vehicles and machinery. The cost for the dinner buffet, drink ticket, dancing, and museum is $70 per person.

For those who claim to have two left feet, you do not have to be a seasoned dancer to enjoy the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra.  Dancers from The Kansas City Swing Scene will be on hand to show guests some of the popular Big Band dances.

“Proceeds from this dinner/dance benefit the Kansas City Symphony,” says Shirley Erickson, President of the Kansas City Symphony Women’s Association. “Besides great food and wonderful music, what better way to spend an evening than dancing among some of the most spectacular cars ever!”

For information and tickets, contact: Deana Petty at 913.383.3071, Grams4autism@gmail.com.

World War I comes to the Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum

The Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum reopens for the 2017 season with a new exhibition “Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I.” This special exhibition is on loan from the National Archives and Records Administration and takes a closer look at the American war effort through photographs. The exhibition draws from the extensive photographic holdings of the National Archives to capture the patriotic fervor of draft registration, the emotional good-byes of men leaving for training camps, the “hoopla” of Liberty Loan drives, the craze for volunteerism, and the violence of vigilantism. During the “Great War,” photographs were frequently used in a variety of publications as well as in government reports and propaganda pieces. Today, these photographs serve as a valuable record of pro-war behavior, but occasionally capture dissent and unrest. This unique exhibit is on display for a limited time only; from April 5 to May 20 and is free to the public.

In addition to the new exhibition, the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum now offers free museum admission for all visitors and new opportunities to tour behind-the-scenes spaces on the property including the historic root cellar. The museum is located at 6607 NE Antioch Rd in Gladstone and is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information on upcoming events and programs, visit AtkinsJohnsonFarm.com.

Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines™ Paint Comes to Westlake

Westlake Ace Hardware announced recently it is the first hardware retailer to offer the full line of Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines™ Premium Interior Paint in-store. Personally crafted by Gaines, interior designer and nationally recognized home renovation expert, the line of 150 timeless interior paint colors are designed to help Do-It-Yourselfers recreate her hallmark relaxed, easy “modern farmhouse” style.

With highly personalized names like “Shiplap,” “Wedding Band,” and “Ella Rose,” the color palette of the quality paint line reflects Gaines’ design philosophy: help people create “value where they are planted” by turning houses into dream homes.

Available in matte, eggshell, satin, and semi-gloss, the paint features technologically advanced acrylic from the KILZ® Brand to deliver superior stain blocking and mildew resistance. Ideal for interior walls and ceilings and priced less than $50 a gallon, other features include:

· Easy to scrub and wash

· Excellent coverage, hide and touch-ups

· Low VOC and odor

“As the first brick-and-mortar hardware retailer to offer Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines™ Paint, we are thrilled to bring Joanna’s timeless, signature style into our customers’ homes,” says Laura Byrne-Harris, senior director of merchandising and marketing, Westlake Ace Hardware. “If you’ve watched her on Fixer Upper, you truly understand how she breathes new life into any space she touches. Our hope is that this beautiful paint palette will inspire homeowners and help them make their visions into a reality.”

“Home is your canvas, and Joanna Gaines has worked with the KILZ Brand to create a color palette and paint line that can be used to bring your design vision to life. This premium paint line offers Joanna’s unique curated colors and provides all the hardworking durability and stain resistance you expect from KILZ Products,” says Debbie D’Adamo, vice president of marketing, KILZ.