Spring Tea and Treats

March is often the time when people look forward to the coming of spring. However, in this part of the Midwest, winter can still pack a punch even in March. So for the little girls who are eager to get back in those colorful sundresses and play, what is the best solution? Have a tea party!

Paint with Bold Strokes

Happy Spring, dear readers! March is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s the calendar home of my birthday, the first day of spring and this year, Easter. There is much to celebrate and this month we get to do it with art! I have always been an art lover whether that means painting, dance or performance. As…

Catholic Charities Snow Ball

The 42nd annual event raised $2,154,000+ for Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas. Attended by more than 1,600 guests at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, the elegant black-tie gala supports programs and services which help the poor and most vulnerable.

Around Town

The William Jewell College Board of Trustees has selected Elizabeth MacLeod Walls as the 15th president of the college. She will succeed David Sallee, who is retiring July 31 after serving William Jewell as president since 2000. Her appointment is effective July 1. MacLeod Walls is in her fourth year as dean of University College at Nebraska Wesleyan University where…

Ballet North Teaches More Than Classic Moves

Approximately 150 Ballet North students, including 20 company dancers, will participate in the spring festival production of “Alice in Wonderland” on June 10-11, 2016, at the Liberty North Performing Arts Center. Led by Artistic Directors Matthew and Laura Reinschmidt, the staff have a few months remaining to guide and teach pupils and dancers in preparation for the annual event. This…

Northland 
Symphony Orchestra

Maestro Jim Murray would like to invite you to 
the symphony. Don’t worry; if it’s your first time, Murray has you covered. “I always view concerts from the point of a view of a first-time concert-goer,” he says. “Inviting someone to participate means making sure they feel welcome. That’s why our program includes a guide to let everyone know how…

Drama Kids International Encourages Kids to Act Up

Vanessa Davis’s passion for drama is no act; it’s been a lifelong ambition. By the time she turned nine, Davis was already performing at Gladstone’s Theater in the Park. One year later, she competed in a contest to become the next Martha Gooch Spaghetti kid and won. It’s fair to say she owes much of her success in drama to…

More than a Beach

Maui. The second largest island in the Hawaiian chain draws up a variety of images. Sand and surf are definitely two of them. But art? While many may not realize it, the center of the island is full of artisans, creators and artists, all working and plying their wares in what the locals call Upcountry. The island of Maui is…

Meet Rich Bowman

Rich Bowman sees the sky differently than you do. Or maybe that's incorrect--he may see the sky in the same way but he's able to recreate it brilliantly with palette knives and paint. This Northland based but nationally known artist has deep roots in Kansas City and plenty of sky for inspiration. We took a peek into his life. Northland…

Parkville art studio offers personalized art classes

Historic downtown Parkville has become known as a sort of art haven, with several art stores and galleries lining Main Street. For two years, Parkville Artisans’ Studio & Gallery has welcomed all ages to make and create to their heart’s content and has set themselves apart from other studios by their personalization of classes. “The main difference between us and…

WOLVES CAN’T FLY

"I found myself hanging over 200 feet above the football field, shaking uncontrollably in excruciating pain. As I struggled to breathe, it was obvious something had gone horribly wrong. I looked down at the tarp covering the field and noticed a trail of blood stretching from the sideline all the way to the midfield . . . I truly believe…

The First Gig

There comes a time in each young person’s life when the ‘real world’ looms large on the horizon. As a young theater and film student, you can imagine the terror that that might invoke. But when I was a young, bright-eyed, bushy tailed intern at a video production company in my senior year of college, I thought that I had…

VFW Honors Patriotic Children with Over $2,000 in Scholarships

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7356 and Auxiliary held their annual Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Banquet January 16th. Eight children received scholarships totaling over $2000. Contact the Post at 816.746.8010 for information.

2nd Annual Boogie Ball at the Signature Support Hanger in conjunction with the TWA Museum

On February 13, 250+ guests toured the museum, enjoyed a dance lesson, exhibition and dancing to the sound of the Abel Ramirez Big Band. Proceeds help provide ballroom dance lessons to students in Kansas City-area schools, via Culture through Ballroom Dance. Photos by Mike Strong.