Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Tour of Bunnies

This past Sunday Ken and I went down to the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO. During the Easter season the Plaza is transformed into an Easter Wonderland. March 12th was this year's debut of Nicholas and his friends--they are larger than life, standing approx. 7' tall bunnies. They are made from Plaster of Paris. These colorful bunnies line the sidewalks and corners of the Plaza. This tradition began in the 1930's to battle the Depression sales slump. The bunnies started their careers at another JC Nichols development- Crestwood Shops. They moved to the Plaza three years after being on display at the Crestwood Shops where they have been a Springtime tradition.
"Hi, My name is Brian and I am one of the Easter
bunnies here on the Plaza. A nice couple came by
and took my picture and all my friends here.
Continue on and you'll see all of my friends.
Have fun!"
"My name is Kate and that is my friend Melinda,
she dropped by for a visit."
"I'm Lee and I'll be welcoming you to the
Plaza III Restaurant. Yum!"
"Oh, Hi--I'm Ellyn and I'm here with my friend
Ken, he has dropped by to help me decorate my
eggs. He did a great job BUT he is VERY messy.
I guess that's a boy for you." :) :)
We pause on our bunny tour to see one of the many
sculptures that the Plaza features. This one is "Quiet
Talk" showing a quiet moment between Mom and
daughter.
"Amy here and I get to see all sorts of traffic down
here on the Plaza. I've been sooo busy with these
darn eggs that I haven't been able to do any
"SHOPPING!" I don't have much time or I'll be late!"
Here we have Neptune's fountain. It has not been
turned on so you can't see how spectacular it is
when it is flowing.
Kansas City is known for it's fountains and this
would be one of them.
"Hi, My name is Sue and I get to greet the many
people who come to the Cheesecake Factory.
It is over my left shoulder through those gates.
I'd love to eat there, maybe one day.........."
"I'm Peter--original name for a rabbit don't you think?
My friend over there is Ken and I guess that lady with
the camera must be his wife. I heard that they were
down here taking pictures of us.
I'm on the other side of the gates from Sue. I help her
with greeting the people but sometimes she gets sooo
busy chatting, that she forgets to greet everyone.
I tell ya--women!"
"WELL HELLO, My name is Nicholas and I stand
at the corner of JC NICHOLS PKWY and 47th
Street. This is a busy corner due to all the
visitors from the east and the north parts of
town. The things I could tell you that I've seen
from this corner." I hope you enjoyed the tour
and will come see us if you are in the area.
We will be here through April 5th.
Come back Sunday and you'll get to meet one
more of my friends, somehow she got lost today." ~Keep on Dreaming~

20 comments:

  1. What a fun day you had ... I love the bunnies. Yes, the fountains are beautiful there ...

    Happy Easter!
    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  2. Melinda, would you believe I have never been there at Easter to see the bunnies. Cows yes, but never the bunnies. Maybe this will be the year!

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  3. Ok, lousy Baltimore would never do anything as cool as having Easter bunnies on the streets. That's great, I love Nicholas's polka dots! Glad you guys had a fun visit. : )

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  4. Aren't the the greatest? I don't want to upset ya but Mr. Ken looks quite smitten with that forth she~bunny! Heeehehe! I collect bunnies too, ya know? I love the fountains of KC!

    Have a terrific evening and sweet dreams, girl!

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  5. The Plaza is gorgeous! Those bunnies are too cute! Whoever came up with that idea has a winner :)
    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    xo, misha

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  6. These are wonderful! What a fun post! Thank you for sharing~
    Hope your day is sunny!
    Michelle

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  7. What a great post! The rabbits are great and so is their "dialog".

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  8. This so cool! It was nice "meeting" all of the bunnies. Beautiful sculptures, too. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Those big bunnies are wonderful and hilarious! Love spring decorations. It's nice to "meet" you. Love your blog!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  10. I "ve never seen such big bunnies, so cute it"s a good idea! thanks for sharing. Have a nice easter Catherine

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  11. Hi Melinda,
    Wow, those are great bunny's. We don't have anything like that where I live. They really are something to behold.
    I enjoyed your bunny post with Mr.Dreaming or is that your Mr. Dreamy? hehehe
    Have a wonderful Easter, I hope Valerie is o.k. she has not posted in a while.
    Big hugs, Elizabeth

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  12. Its just me, I meant to type Nancy!!! Sorry. Please give her a big hug for me when you see her next.
    Elizabeth

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  13. Howdy
    Wow you are so blessed !
    I am envious of the art ,fountains,and of course all the life like bunnies .
    I am so happy that you shared this wonderful treasure with us here in blogland.
    Thank you so much,you made my Day !!!!!!!!!
    Have a very happy Easter .
    Until next time
    Blessings with hugs
    Happy Trails

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  14. What a wonderful Easter tradition!

    Thanks so much for participating in my "Secret Number Giveaway"...so sorry you did not win...the lucky number was #16...but it was fun!

    Hope you have a lovely Easter Celebration!

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  15. OH my goodness what fun!!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful tradition with us.
    Have a blessed Easter
    oxoxo
    Mimi~

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  16. Oh, the bunnies are adorable! Loved your pictures! Have a happy Easter! Twyla

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  17. How funny! Here we have turtles, and I saw a town in Vermont with a bunch of moose. :) Such a fun idea.

    And that Neptune fountain looks much like a fountain in the gardens at Versailles. Very nifty.

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  18. How fun! I've never seen anything like this. Lovely, just absolutely funny and lovely!

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