Saturday, July 7, 2012

Going to Kansas City

K-- Our first stop today is Kauffman Stadium, the site for this year's 83rd All-Star Game! In 1973 it opened as Royals Stadium in the Truman complex. Many exciting games have been played here-The 1973 All-Star Game and the 1985 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Royals won the Championship that year!! Yea! In 1993, the stadium was renamed after the owner and prominent citizen of KC. Ewing Kauffman. The newly renovated jumbotran. More renovations. Seating in the outfield. In the old days, this was a landscaped area. No one was allowed up there. Now we can walk all around the stadium! Renovations began in '07. Today we enjoy a state of the art ball field where we can continue to enjoy the home team playing ball. Watch the All-Star game and you will see how beautiful our stadium is. Our stadium boasts one of the largest privately funded fountain in the world. (See the post on the fountains) Our next stop is the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. What started as a rendering on a cocktail napkin has become a premier vision on the KC skyline. Opening on the weekend of September 16-18, 2011, visitors were treated to tours of the Grand Hall and the two theatres that are housed here. Helzberg Hall is a 1,600 seat theatre oval in shape, it is home to the Kansas City Symphony. Many other musical productions have been seen in this theatre. It's focal point is the beautiful organ! The Muriel Kauffman Theatre is an 1,800 seat theatre that was inspired by opera houses of Europe. It plays host to many entertainers from Country to Pop, to Broadway and Comedy. The Kansas City Ballet and The Lyric Opera call this theatre home. This is the south side of the theatre. It is all glass and when the lights are on at night, it is magical to look at! The green area is the rooftop of the gargage--eco friendly and all. :) www.kauffmancenter.org
L--
We will move on now to The
Liberty Memorial and Monument.
Dedicated in November 1926, it is
a memorail to the solider's who died
in World War I. The National World
War I Museum is located here.
This is the monument and the museum
is located down under the monument.
One can also go to the top and see the
views of the city. For those who are
history buffs this is a "must see"
place to visit!
Moving on to one of our newest
attractions in the city. LEGOLAND!
Nuff said--it is located in the Crown
Center complex. Fun for all ages.
One of the more interesting
facades is the downtown
library garage. A block long
the "Community Bookshelf"
is 22 9 meter high bookspines.
Local residents chose the titles
for the bookspines. Local
author--Mark Twain. For
more information Google-
Downtown KC Library or
Community Bookshelf.
Our last stop for now is: the 75
acre Loose Park. It is the 3rd
largest park in KC and known
locally as the site of The Battle
of Westport. Ranked 23 of 74
attractions in KC, it is most
famous for it's beautiful rose
garden. There are more than
4,000 roses of nearly 150
varieties in this 1.5 acre garden.
The park is also a highly coveted
place to have one's wedding--
these book up months in advance!!!
I'm happy to say that my bridal photos
were taken here. This is another popular
thing to do in the park. It IS a beautiful
place! For more information Google-
Loose Park. That's it for now.
Hope you are enjoying the tour!
~Keep on Dreaming~

5 comments:

  1. Love the Liberty Monument! :o)

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  2. What a great library!
    All the buildings and parks are gorgeous!

    I watched DD&D last night, and every place that Guy went was in KC.
    All that KC BBQ!
    I thought about you .... you have a lot of great places there :)

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  3. I've got to get myself to Kansas City. Hope you have a great Sunday.

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  4. Melinda, thank you so much for such a wonderful tour! this post makes me wanna go check out those wonderful places in person;-)))) You've done such a tremendously great job in describing them!!!!

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  5. You really drove ALL OVER town taking pictures of the entire alphabet of interesting places here in KC!! This is such a fun idea. I like sharing our area with my blog readers too, but I do mine at a slower pace... just one location at a time. And not organized alphabetically like yours. :-)

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