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Sunday, October 20, 2013

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By Lucas Wetzel

Remembering the Battle of Westport


s Lawrencians are surely aware, having recently commemorated the sesquicentennial of Quantrill’s Raid, the early 1860s were a bloody time along the Kansas and Missouri border. During the Battle of Westport in October 1864, 30,000 men fought along stretches of what are now Loose and Swope parks. From Thursday through Saturday, historical reenactors, educators and enthusiasts will gather on the actual sites where the so-called “Gettysburg of the West� took place almost 150 years ago. In addition to battle reenactments, the weekend will include children’s activities, cannon demonstrations, wagon rides and vendors. For a full schedule of public activities, visit battleofwestport150. org and look under the “for reenactors� tab. Westport in 2013 is a much tamer place, even more so now that Harling’s, Harpo’s, Kelly’s and McCoy’s have no (athletic) border wars to broadcast. On Saturday, however, Civil War skirmishes return to Westport near the historic Harris Kearney House at 4000 Baltimore Ave. Reenactments will be taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot behind Davey’s Stagecoach, 316 Westport Road, with a Civil War dance taking place at the end. The demonstrations and dance are free to the public, with donations welcome. Period dress is encouraged but not required. Find more information from the Westport Historical Society at

Harmonies on the Homefront The musically-inclined might find more to enjoy

at the National WWI Museum exhibit “Harmonies on the Homefront,� which examines the role of music in the Great War. The exhibit runs at the Liberty Memorial museum campus through Oct. 27.

Sustainable transit If you’d like to see how far Kansas City has come and take a peek into the area’s potential future as a transportation hub, visit the exhibit in the East Hall of Union Station. “Reimagining KC with Sustainable Transit� gathers ideas and images depicting the potential — at times, downright utopian — systems for public transit in the metro area. The exhibit runs daily through Oct. 27, and was coordinated by Transform KC, a group of architecture and design professionals that aims to “inspire the public imagination about regional mobility� (

Phantom Of The Opera� on the Kauffman Center’s world-class Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ. Tickets start at $25 and are also for sale on the symphony website.

Monster Dash Kansas City has its fair share of 5K’s and fun runs, but few of them have quite the same flavor as the Monster Dash 5K in the City Market that mixes running and Halloween costumes. The Monster Dash starts at 7 p.m. and is preceded by a Lil Monsters Fun Run for kids at 6:30. 15 minutes prior to the start of the race, awards will be given out for the best costumes. To register, visit

Picnics Fall is a great time for a picnic, and there are a number of groceries and delis across the city where you can pick up some breads, meats, cheeses and Concerts drinks before heading out October continues to Loose Park (my vote for to be a great month for best picnic site in the city) concerts, with shows by or another green space. Animal Collective on In the City Market area, Thursday (8 p.m. at the stock up on sandwiches, Midland, $25, Midlandkc. olives, pastries and wine com), and soprano Debo- at Carollo’s Italian Deli in rah Voigt at the Folly on the northeast corner of the Friday (8 p.m. at the Folly, market. In Brookside, visit $25-$75, Bella Napoli (6229 BrookThe Kansas City side Blvd.) for a healthy Symphony presents the offering of antipasti, sandsymphonic poetry of wiches, pizza and pasta. Tchaikovsky and Liszt on And in Leawood, stop by Friday and Saturday at 8 Dean & Deluca (4700 W. p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. 119th St.) for everything at the Kauffman Center. you’ll need to upgrade your Pianist Alon Goldstein picnic to gourmet status. will be performing Tchai— Lucas Wetzel is a KU kovsky’s Piano Concerto graduate and Kansas City naNo. 2, with Michael Stern tive who has worked as a writer, conducting. For tickets, editor and language trainer in visit the U.S. and Europe. Know of The following Thursday, an upcoming event in Kansas on Halloween night, don’t City you’d like to see featured in miss the chance to see Kansas City Connection? renowned organist Aaron Email us about it at David Miller accompany the 1925 silent film “The

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PICTURED ABOVE AND BELOW ARE WORKS BY ARTIST GINA WESTERGARD, KU metalsmithing associate professor, who is this year’s Lawrence ArtWalk Featured Artist. Her current body of work comprises funerary urns and reliquaries that combine different textures, vibrant colors and a jeweled centerpiece to bring out a joyful, contemplative experience.


Rather than associating her recent work with mourning, she combines different textures, vibrant colors and a jeweled centerpiece to bring out a joyful, contemplative experience. Westergard takes apart one of her reliquaries to show a detailed and exquisitely crafted ring in the interior of the piece. The ring is small container (the top comes off), one where you can hold something personal or dear to you, she says, like ashes or a locket of hair. “I want to evoke joy out of something that could be sorrowful,� Westergard says. This body of work has also helped her address the cycle of life and death, something she contemplates on her and her husband’s 137 acres of farmland southwest of Lawrence in Pomona. Westergard moved from Los Angeles to Lawrence 19 years ago, and says the difference in lifestyle was startling at first. Her urns represent the “city girl goes to the country� adjustment. “Out in the country you really are faced with life and death all the time,�

she says about a wooded area on their acreage. “There are a lot of animals out there and there are some horrific things that happen. For me, it’s really hard.� Her production of jewelry also halted completely as a result of the move. She stopped wearing jewelry as often, and her work reflected this. “Lawrence is a very casual place,� Westergard says. “I still really like to make that kind of jewelobject centerpiece, but I just kind of found a new place for it.� Westergard is an associate professor of metalsmithing and jewelry at Kansas University, and knows her students will benefit from her creating this new line of jewelry specifically for the Art-

Walk. Many of her students are not going on to graduate school, she says, and will need to learn how to make a living creating production jewelry, not one-of-a-kind pieces. It entails thinking about marketing and publicity, as well as jewelry quality and integrity. “This will be a good opportunity for me to put myself in that experience,� she says. “Most of the time I don’t do shows like this. My work would be in galleries and exhibitions throughout the country. I don’t make a living selling jewelry, but there is a lot of integrity for artists that wake up every day and have to figure out how to make a living doing that. I want to bring that experience back to my students.� A special feature artist reception will be held Friday at Studio 3D, 1019 Delaware St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Look for Westergard’s displayed work at the Lawrence ArtWalk on Saturday and Sunday at Studio 3D. Her work will be displayed along with work from artists Cathy Tisdale and Diana Dunkley. — Features reporter Nadia Imafidon can be reached at and 832-6342. Follow her at

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