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LIFESTYLE LETTER

APRIL 2019 SALES DIRECTOR

Frank Flores | frank.flores@lifestylepubs.com EDITOR

Angela Broockerd | angela.broockerd@lifestylepubs.com

Letter from the Editor SPRING IS FINALLY HERE! I think I can speak for most of us and say that warmer temperatures, budding trees, green grass and the sunshine is a welcome friend after the long winter we all just endured. I can’t remember a year where I yearned for spring to come quite like I did this year. While I love the four seasons we get to

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Paul Versluis | paul.versluis@lifestylepubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Angela Broockerd, Adriane Taylor, Tammy Richards, Ruth Bigus, Allison Swan CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Lindsey Bishop Clark, Paul Versluis, Janie Jones

experience living in the Midwest, I have to admit I was pretty envious these past few months of my family and friends who live in warmer climates. With spring comes the desire to get out and explore the city more. Dog parks, trails, outdoor patios and parks are bustling with people, and I can’t wait to be part of it. Gardens and seedlings are being prepped, and for those of us without a green thumb, the local farmers markets around town are the perfect place to pick up fresh produce and support local farmers and growers. It all sounds glorious to me right now, as I am guessing many of you can relate to how ready I am to thoroughly enjoy this season. For our April issue, we wanted to feature some of our favorite things about the changing season: being outdoors, fresh food and flowers. We have some delicious recipes provided to you by a local food blogger using fresh, local ingredients. We also wanted

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to share a little bit about the amazing new coffee shop inside Family Tree Nursery

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt

called Cafe Equinox. You won't feel like you are in Kansas anymore once you step

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inside this euphoric space they created inside the greenhouse. It is the perfect spot to

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sip coffee and relax. We also share about a local family who left the suburbs to start

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor

a lavender farm and create products that can be found all over the city. Theater in the

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Park is celebrating their 50th season of entertaining families in Kansas City, and we are sharing a glimpse at their 50 years in the making with you. I know for myself, Theater in the Park is something that has helped create wonderful memories every summer dating back to my childhood, and I am looking forward to continuing the tradition this

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summer. Lastly, you will find tips on arranging fresh cut flowers, decorating outdoor living spaces, and finding eco-friendly products.   I hope this issue finds you well, enjoying some sunshine and full of hope in this new spring season.  ARIZONA | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | CONNECTICUT | FLORIDA | GEORGIA IDAHO | ILLINOIS | KANSAS | MARYLAND | MINNESOTA | MISSOURI | MONTANA NEVADA | NEW JERSEY | NORTH CAROLINA | OHIO | OKLAHOMA | OREGON TENNESSEE | TEXAS | VIRGINIA | WASHINGTON

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INSIDE THE ISSUE APRIL 2019

FEATURES 16 Dish Beautiful Healthy Garden Bites

22 Breathe in the Spring Air Get the Look: A porch 2 ways

26 Cafe Equinox Caffeine + Chlorophyll

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36 Theatre in the Park Celebrating 50th summer season

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DEPARTMENTS 8

Lifestyle Letter

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Locally Owned

16

Culinary Creations

21

Realty Report

22 Artist’s Palette 32 Water & Woods 36 Our Town 42 Hot Spot 46 Lifestyle Calendar 50 Trend Setter


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MORE THAN A SPRING CLEAN.

A TEAM CLEAN.

FARMING LAVENDER WOULD MOST LIKELY NOT BE A CONSIDERATION FOR MOST ENTREPRENEURS THINKING OF STARTING A BUSINESS IN KANSAS. For one local family that was not only a consideration but a dream they have now watched become a reality. Joe and Christina Blincoe were living a life, not unlike most families. They both held corporate jobs in Kansas City while raising their three active boys in Johnson County. With schedules full of school functions, club sports, and work commitments the couple desired to create a more tranquil environment for their family away from the fast-paced suburban lifestyle. They had first been introduced to lavender and its calming properties in Maui where they were married. “We just

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lavender farm one day when we retire in Maui but asked why not now and why not in Kansas?” With no prior farming experience, the couple joined the US Lavender Association and began researching what varieties of lavender would grow in this area. They learned that it

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would take up to five years to fully see the benefits of planting and farming lavender. “We knew this type of business would not be an overnight success but knew it would be worth it,” Christina says. Adding to the difficulty was the decision to farm completely organic. “We wanted clean, non-toxic products for our family, so we want to make sure that is what we are offering to others,” Christina says.

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Once equipped with the knowledge of the farming process, they began looking for a piece of land where they could implement their new-found skills. “We wanted to find rest and relaxation for our own lives,” says Christina, “learn to grow our own food, have land to enjoy nature and the outdoors.” It was important that their farm be close enough to Johnson County to allow others to have access to it as well. They found the perfect spot just 15 minutes south of the county line, and Sweet Streams Lavender Company became a reality. Today the farm is a thriving business offering a variety of spa and culinary products, yoga classes and other events. It is still a labor of love for their family. Joe and Christina enjoy having this one thing that is so different from anything in the metro area. They have a passion for their business that is contagious. “We have also become closer as a family,” Christina explains. “We have our faith that keeps us all together, and the boys love coming home and listening to the entrepreneurship success and struggles.” Giving back to their community, customers and fellow small business owners has also been a company priority. “We have supported and encouraged many others to go out and do that one thing they have always dreamed of,” says Christina. “Life is too short to not chase down your dream.” You can find more information about Sweet Streams Lavender at sweetstreamslavender.com 14

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CULINARY CREATIONS

Beautiful

LEAWOOD NATIVE. Creator. Culinary Storyteller. Home Entertainer. Recipe Developer. Lover. Friend. I’m Lindsey Bishop Clark, the owner and founder of Dish Beautiful. I am a creator, writer, home entertainer, recipe developer and culinary storyteller. My motto is “Make it beautiful.” I tend to live and breathe that motto in everything that I do but especially in the kitchen and on a plate. I don’t back myself into a culinary corner of any particular cooking category such as Whole 30, Paleo, Vegetarian or otherwise, yet I do tend to fall under each umbrella in a minimal way. My food is mostly healthy; however, I am never afraid to throw a little butter, cream or sugar at a situation, so you’re going to get a little bit of everything. I like to use simple, attainable ingredients that lend themselves to bright, fresh, clean flavors or that warm your soul from the inside out. I feel this style of cooking stimulates the senses and always leaves you hoping for leftovers or wanting to make it again and again. Everything I make is as organic as possible and as locally sourced as possible. I believe that food is a love language, and we tend to cook and create with our feelings. I think that when our hearts are in  anything  we do, it shows, and to me, that’s so romantic and beautiful. When we are giving and sharing that love and passion with other people, that’s a whole different level of beauty and romance. And then if we step that up a notch and make that dish aesthetically beautiful, now we’re in that “old Hollywood kiss with the leg kick in the rain,” level of romance. I’m aiming for that most days. I think we eat with our eyes as much as we do with our mouths, so why wouldn’t we make something that looks as equally beautiful as it tastes?  I want you to find beauty and inspiration, confidence and creativity, love and passion and of course, really really good food! Welcome to Dish Beautiful.

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PURPLE RAIN + 1 cup coconut milk

+ ½ cup frozen blueberries

+ ½ frozen banana

+ 1 tsp. blue wolfberry powder (optional)

Wolfberry powder is what gives this smoothie its rich purple color. It’s derived from black goji berries and has a history of being known for longevity. Some even believe that the black wolfberry has the ability to repel negative energy, allowing your heart to be happy and tranquil. Its health benefits are known to lower cholesterol levels, nourish kidneys, improve vision health and protect the liver.  

GOLD RUSH

+ 1 cup almond milk

+ ½ tsp. ground cayenne

+ 1 cup frozen mango

+ ½ tsp. goldenberry powder (optional)

+ 4 large frozen strawberries Goldenberry is the super powder that provides the bright yellow color and a touch of tartness to this smoothie. It’s packed full of antioxidants and health benefits which include boosting immunity and helps to support healthy eyes and skin.

MATCHA MILK SHAKE

+ 1 cup coconut milk

+ 1 T. honey

+ 1 frozen banana

+ 1 T. matcha powder

+ 1 cup raw spinach Matcha is having a moment right now—not only because it’s delicious, but also because it’s super high in antioxidants. It’s said to protect the liver by flushing out toxins and processing nutrients. It’s known to protect the heart, boost brain function, assist in weight loss and even help prevent cancer. Matcha contains about half the caffeine as a cup of black coffee, so it’s kind of cool that it can wake you up, fill you up and provide a multitude of benefits all at once!

PINKY’S UP + 1 cup coconut milk

+ ½ cup frozen banana

+ 1 cup frozen strawberries

+ ½ tsp pink pitaya powder (optional)

+ ½ cup frozen mango Pink pitaya is powdered dragon fruit. It has many health benefits including antioxidants and antibacterial properties that help boost the immune system, improve metabolism and smooth the digestive system. It’s packed with Vitamin C, several types of Vitamin B, protein, fiber and some essential polyunsaturated fatty acids.

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CHARRED RADICCHIO SALAD WITH CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE INGREDIENTS

PREPARATION

+ 1 head radicchio (quartered)

01 | Cut the head of radicchio into quarters and massage

+ ¾ cup purple grapes, slivered

oil into crevasses, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add to

+ ½ cup candied pecans

skillet, cut-side down, over high heat and char each side,

+ ½ cup gorgonzola cheese

about 3-4 minutes per side. While radicchio chars, mix the

+ 2 T. grapeseed oil

dressing ingredients in a bowl.

+ Salt, pepper to taste

02 | Remove radicchio from the skillet and lay on a serving platter. Top with dressing, then add grapes, gorgonzola and

Champagne Vinaigrette + 1 tsp. champagne vinegar + ½ cup grapeseed oil (or other neutral flavored oil) + 1 T. Dijon mustard + 1 tsp honey + 1 small shallot, finely minced + 1 clove of garlic, finely minced + Salt, pepper to taste

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pecans. Finish with a bit of flakey sea salt and serve warm.


ROASTED ASPARAGUS + SCALLIONS WITH BURRATA AND SALSA VERDE INGREDIENTS + 2 bunches scallions + 1 bunch asparagus + 1/4 cup grapeseed oil + 1 garlic clove, minced + 1 T. capers, chopped + 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped + 2 T. red wine vinegar + 2 T. Marcona almonds, chopped + 1 ball of burrata cheese + Zest of half a lemon + Salt, pepper to taste PREPARATION 01 | Set oven to 350 degrees. Trim woody ends of asparagus. Arrange asparagus and scallions on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 12-15 minutes depending on the thickness of your asparagus. 02 | Meanwhile, prepare the salsa verde. Mince garlic, parsley and capers. Mix in a bowl with vinegar and oil, salt and pepper. 03 | When scallions and asparagus are crispy, remove from oven and spread out on the plate. Break burrata up atop the vegetables, drizzle with the salsa

PAICHE WITH PICKLED WATERMELON SALAD

verde, finish with Marcona almonds and lemon zest.

INGREDIENTS + 1 lb. Paiche or other white fish (cut into ¼ lb. filets) + 2 cups watermelon, cubed + 1 serrano pepper, thinly sliced (or half a pepper depending on desired heat level) + 2 watermelon radishes, thinly sliced + 1 tsp. black sesame seeds + ¼ cup red wine vinegar + ½ cup grapeseed oil (or other neutral oil) + 3 T. grapeseed oil, for cooking + Salt, pepper to taste PREPARATION 01 | Let fish rest on the counter to come to room temp, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the salad. Add watermelon, radishes, serrano, oil and vinegar to a bowl and let marinate in the fridge. 02 | Add oil to pan and place over medium-high heat. Pat the fish dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Once the oil is shimmering and pan is almost screaming hot, carefully add the fish to the pan. Pan fry for 4-5 minutes on each side. 03 | Plate watermelon salad on each plate and lay fish over the top. Finish with a bit of the juice from the marinade and top with a touch of black sesame seeds and sea salt.

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CRISPY PORK BELLY WITH MARINATED PEACHES

INGREDIENTS + 1 ½ lb. pork belly + 2 peaches + ¼ cup basil, ribboned + ½ cup Buffalo mozzarella + 1 whole lemon, juiced + 1 T. honey (plus more for coating pork belly) + ½ cup grapeseed oil (or other neutral flavored oil) + 1 ½ tsp. red pepper flakes + Salt, pepper to taste PREPARATION 01 | Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drizzle pork belly generously with oil, salt and pepper and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes then reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for 20 more minutes.   02 | Meanwhile, add lemon juice, honey, oil, red pepper and salt and pepper (to taste) to a bowl and stir. Slice peaches and add to the marinade. Toss to coat. 03 | Once the pork belly is done, set the broiler to high and broil for one minute. (This will give you that crispy skin you crave.) 04 | Slice pork and plate over marinated peaches, top with Buffalo mozzarella, basil and salt and pepper.

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REALTY REPORT REALTY REPORT

JOHNSON COUNTY

NEIGHBORHOOD

ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ORIG

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

Leawood Heritage

$2,400,000

$2,250,000

93%

13

5

4.1

Tuscany Reserve

$1,525,000

$1,400,000

91%

545

5

4.2

Town & Country Manor

$998,000

$998,000

100%

120

5

5.1

Leawood

$899,000

$880,000

97%

49

5

4.1

Leawood Estates

$735,000

$715,000

97%

16

4

4.1

Corinth Downs

$775,000

$705,000

90%

54

3

3.2

Deer Creek

$700,000

$687,000

98%

9

5

4.2

Mission Hills

$679,000

$672,000

98%

1

3

3

Corinth Downs

$667,000

$630,000

94%

145

3

5

Mills Farm

$623,000

$610,000

97%

13

5

4.1

Information compiled is from Heartland Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and includes properties listed and sold in the area from multiple brokers. 2019 STATISTICS from 2/1/2019 TO 2/28/2019. * DOM=Days on Market

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ARTIST’S PALETTE

P O R C H WITH PRAIRIE HOME DESIGNS PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

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ERICA KRZYKOWSKI  AND

DESIGN

ASSISTANT,

ANGELA WEDEKIND ARE THE MASTERMINDS AND THE CREATIVE FORCES BEHIND PRAIRIE HOME DESIGNS. With their attention to detail, eye for innovative design and limitless creativity, this duo packs a powerful punch to transform any space. Principal designer Krzykowski makes it her personal mission to make each client’s space feel beautiful and reflect their unique and personal style. They

are

sharing

two

outdoor

patio

and

front

door looks with us to inspire us as we freshen up our outdoor living spaces this spring. "We chose to use the same sectional as the foundation to show how changing the small things can make a huge difference," explains Krzykowski.

M O D E R N The first look is monochromatic and modern. Simple is best when creating this vibe. The key is to not use too many different colors, but layer in  texture for an inviting atmosphere. They  used black and white as their  palette and added interest and coziness with the drapery panels, patterned rug, comfy pillows and a throw for chilly evenings. Adding  an inviting chair to curl up with a book and including a tray for entertaining has this space ready for when the weather improves and neighbors come out, so we can all get reacquainted!  The modern front door  incorporates  a runner layered with two mats to create interest. "Think creatively about what kind of rugs your front space might need," Krzykowski says.    "A runner was used here  because of the  double doors, but you might want a 30x60 rug with an individual mat on it for a single entry door."  Pro tip: When it comes to modern planters, bigger is better, so pick something that will fill your space well.

WANT TO GET THIS LOOK? HERE ARE THE DETAILS OF WHERE TO FIND THE ITEMS: + Rug, Door Mat, Wreaths, Pillows: Target + Coffee Table, Chair, Runner, Pillows: Crate and Barrel + Hanging Planters, Front Door Planters, Side Table, Tray and Accessories: West Elm + Plants: Family Tree Nursery

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B O H E M I A N The second look is colorful and Bohemian. Fun, vibrant colors and lots of woven items were used for this whimsical look. "We started with a tall egg chair as a statement piece to establish the look and added battery powered hanging lanterns for interest up high," Wedekind says. "Don't forget about the space above your head. It's a great place to make an impact." Bring the indoors out with this look. Think about what you would want inside your house and find a way to bring it out. Included here in this look are poufs for kids to sit on to play games, and an umbrella stand for guests who visit on rainy days. There is also a boot tray for days when the kids have been out playing in the mud. At the front door in this look, they include lots of color and pattern. The runner is a buffalo check, and the mats are floral to add interest. Layer here and be daring.

WANT TO GET THIS LOOK? HERE ARE THE DETAILS OF WHERE TO FIND THE ITEMS: PRAIRIE HOME prairiehomeinteriordesign.com Instagram.com/ericakrzykowski

+ Rug, Coffee Table, Pillows: Crate and Barrel + Hanging lanterns: CB2 + Egg chair, Wreaths, Poufs, Throw, Runner, Mats, Umbrella stand, Side tables: Target + Planters, Tray and Accessories: West Elm

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botany and bliss

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There is joy in every Midwest season: bourgeoning blossoms of spring; plentiful sunshine of summer; impressive foliage of fall; and the serene snow of winter. But with each season comes moments of monotony where days are strewn together in endless repetition. So, what is there to do when the clouds are infinitely looming, and moods begin to mimic this same dullness? Perhaps the answer is as simple as finding a cup of happiness amid a lush backdrop. A unique place where even on the dreariest of days a sip of coffee, a touch of greenery, and an uplifting conversation can brighten the spirit. It is within the merging of Family Tree Nursery and Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters that a prescription for curing any seasonal woe lies. It’s called Cafe Equinox. For brothers Bo, Jesse, and Jonah Nelson, entrepreneurship has percolated through their blood for generations. In 1964, Family Tree Nursery was birthed through the vision of their grandfather, Ron Nelson, and through decades of cultivation, the business has grown to include three thriving locations in Overland Park, Shawnee, and Liberty. Son, Eric Nelson, inherited this love for horticulture and has successfully continued the tradition of growing their calling. It was no surprise that, pun intended, the apple did not fall far from the tree as the young Nelson brothers would also be struck with the same passion. The Nelsons already had a time-tested formula for prosperity, but they wanted to expand this vision and explore the future of CONTINUED >

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retail in a unique way. Jonah Nelson would soon coin the innovative solution: Caffeine and Chlorophyll. Family Tree Nursery had proven that people love plants. Thou Mayest has proven that people love coffee; therefore, the most natural integration of the two happened within the Shawnee store. Feeling a demographic shift the Nelsons wanted to add a futuristic approach to their products and services, and the nursery environment had the ideal alignment and energy. Cafe Equinox was the perfect addition.

WE WANTED TO GET PEOPLE CLOSER TO PLANTS AND NATURE THROUGH DRINKS AND BEVERAGES WHERE THERE’S LIFE AND ENERGY. IT IS SO NATURAL AND PRIMAL. THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF PLANTS GETS YOUR MIND ASKING QUESTIONS AND GETS YOU MORE ENGAGED. PEOPLE NEED THE EXPERIENCE AND THE TOUCH. IT IS PURE HAPPINESS ALL THE WAY AROUND! —BO NELSON 28

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It has been embraced. Within its first few weeks of opening, Cafe Equinox has had to expand its business hours proving that the harsh Kansas City winter had patrons craving the atmosphere that comes with fresh vegetation and the euphoric warmth of a stellar java. Cafe Equinox brews its internationally sourced coffees from the rich beans of Brazil, Ethiopia, and Colombia right here in KC providing bold, herbal combinations. The smooth blends that Thou Mayest enthusiasts had grown to love are readily available. A variety of espressos, lattes, and teas that are both eye-opening and smile-inducing are available year-round and are an amazing complement to the beautiful scenery. Add to this an assortment of baked goods, and shoppers will happily stay awhile to engage in conversation and experience something new. And as with the changing of the seasons, customers can expect exciting changes in both the nursery as well as the cafe throughout the year. Seasonal beverages such as the Fireside and the S’more of What that flatter the frosty bouquets of the nursery will give way to new caffeinated concoctions that continue to mirror the exciting changes that occur in nature. If ever there was a cure for cabin fever, this is it. Within a carefully orchestrated plant-coffee therapy session, the ails of everyday uniformity are dissipated. The tropical aura of the nursery has an extraordinary effect on the psyche during the cold days of winter, and the verve of a good cup of coffee is also transforming. The Nelsons have impeccably morphed the tried and true into something truly modern and magical.

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MY HOPE IS THAT PEOPLE TRY IT OUT AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE YEAR. EVERY SEASON THE WHOLE STORE FEELS TOTALLY DIFFERENT, AND WE WANT YOU TO BE ABLE TO COME INTO THE STORE AND EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT, EXCITING THINGS. NO MATTER WHAT, IT IS STILL HOT AND HUMID AND SMELLS LIKE LIFE. IT IS EXTREMELY SPECIAL AND CHANGES YOUR MOOD.—JESSE NELSON

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How To Arrange Flowers STEP-BY-STEP

01 Gather your materials. + Scissors + Vase  + Plant food + Flowers of choice — You’ll need greenery, primary flowers and secondary flowers for the arrangement.

02 Remove any extra leaves to create clean stems. It’s okay to leave some foliage, but remember that you’ll also have greenery to fill in any extra space.

03 Measure the flowers against your vase of choice and cut to size. Be sure to cut the stems at a diagonal. This will let the flowers soak up more water and help them stay alive longer.

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08 Add in any of your secondary flowers. Secondary flowers tend to be smaller and will round out the flower arrangement.

09 Rearrange or fill in as needed. Remove any petals that are wilted and adjust the foliage so that it fills in any empty spaces.

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OUR TOWN

theatre in the park

offers incredible 2019 season of entertainment CELEBRATING 50TH SUMMER SEASON THEATRE IS AN ART THAT ALLOWS US TO TELL THE STORIES OF OUR WORLD, REAL OR IMAGINED. When you put theatre in an outdoor setting with sparkling stars and moonlight, that’s when something magical happens.

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"Into the Woods" last summer at the outdoor theatre


The Theatre in the Park (TTIP) is celebrating its 50th summer outdoor season with a blockbuster lineup of family-friendly entertainment: “Annie,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “The Music Man,” “Matilda” and “The Wizard of Oz.” All the world is a stage at TTIP.    From its beginnings in 1970 at Antioch Park to its current home in the middle of Shawnee Mission Park, TTIP has brought joy to hundreds of thousands of people both on the stage and off. That’s what the founders of Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s (JCPRD) theatrical facility and its program had in mind. TTIP’s mission is  “to  enhance the quality of life in our community by  providing a variety of entertainment programs through public and private partnerships.” Today, TTIP continues that mission as one of the largest outdoor community theaters in the country.  “While JCPRD has many popular programs, parks, and facilities throughout Johnson County, Theatre in the Park is truly a jewel in our park system,” says Susan Mong, JCPRD’s superintendent of culture.  “We continue to invest in this jewel to ensure a wonderful experience by all who attend. Where else is there an opportunity to enjoy a high-quality theater performance in such a relaxing and gorgeous park setting?” Mong says that over the last 50 summers, more than 1.5 million people have enjoyed a TTIP production under the stars. “It is definitely a memorable experience for our audience, and an even more meaningful experience for actors, musicians, and crew members as they gain valuable experience in theater production,” Mong says. Among those involved from the very beginning is Larry Sneegas. He came on board as a technical director and later as producer for 15 seasons.  “I remember when there was no electricity, and I got the park to provide electrical power, and I borrowed lighting instruments and music stands from high schools,” Sneegas recalls. Sneegas’ family also participated, including his wife, Marvie, who often served as an accompanist or vocal director on many shows. His daughters, Elisa and Allison, and son, Brendan, grew up at TTIP and all appeared in shows over the years. Allison even met her future husband one summer at a cast party—Dave Borberg, a drummer in the pit orchestra. Now a member of Actor’s Equity, Allison continues to perform professionally throughout the Kansas City area. “Some of my fondest memories include playing the role of Lt. Shrank in ‘West Side Story’ when Alison played the part of Maria. I also enjoyed playing the role of Horace in ‘Hello Dolly’ with Dodie Brown,” Sneegas says.  Numerous performers had their theatrical beginnings on the TTIP stage, and quite a few have gone on to perform across the country and around the world professionally, including the Broadway stage. Currently, TTIP alum Nancy Opel is performing in “Wicked” while Ryan Worsing is appearing in “The Cher Show.” Many others who did not go on to professional careers in the arts enjoyed their journey with TTIP for the joy of the friendships that last a lifetime. TTIP Producing Artistic Director Tim Bair came back to the theatre in 2010 after a successful journey as a performer, choreographer, director and producer around the world. Bair’s first show on the TTIP stage was “Applause” in 1984. He served as a performer and choreographer in numerous productions before leaving town to pursue his theatrical dreams. “I’d been away from Kansas City for many years, and my sister happened to see the job posting for executive producer and called me saying, ‘You should apply! It would be so nice to have you back home again,’” Bair said. “I did and the rest, as they say, is history.”

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Support for TTIP comes from the community. According to Mong, approximately 47 percent of TTIP’s revenues in 2018 came from property taxes paid to the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. “The remaining 53 percent came from all-important gate receipts, sponsorships, and concession sales,” Mong says. Over the years, improvements have been made at the TTIP complex including improved bathrooms, air-conditioned dressing rooms, improved concessions and a new pavilion for rental use. The biggest “addition” came in 2017 with the opening of the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in the former King Louie Ice Chateau. “It had been the dream of many folks that we could produce year-round, providing opportunities for creative staff and actors not just in the summer months, but we needed a space,” Bair says. “The Arts & Heritage Center is a dream come true! It really gives us the opportunity to produce shows that wouldn’t be appropriate for our outdoor stage." “My dream is that every person in the metro area associates TTIP with terrific theatre, and we are the go-to option when people decide to do something fun,” Bair says. “Five decades later, we are going strong, and look forward to the day when we get to celebrate our 100th Season.”

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The Theatre in the Park Timeline 1970: Jess Rose starts the Johnson County theatre program in Antioch Park. He was inspired by outdoor theatre in parks on the Kansas City, Missouri side that were disbanded following neighbors’ complaints. No dressing rooms, and minimal infrastructure. First season included

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the hit, “Mame.” 1973: After only two seasons, the stage was moved to an area in Shawnee Mission Park near the small lake where the program thrived, and the crowds continued to grow. The nature nightlife kept performers’ company with one bullfrog known for his regular “ribbit” during

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most Act II performances. 1980-PRESENT: The large complex moved north away from the water and included a bigger stage, an orchestra pit, upgraded dressing rooms, public restrooms, a set construction shop,

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1984: First four-show season featuring “Li'l Abner,” “Applause,” “Grease,” and “On Borrowed Time.”

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2003: Consistently produced five-show summer seasons.

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2010: A beautiful outdoor picnic pavilion was constructed on the TTIP grounds.

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a technical bunker, concession stand and a permanent box office.  

2013: Co-productions with the Jewish Community Center began for a few seasons, starting

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with “Hairspray.” Productions ran indoors at The J then came outdoors to the park stage. 2014: New air-conditioned dressing rooms were built to accommodate the ever-growing

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casts of the yearly outdoor musical theatre season. 2017: New indoor theatre space opens at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in reno-

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vated space of former King Louie Ice Chateau allowing for an expanded indoor season.

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2019: Celebration of 50th summer season at TTIP.

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Patrons bring blankets and chairs to enjoy shows at TTIP at Shawnee Mission Park

"Mary Poppins" was a joint production of TTIP and the Jewish Community Center

"Beauty & The Beast" at TTIP Outdoor

Moving to the large permanent facility was a major step for the TTIP program Former Kansas Governor Robert Bennet at the theatre's dedication

TTIP INDOOR production of "Avenue Q"

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“The first thing that hits you when you walk through our doors is the smell of fresh cut wood,” says Zancanelli. “We cook with it, so we haul it in every morning. Our signature flavor comes from a one-of-a-kind blend of pecan, oak and hickory. We call it the smoky trinity, and it gives each of our famous woodfired entrées an intoxicatingly woody taste that enhances each dish without overpowering the natural flavors of our locally sourced, scratch-kitchen ingredients. Plus, we just can’t resist the beautiful harmony of crackling wood and sizzling meat. It’s the sound of delicious, and it sounds a helluva lot better than a heat lamp, no?” Their most popular item is their fried chicken that’s marinated for four days, hand-breaded, dipped in jalapeño juice and pressure fried to perfection. “If you know Gary, you know he knows fried chicken,” says Johnny Rard, vice president of brand and communications. “He spent most of his career cooking it daily. Now, he only serves it one day a week, but for a very good reason—it takes nearly a week to prepare. Red Door has developed quite a following for their fried chicken. Zancanelli spent most of his career as a fried chicken franchise owner and has spent the last several years perfecting his own secret recipe.” “I spent most of my life cooking chicken 365 days a year,” says Zancanelli. “Now, I only cook it on Thursdays. A lot of people look forward to that one day a week.” Other standout menu items include their famous gourmet burgers and weekly specials. “I love the $5 burger on Mondays—you can’t get a burger this good, any cheaper, anywhere else. Our guests also love our weekend brunch and our whiskey-soaked prime rib,” Rard says. For starters, try their fried pickles, tavern tots or sheet pan nachos. For lunch or dinner, order chorizo mac ’n’ cheese with crispy tenders, fried coconut chicken or prime rib grilled cheese. On weekends from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., enjoy their thunderbird brunch burger, pastrami hash, or Johnny be good baked blueberry French toast. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a generous slice of old-fashioned carrot cake, skillet bourbon pecan pie or biscuit beignets, which are English fritters covered in powdered sugar, strawberry-vanilla custard cream sauce and chocolate fudge.  Dine outdoors comfortably by the fire year-round on their beautiful patio. “We’re a woodfired grill—of course we love the outdoors. You’ll find a woodfire crackling out on the patio at any one of our three locations. They’re heated in the winter and cooled in the summer, spring and fall—they’re perfect all on their own,” says Rard. Red Door Grill is located in Leawood, Overland Park and Brookside. For more information, visit RedDoorGrill.com.  44

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