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HOME 21 THE GOODS Time to Glow __ Stands of glimmering candlesticks and candelabras are designed to catch your fancy and cast you in the most flattering light. 24 DESIGN TRENDS Green with Envy __ Don’t be jealous, these green shades are for sharing! Paint Pros pick their faves. 27 HOMEWARD BOUND Sustainable Energy Costs __ Homebuyers are going green in real estate to save the green in their pockets. 32 SEA CHANGE A Hallmark writer’s Olathe home undergoes a creative transformation, from family home to personal home. 40 VINTAGE FRESH A romantically stylized Civil War-era home is endowed with an updated renovation rooted in the past. 48 THE STORE OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR You can’t get much greener than growing your own food. Weave edible plants, shrubs and trees into your landscape for a design twist and tasty treat. 53 SAVVY GARDENER Dream of Spring __ It’s not too early to devise your plan for next year’s garden.

LIFESTYLE 60 SMART HOUSE A Clearer View __ Gain a better understanding of what to look for in a high-quality window. 66 RESTAURANT REVOLUTION Kansas City chefs choose locally produced food to create a potent mix of flavor and a forward vibe. 71 HEALTHY LIVING Power of the People __ A new class of exercise equipment generates power as gym-goers turn calories into electricity. 77 CALENDAR OF EVENTS What’s happening in Kansas City this December. 87 MARKETPLACE A reference guide to help you find our advertisers.

ABOUT THE COVER ... This green wall isn’t the only ‘green’ you’ll see in our sustainable __ yet stylish __ issue.

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oodbyes are never easy but sometimes necessary. In the case of my leadership at this magazine, it is time for a fond farewell. I am not going far, taking up as a contributing editor, but my time at the helm has run its course, and I am leaving, as so often is said, to pursue other interests. Many of you who have followed my

letters over the years know all about my personal remodeling adventures, farm aspirations and, more recently, my journey as a new mother. The path has led me back home, where my husband, Michael, daughter, Sophia, and I can thrive on a simpler lifestyle. It has been a pleasure to share my life with you through these letters the last nine years, but now I leave you in the capable hands of Brooke Pearl, your new editor, who will continue the work I’ve done and add her own style to these pages. (Prepare yourself to hear a lot about her beloved bichon, Truman!) I have truly enjoyed getting to know many of you, and I hope to continue our relationships even in my reduced capacity. I am thankful for the experiences, ideas and friendships gathered along the way. With love,

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” ~ H e n ry D av i d Th o r e a u DECEMBER 2011 • 15


repurpose things for your home? Photos by

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Q: What are some interesting ways you Matt Kocourek

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A: Recently I found an old dresser and wanted to give it a

hardware cabinet to be used anywhere in the home; for example,

place and a purpose that was a little different. After painting and

the lavatory with storage space for toiletries, towels and your

distressing it, I decided to put a glass vessel sink bowl on it

pretty soaps, or the mudroom for backpacks, boots and that lost

and use it for my bathroom. Now it has a new purpose and

mitten. Last but not least, use it for your crafts, sewing notions,

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A: I have a personal affinity for containers. Decades after the

different way, but often changing the form leads to great new

“invention” of the plastic Caboodle, a vintage tackle box still

function. I’ve had a vintage dollhouse for many years, but it

makes a much cooler make-up case. Oiling cans make fun

later became a small entertainment center housing a boom box

vases, and vintage milk crates are good foot stools with space

and CDs then a bookcase. Now I enjoy it as a curio cabinet.

for magazines. While storage is the obvious use for containers,

The form of the dollhouse has never changed, just the function.

I also have made gas cans from tractors into pendent lighting and a birdbath nightstand.

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Time toGlow December is blessed with magical moments ablaze with warmth and good cheer. Heralding the way, stands of glimmering candles all designed to catch your fancy and cast you in the most flattering light.

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Old Hollywood Sexy and statuesque, this collection of glistening crystal will add a touch of glamour while turning every head. Three-arm candelabra: $245. Large candleholder: $325. Medium candleholder: $225. Small candleholder: $150. Studio Dan Meiners, Kansas City, Mo. 816.979.3656 or danmeiners.com PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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Contemporary Nature Twisting branches and intricate leaves of eucalyptus and seagrape motifs are reinterpreted by Michael Aram’s Botanical Leaf candlesticks. Set of two, nickel-plated, with white marble base. $199. Michael Aram, michaelaram.com

Old World Elegance A big, bold candelabra with exceptional, aged patina is the perfect focal point. This Tuscan candelabra will command attention wherever it’s placed. $350. Scandia Down, Kansas City, Mo. 816.753.4144 or scandiadownkc.com

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Flowering Iron Noted metal artist Jan Barboglio has crafted a pair of rustically elegant cast-iron candleholders, holding seven candles on a metal disc to create a forest of gleaming light. Halls, Country Club Plaza and Crown Center. halls.com

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Don’t be jealous, these green shades are for sharing! DO YOU THINK OF ‘GREEN’ AS A SUSTAINABLE TERM, or on a more spiritual level, does it refer to growth, harmony and fertility? Either way, the color GREEN has staked its territory in every house, in every room, in every shade, all around the world. See which green hues local and national pros chose as their favorites and why you’ll want, no, need to have them in your home, too.

Jackie Jordan, Director of Color Marketing, Sherwin-Williams I love the color Wheatgrass and have a guest bedroom and home office painted in that color! I love it because it is fun and makes me happy. It is also very gender-neutral and, well, age-neutral and goes well with many colors. It is a fun color for kitchens when you pair it with oranges and corals and even red, if you want to be really bold. You can soften it up for bedrooms by using grays and off-whites for balance, or in the nursery with pink for a girl and aqua for a boy.

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Pair it with: gray, blue-green, coral, orange and brown. Try Intellectual Gray, Amazing Gray, Halcyon Green, Oyster Bay, Constant Coral, Persimmon or Sable.

Dee Schlotter, Brand Manager, Color, PPG Pittsburgh Paints Dill is so fresh but with some depth so it’s not too shocking like the yellow, acidic greens. This color works well in kitchens, game rooms and guest rooms — anywhere you want fresh and pretty like a meadow on a sunny day. With this hue of green, it almost feels like the room is alive, akin to nature. Pair it with: clean white trim, mid-tone, honey oak floors or a sisal textured area rug.

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Barbara Richardson, Director Color Marketing, AkzoNobel Ralph Lauren “Vintage Masters” Sage Sweater represents the softness of nature, the essence of new growth and seedlings. This is the perfect color to place in the home, one that captures the essence of a spring field, gives the comfort of balance and has a soothing quality of bringing the outdoors inside. This would be a lovely color for a sunroom, bedroom, bath or living room. There is a movement toward color that is natural and nature-inspired, and this fits perfectly. Pair it with: soft red-violet. Use the contrasting color in accessories, such as artwork, pillows, a throw, vase or area rug.

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~Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Spanish Poet and Playwright, 1600-1681

Sonu Mathew, Senior Interior Designer/ Senior Color Communications Manager, Benjamin Moore Greens can be boldly acidic and grassy, ambient in their ability to calm us, or they can beckon the ideas of deep oceans and seaweed. It’s symbolic of balance and nature, leading the family of green hues to become so beloved over the last few years. In fact, it’s now considered a

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is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.

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neutral choice in the world of design. For the bedroom, this nature-inspired green, Green Thumb, brings in the elements of the outdoors. Adding a classic cool blue to the ceiling helps it to visually recede and you to take a deep breath.

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Pair it with: Buxton Blue on the ceiling and Nantucket Breeze for trim and molding.

Erika Woelfel, Director of Color, BEHR Paints I love this particular color because it is a midrange green with a touch of blue. That makes it more exotic and elegant and gives it a touch of nostalgia from the 1920s Art Deco movement. Herbal looks especially sharp with black or white trim and accents. Use it anywhere you want to relax or rejuvenate. Herbal is perfect for bedrooms, and it is also appropriate for living rooms and dining areas. Pair it with: lilac or blue for a watery, Impressionist garden-inspired combo. Try Finesse or Romantic Isle. Use Chivalry Copper or Maple Glaze for a lively and contrasting combination.

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Diane Stewart, Color Consultant/Owner, Color Sense Consulting Despite the name, Mellowed Ivory is a pale olive green. This green evokes the feeling of a sunny day spent outside. It would work well with oak floors, gilt and landscape paintings. It has a Tuscan vibe but is light and fresh, so it would be a good option for updating kitchens with ubiquitous oak cabinets and warm granite countertops. Pair it with: a mellow autumn palette, including cream, camel, tan, gold, apricot, terra-cotta and brown. Use Milky Way trim and Antiquity for the ceiling, both from Benjamin Moore.

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Mary Carol Garrity, owner, Nell Hill’s We love the deep green of Shutter Window, but it also has a lot of life to it, and it can pull off lots of different looks. You might find this color on an old shutter window, and it’s wonderful to use on a piece of furniture. Pair it with: Navy blue, Equestrian and reds for a very crisp, young, fresh look. It also makes a great backdrop for black and gray.

We’ve got more green — all you’ve ever wanted to know about it physically, globally, spiritually, religiously — at kchandg.com/color-green.

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Sustainable Energy Costs Homebuyers are going green in real estate to save the green in their pockets.

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Homebuyers in the metropolitan area have begun

president of Starr Homes LLC, a new-home builder

to show interest in homes with green elements — but

and remodeler. “People are cost-conscious now; they

they aren’t as interested in saving the environment as

are looking at what the cost is to operate a house as

they are in saving greenbacks.

opposed to the cost per square foot.”

“Most people don’t care about the environmental

Most of Starr’s homes are built using Energy Star

aspect of green, most people see it as a dollar figure,

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A Hallmark writer’s Olathe home undergoes a creative transformation, from family home to personal home.

CHANGE

Honest Blue walls and a pop of Jalapeño in the stove cove. Vogler stained the cabinets dark and added new granite countertops, hardware, backsplash and appliances.

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fter Jeannie Hund’s mother passed away 11 years ago, she

moved into her mom’s house but had difficulty moving on from its decades-old design, the way it lived in her

memory. But Hund, a creative spirit who has written books and

MIDDLE... The upstairs loft bath shines in a crisp

created the cheery Rainbow Bright character, has a fresher

combination of green and white.

personality than her home was expressing. Finally deciding to

RIGHT... Hund’s bedroom is uplifting in Lemon Chiffon. Bedding in bright solids takes center stage, flanked by sparkling chandeliers and a black-and-white chair that plays off the fixtures.

make some updates earlier this year, she was still thinking of her family. “Jeannie wanted to make it her own, but her initial idea was to paint the guest rooms,” says Hund’s designer Deb Vogler, Allied Member ASID and owner of Comfort by Design. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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Hund turned her unused formal dining room into a solarium, ripping up carpet and replacing it with tile, including the border that looks like wood planks. Hund lounges comfortably on the chaise when she’s in need of a creative space other than her desk.

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With an impressive wood-burning fireplace and working stove, the brick was left alone for charm. But juxtaposing the room’s original intent as a hearth room with a breakfast table to a dining room with a seating area in the corner was a not-so-subtle alteration. A fabulous __ and cheap __ rattan and fiber paper light fixture holds its own above the more expensive Sarreid iron and wood table and reclaimed bench.

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As the color consultation evolved, though, it became clear that what the home really needed was an entire refresher. Changing just the wall colors without also painting the trim and ceilings would show the disparity between old and new. That’s where Hund started to see the light __ literally, the lighter, brighter possibilities for her home. While the house is more than 2,700 square feet, Hund, whose kids are grown and gone, uses every room, moving from place to place for new inspiration when she works from home. “’I told her, ‘You need to do something for yourself because you use every room in your home.’” Hund and Vogler brainstormed the best usage for each space, carefully crafted a lighting plan, and lightened the mood significantly with paint and furnishings. “She was open to all ideas but weighed the benefits of each,” Vogler says. For example, the formal dining room, rarely used for dining, became a solarium. With its entry location and southern exposure, it’s a welcoming introduction with a cozy conversational quality. Where Hund did dine, at a breakfast table in a corner of the hearth room, also was repurposed into a sitting area, with the focus of the space on a gorgeous iron PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

LEFT... After mistakenly matching the pumped-up blues in the bedroom, Hund toned down the master bath’s paint pick, settling on a lighter blue called Sea Salt that complements the palette. A pebble shower floor and Minsk granite add texture and movement to the space. ABOVE... Hund allowed Vogler to paint the living room fireplace and surround white with neutral walls in Nomadic Desert. A sisal rug nods to the beach theme. Hund doesn’t have to worry about Lucas ruining her heavy-duty material selections.

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Creativity can flow in this naturally lighted loft space, where Hund does most of her work. It is the same color of green (Hearts of Palm) shown in the bathroom but looks completely different because of the play of light.

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and wood table that gets used often. The bay window provides a naturally cozy spot for a tete-a-tete, half encircling two wingbacks. Those changes improved the functionality of the home, and its form was quick to follow. “She loves the beach, but since this is the Midwest, she didn’t want it to look kitschy, so we created the feel with color and a few details,” Vogler says. Dark-stained bamboo floors anchor the rooms while neutrals and accents harmonize above. They achieved the seaside theme in subtle

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ways, such as through a sisal rug, pebble tile flooring, an opalescent mirror frame, and paint in soft blues and greens. Nearly every room has a fantastic light fixture that draws attention, from the bulbous sphere above the dining table to the glass bell jars in the master bath. And what about Hund’s original intent to simply paint the guest bedrooms? Each got its own theme: The Twin, featuring a twin-sized bed and modern recliner with pops of orange; Austin Powers, with a groovy duvet and platform bed; and The Natural, stocked with a linen headboard and decorated with old family photos. With little more than paint and new furnishings, Hund’s home has a

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totally different vibe and an uplifting mood that characterizes her own personality. “That she took so long to make this her own epitomizes how much she cares about other people,” Vogler says.

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Peeling paint is a desirable design feature in the Spinski kitchen.

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A romantically stylized Civil War-era home is endowed with an updated renovation rooted in the past. Story by

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Neutrals work naturally here, where texture, pattern and some sparkling glam play up the space.

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ome people will only buy a house if it’s new. Carol Spinski isn’t one of them. A nurse, photographer,

stylist, avid antiquer and part owner of a vintage-

stocked home goods shop named Raised in Cotton, she is what could be called a Renaissance woman. Guided by fond childhood memories growing up on

surrounded by 500 acres of farmland. “Though we only have one acre, that’s perfectly fine with us __ it still feels like we’re living in a rural (area),” she says. Sitting peacefully at the end of the road, the Spinskis’ vintage acquisition, built in l865 and purchased by them in 2009, was about to get a facelift.

an Arkansas family farm, Spinski wanted to recreate

“The previous owners had done some renovation, but

cherished moments in a home of her own. Her goal was

after taking possession, we jumped in and really rolled

to find a farmhouse. “I admit...I’ve wanted one my

up our sleeves,” Spinski says. They hired Brackmann

whole life,” she says.

Construction to update the electrical and plumbing, add

After finding the listing online, she felt compelled to make it her own and approached her husband, Bob, about it. “Somehow I knew it would be perfect before we even stepped inside,” she recalls. The house is one of the oldest in Jackson County,

new fiberboard siding and roofing, paint inside and out, and shore up various structural elements. Eight months later, the couple, along with their two dogs, moved into their new/old house. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE DECEMBER 2011 • 41


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Below... An aged patina becomes the dining room, where authentically old and classic pieces meld perfectly.

Spinski adds.

Originally known as the Thaddeus Green home,

Gracing 12-foot-high ceilings, the embellished

now called “the farmhouse,” Spinski’s style

fixtures are just part of the decorative details,

renders a distinctively fresh feel.

from bull’s-eye molding and plank wood floors to

“There is a stone marker right in front of

Opposite... The kitchen doesn’t need trendy materials like granite and stainless steel to impress; its throwback style is charming enough.

reasons I fell so madly in love with this house,”

white walls and doors topped with transoms.

the house. We understand that once upon a

Just off the foyer, the dining and living

time, wagons would drop people off right here,”

rooms join to form one larger room. Spinski

she says.

divided it with a floor-to-ceiling bookcase filled

The starched white two-story is laid out in a

with collections of white ironstone and brown

T-shape with all of the public spaces on the first

and white transferware. On the dining side,

level. Immediately, a white-painted center

she selected Restoration Hardware’s Flatiron

staircase banded with an oak railing to the second

industrial-style wood table and eight chairs, which

story sets the tone for the tastefully assembled

she upholstered in sand-colored linen. “One of the

decor. “I like an uncluttered look with a soft,

great pleasures is finding antiques that perfectly fit

neutral palette that doesn’t intrude,” Spinski says.

the space,” she says. “I typically don’t like new

That look, simple yet wonderfully romantic,

furnishings, but these were perfect.”

finds its way into each room. “Throughout the

Completing the look are antique, peeling

house, there’s a collection of 14 chandeliers,

painted pillars flanking the window seat; glass

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(one from Texas by way of France). “The chandelier in here is really exceptional. When we entertain with friends and family, this room has a great ambiance,” she says. Opposite the dining room sits the wide-plank-floored living room, comfortably dressed in plain white, cotton duck furnishings with a stone fireplace tucked into one corner. The question of where the TV lives routinely comes up. “The TV is in the family room across the hall,” Spinski offers.

MOVING ALONG The Spinskis put much thought into the kitchen. “The layout almost matches my grandmother’s farmhouse; again, another reason I was drawn to this house,” she says. Tumbled marble counters, a true farmhouse sink and plenty of natural light from a bank of three windows showcase her talent as a baker in her airy kitchen. She stores necessities in antique cabinets and an island but banished the fridge to the enclosed porch. Like the nearby dining and living rooms, the kitchen is painted in a rough cream or buttermilk color, a complementary monochromatic scheme that runs throughout the house. The enclosed porch and laundry room is where, once again, Spinski’s eye for clever details surfaces. “I had to camouflage the plumbing in the laundry room, so I strung a rope and hid the workings behind grain sacks,” she describes. No less enchanting is the second floor, housing three bedrooms.

Left... The stained glass door offers pops of color in the otherwise monochromatic palette. Above... The master bedroom is filled with light and modest furnishings: a queen bed sitting on gray-painted wood floors, an antique dresser and a carved headboard from Restoration Hardware.

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The adjacent master bathroom needed reconfiguring. “Though this was labor-intensive, it turned out great,” Spinski notes.

Above... Accessorized to look old, the laundry room fortunately is updated with modern appliances.

The master features a reclaimed wood headboard. Two other bedrooms, one holding a white iron bed once belonging to her daughter, and the other used as her studio, are filtered with light from surrounding windows. Though the Spinskis have been in residence just a year, plans for the future include more landscaping, of course, including heirloom plants. The Spinski farmhouse is a study in serenity. “It just makes us smile and has brought us a lot of joy,” she says. Spinski’s mother passed away just a year before the couple bought the place, but not before Spinski told her mom she wanted a farmhouse of her own. “Perhaps she led the way, that’s why I’m here,” she says.

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or Troy Karlin, owner of All-N-1 Landscape in Lawrence,

the time, my clients are surprised at what’s available,” he notes.

designing an edible landscape (an intentional outdoor layout

Examples range from currants to peppers and dwarf fruit trees to pecan trees.

that mixes food-bearing plants with traditional trees, shrubs and

greenery) sometimes has the most practical of purposes. He once

Edible landscaping can be a spatial and design problem-solver,

worked with a client who brewed his own beer but had difficulty

Preuss adds. For one homeowner dealing with an uninviting blank

keeping his batches cool enough when too much sunlight crept in

wall, he added clematis vines and espaliered apple trees (controlled

through his windows.

to grow in a flat, narrow shape) on a raised trellis. He flanked the trees with hydrangeas and added a colorful selection of annuals and perennials around the trunks. The vibrant, inviting mix made the outside of the home come alive. “Designing a landscape is not that much different than designing a house,” Karlin says. “There are all different personality types and all different priorities…but there’s a plant for every situation.” For those

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who like cooking or just want a sustainable source of food, he’ll weave in basil or peach trees. For families who want to spend more time outside and teach children where food comes from, he’ll choose trees, shrubs and other plants that create a comforting environment.

Karlin’s solution: designing a shade-lending trellis to grow hops right in the yard. “His cooling bills were significantly reduced, and he he strategically added fruit and nut trees in varying heights around the property to act as “sun traps” to target natural light on plants that need it most. He even planted raspberry, blackberry and blueberry bushes, plus kiwi trees, and that’s just in the front yard. They’ll tackle the back next year. Edible landscaping isn’t a new concept. After all, medieval monastery gardens contained everything from flowers to vegetables to

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doesn’t have to buy his hops anymore,” Karlin explains. In addition,

medicinal herbs, and 19th-century suburban yards in England made

Strategy is required to avoid attracting too many animal visitors.

welcome use of fruits and berries in an effort to mimic the style of

“There are certain plants that rabbits and deer don’t like,” he says. “If

country estates.

you’re trying to plant three types of cherry trees at your house, you can

and pesticides used on food, and save on grocery bills are putting

plant mulberry and elderberry bushes, too. Birds will eat what’s native to [their diets] first __ the mulberries and elderberries __ so they won’t

this trend on the upswing. Karlin says he’s seen demand double in the

eat what you have.” Another bird-friendly option is the exotic goumi

past year alone. “Every single month, I see more interest because

berry tree, Karlin notes.

every month people are paying more for food, and paying more for

Ultimately, Preuss adds, designing an edible landscape __ whether you’re in the suburbs or the city __ is a prime chance to be adventurous.

Homeowners looking to reconnect with nature, control herbicides

gas to go buy food,” he says. There are myriad growing choices, says Jeffrey Preuss, an

He even has one client who mixes her artwork in with her vegetable

independent landscape designer who adopts a European design

plants. “If a client has an idea, I always say, ‘We can try this,’” Preuss

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Kansas City is one of the hardest climates to grow in because of the extreme heat, bitter cold and clay-like

Use these winter months, typically slow for area garden centers, to plan the yard you want __ and get

soil. These conditions make it easy to stick to the

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tried-and-true varieties that thrive in Zone 5. But if you want to mix it up, area nurseries suggest a few

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becoming more popular because you can plant them close to the house,” says owner Matt Alberts. November until March is a good time to harvest trees. “The trees don’t know they’re being moved, and it gives them time to establish roots so they’ll be ready to bloom come summer,” says Alberts, who recommends three new varieties because of their ability to withstand strong winds and icy conditions. Columnar Norway Maple grows to 35 feet tall by 15 feet wide. It has dark green foliage that turns a bright yellow in the fall. Regal Prince Oak is a relatively fastgrowing tree. It’s mildew-resistant, which is ideal for Kansas City’s mix of heat and moisture. It stands 40 feet tall by 18 feet wide. Green Pillar Oak is perfect for planting near the street because of its dense, column-like shape at 50 feet tall by 15 feet wide. Plus, it adds lots of color

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to the street when its dark green leaves turn a deep red in the fall. For trees to grow in Kansas City’s clay-like soil, it’s important to properly mulch tree roots and not overwater. “It’s better to let trees get thoroughly wet and then dry out before watering again,” says Matt Stueck of Suburban Lawn & Garden. “Once-a-week saturation is usually sufficient.” He recommends two new varieties of trees that add color to a yard. Royal Frost Birch is a large tree with purple leaves and white bark. At 40 feet tall by 25 feet wide, it offers shade and unique color. It’s available in single-stem or clumped varieties.

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Perennials and Annuals A colorful landscape is an easy way to enhance your home’s curb appeal. When picking plants and planning a bed, Becky

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With that in mind, she recommends a new color: blue. “It’s hard to find a good, true blue. Most tend to be more purple,” Garoutte says. “Blue is a nice resting place for the eyes.” Blue Sage

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is native to

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blooms, once in early spring and again in late spring. It grows best in full sun or partial shade. Perfectunia Petunias are a series of colorful flowers that can withstand the summer heat and are ideal for containers. They come in a variety of colors, such as blue, bordeaux and Hot Tamale. As with all petunia varieties, they can be treated as annuals if planted in the ground. Coleus

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an annual that’s easy to maintain and adds a different look to flowerbeds and containers than the traditional impatiens and pansies. These plants come in a variety of colors from dark maroon to bright yellow, and the color performs best in partial shade. Japanese Forest Grass ‘All Gold’ (Hakonechloa macra aureola)

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hen it comes to shopping for windows, what do you know about quality? Companies often advertise on low price,

but to make an educated decision, you need to understand

the different components that constitute a higher-quality window.

The next generation of low-E Once the “next big thing,” low-E (low emissivity) glass is now fairly standard in windows. Low-E means that a lower level of radiant energy will emit from the glass. “A low-E glass window will filter the sun in the summertime, reflecting the ultraviolet (UV) heat out, and in the winter, receives the heat. So you get the benefit of the warmth of the sun in the winter, and the reflection of the sun in the summer,” says Troy Beeler, general manager of Kansas City Millwork. While low-E glass is fairly standard, it’s the next generation of low-E glass that’s getting a lot of buzz. Called LoE3-366 glass,

LoE3-366 glass, manufactured by Cardinal Glass Industries, is

this new option has metallic coatings on both sides of the interior

used in windows made by many different brands. So what makes it a

glass, explains Louis Zwillenberg, sales associate at Pacific Mutual

higher-quality glass?

Door & Window.

“Cardinal’s LoE3-366 glass is the best combination of high daylight transmittance and low solar heat gain coefficient,” says Bernard Timmer, manager of installed sales at Kansas City Building Supply. “The view isn’t obstructed or tinted, and everything looks crisp and clear but without the high levels of solar heat gain.” Because of this, Timmer recommends this product for homes that have a significant number of south-facing windows. Another newer glass add-on is something called Neat glass. “Different manufacturers might refer to it under different names, but it is a permanent coating on the outside surface of the glass that prevents water from beading up, keeping exterior glass surfaces cleaner between washes,” Timmer says. While not an addition that necessarily raises the quality of the window itself, Neat glass is beneficial because you don’t have to pay for costly window cleaning as often.

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“Fiberglass windows have been perfected and proven over

The space between glass panes in a quality window is filled

time. It is a strong product, available in many colors, and is

with a slow-moving gas — as opposed to air — to minimize

paintable and affordable,” he says.

convection currents and reduce the transfer of heat between the inside and outside. Argon gas and krypton gas are both used to improve thermal

While the selection of the exterior window frame should rely on durability and performance, the interior of a window is often determined by personal taste.

performance. According to the Efficient Window Collaborative,

“An aluminum-clad or fiberglass-clad window with a wood

both argon and krypton gas are nontoxic, odorless and colorless,

interior offers low maintenance on the exterior but the beauty of

but krypton gas has better thermal performance, making it the

wood on the inside,” Timmer says.

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The gas between the glass

higher-quality choice. A double- or triple-pane window will be more efficient

Does shape matter?

because of the multiple layers of glass and insulating gas that

It is the glass and frame quality that truly determines a high-

separate the interior from the exterior of the home.

quality window, not the shape. Whether you select a singlehung, double-hung, casement, slider or picture window is really

Options in frame materials

up to the architectural style of your home. But Beeler suggests

While vinyl windows seem to be the most common, they aren’t

selecting a window style that is easy to clean, such as one that

necessarily the best option in terms of performance. When

tilts or slides.

looking at exterior cladding options for windows, aluminum and fiberglass are recommended over vinyl.

Look into warranties

“Fiberglass and aluminum hold up better to the elements over

When selecting a window, don’t forget to look at the warranty.

time than vinyl and are stronger. The heat from the sun can warm

Some manufacturers or companies promote a “lifetime” warranty

up a vinyl exterior and deform the shape over time,” Beeler says.

or lofty guarantees that you should avoid.

If he had to choose a winner for best frame material, Timmer would pick fiberglass.

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“Make sure the window manufacturer has years in the business because if they offer a 20-year warranty, you want to be sure they are there for another 20 years. Also, ask if warranties are transferrable to a new owner if you sell your home,” Beeler says.

DECODING WINDOW RATINGS Window specification labels are often hard to decipher. Here’s a quick rundown on what certain values, terms and measurements mean, and what to look for. U-Value: Also called “U Factor,” it is the rate of heat loss of a window. The lower the U-Value, the slower the rate of heat flow and the better the insulating quality. For example, an Energy Star-rated window in the central region of the U.S. has to have a U-Value of less than 0.32. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): The percentage of heat gained from both direct sunlight and absorbed heat. The smaller the number, the greater the ability to reduce solar heat gain. For an Energy Star rating in the central region, a window has to have a heat gain coefficient of less than 0.40. Visible Transmittance (VT): Measures how much light comes through a window. The higher the VT, the more light is transmitted. VT is measured on a scale of 0 to 1. Air Leakage: Measures the rate of air leakage around a window if there is a specific pressure difference. The lower a window’s air-leakage rating, the tighter the seal. The best possible rating is a 0.1; most Energy Star windows have a rating of 0.2.

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WHAT’S WINDOW FILM? Window film is often used in lieu of new windows to provide extra insulation and heat rejection on existing windows. “If your windows are still good, you don’t have to replace the whole window,” says Tri Nguyen, principal of Mid America Window Tint Specialists in Overland Park. “Instead, you can use window film to get similar qualities of a low-E window.” Rooms that have excessive heat, glare or fading and that can’t keep up with the heat generated through the glass may benefit most. Mackie Beall, co-owner and president of Green Light Window Films in Lee’s Summit, says his window films offer between 50 and 70 percent heat rejection and 99 percent protection from UV fading. Besides reducing solar heat in a room, window film also can help with excessive fading of carpeting, drapery, furniture and art. A tinted film can reduce glare on computers and television screens, and a frosted tint can add privacy. “We have frosted films for bathrooms and closets to restrict views. We just apply a film that provides an opaque look to the glass,” Nguyen says. Some window films are tinted and some are not, Nguyen adds. The films are not permanent, but they have an average lifespan of 7 to 15 years. Installation usually takes about a day. DECEMBER 2011 • 65


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Restaurant

Kansas City chefs choose locally produced food to create a potent mix of flavor and a forward vibe.

Revolution Kansas City’s food reputation is more smokin’ than our national reputation for ribs. Blessed with miles of open range, an industrious grassroots food movement and superbly trained chefs, our local culinary scene is flourishing.

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Of note, Lidia Bastianich is opening one of her famous Italian farmhouse kitchens right here, with New York-based Dean & Deluca following suit. Both realize a sophisticated palate isn’t privy to just the coasts. It’s flattering to be noticed, but it’s the independently owned restaurants that are turning heads.

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The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange

The Westside Local

1924 Main

1663 Summit

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Prohibition may have thrown a knockout punch at Alexander Rieger’s

“Eat local, be local” is the mantra in this turn-of-the-century brick

whiskey-making money machine, but his 1915 hotel still stands.

building where imaginative dishes reign. There’s lots of competition

Chef Howard Hanna noticed and refurbished the house that Rieger

on the west side these days, but this little eatery is holding its

built with a dignified approach, keeping the historic integrity intact.

own, featuring local and homegrown (in their own garden) varieties

The room, now spiffed up, looks comfy enough for wisecracking with

of produce. Supporting not only sustainable food but local artists,

cronies or an intimate tete-a-tete. You’ll find an array of local farms

Westside Local is committed to showcasing a rainbow of talent.

represented on the menu: Crum’s Heirlooms’ tomatoes, Thane Palmberg

Eat inside or outside in their charming beer garden laced with grape

Farm’s produce, Campo Lindo Farms’ poultry, Green Dirt Farm’s

vines. Try the panzanella salad and quinoa with free-range chicken —

cheese and Prairie Birthday Farm’s herbs. Sidle up to the handsome bar

it’s tops.

then grab a table and scrutinize the crowd. It’s worth the wait.

bluestem Café Sebastienne

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Bridging the gap between coasts is our own James Beard Award-

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If a dose of culture is what you have in mind, immerse yourself with

winning chef Colby Garrelts and his equally skilled wife, Megan.

art and food at this stylish location. Both take a bow at the Kemper

Together, this team blends their culinary expertise, delivering what

Museum of Contemporary Art, where Café Sebastienne resides. Chef

many have said is the finest fine dining restaurant in the city. Why

Jennifer Maloney captures the best of American cuisine in an artfully

argue? It’s far better to come see for yourself. Inside the unassuming brick-walled location, bluestem takes food

aesthetic setting. An innovative menu paired with boutique and single-vineyard wine

(locally sourced as much as possible) seriously. Merging Chef Colby’s

selections only enhances Chef Maloney’s fresh creations that are

progressive American cuisine with Chef Megan’s new varieties of

sourced locally. Take advantage of either the cafe or courtyard seating,

American desserts makes dining at bluestem memorable.

where the Chihulys are still in plain sight.

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Pierpont’s at Union Station 3 0 W. P e r s h i n g R o a d

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Union Station is probably as grand now as it was at the turn of the century when the massive building welcomed thousands who arrived and departed from the rails. Instead of meeting the 5:52 from Chicago, now the 6-foot-wide clock hanging in the station arch counts down the hours ushering in dinner at one of Kansas City’s most elegant eateries, Pierpont’s. Named after railroad baron J.P. Morgan, the 8,000-square-foot restaurant is known for succulent seafood, Grade A prime cuts, and locally grown produce from Beau Solais Farm and The Organic Way. Sixty percent of the three-story restaurant features original architecture from 1914, providing guests with an authentic experience in one of Kansas City’s most enduring landmarks.

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Room 39

Restaurants come and go, but Ted Habiger and Andy Sloan’s Room 39 has staying power. A mainstay on 39th Street __ and now in Leawood’s Mission Farms __ the owners are committed to an alliance with local farms. In fact, their website states, “Room 39 believes the best-tasting food comes

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from local farmers who use sustainable harvesting and growing

Urban Table is the kind of place you’d find in Paris: a busy corner

practices, ensuring the land is better off than before.” Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily, but if you want to start the day off

bistro with a casual feel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on zinc-looking topped tables __ the whole place has a bustling,

smiling, try the locally harvested eggs from Campo Lindo Farms.

industrial-chic feel. Fresh ingredients from Fahrmeier Farms, Windhaven Farms and

The Farmhouse 300 Delaware St.

Kurlbaum’s Heirloom Tomatoes are at the heart of Urban Table’s eatatthefarmhouse.com

You could go to The Farmhouse just for Bloom Bakery’s carrot cake,

sustainable offerings. It’s not frou-frou food, just civil, modern American.

but there are other goodies in store. This River Market restaurant is so enamored with its local growers

Blue Bird Bistro

that they host a monthly Farmer’s Dinner. You can sit down to a

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sumptuous, multicourse meal and discuss the flowering kale or brown

Years ago there was a garden right across the street from this mainstay

eggs to your heart’s content. Classically created “tip-to-tail” comfort

on 17th and Summit, providing easy pickings for greens. Nowadays,

food is the pride of The Farmhouse’s fresh favorites.

the garden has been replaced, but the sourcing is still organic and

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local, featuring a slew of interesting farms, including Western Hills

Urban Table 8232 Mission Road

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Little Muddy Farm.

Alan Gaylin and Glynn Roberts’ Bread & Butter Concepts opened

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served with a monthly farmer’s table

BRGR in Corinth Square with a bang. This venture proved so successful

and weekly communal table seatings. If brunch is on your bucket list,

that they decided to open another restaurant a few doors down.

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Power of the People A new class of exercise equipment generates power as gym-goers turn calories into electricity.

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some gyms around the country. Leaders at three

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existing indoor group cycles and then the fitness energy from the bikes is sent through a grid-inverter that’s connected to your electrical panel so that ‘fitness energy’ [can] assist with powering your facility.” The University of Kansas looked to the Florida-based company ReRev to convert more than a dozen elliptical machines to energy-generators in 2009. ReRev Vice President of Sales Glen Johansen wants his exercise equipment to help fitness facilities capitalize on workouts. “While working out at the gym, I saw how much kinetic activity was happening all around me with no return,” Johansen says. “We’re making enhancements to display the energy created [on each machine].” Then there’s the Human Dynamo, a stationary bike with the added element of hand cranks. The combination of traditional pedaling as well as upper-body work powers a large flywheel, and the machine,

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| December 18 ❖ Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour is back in town. With more than 7 million albums sold, TSO has inspired generations of fans to rediscover the multidimensional art form of the rock opera. Time: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 816.949.7000 or sprintcenter.com |

| December 13-18 ❖ Blue Man Group, best known for its wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts, combines comedy, music and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. 816.513.5178 or broadwayacrossamerica.com |

Special Events Through January 22, 2012 ❖ “Game Show,” featuring Charles

December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 ❖ Local artist Kathleen Fenton

Shaughnessy, is set during a “live broadcast” of a fictional TV

brings out the artistic side of everyone at Corkscrews and

game show. Audience members are picked as contestants to play

Canvases, a fun evening of painting and wine. She provides the

the game and win actual prizes. 913.649.7469 or newtheatre.com

art supplies, and you bring a bottle of wine. 1.816.848.4639 or

December 3 ❖ Grammy winner Rick Springfield has secured

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his highest chart debut position in more than 20 years with his

December 16 ❖ Executive chef at New York’s famed bistro Les

latest album, “Venus in Overdrive.” Time: 8 p.m. 800.745.3000

Halles, Anthony Bourdain is the author of the bestselling

or midlandkc.com

“Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly,”

December 3, 10 ❖ Experiment with jewelry-making techniques

and his book, “A Cook’s Tour” was published in conjunction with

as you create a pendent necklace and brooch inspired by

his series on the Food Network. Time: 8 p.m. 800.745.3000 or

sculptures and paintings during The Nelson-Atkins Museum of

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Art’s Jazzy Jewelry event. Cost: $65. Time: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

December 17 ❖ Grab your skis and hit the slopes on the opening

816.751.1278 or peo.nelson-atkins.org

day of Snow Creek in Weston. 816.640.2200 or skisnowcreek.com

December 8 ❖ In a career spanning more than 60 years, Mavis

December 31 ❖ Old acquaintance may be forgot, but don’t forget

Staples began singing with the family gospel group The Staple

your tickets to New Year’s Eve Cabaret at Quality Hill Playhouse,

Singers (“I'll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself”). She is

with two special performances at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

responsible for blazing a rhythm and blues trail while never

The 10:30 performance includes a midnight champagne toast.

relinquishing her gospel roots. Time: 7:30 p.m. 816.994.7200 or

Tickets: $39, adults; $36, seniors/students. 816.421.1700 or

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December 31 ❖ Start with dinner at one of Kansas City Power and Light’s restaurants then head over to KC Live! for annual festivities and drinks at KCP&L’s New Year’s Eve Bash.

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Holiday Events Through December 30 ❖ Visit a beautiful 26-room mansion decked out in Christmas splendor at A Woodland Christmas: Spirit

15495 Quivira Rd

of Christmas Past. There will be live

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music and refreshments available. Start in the Carriage House Gift Shop to find

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rural Kansas at the turn of the 20th century. Christmas at Lanesfield features the

restored

one-room

schoolhouse

decorated for a 1904 Christmas. Join in on the festivities and make your own Christmas ornament. 913.893.6645 or jocomuseum.org December 1-3 ❖ Enjoy Holidays at Briarcliff Village, with a wreath window

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contest, holiday luncheon and free photos with Santa, benefiting the Ronald McDonald

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briarcliffvillagekc.com December 2-4 ❖ ’Tis the season for Heartland Men’s Chorus’ hugely popular holiday concert, with this year’s theme, Holiday Glee, presenting fun production numbers and a hopeful, joyful, mirthful,

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merry celebration of the holidays. 816.842.5500 or follytheater.org December 3 ❖ Take the kids to activities during Christmas on the Farm, including caroling, seasonal refreshments, a special Christmas room for the kids, visits from Father Christmas, and other period entertainment that will last into the evening hours, when the house will be lit by lamplight. Time 2-7 p.m. 816.580.3387

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December 3-24 ❖ A cross between Dickens and a rollicking trip down pop culture memory land, “The Salvation of Iggy Scrooge” is a phantasmagorical evening of irreverent Christmas cheer. 816.531.7529 or unicorntheatre.org December 3, 10, 17 ❖ Bring your camera and have your photo taken with The Grinch during Whoville Holidays at The City Market. Bring a nonperishable canned good item to benefit Harvesters. Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 816.842.1271 or thecitymarket.org December 5 ❖ The Creekmoor Holiday Homes Tour will feature four beautifully decorated homes during its annual tour, benefiting Hope Haven in Cass County, plus a silent auction and boutique. Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 day of the tour. Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. creekmoorpoa.com December 6 ❖ Learn how to create a beautiful holiday table with vegetable, flower and herb garnishes as well as how to creatively display platters at the Mid-Continent Public Library’s Garnishing and Presentation event. Time: 2 p.m. 816.252.0950 or mymcpl.org December 6 ❖ Tallis Scholars presents a holiday program structured around settings of the “Magnificat (The Song of Mary)” with diverse masterpieces by composers from across Europe at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Time: 7:30 p.m. 816.561.9999 or chambermusic.org December 9 ❖ Help raise funds for The Mission Project, a local group helping young adults with disabilities, during Sounds of the Season, featuring the Texas Tenors with the Kansas City Symphony. Time: 8 p.m. 816.471.0400 or kcsymphony.org December 9 ❖ The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra presents Christmas with Kevin Mahogany at Unity Temple on the

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December 10, 17 ❖ Welcome the holidays with refreshments, live music, festive decor and great deals in the gift shop during Holiday Cheer at the National Frontier Trails Museum. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 816.325.7575 or frontiertrailsmuseum.org December 10 ❖ Archivist David Clark

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takes you inside America’s most exclusive address for a peek at Talkin’ Truman: Christmas at the White House. See photographs, letters, Christmas cards and sound recordings from the Truman Library’s extensive collection. Time: 11 a.m. 816.268.8200 or trumanlibrary.org December 10 ❖ Celebrate the holidays with Kansas City Women’s Chorus at Folly Theater, where they’ll explore the joy of many different holiday traditions, performing seasonal favorites, choral classics

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kcwomenschorus.org December 17 ❖ Violin virtuoso Mark O’Connor brings his American roots, classical music and jazz-inspired string ensemble for a unique Christmas music concert for the entire family to enjoy during the Folly Jazz Series. Time: 8 p.m. 816.474.4444 or follytheater.org December 18 ❖ Jim “Two Crows” Wallen reprises his role as Father Christmas and

shares

stories

of

Christmases

past. Free with cost of admission. Time:

1:30

p.m.

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or

toyandminiaturemuseum.org December 18 ❖ “A Christmas Spectacular: The Story Tour” is a musical journey from Genesis to Revelation, featuring Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys, Francesca Battistelli, Natalie Grant, Selah and Anthem Lights, with special guests

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