This duo of history-rich houses showcase antebellum architectural styles, while providing insight into the mores of the era. With four tour tickets total, the historically inclined can visit each house twice or bring a friend along for each visit, while family memberships net unlimited entries for the nuclear unit, along with advance invites to special society-only events. A Greek revival-style home from 1858, the John Wornall House beckons history lovers in to watch costumed reenactors living in the past, where they play period-specific video games while drinking period-specific Mountain Dew. Regular special events at the house include paranormal investigations by local ghost hunters and recreations of the house’s past as a Civil War hospital. Dogs can sprint across the lush grounds while their two-legged companions waft in luscious scents from the herb garden, which contains a variety of delicate plants used in medicines and recipes.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the Kansas City T-Bones follow manager Tim Doherty as they attempt to smash their Central Division rivals and park the American Association title on their mantel. Kansas City baseball legend Frank White dons a #20 uniform all season long as the T-Bones first-base coach. Veteran offensive powerhouse Kala Ka’aihue looks to repeat last season's 22-home-run output, dispiriting opposing pitchers and making outfield walls desperately question their very purpose. Right-hander and Kansas City native Kyle Dahman also blazes back to the mound after a 2011 season of smoking opponents with his mid-90 mph fast ball and team second-best save record. The T-Bones will take on Central Division rivals from Sioux City and Gary as well as the 2009 league champion Lincoln Saltdogs, hoping to get to the playoffs to prove their mettle and get out of the September weddings of loose acquaintances.
Witness high-flying college teams making it rain from three-point range while defending shots with their armbrellas. Established in 1937, the inaugural NAIA Tournament has called Kansas City home for 74 years. Featuring 32 teams pivoting and sprinting atop a lustrous hardwood battlefield, it has grown to be known as the longest-running collegiate national championship tournament in the country, not counting the infamous Skull and Bones Underground Cavern Games that took George Washington's real teeth. This year’s tourney will feature several trophy-hungry NAIA teams, such as potential participants Martin Methodist College, Texas Wesleyan University, and NAIA top-ranked Mountain State. Behold a flurry of high-flying buzzer beaters and frustrating defensive schemes at the Kansas City tradition that has featured such big names as John Wooden, Dennis Rodman, and Terry Porter.
Sprawled across Black Bob Park’s 80 acres, Blackbob Batting Cages and Miniature Golf enlivens friendly competition with classic outdoor pastimes. In the batting cages, sluggers-in-training swing at pitches thrown at 35–70 miles per hour, while pintsize to professional putters head to the 18-hole mini-golf course to take on its Lilliputian fairways and holes that act as portals to hobbit kingdoms. Black Bob Park also sports a playground, picnic areas, a public swimming pool, and a lighted basketball court.
Boasting a combined resumé of 75 years of experience and more than 16,000 jumps, the members of Falcon Skydiving Team show off their aerial skills at exhibitions all over the states. They kicked off the US promotion of the latest Pokémon products with a whirling dive and perform as a highlight of the Richards-Gebaur air show. When not free-falling for audiences, they take up passengers with them and teach them the basics during low-altitude tandem dives.
Associate conductor Steven Jarvi channels the combined melodious might of the Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus, KC Brass, Allegro Children’s Choir, and Rezound Handbell Ensemble through an all-new holiday celebration of sound. Mobs of merry musicians, rumored to include 12 drummers drumming and a possible 11 pipers piping, will feed hungry ossicles symphonic arrangements of Christmas traditions. Families coasting on waves of Yuletide joy will yearn to sing along with timeless carols perfected by years of door-to-door focus testing. To complete each holly-jolly evening, Santa Claus himself will make an appearance to play a 30-minute free jazz solo on his signature fur-fringed soprano saxophone.
Harvesting five indoor and six outdoor courts, Jayhawk treats competitors to a sprawling battleground for spirited orb-bashing bouts. Every membership to the facility comes loaded with special features, including a free instructional session with a net-conquering connoisseur for each new member, as well as access to multiple state-of-the-art ball machines that have recently supplanted outdated Civil War cannons. Members also have top priority in reserving courts and spots during special clinics and programs, as well as reduced rates for private or semiprivate lessons.
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