A Look Ahead …

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The beginning of summer is upon us. Not the official summer by the equinox, but the social season, by the placement of the first of the two main holidays. Summer always begins socially in the USA with Memorial Day, and ends with Labor Day.

This coming Monday being Memorial Day Observed (Official Memorial Day is always May 30th), this weekend is the start of the Summer Season, socially.

Here in Kansas City, that means the opening of the Oceans of Fun section of Worlds of Fun. This year Oceans of Fun opens on Friday morning. Since I have to work, and didn’t take a vacation day for it, I won’t be able to be there at opening — a tradition of mine for many years — but I intend to make it before the end of the day.

Worlds of Fun also has several Military Appreciation days throughout the year, and one of them is Monday, May 29, Memorial Day Observed. Complimentary tickets available for active duty, retired or reserve military with honorable or medical discharge and government issued ID. They can also received discounted tickets for some members of their families on that day.

Which is a natural segue to the comment about Memorial Day.

What also will be happening is the placement of a lot of flowers. Memorials remembering those who died in active military service; also, more generally, and not meant to detract from those who died in service, it is used by many as the placing of flowers on the graves of all loved ones who have gone before. I know my family will be placing flowers on the graves of my family back in New York State. Not living anywhere close to those graves, I haven’t participated in that tradition in many years, but I do think about them.

Finally, there will be a lot of picnics over the weekend.  For while Memorial Day is an observance (one should not wish someone a “Happy Memorial Day”, at least according to some people, based on the somber nature of the observance) it is also a holiday, and people do celebrate and play. So remember to take time to be thankful for the sacrifices given, while you take full exercise of the freedoms those sacrifices make possible.

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For those following, below are the current stats on the All Season Dining plan:

Total Price Paid $497.44
Total Number of Meals 125
Total Retail $1,280.70
Average Price Per Meal $3.98
Total Drink Price 29.64
Total number of drinks 99
Total Retail $99.00
Average Price Per Drink $0.30

A Look Ahead … race weekend

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Usually, when we hear race weekend around here, it means NASCAR. And who knows– certainly not I — there could be something going on at the speedway. But that isn’t the race I am thinking of.

This Saturday is the Kansas City Corporate Challenge Half Marathon. The half marathon will take place at Southcreek Business Park.  It is the first half marathon I have run for the KCCC, and my second half marathon. It begins at 7 a.m., and everyone has to finish within 3 hours to earn their points. Unlike my other half marathon, I haven’t had the time to see this course beforehand. Looking at the numbers, I think it has more elevation changes than my previous race.

There is also potential for rain on Saturday. I actually like running in rain, so it might be a good thing.

Besides the race, this is the season for graduations, and graduation parties. After the race in the morning, I will spend the late afternoon and evening at one of those parties, a niece of mine is graduating in Kearney and it is her party.

And as always, this is Worlds of Fun Season. The actual news is that the park is closed on Sunday. I am assuming that some private group has rented out the entire park — thus making it closed to the general public.

So we won’t be having any meals at the park that day.

Speaking of which, below are the stats for our meal plans for the year so far, as of Wednesday night. As you can see, the retail price has passed one thousand dollars, the price paid per meal has gone below five dollars.

Total Price Paid $497.44
Total Number of Meals 101
Total Retail $1,041.24
Average Price Per Meal $4.93
Total Drink Price 29.64
Total number of drinks 82
Total Retail $82.00
Average Price Per Drink $0.36

A Look Ahead …

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Starting yesterday, Worlds of Fun is open daily through the middle of August (excluding Sunday, May 21 — when someone must have bought out the whole park for a private event). So you can attend the park today and the rest of the week.

But a warning: my daughter and I went over around 11:30 a.m. for lunch, and while C lot was less than half full, the park was full from all the school buses that unloaded groups of students. Every food line was out its crowd control gates. When we went back around 4:30 p.m. there were no lines, though lots of kids assembling to head home. So you can head to the park today (Thursday) but I’ll guess there will be a lot of school kids there, with lines throughout the day.

This weekend is the final of three weekends for the Worlds of Fun BBQ & Brew Festival. Having participated in it during its second weekend, I found it more active, and chaotic, than our experience last year, but well worth the participation — for the food — forget the brew.

Last year’s festival took place in the same space in Americana, but under white vendor tents. This year they have movable booths. While smaller, the booths do seem to crowd the space more that the tents did, make it feel a little smaller. The Worlds of Fun staff should look at how they are arranged next year to give everything a more free and open feeling.

But that is a review comment, and this is supposed to be a newsy post.

This Saturday also has other events I will be attending.

The first being the Men’s Breakfast of the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, starting at 8 a.m. at Golden Corral, Kansas City North, 8800 NW Skyview Ave, Kansas City, MO 64154. This time of fellowship is a welcome and refreshing event for me and my son every month.

Then right after that we have the Avondale United Methodist Church Book Club meeting at 10 a.m. at the AUM Church, 3100 Winn Road, Kansas City, MO 64117. This month’s book is Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman. It tells the story of two Women American Reporters to did in actuality what Jules Verne wrote in fiction, going around the world in 80 days — but in different directions. Which one will win?

Sunday of course is Mother’s Day. Let me recommend that you choose to do something for your mother, and the other mother’s in your life, that is meaningful to her, and not something merely suggested by the commercialized media. Some need a lot of people, others need more privacy and quiet. So put some thought into it, and make it simple, elegant, and meaningful.

A Look Ahead …

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I think it is time to pull out the Thursday blog feature that looks ahead to the upcoming weekend and week for events worth noting: items on my social calendar or ones I think worthy, at least, but may or may not be able to attend.

FRIDAY, April 7

Kansas City Corporate Challege Kick-Off Walk

The Kansas City Corporate Challenge, now in its ??? year, is having its kick-off event from 4-8 p.m. this Friday at the Truman Sports Complex, Lot L. This annual walk is a family-friendly event that ends up being a huge block party. If weather cooperates, they expect 20,000 people to be there during the event. Follow the above link for all the details.

SUNDAY, April 9

Palm Sunday Fundraiser Brunch and Silent Auction

The Palm Sunday Fundraiser Brunch and Silent Auction at Avondale United Methodist Church will be from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  Sponsored by the Contemporary Life Sunday School Class,  thee brunch includes bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, mixed fruit, and then the pastry/dessert table.

One of the annual features is a  dessert “bacon and eggs” — two pretzel sticks with a button of white chocolate holding them together in the middle with a pastel M&M on top to simulate an egg easy side up.

We go to this festive brunch annually, and I recommend it to you, if you are anywhere nearby.

THURSDAY, April 13

Gold Pass Night at Worlds of Fun

Worlds of Fun opens for the season, the next day, so from 6-10 p.m. on the 13th, Gold and Platinum pass holders get admitted for a sneak peak at the park. I am almost expecting this to be busier than the official opening the next morning. The only problem is this also happens to be Maundy Thursday, with services at church, and how am I going to be in two places at once?

FRIDAY, April 14

Worlds of Fun opens for the 2017 Season

I haven’t seen anything but pictures so far of the new entrance gate that was one of the two main projects for Worlds of Fun over the winter, but it should be a fun and impressive entrance.

WOF Balloon

They also have two new rides going in that will be worth exploring.

Since they open on Good Friday, I have the day off, but it is a school day for the son, and I’m not sure whether Betsy has to work that day yet or not. But we certainly will get there sometime.  Maybe two sometimes!