Category: Arts & Culture

Library Kicks Off Holiday Programs with A Christmas Carol Nov. 21-22

David zum Brunnen

The great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens is returning to Mid-Continent Public Library for a special engagement! A professional actor in England, the energetic Gerald Dickens leaps, laughs, and sobs as he portrays the voices of A Christmas Carol in four free performances on Nov. 21 and 22. Dickens’ striking resemblance to his great-great-grandfather and his dramatic…

RHSM presents “The Histories of Local Cemeteries”

Flanery-Frost Cemetery

Raytown Historical Society Museum will present “The Histories of Local Cemeteries” for its Ambassadors Program on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.  Well known cemeteries will be discussed as well as those little known private burial sites.  The society promises interesting stories which are plentiful in these history filled spots.  Raytown Historical Society Museum is located…

5th Annual Men’s Choral Spectacular on Oct. 23

New Harmony Handful

New Harmony Handful, a Raytown-based mini-chorus representing the Kansas City Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will be featured in the 5th Annual Men’s Choral on Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at John Knox Village Pavilion in Lee’s Summit.  NHH will join with three other choral groups in a concert of barbershop and gospel music…

MDC Discovery Center offers HOWLoween fun Oct. 14

Ah, the mysteries of trails and creatures when sunset darkens the October sky and the autumn moon rises. Celebrate nature’s fun creatures, sights and sounds on a fall evening at HOWLoween, as the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center turns the outdoor garden into a Wild Side Walk 6…

Rice-Tremonti’s Ice-Cream Social Lawn Party hit the right notes

By Diane Krizek The Sunday morning sky dropped enough precipitation to turn the lawn of the Rice-Tremonti Home into a bog forcing the ice cream social lawn party into the 1844 house. That didn’t stop the crowd that showed up at the door with mouths watering looking to get their share of some delicious homemade…

3rd Annual Senior Celebration offers evening of island breezes

Hula Hale O’Kiakahi

The Raytown Area Chamber’s 3rd Annual Senior Celebration was held on Sept. 24 with over 100 people in attendance.  Those attending were treated to a catered buffet dinner from Hy-Vee, free photos from Steve Williams Photography and entertainment by Hula Hale O’Kiakahi. The event was made possible by Platinum sponsors Bickford Assisted Living, Hy-Vee and…

May the Forest be with you

May the Forest be with you

Long, long ago, forests evolved with trees large and small, bearing fruit and nuts, providing homes and sustenance for people and wildlife. All who value trees for shade, beauty, lumber, pecan pie and tree houses raise your light saber. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will show how the alliance between people and forests is mutually…

Raytown teen releases worship EP

Raytowner Alex Haywood is part of a group of four Kansas City area teenagers from World Revival Church that released its first EP, “REVO: Promises.” The songs were written by Haywood, Dominic DeMeo, Samuel Noel and Maddie Watts. The five-song EP is available on iTunes, Amazon Music and Google Play. “Worship is a strong part…

Raytown Community Choir practice begins

The Raytown Community Choir will begin practicing for the upcoming “Colonial Christmas – Lessons and Carols” concert to be performed on Dec. 10 and 11. Enrollment for the choir will be held Sept. 8 from 6:30-7 p.m. at Ivanhoe United Church of Christ at 6512 Woodson Road. Cost is $35 for the first person and…

Raytown Artists Association to host 10th annual art show

The Raytown Artists Association is hosting its 10th annual Invitational Art Show on from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20 at St. Paul’s Church of the Nazarene, located at 8500 E. 80th Terrace in Kansas City. This past year’s event hosted more 300 pieces from 85 local artists. The event is free…

Movies in the Park, July 15: ‘Lego Movie’

The July 15 installment of the Raytown Parks and Recreation Department’s Movies in the Park will be “Lego Movie.” The free showing will begin at dusk at C. Lee Kenagy Park, located at 79th Street and Raytown Road. The parks department requests attendees bring lawn chairs or blankets for the event. More information on Movies in…

RAC presents ‘The Music Man’

The Raytown Arts Council will present its 2016 summer musical, The Music Man, by Meredith Willson at the Robert B. Atkin Performing Arts Center of Raytown High School located at 6019 Blue Ridge Blvd. Performances will take place over two weekends this year: July 22-23 and 29-30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees on July…

Costume, cosplay convention in Independence April 22-24

Figments & Filaments, a three-day costume and cosplay convention, is coming to the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence April 22-24. Organizers of the event have billed it as “the first true costuming convention with experienced key note speakers to be in our area.” Key note speakers range from cosplay professionals, like the Super Sirens and…

Raytown Arts Council to hold ‘Music Man’ auditions

The Raytown Arts Council will hold auditions beginning April 18 for its upcoming 19th annual summer production in “The Music Man.” Auditions are from 7 to 9 p.m. April 18 – 22 at Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Church, at 5757 Blue Ridge Blvd. Open auditions for all parts include singing and readings from “The Music…

RAC presents 19th Annual Festival of the Arts

The Raytown Arts Council will celebrate the creative talent of the community with its 19th Annual Festival of the Arts, Visual and Performing from 1 to 5 p.m. on April 24 at the Robert B. Atkin Performing Arts Center at Raytown High School, located at 6019 Blue Ridge Blvd. Visual arts representing a variety of…

Raytown jazz bands to perform at 18th & Vine, ‘Night of Jazz’

The Raytown South Middle School Jazz Band will compete this weekend at the Penn Valley Jazz Festival held in the Historic 18th & Vine District. The RSMS Jazz Band will perform at 10:30 a.m. on April 16 in the historic Gem Theater.  Middle school, high school, and college bands from all over the Midwest will…