Last night, Naomi and I went to an organ concert by Jan Kraybill at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. What was unusual during the event was not that audience members forgot to turn off their cell phones, but the number of weather warnings the cell phones emitted. Just before the last number, security came on stage to stop the concert and to ask the audience to shelter in place as they had just received a tornado warning. As we were waiting the storm to pass, the Director of the Kansas City Symphony and Jan Kraybill came on stage to tell stories about their career and the history of the organ. When the warning was lifted, we were treated not only to the last number of the program, but also a rousing encore. Fortunately, the tornado never materialized. Click on the image for a larger view.
Hikari is nine this year and well into her senior years. She still has a puppy face and youthful inquisitiveness—she has just spotted another dog on one of her walks in the picture above. She is certainly enjoying city life. Click on the image for a larger view.
Every weekend, a farmer’s market is held in the aptly named River Market neighborhood of Kansas City. Along with a large selection of food, many come to sell an eclectic mix of goods: plants, handmade soap, jewelry, and antiques. Click on the image for a larger view.
The weather can be dramatic in the spring in Kansas City. After a day of rain and fog, the storm broke at sunset. The water in the distance is the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers. Click on the image for a larger view.
Kansas City celebrates the first Friday of every month by holding an art festival in its Crossroads district. Galleries are open to the public. Performers and musicians are on the streets. And three blocks are closed for rows of food trucks. Kansas City barbecue, the local delicacy, is represented heavily on the menu. Click on the image for a larger view.