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- October 2, 2017: We learned that two Kansas City area restaurants
are closing on October 15.
Renee Kelly confirmed today that her Renee
Kelly's Harvest restaurant in Shawnee will close its dining room
after brunch on Sunday, October 15 and that she is retiring from the chefing
BBQ, in the Kansas City, Missouri's City Market, about a mile east of the
State Line is also closing. Winslow's BBQ will a have live music on the
final weekend and a daily buffet special ($13.99 per adult, $4.99 for children
12 and under with a paying adult) until the closing.
Renee Kelly's Harvest
- October 3, 2017: Mary and Nicholas joined us for supper at Stroud's
Restaurant & Bar in Fairway. It is so odd seeing this restaurant
only half full, but since the opening of their third restaurant in south
Overland Park, it has been much easier to get a table. The food is all
served family style and we had chicken fried steak, fried chicken, fried
chicken gizzards, mashed potatoes, French fries and cottage fries. All
were good, as usual. Considering how big the other servings are, the chicken
fried steak seem a little small, but was still large enough.
- October 4, 2017: I dropped into the Nerman
Museum of Contemporary Art on the campus of Johnson County Community
College in Overland Park for an after hours event with the Lenexa Chamber
of Commerce. I took a walk through the museum before the meeting and discovered
that there is presently no art on the first floor. The main gallery on
that floor is closed in preparation of n exhibit which will open later
in the month and the large open area contains no displays.
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
- October 5, 2017: I had two of the appetizers at Crazy Good Eats in
Olathe for lunch.
Hanmey was smoked ham salad and crackers for $3.99. The salty ham salad
was ground very fine, giving it a texture like potted meat. The crackers
were not very crisp.
were 6 Chicken wing thirds for $6.99. They had a good flavor from smoking
and the sweet mildly spicy sauce complimented the meat, but they were tough.
Crazy Good Eats
- October 7, 2017: It has been several weeks since I have spent any
real time exploring Kansas and I had several places to visit today.
weekend is the Kaw Valley Farm Tour and I thought that I would visit several
farms along the way, starting at the first farm on the tour which was closest
to my home - Happy Valley Farm on the south side of De Soto. Although there
were several people working at stations on the farm and a musician playing
guitar near the entrance, there was no one greeting people, explaining
what all there was to see & do at the farm, or selling the booklets
which double as a guide to the stops on the tour and the admission ticket.
a short walk around the front near the road, I stopped into a little store
where they were selling produce, honey, eggs and many Amish jellies. The
cashier station was a table outside and I selected a jar of spicy peach
jalapeno. The person was gone from the cashier table and I waited about
10 minutes, but finally left the jar on the table and went on my way.
next stop was on the south side of Lawrence, at the new Baker Wetlands
Discovery Center. The attractive new building has a large display area,
but it doesn't take long to go through that. There are several miles of
trails, including a nice boardwalk near the center.
lunch, I first stopped at the Levee Cafe, just north of the Kansas River
in Lawrence. It is in a cute little building, across the street from the
levee. I ordered a Dam Reuben Sandwich and cheeseburger soup. The soup
was only $2/cup and the broth was good, but it was filled with cubes of
raw potato and I hardly touched it. The Reuben was rather pricey at $9
and was a disappointment. There wasn't a lot of meat and toppings and there
wasn't much flavor to the corned beef, I ended up picking out the meat.
had very little to eat, I decided to revisit a nearby Lawrence restaurant.
It has been about 7 years since the last time I dined at Terrebonne Cafe
and it was better than I remembered. The generous $3 serving ot poutine
fries was OK and I probably would have eaten much more if I hadn't already
had a little food at the first restaurant. The $8.50 jambalaya was very
good with lots of shrimp. chicken, andouille sausage and ham.
I didn't have a guide to the Kaw Valley Farm Tour, I had a little extra
time and revisited a couple of other Lawrence attractions - Watkins Community
Museum of History and Prairie Park Nature Center.
the was out of Lawrence, I stopped at Wells Overlook Park, 3 miles out
of town. The Overlook is a high point with a broad view north toward Lawrence
with an observation tower on top. It had been on my Lawrence leads list
for many years.
on to the one stop I remembered from the Farm Tour, the Heritage tour which
was added this year, with several homes in Vinland, half way between Lawrence
and Baldwin City.
of the Vinland buildings (Coal Creek Library, Methodist Church, Grange
and Barnes Apple Barn) were open for viewing, while others like the former
Vinland Presbyterian Church could only be viewed from the outside. The
Presbyterian Church is an beautiful old church that is now a private residence.
Its biggest claim to fame is the the Inventor of Basketball, James Naismith
preached there for a couple of years.
Kansas City area photographer, Kevin Anderson, was also visiting the barn.
We have encountered each other online on Facebook and Fine Art America,
but this was the first time we met in person.
to Johnson County, I made just one more stop, in downtown Shawnee where
a Scarecrow Festival had been held earlier in the day. There were just
a few scarecrows to be seen and most were not very interesting, but I did
take photos of a few.
the evening, we made a return visit to C.
Frogs in Prairie Village, Kansas. The upscale BBQ opened a little over
a year ago and we dined there 3 times in the first part of this year, adding
it to our Kansas City BBQ Restaurants page.
The service was spectacular during our previous visits, but not so good
this time. We had to make requests repeatedly and wait a long time for
things like drinks, to go boxes and the check. The food was still good!
Amish jellies at Happy Valley Farm
Wells Overlook Park
Former Vinland Presbyterian Church
- October 9, 2017:
We added a new page devoted to one of the Vinland buildings which we visited
on Saturday, Coal Creek Library,
north of Baldwin City, Kansas, which may be the oldest library in Kansas,
but is now more of a museum.
Coal Creek Library
- October 10, 2017:
I had lunch at Smokey's on the
Blvd in Overland Park. It was a chance to update the menu on its listing
on the Kansas City BBQ Restaurants page.
I had the BBQ egg rolls and a pulled pork slider. Both tasted good, much
like previous visits, though the presentation was not very good. In particular,
the egg rolls don't look nearly as good as they do in the previous photo
which is on the review.
also added a new page devoted to Fox
Still's Art Environment in Sharon Springs, Kansas.
Smokey's on the Blvd
- October 11, 2017:
Today, I continued to revisit Johnson County restaurants. The first one
was Master Wok in Olathe. It doesn't have a page of its own, but is listed
on the Olathe Restaurant Guide. Master
Wok has may very reasonable combination lunches, but today I had the Pad
Thai for $10.50. It was OK, but not as good as the less expensive Chili
Chicken or Pork with Garlic Sauce.
supper I went to Talk of the
Town Grill & Bar in Overland Park. It had been nearly 3 years since
the last time I dined there. It had been nearly three years since the list
time I went to Talk of the Town, ut the menu seemed little changed. It
was half price burger day, so I tried the Mushroom burger (half pound hamburger
with grilled mushrooms, Swiss cheese, sour cream & green onions) and
waffle fries. They were OK, nothing special.
Talk of the Town
- October 12, 2017:
We added a new page devoted to another of the buildings we visited on Saturday
in Vinland, north of Baldwin City, Kansas. The Vinland
Grange Hall has been a bank, a cream station, a barbershop and an art
gallery. The 1884 stucco covered limestone building housed those operations
downstairs, while the upstairs was used for Grange meetings for more than
Vinland Grange Hall
- October 14, 2017:
My family accompanied me to Fredonia, Kansas to for the Homecoming Grand
Parade. Homecoming is not a high school sports related event, but an annual
event which welcomes back former residents of Fredonia from around the
world. My wife's parents both came from Fredonia and the parade was an
extra treat this year, since Uncle John Parker was one of the two Grand
Marshals. The parade also includes floats with Fredonia High School alumni
from many of the classes for whom the year is a multiple of their 5th anniversary.
the parade we visited the various venders around the courthouse square
and we bought the local specialty sandwich, Beef Burgers, from the VFW
stand. We were disappointed the Beef Burger Bob's (a Neodesha restaurant)
did not have a stand at Homecoming this year.
of the more interesting venders was the (apparently temporary) Country
Market in a building across the corner from the square. They had a variety
of items including baked goods, free apple cider, produce, and crafts.
stopped for supper at The Feedbunk, the only non chain restaurant open
in Yates Center on a Sunday evening. The salad bar, chicken fried steak,
chicken tenders and fried chicken livers were all good. A couple was performing
music. Some of our party enjoyed listening to them, while others found
it hard to have a conversation.
Serving up beef burgers
- October 15, 2017:
We added three pages of photos of the Fredonia
Homecoming Grand Parade.
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