Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Every year around this time, Kansas Citians break out their fall wardrobe and head to the Plaza Art Fair.  It's a weekend full of live bands, great food, and beautiful art.  The art may be a bit pricey, but it is a gorgeous backdrop for the people watching and festivities that make the area come alive.

The Country Club Plaza was built in the 1920s as the first shopping center to accommodate shoppers arriving by car.  The architecture is modeled after Seville, Spain and is home to cool restaurants and shops.

We headed there on Friday night.  The area was aglow.  One of the coolest parts of the fair is that the local restaurants on the Plaza each have their own food stand.  You can try a steak sandwich from one of the nicest steak places in town and wash it down with a frozen sangria.  Doesn't that sound delicious?
We got there just in time to hear an 80s cover band rock out as smoke billowed from the stage.  Nothing gets a crowd going quite like a cover band.  What's not to love?  You get to hear all those old favorites that make you want to dance around.

One of my favorite things about the Plaza is that a creek runs alongside it.  We used to live in this area, and it was so fun to take walks along the little river and then shoot up to a cool restaurant or bar.  Legend has it that Tom Pendergast, the allegedly corrupt mob boss in Kansas City, buried his adversaries in the concrete when his company paved the bottom of the creek.  Did you know Kansas City had a huge mob connection?  I'll have to save more detail on that for a later post, because I love that kind of stuff.  So intriguing.     
If you're ever in the area, be sure to stop by the Plaza.  It has beautiful architecture and a lot of history.  Oh, and the shopping and restaurants are also pretty nice.  Just 364 days to the next art fair.  Mark your calendars now.


  1. It looks wonderful, glad you had such a good time Kari. I'm really impressed with your amazing photos - so beautifully clear and atmospheric in the low light. They really are fantastic.

  2. Thanks for the history lesson! Love your style!

  3. What a fun night you had, fabulous pictures. xx

  4. Looks like a blast! and such great photos. I can't wait to check out Kansas City sometime!

  5. Wow! The Plaza is beautiful. The even looks like such fun. I need to do more things like that.

  6. Nice photos! It's hard to shoot at night, I think. I'm happy to hear a bit of history about Kansas City, too. It seems like a really unique place. I hope we can visit it someday! It's on my radar now.


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