by Mary Rupert
Eisenhower Community Center today was filled with one-of-a-kind handmade items and holiday shoppers looking for the perfect gift.
Parking lots were full at Eisenhower Community Center, 2901 N. 72nd, today as shoppers got an early start on their holiday shopping.
All sorts of crafters – some hobbyists, some retirees, and some start-up businesses – displayed their items on tables at the recreation center. For some, it has been a year-long effort to produce the perfect present.
One popular gift, the necktie, had a new twist at the craft show.
LaDale Beason, a Wyandotte County resident, was there with his family displaying repurposed neckties.
“I make each and every one of them,” he said about his bow ties. His LKD Kustom Kreations table displayed many ties.
A hairstylist by trade, one day he just woke up with the idea of making repurposed bow ties, and ran with it, he said. He started making the bow ties in May.
He said he’s noticed there has been a resurgence in men wearing bow ties in recent years.
David Nevils, Kansas City, Kan., made canes from oak and hickory, each one different. One cane, he said, took him three weeks to make while another one took nine days.
He was at the craft show with his daughter, April Nevils, who said the canes were handmade in her dad’s garage.
“He started making the canes after my brother passed away,” April noted.
Their card says the canes are “original, hand-crafted works of art.” They were a very popular item.
Kimberly Pierce, a resident of Wyandotte County, displayed homemade povitica and other baked goods at her table.
“I’ve been doing this for almost 20 years for Christmas,” Pierce said. “My kids think Santa Claus rocks.”
She added she had been working 10-hour days for two weeks to prepare for the craft show.
Santa Claus was at today’s craft show, meeting with children and having his photo taken. The photos with Santa were a benefit for the Kansas City, Kan., Special Olympics program.
Don Parish, playing Santa Claus, said he was donating his time to the Special Olympics today. Special Olympics helped his late brother for many years, he said, and this was something he wanted to do for them.
Ladessa Donley of Kansas City, Kan., was displaying Christmas pins she made for $3 each.
“I can do five to six in one day,” she said.
Anita Walker, Kansas City, Kan., displayed aprons and casserole carriers that she made herself. It’s her second year at the craft show, she said.
She had several aprons with different designs on display.
“Once I get started, it doesn’t take that long,” she said about making the aprons.
Robert Blackmore, a Turner resident, was behind a table filled with airplane sculptures made out of soda and beer cans. A sign on the table read, “Can Do.”
He said he retired in 1994 after he fell on a construction job. He then started making and selling the can sculptures at craft shows 20 years ago.
The idea for the airplanes came from a time he saw one on display and thought, “I can do a better job than that,” he said.
Besides airplane sculptures, he also makes lamps out of recycled beer cans. It takes him three hours to make an airplane sculpture, and eight to 10 hours to make a lamp, he said.
Through the years, his plane sculptures have traveled widely, some even shipped internationally, he said.
Judi Roland, a Kansas City, Kan., resident and a retired teacher, said she has been displaying products at the Eisenhower craft show for 21 years, probably longer than anyone else.
“I enjoy visiting with people I see once a year at the craft show, so I keep coming back,” Roland said.
Passersby were trying free samples of Roland’s homemade salsa. It was for sale in jars for $5.
“I can’t tell you the secret,” she said when asked about its secret ingredient. “It’s just lots of love. It’s made with love.”
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Holiday craft show planned Nov. 22
The annual Holiday Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Eisenhower Community Center, 2901 N. 72nd, Kansas City, Kan. There is no admission charge. For more information, call 913-573-8358.
Free health fair and Thanksgiving outreach Saturday
New Bethel Church, 745 Walker Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will hold a free health fair and Thanksgiving outreach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. Because unhealthy lifestyle choices can cause health conditions, Pastor A. Glenn Brady decided to initiate the free health fair. Its goal is to encourage good health, and provide individuals with a wholesome meal and food for their family. The theme of the event is “Celebrating Life and Good Health.” The health fair also will include one-to-one assistance to sign up for the Affordable Health Care Act with onsite enrollment specialists from the McDaniel Hazely Group. It also includes health screenings with licensed medical personnel, health presentations, youth activities, a hearty Thanksgiving dinner and groceries for the family. The New Bethel Transportation Ministry will provide pickup and drop-off services throughout the Kansas City metro area upon request. For more event information or pickup – drop-off services, contact the New Bethel Church office at 913-281-2002 or email email@example.com. The group is also online at www.newbethelkc.org.
Friends of Library book sale to be Saturday
The Friends of the Bonner Library quarterly book sale will continue Nov. 22. On Saturday the sale will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The sale is held in the storm shelter area on the bottom level of the library and can be accessed from the parking lot at the rear of the building. The library is located at 201 N. Nettleton, Bonner Springs.
Strawberry Hill Museum to open for holidays Nov. 22
The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan., will open for the holidays on Saturday, Nov. 22, and will remain open through Sunday, Jan. 26. The museum, decorated in Victorian style, is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, with special tours available by appointment. The cost of a tour is $7 for adults and $3 for children 6-12. St. Nicholas will visit the museum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Nighttime tours will be available at 6 p.m. Fridays Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 19, and reservations are required. The cost is $15 for the nighttime tours, which includes refreshments and dessert. Call 913-371-3264 for more information or to make reservations. Holiday parties also may be booked.
Talking turkey and Thanksgiving crafts on Saturday
A program from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Schlagle Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road, will discuss the kind of turkey that makes its home at Wyandotte County Lake, and will include turkey calling and Thanksgiving crafts. All ages may attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Make a Thanksgiving napkin ring
A craft program for children and tweens, making Thanksgiving turkey napkin rings, will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, youth services storytime – craft room, 625 Minnesota Ave. All materials are provided. The program is for ages 5 to 12. Registration is required to 913-279-2216. There is a limit of 20 persons.
Children’s turkey craft program to be Saturday
Children may build their own paper turkeys at a craft program from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd, Kansas City, Kan. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of six or more must call ahead at 913-596-5800, Ext. 1016.
Bike Club open house planned
The Bike Club open house will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 22 at 1401 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. Those who attend will hear about a bike lane project on 10th Street.
Fraud Awareness Week includes shredding event
Enterprise Bank will hold a shredding event Saturday, Nov. 22, at its location at Prescott Plaza in Kansas City, Kan. Shred trucks will be on site and will be available for use for the public to shred unneeded, sensitive documents. For more information, see www.enterprisebank.com/fraudawareness.
Argentine holiday lighting ceremony to be Nov. 22
The Argentine Holiday Lighting Ceremony will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Emerson Park, 29th and Strong Avenue, Kansas City, Kan. Family activities are planned. There is no admission charge.
Legends tree lighting ceremony to be Nov. 22
The Legends Outlets will hold the annual Legendary Lighting Ceremony at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 22 at the shopping center, I-70 and I-435, Kansas City, Kan. Musicians will play holiday music with caroling from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Santa Claus will light the holiday lights, and a synchronized light display will be seen. There is no admission charge. For more information, visit http://www.legendsshopping.com.
Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance scheduled
The historical Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 27 at the Kansas National Guard Armory, 18th and Ridge, Kansas City, Kan. The dance will feature blues artists Latimore singing “Let’s Straighten It Out,” “Bad Risk” and “Sunshine Lady.” There also will be performances by Lady Vivian and Rockin’ Rick. The event continues through 2 p.m. Tickets are $38, and reserved tickets are $50. Tickets at the door are $45. For information or tickets, call 816-353-4373 or visit ticketkc.com.
KCKCC candlelighting ceremony to be Dec. 3
Kansas City Kansas Community College’s oldest tradition is returning Dec. 3, honoring the holiday season while raising funds for scholarships at the same time. The 92nd annual Candlelighting Ceremony is at 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 3 in the KCKCC Performing Arts Center on the main campus, 7250 State Ave. Classes will not be held during the 11 a.m. lighting, so that all personnel and students, who wish to, can participate in the program. However, the Jewell Center, KCKCC Library and all offices will be open during those hours to serve individuals who choose not to participate in the ceremony.
UG Commission to meet Dec. 4
The Unified Government Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Commission Chambers, City Hall, lobby level, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. On the agenda will be planning and zoning items. The agenda will be posted at www.wycokck.org.
Downtown KCK holiday lighting ceremony to be Dec. 5
Mayor Mark Holland’s Downtown Kansas City, Kan., Holiday Lighting Ceremony will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. just outside City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., KCK. The lighting will be at 7:15 p.m. Events include the tree lighting, holiday movies, crafts for children, and performances by choirs, bands and dance groups. Santa and Mrs. Claus will meet with children. Food vendors will be selling food and refreshments. Admission is free; concessions are available for purchase.
Christmas social event planned Dec. 9
The Leavenworth Road Association will hold a Christmas Social from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at Eisenhower Recreation Center, 2901 N. 72nd, Kansas City, Kan. Those attending should bring a snack to share with the group. They also should bring a new unwrapped toy or game to be donated to the Community Policing Christmas Adoption Project. For more information, call the LRA office at 913-788-3988.
Women’s chamber to meet Dec. 10
The Kansas City, Kan., Women’s Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Great Wolf Lodge, 10401 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, Kan. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon. For the December meeting, the program is a Christmas gift exchange. Those who would like to participate are asked to bring a $15 gift. The cost of the lunch is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Guests are welcome, but reservations are required by emailing Barbara Newby at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 913-485-1208 or Ardith Deason at email@example.com, telephone 913-233-3305.
Keeler Women’s Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., offers individual and couples counseling to women and men who might otherwise not be able to afford counseling. Nothing is billed. Donations are accepted. Call 913-906-8990 for information or to do an intake and schedule an appointment.