I was lucky to have two reasons to go to Kansas City, not including friends and family. The first was the appearance of Chris Mann with the Kansas City Symphony. My friend, Kristen Hart, called to see if I wanted to attend, and since Don was in China, I decided it would be awesome. So I asked Linda Morgan to join us, as well as Kenneth and Melinda, and we had a lovely night. We ate at the Blue Bird Bistro, which had delicious food, by the way, and then went to the Kauffman Center. I did not know what to expect, but the Kauffman Center exceeded any thoughts I might have had about it.
A theater in the round, with comfy seats and no one further away than 100 feet (at least that is what we were told) from the stage, made for a wonderful concert. Seeing Chris perform for the first time in awhile allowed us to see his maturation in terms of his stage presence. His voice has always been magnificent, so that was not a surprise - just a joy! The song he and his wife, Laura, wrote for the Alzheimer's Association caused several tears from our group, and the O Holy Night duet with the other woman who was singing brought more. Her final song about growing up brought even more!
The next weekend we returned to KC to help Kenneth and Melinda set up the nursery, and Saturday night, we went to a KSU game at the Sprint Center. The game seemed a little lackluster, but the Sprint Center was a great place to play. Susan and Rick Gaskill and Doug Thompson joined us for dinner, the game, and then breakfast the next morning. Susan managed to procure awesome seats for the game. We were afraid they would be nosebleeds, but they were perfect! The 'Cats won the game, which was the icing on the weekend.
When we left that Sunday morning, we headed to St. John to pick up the puppies - the ending of a fun weekend!