Spread Holiday Cheer During the Westport Santa Dash

Join hundreds of Santas along a 5K course in Westport on Saturday, December 6th. Take advantage of this opportunity to become every child’s favorite man as we fill the streets with holiday cheer! Register to start your Holiday celebration early with friends and family!

All participants in the Santa Dash receive their own Santa Suit, bib chip timing, a finisher’s ornament, and lots of holiday treats! 

By participating in the Santa Dash you will be contributing to one of the following charities: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City or Operation Breakthrough.

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November 18, 2014 - 3:18 pm

BeerKC Presents the 4th Annual Westport Strong Ale Festival

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BeerKC will present the 4th Annual Westport Strong Ale Festival, an ode to bold ales. This event returns to historic Westport on Saturday, November 15th from 1pm to 5pm on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of McCoy’ Public House.

The Strong Ale Festival will feature over 70 different strong brews from more than 30 breweries across the United States and abroad. Attendees will sample some of the world’s best brews and fabulous food while having the opportunity to mingle with the principles and brewmasters from each participating brewery.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the gate. Each ticket includes a tasting glass and unlimited pours from participating breweries, while supplies last. This is event is sponsored by the Pitch.

For a complete list of participating breweries and a full list of strong ales that will be served click here to download the SAF 2014 program app.

4 Hands Brewing Co.
Mother’s Brewing Co.
75th Street Brewery
Nebraska Brewing Co.
Avery Brewing Co.
New Belgium Brewing Co.
Bell’s Brewery
North East Brewing Co.
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Odell Brewing Co.
Cathedral Square Brewery
Brewery Ommegang
Deschutes Brewery
Perennial Artisan Ales
Empyrean Brewing Co.
Red Stone Meadery
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Rock Bridge Brewing Co.
Goose Island Beer Co.
Samuel Adams
Gordon Biersch Restaurant & Brewery
Schlafly Beer Co.
Green Room Burgers & Beer
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Green Flash Brewing Co.
Stone Brewing Co.
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Martin City Brewing Co.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.
McCoy’s Public House

October 28, 2014 - 9:43 am

The Battle of Westport 150th Anniversary: October 24-26



To mark its 150th anniversary, the Battle of Westport, sometimes referred to as the Gettysburg of the West will be commemorated on October 24 through 26, 2014 on portions of the original battlefield in Swope Park and Byram’s Ford with a series of reenactments, battlefield walking tours, engaging exhibitions, living history demonstrations and period entertainers which will allow visitors to step back in time to the days of this most dramatic event of Kansas City’s history. The Midwest Traveler magazine of the Missouri AAA has recognized the Battle of Westport 150 Reenactment and Exhibition as an official “Midwest Travel Treasure.”

A highlight of the opening day on the precise anniversary date, Thursday October 23, 2014 will be an abbreviated battlefield walking tour of the Brush Creek portion of the battle led by Bjorn Skaptason. We are fortunate to have Mr. Skaptason to guide this and several other tours during the event. His experience as both the principal of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago, and his experience as a National Park Service guide at Shiloh will make for an outstanding opportunity for participants. He has made multiple appearances on C-Span’s Book TV. This walking tour will return to Loose Park where a special commemoration ceremony will be conducted in the late afternoon by members of the Sons of Union Veterans and Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Friday, October 24, 2014 is the event’s education day. The event is open to the public although primarily intended for students and youths in grades K through 12. Private and public school students as well as home schoolers are welcome to attend the event. There will be a number of demonstrations of Civil War era military activities as well as civilian and domestic artisans. The day will include a bus tour for the student’s of the nearby Byram’s Ford Battlefield site. An informative walking tour will also be conducted by Mr. Skaptason at Forest Hill Cemetery that afternoon.

On Friday evening, a brief skirmish will be presented on the Byram’s Ford portion of the battlefield. This skirmish will be followed by a catered barbeque dinner held on the actual
battlefield where visitors will meet and mingle with the soldiers. The dinner will be followed by period entertainment. The dinner requires advance purchase of tickets which may be obtained on the event’s website at
The Main Event of the commemoration will be held on Saturday October 25 focused in Swope Park and the Battle of Westport Visitor Center and Museum at 6601 Swope Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64132. The Visitor Center and Museum is a designated Star site of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. A highlight of this day will be the presentations of Civil War medicine. The demonstration will include talks by nationally noted Civil War Medicine authority George Wunderlich who is the executive director of the National Civil War Medicine Museum of Frederick, Maryland. Illustrating these talks is an outstanding medical demonstration unit along with an embalming detail. Dr. and Mrs. Herschel Stroud of Topeka, Kansas will further illustrate Civil War medicine with their extensive and fascinating collection of medical operating tools and devices. The Museum will have a special loaned exhibit of recently located artifacts including revolvers, saber, bayonets, bullets, artillery shells recovered from the Byram’s Ford site including Bloody Hill. There will be guided tours of the Byram’s Ford site and the area that is under restoration as part of the Monnett Fund’s Saving Kansas City’s Battlefield initiative. More information and a video on this restoration and preservation effort is located on the website at

There will be a series of Chautauqua style presentations by various Civil War personalities including Gen. Jo Shelby, Mrs. Upton Hays, Gen. Alfred Pleasonton, Gen. R. E. Lee and Jesse James. A variety of musical entertainers will be presenting. Children’s activities with opportunities for hands on experience will be provided near the Museum. A separate area with women’s demonstrations will also be presented on the grounds surrounding the Museum. The Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard from Fort Riley will be encamped in front of the Museum and provide cavalry demonstrations. There will be special presentations of Douglas’s Independent Colored Battery.

The Battle of Westport is unique because it was the first occasion in which a black regiment was commanded
by a black officer, Lt. Patrick Henry Minor. Lt. Minor’s character will be present both at the Friday evening dinner and throughout Saturday.

A definite highlight on Saturday will be two battle reenactments with cavalry, artillery and infantry regiments presented in the morning and again in the afternoon. Food vendors will be conveniently accessible to visitors to the reenactments and exhibition inSwope Park on Saturday.

On Sunday morning Mr. Skaptason will conduct a demanding in-depth three hour walking tour of the Brush Creek portion of the battlefield. In the afternoon there will be final battle reenactment in Swope Park in
the area adjacent to the Museum.

Visit for specific schedule times and locations for the events. Also details for purchasing tickets for the Friday evening meal with the troops on the battlefield can be found on the website.

October 20, 2014 - 11:00 am

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