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

Don Your Lederhosen it's Oktoberfest!

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Don your lederhosen and enjoy steins of foamy bier and authentic Bavarian fare during the first annual Westport Oktoberfest, September 22 - 28. Prost!


Beer Kitchen
On September 22 at 7pm Beer Kitchen will host a Deschutes Brewery beer dinner, $50 per person. Try a variety of Oktoberfest beers that will be on tap for the week.

Bridger’s Bottle Shop
On September 24 Bridger’s will host an Oktoberfest beer release party. Guests will receive a commemorative glass. In addition, Bridger’s will be offering German inspired fare for the event.

Firefly Lounge
On September 27 Firefly will host the Oktoberfest Aftermath Blowout to round out the week of festivities. This event will feature DJ Ataxic and traditional German beers and cocktails will be served.

the Foundry
On September 24 and September 27 the Foundry will be serving a flight of 4 different Oktoberfest/German style beers. Try German inspired menu items all week long.

Gambal’s Social Club
Meet your friends at Gambal’s and sample Oktoberfest beers and German liquors all week long.

Bring your friends and family to Harpo’s and enjoy their Oktoberfest menu.

  • Bavarian Pretzels (3) soft pretzel sticks served with German style cheddar cheese sauce. $7
  • Harpo’s Bratburger Ground beef and bratwurst sausage combo patty topped with cheddar cheese and served on a bun. $8.95
  • Beer Bratwurst Bratwurst marinated in Morgan St. Oktoberfest beer, and grilled. Topped with sauerkraut. Served on a bun. $5.50
  • Frankfurter German hot dog steamed in Bob’s 47 served on a bun with sauerkraut. $5.50
  • German Potato Soup Our homemade version of an Oktoberfest classic soup. Cup $3.50 Bowl $5.00
  • Bavarian Pretzel Salad Mixed greens topped with grilled or fried chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, bell peppers, and jack & cheddar cheese. Served with a dark ale mustard dressing. $8.49

Harry’s Bar and Tables
Enjoy Oktoberfest beer and food specials all week long. Come join us for the festivities.

Joe’s Pizza Buy the Slice
Visit Joe’s for a taste of German fare and enjoy a Polish Sausage with Sauerkraut for $6, tax included.

KC Taco
KC Taco will be featuring their take on the traditional German Sauerbraten & Wurst - just as a taco. Trust us when we say that this is something not to be missed.

Kelly’s Westport Inn
To celebrate Oktoberfest, Kelly’s will be discounting Bobs 47 and Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest all week long.

McCoy’s Public House
On September 23 McCoy’s will be tapping Oktoberfest beer with a release party at 4pm. Guests will receive a commemorative liter mug of beer for $9. Enjoy German food and drink specials all week long.

Westport Saloon
Throughout Oktoberfest Westport Saloon will feature KC Bier Co Helles and Dunkel, as well as Busch Beer. In addition, Westport Saloon has created a German inspired menu that will be available during Oktoberfest:

  • Sunday-Jagerschnitzel
  • Monday-Munchner Schnitzel
  • Tuesday-Naturshnitzel
  • Wednesday-Rahmschnitzel
  • Thursday-Chicken Schnitzel
  • Friday- WeinerSchnitzel
  • Saturday-Paprikaschnitzel



September 12, 2014 - 10:46 am

Art Westport Neighborhood Happenings

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The Dragon Slam, a special event, is being hosted by AKKA Karate, and on Saturday, September 6 they are combining the two art forms of poetry and martial arts. The dojo will be open from 6 to 8 PM to local poets who will battle head to head, with performances from AKKA students and sensis between rounds.

While you are strolling the neighborhood during Art Westport, visit Clothz Minded and enjoy a refreshing cup of lemonade while you do a bit a of shopping. Mention you saw this post and receive 10% off your entire purchase. 

Enjoy Live music on Friday and Saturday night from 10PM - 2AM. Friday featuring Wonderfuzz, Saturday featuring 2 Proud 2 Beg.

Happy hour every day until 7 PM with discounted glasses of wine, sangria, and draft beer. Check out our new menu!

Friday night craft and import bottle specials.
Saturday College Football
Sunday Chiefs and NFL Direct TV Football package
**20% off food for participating artists**

Joe's September Pizza of the Month is Hot Wing Chicken. Enjoy grilled chicken in Wing Sauce with Diced Onion, Mozzarella & Pepperjack Cheese.

Available Buy the Slice 11am - 2pm Monday - Friday

14 inch Whole Pizza for $14.99 5pm - 10pm

2014 Participating Artists can call 816.298.6477 to order food during Art Westport 2014. They will deliver to your tent, all you need to give them is your booth number.


The Firefly Lounge will host an art viewing for Artist Kimberly Eversgerd on Saturday from 11am - 6pm.

Gould Evans partnered with the HALO Foundation (Helping Art Liberate Orphans) in their ongoing effort to support youth in Kansas City. Throughout the summer leading up to the Westport Art Fair, Gould Evans associates have been supporting HALO by conducting nine art workshops engaging kids and youth from four different Kansas City homeless shelters. Gould Evans invites you preview the collection on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8.

Brunch is available Saturday & Sunday from 10am - 2 pm. Enjoy a variety of menu items that will make you glad you got out of bed.

Brunch is available Saturday & Sunday from 9 am - 4 pm. Enjoy a variety of menu items that will start the weekend off right. 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday enjoy Happy Hour from 4 to 6 PM
$1 off McCoy's Beer and Well Drinks, $2 off House Wine, and 1/2 Price Bar Bites.

Dine Out Event: All Dining Furniture up to 50% off.
Lantern Candle Holders are 25% off.
Open Stock Dinnerware 25% off.

September 4, 2014 - 6:35 pm

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