Holiday Magic & Memories – Dec. 11 & 12

  • Dec. 11-12: Holiday Magic & Memories | LS High School | Dec. 11 @ 7 p.m. | Dec. 12 @ 4 and 7 p.m.

You can’t miss the finale to the Sesquicentennial celebration at Lee’s Summit High School! Featuring performances by the Lee’s Summit Symphony, Truly 150 Choir, Heartland Children’s choir, Steppin’ Out dancers and a  special composition by Lee’s Summit High School Alumni Kevin Hartnett.

Volunteers of the Truly 150 celebration will be recognized.

Cruise Ticket winner to be announced Friday!

Tickets for all three events can be purchased at

Performance Order:

Act 1

  • Opening – “Everything’s coming up Lee’s Summit” – Adaptation of “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”  We will be involving the Truly 150 Steering Committee, members of the various committees, and volunteers throughout the year.
  • These people will be referred as the “League of Champions.”  They will parade through the aisles and be recognized.  Symphony, Choirs, and Dancers will be involved.
  • Imbawkwa – a riveting piece that was performed at Celebrate 150.  Will feature the orchestra, choir, and Jen Balagna, dancer.
  • I Hear America Singing – featuring the Heartland Children’s Choir, Verna Brummett, Director, along with the Symphony
  • Strother Portrait – featuring LSHS Alumni Kevin Hartnett, guest conductor and composer.
  • Thanks for the Memories – a tribute to Lee’s Summit’s 150th Sesquicentennial Celebration.  Symphony, and slide show.Act 2
  • Many Moods of Christmas, featuring the choirs, symphony.
  • Radestsky’s March – Choirs will exit clapping on this piece.
  • Stille Nacht – Symphony
  • Dance of the Tumblers – Dancers from Steppin’ Out.  Children’s chorus will enter
  • Torah Orah – Heartland Children’s Choir with orchestra
  • Holly Jolly Sing-a-long – Children’s choir, dancers, Olaf from Frozen, Orchestra, and Truly 150 Chorus will enter from back of auditorium and position themselves in the aisles.
  • Encore:  Sleigh-ride

Community Invited to Founder’s Day Party on the Patio, Unveiling of Sesquicentennial Time Capsule Sculpture

This Free Event is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at City Hall Plaza, 220 SE Green St. 

As the Truly 150 Lee’s Summit Sesquicentennial nears the end of its year-long celebration, the community is invited to Founder’s Day Party on the Patio, which will honor those whose vision created what is today Lee’s Summit. The free event is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at City Hall Plaza, 220 SE Green St., and will feature food, drinks, music and more. Lee’s Summit was founded officially on Oct. 28, 1865.

Highlights of the Founder Day Celebration include the unveiling of the new public art piece that was commissioned to house the Sesquicentennial time capsule, to be opened in 2065, during the city’s Bicentennial Celebration. Lee’s Summit artist Dave Eames, owner of Fossil Forge Metalworks in downtown Lee’s Summit, created the sculpture, which is being installed on the City Hall Plaza.

The Founders Day program begins at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, with the Presentation of Colors and the National Anthem. Emcee James Wright will lead attendees through the eras of Lee’s Summit’s past 150 year, followed by the sculpture unveiling.

Prior to the official program, the Village Musicians, Old time Music will perform, and following the program, a combo of members from Lee’s Summit high schools’ jazz bands will entertain.

Hy-Vee is catering the event, and there is no charge to the public for food, soda and water. Embrace the Grape will offer beer for $1 and wine for $2.

The Truly 150 Committee is putting on display the items for consideration of placement in the new time capsule. Attendees at the Founder’s Day celebration will have the opportunity to see these items inside City Hall during the event. The committee also will have merchandise and raffle tickets for a chance to win a cruise available for purchase.

In addition, the Historical Society of Lee’s Summit’s new book will be available for the first time during the Founder’s Day event. Attendees can purchase the “History of Lee’s Summit 1865-2015” book for $40.

The raffle drawing winner of the cruise will be announced during the last Truly 150 events of 2015, which are the Holiday Magic & Memories performances at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Lee’s Summit High School. The concerts will feature performances from the Lee’s Summit Symphony, Truly 150 Choir, Heartland Children’s Choir, Steppin’ Out dancers and a special composition from Lee’s Summit High School alumni Kevin Hartnett.

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District also is recognizing the 1865 founding of Lee’s Summit. Students throughout the school district are learning more about the community’s history thanks to the efforts of district staff members, community leaders and a local historian. The R-7 Social Studies Department created grade-level lessons for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. These lessons are taking place during October throughout the district’s 28 schools.

Social studies teachers worked closely with Kathy Smith, executive director of the Historical Society of Lee’s Summit Museum, to develop lessons focusing on Lee’s Summit’s history.

“Beginning in fall 2015, teachers will share either one of the general lessons or grade-level lessons with students. This is an exciting step forward for R-7 social studies and the Lee’s Summit community,” said Paula Keltner, R-7 social studies teacher and curriculum specialist for grades 7 through 12.

Two lessons were created including an overview of Lee’s Summit’s past 150 years, which includes history and images for classroom instruction and discussion. The second lesson, called “Digging into History: Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery,” was developed for middle-school and high-school students and includes inquiry-based learning using the historical cemetery. The lessons connect to specific content included in the various grade levels.

Smith met with the teachers several times to discuss Lee’s Summit history and share information available through the Historical Society records. In addition, the local historian is available for living history classroom lessons related to World War I.

We need your help!! No event goes off without those working diligently behind the scenes. If you can spare an hour or two on October 18, please go online and sign up by clicking:


Lee’s Summit 100

I was there 50 years ago and remember watching the parade on Douglas dressed up like a Civil War Union soldier. They also had events at Harris Park. I remember entering a hog calling contest with Elwood Lentz as the MC. He as also the “Voice” of the Lee’s Summit Tiger football games for many years.

Celebrate 150! Parade and Evening Extravaganza

celebrate logoJoin us for the Celebrate 150! Parade and Evening Extravaganza on August 1!

Join us for a birthday-themed Parade in downtown Lee’s Summit!   Line up is at 8 a.m. at the Lee’s Summit High School parking lot. The Celebrate 150! Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and travel from the school to Douglas, north to 3rd Street, then continue east on 3rd to Green, south on Green to SE 8th Street, returning to the High School parking lot.
Celebrate 150! Evening Extravaganza 

The Evening Extravaganza will bring together music, melodies and memories with a variety of local organizations with dance and musical performances. KMBC Channel 9 Meteorologist Erin Little, a Lee’s Summit native, will be on hand to entertain the crowd. The Trumpet Fanfare will offer its musical manner and local celebrities Matt Lewis and Drew Six will also be performing!

A fireworks show will dazzle and delight the crowd as Lee’s Summit continues to celebrate being Truly 150 years old!

We need a few adult volunteers to make sure the evening goes smoothly! We will feature VIP parking to help our performers get easy access to post adult volunteers at the street and at the immediate entrance to the fenced parking lot. Signs will let people know that these are VIP Only Entrances.  You will need to be in place by 5:30, wrapping up in time to see the show at 7:30.

Volunteer opportunities are available, please sign up today at

cowboy on the train

I remember in the 50s when Smiley Burnett came in on the train. He stood out in front of the crowd at the park in front of McKee limber yard and told ‘off color’ jokes according to my mother. as a 6 or 7ur old, that was pretty exciting to see somebody from TV in our town. Years later, I found out what off color meant. Elizabeth Miller McKee

Planting for the Future May 9 – Celebrating 150 years with 150 Trees!

Planting for the future May 9!

As part of Lee’s Little boy plantingSummit’s 150th birthday, Parks and Recreation has teamed up with the Truly 150 Committee and Thunderbird District Boy Scouts to plant 150 trees in Lee’s Summit!   The event will take place in various parks throughout Lee’s Summit on Saturday, May 9 at 9 a.m.

We will be planting 25 trees in each of the following parks: Deer Valley, Legacy Park Trail, Arborwalk Park, Osage Trails, Eagle Creek and McKee Trail.  A map of the tree locations will be placed in the time capsule for the dedication on “Founders Day” set for October 18.   Come be a part of our history by helping plant for the future!  Click here to sign-up:

We hope to see these trees flourish over the next 50 years!  More information can be found at

Cancelled-Flights of Fancy

Due to the weather forecast of rain, thunder and lightning for Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19, MCC-Longview has decided to cancel the Flights of Fancy Mega Kite Festival on Saturday and Family Day activities on Sunday.

This is the first time in nine years that the Kite Festival has had to be cancelled, but the safety of our visitors, vendors, volunteers and staff is our first concern.

We regret having to make this decision this year, but look forward to Kite Festival April 16, 2016.


What a great place to grow up

I remember… playing wiffle ball on hot August nights and quenching our thirst with a gallon of root beer from Dog n Suds, going to Poor Jims for a super steak, salad and baked potato, riding bikes to Valle Vista and buying soda and candy, playing with dirt clods around the homes being built in Cambridge Heights edition, playing baseball for Farmers Trust of the Lee’s Summit Baseball association, winning the Blue Darter award in 1976, cruising 3rd street with my buddies, working at Browning Brothers Men’s Clothes shop along side my Lee’s Summit mentors- Richard Burry and Elwood Lentz( the store was next to TG+Y at Summit Shopping center)
I loved Lee’s Summit so much that after Medical School I moved back and joined my fathers Lee’s Summit Clinic. Herbert A Dempsey worked there for 40 years and I have been there for 26 years and counting. My children are making memories in Lee’s Summit just like I did back in the day.