‘Tis the season for celebration and merriment with family, friends, and loved ones. The Plaza Lights are aglow and the Inn is decked with wreaths, evergreen boughs, and all the trimmings. Come join us and share the warmth of the holidays.
Mark & Nancy
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** NEWS FROM THE INN **
NOVEMBER 10th -- THE INN WAS FILLED WITH DISTINQUISHED VETERANS
In recognition and thanks fo r their service to our country, we to offered two complimentary rooms and the remainder at half off for war veterans. The Inn was filled with men and women from all branches of the armed forces. Representatives from Korea, Viet Nam, WWII and Iraq were present. What a delightful group of folks! They shared tales of their service and a fine time was had by all. We were honored to be among them and look forward to next year’s gathering. Again, a heartfelt thank you to all who so selflessly serve our country.
THANKSGIVING PIE FEST – A DELECTABLE EVENING
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Our 12th Annual Thanksgiving Pie Fest was a truly special evening. The weather was unseasonably mild, so Markbuilt a small bonfire in the stone bbq.
With it and the help of an upright heater, our guests were able to enjoy pie and fellowship outside on the Inn’s Courtyard Deck. We and our family baked nearly 30 pies, and many guests brought their own to share, making a total of over 40! Fruit pies, nut pies, seasonal pies, cream pies, chocolate pies, tortes, you name it, it was there! The night became extra lively when one of our guests regaled the over 100 guests with festive accordion music. To top things off, KCTV5 was there and featured Southmoreland’s Pie Fest on the Thanksgiving night news! A link is attached if you care to share in the visual feast. If you want in on this fabulous night, make your reservations NOW for next Thanksgiving. We are already beginning to book up!
** HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS IN KC **
KC is chuck full of holiday happenings. We love to share both the biggees and the lesser known gems with our guests so you too can be in the know. Enjoy these venues during your visit to Southmoreland.
Kansas City Repertory Theater – “A Christmas Carol”
The new turntable set, special effects and audience interaction all return this year, along with a cast of Kansas City's favorite veteran and up-and-coming actors, led by everyone's favorite Scrooge, Gary Neal Johnson.
November 19 – December 26, Spencer Theater (4949 Cherry St, Kansas City, MO)
Country Club Plaza
Extended Holiday Shopping Hours Through Dec. 31
Monday – Saturday: 10am to 9pm, Sunday: Noon to 6pm
Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center
The fascinating history of the building began in 1887, when the private Victorian home was built and considered one of the most outstanding examples of the Queen Anne Style architecture erected in KC, KS. In 1918, an influenza epidemic raged throughout the US, leaving many children of the local St. John the Baptist Parish without one or both parents, so the Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King opened an orphanage in the facility. In 1988, The Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society was formed to promote, sponsor and preserve the ethnic heritage prevalent in Kansas City, Kansas and is housed in what is now the Strawberry Hill Museum. For Christmas, the museum will have an exhibit of 32+ donated nativity sets on display in the chapel. Featured in the ethnic rooms are Christmas traditional decorations from that particular culture. Volunteers from each nationality work on these displays. Over 30 rooms are uniquely decorated for Christmas. While there, visit The Tea Room, open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00p.m. The menu is comprised of a wide variety of delicious, authentic Slavic desserts.
Jazz Community Carol Fest
Get in the KC grove with holiday Jazz! Featuring Tim Whitmer, Jurgen Welge, James Albright, Rod Fleeman , Everette Devan, Jim Mair, Stan Kessler, Special Guests Millie Edwards, Diane “Mama” Ray, Janet Jameson, Book of Gaia: Angela Hagenbach, Pamela Baskin-Watson & Nedra Dixon, Ron Gutierrez, DC Bellamy, Luqman Hamza, Jerome Johnson, & The Journey Band.
Skating at Crown Center Ice Terrace
Kansas City's only public, outdoor ice skating rink is open for its 39th season! Regular admission is $6, or free for adults over age 60. Skate rental is $3, or skaters may bring their own.
Regular hours through January: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday. Holiday hours: Christmas Eve 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Christmas Day CLOSED; New Year's Eve 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; New Year's Day Noon to 11 p.m.
Kansas City Women’s Chorus – “Joy”
KCWC will explore the joy of many different holiday traditions. The women will perform seasonal favorites, beautiful choral classics, with some funny surprises thrown in!
December 10, 8pm, Folly Theater (300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, MO)
Heartland Men’s Chorus – “Holiday Glee” Concert
HMC's hugely popular holiday concert! This year, they are taking their cue from the hit television show Glee, presenting fun production numbers, and a hopeful, joyful, mirthful, merry celebration of the holidays.
December 2 & 3 at 8 pm, December 4 at 4 pm, Folly Theater (300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, MO)
Kansas City Ballet – “The Nutcracker”
A holiday tradition for all ages at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts! Magnificent sets and costumes, marvelous choreography by Todd Bolender, dozens of beautiful dancers, and the acclaimed Kansas City Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s wondrous music, make Kansas City Ballet's The Nutcracker the most delightful event of the holiday season.
December 3 – 24,
Call us if you need any assistance planning your visit. We’d be delighted to tout all our area has to offer.
** RECIPE – VANILLA ROASTED PEARS **
Ahh, the smell of fresh pears roasting with vanilla is right in step with season. The taste is satisfying to the soul that craves comfort. Try Mark’s own recipe and delight your guests with a new twist on a versatile fruit. It can be used as a breakfast course or as a dessert when topped with fresh whipped cream or plated with vanilla bean ice cream.
2 Pears peel, cored and cut in half
1 c Sugar
2 Tbs Vanilla
2 Tbs Orange Juice
4 tsp Butter
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place sugar, vanilla and orange juice in a large baking dish and stir to combine. Coat the pear halves in the sugar mixture and top with 1 tsp of butter. Bake for 20 minutes or until pears are tender. After 10 minutes baste. Serves 4. If the sugar mixture becomes too thick you may thin with extra water or orange juice.
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A big thank you to our staff for all they do! Holidays are a busy time here at the Inn, and while most people are with their family and friends, our staff is here to serve you 365 days a year!