The 8th Annual Independence Uncorked Wine Festival will be held on September, 11th, 2021, from 1:00pm-6:00pm on the grounds of the Historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Independence, MO. It will be the largest Missouri wine festivals in the state featuring 25 Missouri wineries sampling several of their wines, a guest spirits distiller, and over 2500 attendees. The day will also feature art, music, beer, food booths and wine classes all celebrating Missouri. The event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Eastern Independence. The cost will be $30 in advance and $40 at the door and will include a wine glass and 4 bottle wine bag (for 1st 2000 people). The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is an 1852 mansion and estate once owned by George Caleb Bingham, the famous Missouri artist. Proceeds from the events will go towards various national and local charities supported by Rotary to improve our community and state. The event will feature all Missouri made products and artists-wine, food, art and music with a Bicentennial celebration theme.
Join us on September 11, 2021 for Raytown’s Festival of the Trails! The Raytown Chamber, Raytown Parks & Recreation, Cave Spring, Raytown Historical Society & Museum and the Rice-Tremonti Home, along with other organizations, will celebrate the state of Missouri’s bicentennial and commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. Events may be planned throughout 2021 but the main event will be Saturday, September 11, 2021. Information will be updated as more events are planned and finalized, so stay tuned!
The Annual SantaCaliGon® Days Festival in Independence, Missouri, commemorates the origin of the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon trails during the country’s great westward expansion in the 1800s by adventurous pioneers. Today more than 300,000 attendees celebrate family & fun over Labor Day Weekend. This year we celebrate 200 years of Missouri statehood and the 200-year anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. This event honors and celebrates Missouri’s (and Independence’s) role in westward expansion. Attendees celebrate with food, music, arts and crafts, dance, etc. that reflect today and yesterday. There is no admission charge to festival grounds or for concerts. The 2021 Festival is scheduled for September 3-6.
Independence, Missouri, Queen City of the Trails, will be the starting line for Mule Power to Horse Power: 2021 American Solar Challenge. This year, the course will follow the Santa Fe Trail route (200th anniversary) to Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is an annual competition for university students to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars in a time/travel rally. Join us on August 3, 2021, for Display Day, on the Historic Independence Square, to take a close look at the cars and talk with the design and build teams. We will also be celebrating Missouri’s bicentennial with a look back at transportation then and now. This event will celebrate Missouri’s role in the westward exploration and expansion of the country. In addition to the solar cars, we will have covered wagon rides (pulled by Missouri mules) and exhibits of other transportation (Steamboat Arabia for example). This is a free event on and around the historic downtown in Independence. It is provided with cooperation from Independence Parks and Rec, the Independence Square Association, and Innovators Educational Foundation.
KC Molière:400 in 2022 has commissioned playwright Philip Blue Owl Hooser (Choctaw) to write a one-act play for outdoor performance at the opening of the Chouteau and Native American Heritage Fountain scheduled for July 24, 2021. His comedy for three men (one First Nations) & one woman is an upbeat comedy in which the French traders attempt to explain French culture using Molière’s work as example. Hilarity ensues as they bungle their little performance into something that might be called “Tartuffenthrope.” Good will prevails in spite of their misguided efforts and cross-cultural bonding is achieved. The inaugural performance is open to everyone on site of the new Chouteau & Native American fountain. Later the play will be touring to schools.
Kansas City Celebrates Missouri’s Bicentennial at the François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain
The François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain is the location for a special fun-filled event to observe Missouri’s 200th Anniversary!
Everyone is invited to join KC Parks on Saturday, July 24, to celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial at the François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain in the Northland. The free event will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the fountain site, 3904 Chouteau Trafficway, located between I-35 and M-210 Highway, just north of Parvin Road in Kansas City.
“The Chouteau Fountain site is a fitting location for the Bicentennial celebration,” says Dick Davis, Chouteau Fountain Founders chairperson. “French pioneer Francois Chouteau is widely acknowledged as Kansas City’s founding father having established the area’s first fur trading post on the bluffs of the Missouri River some 200 years ago.”
The festivities include Native American dancers, fiddlers and dulcimer players, fur trapping re-enactors, recognition of Missouri’s 200th Anniversary by state and local dignitaries, the unveiling of the fountain’s newest bronze sculpture, and the debut of a play, Tartuffenthrope! by Kansas City playwright Philip blue owl Hooser. Additional activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, food trucks, youth activities, and a Plein Air Quick Paint contest.
On site donations and a silent auction will help benefit the completion of the Chouteau Fountain. All attendees are also invited to sign the official Kansas City Missouri Bicentennial Registry and receive a commemorative “twig” pen.
The celebration is supported by the City of Kansas City, KC Parks, Northland Neighborhoods Inc., and Missouri’s Bicentennial Committee. For more information, visit www.kcparks.org/mo200kc.
BLUFFS STAGE SCHEDULE
9 a.m. Beyond the Circle Native American Dancers
9:30 a.m. Dennis Stroughmatt, Cajun fiddle
10:30 a.m. MO Bicentennial Program
11 a.m. Tartuffenthrope! by KC Molière 400
11:40 a.m. Beyond the Circle Native American Dancers
Noon Folk in the Flow
12:50 p.m. Plein Air Award Presentation
Interludes by Robert Roe, the Osage Wind Rider
ACTIVITIES TENT SCHEDULE
9:30 a.m. Robert Roe, the Osage Wind Rider
10 a.m. Starry, Starry Night puppet show
10:30 a.m. Workshop #1: Missouri Mule Mouth Puppets
11:30 a.m. Workshop #2: Paper Plate Puppets
12:30 p.m. Backyard Buggin puppet show
Ongoing chalk art, roving puppets, giant bubbles, hula hoops, jugglers
Legal parking is available on some streets and at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3800 NE Parvin Rd, Kansas City, MO 64117. The KCATA will provide complimentary shuttle transportation around the NE Chouteau corridor.
ABOUT THE FOUNTAIN
The François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain is currently under further development on the west side of Chouteau Parkway, south of I-35, north of Parvin Road. The first phase of the fountain bluff is complete and three heroic size bronze sculptures of Francois Chouteau and two Osage Indians are installed. A fourth sculpture of a Kansa hunter stalking a beaver will be unveiled at the Bicentennial celebration. The sculptures were produced by local artist Kwan Wu, who is ranked among the top sculptors in the world. The fountain’s next phase includes building additional bluffs and adding a water feature. More at www.chouteaufountain.org.
August 10, 2021, will mark the two hundredth anniversary of Missouri’s entry as the 24th state to enter the United States. A state with many different regional cultures, geographies, and industries, each Missouri community, county, and region has a story to tell about its people, their history, their commerce, and their culture. By celebrating the accomplishments and diversity of all these regions, we help create a better understanding of our one Missouri and the ties that bind us together. More at www.missouri2021.org.
Dr. Sam Cohen, Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia, describes what the work of Missouri writers—from the first African American novelist Williams Wells Brown to Hannibal’s Mark Twain, Moberly’s Jack Conroy, St. Louis’s T. S. Eliot, Ntozake Shange, and Naomi Shihab Nye, Kansas City’s Melvin B. Tolson and Calvin Trillin, Columbia’s own John Williams, and West Plains’s Daniel Woodrell—tells us about the state of our state across its length and breadth and across its history. Live on The Story Center’s Facebook page.
Dr. Gladys Caines-Coggswell collected stories from many of Missouri’s African American communities in her book Stories from the Heart: Missouri’s African-American Heritage. Angela J. Williams, BA, one of the contributors, will share the interviewing process that she used for the book. In this workshop, you will learn the art of collecting, researching, writing and/or telling historical and/or personal stories.
Wonderfully blending tradition and performance, Dr. Gladys Caines-Coggswell and Angela J. Williams, BA, bring to the stage stories of the African American experience in Missouri. They have shared stories that they’ve learned from several different areas. Both have learned from their great grandmothers, grandmothers, communities, and at family reunions. Some stories reach back to the days of slavery. Others were shared or collected during Coggswell’s research for her book, Stories from the Heart: Missouri’s African American Heritage. They also perform stories about their personal experiences. Live on The Story Center’s Facebook page.