Party at Red Bridge Shopping Center is longtime coming
By Kathy Feist
Much excitement is being generated for the upcoming South KC Block Party at the Red Bridge Shopping Center. Afterall, only two years ago the surrounding community was in despair over the dilapidated shopping strip with only 40% occupancy. But with its stunning revival constructed by Lane4 Properties and the announcement of new tenants, a celebration has been a long time coming.
The Block Party will be Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local entertainment, a carnival, crafts, vendors, food trucks, and even a children’s parade will be featured.
There will be special appearances by the Kansas City Zoomobile, Fire Department, and Police Tactical Force Team.
Wonderscope, a children’s museum that will soon be relocating to Red Bridge Shopping Center, will provide scheduled activities for the children.
The Red Bridge Mid-Continent Library will sponsor chocolate ganache classes with Chef Tito.
Minor Park Golf Course will give beginners golf demonstrations.
Crafts will include leather work, face painting, pumpkin painting and more. Tenants will also host activities outside their stores.
“We’ve had a great response from the community,” says Vickie Wolgast, President of the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce which is organizing the event. “Everybody is really excited about a festival at Red Bridge. It adds to the excitement of all the new businesses coming here.”
The food trucks include a local business Smokin’ Gringo’s BBQ and Blue Moose, a local restaurant franchise that will be moving into the shopping center. Because both waived crowd guarantee fees, Wolgast says she feels an obligation to their generosity. Nevertheless, other food demonstrations will be conducted by the library’s chocolate mobile and Euston Hardware’s grill master. Smoked sausages and hot dogs will be grilled outside Sun Fresh Market.
Fox 4’s John Holt and Melissa Stern will host the the Premier Mazda Entertainment stage that will be set up at the northeast side of the center. The fire and police appearances will be on the northwest side. A carnival sponsored by the Martin City Telegraph will run the stretch of the west end of the center. Food trucks and various demonstrations will be on the south end. And craft and vendor booths will be strung around the entire strip’s sidewalks.
10 a.m. Center High School Marching Band
10:30 a.m. Center High School 87th St. Singers
KCFD Fire Truck (til 12:30)
11 a.m. St. Thomas More band
11:30 a.m. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT by Lane4
12 p.m. Center Elementary School Choir
12:30 p.m. Integrity Martial Arts
KCPD Tactical Response Team
1:30 Gayle Price
2:30 p.m. Pulse Dance Performance
2:45 p.m. Children’s Parade