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Summer in Independence

Published: Jun 19, 2014

Summertime in Independence - Adventures with Harry

Independence, MO - May 29, 2014 As another school year comes to a close and temperatures begin to rise, Independence is the hot place to be to cool down. From strawberry festivals to swimming and wagon rides, Independence offers the experience of summertime fun.

The summer launches with style: Moonlight Movies on the Square each Thursday, and the Sip & Shop Art & Wine Walk on Friday, June 6. Then on the 7th of June is the 18th Annual Breakfast at the Bingham, followed that same day by the Strawberry Festival at the Vaile Mansion. Also new this summer, the National Frontier Trails Museum is featuring a series of Family Fun Days, one of which is June 14 from 10 AM to 4 PM. That same day is Talkin' Truman---‘Truman & Baseball: A Presidential Pastime' at the Truman Library at 11 AM.

There is more than Truman lore in Independence, but everyone is invited to share their vacation photos with its most famous resident, Harry Truman.

Affectionately called, Flat Harry, a paper cartoon cutout of former President Harry Truman is complete with his signature Hawaiian shirt. Visitors are encouraged to download a copy of Flat Harry on the Independence Tourism Facebook page - Visit Independence, print the image and take Flat Harry on your summer outings. Post photos and selfies with Flat Harry on the Facebook page to be entered into monthly drawings and win prizes all summer long!

Flat Harry is also available in the Visitors Experience Center at 112 W. Lexingon, inside the Truman Courthouse on the Historic Independence Square. Whether splashing around at Adventure Oasis Water Park or enjoying ice cream at Clinton's Soda Fountain on the square, take Flat Harry along for the ride and share!

Looking for places to start your summer selfies? Below is a list of events happening around town during the summer. For a complete list of summer events visit www.visitindependence.com/CalendarOfEvents

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Independence in June

June 3: Popsicles in the Park
Bring the entire family out for an evening of family fun! Live music, puppet show, art stations, prizes raffled way and free frozen treats!!! A variety of children's musicians and puppeteers will be joining us throughout the summer. Call (816) 325-7843 for more information. Frozen treats provided courtesy of Blue Bell Creameries. This is a free event. Enjoy performances by Dinosaur O'Dell & Piccadilly Productions.

Ages: 2 - 8 Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Location: Fairmount Park, 300 N. Home Ave.

June 4: Toddler Town on Tour

Enjoy summer fun while exploring various playgrounds throughout Independence. Parks & Recreation staff will be on hand to help with simple craft projects. Toddler Town on Tour will be cancelled in case of inclement weather. Parents are required to remain with their children. *Please bring a towel to dates at water locations.

Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Free Event (Ages 2-8)
Location: Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive

June 5, 12, 19, and 26: Life on the Trails
Explore daily routines for members of a wagon train in this thirty minute guided exhibit gallery tour of the National Frontier Trails Museum. Regular Museum Admission Rates apply.

Time: 2 p.m.
Location: National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific.

June 5, 12, 19, and 26: Moonlight Movies
FREE outdoor movie shown every Thursday at 9pm in the Pharaoh Theater Parking Lot. Visit www.freemoonlightmovies.com for more information.

Location: Historic Independence Square

June 6: Sip and Shop Art & Wine Walk Fundraiser
Description: Swirl, sip and stroll in and out of various retail locations during our 3rd Annual Art & Wine Walk fundraising event for the preservation and beautification of the Historic Independence Square. This event focuses on local wineries, artists and our Square merchants.

For more information call 816 461-0065 or visit www.theindependencesquare.com.
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Historic Independence Square

June 7: 18th Annual Breakfast at the Bingham
Sponsored by the Bingham-Waggoner Historical Society, a home-style breakfast of eggs, sausage, country potatoes and all the trimmings.

Homemade baked goods will be available at the Bake Sale, so plan to take some home! Live entertainment by The Pheasant Pluckers, bluegrass musicians. For more information call 816 461-3491 or visit http://www.bwestate.org

Time: 7 - 10 a.m. Admission: $9 adults, $5 children 8 and under.
Location: Bingham - Waggoner Estate 313 W. Pacific

June 7: The Strawberry Festival
More than 600 pounds of strawberries, served in shortcake, ice cream and floats with various other festival foods available for sale. Family activities, live music and more than 100 booths of antiques, arts and crafts.

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission to grounds of the mansion.
Admission: Tours are $6 (Seniors $5, Students $3) and begin at 10 a.m. For more information visit http://www.vailemansion.org.
Location: Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty

June 14: "Treasure Island" at the Puppetry Arts Institute
"Treasure Island" with Emma McLean of Wit & Whimsy Puppets, is a marionette show featuring Sara Goldsmith's marionettes. It's a tale of adventure that never grows old.

Time: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Admission: Performances are $5 a person and include museum tour
Call 816-833-9777 for reservations or visit http://www.hazelle.org.
Location: Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road

June 14: Family Fun Day at the National Frontier Trails Museum
Free covered wagon tours and refreshments with museum admission.
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: Regular museum admission rates apply.
Location: National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific

June 14: Talkin' Truman - Truman & Baseball: A Presidential Pastime
Can't get enough baseball? Even though the Royals are out of town this weekend, you can visit the Truman Library to learn a bit of baseball history and Truman's involvement in the sport. Archivist Randy Sowell will present letters, photographs, and artifacts from the holdings of the Truman Library that reflect Harry and Bess Truman's interest in baseball, as well as Mr. Truman's association with some of the game's greatest players. This event takes place at 11am and is included with paid museum admission.

Location: Truman Library and Museum, 500 W. 24 Highway

June 15 - Happy Father's Day - Free Admission for Dad at the Truman Library
Noon - 5 p.m.
In honor of Father's Day, museum admission for fathers is free. Mr. Truman, as portrayed by re-enactor Niel Johnson, will visit his presidential museum and greet visitors from 1:30-3:30 p.m. http://www.trumanlibrary.org/

June 18: Wagons HO! (Children's program)
During this two-hour program participants will see the film "West", tour the exhibit galleries with a guide, pack a prairie schooner, and take a covered wagon tour. This is a great activity for home schools or scout groups.

Time: 10 a.m. Advance reservations are required.
Admission: $7.50 for children 6-17, $10 for adults.
Location: National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific

June 20: Third Friday Englewood Art Walk: The galleries in the Englewood Station Shopping District, Winner and Sterling Roads open their doors to art lovers. See more than 50 artists in action, demonstrations and live music, refreshments and a chance to get up close and p ersonal with locally produced prints, photography, oils, sculpture, jewelry, mixed media and more. 3 PM - 9 PM Friday, June 20.

June 21: Third Saturday Gypsy Caravan Days in Englewood Station Arts District: Explore stores, tents and booths with a variety of antiques, crafts, and flea market finds. Includes street entertainment and food in a fair-like atmosphere. 11 AM - 7 PM June 21.

10900 E. Winner Road, Independence, MO 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free. www.englewoodstation.com

June 26: Evening Wagon Tour and Swales Walk
Learn about the Santa Fe Trail in this hour-long program that includes a covered wagon tour of the swales (grass covered wagon ruts) created in the 1830s and an insightful tour of the museum's Santa Fe exhibit gallery.

Time: 6 p.m. Advance reservations are required.
Admission: $15 per adult, $10 children ages 6-17.
Location: National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific

June 27-28: Murder Mystery Weekend
Description: Come and participate in "The Mistaken Prognostication"- A Murder Mystery Weekend at The Higher Ground Hotel. The Mystery is centered around Harry S. Truman's election of 1948. The weekend includes:

-Two night hotel accommodations with breakfast each morning
-Friday night welcome dinner & banquet with Truman
- A Saturday garden party
- Exciting Murder Mystery!
Visit www.highergroundhotel.com or call 816-836-0292 for more details.
Admission: $320 per couple for the weekend
Location: Higher Ground Hotel 200 N. Delaware, Independence, MO 64050

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About Independence, Missouri:

Independence, Missouri was built on the pride of the people that call it home, including President Harry S Truman. Its residents are down-to-earth, hard-working folks who are proud of their history, excited about their future, and welcome visitors with friendly hospitality. A town rich in history and honest values, Independence is also the starting point of the Westward movement. Just 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City, it has a population of 117,000 with a small-town feel. Sophisticated dining, shopping and an emerging arts scene provides a contemporary atmosphere for the 16 heritage attractions and outdoor sporting activities.

Independence: Real People. Real Progress.


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