Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Royal Wedding, First Of A Kind

Billy and Helena are the first couple to be married on the field at Kauffman its history.... and it was a gorgeous day Saturday for the nuptials... Above is a composite.... I helped the JumboTron just a little.... this was taken right after the ceremony.
Above, the Home Plate entrance where the guests and bridal party entered. Below, the groom prepared the field.
Guests sat anywhere they liked.... most right behind home plate.

Above, Billy and the Minister entered.... followed by the members of the wedding party.... last (below) were the bride, Helena and her dad Vince. Lots of steps.

As I mentioned before, a picture perfect day. The only stipulation the Royal's had was to minimize walking or standing on the grass.
Groomsmen up the first base line, Bridesmaids up the third base line. Bridesmaids were in Royal Blue with the Matron's of Honor in chocolate.

Music, minister and singer were all plugged into the PA system.

The ring-bearer (the Bride's son) was a little late to the proceedings.... I think he's just gifted at timing an entrance.

The parents and grandparents were seated on the field just behind home plate... bride's above, groom's below.

Unity Candle above and The Wedding Singer (Lorenzo) below...

Above, exiting the field and heading into the dugout....

Time for some posed shots before heading up to the reception.....

Spectacular view from the reception area.... the food was excellent and the Royal's Staff couldn't have been nicer.... a good day, and a good place to get married....

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Determined to Demo

The Cosby Hotel is doomed once again. It seems that the owner Rick Powell has turned down an offer of city money to stabilize the west end and has hired a wrecking company to take it down. I would very much like to say in this post what I think of Powell... but I vowed when I started the blog that it would be family friendly. Suffice it to say that I will NEVER go to Powel Gardens again unless it's a paying gig.... about all I can do at my station in life.

I urge all to contact their council people, the mayor, the mayor's wife, and anyone else you know who might in influence...
If we don't save the past than no one will save our present.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ethnic Enrichment Festival

A feast for the eyes and tummy awaited today at the 31st Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival held in Swope Park. The Festival began Friday and ran through 6pm today. Sixty cultures were represented through food, music, dance and crafts... Totally friendly groups who didn't hate a guy with a camera.
Above, fashion show.... below Indian dancer.

The entrance with a flag for every represented nation.

The bison burger was tempting but I ended up eating at the Ecuadorian booth.

Hyper had the fritada and lemonaide. Below, my line.

Above, former Mayor Richard Berkley was there.

Apparently, there really is a RoadRunner .... he was popular with the smaller humans.

Above, I don't know.
Above, siesta, below, beauty queen.

The costumes worn for the fashion show were beautiful.... I found the best place for photos is behind the pavilion just before the fashion show... all are lined up and gracious in posing.

Just so I don't hear from Meesha.... FOOD. The Ecuadorians had never heard of a Philly Cheese-steak.

Above, my neighbor Olga who was in charge of the Ecuador booth... and who made my FOOD below.

Above... the paparazzi.... below the "subject".... Croatian garb.....

You can get your hair painted green, or, in the case of fellow blogger XO painted on.

Above, the kids tent with stuff to do including making hats from grocery sacks.

Above... this poor young man was dying... despite the umbrella and fan. It was warm but in the shade plenty cool enough.

Above, siesta number 2..... below... before the Indian dance began one of the performers spotted friends in the audience... she was awesome.....

Above..... this old tree has been there for all 31 festivals.... and maybe even before the land became Swope Park.....

All in all... a great afternoon. I try to go each year.... Parks and Rec and their sponsors do an awesome job.