Traveling a little to the south, on any third Thursday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m., you will find the Stranger Creek Band playing a variety of music.
This event is sponsored by Grinter Place Friends as a fundraiser of sorts, but also a “funraiser.” There is a cover charge, a snack bar is available, run by a couple of the Grinter Place Friends board members. We also allow you to bring your own snacks if you like. The band is made up of Garry and Mary Bichelmeyer, Larry Inman, Gordon Riley, Marvin Bredemeier and John Malone. Occasionally there are others in the music field who drop by to play with the band.
Then, occasionally there are some surprises that just seem to happen, like the event Thursday, July 18. There were four “bikini gals” who swiftly entered and began dragging the guys out to the dance floor. The crowd was caught off guard, but they all had a camera, iPad or cell phone with them and began clicking pictures of the women wearing T-shirts with bikinis drawn on them.
The thing is, you just never know what you might be missing if you aren’t there. It isn’t necessary to make reservations, just show up and be prepared for the music, friendly fun people, dancing into the night, and a few surprises along the way.
The next show will be a 1950s and 1960s music, rock-‘n’-roll show. Do you still have your high school sweater, your poodle skirt, saddle oxfords, and bobby sox? Can you still comb your hair into a duck tail or any of the items from that time period? Dig them out and come join the fun, the dressing in the past is an option only, not a requirement. The snack bar will be the Nu-Way style sandwich from the past, chips and root beer floats from the snack bar.
Grinter Place Friends has as its mission to help support the Grinter Place Historical Site, which is the oldest home in Wyandotte County, with lots of history and educational possibilities of days gone by.
Moving a little north now, those traveling Leavenworth Road will notice that we are going out with the old, in with the new. The old is the scraping of the old asphalt from 76th to 38th, which is now completed. Street inlet construction and at the intersections, the handicap ramps are done. The new has also begun with the repaving.
Our summer youth program is getting into the final weeks and again this year, just as it has been in the past, my statement: “It is the most time-consuming and stressful program we have, but it is also the most rewarding, being a part of our youth learning skills, their self-esteem mature and the pride they have in themselves.”
The stress seems to be with parents not fully understanding the program, they seem to think they can make the demands of where their child is placed. If it were the youth only we work with, not the parents, we would be able to consider it smooth sailing. The youth seem to understand our informational letter, that it is their job, their responsibility to contact us, now if only we can teach the adults. On to the rewarding portion: Several of our mentors have asked to have the youth working for them back next year, this makes for one of those feel good feeling days, and our youth are making it that way.
Lou Braswell is the executive director of the Leavenworth Road Association.