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Apr 24

Variety of 50 Plus outings planned during May, but hurry - they’re filling fast

Posted on April 24, 2019 at 11:03 AM by Becky Burnside

See a play, walk on the Katy Trail, visit a winery, have some great Kansas City barbeque, or take a walk in Harrisonville.

These are all day trips, social outings, or walks being offered by JCPRD’s 50 plus department during May.

Offerings include: a May 2 day trip to see the Theatre in the Park’s indoor production of "Forever Plaid;" a May 8 Adventure Walk on the Katy Trail; a May 18 Summer Winery Social Outing; a May 21 social outing, which is the first of four monthly Tasty Tours of KC BBQ; and a May 22 Wednesday Walk at Harrisonville’s Omega Trail. All outings depart from and return to Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. 

Three other May 50 Plus outings have already filled but have waiting lists: a May 3 social outing to Richmond Missouri’s Annual Mushroom Festival, a May 15 social outing called Discover Downtown Sedalia, and a May 31 day trip called Zoo Keepers Exploration.

The Theatre in the Park "Forever Plaid" Day Trip on Thursday, May 2, includes a delicious Asian dinner at Toro Hibachi Sushi & Asian before landing in some great seats at The Black Box Theatre inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.

This show is the first production of 2019 which also marks TIP’s 50th outdoor season. This deliciously fun revue is chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s! It tells the story of four guys (Sparky, Smudge, Jinx, and Frankie) who discovered that they shared a love for music and then got together to become their idols - The Four Freshman, The Hi-Lo’s, and The Crew Cuts. They became “Forever Plaid,” but on the way to their first big gig, the “Plaids” are killed in a traffic accident. That is the moment their careers and lives end and the story of “Forever Plaid” begins....

This trip will depart at 4:30 p.m. The cost for this six-hour trip is $49 per person and includes transportation, dinner, and theater admission.

The Katy Trail Adventure Walk on Wednesday, May 8, will let participants will walk on a section of the trail located near the Rocheport (Mo.) trailhead, which is a perfect place to find beautiful scenery, solitude, nature, and a chance to spend time along the Missouri River. Walkers will view the Missouri River from the bluffs, hike through the Rocheport Tunnel, and spot wildlife along the trail. This hike is expected to require an easy level of exertion.  

This walk will depart at 8 a.m. from Antioch Park. The cost for one nine-hour outing, including transportation to the walk site, is $28 per person for Johnson County residents or $31 for nonresidents. Lunch, with costs on your own, will take place at the Meriwether Café and Bike Shop in Rocheport. The other Adventure Walk this season will take participants to Rock Bridge Memorial State Park near Columbia, Mo., on June 12.

The Summer Winery Social Outing on Saturday, May 18, will take participants to the Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery near Paola to enjoy wine tasting and music by Jayson Kayne. Travelers are invited to bring a chair and a picnic if they’d like. This outing was designed in part based on travelers’ requests for a shorter version of a day trip, set at a lower price.

Participants will depart at noon, and return at approximately 4 p.m. that day. The cost is $15 per person for Johnson County residents or $17 per person for nonresidents, and includes transportation. 

The Tasty Tours KC BBQ Social Outing on Tuesday, May 21, to Q39 Restaurant is the first in a series of four outings that will take participants to one top barbeque eatery each month. The other outings include: June 25 to LC’s Bar-B-Q, July 16 to Country Road Ice House Restaurant, and Aug. 13 to Slap’s BBQ. Participants will rate each restaurant and vote on the best KC Barbecue after the final lunch.

Each outing will depart at 11 a.m. from Antioch Park, and return at approximately 1:30 p.m. that day. The cost for each two-and-one-half-hour outing, including lunch and transportation, is $41 per person. If you sign up for all four outings, you get $1 off each registration.

The Omega Hiking Trail Wednesday Walk on Wednesday, May 22, will take participants to this four-mile paved and limestone trail through forested hills tucked into Harrisonville, Mo’s, City Park. This walk will require a moderate level of exertion.  

This program will depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park. The cost for one six-hour outing, including transportation to the walk site, is $20 per person for Johnson County residents or $22 for nonresidents. Be sure to bring a water bottle and a sack lunch for a picnic after the walk, and a few dollars in case we stop for ice cream.  In case of inclement weather, the rescheduling date will be the following week. The other Wednesday Walk this season will take walkers to Missouri’s Watkins Woolen Mill State Park on June 19.

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.