HOLIDAYS IN KC 2022

HOLIDAYS IN KC 2022

The Holiday Season is upon us! Looking to get into a festive mood? Here are a few of our favorite Christmas Light Displays around the Kansas City Area!

PLAZA LIGHTS | COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA | FREE

MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS TREE | CROWN CENTER | FREE

-NORTHERN LIGHTS | ZONA ROSA | FREE

-VILLAGE WEST | LEGENDS OUTLET OF KC | FREE

-18TH & VINE | THE SOUL OF SANTA | CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

-HISTORIC UNION STATION | FREE

WINTER MAGIC | SWOPE PARK | $$ ($25 PER CAR)

-KC WINTER WONDERLAND | KC PUMPKIN PATCH IN OLATHE 

-CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER | PARKVILLE

-MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS TREE | THOMPSON PARK | DOWNTOWN OVERLAND PARK

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS | POWELL GARDENS | $ ($5-12)

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK | LONG VIEW LAKE PARK LEE SUMMIT | FREE

SAR-KO-AGLOW | SAR-KO-PARK TRAILS IN LENEXA | FREE

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON FARMSTEAD LANE | DEANNA ROSE FARMSTEAD | FREE

HOLIDAY LUMINARY WALK | OVERLAND PARK ARBORETUM | $$ ($15)

Happy Holiday’s and remember to eat, drink & be merry this holiday season! We hope it’s filled with the best memories.

4th of July in KC!

4th of July in KC!

 

4th Of July In KC!

There are plenty of activities going on in the KC Metro this 4th of July weekend. Check out a few we’ve rounded up for you:

First, grab fireworks at 4001 Mission Rd, KC, KS 66103 between June 29-July 4 (9am-10pm daily) & help support the mission so dear and dear to us– Freedom Hoops in the Kansas City community. Check out there INSTAGRAM here. 

– Stars & Stripes Picnic – July 2nd – 6 pm- 9 pm – World War I Museum

Red, White & BOOMboxJuly 2nd – DJs, bar crawls and all-inclusive options to the KC Live

2022 Red, White & Blue Olathe FireworksJuly 4 – College Boulevard Activity Center (CBAC) 9:45pm

4th of July Celebration in Parkville, MO – Featuring a pancake breakfast, a skydiving exhibition, parade and more festivities before the evening’s fireworks show.

– VillageFest 2022 – July 4th 7:30 am – 6 pm – Prairie Village Shops- Pancake breakfast & many activities (bounce houses, face painting, carnival rides, petting zoo, pony rides & more!)

– Overland Park Star Spangled Spectacular – July 4th 9-11 pm – Corporate Woods – Enjoy an evening of concerts, food and fireworks at Corporate Woods Founders’ Park on July 4, 2022.

Independence Day Festival in Gardner – July 4th 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Celebration Park Sports Complex

Have another KC celebration that you normally attend? Let us know by emailing inf[email protected]andyblakegroup.com.

Meet Jonna Janzen!

Meet Jonna Janzen!

We’re welcoming a new agent to the team, Jonna Janzen! We’re so happy she’s here! Let’s get to know her a bit more!

1. What made you want to get into real estate? And What is your role on the ABG Team? 

I’ve wanted to be in real estate since I was in high school. Shamefully, it was HGTV. But… Since being in the business, I’ve learned it’s so much more than showing a person 3 houses and having them choose. I love the whole process of connecting with my clients and helping them in their Real Estate endeavors and dreams. 

I’m a buying and selling agent for The Andy Blake Group. 

2. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? 

In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my three kiddos, Sam (8), Emelyn (6), and Juliana (almost 4). When I get free time from them, I enjoy going to the gym – not necessarily to be super competitive, but to have a chance to let off steam in a healthy way laughing with friends!

3. Why do you love Kansas City? And what are your favorite KC spots? 

I’m still discovering what my favorite places and spaces are. I honestly enjoy driving around Leawood, Prairie Village, and older neighborhoods looking at the homes! I’m a Real Estate nerd!

Fun Fact: I was on the Wichita State Rowing Team. I also rowed two marathons!

If you’d like to get in touch with Jonna, you can find her here:

[email protected]

(913)-515-9656

 

Meet Landon Munsch!

Meet Landon Munsch!

We’re welcoming a new agent to the team, Landon Munsch! We’re happy he’s here & we’re ready to rock into 2022 with him! We had the opportunity to ask Landon a few questions about himself. Here are his responses:

1. What made you want to get into real estate? And What is your role on the ABG Team? 

I’ve wanted to get into real estate for years. Being around friends who are agents, buying my first home and always looking for a new challenge brought me here. I’m so excited to join the team! I’m a licensed Realtor working closely with fellow agent Aaron Olla to add value and grow both of our businesses. 

2. What did you do before you joined the team? 

I started out my professional career doing social media for an advertising agency here in KC. Then, I did paid media analytics for an e-commerce company before leaving it to start my real estate career. 

3. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? 

You’ll often find me with my wife and my friends grabbing a drink, eating or playing board games. Ideally, you’ll find me doing all of those activities at the same time.

4. Do you have a family? Wife? Kids? 

My wife, Jenna, and I got married in June 2021! She’s a Mizzou Tiger and I’m a Kansas Jayhawk–we’re the perfect match. 

5. Why do you love Kansas City? And what are your favorite KC spots? 

I love Kansas City because it’s a place filled with so many different, but equally-awesome things to do, places to eat and sights to see. You’ll often find Jenna and I at Il Lazzarone in the River Market with a drink and pepperoni pizza (with honey drizzled on it). You’ll also find us out walking, whether that’s around different KC neighborhoods admiring houses or at a local park like Loose or Meadowbrook Park. 

If you’d like to get in touch with Landon, you can find him here:

[email protected]

(785)-656-2191

 

2022- 1st Quarter Charity Partner

2022- 1st Quarter Charity Partner

HOPE IS ALIVE

2022-1st Quarter Charity
WHO THEY ARE

HOPE IS ALIVE:

Hope is Alive is a ministry that focuses on radically changing the lives of recovering addicts and those that love them.  They have a very focused program that is extremely successful in supporting long term sobriety, for those that make it through.  Addiction is all around. Supporting an organization that is focused on walking alongside those who are transforming their lives is a very worth cause. The stories that come out of this program are nothing short of miraculous.
Their program:
https://hopeisalive.net/program/
Their website:
https://hopeisalive.net/

THEIR MISSION:

To Radically Change the lives of drug addicts, alcoholics, and those that love them.

THE vision

A program in which 100% of their graduates are still sober for the rest of their lives, where they have homes all across the United States in which their graduates lead these programs and lead men/women to long-term sobriety each and every day.

Where their men/women have changed the face of recovery worldwide. Where each of their graduate’s stories has been told thousands of times, written about, and followed by other men/women like an instruction manual to radical life change.

The Hope is Alive Program is responsible for millions of months of sobriety, and thousands of lives saved. They will redefine the way people get and stay sober. They will radically change the way, on a basic level, humans interact with each other, always offering grace and kindness, but not backing down on holding others accountable.

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

There are many ways to get involved with HOPE IS ALIVE. There are volunteer opportunities, ways to adopt a house, and donation opportunities too.

Want to see how you can help? Click on your desired option below:

VOLUNTEER

ADOPT A HOUSE

DONATE

support

HOPE IS ALIVE!

Follow along!

Contact

Phone

1+(844) 3-HOPE-NOW

Check it out:

On the Blog

Address

Currently 2 homes in the KC Metro Area (1 women & 1 men)

HOLIDAYS IN KC

HOLIDAYS IN KC

The Holiday Season is upon us! Looking to get into a festive mood? Here are a few of our favorite HOLIDAY SPOTS & DISPLAYS around the Kansas City Area!

PLAZA LIGHTS | COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA | FREE

MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS TREE | CROWN CENTER | FREE

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS | UNION STATION | FREE

-KC WINTER WONDERLAND | KC PUMPKIN PATCH | 2 & OLDER REQUIRE TICKET $12

WINTER MAGIC | SWOPE PARK | $$ ($20 PER CAR)

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS | POWELL GARDENS | $ ($5-12)

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK | LEE SUMMIT | FREE

THE SOUL OF SANTA | 18TH & VINE, DEC. 3 | FREE

JOLLY BY GOLLY | ZONA ROSA | FREE, BUT DONATIONS WELCOME

PJ PARTY WITH SANTA | ZONA ROSA, DEC. 3 | FREE

SAR-KO-AGLOW | SAR-KO-PARK TRAILS | FREE

ROCKIN’ WINTER WONDERLAND | KC WINE CO | $$ ($25 PER CAR)

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK | LONGVIEW LAKE PARK | FREE

THE MERRY MARKET | CITY MARKET | FREE

THE NUTCRACKER | KC BALLET @ KAUFFMAN CENTER| CHECK SITE FOR TICKETS

HOLIDAY LUMINARY WALK | OVERLAND PARK ARBORETUM | $$ ($14)

Happy Holidays!! Cheers to the holiday season! 

Giving Back- KC Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Giving Back- KC Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis

The Kansas city foundation for pulmonary fibrosis is near to our hearts. our very own transaction coordinator, andrea, lost her mother earlier this year to pulmonary fibrosis. each quarter, the andy blake group partners with a charity or foundation to give back. here is their story.

THEIR MISSION

The Kansas City Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis (KCFPF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of patients with pulmonary fibrosis and other rare lung diseases through education, technology, and research. 

WHAT THEY DO

KCFPF’s Initiatives:

  • Raise and promote awareness of Pulmonary Fibrosis within the Kansas City Community

  • Provide grants to patients and their loved ones to attend the biennial Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Summit

  • Provide grants for patient needs around the Kansas City Metro Area

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

There are a variety of ways to get involved with KC Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis (KCFPF) from donating, to fundraising and volunteering. There are plenty of options if you feel you want to support their mission. 

Want to see how you can help? CLICK HERE!

Want to donate or attend a fundraiser? CLICK HERE!

give back!

Follow along!

Contact

DONATE

DONATE HERE

Address

13725 Metcalf Avenue, Box 286

Overland Park, KS 66223

Email

[email protected]

Top 5 Fall Things to do in KC

Top 5 Fall Things to do in KC

THE ANDY BLAKE GROUP’S LIST

HERE ARE OUR PICKS FOR TOP 5 FALL THINGS TO DO IN KC

#1 - FIRST FRIDAYS--OCTOBER 1st

11401 W 13th Street Kansas City, MO

Whether you’re seeking art for your home or just there for the snacks, FIRST FRIDAYS in downtown KC is something you don’t want to miss!

Click HERE for more!

#2 - LOUISBURG CIDER MILL

14730 KS-68      Louisburg, KS 66053

Whether you’re planning to pick apples, eat the donuts or drink the cider, there is so much fun to be had at the Louisburg Cider Mill! Find a day & make it happen!

INSTAGRAM

#3 - Haunted houses

1401 W 13th Street        KC, MO 64102

GET SCARED at Kansas City’s spookiest Haunted Houses downtown near the 12th street bridge. Lines form quick, so be prepared! 

WEBSITE

#4 - JOHNSON FARMS PLANTS & PUMPKINS

17701 Holmes Rd.   Belton, MO 64012
What’s better than picking out pumpkins AND your annual mums on the same trip? It’s fun for the whole family! Ride the train, jump on the giant inflatable pumpkin, pick some crops to take home & go see the farm animals. 

#5 - PATHLIGHT BREWING

11200 W 75th St, Shawnee, KS 66214

October is the perfect month to taste test ALL of the beers! Visit one of our favorites–Pathlight Brewing to check out their celebration of Oktoberfest beers, the Therese
Hefeweizen!

INSTAGRAM

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE? IF YOU CHECK THESE OUT, LET US KNOW! #ABG

ABG ZOO DAY!

ABG ZOO DAY!

THE ANDY BLAKE GROUP’S LIST

HERE ARE OUR PICKS FOR THE BEST PARKS IN THE KC AREA

#1 - ANTIOCH PARK

6501 Antioch Rd, Merriam, KS 66202

Park Features: 

  • Basketball Court
  • Bocce Court
  • Fire Circle
  • Fishing
  • Gazebo
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Multi-Functional Shelter
  • Playground
  • Tennis Court

#2 - BLACK HOOF PARK

9053 Monticello Rd, Lenexa, KS 66220

Park Features: 

  • nature trails
  • playgrounds
  • shelters
  • lake for fishing or boating
  • play stream
  • walking trails on the water

#3 - MEADOWBROOK PARK

9101 Nall Ave, Prairie Village, KS 66207

INSTAGRAM

Park Features:

  • playground
  • pavilion with fire pit
  • multi-purpose classroom for up to 30
  • paved Trails
  • ponds
  • pickleball courts
  • three shelters

#4 - WILDER BLUFF PARK

24200 W 55th St
Shawnee, KS 66226
Park Features: 
  • shelter with fireplace
  • splash pad
  • waterfall
  • walking path

#5 -SHAWNEE MISSION PARK

7900 Renner Rd Lenexa, KS 66219

Park Features: 

  • Disc Golf Course
  • Dog Park
  • Fire Circle
  • Fishing
  • Hiking Trails
  • Marina
  • Mountain Bike Trails
  • Multi-Functional Shelter
  • Playground

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PARK IN THE KC AREA? IF YOU CHECK ANY OF THESE OUT, LET US KNOW!

#ABG

KC IN SEPTEMBER

KC IN SEPTEMBER

THE ANDY BLAKE GROUP’S LIST

HERE ARE OUR PICKS FOR WHAT TO DO IN KC IN SEPTEMBER

#1 - KC IRISH FEST

CROWN CENTER

2405 Grand Blvd. KC, MO 64108

 DETAILS: 

  • September 3rd-5th, 2021
  • Kansas City’s BEST festival on Labor Day weekend. KC brings the best of Ireland to the heart of the city. 
  • Admission $10-$30
  • Music on 7 different stages, food, games, and much more! 

#2 - ABG ZOO DAY!

6800 Zoo Drive KC, MO 64132

DETAILS:

  • Client Appreciation Event!
  • September 18th from 9:30am-5:00pm.
  • Lunch provided!
  • Activities and rides included!
  • RSVP by Sept. 8th to claim your spot! (RSVP link in email).

#3 - ART WESTPORT

Westport Road KC, MO

DETAILS:

  • September 10-12th 
  • 42 year event features the largest visual arts show that exclusively showcases high quality artists from KC.
  • Attracts more than 30,000 visitors.

#4 - AMERICAN ROYAL WORLD SERIES OF BBQ

Kansas Speedway
400 Speedway Blvd, KC, KS 66111
DETAILS:
  • September 16-19th
  • Come join the fun and taste & vote on the best BBQ in KC!
  • Longstanding tradition in KC. 

    #5 -PLAZA ART FAIR

    4706 Broadway St KC, MO 64112

    DETAILS:

    • September 24-26th 
    • 3 live music stages
    • 9 city blocks & features over 240 artists. 

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO IN KC IN SEPTEMBER? IF YOU CHECK ANY OF THESE OUT, LET US KNOW!

    #ABG

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