Main Street News May 2016

Business/Board Member Spotlight:
The Madrid Theatre

Are you planning an event in the near future?  A wedding?  Corporate party?  Non-profit fundraiser?  Main Street is home to the perfect venue for any occasion, The Madrid Theatre. 

                The Madrid Theatre has been on Main Street since 1926 and has seen many different businesses and owners during the past 90 years.  The Madrid staff wanted to reside in a beautiful building which was also accessible to the entire Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area.  Their location at 3810 Main Street has certainly achieved that goal.

                This one of a kind venue is, “chalk full of charm,” said Jeff Kieffer, owner of The Madrid and Board member of the Main Street Community Improvement District (MSCID).  Guests will be instantly stunned by the beauty and detail of the theatre. 

                Accommodating up to 800 guests, The Madrid fills up nearly every weekend hosting various events, and a few nights during the week also.  Even with the ability to accommodate such a large number of guests, The Madrid can still provide a very intimate feel for private parties, as well as draw a big crowd for concerts.  Wedding ceremonies and receptions are popular events hosted by The Madrid, mostly from April through November.  Corporate holiday parties typically take place throughout the entire month of December. 

                Missy McVicker, the In-house Sales & Event Coordinator, works with clients to make planning an event at The Madrid as easy as possible.  With over 10 years of experience planning and coordinating events at The Madrid, she can ensure a successful event. 

                “Her experience allows her to help guide clients through the planning process with suggestions, vendor recommendations, and knowledge of what works best in our elegant space while also helping to create a unique, one of a kind event,” said Kieffer. 

                Special packages are available to all clients who host an event at The Madrid.  An all-inclusive package for clients includes: facility rental, food, alcohol packages, linens, staffing, bar staff, set up and clean up.  This allows clients to simply choose what they prefer, and staff will take care of the rest.  Another package offered is a “DIY” (do it yourself) option.  This allows clients to rent the space and provide the option to let clients pick and choose what they may need.  This includes the option to bring their own alcohol to their private event. 

                “For many years, we were unable to host public events, so unless you were invited as a guest to one of the private parties, much of Kansas City had not had the chance to experience the Madrid Theatre.  We are hoping to change that.  As we are able to host more events, that are open to the public, we are getting great reviews from people that had no idea, such a beautiful space existed right on Main Street,” said Kieffer. 

                As Main Street continues to improve, the number of events hosted at The Madrid have gone up. 

                “We have seen great improvement along Main Street in regards to the cleanliness and every day activity along Main [Street].  We feel like MainCor has made great strides in cleaning up this part of our City, and [we] are excited to see the continued growth in Midtown,” said Kieffer. 

                Residing in the heart of Kansas City, you couldn’t ask for a better location to host an event, big or small.  The beauty of this venue will not leave you disappointed.  Each month, The Madrid hosts great concerts of several different musical genres with very reasonable ticket prices.  Be sure to check outwww.madridtheatre.com for new events, updates and concerts that are open to the public! 

                If you need a home for your next event, don’t hesitate to contact Missy McVicker (816-753-8880) for any event needs.  The Madrid works with many different budgets and will gladly help to customize a package to meet your specific needs. 


Party in the Parking Lot 2016

                You like to party, we like to party, so let’s party together!  Join us on Thursday, May 19th from 11:30 – 1 pm to show your appreciation for our community’s Red Shirts at our 10th Annual Party in the Parking Lot!

                You see the Red Shirts around the neighborhood all year long, now is the time to celebrate them!  Food will be provided by Gates BBQ.  This is your chance to come and talk with your CID crew as well as meet our amazing Board of Directors!  Plus, you really can’t beat Kansas City BBQ and cupcakes from Brookside Market…

                Lunch is open to the public.  Also, take a flower home, on us!

                We have an amazing CID staff and they deserve to be recognized for the hard work they continue to display each day.  This year, we will be giving out badges to show our appreciation.

                Don’t miss this year’s celebration of the Red Shirts!  Come and shake some hands, give out some “Thank You’s” and indulge in delicious Kansas City food!  We’ll see you there!


Rockfest 2016

                Each year, Rockfest brings in over 50,000 rock music lovers to Kansas City.  Liberty Memorial and Penn Valley Park will be packed with people ready to get their “rock” on!  Businesses all over the city will be preparing for an overflow of patrons.  Of course, a major event such as this one takes quite a bit of planning. 

                Rockfest organizers are committed to continuing to provide an open line of communication for this year’s event.  Rockfest welcomes Mike Lowe back to act as liaison between Executive Management for AEG LIVE and neighborhood communities.  Residents are encouraged to coordinate a meeting with Mike prior to event day in order to discuss any needs or concerns,mlowe1511@gmail.com, 816-283-9998. 

                With over 50,000 rock lovers all joining together in one place, a serious cleanup plan must take place.  Rockfest has contracted with Alliance Workforce Inc, a Kansas City certified DBDD/MBE/WBE Company to execute the festival and neighborhood cleanup plan. 

                Crews will begin a post-show cleaning through the neighborhood perimeter immediately following Rockfest on Saturday May 14th and continue until completed on Sunday, May 15th.  There will be a 16 person crew dedicating 256 man hours to this cleanup effort.  The cleanup crew will proceed from neighborhood to neighborhood. 

                Along with cleanup, security is an essential component to executing a successful event.  Rockfest will provide off-duty officers for general patrol.  All officers will have direct communication with Mike Lowe.  If there are additional needs related to your neighborhood, please discuss with Mike Lowe prior to Wednesday April 29th.  Additional officers may be provided at the expense of the neighborhood. 

                Schedule for Rockfest, Saturday, May 14th:
12:00 am – Memorial Drive, Wyandotte, Kessler, 29thStreet are Closed
4:30 am – Parking Teams are in place
6:00 am – Early Security Call
9:00 am – Main Security Call
10:00 am – Clear Vehicles from Site
10:00 am – Neighborhood Officers on Duty
11:00 am – Doors Open
12:00 pm – Second Stage Artists Begin
12:00 pm – Third Stage Artists Begin
1:30 pm – Main Stage Artist Begin
9:45 pm – Second Stage Ends
10:55 pm – Main Stage Ends, Fireworks Begin (15 minute duration)
11:00 pm – Event Ends, Load-Out Begins (Sounds, Lights, Video)

                There will be more than 250 t-shirt personnel along with more than 70 officers being scheduled.  Crowd Systems Inc. will provide security and off-duty KCMO Police for the event.  There will also be a central command/dispatch for Police, Security, Traffic and Medical teams.  KC Medical, the lead medical service provider, coordinates with KCFD on site.  This team of professionals has worked together for the past seven years to ensure the safety of the audience.  Overnight security will start on Monday, May 9th and continue through Monday, May 16th.  Police officers will be taking over the overnight shift.  On the day of the event, staff levels are increased starting at 6 am and will be at full staff no later than 10am.  Gates will open at 11am. 

                A parking map along with road closures and traffic information will be available onwww.rockfestkc.com.  98.9 The Rock will educate their audience on where to park on event day. 
                Some simple steps communities can take to assist on event day include:

  • Pull your car to the end of your driveway to prevent another car from blocking your driveway.
  • Place your trashcans at the curb to provide a place to properly throw away trash.
  • If you have the capability, barricade the entrance to your street.

With advanced communication with Mike Lowe, he can assist you in planning appropriate steps that would expedite cleanup efforts and minimize unauthorized parking issues. 

We are lucky to have such a major event right in the heart of Kansas City, so let’s all work together to make sure it’s as big of a success as previous years!


Hyde Park Children’s Film Festival

                Every Friday in June, bring your friends and family together in Hyde Park for the 2016 Children’s Film Festival!  You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these events! 

                Grab a blanket, a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy the lovely June air!  Concerts will be performed at 7:30 pm before the movie starts.  Movies will begin at 8:30 pm. 

                Movies that will be played include Inside Out,The Neverending Story, The Minions Movie, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens on June 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th!  Be sure to arrive at 36th and Gillham early on June 17th to catch the youth band, Future Jazz KC, performing live jazz! 

                Mark your calendars for every Friday in June, it’s a great way to spend some quality time with your family, and your neighbors!


Luv Midtown KC Chalkboard

Share how much you LUV Midtown at Major Murray Davis Park at 40th and Main Street! 

The chalkboard has filled up, but the recent rain has washed it off.  Now is your chance to head over and write why you LUV Midtown! 

There are so many things to LUV about our community, we wanted to give you a place to share your favorite thing about it!  Take a picture of your contribution and post it on social media using #luvmidtownkc


Community Event Grant Program

            Are you a thriving business on Main Street?  Do you want to host a community event on Main Street but don’t want to fork up too much cash?  Well we are here to help!

            MainCor has developed a Community Event Grant Program to help get your next event on Main Street going! 

            Main Street is bursting with culture and thriving businesses.  Attracting people to this part of Midtown is a great way to promote current businesses as well as create opportunity for potential new development.  MainCor has allocated $2,000 for a community event grant program.  The purpose of this grant program is to encourage businesses along the corridor to host events and draw people to Main Street.
The funds would be matching funds (half of the total cost)up to $500 per event/year unless otherwise discussed.  Applicants must be within MainCor’s boundaries.  An applicant may submit multiple applications per year. 
The application must be submitted for approval at least60 days before the event.  Within 60 days after the event, the applicant must fill out a spreadsheet form that lists receipts and provide receipt copies to verify the expenses before reimbursement will be awarded.  Reimbursement will be given to applicant within 30 days after paperwork has been received. 
The event must be open to the public and promoted metro-wide.  Events could include: fairs, walks/races, art shows, celebrations, etc.  All city permits/requirements must be met. 
Non-Eligible Uses:
- Salaries, event coordinators, etc.
- Food and beverage
- Purchase of equipment/capital investment 

Eligible Uses:
- Entertainment (music, performers etc.)
- Equipment, tent, space rental
- Decorations
- Advertising
- Office supplies (postage, printing, etc.)
- Promotions/marketing
- City permit fees

Feast of Fountains: A Food Truck Fest

                Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a food truck event each month from May through September.  Each month, the Feast of Fountains will be held in one of Kansas City’s beautiful parks. 

                Kansas City has a wonderful selection of food trucks.  On Thursday, May 12th, Feast of Fountains will be held at Volker Fountain/Theis Park from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Food truck selections include:
-Cheeesy Pop’s
-Twisted Taters
-Fungal Fusion
-KC Pinoy
-Savanna Jane Lemonade
-Ohana’s Shaved Ice

                A portion of the proceeds from Feast of Fountains will go toward the City of Fountains Foundation.  Guests will receive a free Mist TWIST with each food purchase as well! 

                Mark your calendar for June 16th at The National WWI Museum and Memorial/North Lawn, July 14that Northland Fountain, August 11th at Spirit of Freedom Fountain, and September 8th at The Concourse Fountain in Kessler Park!  Come and enjoy some of Kansas City’s best food trucks!


First Friday at Buttonwood Art Space

                May 4th through May 7th, artists gathered in Penn Valley Park to participate in Penn Valley Park Conservancy's annual contest.  This four-day event will encouraged artists to capture the natural beauty of Penn Valley Park, en plein air, while competing for cash prizes. 

63 artists participated in the competition with a total of 156 pieces of original art hanging at Buttonwood Art Space.  First Friday at Buttonwood includes libations as well as appetizers while enjoying the art.  

Stop by Buttonwood Art Space on June 3rd and enjoy the beauty of Penn Valley Park through art! 


Luv Midtown KC T-Shirts

    We've got t-shirts!! You know and love the mural painted on the side of Thriftway on 40th and Main Street, now you can wear it! 

  We "luv" Midtown and we're not afraid to show it!  Show your "luv" and wear it proudly around town.

Order your Luv Midtown KC shirts TODAY for only $20!  Contact Diane Burnette dburnette@maincor.org to place your order.  


Tour De Bier 2016

This Sunday, May 15th, hop on your bike for a tour of Kansas City's breweries! 

The Tour de Bier KC, is a point to point bicycle tour of Kansas City’s breweries, historic brewing landmarks and other breweriana.  Start on Sunday at Knuckleheads Saloon at 2715 Rochester, Kansas City, 64120 and start your tour the right way! 

Several rest stops are taken with food and limited beer tasting.  Participants in the Tour de Bier KC can learn about the rich history of brewing in Kansas City and hear the stories and urban legends surrounding brewing in Kansas City.

 In North Kansas City riders will experience an emerging brewery scene, and then cruise back over the river to the City Market. The main tour route explores the West Bottoms industrial district and the Crossroads Arts District. Longer routes cruise down to Westport and points south. The Tour de Bier KC has plenty of fun, themed rest stops, docents to help tell the story of KC brewing and many guides to help you along the way.

At the end of the Tour de Bier KC participants and the public celebrate not only the end of the Tour de Bier KC, but also the end of Bike Week events for the region. Tour participants can choose lunch from several food trucks and other local vendors. Massages and music will also be available. Proceeds from the Tour de Bier KC will benefit BikeWalkKC who work to make Greater Kansas City a safer and more enjoyable place to walk, bike, and live!



                If you are a frequent visitor of Main Street in Midtown, you’ve likely seen this mural on the side of Thriftway at 40th and Main.  But have you taken YOUR selfie with it yet?? 
                We encourage you to stop by and take your picture by yourself, with your friends, or with your co-workers and use the hashtag #LuvMidtownKC to show your “luv” for Midtown! 
                Local artist, Trent Alexander, painted the mural on the side of Thriftway just in time for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Midtown and it’s been getting lots of attention!  Alexander works just next door at Midwest Cyclery, allowing him to monitor the mural on a daily basis.
                It’s a beautiful day today, so get over to 40th and Main Street and get your picture taken with the original #LuvMidtownKC mural!  We have these stickers available at MainCor as well as various businesses along the corridor at no cost to you! 

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