The Pendleton Heights Orchard Fest '22 was one for the books. On Sunday October 16th, PH neighbors and friends came out to celebrate another year of successful harvests in our orchard and community garden. Simultaneously we celebrated the new jewel in the PH Orchard's crown: the installation of beehives, and the heavenly honey our bees produced in their first year of residency.
We are still aglow from all the fun, support, and beautiful weather! Many thanks to all that attended, and to the numerous volunteers who worked the event.
The day wouldn't have been half of what it was without the amazing organizations that helped make it happen, and continue to support our efforts year in and year out., On that note, and from the bottom of our hearts-
THANK YOU to Bee KC, Betty Rae's Ice Cream, Core Coffee, Dutch Flowers, Giving Grove, GoEx, Howard's Farm & Kitchen, J. Rieger & Co., KC Canning Co.. KC Community Gardens, KC Water Dept., Parks & Recreation of KCMO, Kansas City University, Lead to Read KC, Mid-America Regional Council, PH Coffee, Ruby Jean's Juicery, Stone Lion Puppet Theatre, Zero Zero Handmade Pasta, Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins, and last but not least, the bees of PH.
Love, PH xo
Join us on Sunday October 16th as we celebrate the close of 2022's harvest season with some fantastic family oriented fun at the Pendleton Heights Orchard Fest!
The Stone Lion Puppet Theater will perform its show, "Down the Drain" at noon, where we'll learn about the importance of water conservancy in a most entertaining manner. Before and after the show, be sure to carve out time to check out the pumpkin patch, enter to win some excellent raffle prizes, and don't forget to let your kiddos participate in some interactive crafting with Miss Margarita, the original founder of Art Garden KC.
Because Halloween costumes can be costly and children quickly outgrow them, the Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association's Green Spaces Steward, Whitney Blaire, has conjured up a children's costume swap. To participate, bring your gently used costumes to exchange for new or new-to-you ones. Miss Jenn will be on hand to assist with costume selections and to answer any questions you might have, making costume shopping easier than ever. PHNA would like to make this a tradition so monetary donations will be appreciated, though certainly not required.
Lest you think the fun ends at 2pm, think again. You're invited to stick around afterwards for the Chiefs and Bills watch party at PH Coffee (2200 Lexington Ave). There'll be plenty of beer and hotdogs on hand for everyone, with a percentage of proceeds being gifted back to PHNA & PH Green Spaces. Bonus: if you buy a PH t-shirt at the PH Orchard Fest, you'll get a coupon for a free hotdog to enjoy during the game. Such a good deal! PH Coffee features a play area for little ones who may not be able to sit still for the duration of the game, so as you can see, everyone wins on Sunday.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Love, PH xo
Sunday 7/31: Pendleton Heights celebrated their first ever honey harvest with Bee KC, Howard's Farm, 50+ neighbors and of course their marvelous green spaces steward, Whitney Blaire (photos L to R, courtesy of Sarah Thompson-Lift and Megan Hamer).
Although Bee KC had taken on the important role of overseeing harvesting duties, they also made dreams come true for the many helpful volunteers on hand. Jenn Clark fulfilled her apiarist fantasy by donning the full regalia and performing bee calming duties with the smoke pot. Children not only put on bee suits to handle the bees and screens, some also helped scrape the screens of the precious nectar & beeswax. One of the Hamer children was even granted the privilege of working the centrifuge which separates the honey from the combs, and they did a great job too!
Two neighborhood kiddos were stung by a few errant bees but they bravely soldiered through, thanks in part to loving parents smoothing away tears. The other part of that equation? The delicious treats provided by Howard's Farm, of course! Their homemade honey ice cream and honey basil lemonade made all frowns turn upside down.
The cherry on top of the day came in the form of a most delicious surprise. Those who stayed to the end were rewarded with a jar of honey, fresh from the hive. PH honey is said to be very floral, and some have detected a subtle citrus thread running through to the finish. However one wants to describe it, all can agree that the bees of PH got it right. Their honey is just like the neighborhood they live in: multifaceted, delightfully different, and uniquely sweet.
This coming Sunday, make plans to drop by the Pendleton Heights Community Orchard (Lexington at Montgall Aves), as we'll be harvesting our first batch of honey from the hives that were installed this past spring. We hope there'll be enough for all to sample but if not, rest assured this is more than a honey harvest, it's a family friendly hullabaloo! Bee KC and Howard’s Farm will be on hand to make sure of that with with bee suits, refreshments and more.
So save the date and don't be late. A good time will be had by all!
The first exploratory session/Open House for the KCMO Sidewalk Plan is happens on July 13th, 2022 at the Mattie Rhodes Center Northeast (148 N Topping Ave Kansas City, MO 64123) from 5-7 pm. More meetings will be scheduled and there will be a virtual open house option for those who can't attend in person.
Your input truly matters, so be on the lookout for more information on the Pendleton Heights Facebook page for a very special survey in the coming days. Last but not least, make sure to check out the project website to learn more about the project and see the schedule.
Join us Saturday, June 25th (9am-12pm) for a community celebration of Kessler Park, hosted by the KCMO Parks Department as part of the Kessler Park Planning Process!
This celebration kicks off in one of our "sister" neighborhoods (Scarritt) at the Colonnade, so it's within walking distance, and is for all HNE residents and their friends (kid friendly too!). Here you'll connect with local neighborhood associations, community partners, and participate in hikes and happenings throughout the park. The cherry on top? A Mobile Music Box featuring the Kansas City Symphony will also be on hand to delight and entertain.
The Kessler Park Plan project aims to improve connections between key nodes of the park and to explore ways to make amenities more accessible to residents. Learn more about the plan here: https://www.kesslerparkplankc.com/
It's that time again, and you can rest assured that a neighborhood as quirky as ours reliably guarantees interesting yard sale finds. Some of the items you'll likely come across on Saturday (May 21st from 9am-2:30pm) include-
Vinyl (aka LPs/ records)
Vintage video games
Stuff for babies & kidlets
Stuff for YOU!
The fun factor is amplified by the fact that there will be at least 11 participating locations. More may be added in the 11th hour, but here's what we've officially got for now:
With all of the walking and shopping you'll be doing, chances are you'll need to refuel. With your comfort in mind, yard sale attendees will be well cared for at Core Coffee (546 Olive St.) and PH Coffee (2200 Lexington Ave.). Just ask about the PH Yard Sale Special at each place and they'll hook you up. Easy-peasy! If you're looking for something to cool off with, Snow & Roast mobile cafe' will be here too. They will be situated on Brooklyn at Lexington, adjacent to the PH Pocket Park.
We hope to see you there!
So much to do and see on Sunday, April 3rd in Pendleton Heights- where to begin?!
First off, The Little Free Library in the PH Community Garden is officially opening with a ribbon cutting this coming Sunday, and we couldn't be more excited about it! After the ribbon cutting, stroll north on Brooklyn to to check out what's happening in the PH Pocket Park (visitors! PH t-shirts and totes for sale!), then hang a right on Lexington to drop by Art Garden Kansas City's spring/summer kick off. We hope to see you there!
PH Community Garden: 2125 Minnie St.
PH Pocket Park: 2119 Lexington Ave.
Art Garden Kansas City: corner of Lexington Ave @Ord St.
The Kansas City Design Center (KCDC) invites you to join them for our Kessler Park Water Reservoir vision study Public Meeting at the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, April 5th from 5:30-7pm. The KCDC is a non-profit, academic, urban design studio focused on promoting design excellence in the KC area; the goal of this project is to create a community centered design vision study for the repurposing of the abandoned water reservoir into a multifunctional public space. The purpose of this public meeting is to garner feedback from PH residents and the greater Historic Northeast community on design detail and programming options for the reservoir. This is the last of the series of public meetings before the final project presentation in May.
This project is being conducted in partnership with the Pendleton Heights neighborhood and KCMO Parks & Recreation and follows up on a 2014-15 study that the KCDC completed. The original study focused on Kessler Park and then naturally honed in on the possibility of repurposing the reservoir in a modern, meaningful way. The current vision study will be completed in May 2022 and we- KCDC and PH- hope that it will provide a guide for potential public realm improvements of the reservoir, transforming it into an amenity for the surrounding neighborhoods.
For those that cannot attend in person, there is an option to view the presentation and provide feedback online. More details about the meeting can be found here: https://www.kcdesigncenter.org/events/waterreservoirpublicmeeting3
Dear PH Valentines,
As of February 7th, Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association members will begin receiving a discount on most all of the items available at our web store. Why? Because you are loved and you deserve it! Quite honestly, outside of our marvelous Victorian era housing stock, pretty much everything great about the PH of today could never have come about without your generosity and outside-of-the-box brilliant ideas. From the PH Community Garden, our orchard, the flowers and fairy lights in our alleys, to the inception of Art Garden Kansas City, that's all you. So thank you, wonderful you, for your continued support as a member of PHNA.
Not every resident of PH is a member of the neighborhood association, but it certainly seems as though most all of us have somehow contributed to the betterment of our enclave. Oh, yeah, we’ve seen you out there mowing your elderly neighbor’s yard in the summer. We saw you with your snow blower well beyond your own block just last week, and with no reason other than to shine some comfort your neighbor’s way. Look at you, a true example of what loving your neighbor really looks like. Thank you so much for that, and for the good no one ever caught you doing (yet). That goes for all of you, PHNA member or not.
In an ideal world we’d reserve more than one day each year to celebrate those who matter most to us, and to show them in some small way that they’re seen and loved. With that in mind, we’ll be striving throughout February at phkc.org to make it Valentine’s Month.
Between now and February 28th our best selling t-shirt will be available for sale to all friends and neighbors at the PHNA membership price. We may even simply toss one your way because you were caught doing something really great for another neighbor. Why? Same answer as before: you are loved and you deserve it!
To report on a neighbor committing an act of benevolence: email the name of the perpetrator, a brief description of said act, the date it occurred, and any other pertinent details to Board@phkc.org