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“Out in the Crossroads” exists to commemorate LGBT History Month. It also celebrates National Coming Out Day a little early. Traditionally, Coming Out Day is on Oct. 11 each year. That date was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, the second march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality. Out in the Crossroads seeks to be a smaller, more intimate block party showcasing the many facets of the Kansas City LGBT community.
Jeff Edmondson and Eric Cristensen, life partners and co-owners of Hamburger Mary’s, began planning Out in the Crossroads in the spring of 2013 to bring back the spirit of fall street fairs in the Kansas City LGBT community. The last one was “Out in Westport” in October 2007, in front of the former Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Kansas City. Since that time, the Lesbian and Gay Community Center changed the name to “OutFest” and held its events at Gillham Park and UMKC. The last OutFest was in October 2011; the OutFest for 2012 was canceled.
Edmondson said, “We decided to put on the Out in the Crossroads street festival because we felt like we needed to do some sort of fall event for KC’s LGBT community to rally around and celebrate. Our hope is that this year’s event will be the start of a strong, new tradition in our great city.”
Held in conjunction with the monthly Crossroads First Friday Art Walk, Out in the Crossroads will see between 4,000 and 6,000 people on Friday, Oct. 4, alone. There is no charge to come out and participate in the event. All ages are welcome, too.
Out in the Crossroads will have a full array of vendors featuring a wide variety of goods and services in the Baltimore Avenue market. Participating merchants and restaurants in the Crossroads Arts District will also be offering specials, discounts and freebies all weekend to those who have purchased age-check bracelets at the event.
Guidelines for the Weekend
Out in the Crossroads is a public event. There is no cost to anyone to enter the street festival event grounds. However, for the safety of all present and due to numerous city ordinances, Out in the Crossroads requests that attendees comply with the following guidelines:
Because this is a street event, seating will not be set up for attendees.
• For Friday night, Oct. 4, because the night will evolve into a street dance, attendees are asked not to bring in lawn chairs or other seating devices. Wheelchairs and similar mobility devices are allowed as exceptions.
• For Saturday, Oct. 5, attendees may bring in lawn chairs, folding chairs, etc., to enjoy the day’s concerts.
Weapons of any sort (guns, knives, etc.) will not be permitted anywhere on the premises. Anyone caught possessing a weapon of any sort will be immediately arrested and charges will be filed against them, unless the individual is permitted by law to possess such a weapon in a public arena.
Underage drinking of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited. Anyone caught drinking alcoholic beverages who does not possess an age-check bracelet, whether that person is of age or not, will immediately be escorted from the premises and not allowed back in.
No outside beverages, whether in marked or unmarked containers, will be allowed to be brought into the event grounds.
No outside food will be allowed to be brought into the event grounds.
Kissing is permitted. But public sexual acts and nudity are not permitted. This event is intended for people of all ages, so let’s keep it clean, please.
No one under the age of 13 will be permitted unless accompanied by an adult over the age of 21.
Street parking is available throughout the Crossroads district. However, due to the expected crowds, we recommend parking in one of these parking areas:
Two blocks away
15 W. 20th St. (Across Main Street from IMIJ Salon)
101 W. 22nd St. (behind Lidia’s and Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue)
Three blocks away
300 Southwest Blvd. (Paid parking in front of Lulu’s)
30 W. Pershing Rd. (Paid parking at Union Station. Use the sky walk from inside Union Station to cross the railroad tracks for fastest access to the festival.)
The Main Street MAX bus line will take you within two blocks of the festival. It runs all day until about 11 p.m. Friday and midnight on Saturday (depending on your pickup location). Fares are only $1.50, including transfers. You can plan your route from anywhere in the metro at www.kcata.org.
After the last 2 years of dealing with the pandemic and packing on those COVID pounds here are some motivational quotes that can be the spark plugs to our wellness engines. You can have a full tank of gas, a clean carburetor, all the fluids topped off, and 300 horsepower of Detroit’s finest under the hood, but you’re going nowhere without that initial spark. In your quest for well-being, you need a catalyst to move you from idle to ideal. Here are some motivational jolts to inspire you to get your health and fitness vehicle moving.
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Thomas Paine said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” You will have conflicts with making time for exercise each day. The treadmill will conflict with your enjoyment of the living-room couch and its fluffy pillows. Your body will engage in conflict with dumbbells and exercise balls as it seeks better health. Embrace these conflicts with excitement, and walk through the smoke and fire. Triumph is waiting on the other side.
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John F. Kennedy said, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” The firefighter’s 55-pound weight loss did not just happen one day on a call. The computer programmer’s success in the Chicago Marathon did not just happen on a Sunday in October. The 4th grade teacher’s significant drop in cholesterol level did not just happen the day before spring break. These people made things happen…and it took time.
Ralph Marston of The Daily Motivator website, wrote, “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” Let today be the first day in 28 years without a cigarette. Stay an extra five minutes on the recumbent bike at the gym today. Start training today for the three-day breast cancer walk that is scheduled for the fall. Tomorrow is always waiting to see what you put in your piggy bank today. Invest wisely and watch the dividends grow.
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Jill McLemore once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.” Set that goal to trim 75 pounds from your body. Only losing 42 pounds puts you way out there with the North Star. Aim to run 750 miles this year. Coming up 68 miles short will still put you past that former planet Pluto and on your way to the Orion constellation. Dropping eight waist sizes by Christmas instead of the projected 10 will let you glow with the luminescence of several brilliant wonders in the sky. By the way, I think there’s a full moon tonight!
Zig Ziglar stated, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Tom Cruise was another aspiring pretty face in Hollywood about 30 years ago before starting to audition for parts in TV shows. Jared Fogle was a morbidly obese college student at Indiana University in the 1990s before beginning his Subway diet. Mark Zuckerberg was just another starry-eyed Ivy Leaguer until he began to implement a social network idea. They all have that common bond: They started something.
These motivational quotes should help get your wellness engine running and once your car is started there’s no telling where your health and fitness can go. Don't forget to end me a postcard when you get there!
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“I wish I could work out, too, but I just don’t have the motivation!”
Give me a dollar for every time I’ve heard that and I’d be in Cabo San Lucas with an umbrella drink right now. Let’s identify a few of your motivations to get you on the right path. They are there … you just need to realize them so you can make it a great 2022.
How about getting healthy so you can be at that Christmas celebration in 30 years with all the family gathered around and exchanging presents? There will be nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, children and maybe some grandchildren, all enjoying the sounds and sights of the season. That would be amazing!
How about being healthy so you can watch the first man land on Mars in 2030? You hear all the talk about preparing for a mission to Mars, but it will be a long time in coming. Just think if you were alive and well to see it happen!
How about being healthy so you can attend that 60-year class reunion? It might even be nice to walk into the function with a spring in your step and a glow of health about you! Many of your classmates will have walked past St. Peter and those pearly gates by that time, but you can give yourself a chance to stay here with some proactive measures.
How about being healthy so you can spend more time being relaxed and retired? It would be awesome to just not have to do anything you didn’t want to do! Get up every day and use that watch they gave you as a fashion accessory only. With a healthy body, you can spend ample time in the lap of leisure well into your 90s.
How about being healthy so you can walk your dog with your grandkids or great-nephews after that Thanksgiving meal many years down the road? It will be so cool to have that turkey dinner with all the relatives, but it’ll be even more fun to be able to move around without having to catch your breath between steps.
How about being healthy so you can continue to enjoy vibrant sunsets, thrilling football games, colorful leaves in the fall, summer barbecues, or birthday cards in the mail?
Everyone can find the motivation to work out! You just have to identify which motivation will get you to your starting line each day and which will help you get to your daily finish line.
There are plenty of great things to enjoy in life. Find your motivation and start earning your frequent flyer miles for your healthy life. Then soar into the future with excitement about what will be!
This article of motivation is brought to you by a guy who knows a good thing when he sees it. That guy of good vision is Ron Blake, and he can be spotted on that bright horizon at firstname.lastname@example.org.