Kansas City Connection: Easter brunch, Earth Day fun and Record Store Day

Brunch as a social institution might not have caught on in Kansas City the way it has in Portland (at least the fictitious version of the city presented in “Portlandia”). But Kansas City’s restaurants offer an impressive array of Sunday brunch options, especially on Easter.

Harvey’s, located amid the grandeur of Union Station’s main hall, is offering a special Easter Brunch buffet from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. which includes carved prime rib, eggs Benedict, brown sugar bacon, traditional breakfast offerings and more dessert options than you can shake a sticky bun at. It’s $21 for adults and $9 for children age 4 to 11. Call 816-460-2274 for reservations.

The Bristol, in downtown Kansas City, 51 E. 14th St., and in Leawood at, 5400 W. 119th St., will feature a brunch buffet with a selection of smoked fish and fresh shrimp, an omelet bar and even a chocolate fountain.

The Bristol’s Easter brunch runs all the way from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. and costs $29 per person ($14 for children 4 through 12). Make a reservation at bristolseafoodgrille.com.

In Prairie Village (a suburb in northeastern Johnson County), the highly regarded Story restaurant, at 3931 W. 69th Terrace, will offer a brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring a la carte items by Chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen, who won The People’s Best New Chef award from Food & Wine Magazine this year. Call to reserve at 913-236-9955 or visit storykc.com.

At Powell Gardens, about an hour east of Lawrence at 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, you can enjoy a traditional Easter brunch amid the blooming trees and flowers of one of the region’s largest arboretums. Brunch will be served on Easter Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Cafe Thyme, $30 for adults and $14 for children 5-12. Visit powellgardens.org/Easter to make reservations.

On Saturday, Powell Gardens will host a special “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” event with pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee, followed by an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m.

The fee ($16 for adults, $11.25 under 12) includes admission to the idyllic, spacious gardens, and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Other children’s activities will include face-painting, storytelling and arts and crafts.

Earth Day

Saturday is also Earth Day, and the activities continue at Powell Gardens with an 11:30 a.m. storytelling session with Ms. Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus,” a lesson about sustainable gardening practices and a performance by Eco Elvis.

Another big Earth Day event will take place at the Kansas City Zoo’s “Party For the Planet” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities will include live artists, face painters and roving puppets from the Stone Lion Puppet Theater. Zoo admission is $12.50 for adults and $9.50 for children 3 to 11.

Record Store Day

Completing the holiday triumvirate is Record Store Day, which will be an all-day blowout at Mill’s Record Company at 314 Westport Road.

In addition to dozens of special vinyl releases, some of the city’s best bands will be playing in the parking lot, including Expo 70, Metatone, The Caves, Lazy, Rev Gusto, Keef Mountain, Burial Teens and The ACBs (to name a few).

The day kicks off at 8 a.m. with free Oddly Correct coffee and Hana’s Donuts (two vices that, along with purchasing records, have made it impossible for my family to afford a second car). Food trucks, giveaways and crates and crates of records will make Record Store Day at Mill’s Record Company a must for music fans. Visit facebook.com/millsrecordcompany for more details.

Those hungry for even more Record Store Day excitement (assuming you haven’t already visited Lawrence’s own The Love Garden) should drop by Vinyl Renaissance, known for its vast inventory of used vinyl and high-end stereo equipment.

The newer Vinyl Renaissance store, in Old Overland Park at 7932 Santa Fe, will offer giveaways and exclusives starting at 9 a.m., while the 39th Street outpost, at the intersection of 39th and Wyoming streets, will open at 11 a.m. and feature live music in the afternoon. Visit Vinylren.com for more info.

Miley Cyrus

Finally, I would be remiss in not telling you that at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the one and only Miley Cyrus will bring her “Bangerz” tour to the Sprint Center.

Tickets are scarce, but available, either through sprintcenter.com or via StubHub. Is Miley a genuine talent going through a rebellious phase, or just another former child star relying on her sexuality to stay relevant? That, my friends, you will have to decide for yourself.

— Lucas Wetzel is a writer and editor from Kansas City, Mo. Know of an upcoming event in Kansas City you’d like to see featured in Kansas City Connection? Email us about it at kcconnection@ljworld.com.

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