Weekend Planner: The Derby, doggies and delicious produce

The Mission Farm and Flower Market kicks off its 2017 season Saturday. Photo via city of Mission.
The Mission Farm and Flower Market kicks off its 2017 season Saturday. Photo via city of Mission.

Let the memory of last weekend’s dreary weather wash away like so much runoff down the gutter, and prepare yourself to feast on a cornucopia of spring time fun. Here are some of the best bets:


Indian Hills Middle School’s production of Hairspray opens tonight with additional performances Friday and Saturday. All performances start at 7 p.m. The musical adaptation of the famous John Waters’ movie features the songs “Good Morning Baltimore, “Welcome to the Sixties,” “Without Love,” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” Directed by teacher Cheryl Hodges-Thrutchley, the performance features a cast and crew of more than 125 students.

Photo via city of Mission
Photo via city of Mission

The Mission Farm and Flower Market kicks off its 2017 Saturday morning, with vendors selling locally grown produce and flowers. New this year, the market will also feature art and craft vendors. The market will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 5613 Johnson Drive, just across from Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop.


The Prairie Village Police Department is putting on its first ever Doggie Dash 3K Run/Walk Saturday morning. The course starts and ends in Harmon Park at 7710 Mission Road, and will wind through the neighborhoods to the west. Everyone is invited to bring their dogs on leashes to run or walk the course with them. You can register in advance by calling 913-385-4631, or register in-person at the event from 7 to 7:45 a.m. The starting gun will go off at 8 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.


Tavern’s annual Kentucky Derby parties return to both the Village Shops and Mission Farms locations this Saturday. Started seven years ago in Prairie Village, the parties draw lively patrons decked out in their finest Derby apparel – seersucker suits and outlandish hats encouraged — to cheer on the horses as they make their way around the Churchill Downs track. The fun runs from 3 to 6 p.m., when both locations will be offering extended happy hours and special Derby-themed drinks and dishes.

Homestead Country Club will be holding a “Royals Street Fair”-themed open house Sunday, May 7. The event will give people interested in learning more about joining the club to check out the grounds and amenities, and will also feature live music from “Conga Jim & the Coconuts.” The event runs 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday at 4100 Homstead Court in Prairie Village.

Summer Sundays in Merriam opens its season with a food truck festival at the Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Dr. Food trucks from Pig Tails & Olives, Fresh & Tasty Catering, Magnolia’s on the Move, Marigold’s, KC Pinoy, S & P Family Truck and Polar Oasis will be on hand, with music by Andy and the Outlaws. There will be inflatable and face painting for the kids.

The Kansas City Wind Symphony will be giving a free concert Sunday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at Village Presbyterian Church. The concert will be the final concert for outgoing conductor Phil Posey, who led the group for 17 years. The performance will include a selection of Posey’s favorite pieces.