A New Perspective on Downtown Days 2015

If you attended this year’s Downtown Days Festival, you know the streets were packed, the music was pumping, and the drinks were flowing. Along Downtown Days Ferris Wheel with all of the great entertainment, we also had many children’s activities including a carnival, pony rides, and a bungee jump attraction. Our vendors didn’t disappoint either, with wares ranging from handmade items to personalized goods, the streets were full of prime shopping opportunities.

Although this festival has been around for many years, we got to see it from a new perspective this year. Thanks to Phaze 4 Photography, we can now see Downtown Days from a view that is not very typical. What the video to see what we mean!

Video Credit: Jacob Herrman, Phaze 4 Photography!

Downtown Lee’s Summit hosts GardenWalk in Howard Historic Neighborhood District

GardenWalk2015LogoWeb For the fourth year in a row, GardenWalk, a grassroots garden tour celebrating gardens, history, art and architecture will take place in Lee’s Summit. The event will take place on Saturday, June 20 in the Howard Neighborhood Historic District. The GardenWalk features nine beautiful gardens ranging from funky to formal and encourages participants to explore some of the homes and gardens that make Lee’s Summit so unique. It is a great way to meet new neighbors and friends, and last year’s event saw an attendance of more than 250 people.

Tours begin anytime between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (rain or shine), starting at 601 S.E. Miller St. (Fossil Gardens) at the corner of 6th and Miller Streets in Downtown Lee’s Summit. Tickets are $5 per person (ages 12 and younger are free) and can be purchased at Great Southern Bank locations in Lee’s Summit, or the day of the tour at 601 S.E. Miller St.
GardenWalk visitors are encouraged to park in the city’s free public parking garage at Second and Green Streets and explore Downtown Lee’s Summit shops, restaurants and the Farmers Market before or after taking a GardenWalk Tour.
GardenWalk is sponsored by Great Southern Bank and Door to Door Organics. Proceeds benefit Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street’s efforts to revitalize and preserve Downtown Lee’s Summit.

For more information about GardenWalk, visit http://www.fossilforge.com/gardenwalk.



Entertainment, Food and Fun at Downtown Days…Streets Alive! Festival

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Plan to kick off the summer during the annual Downtown Days…Streets Alive! Festival, Friday to Sunday, June 5-7, spanning six blocks in the historic Downtown Lee’s Summit central business district. Live entertainment featuring The Elders, food vendors, a carnival, Pianos on Parade, craft vendors, the KCBS-sanctioned BBQ competition and much more are part of this year’s festivities.

Festival hours are:

Friday, June 5- Noon to 10 p.m.

Saturday, June 6- 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, June 7- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more than 20 years, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street has been hosting a family-friendly festival in the heart of Downtown Lee’s Summit. Every year, the Downtown Days committee brings in new events and activities, and this year is no exception, promising a few attractions festival-goers won’t see anywhere else.

Below is a complete schedule of events:


Friday, June 5

4:30 p.m. ‒ Mad Science (children’s science education)

5:30 p.m. – Sit Means Sit (dog training)

6:30 p.m. ‒ Green River Kings

8:30 p.m. ‒ The Nace Brothers


Saturday, June 6

11 a.m. ‒ School of Rock

12:15 p.m. ‒ Rockin’ Rob (kids’ music)

1:30 p.m. ‒ Summit Theatre Group

2:00 p.m. ‒ Heart of America Dance Centre

3:45 p.m. ‒ BBQ Awards

4:30 p.m. ‒ Got Talent

6:00 p.m. ‒ Chance the Arm (Irish/Celtic rock)

8:30 p.m. – The Elders (Celtic & American folk rock)


Sunday, June 7

11 a.m. ‒The Audionce

Noon ‒ Reed Performing Arts

1 p.m. ‒ Studio d Dance Company

2:30 p.m. ‒ Western Automatic



SMOKIN’ on the Summit BBQ: Celebrating its 5th year, this BBQ is a fundraiser presented by APL Financial Services, LLC and organized by the Downtown Lee’s Summit Rotary Club. The annual event is KCBS sanctioned and a Missouri State Championship event. Over 80 teams will compete for a $10,000 purse and the right to be the 2015 APL Financial Services, LLC Grand Champion of one of the Midwest’s premiere BBQ competitions.

Civil War Reenactments: Members of the Third Missouri Infantry portraying Civil War-era soldiers including displays and children’s activities.

Krazy Kidz Bungee Jump: Bungee jump trampolines catapult you into the air where you can flip or spin to your heart’s content. An exciting attraction for all ages!

Carnival: Enjoy rides, games and food; open all hours of the festival. Sunday is wrist-band day.

Pianos on Parade: Artistically-painted, playable piano on display as part of the Kansas City-wide event. The Lee’s Summit piano features artwork reflecting the Truly 150 sesquecentennial celebration for the city of Lee’s Summit by local Lee’s Summit artist, Teresa Keene.

Kids Street: Games, face painting, food and more available all weekend.

Petting Zoo & Pony Rides: Visit animals in the free petting zoo hosted by Sunset Trails Stables.


Downtown Days…Streets Alive! is the major fundraiser for Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization and historic preservation of Downtown Lee’s Summit, and is sponsored by Amtrak/Missouri River Runner, Abundant Life Church, Billy Goat, County Beverage Company, Door to Door Organics, KCP&L, Lee’s Summit Journal, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Tingle Flooring, University of Central Missouri Summit Center.

For more information about Downtown Days, visit www.LeesSummitDowntownDays.com.


For more information about Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, visit www.downtownls.org.


For more information about SMOKIN’ on the Summit BBQ Competition, visit www.smokinonthesummitbbq.com

Music in the Park Kicks Off May 22

The Music in the Park concert series kicks off at 6:15 p.m. Friday, May 22, with the popular Kids’ Night, featuring The Jack Snaps, Rockin’ Rob and The School of Rock. The concert is free and open to the public, and takes place in Howard Station Park on S.E. Main Street in Downtown Lee’s Summit. Music in the Park is organized by Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, and sponsors include Amtrak/Missouri River Runner, Bank of Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit Honda and Shining Light Music.

The Jack Snaps write and perform positive music for kids. Children are encouraged to get up and move fast to songs like “Listen to Your Mama” and “The Superman Waltz.” Rockin’ Rob offers interactive, educational entertainment for kids and families. The School of Rock uses a performance-based approach to music lessons which results in students being more inspired to learn, more motivated to excel and more confident.

Local musicians volunteer their time and talent for Music in the Park, which typically takes place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays from May 22 to September 4, in Howard Station Park. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and listen to music, walk around Downtown Lee’s Summit, and visit downtown shops and restaurants. Plenty of shade offers a cool way to enjoy a variety of musical genres, including folk, Celtic, blues, jazz, alternative rock, classic rock and pop. This year’s line-up includes returning seasoned bands, as well as some new artists to Music in the Park.

The full line-up for this year’s Music in the Park series:

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Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of Downtown Lee’s Summit. For more information about Music in the Park or other Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street events, visit www.downtownls.org.

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street announces the addition of new staff

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street (DLSMS), a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization and historic preservation of Downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri, welcomed the addition of two new staff members this month. DLSMS is excited to announce the addition of Robyn Simmons, Events & Promotions Director and Jen Morris, Communications Coordinator.

“Robyn brings an excellent combination of event management, logistics and volunteer experience to the Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street team, and we are very excited to have her,” said Executive Director, Jody Fristoe.

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Robyn Simmons

Robyn Simmons, Downtown Lee’s Summit’s new Events and Promotions Director graduated from George Washington University with Bachelors of Arts degrees in Journalism and Political Science. She is also a graduate of Lee’s Summit High School and has returned to Lee’s Summit from Washington D.C. where she worked in government relations and hospitality. A former hotel sales and conference services manager, she has extensive experience in events and hospitality.

For nearly a decade, Robyn served on the Leadership Team of Celebrate Fairfax, which is the largest community-wide festival in northern Virginia. Her roles included stage manager, gate supervisor, crowd management facilitator, talent reviewer and logistics team member. In 2014, the Celebrate Fairfax Board of Directors presented her with the CFI Ambassador Award in honor of her outstanding service to the festival.

In addition, Robyn has volunteered in numerous events including the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Presidential Inaugural and the Del Ray Music Festival. Robyn currently volunteers with the Kansas City – International Association of Business Communicators and the Truly 150 Lee’s Summit Sesquicentennial. In her free time, Robyn can be found attending concerts, cheering on the Royals, taking pictures of the countryside and attending as many festivals as she can work into her schedule.

Jen Morris

Jen Morris

Another addition to the team is Jen Morris, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street’s new Communications Coordinator. Jen graduated from Drury University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and minors in Design Arts and Global Studies. She brings with her experience in brand management, graphic design, and research, most recently in the higher education industry.

Jen is a life-long resident of the Kansas City area and is new to Lee’s Summit, where she is very excited to get settled and start meeting the residents and business owners. Most recently, Jen served as the Research Analyst at a local advertising agency where she developed target market and competitive research for clients and internal teams. She previously held positions as a brand manager for two national online toy brands and as a magazine designer for the wholesale baking industry. In her free time, Jen enjoys taking dance classes, painting, thrift shopping and learning how to refinish antique furniture.

Improtant Information for May 16, 2015 Events

This Saturday, May 16, there will be several events taking place at City Hall, 220 S.E. Green St., in downtown Lee’s Summit. From the opening of the City’s time capsule, to a historically-themed bike ride, these events help celebrate Lee’s Summit and its 150th birthday. Below is important information about each one of these events, including road closures.

  • Big Truck & Equipment Show, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Kids of all ages can climb up into the driver’s seat of some of the City’s biggest pieces of equipment and watch live equipment demonstrations. The event includes a bounce house, face painter, food vendors and more. Visit LSpw.net for more information. Please note: Green Street, from Third Street to just south of the City Hall parking garage, will be closed from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • Opening of the Centennial Time Capsule, 10:30 a.m. in City Hall Plaza: The Centennial Time Capsule was buried in 1965, and now it’s time to see what it’s inside! KMBC 9 News Meteorologist Erin Little will host a brief ceremony before the contents of the time capsule are revealed.
  • Art & Artifacts Fair, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: View historic artifacts inside City Hall in celebration of Historic Preservation Month. The contents of the time capsule will also be on display.
  • Ride the History: Time Capsule to Museum (historically-themed bike ride), 1:45 p.m.: Kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes and adults are encouraged to dress up in vintage costumes. All types of bikes are allowed, including vintage bikes. Parents will ride/walk alongside their kids. The bike ride will begin at 1:45 p.m. on the south side of City Hall, travel west on 3rd St. for approximately a ¼ mile, and end at the new location of the Lee’s Summit Historical Society Museum, 220 SW Main St. The entry form with waiver form for the bike ride is due by the time of the event. Please note: The northwest section of the intersection of SE 3rd St & SE Green St will be briefly closed for the event. The southeast portion of the intersection will remain open. The northeast portion of the intersection of SW 3rd St & SW Main St. will be closed. The southwest portion of the intersection will remain open. There will also be a barricade placed just north of 220 SW Main St. for the duration of the event. The alleys along the route that intersect SE 3rd St will also be closed. The bike ride is only expected to take 20 minutes.

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Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Receives 2015 National Main Street Accreditation

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the national list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations and demonstrate their ability in using the Main Street Four-Point Approach® methodology for strengthening their local economy and protecting their historic buildings.

“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s 10 Standards of Performance,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of whom have been around since the beginning.  These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character.”

The Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street organization is evaluated annually by Missouri Main Street Connection, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, tracking economic progress, preserving historic buildings and more.

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street met both the national and state accredited-level criteria, which is the highest designation level in the Missouri Main Street connection program.

“Everyone who contributes to the accreditation achievement of Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street can be proud of the recognition,” said Gayla Roten, State Director for MMSC. “Downtown Lee’s Summit has built a strong foundation of supporters and partnerships for the program and has made an excellent awareness campaign that Downtown Lee’s Summit is Your Downtown. They have made great progress over the past year. Lee’s Summit is also to be congratulated on the image building events which attract many new visitors and locals to enjoy the downtown.”

“Having just celebrated Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street’s 25th anniversary, we are profoundly grateful to all those countless individuals and businesses who have so generously given their time, talents and energy in a collaborative effort to revitalize, preserve and strengthen Downtown as the heart of Lee’s Summit. We are proud to have earned the 2015 National Main Street Accreditation and look forward to supporting the continued success of downtown Lee’s Summit,” said Jody Fristoe, executive director of Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street.

For more information about the national program accreditation program, visit http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/about-main-street/the-programs/national-programs.html.

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of Downtown Lee’s Summit, Mo. Downtown Lee’s Summit is a multiple state and national award-winner for excellence in downtown revitalization, including the 2010 Great American Main Street Award, which the National Trust Main Street Center gives to only five communities across the nation every year.

Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,000 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 35 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $61.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 528,557 net new jobs and 120,510 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 251,838 buildings, leveraging an average of $26.52 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.

Job Posting: Communications Coordinator

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, an accredited Main Street program through the National Main Street Center and Missouri Main Street Connection, is searching for a Communications Coordinator for its award-winning, 25-year-old nonprofit organization.

The Communications Coordinator helps coordinate communications and media relations efforts for the organization and provides support to events and promotions within the downtown revitalization program, which utilizes historic preservation as an integral foundation for downtown economic development. The Communications Coordinator helps supervise volunteers, interns and community service workers.

This position is part-time, up to 30 hours per week.

Click here to review the Communications Coordinator Job Description.

To apply, send cover letter, resume, and references by April 17, 2015, to: jody@downtownls.org

Downtown Lee’s Summit, Mo., a community of more than 90,000 residents just outside of Kansas City, is a recipient of the Great American Main Street award.

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Announces Promotion of Jody Fristoe to Executive Director

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Jody Fristoe

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street announces the promotion of Jody Fristoe to Executive Director.  Fristoe, a Lee’s Summit area resident since 1978, joined the organization in December 2014 as Director of Events and Promotions.

Jody Fristoe is a graduate of Lee’s Summit High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  Her professional experience in the wholesale marketing industry included sales, sales management, customer service, maintaining retail relationships, overall office administration, showroom and merchandising display, and trade show event management.  In addition, Jody has held many leadership positions for various nonprofit, volunteer and community service organizations in the Lee’s Summit area.

According to Fristoe, “I come to work every day with joy!  Downtown Lee’s Summit continues to be the heart of our city’s cultural, governmental, and family activities. I have a vision for how to continue the momentum, expand our reach and strengthen our existing relationships with investors, sponsors, merchants, stakeholders and the surrounding community.”

Lynn Hinkle, President of the Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street’s Board of Directors, says “We are very excited to have Jody as our new Executive Director.  She brings a wealth of experience in retail/wholesale merchant sales and relationships, fundraising, and event planning.”

Fristoe resides in Lee’s Summit with her husband, Daren, and has two children currently attending the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Job Posting: Events & Promotions Director

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, an accredited Main Street program through the National Main Street Center and Missouri Main Street Connection, is searching for an events & promotions director for its award-winning, 25-year-old nonprofit organization.

Downtown Lee’s Summit, Mo., a community of more than 90,000 residents just outside of Kansas City, is a recipient of the Great American Main Street award.

Click here to review the job description.

To apply, send cover letter, resume, references and salary/compensation requirements by April 10, 2015, to: jody@downtownls.org

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