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For July’s “Up Next!” we asked what was BEYOND fireworks in July. If I’m being honest … I think Brent confused most of the guests with the question. We tried to spotlight what to do after the fourth of July firework celebrations were over … but most of our invitees only could look at the sparkling display and politely declined our inquiries (as many of them enjoy the quiet of home). (That said, we thank our contributors — they’re awesome people and do awesome things.)
He: If these blog posts aren’t on point, that’s on us … not you.
Not familiar with “Up Next!”? We pose a question to people we like, respect and admire. And we ask them to answer in 100 words or so (plus share a little about what they have going on). Up Next! Sizzle [Tweet “We asked our “Up Next!” panel, “What’s your favorite fireworks spot AND what beyond fireworks is happening in July?“] This month, fireworks pepper the sky. So we asked our contributors where they love to see fireworks. But there’s SO MUCH more to July than fireworks. Want to know what to do this July? There’s a little of something for everyone. Anything marginally “fun” was accepted, as Brent would argue that anything can be made to be fun.

Q: What’s Your Favorite Fireworks Spot AND What Beyond Fireworks is Happening in July?

This is what they said for “Up Next!” …

Chad Beland — The Hump! Show

Chad Beland is co-host of The Hump! Show … your show about how to get one over in this thing called life. He is also the Chairman of the Board of DGAF. While drinking beer, he posts on Instagram to cmbkc1, and recounts his travel exploits at webelandingsoon.
Our girls are older and don’t show a great deal of interest in waiting out a display these days. We don’t live to far from Corporate Woods so when we do plan on watching the show, it’s our “go to” — you can almost see the display from our backyard. We’ll often venture out a couple of blocks for a good view of that nearby display.
Western Auto Building lighting ceremony (July 13)
Even though we live down south — you can count us as downtown dwellers for the first year of One Light’s existence — my wife and I have enjoyed the city’s renaissance. Restoring the light to the iconic Western Auto Building seems like cherry on top of the first phase of KC resurgence. We’ll be there when the lights go on, ready to celebrate … and take in what the city does next.
He & She note: But see if he’ll buy one of the burned out bulbs. You can often find out on The Hump! LIVE  7 p.m. CST each Wednesday on Facebook.
For June’s “Up Next!” we thought we’d trek outdoors. We spotlight where to go … and what to do this summer. (And thanks again to all of our May “Up Next! contributors — awesome people and things to do. If you haven’t already, go check it out.)
He: What’s so cool was that we got out and tried at least one thing from everyone’s list last month. Well, except for Cathy’s ballet class. As a consolation, we made her our first The Hump! interview guest.
Not familiar with “Up Next!”? We pose a question to people we like, respect and admire. And we ask them to answer in 100 words or so (plus share a little about what they have going on). Up Next! Sizzle [Tweet “We asked our “Up Next!” panel, “where outdoors would you recommend someone visit this month?””] This month, the spring rain — presumably — has stopped. So we asked our contributors where they would venture outdoors.
He: And … presumably … it’s still temperate enough that you’d want to go outdoors — at least in Kansas City. Why Chad discusses on The Hump! that swimming suits are required Boulevardia apparel.
And because the kids are out of school on summer vacation, travel season is also upon us. With that in mind, we enlisted not only Kansas City contributors but also some of our favorite people from our favorite places — East Coast, Midwest, Southwest and West Coast. Want to know what to do this summer? There’s a little of something for everyone. Anything nominally “outside” was accepted, as Brent would argue that dining al fresco or hitting a beer patio is “outdoors.”

Q: Where Outdoors Do You Recommend Someone Visit in June?

This is what they said for “Up Next!” …

Alana Gwinner — Eleven Three KC

Alana Gwinner is currently writing reviews, journaling, and keeping our community up to date on our local craft beer scene. To find out what is happening in our craft beer community, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She is also creating an annual local beer calendar; the first one will debut in August – Tap Tour 2019!
Summertime, what better place to hang outside than a patio! There are several patios around Kansas City that are not only family friendly, but dog friendly as well. Start your afternoon at Kansas City Bier Co. Their patio is huge! They have live music, great food, and their beer 😍 . Their radler is perfect for summertime in Kansas City! Then head down to the Crossroads to Brewery Emperial’s patio. It is a great starting point before enjoying your evening checking out art alley or First Friday’s. If patios aren’t enough outside action for you, you can also explore the four outdoor beer festivals scheduled in June – Westport Beer Fest (June 9), Boulevardia (June 15-16), East Forty’s Brew & Chew (June 16), and Crossroads Beer Fest (June 23). Cheers!
He: No summer VisitKC Tap Tour? No problem. Cheers, indeed!