News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Blue Springs Farmer’s Market opens on May 7th

clock April 10, 2011 11:12 by author Jeff Quibell

I promised Christine Williams, the manager of the Blue Springs Farmer’s Market, that I would help get the word out that the market’s opening day will be Saturday, May 7th!  Times are 7am-1pm.  11th & Main Street in Downtown Blue Springs!

Eat healthy!  Eat Fresh & Organic!  Fresh Fruits and vegetables, homemade pastas, pies, jams & jellies, Flowers & plants, hobbies and décor.  Some of the best homemade bread I have ever tasted!

Start your weekend off right!  Stop, shop and socialize with neighbors.  Visit downtown Blue Springs!  This should be the year that the Farmers Market really takes off!

For your good health,

Bill Essmann

March with the Mayor–3rd Annual Downtown Walk

clock March 14, 2011 16:05 by author Jeff Quibell


Blue Springs is a community that believes in staying healthy and being physically fit. Better health leads to a better life filled with less stress, anxiety and health-related issues. Additionally, experts say that 30 minutes of daily movement helps promote increased wellness and a heart-healthy lifestyle.
To celebrate the arrival of Spring and Blue Springs' recent designation as a Let's Move! city, join Mayor Carson Ross and members of the Blue Springs community in the Third Annual March with the Mayor.  This is a one-mile lunch hour walk through downtown Blue Springs to promote the positive results of better health, and to keep our community on the march toward being more physically active,
The walk begins on March 25th in front of City Hall, 903 W. Main Street; welcome and stretching begins at noon and the walk begins at 12:15. 
This March is the first in a series of Let's Move! Blue Springs events.  For information on upcoming events, visit

Sweets & Eats–Two Shopping Treats–New Businesses in Downtown Blue Springs

clock February 25, 2011 10:16 by author Jeff Quibell

Several years ago the city put in place new zoning and policies to encourage business development in the Blue Springs downtown area.  Our ongoing efforts to bring new businesses to the downtown continue to be a challenge, yet local business owners continue to step up and take the risks necessary to make it happen.  Recently two new businesses opened in downtown Blue Springs. 

Hattey’s on Main is located at 1005 W Main Street.  The feature Antiques, Consignment Sales, Estate Sales by Bonnie, Home Décor and Gifts, Lady Jayne Stationary Towers, Harney and Sons Teas, Custom made Floral and Jewelry.  Wanda and I visited the store recently and really enjoyed visiting with owner Bonnie Hutchcroft.

Memories on Main Street Tea Room & Café has also opened in downtown Blue Springs.  I have visited them also and believe that this gem of an addition to our downtown could rapidly become a gathering place for friends and neighbors for personal fellowship and just keeping up on what is going in our our great city.  Their menu includes Quiche, Salads, Soups, Sandwiches, Homemade Desserts, Flavored Teas and Specialty Coffees and Lattes.  They are located at 1105A W Main Street.

Sometimes we forget that there are open businesses in our downtown area, so the next time you find yourself crossing through the main street intersection on Highway 7, turn west and take the time to thank these local entrepreneurs for investing in our city by visiting there business!

Blue Springs Historical Society "Christmas Fantasy" Dillingham-Lewis House Museum - Sunday, December 12th and 19th

clock December 6, 2010 15:11 by author Jeff Quibell

Sunday, December 12th and 19th
Blue Springs Historical Society "Christmas  Fantasy" Dillingham-Lewis House Museum
Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, 15th & Main Street
You will be dazzled by the 8 room fantasy created by local decorators while you sip hot cider and enjoy Christmas cookies.
Visit for more information, or please call (816) 797-4870.

Annual Lighting of Mayor’s Christmas Tree, December 7

clock December 3, 2010 10:42 by author Jeff Quibell

City of Blue Springs Press Release


Blue Springs, Mo. – All are invited to a free family holiday event, the City of Blue Springs’ 2010 Annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 7, 2010. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will take place outside City Hall, 903 W. Main Street, in downtown Blue Springs, Missouri.

“This is a special event that draws hundreds of children and families to downtown Blue Springs for this unique holiday experience. It’s a wonderful tradition in our community, and a great way in which to celebrate the closeness and the sprit of giving that exists within our city” said Mayor Carson Ross.

Bryan Busby, meteorologist from KMBC Channel 9 and Pete Grigsby, former meteorologist for KMBC Channel 9 and teacher for the Blue Springs School District will join Mayor Ross as Master of Ceremonies. Countdown to the tree lighting and a holiday fireworks display will take place live between 6:15 and 6:20 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in an Enchanted Sleigh immediately following the tree lighting. There will hot dogs, cookies, hot chocolate and candy canes provided – refreshments were donated by Price Chopper South, HyVee, the Blue Springs Business Association and Brad & Marilyn Schoonover of Blue Springs. Craft activities for children to create will be located inside City Hall – crafts donated by the VFW Post #6603.

This year’s concert is sponsored by the Blue Springs Business Association. Scheduled to perform during the program are student choirs from local elementary and middle schools, an adult chorus from a local church and two local soloists.

The Blue Springs Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association will be collecting cash donations for their “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” program and the Community Services League will be collecting non-perishable food donations to be used in their food pantry program.

Calvary 88.5 FM KLJC will be live-broadcasting in the City Hall parking lot from 5-7 p.m. For more information about this year’s lighting event, call (816) 228-0110.


Blue Springs Has Talent Dinner and Entertainment – October 12

clock October 4, 2010 10:30 by author Jeff Quibell

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society

What: 2nd Annual Blue Springs Has Talent dinner and entertainment 

When:  Tuesday, October 12, 2010 – 6:00 pm

Where:  Thomas Ultican Elementary, 1812 N.W. Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64015           

The Blue Springs Historical Society is having their 2nd Annual Blue Springs Has Talent at their school district partner, Thomas Ultican Elementary, 1812 N.W. Vesper, Blue Springs, MO.  Dinner begins at 6:00 pm followed by the entertainment on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. 

The entertainment includes MC and Singer, Mayor Carson Ross; former Mayor and Magician Steve Steiner; Blue Springs City Councilmen; ELVIS; Guitarists, Fiddlers, Ballet Dancers; Comics; and other talent still applying.  You know our own David Cook has talent.  Now, the public has the opportunity to hear other Blue Springs entertainers on the same stage, some for the first time.

The meal and entertainment for one person is $15.00 or for two people $25.00.  Your reservation(s) check should be mailed to Blue Springs Historical Society, P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, MO 64013 by October 6th or after this date, please contact: Mary Potter, Blue Springs Historical Society, president 816.797.4870 or

Late summer, early fall means many traditions

clock September 15, 2010 10:04 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffQuibell201002 Fall is a great time of year for family gatherings and community festivals. Over the past week, Wanda and I embarked on a motorcycle trip through the Midwest, participating in a family reunion in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and an annual gathering of family and friends in Coldwater, Mich., called a Wisconsin-style fish boil. You can see a video of the final cooking process at

Modern GPS technology gave us the ability to avoid highways and toll roads on this 1,428-mile loop, which took us to two family gatherings and gave us the opportunity to see parts of the Midwest that we might not otherwise see. With only three hours of rain on the entire trip, it was truly a beautiful and enjoyable ride.

Dining at Brevins Family Eatery in Churubusco, Ind., spending the night in Jacksonville, Ill., and purchasing gasoline in Salisbury, Mo., we enjoyed our visit through most of the rural Midwest.

This time of year, community festivals are all over the Midwest, and Blue Springs is no different. As we drove past the apple orchards of Waverly, Mo., on U.S. 24, my thoughts turned toward this weekend’s Fall Fun Festival in Blue Springs.

This year will be my 26th year attending the Fall Fun Festival, when downtown Blue Springs is transformed into a gathering place for all of our citizens and community neighbors. I can’t imagine fall without the opportunity to enjoy a Timothy Lutheran Burger, St. Peter walking taco, and Keck’s root beer. I can’t wait to drop by the music boosters’ bingo tent to help raise money for our school’s music programs.

I plan to visit the political booths and gather information about those people running for elected office this November in order to make an informed decision when I cast my ballot, and I encourage you to do the same. I look forward to walking in the parade for Congressman Sam Graves and future state representative Jeanie Lauer. I plan to enjoy the first-class entertainment that the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce always brings to the festival, including the Outlaw Junkies on Friday evening and Trampled Underfoot on Saturday evening.

Most importantly, I look forward to seeing friends, as we come together to enjoy the company of your fellow citizens and the hundreds of booths that I have not thought to mention. Please don’t hesitate to stop and say hi if we cross paths during the festivities.