PRESS RELEASE:

Contact: Mary Potter

Phone #: 816-797-4870

Date: October 3, 2012

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society

What: 4th Annual Blue Springs Has Talent dinner and entertainment celebrating the Historical Society’s 35th birthday and the Civil War’s 150 year anniversary.

When:  Tuesday, October 16, 2012 – 6:00 pm

Where:  Blue Springs High School, 2000 N.W. Ashton Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015     

Join the Blue Springs Historical Society in celebrating the 1920’s and the historical significance to our Blue Springs Chicago & Alton Depot.  The 4th annual Blue Springs Has Talent will commemorate saving and now restoring the 1926 Depot. 

Blue Springs railroad history changed in the 1920’s decade.  The 1879 Blue Springs two-story Chicago & Alton Depot burned.  Then, two railroad box cars became the town’s depot and in 1926 the one-story depot was build.  In July 2011 the community – businesses and individuals, rallied to save an important part of their heritage from demolition.  With generous donations on June 29, 2012, the building was moved to its new home at Central Park, 1108 SW Walnut St, Blue Springs, MO 64015. 

Entertainers will take you back in time to the 1920s.  It was a time of contradictions.   You will enjoy soloists, guitarist, and pianists as you listen to the gospel music of a tent revival and the jazz and ragtime in a speakeasy.  You may even have the opportunity to learn the Charleston which is all the rage.  But, our speakeasy will not break the 18th amendment of no liquor.  Houdini will not be able to attend, but former Blue Springs Mayor Steve Steiner will have a few tricks up his sleeve and rapper Nick Malick is back by popular demand.

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a meal cooked by the Blue Springs Eastern Star ladies.  A short video of the history of the railroad in Blue Springs and entertainment will follow.     A silent auction will benefit the restoration of the depot.   These items include a guitar with lessons from Meyer Music, a watch from Kennedy’s Jewelers, and many, many more.

The meal and entertainment for one person is $18.00 and for two people $35.00.  At the Dillingham-Lewis Museum, 101 SW 15th Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015, reservations may be purchase on Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  We accept charge cards, checks and cash and the day of the event.  Reservations may also be mailed with a check to: Blue Springs Historical Society, Attention: BS Has Talent, P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, MO 64013.  To pay at door or after October 12th you may email: MPotterEducation@comcast.net or call at 816.797.4870.