‘m late to this party, but that’s not necessarily unusual for me when it comes to television viewing options.
If you haven’t yet, you need to check out Yellowstone, a drama series starring Kevin Costner. The series follows the conflicts along the shared borders of a large cattle ranch, a Native reservation, and land developers in Montana. Outstanding stuff. The series originally premiered in 2018 on the Paramount Network. Three seasons of the series have aired, and a fourth season will be released later this year.
I’ve always been a Costner fan, fully realizing his stuff is typically either really good or really awful. There’s not much in-between. After hearing some buzz about Yellowstone, I recently took out a monthly subscription to the Peacock TV streaming service for the sole purpose of watching the series and to get caught up on all episodes in advance of season four. I’m currently in the middle of season two, knocking off about two episodes any evening I get a little me time.
As with any good TV series, there are some characters you’ll cheer for and some characters you’ll cheer against. The writing in Yellowstone is outstanding.
Check it out if you get the chance. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Not sure why, but advance discussion about the Platte County Fair has been about as quiet as I remember it ever being. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t necessarily mean a lack of interest. Heck, very little advance pub may still result in large crowds. People are ready to gather with friends and fellow community members after the pandemic, certainly. Platte City’s large attendance at its daytime Fourth of July event is an indication of that.
Anyway, ready or not, the fair arrives next week. It’s next Wednesday through Saturday, July 21-24 at the fairgrounds in Tracy. Cost to get in is $15 at the gate (cash only).
If you’re a person who has been jonesing for some Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders, looks like the Platte County Fair will be your jam. Here are the music options inside the Dirty Shame Saloon for each night at the fair:
Wednesday: Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders.
Thursday: Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders.
Friday: Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders.
Saturday: Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders.
Kane Brown music has been my jam lately in The Landmark office, in case anyone’s interested. If you’re not familiar, most of his stuff is country or what is now called country pop.
I feel even better about my fandom after seeing Kane Brown play in the celebrity softball game that was held in conjunction with Major League Baseball’s All-Star game this week. Brown was one of the few celebrities who could actually catch the ball.
Apparently not many celebrities played a lot of backyard ball as a kid. Times have changed, I guess, from the days when we played until the street lights came on.
I’ll check with his people but I’m guessing Kane Brown is not available to take one of the nights in the Dirty Shame.
For those looking to plan ahead on your social calendar, the Platte County Fair isn’t the only thing going on in the coming weeks.
A Vintage Market Days three-day event will be held at the old Kmart location at I-29 and 72nd St. in Platte County, and this sounds like a good time for those who enjoy the vintage West Bottoms-type experience. The Vintage Market Days “Vintage Soul” event will be Friday through Sunday, July 30 through Aug. 1.
Rosemary Salerno of Vintage Market Days tells me the event will feature regional and national vendors, some local vendors as well. There will be live music and food trucks (ahh, when you talk live music and food trucks you’re speaking my language).
Admission will get you the chance to browse for vintage and vintage-inspired items, architectural salvage, repurposed finds, jewelry/clothing, home decor and more.
Admission is $15 Friday, $10 Saturday, and $5 Sunday. Tickets are good for re-entry all weekend. Children 12 and under are free.
Times are 10-5 Friday and Saturday, July 30 and 31, and then 10-4 on Sunday, Aug. 1.
I don’t want to prematurely boast about a baseball prediction but here I am ready to prematurely boast about a baseball prediction. Remember back in March when I mentioned that the Vegas bookmakers’ over/under on the number of Royals victories this year is 74? And remember I said if I were to make that bet I would take the under?
That prediction looked dead in the water early this season when the Royals jumped out to a hot start and even held the best record in baseball for a short time (like a day). Remember that? Yeah, I heard from a few Royals fans early who thought might prediction was going to be off, and not just by a little. Seems like a lifetime ago, now that the Royals have dropped to last place in their division with a record of 36-53. That puts them on pace to finish with a record of about 66-96, well below the 74 over/under win total.
Sure, KC could still get hot in the second half and top 74 wins. But, you know, not likely. Have you seen that starting rotation? Guy Speckman throws a more accurate dunk tank fastball.
(If you can’t find Ivan Foley at a live music event or food truck near you, you can always find him at firstname.lastname@example.org)