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Bringing it on home

Barbecue meets the blues at Tallgrass Creek

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July 21st, 2014
residents at the Blues & BBQ event

Soulful blues and mouthwatering barbecue greeted about 375 guests on a cool, summer evening at a recent event sponsored by the sales team at Creek, an Erickson Living retirement community in Overland Park, Kans.  

“This was such a great way to celebrate a meaningful part of this area’s heritage—great blues music and delicious barbecue,” says Deborah Messmer, director of sales. “We have all kinds of gatherings at Tallgrass, and this event was another way to let people know how diverse our community is.”

Great tastes, great tunes

Guests strolled into the community’s spacious, manicured courtyard where they were greeted by mounds of pulled pork, smoked turkey, tender beef brisket, savory baked beans, fresh coleslaw, and chunky potato salad, topped off by homemade apple crisp. The tasty meal was catered by Jack Stack, a nationally acclaimed, barbecue restaurant located just up the road in Martin City, Mo., known for its succulent, hickory-smoked barbecue and yummy sides. 

Some of the guests kicked up their heels as Kansas City blues artist Millage Gilbert and his Big Blues Band filled the air with familiar melodies such as “Goin’ To Kansas City,” “Every Day I Have the Blues,” “Blueberry Hill,” and “Bring It on Home to Me.” Gilbert, who sings and plays guitar and harmonica, offers up easy-on-the-ears tunes reminiscent of the old, Mississippi blues style still popular in Kansas City today.  

About 25 resident hosts mingled with guests and conducted tours of Tallgrass Creek’s impressive model apartments. Resident Rita Stoltzfus, who moved to the community about a year ago, says her job is an easy one. 

“Tallgrass Creek is an easy sell,” notes Rita. “There are many wonderful things to say about this community. I am very happy here, and it shows.”