Holiday Lighting & The Martin Talks Wrap Up

Holiday Lighting & The Martin Talks Wrap Up

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate Martin City’s “The Martin Talks” and our 3rd annual holiday lighting event on November 17th! Organized by The Martin City Business and Community Association, together with the Martin City CID, the night was filled with holiday cheer and merriment by all.

The evening started off with the final “The Martin Talks” of the year with KSquared’s Kimberly Winter Stern and Karyn Brooke (filling in for Katie Van Luchene)! The Martin City Business and Community Association has been working with The Martin Event Space each month to plan this fun event, and we are so happy to see it grow this year!


Our first guest speaker of the evening was Kansas City author, Judith Fertig who talked about her cookbook and two fiction novels, The Memory of Lemon and The Cake Therapist. Two lucky audience members won a free copy of one of her novels. Our second guest speaker was Mark Boyer, president of Tippin’s Pies. Mark talked about the perks of the job, such as being an official taste-tester. He also gave away gift certificates to several lucky audience members!

Everyone gathered at the Bailey Bros. Building & Loan Building, to listen to the St. Thomas More children’s choir as they sang holiday songs awaiting Santa’s arrival.  Santa came out to join the caroling as we lit up the district for the holiday season.

Before the lights were flipped on, a fun crowd of runners took part in an Ugly Sweater run, sponsored by The KC Running Company. The colorfully dressed runners headed down 135th street for a 3-4 mile untimed groupie run and made it back in time to watch the lighting, then grabbed pizza and beer at Martin City Brewery Pizza & Tap!

Santa sat at the Bailey Bros. Building & Loan Association for photos with children and a few four-legged friends that came to visit. Guests left with lasting memories thanks to The Photo Bus KC, who made instant prints of your photo with Santa.

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2016 “The Martin Talks” and holiday lighting event a success. We look forward to welcoming 3rd Thursday back again in the Spring! View all the fun from the November 3rd Thursday and Holiday Lighting event on our Facebook Page and on the Martin City Telegraph website.