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Secrets of Sedalia Day Trip for 50 Plus is Oct. 16
POSTED: 09/05/2012
Discover the treasures of an area town known for rails, trails, and ragtime during an October day trip being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The trip is called Secrets of Sedalia. Participants will travel to Sedalia, Mo., where they will visit the Katy Depot on the Katy Trail for a warm welcome and tour the museum to learn why Sedalia was the hub of activity in its cattle drive days. Author and historian Becky Imhauser will divulge little-known facts during a tour of Sedalia's charming downtown area. Participants will find hidden murals, discover old buildings, and see where Scott Joplin played ragtime music during his rise to fame. The trip will conclude with a stop at the Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site to find out how an eccentric lawyer built a large castle atop a bluff.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “day trip.”

The Secrets of Sedalia trip will leave at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from Antioch Park 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 5 p.m. that day. The cost for one five hour trip is $75 per person and includes lunch at the Ivory Grille in the Sedalia's historic Hotel Bothwell.

While the JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District’s Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District’s website at

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