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Celebrate Scott Joplin's ragtime music during 50 Plus day trip on June 2
POSTED: 05/12/2016
Celebrate syncopated and popular music by visiting the annual Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Mo., during an early June day trip being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

During this trip, called Ragtime Festival, participants will hear piano songs Joplin composed while living in Sedalia including, "Maple Leaf Rag" and "The Entertainer," which was made famous by the 1973 movie, "The Sting." Meet some of the top ragtime musicians from around the world and enjoy their fun performances and musical interpretations. Find out how this first American music genre has influenced jazz, classical, and pop music. See how many tunes you recognize that have been used in movies, commercials, and cartoons. Lunch is at the Ivory Grille, located next door to the Ragtime Foundation gift shop.

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.”

This trip will leave at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 5 p.m. that day. The cost is for this nine-hour day trip, including lunch, transportation, and tours, is $79 per person. For more information or to register, call (913) 826-3030. To see this program online at, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 33371.

While 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 trip are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.

Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

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