Just a couple of thoughts on places to go and people to see over the long holiday weekend:
- Feel like you could use a little fresh air and exercise to compensate for the two cups of gravy you consumed at Thanksgiving dinner? The annual Luminary Walk at the Overland Park Arboretum, 8909 West 179th Street, might be just the thing (despite being a not-insignificant drive away). The walk will be open from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and features a mile of candlelit trails, holiday music, lighting displays and refreshments. And Santa Claus visits from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening. Kids under 5 get in free. Admission is $7 for everyone else.
- If you weren’t inclined to wake up at 4 a.m. to wait in line outside a Best Buy in hopes of snagging a 60 inch television for $109.99, but would still like to get a jump on holiday shopping, consider making a trip to the Village or Corinth. A number of the merchants are holding Black Friday sales (Haught Style, for example, is having a 50 percent off sale on some apparel). And if the prospect of braving any crowds on Friday is too much to handle, consider that American Express has deemed Nov. 27, 2010 the first ever Small Business Saturday. The first 100,000 people who register their card will get a $25 statement credit when they shop in an independently owned business.