Ford constantly strives to give back to the communities to which it belongs—one reason we’re happy to be a part of the Ford family. Recently, the company sponsored a week of music and celebration for revitalizing downtown Detroit, an area devastated by economic decline over the past decades. This week of music included the second annual Ford Musician Awards.
According to Ford, the week of music included a lineup of singers such as Aretha Franklin and Mitch Ryder, as well as classical music thanks to the League of American Orchestras. The President of Ford’s company fund Jim Vella delivered a speech about the importance of supporting cultural institutions to create stronger communities, culminating in the awarding of $75,000 to five orchestra musicians.
“Detroit’s rich musical history strikes chords with audiences around the world,” said Vella. “We are proud to help bring together a diverse group of music and arts supporters to learn from each other and experience what our region has to offer.”
We at Olathe Ford are proud to be a part of the Ford community. The Ford Fund’s community sponsorships have totaled more than $15 million over the past decade, including a range of music, cultural programs, and events.
Planning a trip to the Sunflower State or just looking to check out the hidden gems in your local city? Whether you’re visitor or resident, make sure you leave no stone unturned with this list of the best three things to do in Olathe.
Ernie Miller Nature Center
The Ernie Miller Nature Center offers 116 acres of nature for lovers of the outdoors to explore. Miles of trails will keep you busy hiking and birdwatching. Look to the tourist center for educational programs and helpful advice on how to make the most of your time at the Nature Center.
Stone Pillar Vineyard & Winery
Get a taste of real local grapes at the Stone Pillar Vineyard & Winery. This vineyard allows visitors to taste an array of wines while enjoying gorgeous Kansas scenery. There’s live music each weekend during the summer months, but the fall and winter host their own handful of special events.
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site
Once a stop along the Oregon and California trails, the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site gives visitors of all ages a taste of a much younger America. Highlights include a working farm and an enthusiastic group of educators in period clothing who bring the history to life.
When the summer heat cranks the temperatures up, it’s important to stay cool. A fun way to keep your family from overheating is to take a dip in one of the pools near Olathe, Kansas.
- Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center: A huge facility in Overland Park, Tomahawk Ridge has all kinds of attractions, from kid-sized slides to fountains to canopies for shade.
- Leawood Aquatic Center: This huge swimming pool isn’t a far drive from Olathe, and is worth visiting for the giant fake whale, zero-depth entry into the pool, and well-kept baby pool.
- Olathe Parks: Stay in town and visit one of the four great pools maintained by Olathe’s Rec Department—Black Bob Pool, Mill Creek Park Pool, Frontier Pool, or Oregon Trail Pool.
- Gardner Aquatic Center: Twisty slides, a lazy river with rentable tubes, and rentable areas for pool parties are all winning attractions at this Gardner facility.
- Midwest Aquatics Swim & Scuba Center: Featuring a clean indoor pool with swimming lessons and a shop with all your swimming gear needs, Midwest Aquatics is a favorite among locals.
Another great way to cool off is to enjoy the air conditioning in a new car from Olathe Ford!