Lucy on the salt with daddy

With winter winds blowing, it’s nice to dream of lazy summer afternoons spent fishing or skimming across the lake in a brand-new boat. Warm temperatures are still a few months away, but the 55th-Annual Kansas City Boat and Sportshow starts today. Head to Bartle Hall (301 West 13th Street) to preview the goods that will be hot once the leaves turn green. In addition to the latest boats, RVs, ATVs and outdoor accessories, the five-day event will feature hunting and fishing seminars. Highlights include the Texas Bass Tank and tips from Bassmaster Classic 2008 champion Alton Jones. There’s stuff for the kids, too. Doors will be open today through Friday from 2 to 9 p.m. Festivities continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for children 12 and younger and $9 for adults. For more information, call 314-567-0020 or locally 816-513-5300. Also, see

Jan. 7-11, 2009