Lindsborg is being inspired in 2017, and that's a fact. As spring steadily moves closer, many are thinking about new collaborations, widening the circle, and fresh ideas. Hope you've noticed good energy. We certainly have.
• Have you heard of the new visual and performing arts monthly events called Makers Street? Every second Friday from 6-8 p.m., Lindsborg welcomes live music makers, makers of visual arts, and makers of creative conversations. The idea: to stir up a cool evening vibe and take advantage of Lindsborg's satisfying food and drink scene. If your business space can host a guest artist or performer on a future Makers Street Friday, please e-mail MakersStreet@gmail.com. Are you yourself or do you know a maker outside the community who would like to share during Makers Street? Again, please email. This event was successful in its first outing last month and has significant potential. Lindsborg's next Makers Street is Friday, March 10. Please be part of it in any way that works for you.
• Please do drop by to welcome Rick and Julie Bodenhamer and their Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters at 113 N. Main St. RAO is situated in one of historic redeveloper Jim Prugh's buildings -- and a beautifully finished and stocked space it is. Rick and Julie moved their family from Wichita after becoming acquainted with Lindsborg during regular hiking on the nationally known paths at Kanopolis State Park. The Bodenhamers' prior knowledge of outdoor equipment will combine with Lindsborg's new interest in promoting outdoor recreation in its area. Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters is a store that *any place* would be proud to claim. Now open Mon thru Wed and Fri 10-6, Thurs 10-8, Sat 10-5. Let's spread the word.
• A reminder: Send ideas for community service projects to Smoky Valley High School well in advance of its Wednesday, April 19, all-morning, all-school community service effort. Do you know of a worthy project that would take seven to 15 staff-supervised students to accomplish? Contact SVHS counselor Lana Charvat at email@example.com by Mar 1.
• Here's a hat tip to Peoples Bank & Trust's Dale Sader and local cardiologist Karil Bellah Sader and local farmer-ranchers Kent and Nancy Rawson. These two families, both of McPherson County, have received recent statewide honors for land management. The Saders were cited for improvements that encourage wildlife; the Rawsons were cited for nurturing soil erosion windbreaks. The Kansas landscape we relish needs commitment from us all -- plus the long-term investments of owner-stewards. Please thank these families for their key leadership.
• KANSAS! Magazine seeks nominations for our favorite local places to eat in the state. Nominations (only independent and small-town/local, pls) may be submitted by social media (use hashtag #bestlocaleatsks) or by USPS, email or submission form. Communities with the most nominated eats by Mar 14 move on to the next round. Lindsborg needs and deserves nominations as a rural HQ of good eats with many sit-down, take-out and mail order possibilities for food. Even Scott's Hometown Foods mail order and the Swedish Dancers' food truck can be nominated. Paint 'em a picture, folks, please?