Yessss. We have turned the corner into March. Spring is in sight and the fires of creativity in Lindsborg are stoked, to wit:
One of the juiciest Makers Street Art Walks ever is on tap this Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The temporary "Lindsborg Collects" exhibit will be at 110 N. Main; many downtown locations will offer special exhibits and experiences for all ages, all browsable and walkable. In a special plus, the Bethany College Swedish Crafts program will be unveiled that night, including Bethany Brooms and Bethany Bowls. At 5:30 p.m. at the Mingenback Gallery on campus, hear Bethany College President William Jones explain the outlines of the program. The first three Bethany Brooms will be auctioned, as well as three Bethany Bowls. Then walk across the street to see BC Swedish Crafts demonstrations and products at the former Chi Rho house on N. 2nd. Also open for the evening: the Sandzen Gallery. Maps to Makers Street available at any participating location across the community. Come for dinner, too!
The weekend of March 23, 24 and 25 is also jam-packed with good stuff:
• At 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, Lindsborg’s world will be rocked again by a Lindsborg Landmark Concert Series Jazz Walk featuring Bethany College alum and percussionist Brandon Draper. Brandon has arranged for KC-based trombonist, composer and arranger Marcus Lewis to be part of this year’s event — along with a crew with some of the best jazz chops in the Midwest. Not since Wynton Marsalis appeared here has Lindsborg had so much improvisational music-making skills in our zip code. More details and maps to come. Plus it’s free, sponsored by local businesses. Follow on Facebook at Lindsborg Landmark Concert Series
• The spring brunch for members and guests of the Sandzen Gallery is Saturday, March 24, from 10-11:30 a.m. Always well-attended — and delicious -- in celebration of the Sandzen’s 120th Midwest Art Exhibition. Perhaps a good time to become a member?
• Saturday, March 24, also brings the march of Lindsborg Våffeldagen. It is the search for hot waffles, waffle-y treats, waffle games, waffle photos and a lighthearted welcome to spring from Lindsborg’s own Waffle People. (Alert to downtown locations: The City has granted our event a sidewalk permit, meaning sales and other activities may be planned on sidewalks that day without separate arrangements. We encourage you to participate and add to the atmosphere.)
• A theatre production of the “Easter Vigil Readings” is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the Pearson Chapel of Performing Arts at Bethany College. The performance is free and open to the public.
• Sunday, March 25, brings the “Messiah Sing Along” as the public and guests soloists join with a large chorus and orchestra on stage to sing one of the most beloved choral works in Western music. That’s 3 p.m. in historic Presser Hall Auditorium; tickets are $10 and scores will be available at the door for an additional $10.
E-commerce was a subject of reflection and beefy Ad Hoc discussion this morning. E-commerce continues to reshape not only how we make purchases and conduct business transactions but also how we find places/people/ideas/things of interest to see in person.
E-commerce also has been very much on the minds of the Smoky Valley Development Corporation, as well as our friends who create the high-quality local online lifestyle hub called Dala Town. (Subscribe now to Dala Town: https://www.dalatown.com. Newest story is on cycling.)
As we each ponder new ways that e-commerce shifts our individual outlooks, here are some general thoughts from this morning’s discussion:
• SVDC is exploring how to create a unifying on-line presence for Lindsborg that could allow others to explore our community in virtual space. With shared costs, the effort could be effective and reasonable for even small organizations.
• The Lindsborg CVB is researching a Google Maps-related application that allows still photographs to be stitched together to give a seamless 360-degree look inside visitor attractions.
• Even for service providers such as banks, real estate agencies and accountancies, e-commerce widens the playing field. Buying properties and complex services from afar on line is more common than ever.
• In the Age of Amazon, Lindsborg is still rich. It is rich with stories — stories of owners and professionals, artists and musicians, creative minds and good spirits, educators and those seeking education, caregivers and those who need care. Our job is to tap into these stories (that many of us take for granted, by the way). The stories drive people to want to connect with Lindsborg (buy, visit, stay engaged). It is this collective community personna that remains motivating and keeps us competitive. How can we better tell our community's story? What is *your* part in that process?
• If you do just one thing to help yourself and Lindsborg in this new world, make sure your local organization or enterprise — no matter how small or large — is represented on Google. It’s an opportunity to show photographs, list hours and contact info, and describe special offerings. Many local enterprises are not yet listed on Google — yet this one thing makes a great deal of difference about whether Lindsborg’s footprint as a community is noticed in the larger world. If you need help, please contact Holly at the Lindsborg CVB. It’s easy. Takes 10 minutes. Please? Thanks.
Please send good wishes with Mayor Becky Anderson and City Administrator Greg DuMars as they visit Washington, D.C. next week on Lindsborg’s behalf. One primary meeting for Mayor Anderson and Mr. DuMars will be with Sweden’s newly appointed ambassador to the U.S., the Honorable Karin Olofsdotter. Among the gifts they will take to the ambassador? A Bethany Broom, of course.
And speaking of the digital realm, please don't miss SVHS student Logan Bodenhamer's delightful animation project about a tomte in search of his friend the Dala Horse. Thanks, Logan!