After cheering for a good weekend past, we looked forward to April. Among the items on our radar:
• A new art gallery called Hands of Time will open downtown later this month. Owners Brandon and Dawn Sherwood invite all Ad Hockers to join with their friends and family at a preview from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, April 7, at 118 S. Main St. See your invitation below and RSVP. The gallery’s public grand opening will be the following weekend. In any case, please plan to drop by and thank Brandon and Dawn for bringing the beautiful Hands of Time to Lindsborg.
• Lindsborg in Bloom is Ad Hoc’s next event — from 10-4 Saturday, April 28. It’s a send-up of the ‘60s that brings out the flower child in all of us. The 100 block of South Main will be blocked off for live music and performances, arts and games for children, bouncy houses, and more. Lindsborg in Bloom is one part of our town's growing reputation for liveliness and reinvention in rural America — *especially* as a friendly place for families. If you or your organization can chip in $50 to help us continue our work of community building, please do it now. Checks to Lindsborg At Work Association in care of David Hay at First Bank Kansas.
• From 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 29, the public is invited to tour Skonhuset, the newest project of historic redeveloper Jim Prugh and his team of ace artisans orchestrated by construction manager Brian Freeman. Jim and his spouse Diane Fatheree will travel from their home in Colorado to take part in Lindsborg in Bloom the day before, then be on hand for the open house. Skonhuset is an historic house relocated from a lot on Harrison-Cole Street onto a lot on S. Third St. Skonhuset will be available as a vacation rental by owner that is also handy for corporate stays in our area. Let's celebrate all Lindsborg's redevelopment in the past decade.thousands These investments are the envy of other communities. And they prepare interesting, solid buildings to be used and enjoyed for the next century.
• Friday, April 13, is Lindsborg's next Maker’s Street with arts activities and displays scheduled throughout the town. To recognize Earth Day in April, Makers Street will celebrate eco-friendliness and creativity. Please invite friends, family and customers to join in the art walk. A printed lineup will be shared on the Facebook page “Maker’s Street — The Lindsborg Arts Walk” as well as in print at local businesses. Future Makers Street themes: May is for art without borders, June is for printmaking, July is for pie, and August is for busking.
• April 22 will wrap up the Birger Sandzen Memorial Art Gallery’s current lineup of exhibits, including contemporary artists working in encaustics and fiber, acrylics and oils, and printmaking — as well as art by our own Smoky Valley High School students. On Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m., the gallery's chamber music concert series continues with a performance by the Konza Wind Quintet.
Today we also talked about ideas and events for the future:
• Hemslojd owner Corey Peterson has been lobbied by organizers of the Estes Park Midsummer’s event to do a booth in 2018. Headlining the Estes Park event are our own Forlkdanslag and Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers. If there are other organizations or businesses who would like to join with the Hemslojd in Estes Park, please contact Corey soonest.
• What party/cover band would you like to suggest for a summer Landmark Concert series event? The venue: The Old Mill Bridge. Your recommendations pls to Mike Dreier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Could there be a Lindsborg Restaurant Week (or Weekend) in our future? Over the past three decades, an increasing number of cities nationally have scheduled designated their own restaurant weeks, usually in January or February, with each participating location offering an attractive price-fixed menu — three courses, say, for one price. The purpose is to generate business during a traditionally slow period and introducelocations and food to new customers. Could this work for Lindsborg? McPherson County?
• Would anyone want to help plan and coordinate a first-quarter 2019 seminar to refresh and learn new retail skills? Corey Peterson is thinking that a presenter he heard at a recent conference might be able to bring valuable reminders and new ideas to area retailers as on-line sales continue to increase.
• Circles of Lindsborg will hold a Monday, June 11, supper at The Swedish Crown — its first fundraiser here. Proceeds benefit the organization, which connects families with education and social capital that can help them step out of poverty for good. This supper will be served by well-known locals who will put on aprons to bring some fun along with the food to diners. Whether you are a diner or a helper that night, Circles will be encouraged. It wants to continue its growing and already positive affect on Lindsborg residents, schools, churches and social service network.
• Lindsborg Midsummer’s Festival just around the corner. The third Saturday in June is the 16th. The Volvo Car Club will again be Lindsborg’s guest. Svensk Hyllninsgfest organizers are planning a non-traditional smorgasbord for the club and the public from 11-2 at the Methodist Church, and Volvos will again be parked throughout the downtown area for celebration and inspection. The festival itself starts at 4 p.m. in Riverside Park, including a kubb tournament, maypole raising and Swedish dancing. Later in the evening, the event will conclude with a street dance.