One of Ad Hoc's honorary cans of Lindsborg Elbow Grease was passed this morning to our own Queen of Waffles, Carla Wilson of Scott's Hometown Foods (left). Carla personally launched Lindsborg Våffeldagen seven years ago, and she remains its key creative spark -- as well as as advocate for many other good things, seen and unseen, going on in our town. Thanks so much for being in Lindsborg, Carla! (Presentation made by previous holder, Molly Johnson (right) of The Good Merchant. Shy guy Gus Applequist (center) of The Courtyard Gallery is reluctantly along for the ride in this shot...Sorry, Gus.)
New stuff being brainstormed:
• We have a possible donation of an upright piano So we're thinking: Could we place a piano in the downtown area that could be moved in and out of a building for spontaneous public honky tonk on nice days? What are the considerations? Workable? (Funky piano paint job needed, natch.) If ideas occur, contact Becky Anderson or Ann Parr.
• What does the community need in the way of a highly portable, easily storable stage/platform? Nothing so large as those at Bethany College and in Hyllningsfest storage -- but still enough for small group performances. If you have ideas about specifics of community needs, email Kathy Richardson for guidance on best connections.
Treats! Our friends at Peoples Bank & Trust will serve complimentary ol'-fashioned root beer sodas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 7. While in Peoples' lobby, do thank the bank for its community support.
Events for Sunday, April 9, that we have not yet mentioned:
• Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancer Pancake Feed at Messiah Lutheran Church from 11 to 2.
• Bethany Home's potluck supper, serving begins at noon.
Retail/attraction note for Thursday, April 6:
• Be prepared for a group of 30 "mystery trip" guests starting at 9:30 a.m. with a performance
downtown by the Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers. Shopping/exploring is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
• Also prepare for a contingent of antique auto enthusiasts who will arrive Thursday and stay for much of the weekend.
Registration forms now available at Bank of Tescott, Swedish Country Inn and The Good Merchant for the Community Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, May 6. Fee of $15 covers maps and advertising costs. (Also plan to sweep through First Bank's parking lot early that morning to score biscuits and gravy breakfast. Your at-will donations for breakfast support the July 4th community fireworks fund.)
In the hours between Friday evening, April 7, and Sunday afternoon, April 9, Lindsborg will have critical mass for high-caliber performing artists and visitors and locals who want to immerse themselves in it. All in a central Kansas town of 3,500. Sometimes you just gotta pinch yourself.
• From 7-10 p.m. Friday, the Lindsborg Landmark Concert Series will host its first progressive jazz walk. Check the Facebook page by the same name for details. The performers' credentials are superb. Free, thanks to sponsors.
• At 3 p.m. Sunday at Presser Hall, the Messiah Festival of Arts presents a call to the heavens through the performance of Take Six. It is perhaps the most respected (certainly one of the most awarded) acapella vocal groups in the country. With gospel and old-time music as part of its repertoire, the vocal acrobats of this group will amaze. Tickets will be available at the door.
To that add the dress rehearsal for Messiah featuring student soloists at Presser Hall on Saturday night, student visual art exhibitions at the Mingenback Gallery on campus, the historic Midwest Art Exhibition at the Sandzen Gallery, and the "Lindsborg Collects" pop up art exhibit at the old lumberyard? That's a wow -- even for much larger communities. Let's share the word, everybody, and roll out to support those who create extraordinary opportunities in our lives.