*Another* amazing weekend in Lindsborg? Why, yes. Yes, indeed.
It takes willing people and some risk taking to sustain the energy that makes Lindsborg stand out. We thank every person on our mailing list — and many, many more beyond. Your positive words and encouragements. Contributions of time and money. Connections. Ideas. Good vibe. These make a very real difference.
Examples of this energy?
• Mark and Marty Schupbach, both Bethany College alumni who live in Texas but who have become part-time residents of Lindsborg. In June, the Schupbachs will become the new owners of the Swedish County Inn. Mark and Marty take the inn’s baton from Becky Anderson who, with support from her late husband B Anderson, warmly welcomed many thousands of guests and told our story so vividly for more than 22 years. Before Becky and B was the inn’s founder and visionary — the late Quentin Applequist and his talented family — who was bold enough to turn a worn old hotel and college dorm into a beloved overnight destination. (The Applequist family continues its tradition of innovation today at The Swedish Crown, Renaissance Cafe, The Courtyard Gallery and Cafe, and in many other ways.) We are so fortunate that the Schupbachs are willing to take the Swedish Country Inn to the next generation of overnight guests, and we look forward to working with them. Thank you.
• Tara Killingsworth and Carla Wilson, who have researched and designed a folk costume inspired by Swedish, American, Kansan and Smoky Valley influences. Tara and Carla, neither of Swedish heritage by birth but both who have embraced all that is Lindsborg, wanted to offer a design that is specific to Lindsborg — just as Sweden’s provinces and some towns and church groups have their own folk costumes. Could this be America’s first folk costume keyed to a community? Perhaps. Tara and Carla have been working on this project since November 2017. Their designs are for men and women, boys and girls. It has been a labor of love for Carla and Tara, and their combined skills are so well suited to a project that has been discussed here for decades. A photograph of the costumes’ look is attached, and we encourage you to drop by The Ivory Thimble downtown to see the costumes in person. With the start of Lindsborg’s 150th anniversary year just a few months away, the Lindsborg Svensk Folkdräkt (Swedish folk costume) is a well-timed creative accomplishment. Next steps? The costly hurdle of making patterns that can be shared. With all of us. With the world. It’s one for the books, we say.
• Bethany College’s student athletes, who turned out 80 strong to make possible last weekend’s Lindsborg in Bloom’s fun for kids. Lindsborg in Bloom organizers (seen in photo below) were grateful for this help — and so were all the families who came in contact with good-natured Bethany student-athletes as they did crafts and played games on Main Street. Smiles.
• Historic redeveloper Jim Prugh, who was in town to help open another historically renovated house to fill the increasing demand for home-like long-term stays, both by visiting families and professionals working in the area. More to come...
Looking ahead to Saturday, May 5:
• Citywide Garage Sale. Deadline is Tuesday to be on the map. Contact Liz Lahodny at Lindsborg Realty, pls. Maps should be available Friday afternoon via Facebook postings.
• Biscuits and Gravy breakfast starts at 6:30 a.m. at the First Bank Kansas drive-through. Food donated by Farley’s Bar and Grill, staffed by Kiwanis Club of Lindsborg, all proceeds go to Community Fireworks in July.
• Millfest at the McPherson County Old Mill. Be there, everybody!
• Lindsborg Landmark Concert for/with kids on Bethany College's Presser Hall stage starting at 3 p.m. Features the chance to sit near the college-community orchestra as it plays — plus for kids to create art or dance in designated locations on stage as music is being made. Then move around 5 p.m. to Swensson Park for complimentary hot dog supper, then at 6 p.m. Drum Safari with Brandon Draper. Percussion for all!
• The opening of new shows at the Sandzen Gallery from 2-4 p.m.
One last item: Please think about how we can use the Lindsborg CVB's Instagram frames to encourage photo fun this summer. Ideas? Contact Holly Lofton at email@example.com.