• June 6 is next deadline for items for new resident welcome bags. Drop 40 items only (brochures, promo items, flyers, coupons) in care of Betty Nelson or Cynthia Woodard at Lindsborg Community Hospital.
• May 17 is the deadline to be listed in the Official Kansas Travel Guide, an important magazine for Lindsborg. More listings = we get taken more seriously as an overnight and day stop. Please consider this -- or consider underwriting an attraction that is unable to pay for an $80 listing. Contact Holly or Tricia at the Lindsborg CVB -- soonest, pls? TXX.
• Three cheers: a record 47 locations on the City-Wide Garage Sale last weekend with very cool digital map by local digital design pro Jodi Steinman Duncan; $800 earned for community fireworks at the biscuits and gravy breakfast at First Bank Kansas; Millfest hosted 600 school children last Friday; a new wild Dala painted by Shirley Malm was unveiled at AuBurn Pharmacy with praise for our community's welcoming from AuBurn president Mike Burns; Becky Anderson of the Swedish Country Inn is gaining a New York state audience for us (and bookings for the inn!) in her on-air chats about Lindsborg for an Internet radio station; Broadway RFD attracted a robust number of people (60+) to audition for roles in its summer production of "Beauty and the Beast."
• Holly Lofton and the Lindsborg CVB represented us at the 28th and final Kansas Sampler Festival last weekend. Lindsborg offered popular Kansas wildflower seed packets and encouraged people to visit Coronado Heights to sew them. Craig Lofton, Lindsborg kubb master, demonstrated the Scandinavian lawn game to hundreds. Woodcarver John Presley demonstrated flat-plane techniques and held audiences while Margaret Presley kindly answered questions about our town. The feedback from those attending the festival is always valuable. This year's most frequent comments: 1.) When is your big festival? This year? 2.) We *love* the honor system at the Courtyard Bakery. 3.) I went to Bethany College/know someone who went to Bethany College. 4.) I love your town! or I've always wanted to go there! Holly says visitors like being invited to take part in what we do (in a lawn game, sewing wildflowers, dancing, whatever), that they like the idea that small-town trust continues here, and that they identify our town with festivals, education and creative enterprises. Not a bad way to guide our next investments -- as individuals and organizations, as well as a community working together.