As our colleagues in agriculture begin the harvest, others of us put our noses to the grindstone in other summer ways. Let us all keep an eye out for each other -- as well as for those at play.
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• Tonight at the Old Mill! The Lindsborg City Band, supplemented by special guest players, will be jazzing up the place. That's 7:30 p.m. Bring your chairs and enjoy director Adam Keller and all.
• The Good Sam Chapter of the Serendipity RV Club of central Kansas will gather in Lindsborg as members set out on a joint excursion. About seven RVs will be parked near The Hemslojd beginning 9 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 15.
• A wedding reception for 300 guests is slated at the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center this coming Saturday, June 17 -- also the date of our annual Midsummer's Festival.. Please be prepared.
• Speaking of Midsummer's Festival, please keep an eye out for guests moving between the festival's official run/walk (7 a.m.), Riverside Park (9-3) and downtown (3-5) and back to the Old Mill's Heritage Square area for the sounding of the birch horn, majestic raising of the maypole, and all-come dancing (7 p.m. start). Surry rides will be available, thanks to Bethany Home. Childrens' activities, entertainment, demonstrations, floral crowns, colorful costumes and folk dancing -- and a free 9 p.m. swim, thanks to the City of Lindsborg. It's a deal -- and full day. ! We surely do appreciate *all* who make Midsummer's possible in Lindsborg. Tack!
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The Roundtable received a visual presentation last Monday from a local group that toured Berea College and City of Berea in Kentucky. Like Lindsborg, Berea is a relatively rural location about four miles off a major interstate with a small liberal arts college and that, along with city government and independent artists and craftspeople, focuses on the arts and crafts. While there are limited apples-to-apples comparisons between Berea (pop. 15,000) and Lindsborg (pop. 3,500), there are plenty of inspirations for Lindsborg in how Berea seamlessly blends college and community, interprets their heritage, connects internally and externally, and creates economic mojo.
Ad Hoc will discuss next Monday these after-trip observations:
• Lindsborg no longer can afford *not* to communicate. As we plan for the future, we must start talking with each other -- among organizations, particularly.
• Lindsborg has quite a lot going for it, and we could do more in several areas with some relatively straightforward and less expensive shared efforts.
• Lindsborg must build more emotional connections with residents and visitors alike. We're doing some of that -- but must do more.
• Lindsborg's Swedish heritage is key and a logical point from which to expand our interpretation of the arts and crafts, food, and much more.
• Lindsborg organizations' messages to various publics must be more closely aligned to be more effective.
• Lindsborg should invest in those who want to be in creative realms in our community. One way? Provide professional coaching about arts as business.
• Should we move to regularly referring to Lindsborg as "the arts and crafts capital of Kansas"?
• Should Lindsborg become a sister city with Berea?
If your organization would like to see the Berea presentation, call Kathy Richardson at Small World Gallery, 785-227-4442, email@example.com. If you'd like to discuss these points of observation, please come to an Ad Hoc gathering from 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays at City Hall. All are welcome.