May we say thanks again to...
• the Midsummer's Festival team, including the Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers and Folkdanslag? They looked crisp even in 100-degree weather.
• our City of Lindsborg team for neighborhood branch removal help after week's wind storm?
• anyone and everyone who listens, helps where possible, and tries to find positive ways forward?
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Among upcoming events...
• the final City Band concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Swensson Park.
• also in Swensson Park will be Lindsborg's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July -- with cool new fun for kids this year. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. children may bounce on big inflatables thanks to Long-McArthur Ford and "Lindsborg in Bloom" organizers. Also 10-1, come for Lindsborg's first first Turtle Trot! Yes, entrants can race a Kansas box turtle of their choice on a purpose-built track, thanks to Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters in downtown Lindsborg. Pick up entries and details about the trot from Rick and Julie Bodenhamer at Rendezvous (along with guidance in box turtle care). Family fun resumes later in the afternoon at the park gazebo with complimentary decoration materials for bikes, trikes, wagons and small rolling stock and a parade at 5 p.m. Entertainment on the bandshell stage starts at 6. Then the fun moves to the skies over Bethany College and a community fireworks display sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Lindsborg with help from the college and community donors. (It's not too late to chip in a few bucks! Pls see David Hay of First Bank Kansas.) Watch the show from Anderson Field grandstands or the venue of your choice.
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This morning Ad Hockers welcomed Charles Walton of Lindsborg, who recently purchased the property at 120 W. Lincoln. Mr. Walton described plans for a digital art gallery, small restaurant and fine wine tasting venue under the name The Wine Gallery. He envisions remodeling the building and staging the business over about two years. Learn more about Mr. Walton's concept at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1WHp4HgWoo
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Over at least the next two Mondays, Ad Hockers will continue to outline ways we can create and sustain more "pockets of creativity" in Lindsborg in association with Bethany College's new strategic goals. Anyone is invited to sit in or take part in these discussions, especially everyone who loves the creative. We are brainstorming about how to tie in Smoky Valley traditions into new and reinvigorated crafts, music and visual arts. The aim is to further develop Lindsborg's and the college's creative cultures and make them more seamless -- and visible. From these conversations will emerge a document that can be shared with the college, city and others. Please stay tuned. If you can contribute ideas, please do.
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On a related note, Corey Peterson of the Hemslojd showed this morning a small hand broom made by Berea craftsman Jason Burton, who visited this past weekend at the invitation of Bethany College President William Jones. Jason custom-dyed broom corn, then wove and stitched bristles around an old railroad spike from Berea. He finished the piece with a woven and stitched cap where bristles clustered around the spike. His approach to the work brings unexpected new dimension and meaning to a humble tool. Jason's creation will be presented tonight to the Lindsborg City Council.