• This morning we discussed how to continue to help build the relatively new and already successful monthly event called Makers Street: The Lindsborg Art Walk. Consensus of those on hand: more promotion, as well as continuing to widen the circle of friends, acquaintances, family and customers to participate as creatives and makers of performances, visuals, food, and more. Like most volunteer-driven projects, there's plenty of heart and little money. Ad Hoc is paying for social media promotion through the "Let's Get Social Fund" and First Bank Kansas has offered to duplicate maps each month. What can you do to help? The next Makers Street is Friday, Aug. 11. Plan now to take part in "Pie Luck," a relative of ol' fashioned pot luck suppers but featuring pies only. Donate and share a pie. Buy and eat pie. Create a visual about pie. Celebrate pie in song or verse. Whatever it is, let's get dreaming of pie! Contact the good folks at The Red Barn Studio, The White Peacock and Chestnut Studios to see how your idea can fit in -- and to thank them for their great work on this emerging tradition.
• The coming week: 23 students attend camp through Friday, July 21, at the Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess; also, the 28th annual Kansas Women Attorneys Association summer meeting in Lindsborg Thursday through Saturday, July 20-22 with a Friday evening dinner at the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center. Do brace for a fab summer theater production of Beauty and the Beast by our hard-working friends in Broadway RFD. Opening shows are Friday and Saturday nights with repeats next Friday and Saturday nights, July 28 and 29. Let's keep offering (and supporting) The Lindsborg Experience, everyone.
• Looking further ahead to Saturday, Aug. 26: Lindsborg's annual street dance. It will be on the 100 block of South Main. This year, the dance specially celebrates Bethany College back-to-school and what is hoped to be the official end of an accrediting probation period that started two years ago. Tag line: Bethany Arises... and Lindsborg Dances. So bring your lawn chairs and enjoy. SVHS After Prom fundraising BBQ competition and dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. on the south city parking lot. Singer Sam Unruh opens at 7 p.m., King Midas and the Muflers 8 to 11 p.m. As before, this event is free, thanks to Lindsborg businesses. Questions? See David Hay of First Bank Kansas or Megan Gallucci at Jay Jensen American Family Insurance.
• A note on Main Street music: We continue to fine-tune the speaker system as well music programming. Thanks to everyone for their help. To get a much-needed change of musical pace, we'll be subscribing to and interspersing seasonal Spotfiy playlists over the next year to see how these mix in with our recorded Scandinavian and other tunes. This $120 fee for the year will be absorbed by the "Bring Back the Music" fund.
• Several weeks ago with Lindsborg Police Chief Tim Berggren we discussed how to spot fake currency. Here's more reading in case it would be useful: https://www.secretservice.gov/data/KnowYourMoney.pdf
• Register now to take part in the Swede Days Business Expo for new and incoming students on Friday, Aug. 18, in Pihlblad Student Union on the Bethany College campus. Details below. Deadline: Aug. 1.