Try your BBQ skills for a slightly larger audience of encouraging organizers and friendly diners? Please do at the Smoky Valley High School After Prom fundraising BBQ competition on Saturday, Aug. 26. That’s the same day as the Lindsborg Street Dance featuring King Midas and the Muflers and guitarist/singer Sam Unruh. Successful in its freshman year, the BBQ event asks a $100 entry fee. Competitors will receive two bone-in pork butts and a location to work after 8 a.m. with their own equipment near Main Street. First prize: Green Mountain tailgate grill donated by Anderson Body Shop. Other kind sponsors include Sodexo food service on the Bethany College campus and Salina Regional Orthopedic Clinic. Judging starts at 5:45 p.m. Serving of BBQ sandwiches on a Frisbee starts soon after. Competition deadline: Aug. 16. Get your entry form via email from Vonceile Heble at firstname.lastname@example.org or Roxie Sjogren at email@example.com.
Tie a string on your finger, pls: Free community swim on Thursday, July 27, sponsored by Lindsborg Community Hospital. The second big weekend of Broadway RFD’s production of “Beauty and the Beast,” Friday and Saturday nights, July 28 and 29, at Swensson Park. Advance available tickets online. Now jumping to Saturday, Aug. 5: Smoky Valley Classic Car Show, also in Swensson Park, and Bethany Home Ice Cream Social with house-churned goodness from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13.
If weather cooperates on Thursday, July 27, a 120-year-old farmhouse on the northeast edge of Lindsborg will be moved to the corner of South Washington and West Grant streets, two blocks west of downtown. Historic preservationist Jim Prugh purchased the farmhouse and intends to restore it, along with another historic building already at Washington and Grant. The farmhouse was built in 1898 with 10-foot ceilings in the living room, dining room and kitchen. Original windows, woodwork and other architectural features remain. Unruh House Moving, Inc. of Galva will move the farmhouse north on 14th Avenue, then west on Wheatridge Road, then south on Coronado Avenue, then east on Grant Street. The next day, the farmhouse is expected to be be slid over and secured onto its new foundation.
Ad Hockers talked last Monday about the statewide anticipation for three upcoming shows of paintings created over several decades by Lindsborg’s Mike Hartung. Mike, retired from Arrow Printing in Salina, labored in his Main Street apartment to create a huge body of work that few ever saw. At least three Kansas art institutions will be needed to exhibit Mike’s work later this fall: The Birger Sandzen Memorial Art Gallery, The Salina Arts Center and the gallery at Fort Hays State University. Learn more here: http://kcstudio.org/little-help-friends-mike-hartung/ Once again, Ad Hoc focused discussion on 1:) further attracting and better retaining creative people; and 2.) the role of the arts and creativity in our economic future.
As snowbirds begin thinking about their trek later this year from northern locations to southern, Ad Hoc also discussed what it takes to provide attractive RV services. Most of today RVs need larger and more level pads, as well as sufficient water and electrical hookups. Thus, more investment in infrastructure. But there are great opportunities for communities to attract visitors that buy locally, establish loyalties and refer others.
And finally.... Carla Wilson had a wonderful idea: bring our quirky Ad Hoc traveling award -- the big can of Lindsborg elbow grease -- to a wider public. So Carla presented last weekend during Broadway RFD a big can of elbow grease to Karmon and Mary Anne Almquist, who have been consistently helpful in an array of local efforts. Thanks for the great idea, Carla. Thanks to Mary Anne and Karmon for, well, everything!