One of the Ad Hoc Roundtable’s traveling cans of elbow grease has landed in the deserving hands of Duane Fredrickson, M.D. The award was passed to Dr. Fredrickson at the recent Bethany Home ice cream social by previous recipient Mim Carlson and the team that organized Lindsborg’s 2017 Midsummer’s Festival. It is difficult to overstate the role of Dr. Fredrickson in the Smoky Valley — tireless family physician, key organizer of Lindsborg Folkdanslag, hard-working clean-up volunteer on Coronado Heights every Monday for decades, and so much more. Thanks, Mim, for creating this opportunity to celebrate one of Lindsborg’s most devoted, good-hearted and loyal citizens. Cheers to you, Doc!
A lot of what Ad Hoc is about is making Lindsborg a good place for young families. So please encourage customers and friends to bring chairs and blankets to the City parking lot on the 100 block of South Main for the free Friday night outdoor "Movie on Main" sponsored by Lindsborg Community Hospital. "Sing," a lovable 2016 family favorite, will be showing starting around 8:30 p.m. It's a hoot for young and old. Thanks, LCH!
Now is the time to check out the new Svensk Hyllningsfest web page. Go here: http://www.svenskhyllningsfest.org. Please be reminded of the work we do together and as individuals to create this signature biennial celebration of Smoky Valley heritage. Although thousands of our closest friends and neighbors come to enjoy Svensk Hyllningsfest with us, the reason we create Hyllningsfest memories is ourselves and our children. We warmly thank the volunteer committee organizing this event. Co-chaired by John Hawk and Eric Lundstrom, the committee has already labored for more than 18 months to reinvent and expand Hyllningsfest’s cultural and family offerings as well as its footprint in the downtown area. Another big thanks goes to the City of Lindsborg, which bears a big load before and during Hyllningsfest. City employees add to their already-full portfolios. They have key planning and execution roles for the festival, from re-routing traffic and emergency vehicles, providing electrical services, painting streets and sprucing, moving bleachers, and numerous details that many of us may take for granted.
Here, in no particular order, are Hyllningsfest specifics we discussed Monday morning:
• There has been discussion elsewhere of a preview for area residents who are busy during the festival. Exhibits, displays and special offerings in local stores could be organized for the Sunday afternoon prior. If anyone would like to lead the charge on this, send up a flare, please.
• Reminding everyone of Hyllningsfest float preparations… Some groups are off to a fast start; others not so much. Time to get heads together if you haven’t already.
• It’s also time to paint up, fix up clean up and plant up the community. Plan now.
• Hyllningsfest Committee is looking for someone who would like to spearhead a farmers market for the festival — anything from gourds and pumpkins, mums, needlework, baked goods and other appropriate items. Space in the J.O. Sundstrom’s second floor already is full.
• Here’s a reminder that the City grants a blanket sidewalk use license in the downtown area to the Hyllningsfest Committeee for festival days. Because of the number of people in town, it’s a safety issue to have displays and vending on downtown sidewalks during that time. If in question, contact City Hall or the committee.
• The festival committee will again sell support buttons to help underwrite the festival. Also again, support buttons will be sold in local stores for advance purchase. New this year: several strategically located and festively decorated “entryways” into the downtown area where support buttons will be sold on festival days. While the public may enter the downtown area without purchasing support buttons, the Hyllningsfest Committee hopes that the “entryways" will lend emphasis to the need to participate financially in the cost of everything from portable toilets to abundant free entertainment. The festival programs also will be available at the entryways.
• A new entertainment tent will be situated in the parking lot of Bank of Tescott this year, and food vendors will push their territory on E. Lincoln a bit east.
• Speaking of entertainment, there is bounty again this year, especially for families: the US dulcimer champ, local hero Brandon Draper, the spoon man, a puppet show from a Kansas City troupe, the Kansas-based Poke Salad Orchestra, expanded instrumental music at Bethany Church on Saturday, the return of the Smoky Valley Men’s Chorus on Friday evening, the big singalong dinner called “Spectacle at the Sundstrom” and so much more. Performances run from morning to after dinner.