Tents, bleachers, electrical service and other festival necessities start rolling into the downtown area Wednesday, 10.11.17. Heads up too all as our normal routes and parking places temporarily change.
Here's a reminder to downtown businesses and property owners that the Svensk Hyllningsfest Committee is granted a blanket license to the use of sidewalks during the festival. This means promotions or vending on sidewalks must be given advance permission by the committee. This is a long-time practice meant to assure room and safety for pedestrians during this extra busy time.
If you have even one hour to volunteer at the festival, please contact Hyllningsfest Committee member Joyce Pigge as soon as possible. It takes a village to celebrate Lindsborg.
A couple of ongoing discussions at the Monday morning gatherings:
1.) First-time visitor questions continue to crop up regularly about "finding" downtown. One visitor asked specifically to see the manager of a local business to say this: You do a great job getting us off the highway. But then we're on our own to find downtown. What's up with that?
2.) *All* volunteers make Lindsborg's life and times richer -- especially Karmon Almquist and Merle Larson and the City of Lindsborg around the holiday season. As Ad Hoc explores the costs and benefits of contracting for the job of holiday lighting, we are finding a more precise value of what these folks do amid their many other responsibilities. It involves time, materials, lift equipment, physical effort, and certain amount of risk. Oh, yes -- and thousands of feet of lighting strands if we were to *fully* festoon downtown trees and the Old Mill Bridge, all of which must be maintained and replaced. Please be thinking: What is a reasonable way forward? How could we include the Harrison-Cole business district? If the community wants festive holiday lighting, how can we organize around that in a reliable, year-to-year way?
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As we celebrate Svensk Hyllningsfest and Bethany College Homecoming this weekend, we also celebrate the generosity of the late David J. Nutt. Having grown up in Lindsborg, Mr.Nutt served in World War II, was educated and worked as an engineer, and did well with his investments. From his home in California in recent years, Mr. Nutt vividly remembered the kindnesses that were shown to him and his family back in his hometown. If you have not heard the details revealed yesterday of Mr. Nutt's extraordinary $15 million gift to our community, go here: http://www.salina.com/news/20171009/3-lindsborg-organizations-get-total-of-15-million-from-david-j-nutt-trust.
Meditations about the meaning of this gift will continue far into the future. In the meantime, we offer this simple prayer: May the people of Lindsborg *continue* to embody the culture of kindness, education, and care that Mr. Nutt recognized. Thank you, sir.