Our little place has much to cheer — especially now. A successful Bethany homecoming weekend including alums celebrated and a gridiron win. Smoky Valley Schools' triumph as district football champs. The community having rallied around Marsha and Ron Rolander’s successful efforts to bring a national doll collector meeting to town over the weekend. Last weekend's debut of a much-buzzed-about KPTS broadcast story about Lindsborg’s dala horses. Hats off to everyone who helped. (This means you.)
Three scheduling items of note:
• You’ve read about it. Now it’s almost here. Kasino Royale, the Svensk Hyllningsfest benefit, is on this coming Saturday night. Spin the wheel, throw the dice, and our Hyllningsfest legacy wins.
• This coming Sunday, Oct. 21, we’ll be offered a rare choral experience in the performance of the requiem by French composer Gabriel Faure’. Requiems mark death; however, many reviewers find Faure's melodies to be soulful and freeing. Experience the Faure' compositions as interpreted by blended college and community voices and instruments, as well as guest vocal soloists Kalyn Powers and Les Flannigan. That’s Presser Hall, 4 p.m. Thank you, Bethany Music Department and community musicians, for creating this event.
• Erroneously reported here has been the start time of the Dec. 1 Snowflake Parade. It is 11 a.m., not 10. Note that, please. Volunteers are starting to gather the parade lineup and are inviting everyone to get in the spirit. Organizers also plan to apply for a sidewalk permit that will allow vending tables on downtown storefront sidewalks. Making a popular return: "make and take ornaments” to be available at several local businesses. Learn more? Contact Carla Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
20 Kasino Royale benefit for Svensk Hyllningsfest 6-10 p.m. at the Sundstrom Center
28 Trunk or Treat @ Trinity Methodist parking lot, 5-6:30 p.m. and soup supper by donation; businesses/organizations invited to participate by bringing a decorated vehicle and treats to give out; register by calling the church at 227- 3326
29 Deadline to sign up to be a Tomte Stop for the Nov. 10 Holiday Open House
31 Soderstrom Elementary costume parade and trick or treat downtown; starts at 2:45; prepare for 300 treats to be individually dispensed
1 Cover display windows for Nov. 9 unveiling
9 Makers Street Art Walk 5-8 p.m.; at 5 p.m. lighting of trees and Old Mill Bridge and unveiling of decorated shop windows with theme “Unwrap Lindsborg”
10 Lindsborg Holiday Open House 10-4 p.m. with Tomte Scrambler game, gift certificate/gift item baskets as prizes; shopper rewards also will be given
24 Small Business Saturday 10-4 p.m. with multiple in-store raffles, horse-drawn wagon rides and treats for children
1 Artists Studio Open House 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with maps to participating galleries and local artists studios in the Lindsborg area; demonstrations, refreshments and new projects
1 Snowflake Parade 11 a.m. downtown, a friendly little parade for children and other imaginative people
1 Pulled pork meal 11:30-2 at Trinity Methodist, by donation
2 Jultide at Bethany College, afternoon performance of beautiful holiday music
8 Lucia Festival, check the schedule of offerings at www.visitlindsborg.org for this beautiful and popular Swedish-American celebration of light
8 Old-Fashioned Christmas at the McPherson County Old Mill
15 Cookies and Mrs. Claus, morning, First Bank Kansas; visit Mrs. Claus and decorate your own cookies
31 Roaring ‘20s-themed NYE party to launch the celebration of Lindsborg’s 150th year; see www.lindsborg150th.com