In 2017 on the Friday night after Thanksgiving, a team of smiling workers descended on downtown Lindsborg. As effective as it was unannounced, this volunteer team made its mark and quickly left the scene.
Target: Scooping up dead leaves. Reason: Acknowledging small businesses.
The leaf team later said it wanted to cheer on small local businesses that generate local sales tax as well as donate time and resources to local events and causes. The team said it wanted the area to look especially spiffy for the next day’s Small Business Saturday.
This unexpected kindness *did* warm some hearts.
The Lindsborg Leaf Team is returning in 2018, folks — this time announced. Anyone may take part. Please gather at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, in front of First Bank Kansas, receive instructions, then be dispersed to locations to begin leaf removal — doorways and gutters alike. Please bring rakes, brooms and blowers if possible. Leaf bags will be provided, as will trailers to haul them away.
It’s a burst of teamwork, good humor and exercise. New this year: Complimentary hot chocolate and coffee drinks afterward at The White Peacock for anyone who joins with the Leaf Team!
That’s Friday night, Nov. 23, 7 p.m. with drinks at The Pea by about 8 p.m.
About Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ....
From 1-3 p.m., complimentary horse drawn wagon rides for families and visits with Mrs. Claus will be offered in front of the Bank of Tescott at 202 N. Main St.
This year, instead of arranging a drawing for two large children’s prize packages, we have opted to encourage multiple drawings across town, as well as attractive food and drink specials and retail sales for the day. Bright blue balloons will be tied in front of locations with Small Business Saturday-related offerings.
How can you help? 1.) share the news, 2.) bring family and friends to stroll, eat and have coffee, 3.) display Small Business Saturday paraphernalia if you have a location suited to it, and 4.) wear your Shop Small tee-shirts from last year.
Small Business Saturday paraphernalia (signs, shopping bags, pens, banners, pendants and other) will be distributed at the Monday, Nov. 19, Ad Hoc gathering and thereafter at Bank of Tescott and The Ivory Thimble by pickup.
Now looking further ahead:
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; costumes encouraged, see www.lindsborg150th.com