Reminder: Please deliver your/your organization’s 40 promotional items to Betty Nelson or Cynthia Woodard at Lindsborg Community Hospital asap. New resident bag stuffing is nigh.
Please consider lending a piece of art to Lindsborg Collects, the community’s popular spring and Messiah season exhibit of our own residents’ favorite or unusual works of fine art or craft by a Lindsborg-connected artist. The exhibit will be from March 2 to April 2. Thanks to historic preservationist Jim Prugh, Lindsborg Collects has a wonderful temporary home at 105 N.Main Street, the former home of Reminiscent Antiques. To offer an item for display, contact Marsha Howe at 785-906-0504 or Carol Gusenius at 785-906-0285 or drop the piece by the Red Barn Studio at 212 S., Main or Lindsborg Realty, 124 E. Lincoln. Deadline coming up soon: Friday, Feb. 23
The Millenial Generation (age 20-36) is shaping up to be distinctive group for locations that welcome visitors. Did you know that millenials are more likely to say that travel and adventure is the key to raising well-rounded children? Research shows that millenials take two to three trips a year as families, and their vacation spending is expected to increase significantly this year and next.
That means Lindsborg needs to be ever more ready to recognize and serve younger families as visitors. We never know the imprint that our community will make upon them or how they may find themselves in Lindsborg again — for college education, future travel stops, or as their ideal place to live.
Some thoughts from travel professionals:
• Put yourself in the place of a parent or guardian traveling with children. Expect that children will test boundaries and need nap breaks and diaper changes. Any way Lindsborg can create more conveniences around traveling families?
• Traveling millennial families are more often racially diverse or blended, among other qualities. Are we aware in how we greet and talk with millennial families? Do we make assumptions?
• Millenials enjoy finding hidden gems and getting off the beaten path. It’s what researchers call authentic travel. Sometimes adding value to a millennial family trip is as simple providing them access to soccer balls, games like marbles and playing cards, or the ability to test or handle items that locals use or treasure.
We hope to talk about this topic in a future Ad Hoc gathering. If you have ideas and can't attend from 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays at City Hall, just send your idea along with an Ad Hocker. Or give us an email here, as always.