September 2017

Lindsborg Convention & Visitors Bureau


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Elementary Swedish Class
Artist-In-Residence and Plein Air Class
Backyard BBQ Competition
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Lindsborg Farmers Market
Every Thursday
4:30-7:00 p.m.
Bethany Church parking lot, 320 N. Main St.


Swedish Friendship Group & Coffee
Every Friday
10:00 a.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church

Red Barn Studio

September 2017
Find the Red Barn Studio's Artists-In-Residence schedule and workshop opportunities here.
Makers Street Art Walk
September 8
5:00-8:00 p.m.
downtown Lindsborg

One night a month, watch Main Street in Lindsborg transform to Makers Street! An art walk event featuring artists and crafters (aka: Makers). Enjoy the local late night atmosphere and creative conversations peppered with live music, food and drink. See you downtown on the 2nd Friday of the month!

Exhibits at the Birger Sandzen Art Gallery
Featured shows include paintings by Mike Hartung of Lindsborg and Ernest Vincent Wood III of Wichita.  Additional exhibitions include works by early Estes Park, Colorado, artist Dean Babcock; Swedish prints from the Powers Collection; and a juried show of Kansas Artist Craftsmen Association members.

Mike Hartung

Open Chess Night
September 11 & 25
6:00 p.m.
White Peacock Tea & Coffee Company
124 S. Main St.
All levels welcome. Learn how to play or improve your game!

Smörgåsbord Tickets Available

Experience a true Scandinavian smörgåsbord at Lindsborg's biennial Swedish festival,
Svensk Hyllningsfest 
on October 13. Tickets are being sold right now and they are going fast. Order tickets online here.
Add your support button advance order and save $5!

Elementary Swedish Class

Is learning Swedish on your bucket list? Gretchen Esping will be offering beginning Swedish in the Swedish Heritage Room at the Lindsborg Community Library beginning Monday, September 18 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The course will proceed in a very natural way, just as a child first learns to make sounds, then to speak, followed by reading and writing. Each evening will also include a fika paus (coffee break) halfway through the evening. There will also be a bit of homework each week as well!  Gretchen was born and raised in Lindsborg, and she and her family lived in Sweden for five years, from 1984-1989.  Upon her arrival in Umea, Sweden, Gretchen enrolled in a nine-month intensive total immersion course in Swedish offered by Kursverkssamheten for immigrants who had already been at university in their home country. This course included three hours of course work each morning and four hours of homework each afternoon.  The course was designed to allow students with previous university experience to take the university entrance examination in Swedish, which included reading, writing and speaking in their specific area of study. While in Sweden, Gretchen translated a 300-page book from Swedish to English on environmental waste incineration. Today she does translations from Swedish to English, has taught Beginning Swedish at Bethany College, has taught individual students privately and has worked as an elementary Swedish instructor through Language Trainers Corporation, Listen and Learn Program of New York City. The course offered here will cost $5 per evening and will cover the cost of handout materials and fika. To begin, you will need a loose-leaf notebook, notebook paper and a pencil. If you have a good Swedish/English, English/Swedish Dictionary you will find that helpful as well. At this time, there is not a selected text; rather, the student will build their own text from their notes and the handouts.  For more information or with questions, please call the Convention Visitors Bureau, (785) 227-8687 or (888) 227-2227 or call Gretchen at (785) 317-0906. Please enter the library from the back-alley door.

Barbara O'Leary Artist-In-Residence/Plein Air Class

Oil painter, illustrator and water-colorist Barbara O'Leary, of Shawnee, Kansas, will be the Artist-in-Residence, September 1 through September 23 at the Red Barn Studio Museum, 212 S. Main, Lindsborg. She says, "I am looking forward to working on landscapes of local parks, countryside and streets in town, both in the Kansas City area and in the Lindsborg area, which I have been planning for a while."
Barbara has been teaching classes (through the Johnson County Park and Recreation Department) for adults, seniors and youngsters, both in the basics of drawing and painting methods. "I am anxious to work outside part of the time and therefore, I would like to have classes in plein air for students, 12 years of age through adults on Saturdays, September 2, September 9, September 16 and September 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m." Cost per class is $100 members and $125 non-members. Participants need to provide their own supplies for the medium that they will be working in: 2D in graphite colored pencils, watercolor, acrylic or oil.
O'Leary has shown her work recently in May and June at St Luke's Presbyterian Church, Shawnee, KS and at the Lake Quivira Show (KS) in 2016. For more information, contact The Red Barn Studio Museum at,
(785) 227-2217.  The Red Barn Studio is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment.

2017 U.S. Blind Chess Championship

The Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess is pleased to be hosting the 2017 U.S. Blind Chess Championship, September 15-16

4 SS or 4 RR (depends on number of players), G/135 d0. EF: Free. Playing site: Karpov School, 106 S. Main St, Lindsborg. Registration must be received by September 1, 2017. Contact Anna James at (785) 227-7555 or email for more information.

On-site Thursday, September 14: 5:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, September 15: 9:00-9:30 a.m. Rds: Friday, September 15: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 16: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Prize Fund: $1,400 GTD: 1st: $400, 2nd: $300, 3rd: $200, 4th: $100, $100-Best player U1400, $100-Class E (1000-1199), $100-Class F (800-999), $100-Upset Prize. All players: $100 scholarship towards Summer Chess Camp at the Karpov Chess School in Lindsborg. Thursday, September 14, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Reg. for Blindfold exhibition with Grandmaster Timur Gareyev. 6:00 p.m. Lecture; 6:45 p.m. Clock Blindfolded Simul-7 boards. Participants of the Championship will get the free spots in the simul and priority in registration. Everyone else is $20.  Award Ceremony at the Swedish Country Inn, 8:00 p.m. with Swedish dance music and a smörgåsbord.

NOTE: All players must be classified as legally blind. You must also be a current member of USCF and the ability to join will be available at the event for $18.

For more information and registration contact Anna James 785-227-7555,


For event and travel information, call or stop by the Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 104 E. Lincoln, Lindsborg, Kansas 67456.   Ph: (785) 227-TOUR (8687) or Toll free: (888) 227-2227.   E:  W: 

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