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July 2020

July Makers Street
Live Music, Art and PIE!

Enjoy this magical Maker's Street night filled with live music, art, and pie!
Simply bring a homemade pie and you will get 2 slices of someone else’s pie + 2 scoops of homemade ice cream for free!
---PIE SOCIAL FAQs---“Do I have to bring a pie?”- If you want to enjoy FREE pie & ice cream, yes! If you do not bring a pie, it is available for $5/slice and homemade ice cream for $2 donation.
“How do I get my free pie & ice cream?”- When you drop off your pie at The Red Barn, you will be given tickets to redeem for a slice of someone else’s pie & homemade ice cream! The more pies you bring, the more free pie you can enjoy!!
“Does it cost to attend the Pie Social?”- The Makers Street Art Walk is always free (and super fun!) All we ask is you bring a delicious homemade pie to share!
For more information, see the Makers Street Facebook page

Adventure in the Flatlands
Hike, Learn and Shop Series

Grab your pack and adventure-minded friends and join Wild Flatlanders for the first breakfast talk in the Adventure in the Flatlands series! Wild Flatlanders is partnering with Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters to bring you the first topic in the series, "The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace", presented by Lori Morton, founder of Wild Flatlanders. Join the discussion on responsible outdoor recreation. All are welcome!
Start your day with coffee, breakfast bites and time to shop at Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters ! Stock up on gear necessities, and at 9:00am, after eating, shopping and learning, the group will head to Horsethief Canyon Trail at Kanopolis State Park to HIKE. This trail is one of the best, most scenic that Kansas has to offer!
*If you do not have a State Park pass, there is a $5 permit fee (per vehicle) to enter the park. After hiking--please feel free to enjoy lunch and the other amazing shops in Lindsborg, explore Coronado Heights , or rent quadricycles at the Hemslojd . Make the most of your road trip as you celebrate Adventure in the Flatlands!

Raymer Society Consignment Art Auction
July 25 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The date is set for the Raymer Society Consignment Auction , to be held on Saturday, July 25th! With thanks to all who have consigned art, as well as those who are hoping to take part as bidders in the Raymer Society (Summer) Consignment Auction – thank you for your ongoing interest and support of this most important fundraiser that promotes not only the work and legacy of Lester Raymer, but also diverse public opportunities for artistic and cultural enrichment.

Red Barn Studio Museum
Artist in Residence & Plastic Transformation Workshop

Meredith Radke-Gannon , Bel Aire, KS, will be at the Red Barn Studio Museum , 212 S Main St., Lindsborg, during the week of Tuesday, July 14 - Sunday, July 19. On Wednesday July 15, 2PM to 4PM, Meredith Radke-Gannon and fellow artist, Judi Michaelis, will teach a “Plastic Transformations” workshop, Members $25 and Non-Member $45, All supplies provided “…if you bring the laughter and enthusiasm!" Of Meredith’s artwork she says, “The artwork I will be working on during my residency at the Red Barn Studio will integrate references inspired by the open prairie land plus incorporate contemporary colors and images. There is a sense of ambiguity of exact locations though in the work. I will be working with oil & acrylic paint on canvas to merge the compositions as a preservation of farmland and cultures native to the areas. Besides the use of painting on canvas, I plan to create some wood pieces, also. The narrative of my roots from McPherson County lets me express and create a desire to understand these connections of people and to the land. I’m looking forward to my time in Lindsborg and have had the great opportunity to be at the Red Barn Studio the last two summers with the McPherson Arts Alliance group.

I’m bringing my artist friend, Judi Michaelis of “Krazy Lady Designs” to the Red Barn Studio for the beginning of the week. She is a mosaic artist and creates beautiful fused recycled glass jewelry. Judi is a native Kansan with over 30+ years teaching experience in USD 259 Wichita and private schools. She is currently a teaching artist for Arts Partners, Wichita. She takes great pleasure providing students an opportunity to explore and succeed in various art experiences. Judi is the owner of Krazy Lady Designs and creates up-cycled art glass jewelry. In addition, she is a glass mosaic artist with ever-changing applications since glass is her favorite medium. We hope you will stop by to visit and see us at work and see our art hanging in the gallery space.
Meredith Radke-Gannon is a native McPherson resident and currently lives in Bel Aire, KS. She graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in K-12 Art Education and continued to the Kansas City Art Institute to receive her BFA in Fiber Arts. As a high school art teacher in the Wichita Public Schools and working artist, Radke-Gannon enjoys creating art that fuses colors and textures that transform into organic & geometric attributes. Color palettes that capture harmonic combinations, land forms and figurative elements are her muse. Her current six “Keeper” painted sculptures can be seen around Wichita. Her work has been shown in the Midwest and in the Cherokee Art Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The Red Barn Studio is open Tues thru Fri, 10AM to 5PM and Sat and Sun, 1PM to 5PM. For more information, call 785 227-2217 or

Smoky Valley Classic Car Show
Register NOW for this August 1, 2020 Event!

Calling all gear heads and auto buffs to the Smoky Valley Classic Car Show, Saturday, August 1. There will be over 100 additional classic automobiles in the shade-filled Swensson Park!

Awards are given out to participants including: Best Club Participation for the largest paid registration from a single Club and the Long-Haul Award for the furthest distance traveled by the car. Popular awards are Police Chief’s Choice and Sheriff’s Choice for the cars most likely to be stopped by those agencies, and the Kansas Highway Patrol award for the car most likely to be stopped for no reason at all! Registration begins at 8:00 AM, judging is from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM and awards will be given out from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Dash plaques will be given to the first 125 entries. Download an entry form  here , or request a form from .

Cars and Coffee
Can You Think of a Better Saturday Morning Mix?

Order your drink of choice at the Blacksmith Coffee Shop or order it online at and join the conversations at Lindsborg Cars and Coffee! It doesn't matter the year or make of your car, only that YOU like it. Meet other car enthusiasts from the area and enjoy the morning. Please plan on following proper social distancing and stay home until the next meet up, if you don't feel well. More info? Find it here .

Farmer's Market
Saturday Mornings in Shady Swensson Park

Fresh from local gardens, browse a variety of healthy produce, baked goods, and farm fresh products are available at the Lindsborg Farmer's Market, every Saturday morning. Goods vary each week and vendor stands are ready for business each Saturday morning from 7:30 am - 11:00 am, or until supplies run out. Enjoy this summer tradition each Saturday, in the shade of Swensson Park, located in the 400 block of N. Main Street.  Find more info here.

Smoky Valley Distillery
Something New in the Valley

Just a short drive from Lindsborg, you will find a Smoky Valley Distillery . Although officially a new distillery in 2020, they are not without a history. Co-founders and owners Stan and Michele Von Strohe both enjoyed highly successful professional careers before embarking on their new encore careers as distillers. Stan was part owner of a medical equipment distributorship and Michele retired from teaching in a public school. Both have been distilling aficionados for many years.

Like a good whiskey, good ideas sometimes require an aging process. After years of research, visiting distilleries and attending national shows, the Von Strohe's decided to make their dream a reality when they moved to Marquette, purchasing an historic old building. Built in 1919 by Tom Collier for the Farmers Union COOP, at 16,000 square ft., this is the largest building in downtown Marquette and has been occupied by many different businesses over the years --a hardware store, a general store, grocery stores, apartments, a furniture showroom, a bar, and an antique/boutique store.

Whenever possible, Smoky Valley Distillery uses local grains to make their products and, all products have the refreshing taste of Longford water from Longford Kansas. Their inaugural product line includes smoked jalapeño vodka, and a wild plum vodka . 

Art Available to All
Lindsborg's Art in Public Places

A community filled with artists, Lindsborg provides a great opportunity to meander with this downloadable guide that points the way to a variety of art for you to view and photograph. And, it is ALL in public places. Tag #VisitLindsborg on Facebook or Instagram to share your search for Lindsborg's public art!

If You Give a Child Kansas
Less Stuff. More Living.
by  Colby Sharples-Terry, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

As my children grow, so does their stockpile of toys. When holidays and birthdays pass, I find myself trying to make room for all the new shiny gadgets they have received. While we enjoy giving some of those used toys a deserving new home, we know the cycle will start again come the next celebration. I’ve read a couple of blogs recently about giving experiences as gifts. As a mother of 3, I’m here to tell you why giving a child Kansas is one of the best gifts they will ever receive.
If you take him to see the  World’s Largest Ball of Twine  in Cawker City you will teach him that a dream can be silly and extreme. That even a playful dream will take just as much hard work and dedication as any other aspiration, and the reward is just as satisfying.  Read more here...

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