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February 2019


Plan Your Vacation Day
Tuesday, January 28

More than half of American workers (55%) failed to use all their time off last year. That’s a stockpile of 768 million unused vacation days, of which 236 million were forfeited completely. What’s the key to using more vacation time? Planning.
“The beginning of the year is the time to pull out the calendar and start planning for the entire year. Before you know it, life happens, and you may find yourself in November with weeks left to use and simply not enough time left in the year to schedule them,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association. “National Plan for Vacation Day is the perfect reminder for Americans to plan to use those well-earned days off.”
Tips for planning your 2020 vacation days:
  • Determine how much time off you've earned or will earn. Don’t forget to make note of any office closures (remember to account for weekends and major holidays).
  • Coordinate calendars, get your family and friends involved in the planning.
  • Share your plans. Once you have your days determined, submit your request. Early requests are more likely to be approved.
Lindsborg is a great place to stay for your next vacation! Click here for a link to the 2020 schedule of special events in Lindsborg.


The Sweet Easy Chocolate Lovers Affair & Art Auction
Saturday, February 8
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

The Lindsborg Arts Council is excited to announce the 26th Annual Chocolate Lover’s Affair and Art Auction featuring various local businesses and artists showcasing their talents as well as supporting the arts for the Lindsborg and surrounding Smoky Valley community.
Celebrate the 20's, then and now, with:
  • Live and Silent Art Auctions
  • Chocolate delicacies, so delicious they may be banned!
  • Outlawed Games
  • Bootlegger Bar and Refreshments
  • Get your sequins and your pinstripes out! Dressing the part is encouraged.
All of the proceeds from the evening will be used to fund two $1,500 scholarships awarded to local high school-aged, college bound students from the Smoky Valley area who have demonstrated great promise in an artistic field.The Lindsborg Arts Council invites you to make the rounds, snap a commemorative photo, taste the chocolates and beverages, pick up a fine art piece from the auction and support the arts and the artists of the Smoky Valley community. Cost is $25 at the door or $20 for Lindsborg Arts Council members.

The Lindsborg Arts Council needs your help!
Can you donate art? Donations are being accepted until Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Do you love making chocolate desserts? Enter your favorite for a chance at cash prizes! Do you love tasting chocolate? Volunteers and judges are also needed! For more information on how you can contribute, please c ontact the Lindsborg Arts Council at lindsborgarts@gmail.com .


Makers Street - The Lindsborg Art Walk
Friday, February 14
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Love is in the air! February's Makers Street - The Lindsborg Art Walk celebrates heart art of all kinds. Take a romantic stroll down Main Street, enjoy your favorite drink, and explore local art on Friday, February 14, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
Stops to love:♥ Red Barn Studio - Author, poet & journalist Brian D’Ambrosio will be working on his current works, including “Remarkable Women of Kansas: Pioneers, Poets, and Politicians”
♥ The White Peacock - View the annual “Heart Art” Community Exhibition. Artists of all ages and skill level are welcome to submit their own interpretation of Heart Art!
♥ Collections & Essentials - Artist Terri Tharp will showcase her hand-crafted paper chandeliers and earrings.
♥ The Courtyard Gallery - Betty Houchen will display her watercolors and etched ceramic tiles.
♥ Small World Gallery - Stop by and make “sunshine mail” to brighten someone’s day. Sunshine mail may be sent anonymously (there will be envelopes and stamps at the ready) or can be delivered by the maker. Supplies provided.
♥ Stay tuned here for the most up-to-date information. ♥


Lara Brooks, Soprano & Cathy Altman, Piano
A Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery Chamber Concert
Saturday, February 22 2:00 PM
Enjoy a chamber concert featuring Dr. Lara Brooks, a Lecturer in Applied Voice & Director of Opera Studies at Washburn University, in Topeka, Kansas, on Saturday, February 22, beginning at 2:00 PM at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery. Comfortable in opera, musical theatre, and jazz, Dr. Brooks has performed a variety of roles and has been the soprano soloist for Bach’s Cantata 147 and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
As a contemporary voice specialist, Dr. Brooks frequently presents workshops regarding flexible voice technique and cross-training of vocalists. She has presented sessions ranging from Crossing Genres: A Classical Singer’s Guide to Jazz and I’m Not Singing Opera Today, to Healthy Belting Techniques for Classical Singers at The International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, The National Opera Association and to universities and high schools throughout the Mid and Interior West.
 


The Sandzén Gallery is located at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg. Gallery hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. The Gallery is closed on Mondays. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. For more information visit the website www.sandzén.org or call (785) 227-2220. 

Your Wedding and Reception...a Piece of Cake at the J.O. Sundstrom!

A popular month for springing the big question, February starts the season for wedding planning! Whether you got engaged over the Christmas holidays, or you're planning on getting engaged at Valentines day, the staff at the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center will work with you to make your big day effortless. Planning and carrying out your wedding event becomes a pleasurable task with the knowledgeable staff at the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center! From linens, menus and bar service to staffing and setup, you'll be covered. For a full list of our services and packages call 785-227-2015or visit www.sundstromevents.com .


Fika with Friends

What is fika? It's a Swedish concept that many already take part in without knowing it. It's a time for catching up with friends, sipping coffee and snacking. Fika is slowing down for a few minutes everyday to engage with the people around you while nourishing your soul. It's the feeling you get when you savor that warm sip of a pumpkin spice latte from your favorite coffee shop. Fika is fresh baked banana bread from home that was too good to not share with office buddies.
There are many opportunities to enjoy fika in Lindsborg! Join the Swedish Friendship group that meets every Friday morning at 10:00 AM, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N Main Street. There is no charge to attend and all are welcome! To join, simply drop by. You might even catch some Swedish being spoken. Additionally, the Bethany Alum & Friends group meets each first and third Friday at 9:00 AM in the alumni office, at Presser Hall, on the campus of Bethany College, 335 E Swensson Street. This group is also free and open to all.
Or strike out with a group of your own and enjoy a good cup anywhere that strikes your fancy! The Blacksmith Coffee Shop & Roastery, Courtyard Bakery, and The White Peacock Tea & Coffee Company are all great places to enjoy your favorite cuppa joe! Learn more about Lindsborg's dinning and beverage options here .



Meet at the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center
Plan on Lindsborg - February Special





In February, you're invited to come to Lindsborg and the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center with your board, staff or committee to get a jump start on the new year. To help, the Sundstrom Center offers its 12-person board room at no cost for half-day gatherings. That’s right. It’s our way of thanking those who frequently book meetings at the Sundstrom and welcoming those who are new to Little Sweden.

Ready to get away for a great time of planning and connecting with your group? Contact the Sundstrom Center at 785-227-2015 to take advantage of this offer. Need more than a half day? Book the second half for just $50! The board room comes with beverage service and guaranteed Lindsborg hospitality.



Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills
An event by the Santa Fe Trail Association, Quivira Chapter
Saturday, February 22  3:00 PM 


Long before the coming of Euro-Americans, native inhabitants of what is now Kansas left their mark on the land: carvings in the soft orange and red sandstone of the states Smoky Hills. Though noted by early settlers, these carvings are little known—and, largely found on private property today, they are now rarely seen. In a series of photographs, the book Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills offers viewers a chance to read the story that these carvings tell of the region’s first people—and to appreciate an important feature of Kansas history and its landscape that is increasingly threatened by erosion and vandalism.

Rex Buchanan, co-author of Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills, will present a program about the petroglyphs shown in the book on Saturday, February 22, 3:00 PM at the Old Mill Museum, 120 E Mill Street in Lindsborg. Rex is Director Emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas, and is currently the Director of the Consortium to Study Trends in Seismicity for the Kansas Geological Survey. He grew up near Little River, in Rice County, Kansas, on the edge of the Smoky Hills.

In addition to Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills , Rex has also co-authored Roadside Kansas: A Guide to its Geology and Land-marks , is editor of Kansas Geology: An Introduction to Landscapes, Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils , and is co-author of The Canyon Revisited: A Re-photography of the Grand Canyon, 1923-1991 . He has an undergraduate degree from Kansas Wesleyan University and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Game Night at the Lindsborg Community Library
Friday, February 21
6:00 PM





It's Game Night at the Lindsborg Community Library! Come join us at 111 S Main Street and enjoy a variety of games for kids, teens, and adults to play. Games in the library collection include Scrabble, Mad Gab, Guess Who, Pictionary, Sushi Go, Pandemic, Hogwarts Battle, Dutch Blitz, Uno, dominoes, puzzles, and more. Or, bring your favorite game to share with the crown. Tables will be set up for as many games as needed — the more the merrier!


Red Barn Studio Museum Artist-in-Residence
Brian D'Ambrosio - Author, Poet, Journalist


Author, poet and journalist, Brian D’Ambrosio of Helena, Montana, will be the Artist-in-Residence at the Red Barn Studio Museum, 212 S Main Street, from January 21 through March 01. Brian will be working on a pair of books during his residency: “Montana Murders: Notorious and Unsolved” (Riverbend Publishing, June 2020) and “Remarkable Women of Kansas: Pioneers, Poets and Politicians” (Arcadia Publishing, 2021).

The subjects in the Kansas book will include biographies of figures such as Kate Richards O’Hare, a noted activist imprisoned for opposing World War I and Eva Jessye, an African-American from Coffeyville who received international distinction as a professional choral conductor. D’Ambrosio received his Bachelor’s degees in Public Relations from Suny Plattsburgh, New York and Journalism at the University of Montana.


Email raymer@redbarnstudio.org or call 785 227-2217 for more information. The Red Barn Studio Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday, from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM and by appointment.





Get Out Your Guitar Day
Tuesday, February 11





There's something romantic about the guitar, so it's fitting that this day is celebrated in February. From amateur to advanced, break out your guitar and strum some happiness into the room. No guitar? That's okay, break out your air-guitar and battle for best with your favorite friends! Or, simply enjoy live guitar events like The Swedish Crown's pickin' & grinnin' night held most Thursdays, where you can enjoy some old fashioned music fun while dining on delicious Swedish fare!


Coming Soon - Messiah Festival of the Arts
Ticket Sales Open Now





This year the Messiah Festival of the Arts celebrates women in the arts! Visit messiahfestival.org , where you can view the festival schedule, purchase tickets, and learn more about the guest soloists selected to sing with the Bethany Oratorio Society this year.

It's not too late to join the 2020 Bethany Oratorio Society , contribute your voice by simply attending the next rehearsal held this Sunday, February 2, 3:00 PM in Presser Hall on the Campus of Bethany College -- it will be the last opportunity to join this year.

Festival events kick off with the opening of the 122nd Annual Midwest Art Exhibition at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, and include performances of Little Women: the Broadway Musical , the spectacular Jazz Walk, a Palm Sunday special event titled A Celebration of Women in Leadership , Bach’s epic Passion According to St. Matthew performed on Good Friday, and the cornerstone event, Handel’s Messiah , performed each Easter Sunday in Lindsborg since 1882.



Explore the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway
The Prairie Trail Scenic Byway is a 56-mile route through north central Kansas, extending from US Highway 56 on 27th Avenue in Canton and ending at the intersection of I-70 and K-156, near Ellsworth. From Canton, the byway winds through Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, Roxbury, Lindsborg, Marquette, Kanopolis State Park and Reservoir, Mushroom Rock State Park, and Carniero ending near the community of Ellsworth, providing rich scenic views steeped in history. January is a perfect time to see new winter views with possible eagle sightings near Kanopolis Lake.
Canton
  • Santa Fe Trail
  • Chisholm Cattle Trail
  • Stars and Stripes Military Museum
  • Last Carnegie Library built in U.S.
  • Hot & Cold water towers
  • Santa Fe Trail Cemetery



Maxwell Wildlife Refuge

  • Bison, elk, wildflowers, birds
  • "Covered Wagon" Tram Tours
  • McPherson State Fishing Lake
  • Home of Mountain Man Rendezvous




Roxbury

  • Established in 1871 as a Trading Post
  • Twin Mounds
  • Olive Springs School District #2
  • Christian Ridge Pioneer Cemetery
  • Valley View Cemetery




Lindsborg

  • McPherson County Old Mill Museum
  • Coronado Heights
  • Meadowlark Trail
  • Välkommen Trail
  • Viking Village Playground
  • Wild Dala Horses
  • Red Barn Studio
  • Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery




Marquette

  • Washington Street Historic District
  • Range School
  • Marquette Museum
  • Depot Museum
  • Marquette Pioneer Trail
  • Hanson/Lindfors Mansion
  • Kansas Motorcycle Museum









Kanopolis/Kanopolis State Park

  • Horsethief Canyon
  • Legacy Trail
  • Fort Harker Museum Complex
  • Fort Zarah Military Trail
  • Historical Drive-in Theater
  • Salt Mine
  • Faris Caves




Mushroom Rock State Park

  • Smallest State Park in Kansas
  • Dakota sandstone "mushroom" formations
  • One of 8 Wonders of Kansas Geography




Carneiro

  • 1882 sheep shipping point for Union Pacific
  • Arcola Ranch
  • E.S. Root Ranch home
  • Terra Cotta Community



Ellsworth

  • Wickedest Cattletown in Kansas
  • Hodgden House Museum
  • Butterfield Overland Dispatch Trail
  • Chisholm/Cox Trail connection
  • Smoky Hill Trail
  • Mother Bickerdyke Memorial
  • National Drovers Hall of Fame
  • Historic Cattle Town Plaza walking tour







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