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October 2020
New Life for the Swedish Crown
Coming SOON!

Bethany College is excited to announce that the Swedish Crown has been leased by Brandi Swenson and Bryson Lundy. Brandi and Bryson have worked as a team in restaurant management for almost four years. Brandi attended Bethany College for two years before leaving to receive a Le Cordon Bleu Culinary degree from Scottsdale Culinary Institute as well as a Business degree with an emphasis in Human Resources from Fort Hays State University. Brandi has worked as a restaurant manager in Lindsborg and Salina for the last twelve years and has worked in the restaurant industry for over twenty years. Bryson has a degree in Marketing from Kansas State University. Bryson has 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry in addition to expertise in current bar trends and a vast knowledge of beer and whiskey.They plan to keep some of the Swedish environment patrons of the Swedish Crown are used to, without it being the main visual. The menu will have a large breadth of selections with many simple, home style options to satisfy the “everyday” while having unique entrees and specials that will be appealing to those who might want something a little different. There will be a separate catering/banquet menu that will include a few menu options, as well as a Swedish prix fixe variety. The catering/banquet menu will be available as an option for both the banquet room onsite and for offsite events. Timing on these options will be dependent on current and future COVID guidelines. The new offerings will also include a selection of fresh baked goods, some Swedish, in addition to their regular dessert menu. Sundays will either have a separate limited brunch menu, or will have a few brunch/breakfast options to offer with regular options. The bar menu is currently in development.
Stay tuned for more information on opening dates for this new business.

Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery
Current Exhibitions

Current exhibitions at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery include pottery by longtime Lindsborg resident Ray Kahmeyer; a group show featuring art by Angela Muller of Russell and Barbara Jo Stevens of Downs; and another group show featuring the work of Becky Hyberger and Peggy Medina of Salina, along with Debbie Wagner of Bennington. This show can be viewed during normal Gallery hours until October 25, 2020.Made to be Used features the work of former Bethany College art professor, Ray Kahmeyer (1930-2007). Kahmeyer arrived at the school in 1967 and established a tradition of functional pottery making until his retirement in 1992. He continued as an active potter in his Lindsborg workshop until his death. This exhibition will feature pieces from throughout his career, and from a variety of local collections. Kahmeyer wrote, "My pots are made to be used. The viewer need not search them for concealed meaning. They are what they seem to be. If my pots are to be successful, their meaning will be found in using them."Angela Muller and Barbara Jo Stevens share similar philosophies about art and nature, but each brings her own insights to Spirit of Earth and Sky . Muller interprets the American Prairie through abstraction. She combines paint with hand-gathered materials - such as grain, rust, and plant ash - to connect people to the spirit of wild things so they may know they are part of something greater. She began painting in 2010 when she returned to Kansas and saw the prairie with a new set of eyes, finding great teachers in cold moons, ancient stone, and storm. Likewise, Barbara Jo Stevens is drawn to prairie life and especially embraces Native American history. She is fascinated with the beauty of the simple forms and the incredible craftsmanship of their ancient pots. She writes, "I also love the thought that I am tied to these ancient craftswomen of 1000 years ago who were daughters, wives, mothers as well as artists, just like me." This and other influences led to the earthy quality of her forms, progressing over the years to the simple primitive forms she currently makes.In the summer of 2016 while changing the papers on the bottom of her parrot's cage, Becky Hyberger came across an article from the Home and Garden section of the Salina Journal called Super Kitchens! It immediately sparked new possibilities for art. Becky, along with Debbie Wagner and Peggy Medina, were already planning a group show in the fall of 2017 at the Lincoln Art Center. During a brainstorming session over lunch in Lindsborg, the artists decided their Lincoln exhibition would be called, The Year of the Super Kitchen. Following its debut in Lincoln, it was shown at the Emporia Arts Center in the fall of 2019 and two additional dates were added for 2020: Kansas Wesleyan University in March and the Sandzén Gallery in October. Since their intention was to expand and add new work to the Lindsborg show, Peggy chose the new title, Beyond the Super Kitchen , to embody this transition. Then tragedy happened: Peggy was struck with a ruptured brain aneurism. She died on January 13, 2020, and this exhibit is dedicated to Peggy Medina; a vibrant and passionate artist and friend, who was just beginning to realize her full potential.The Sandzén Gallery is located at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Gallery is closed on Mondays. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. We ask that visitors wear masks and practice appropriate social distancing. For more information about Birger Sandzén and the Sandzén Gallery visit or call (785) 227-2220. 

Coronado Heights VIRTUAL Run
October 3 - 10, 2020

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and out of an abundance of caution, the 2020 Coronado Heights Run will be changed from an in-person event to a virtual race! We're disheartened that we're not going to be able to see our competitors in-person... We love seeing all of our local runners and those that turn out from all over the country (and the world!) to challenge themselves and each other in this unique race! Many other road races have been forced to move to a similar format, and while we're really bummed, we're also pretty excited to see how you will use this opportunity to continue to push yourself while continuing to support Smoky Valley Athletics Association!
Obviously, there are a lot of questions about a 'virtual' race event, so here are some details that will hopefully help: What:15K Virtual Race5K Virtual Race2 Mile Virtual Walk1 Mile Youth Virtual Fun Run
When:Run your race between October 3rd – October 10th
Where:2020 Coronado Heights Virtual Run can be run (or walked) from any location you choose. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym, or on the track (or even at another race). You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself. You can run or walk on your own, or with friends! And your race shirt will be shipped directly to you. Complete a virtual 2 Mile Walk, 1 Mile Youth Fun Run, 5K or challenge yourself and complete our virtual 15k!
Registration:Registration Ends on October 3rd at .
We'd love to hear what time you were able to complete your event in, and any pictures or stories you'd be willing to share with us would be awesome! Obviously, these won't be 'Official' results, so we can't award medals, but you'll still be pushing yourself, you'll get to brag about your completion time, and you'll get a sweet shirt out of the deal! Connect with fellow participants on Facebook . You can also submit photos on the Coronado Heights Run Facebook page or email them to .
Online Registration:

Falun Classic
Autumn Cycling in the Beautiful Smoky Valley

The ride offers cyclists of all abilities a 32-mile loop through the beautiful Smoky Valley and the town of Falun, on paved roads. The ride begins and ends at Swensson Park in Lindsborg located on 400 block of North Main Street.
The Falun Classic is sponsored by the  McPherson Area Cyclists  and helps raise funds for local cycling infrastructure and advocacy work.
Register at . Type in Falun Classic to find 2020 ride registration.
Click here for more information on the City of Lindsborg Mask Ordinance.
For updates on day of race details and changes due to COVID-19 contact Ronn Peters .

2020 Messiah Performance
Going Virtual

The Bethany Oratorio Society’s 2020 performance of Handel’s Messiah, originally planned for Easter Sunday last spring, will take place Sunday, October 18 at 3 pm in Presser Hall on the campus of Bethany College. The spring performance was postponed due to Covid-19 and Artistic Director, Mark Lucas, has had to get creative to move forward in a manner safe for all participants. “I feel confident in our protocol and am looking forward to this special performance. I only wish we could have the entire group singing and playing” said Dr. Lucas. Lucas asked for volunteers and had so many responses he had to randomly choose 28 singers, the amount that can fit onstage while remaining socially distanced. Additionally, all singers will wear special “Singing Masks'' at all times, and the reduced orchestra (fewer than 15 total players) will also be masked the majority of the time they are onstage. Other precautions include not having an audience (it will be live streamed), and requiring all participants to complete a health screen before the performance.

Featured soloists this fall include Bethany College’s own Professor Leslie Mangrum, soprano, and Katelyn Mattson-Levy, an accomplished mezzo-soprano who also serves as Classical Music Coordinator and weekday host for Radio Kansas. Lucas stated, “The performance itself will be scaled back to remain in compliance with current research indicating the need for a break in singing after a maximum of 45 minutes. It will be in two equal halves of 45 minutes each with a 20 minute intermission.” The concert, which will be livestreamed on Sunday, October 18 at 3:00 pm, will mark the 139th consecutive year that the Bethany Oratorio Society has performed Handel’s “Messiah.” To watch the livestream, please visit  At this time the Oratorio Society plans to carry out the 2021 festival as planned during Holy Week 2021. For up-to-date information on both the fall 2020 and spring 2021 performances stay tuned to and/or

Lindsborg Autumn Challenge
Download and GO!

Try this Lindsborg Autumn Challenge. Chock full of Lindsborg goodness!Download a pdf copy on the Visit Lindsborg website or pick up a printed copy in the Main Street Travel Information Center. 

Red Barn Studio Museum
October Artist in Residence

Sculptor, Ellie Murphy, from Queens, New York, will be returning to Lindsborg, where she grew up, as an Artist-in-Residence, Sunday, October 25 through Sunday, Nov 8 at the Red Barn Studio, Lindsborg, 212 S. Main St. Murphy will have a workshop titled “Fiber Art Wall Hangings,” Sat, Nov 7, 2020, 10:30am to 12:30pm, cost member, $20, non-member, $25, min participants, 3 and max, 6. While Murphy will provide dowels, yarn, fiber basics and scissors please feel free to bring your own yarn, fiber, and/or cloth scraps. Additionally, bring a wooden dowel, small branch or other frame and beads or other “fun” add-ons. This class is suitable for all ages. Children under 6 may need help. Ellie Murphy says, “During my residency, I would like to create a unique site-specific piece for the Raymer/Red Barn courtyard with some pieces extending possibly into the studio on the staircase and banisters, something like the fiber-fringe pieces in my work samples, but unique for the space. In my mind, I have a working title of ‘Grandfathers.’ I also, would like to, if there is time, make a few smaller encaustic pieces on paper in the studio.”  Of her artwork, she says, “I like exploring the relationship between personal and cultural nostalgia in subject matter, material and method. I make work that straddles the childhood/adulthood line while questioning the fine art/traditional craft form border. My art combines references to doll hair, crafts, folk motifs and Americana from my 1970’s childhood in Kansas. I see interdependence between the multiplicities of cultures in our world and make sculpture as a way of recognizing and playing with the unintended and humorous connections between them. I am also trying to make a physical picture of the rhythm and repetition at the heart of ordinary life. How do the actions of one individual, one strand work in relation to the whole or the whole of society? Do the fibers work together with or in opposition to each other?” Ellie Murphy attended the Washington University School of Fine Art in St. Louis, MO with an MFA and the Yale University School of Art, in New Haven, Conn with a BFA. Her website is:

For more information, contact: Red Barn Studio at 785 227-2217 or The Red Barn is open Tues thru Fri, 10AM to 5PM and Sat, Sun, 1PM to 5PM.

Shopping in Lindsborg
Where to Find Your Faves Online

Here's a great way to interact with Lindsborg business owners -- Facebook Live Sales! Each and every week, find your favorite shops online! Connect with long distance friends by virtually shopping together!

The Good Merchant - Shop owner, Molly, offers a variety of new items every week --everything from home decor to clothing.

Small World Gallery - Staff share fun facts about each evening's offerings, making this event fun AND educational.

Trollslända - Lindsborg Toy Store - This shop owner curates a great selection of toys and educational products for young and old alike.

Connected Fair Trade - Amy Kay offers a variety of jewelry, baskets, clothing and more, providing fair wages to workers in third-world countries, a passionate project for this shop's owner.

The Ivory Thimble - From funky leather handbags to awesome repurposed clothing, custom tailor, Tara, gets all of us thinking about new ways to use vintage items.

Farmers' Market
Saturday Mornings in Swensson Park

Enjoy the last of summer's fresh garden produce along with a variety of homemade baked goods, available at the Lindsborg Farmer's Market. Goods vary each week and vendor's booths are ready for business each Saturday morning from 7:30am - 11:00am, or until supplies run out. The Farmer's Market will continue on Saturday mornings, until the last days of gardening are over. The Market can be found in Swensson Park, located in the 400 block of N. Main Street. Find more info here .

Exhibition of Local Artists
Red Barn Studio

Following artists following Don Osborn and Steve Scott, Mike Hartung washed up on the friendly shores of Lindsborg in the mid-’70s, hailing from another small Kansas town, Fredonia, where he spent the better part of his childhood and adolescent years. The first thing Hartung did, when arriving in Lindsborg, was looking for studio space to paint. He rented a loft above Main Street, where he continues to live and maintain a studio.

Smoky Valley Arts & Folklife Center
Hartung Show Moves to Red Barn Studio

The Smoky Valley Arts & Folklife Center (SVAFC) will be relocating the "Hartung - (Almost) PG" exhibition to the Red Barn Studio Museum, 212 S. Main, Lindsborg, so the collection can be viewed together as the artist intended. Although the artist's depictions do not express the views or opinions of Dala Town, Raymer Society or SVAFC, we understand that controversial topics can be challenging to navigate in a space shared by two organizations. "Hartung-(Almost)PG" will be open again at the Red Barn Studio Museum from September 29th - October 24th during regular museum hours: Tues-Fri, 10-5 and Sat-Sun 1-5.

We believe that freedom of artistic expression is an essential part of our mission. SVAFC plans to continue to promote, support, and develop the arts at the local level throughout the Smoky Valley and to provide cultural enrichment for the public. SVAFC will return to Dala Town, 105 N. Main, with exhibitions relating to our Swedish folk art roots in November through the end of 2020

Lindsborg Five-Star Stays
Safety with Our Guests in Mind

As you make plan for your next stay in Lindsborg, ask your lodging manager about their QCD: Quarantine, Clean, Disinfect Plan.You will find that you can rest assured that your overnight stay comes with a plan for your safety and well being. We truly are thinking of you first. Find links to your favorite overnight stays here .

Find a current calendar of events here
Want to know more about COVID-19 policies in Lindsborg? Find current information here .

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