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January 2022

Swedish Luau January 29 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Shake off the winter blues on Main Street, Lindsborg!
Drag out that favorite, loud Hawaiian shirt and grab a lei to begin the afternoon. Enjoy a round or two of lutefisk limbo and show off your speed at the Swedish meatball races. Learn a few quick notes on the ukulele and join the “Conga Line” tour through Lindsborg’s favorite restaurants and drinking establishments. It’s going to be a beautiful, January afternoon in Lindsborg!
Check the Visit Lindsborg page for updated information.

Kansas State Park First Day Hikes
January 1

Just in time for that New Year's resolution! America’s State Parks offer free, guided First Day Hike programs. These hikes welcome individuals and families to a new year in the great outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature. One of several Kansas planned hikes will be at Kanopolis State Park, just a short drive from Lindsborg, on the Split Boulder Trail. The hike begins at 11:30am.View all the state parks here for details.
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Five New Exhibitions at the Birger Sandzén Gallery
January 16 - March 13

Five new exhibitions open at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery on January 16 and continue through March 13, 2022. Extraordinary Women Doing Ordinary Things will feature large paintings by Jacky Garlock of Clear Lake, Iowa. Back Story is a retrospective of drawings by Kansas City/San Francisco artist Sid Garrison (1954-2021). Collector Deb Scalet is loaning works depicting Coronado Heights from her collection. A dual exhibition, Intaglio: Below the Surface, will include drypoints by Phil Epp of Newton and etchings by Michael Jilg of Hays. The Gallery will also show a selection of Scandinavian ceramics from Sid and Terry Garrison's collection. A come and go reception for the exhibitions will be on Sunday, January 16, from 2:00 - 4:00pm.
The Sandzén Gallery is located at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg. Hours are 10:00am - 5:00pm. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00pm - 5:00pm on Sunday. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. Docent tours for groups are available by two-week advance appointment. For more information about Birger Sandzén, the Gallery, and these exhibitions visit or phone (785) 227-2220.

Open Chess Nights
Every Monday Evening
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Come down and enjoy some good fun with a social chess hour for all levels and ages.
Monday evenings 6:30pm - 8:00pm (excepting holidays)Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess, 106 South Main Street.

Shin-hee Chin, Red Barn Artist-in-Residence
December 5, 2021 - January 30, 2022

Shin-hee Chin of McPherson, KS, will be the Artist-in-Residence at the Red Barn Studio Museum, Sunday Dec 5 through Sunday, January 30. Chin, originally from South Korea, came to the United States in 1988. She has studied in Korea and the United States. Since 2005, she has taught at Tabor College.

Shin-hee Chin quotes, “To sense the invisible and to be able to create it,’ Hans Hoffmann once wrote, ‘that is art.” “His statement illustrates invisibility as an essential component of artistic expression. A series of my work explores the visible form of the invisible such as wind, air, void, and flow of energy, etc. I sought to create a dialogue between what is seen and what is hidden; solid and fluid; movement and stillness. Here, what appears presents itself from a fundamental source which is unseen.”

Of her image, titled “Splendor in the Grass,” she says she utilized thread as the primary medium on a reclaimed quilt and unraveled thread over the surface. Then she stitched it together randomly and repeated this process multiple times. The process of unraveling thread on the quilted top allowed her to execute free and natural movements, a process which echoes the impression of the transient images and fluidity of reality. Shin-hee Chin has made a countless number of such fiber artwork, all carefully created under a seemingly random number of stitches.

The Raymer Society’s Artist-in-Residence program is sponsored in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industry Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, contact the Red Barn Studio Museum at
785-227-2217 or The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:30am - 5:00pm and Saturday, Sunday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm and by appt.

Join the Chorus - Messiah Festival of the Arts
Ticket Sales Open January 1

Join the Bethany Oratorio Society for the 2020 Messiah Festival season!
The first Bethany Oratorio Society rehearsal for Handel's Messiah begins Sunday, February 6, Bach's Passion rehearsal begins February 8.

More information is available at or

Prepare now for the Messiah Festival of the Arts from April 8 - April 17, 2022. Ticket sales begin January 1 through Good Friday (April 15), Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm, 335 East Swensson Street or call 785-227-3380 ext. 8235.

Notorious Saline County
Tuesday, January 11

The Smoky Valley Historical Association presents Notorious Saline County. Learn some of the naughty and nice parts of history that often are ignored by scholars, but whispered by many. You will hear about shootouts in Brookville at the height of the Old West and a shootout in Kipp of a quite unique nature that garnered national attention. Hero and heroines; crime fighters and criminals – and all in between!

John Burchill of Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, KS, will present Notorious Saline County in Messiah Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall located at 402 North First Street. Starting time is 7:30pm. Please enter through the east door on the north side of the building.

Chocolate Lovers Prom Night
February 12

The Lindsborg Arts Council is excited to announce the 28th 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.

And this year we’re going to PROM!

Break out that prom dress, tux, and tiara and get ready for:
★ Live and Silent Art Auctions
★ Swoon-Worthy Chocolate
★ Photo Booth Fun
★ After Prom fun

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 will also be announcing 2022’s Artist of the Year.

The LAC 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 our community.

$25 to enter ($20 for members. Become a member today!) The event is held at the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center and starts at 7:00pm with doors opening at 6:30pm.

Real Men Sing
Thursday, January 27

As a group, the young men will sing in a free concert in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany College campus, 335 East Swensson Street. Previous year’s events attracted male vocalists from over 38 different middle and high schools across Kansas.

Want to get away from it all? Find links to top-notch overnight stays here.

"Most Hallmark Movie-esque Small Town"
2021 Travel Awaits Best of Travel Awards

We hope you stop by and see for yourself why Lindsborg was named “Most Hallmark Movie-esque Small Town” by voters in the 2021 Travel Awaits Best of Travel Awards! Lindsborg was also a finalist in the "Friendliest Small Town" category. Happy times ahead!

Find the the list of the best of the best here.

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