January 2019

First Day Hikes
Wednesday, January 1
10:00 AM

Photo by Taton Tubbs, Through My Eyes Photography- Kanopolis Lake near Horsethief Canyon
On New Year’s Day, 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 10:00 AM.  Learn more here .Don't have the equipment you need? Stop by Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters, 113 N. Main St., and ask Rick or Julie to make recommendations for the best equipment for your day hike or a camping trip along the byway during the summer months.

Makers Street - The Lindsborg Art Walk
Friday, January 10
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

January rings in a new year, and the return of Makers Street - The Lindsborg Art Walk on Friday, January 10, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The theme of Makers Street will revolve around the Swedish tradition of King Knut's Day. King Knut’s Day or Tjugondag Knut (Twentieth-day Knut), occurs each January 13 th . In Sweden, this day was the day set aside for removing all the Christmas decorations, flinging doors and windows open, and sweeping the dust and debris of the old year from the house.  Today, many Swedes celebrate the day with a Julgransplundring (literally “Christmas tree plundering”). Usually the day includes a children's party offering one last opportunity for Christmas festivities. The adults tear down and pack up the Christmas decorations while the children savor candies and cookies.  Following old customs, Swedes decorated the tree with various goodies. Today, goodies are supplied on plates rather than plundered from the tree. Those with real trees toss the now bare branches through the window and out into the snow, often wishing their tree and the Christmas season a final farewell in song.  Make plans now to come and see a new year of Makers Street cheer with make-and-takes, food and drink, and great conversations with the best of people. Follow Makers Street - The Lindsborg Art Walk on Facebook to learn more.

Plan Your 2020 in Lindsborg
Saturday, January 11
10:00 AM

Plan your 2020 in the comfortable hospitality of Lindsborg. Grab a cup of hot chocolate at your favorite coffee shop and top it off with complimentary toppings courtesy of the the Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau. Explore meeting spaces Lindsborg has to offer — including the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center, which will host an open house from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM — and while you're at the J.O. Sundstrom Center be sure to ask about the offer below, good during the months of January and February. There will also be a drawing for ten 2020 Moleskine Planners for those touring the Sundstrom.

Meeting/private party/reception facilities:
Churches with reception/dinning facilities:

King Knut's Day Potluck
Monday, January 13 
12:00 PM

Join in a Lindsborg community tradition. Each year on King Knut's day the community at large is invited to ring out the Christmas season. Join in the fun on Monday, January 13, 12:00 PM at Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N Main Street in Lindsborg. Bring a dish, bring the family and bring good cheer to share. All are welcome!

Tower Wind Quintet
Sunday, January 12
2:00 PM

The Tower Wind Quintet will present a concert at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg on Sunday afternoon, January 12, 2019, at 2:00 PM. The Quintet, formed in 2001, is comprised of Friends University faculty members: Amy Hoffman, flute; Cindy Thompson, oboe; Rachelle Goter, clarinet; Denise Kintzel, french horn, and Kimme Whittemore, bassoon. All members are active performers and teachers in the Wichita area, participating in many groups including the Wichita Symphony, Wichita Grand Opera, Wichita Music Theatre, and Ballet Wichita. 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.sandzé or call (785) 227-2220.

Swedish Settlements Presented by Tom Holmquist
A Smoky Valley Historical Association Event
Tuesday, January 14
7:30 PM 
Come hear Tom Holmquist speak about the settlement of the Smoky Valley, Tuesday, January 14, 7:30 PM at the Bethany Home Activity Center, 321 N Chestnut. Tom is a fifth-generation farmer and lifelong member of the Salemsborg Lutheran Church. He lives with his wife, Dr. Marlysue Holmquist, on the farm homesteaded by his great grandfather, Gust Holmquist in 1868.
Tom holds a B.S. in Music Education, Magna Cum Laude, from Bethany College, and an M.A. in American History from Emporia State University. Tom was selected along with his family to represent Kansas agriculture and Swedish culture at the Smithsonian Institution’s Festival of American Folklife in Washington D.C. in 1992. He has taught music, social studies, American history and agriculture in Smoky Valley area schools for the past 43 years.
Mr. Holmquist farms and ranches along with his sons, Ryan and John Holmquist on the family farm where they raise wheat, soybeans, milo, various species of hay, and crossbred cattle. His previous books include: “Pioneer Cross, Swedish Settlement Along the Smoky Hill Bluffs,” “Bluestem,” a novel, and “Never Satisfied, The Laffler Crew in World War 2."

Learn more about the Smoky Valley Historical Association here .

Learn Nålebinding
Saturday, January 11 or January 18
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Nålebinding, literally translated to needle binding, is an ancient form of fabric creation that predates knitting or crochet -- a skill that has survived mostly in Scandanavian areas. This class is a beginner class. Instructor, Tanna Burchinal, will teach the basic techniques and stitches to create your own Nålebinding masterpieces. It is helpful to have a basic understanding of crochet or knitting, but not necessary. Cost is $25 per student, which includes a pre-started kit with practice wool, needle, and pattern. If you would like to bring your own wool, it must be 100% sheep's wool. Spots are limited, so sign up soon!

New Exhibits - Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery
Sunday, January 19
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

New exhibitions, opening January 19, 2020, at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg include the Kansas Scenic Byway Invitational ; Pulse of the Prairie , mixed media pieces by Hoisington artist Christina Lamoureaux; Asian art from the Lundblad Collection of Lindsborg; and works by Smoky Valley High School art students. The opening reception will be Sunday, January 19, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, with exhibition talks beginning at 2:30 PM. The exhibits will continue through March 15, 2020.
Featuring works inspired by Kansas scenic byways, 38 artists are participating in this invitational exhibit. A catalog is planned to coincide with the exhibition and has been partially underwritten with a grant from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.
Cristina Lamoureax is an artist from Hoisington, Kansas, who received her M.F.A. from Fort Hays State University in 2014. She is also an educator, teaching high school art in Hoisington, Kansas. Her research and studies through Fort Hays, combined with the support of the Hoisington School District, has allowed her to offer a rich platform of artistic achievement that showcases her vision of the environment and its lessons.
Selections from the Nancy Lundblad collection showcase Asian works acquired while the family lived in Japan and elsewhere. It will be a show that includes a wide variety of objects with great historical significance.
Gretchen Elliott's art classes at Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg will also have a variety of works on display. 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.sandzé or call (785) 227-2220.

Red Barn Studio Museum Artist-in-Residence
Brian D'Ambrosio - Author, Poet, Journalist
Tuesday, January 21 - Sunday, March 01
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 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.

Real Men Sing Concert
Thursday, January 30
2:30 PM

The Real Men Sing vocal workshop at Bethany College expects to draw over 900 young men who will spend the day working with music professionals, performing a free concert in conclusion on Thursday, January 30 at 2:30 PM.
In its sixth year, the Real Men Sing workshop offers vocal clinics for young men from the fifth through twelfth grades and this year will feature guest conductors from collegiate and high school music programs. Students participate in choirs and clinics throughout the day.
As a group, the young men will sing in a free concert in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany campus, 335 E Swensson Street. Previous year’s events attracted male vocalists from over 38 different middle and high schools across Kansas.

Swedish Luau
Saturday, January 25

♪♫ "M ele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day. That's the island greeting that we send to you, from the land where palm trees sway"♪♫ Lindsborg won't have any swaying palm trees, but bring on the sunshine and indulge in summer dreams with a mash-up like you've never seen before. Plans are underway for the second year of Lindsborg's newest tradition, the Swedish Luau, Saturday, January 25 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM!
Join the fun and you might see Swedish dancers doing the hula, happy luau go-ers doing the lutefisk limbo, or ukuleles and conga lines. Picture a roasted pig, a feature in many luaus, combined with a dish of Swedish meatballs - and voila, a new and amazing dish called a Swedish Meatball Pig! This interesting concoction will be headmaster of the conga line. Stay tuned for more details!

Soak in the Sunshine at a Gallery Near You

Step out of the winter cold and enjoy an hour or two in one of Lindsborg's galleries during the month of January. Truly sunshine for the soul!
  • Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery - 401 N First | Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM & Sunday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, closed Monday
  • Courtyard Gallery & Bakery - 125 N Main | Monday, Thursday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM & Sunday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Hands of Time Gallery - 118 S Main | Wednesday - Friday 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Mingenback Gallery, corner of Second and Olsson Streets | call for hours 785-227-8830 x3332
  • Photo Art Gallery, 120 W Lincoln | Saturday and Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
  • Red Barn Studio Museum, 212 S Main | Tuesday - Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, and by appointment, closed Monday
  • Small World Gallery, 127 N Main | Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Sunday 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Call the Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information at 888-227-2227 or learn more at

Strike the Harp and Join the Chorus - Messiah Festival of the Arts
Ticket Sales Open January 2

Join the Bethany Oratorio Society for the 2020 Messiah Festival season! The first Bethany Oratorio Society rehearsal begins Sunday, January 26. New singers are asked to arrive at 2:00 PM for an informal voice hearing. Rehearsal for all singers will begin at 3:00 PM in Presser Hall Auditorium. Please be sure to check in with your section secretary! Messiah scores will be available for purchase at $10/score. Learn more here .
Prepare now for the Messiah Festival of the Arts from April 2 through April 12, 2020. Ticket sales begin January 2 and can be purchased here or from the ticket office located in the lobby of Presser Hall on the campus of Bethany College, 335 E Swensson Street. In January and February, ticket office hours are Monday through Friday from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM. In March and April, hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM.

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.
  • 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


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


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


  • 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


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


  • 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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