Lindsborg puts the “WOW!” in Luau!

As you know, in Lindsborg you can always expect the unexpected! From the creative thinking of Lindsborg’s downtown merchants and a strong desire for warmer climates, a mash-up of Swedish proportions takes place on Saturday, January 26th from 2 to 5 pm.

Join the fun and you might see Swedish dancers doing the hula, happy luau revelers doing the lutefisk limbo or ukeleles playing as conga lines wind their ways through downtown.

Picture this! A roasted pig, featured in many luaus, combined with a dish of Swedish meatballs and voila! a new and amazing dish called a Swedish Meatball Pig. This concoction will be leading the conga line. Here is the schedule, subject to weather conditions, of course:

  • 2:00 PM – costumes available at The Ivory Thimble or come wearing your favorite luau attire (maybe a Tommy Bahama flowered shirt over fleece?) with lutefisk limbo to follow.
  • 2:30 PM – Swedish Dancer hula lessons at Lucia Park just south of City Hall. Go check out the restaurant and merchants and their island flare displays. Make sure to purchase your ukulele at Trollslända at 135 N. Main St for the play along that starts at….
  • 3:00 PM – play your ukulele at Lucia Park
  • 4:30 PM – conga line with the Swedish Meatball Pig around downtown

(Many thanks to the Lindsborg CVB for letting me copy their copy!)

Celebrate Black History Month

As you listen to Stevie Wonder’s song, “Happy Birthday,” that celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr., please make time to attend one or all of these great events in Lindsborg:

  • Wednesday, February 6 at 7 pm, Bethany College, Pearson Swedish Chapel: Lecture featuring historian Dr. Gretchen Sick about the historic Wichita Dockum Drug Store Sit-Ins in 1958.
  • Saturday, February 9 at 10 am, Bethany College, Wallerstadt Library: Celebration brunch for Black History Month with Rev. Allen Smith of Salina – RSVP to waughaj@bethanylb.edu
  • Monday, February 11 at 6:30 pm, Bethany College, Pearson Swedish Chapel: Lecture by Bethany College alumnus Marie Johnson about Salina during segregation
  • Friday, February 22 at 7 pm, Lindsborg Community Library: Movie screening of Hidden Figures; no charge, no reservations required, informal discussion to follow

#bookdirect @ www.LindsborgVacationRentals.com

You may be thinking, “Sigh…another hashtag?” I’m not fluent in ‘hashtag’ either, but this one is important. Find out why in the list below!

  • Book direct and save — Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, Expedia, Booking.com and TripAdvisor (also called OTAs) have extra fees that are paid by you, the guest.
  • When you book direct, you communicate directly with us — visit our www.LindsborgVacationRentals.com or call 855-872-3487.
  • The best price isn’t with the OTAs. The best price is through our website.
  • Many of the best vacation rentals aren’t even listed on OTAs — our vacation rentals are listed on Airbnb, but with no other OTA.
  • We know Lindsborg and central Kansas better than anyone — the OTAs don’t know anything about all the great events here, especially during Lindsborg’s 150th!!
  • If you have special needs, we can help — just let us know and we’ll do our best to find a way to make it happen, if we can!
  • We may have special offers available — these special offers aren’t shown on the OTAs, so ask away!

This Holiday Season, Give “Heartland” by Sarah Smarsh: More Importantly, Read it!

“Heartland” by Sarah Smarsh

Sarah Smarsh and her family lived and worked near Kingman, Kansas for generations.  They all worked hard, played even harder but never thought of themselves as being poor in the richest country on earth.  Her memoir, Heartland, is New York Times Bestseller, was a National Book Award finalist with many more accolades flowing in.  It is definitely worth your time!

Weekend Getaways!

Kansas! Magazine – Winter 2018  https://www.travelks.com/ks-mag/

The readers of Kansas! Magazine voted on their favorite weekend destinations.  Here are the six finalists–and where to visit!

  • Abilene
    • Mr. K’s Farmhouse, Russell Stover Chocolate Factory, Greyhound Hall of Fame)
  • Atchison
    • The Riverwalk, Evah C. Cray Home Museum, Historical Socieity Museum in the Santa Fe Depot)
  • Council Grove
    • Council Grove Marina, Hays House Restaurant, Kaw Mission
  • Lawrence
    • University of Kansas, Massachusetts Street, Downtown
  • Lindsborg
    • Small World Gallery, Ol’ Stuga, Hemslöjd, The Ivory Thimble, Coronado Heights, Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters
  • Norton
    • Prairie Dog State Park, ‘They Also Ran’ Gallery, Scheetz Motor Building

Smoky Valley School District’s ‘Super’-intendent

Glen Suppes has just been named the 2019 Kansas Superintendent of the Year by the Kansas School Superintendents’ Association.  This award was very much earned for the long list of accomplishments since at USD 400.

Lindsborg has earned other accolades recently as well.  On October 18th, the city government was a finalist for the Voice of the People Award for Transportation in Education and Enrichment.

Good for what ‘ales’ you!

The Swedish Crown, in downtown Lindsborg, is creating a four-course meal paired with craft beers from Three Rings Brewery out of nearby McPherson.  Dinner starts at 7 pm on Friday, November 2.  Tickets are going fast, so call 785-227-8422 now!  Here’s the menu:

  • Appetizer:  House-made pretzel bites served with spicy cheese sauce and carmelized onion dip — served with Vertigo IPA
  • Salad:  Arugula salad with raspberries, pumpkin seeds, gorgonzola and champagne vinaigrette — served with Love Shack or Raspberry Gose
  • Entree:  Beef tenderloin filet with truffle mashed potatoes and bacon-wrapped asparagus — served with Wanderlust or Scottish Red Ale
  • Dessert:  Stout chocolate cake with espresso cream and raspberry coulis — served with Bulldog or Oatmeal Stout

McPherson, Kansas is among America’s Best 50 Cities to Live — # 24, actually

24/7 Wall Street recently published their list of the best fifty cities to live in America.  Here are McPherson’s attributes:

> Population: 13,212
> 5 yr. population change: 0.0%
> Median home value: $135,800
> Median household income: $54,057

“The median household income in McPherson, Kansas of $54,057 a year is just below the national median of $55,322. However, a dollar goes a long way in McPherson as goods and services are 14% less expensive than they are on average nationwide. Indeed, extreme financial hardship is relatively rare in the city. Just 7.3% of residents live in poverty compared to 15.1% of Americans.

McPherson residents also have many options when it comes to entertainment and recreation. The city has a far greater than typical concentration of restaurants, fitness centers, museums, golf courses, and movie theaters.”

The methodology of 24/7 Wall St. included a weighted index of 25 measures that fall into four categories: affordability, economy, quality of life and community.  To avoid geographic clustering, only the top-ranking city, with a minimum population of 8,000, in any given county was selected. 

‘Sweet Home, Salina!”

Blues Masters at the Crossroads starts this coming weekend!  (If you wait until ‘Stormy Monday” you’ll be too late!  In fact, this is their last ever blues concert!

Blues legends and legends-to-be will perform at Blue Heaven Studios
201 S. Eighth Street in Salina.  Buy your tickets at AcousticSounds.com or by calling 800-716-3553.  So give up some ‘green’ for the blues!

Friday, October 26

  • Bobby Rush – “King of the Chitlin’ Circuit”
  • Mud Morganfield – Son of blues great, Muddy Waters
  • Marquise Knox – Blues guitarist on the rise from St. Louis
  • Beverly “Guitar” Watkins – 79 years old, but she’s still playing the blues

Saturday, October 27

  • Kenny “Real Deal” Neal – Guitar impressario – ‘swamp’ style
  • Robert Finley – soon-to-be-legendary soul singer
  • Larry Garner – Three-time blues writer of the rear
  • Li’l Ray Neal – Guitarist / bluesman from Baton Rouge