The Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra will open the season with a fall concert featuring cellist Jakub Omsky on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. Omsky’s performance is co-sponsored with the Lindsborg Arts Council. The concert will feature guest artist Jakub Omsky playing cello on Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” and with violinists Ann Samuelson and Ruth Ann Leaf performing Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso in C minor.” The program will also include an early Haydn symphony, “Le Matin (The Morning) in D major.”
Bethany College invites the community to attend Bethany Sunday at Bethany Lutheran Church for worship on Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Bethany Sunday will end the Homecoming weekend with worship
Still dressed in practice gear, the Bethany softball players are busy in the evenings making calls for the Bethany Annual Phonathon to raise awareness of Bethany and to raise support for the Annual Fund.
On Aug. 19, more than 200 Bethany College students, staff, and faculty volunteered for the inaugural “Swede Sweep,” a day devoted to group service projects around Lindsborg. Projects took place across the community as well as along Burma Road and Bethany Drive with McPherson County road crews. More than 170 incoming freshmen and 35 upperclassmen Pathfinder mentors participated.
On July 29, Lindsborg received 4 to 5 inches of rain in only an hour, causing flash flooding to an estimated 125 houses resulting in $2.5 million in damages. Bethany experienced some flooding but was very fortunate.
Lindsborg Senior Citizen center Bethany college students interviewed senior citizens for their class project in Foundations of Education, taught by Assistant Professor Gretchen Norland. The class focuses on the development of education and how it has been influenced by the values and beliefs of society over hundreds of years. This project gives the Bethany education majors a wonderful opportunity to hear stories of teaching experiences and to glean wisdom and advice from these retired teachers.
The Fifth Bi-Annual “Willie/Cat” Golf Memorial Tournament will be held during Homecoming and Hyllningsfest weekend on October 4 starting at 10 a.m. at the Salina Municipal Golf Course. Proceeds will benefit the Terrible Swede Sculpture Project in remembrance of Bruce Nelson and Kim Wilson, members of the class of 1975, with a special remembrance of Robert “Al” Hehre and Kim Wallace.
Dala Camerata, a new chamber music camp, was instituted this summer on the Bethany College campus from June 3 to 7. Henry Littich, string teacher from USD 400, and Ann Samuelson, music instructor for strings at Bethany College, formed three string quartets from the students of the Smoky Valley Junior and Senior High. They met two hours each day and performed for the residents of Bethany Home.
Bethany College’s Community Garden has been awarded a $5,000 grant through the Kansas Community Gardens Project, a joint initiative of the Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension. Bethany’s Community Garden is one of 35 community garden projects in the state to receive this funding, which will help support the purchase and construction of much needed foundational infrastructure, including a permanent irrigation system, tool shed, and winter tunneling supplies.
Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard is the story of a family struggling to save their family’s estate. Director Cody Whetstone knew that in order to portray this eccentric family and the servants and friends that surround them, he would have to cast an eclectic group of people. “We knew this would be a perfect play to work on collaboratively with Bethany College and Broadway RFD,” Whetstone said. “To find such a diverse group of people, we needed both group’s resources.”