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Learn about museum art

LARNED – Ever wonder what it takes to maintain the artifacts at our national parks? Or even just how to maintain your own artifacts? Metal statues or objects, such as bronze sculptures, need special care to maintain their luster and protect them from the elements.

Fort Larned maintenance worker, Carson Norton, will demonstrate the techniques involved in cleaning and preserving bronze sculptures at 1 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Fort Larned National Historic Site.

The fort’s museum exhibits include three Frederic Remington reproduction bronze sculptures donated by the late Dr. David Clapsaddle.

Although you might think metal objects don’t need any special care or upkeep, they are actually subject to corrosion and discoloration if not properly cared for.

The program about and demonstration of the preservation of these bronze sculptures will be in the Visitor Center AV room. Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156.

Information on visiting is on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911, or email to fols_superintendent@nps.gov.

Learn about worship

NORTH NEWTON – The biennial Bethel College Worship and the Arts Symposium takes place on campus Nov. 18, with most activities in Luyken Fine Arts Center.

The 2017 symposium’s title, “Seasons of the Soul: Enacting the Mystery of Faith,” indicates its focus – on how drama and theater can enhance the Christian worship experience.

Ted Swartz, an actor and playwright, leads Ted & Company TheaterWorks, based in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

In several presentations during the Nov. 17-19 weekend at Bethel, Swartz will reflect on his own journey as well as the particular place of theater in worship.

Swartz will be the presenter in Bethel’s convocation for students at 11 a.m. on Nov. 17 and will also perform “Slightly Left of Normal” that evening at 7 p.m., both in Krehbiel Auditorium. “Slightly Left of Normal” is free for symposium registrants, with an admission charge for others.

Swartz will be part of the symposium wrap-up plenary session on Saturday afternoon, on a panel that includes Patricia Shelly, Bethel College professor of Bible and religion, John McCabe-Juhnke, Bethel College professor of communication arts, and Laurel Koerner, instructor of theater at Tabor College, Hillsboro.

McCabe-Juhnke and Koerner are presenting workshops, “Finding the Drama in Reading Scripture” and “The Worshiping Body: Corporate and Corporeal,” respectively. Shelly is part of the symposium planning committee.

See a complete symposium schedule, and register online, at bethelks.edu/worshiparts or call Greta Hiebert at 316-284-5250.

Hear a brass quintet

HESSTON – Bringing a spirit of innovation to the world of brass repertoire, the Mirari Brass Quintet will perform Christmas with Mirari Brass Quintet as part of the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts season lineup at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, on the Hesston College campus in the Hesston Mennonite Church sanctuary.

Now in its seventh season, the Mirari Brass Quintet is made up of Alex Noppe and Matthew Vangjel on trumpets, Jessie Thoman on horn, Sarah Paradis on trombone, and Stephanie Frye on tuba.

Reserved seating and general admission tickets for Mirari Brass Quintet are available at hesstonbethel.org or by calling 620-327-8105. Single tickets are for sale in the Hesston College Bookstore and at Bethel College’s Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center during regular business hours. Reserved seating is $27 (adults and senior citizens), and general admission seating ranges from $18-$23 dollars with discounts for students and senior citizens.