LINDSBORG — The second Friday of each month is the time for Makers Street in Lindsborg. Held from 5 to 8 p.m., the event features downtown businesses open for extended hours so people are able to come and browse their offerings.
Makers Street has a different theme every month and Sept. 13 the focus will be "Art with Words." Attendees will be able to meet local authors, enter poetry contests and learn more about Lindsborg's arts scene.
At Lindsborg Community Library, 111 S. Main St., Makers Street participants can read the 150 Project! entries written by dozens of area residents to nominate people, places or things that shaped Lindsborg over the past 150 years.
According to Director Suzanna Swenson, there will also be writing prompts available to inspire people to write flash fiction.
"Flash fiction is stories that are more than 100 words and less then 1,000 words," Swenson explained.
At Red Barn Studio Museum, 212 S. Main St., you can see the Raymer letter exhibition by Roger Gerberding and hear him read several out loud. Author Linda Lewis will also perform a reading from her new book of poetry, "Ensemble," beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The White Peacock Tea and Coffee Company, 124 S. Main St., will announce the winners of its short story competition and have copies of the entries for all to read.
Collections and Essentials, 110 S. Main St., will showcase "upcycled" books made into miniature dioramas and sculptures by Sue Peterson, along with her word zentangle illustrations.
Courtyard Gallery, 125 N. Main St., will have watercolor paintings by Bethany College alum Anna Lee Schmidtberger, who will be present during the event. Poetry readings by Lindsborg resident Jackie Ash will begin at 6:30 p.m. and former Bethany College professor Lori Brack of Salina will also perform poems at 7 p.m.
At Small World Gallery, 127 N. Main St., retired English teacher Jan Cambridge-Lewis will judge haikus to determine who will win $50 gift certificates to Lindsborg businesses. Entries can be made in advance until 8 p.m. Sept. 13 by texting the haiku and the author's name to 785-691-6408, or emailing email@example.com. Entries also may be brought to the Makers Street event or written in the gallery on Makers Street night.
The Good Merchant, 131 N. Main St., will host a book signing for Elaine McAllister, author of “Celebrate Grandparenting: 101 Ideas to Intentionally Connect with your Grands.” A free make and take project, pulled from her book, will also be available.
Trollslända - Lindsborg Toy Store, 135 N. Main St., will offer a collection of Usborne Books for purchase, including Shakespeare for children.
At Dröm Sött/Sweet Dreams Inn, 112 W. Lincoln St., you can meet local artist Carla Wilson and take part in the Boutique Grand Opening.
For more information about Makers Street, visit its Facebook page.
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