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Fall Festival 46 features creative work by Bethel alumni

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Creative work by Bethel College alumni will hold a prominent place at this year’s Fall Festival, the 46th annual.

Most events take place Oct. 1 on campus, and most are free and open to the public.

“Revelations in Wood: The Sculpture of John Gaeddert, 1950-2015” opens in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center Sept. 29, with the artist reception Sept. 30, 6-8 p.m. in the gallery area. Fall Festival gallery hours are Thurs.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun. 2-4 p.m.

Gaeddert, of North Newton, graduated from Bethel College in 1950. Since then, he has worked in sculpture as an avocation. He is best known for his work with Kansas and Colorado windfall wood, including Osage orange, walnut, cedar and bristlecone pine.

At Kauffman Museum, “Memory Matters: Works by Gesine Janzen” is the current special exhibit. Janzen is a 1990 Bethel graduate and associate professor of printmaking at Montana State University, Bozeman.

Also at the museum, at 3 p.m. Oct. 1, there will be a book signing with 1984 graduate Kimberly D. Schmidt, Hyattsville, Maryland, author of the 2016 young adult novel Magpie’s Blanket.

Fall Festival museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sun., with free admission throughout.

Fall Festival kicks off with Taste of Newton downtown, Sept. 29 from 6-9 p.m., featuring a wide variety of food from local restaurants and church and civic groups, plus live entertainment, including Bethel jazz groups, the Newton Community Children’s Choir, Sound of the Heartland and other local musicians and dancers.

Sept. 30 is the 10th annual STEM Symposium, this year focused primarily on public health and inter-professional collaboration.

The symposium begins at 1 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center with Eric Cook-Wiens, Lawrence, who works in public health. A panel of health-care providers follows at 2 p.m.: Jacy Barker, nurse practitioner from Wichita, Melisa Cooper, physician assistant from McPherson, Miranda DeLuna, physician from Wichita, Tracy Ediger, physician from Columbus, Ohio, and Jodi Runge, physical therapist from Newton.

Matthew Burkey, a public health researcher, psychiatrist and professor from Williams Lake, British Columbia, will give the keynote address at 9 a.m. Oct. 1 in the Ad Building chapel.

The Fall Festival theater production this year is the “comic drama” The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Driving Miss Daisy. Ballyhoo garnered the Tony for Best Play in 1997.

Ballyhoo takes place in Atlanta, 1939, among elite Southern Jews who are struggling with the tensions of a changing world and facing their own biases.

The first performance is Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. with additional shows Oct. 1, 3:30 p.m., and Oct. 2, 2 p.m., all in Krehbiel Auditorium. Tickets are on sale at Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center during regular business hours or starting one hour before each performance, subject to availability, in the Luyken Fine Arts Center ticket office.

On Oct. 1, Fall Festival Fair Day, food and craft booths as well as exhibits by student, alumni and local organizations open beginning at 9 a.m. on and around the Green.

The Bethel College Women’s Association has moved their “Market on the Green” into the Luyken Fine Arts Center, where it is now “Market in the Round.” They will offer baked goods, crafts and special Bethel College items for sale, while outside there will be places to buy New Year’s cookies, homemade pie, beef borscht and zwiebach, with all proceeds benefiting Bethel College.

On the outdoor Prairie Sky Stage (Memorial Hall if rain) are student readings and a sneak preview of the Bethel literary magazine YAWP! fall issue, 9:30-9:55 a.m.; Newton Community Children’s Choir, 10-10:20 a.m.; Bethel a cappella ensembles Woven (women) and Open Road (men), 10:30-10:55 a.m.; the 7th annual Jazzfest, featuring Bethel jazz ensembles and jazz faculty along with local high school groups from Newton, Hesston and McPherson, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; and “Movie Music on the Green” by Bethel College Academy for Performing Arts (BCAPA) students, 2-2:30 p.m.

The biennial Schweitzer dialect program takes place at 10 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium. A freewill offering will be taken to support Bethel College.

Participatory music includes Kindermusik at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. (for children age 2-5 with an adult caregiver) in Room 23 in the Mem Hall basement, and a hymn sing with the Bethel College Alumni Choir at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of Bethel College Mennonite Church.

BCAPA is sponsoring the 3rd Dart for Art fundraiser to support arts education. The 2-mile fun run/jog/walk starts in the Thresher Sports Complex at 9:30 a.m. Registration forms are available in Mojo’s and Thresher Shop, both in Schultz Student Center, or call BCAPA at 316-283-4902.

Athletic events on campus include varsity volleyball vs. Ottawa University at 1 p.m. in Thresher Gym, and the homecoming football game, which pits Bethel against Ottawa, at 7 p.m.

Bethel student-athletes and Booster Club Hall of Fame inductees (the 1976 volleyball team and coaches) will be recognized at 6:30 p.m., right before the game, on Joe W. Goering Field, and the homecoming king and queen crowned at halftime.

The popular Children’s Park, sponsored by the Parents Association, will again be just north of the Ad Building, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jerry Toews, Goessel, will have his restored band organ from the late 1800s parked nearby, with performances taking place throughout the day.

For more details and a complete Fall Festival schedule, go to You can view and print a festival program at this site.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016–17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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