NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Kansas has a birthday, and Kauffman Museum at Bethel College is throwing the party. Celebrate Kansas Day! activities will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25 at the museum in North Newton. The party will commemorate 142 years of Kansas statehood. Admission is free for all ages. "I've lived in other states, and no one celebrates their state's birthday like Kansans!" says Andi Schmidt Andres, curator of education for Kauffman Museum. "Come help us ring in another year for the 34th state in the Union. We offer something for all ages with crafts for the kids, performances for families and demonstrations that will bring back memories for seniors. The flea market is popular for adults too. Celebrate Kansas Day! is always such a fun event. Come join us!"
New to the event this year will be the silent auction of antiques, a miniature Model T, and a new blue and white Sara Jane's Stars quilt made by Elaine Sauerwein.
"The quilt is especially unique because it was part of the museum's quilting demonstration during the 2001 Bethel College Fall Festival and also during last year's Kansas Day celebration. It even has a few stitches from beginning quilters who stopped by to help at the quilting demonstration booths," Andres says.
In addition to the silent auction, indoor events will include scheduled performances, craft booths, demonstrations, a bake sale featuring homemade items, and a flea market sponsored by Friends of the Museum. Regular exhibits will also be open to the public.
Bethel College Academy of Music Suzuki Strings players will perform at 1:45 p.m. Sam Seymore of McPherson will tell stories at 2:45 p.m. The Newton High School Azteca Dance Troupe will perform at 3:45 p.m.
Ten make-it and take-it crafts stations will be offered throughout the afternoon event, including rope making, hanky folding, Victorian calligraphy, an old-time photography booth, butter making and other activities.
Outdoor events will feature schoolyard games led by Goessel Elementary School principal John Fast, blacksmithing by Steve Hurlock of Wichita, wagon rides by Winston and Jan Sommerfeld of Country Boys Carriages of Newton and popcorn popped over an open fire by Bill Stucky of North Newton. The restored and heated farmhouse will be open.
Kauffman Museum is located at 27th and Main in North Newton. For information, call (316) 283-1612.