NORTH NEWTON, KAN. The annual Celebrate Kansas Day! event at Kauffman Museum is set for 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31 at the museum in North Newton. The party will commemorate 143 years of Kansas statehood. Admission is free for all ages. A birthday celebration for the 34th state is reason to celebrate, say Kauffman Museum staff, who have planned the event for several years. Programming includes craft booths, demonstrations, a bake sale, flea market and silent auction of original art, handcrafted items and antiques. Regular exhibits will also be open to the public as well as a sneak preview of the special exhibition "K is for Kansas: An Exhibit Exploring Kansas from A to Z."
Performances begin at 1:45 p.m. with "Amazing Chemistry Demonstrations," presented by Bethel College chemistry professor Gary Histand. The group Webb 3, which includes Nathan, Jacob and April Webb from North Newton, will perform gospel favorites at 2:45 p.m. Ventriloquist Larry Temple from McPherson will perform with his friends at 3:45 p.m.
Make-it and take-it crafts stations will be offered throughout the afternoon, including wheat weaving, quilt squares, rope making, corn shelling, Victorian calligraphy, candle dipping, bison beango, paper folding and an old-time photography booth.
Elaine Sauerwein of Newton will demonstrate rug making. Conrad Snider of Newton will have his pottery wheel set up and David Kreider of the Kauffman Museum staff will be demonstrating spoon making and wood turning.
Outdoor events will feature schoolyard games, blacksmithing, wagon rides provided by Country Boy Carriages and popcorn popped over an open fire. The restored and heated farmhouse will be open.
The event is sponsored in part by a North Newton Community Development Grant.
Kauffman Museum is located at 27th and Main in North Newton. For information, call (316) 283-1612.