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Celebrate Kansas Day! at Kauffman Museum January 27

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum will mark the 146th birthday of the state of Kansas with an afternoon of special activities for all ages.

The museum will be open free of charge for its 10th annual Celebrate Kansas Day! event on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 27.

As always, there will be special events in the museum auditorium as well as make-it-and-take-it crafts stations, a fund-raising bake sale, flea market and silent auction sponsored by the Friends of the Kauffman Museum and demonstrations both indoors and out.

Other popular activities returning from last year are horse-drawn wagon rides by Jan and Winston Sommerfeld, owners of Country Boys Carriage in rural Newton, corn shelling, wood hewing demonstrations and old-fashioned schoolyard games such as stilts and jump-rope. Last year’s burn ban in Harvey County prevented the blacksmithing demonstration by Steve Hurlock, Wichita, and the kettle popcorn popping, both scheduled to return this year.

The first event in the auditorium will be bagpiper Allison J. McFarland, Bethel College professor of business, at 1:45. McFarland played with a competition band in Philadelphia for eight years and was one of five bagpipers who regularly played for the University of Pennsylvania Commencement ceremonies. She will play the pipes and also explain how they work.

At 2:30, ventriloquist Larry Temple, McPherson, will perform, and at 3:15, there will be a special (vocal) auction of a quilt that was partially quilted by campers at the 2006 Uncle Carl’s Camp “A Stitch in Time.” The quilt is 69 inches x 69 inches, machine pieced and hand quilted in the “Schoolhouse” pattern.

For the second year in a row, anyone who dresses up in pioneer clothing will receive a prize. There will be a Pioneer Parade in the auditorium at 3:30 led by master of ceremonies William Eash, professor of music at Bethel College.

The final event in the auditorium will be dancers from the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, under the direction of Peggy Mead-Finizio, demonstrating ballet technique and performing several choreographed pieces.

The crafts stations will include honeybee pencil toppers, Kansas paper blocks and Victorian calligraphy. There will also be guided activities in the “K is for Kansas” special exhibit, which is at the museum for this school year before going on the road again this summer.

The Voth-Unruh-Fast farmstead, with its house, barn and windmill, will be open for visits during the afternoon.

All Celebrate Kansas Day! activities will be held at Kauffman Museum, 27th and North Main in North Newton. For more information, call Kauffman Museum at (316) 283-1612.

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