NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – An annual holiday open house in the Newton-North Newton community includes Goerz House and Kauffman Museum on the Bethel campus.
“Six Places of Christmas” (expanded from five in past years) takes place Saturday, Dec. 3, between 10 a.m. and
Kauffman Museum will feature decorating and gift-making ideas that recycle or use natural materials. Shirley Harms will demonstrate how to make eco-friendly cards; Beth Burns, renewing old ornaments with polymer clay; Marlene Bogard, how to “upcycle” old books; and Kathy Schroeder and Helen Pauls, creating tea light luminarias from pressed prairie grasses.
Make-it-and-take it activities will include creating gift bags from old maps and newspaper seedling pots with “Saint Barbara wheat” for French-style decorating. Representatives from Et Cetera Shop in Newton will lead a take-home “creature craft” activity for children from 10 a.m.-noon.
The activities are free to the public, as are the museum’s exhibitions that day, including the current special exhibit “...the eyes of a stranger: Indian images and experiences by Cookie Wiebe.” Wiebe, a Bethel graduate who spent a number of years in church service in Africa and India, died Oct. 31 from ovarian cancer (see www.bethelks.edu/bc/news_publications/news/bc/index.php/2011/11/15/exhibit-showcases-the-eye-and-camera-lens-of-the-late-cookie-wiebe ).
The Bethel College Women’s Association will host visitors to Goerz House Dec. 2. A traditional bake sale of homemade goodies will include zwieback, peppernuts, cookies and cinnamon rolls, along with a variety of homemade candies that may be purchased by the pound.
New at Goerz House this year is a special gift shop offering BCWA’s latest signature item celebrating Bethel’s 125th anniversary: a limited-edition picnic basket with a drawing of the Administration Building on the wooden lid, introduced at this year’s Fall Festival. Other specialty gift items include Bethel kitchen towels, T-shirts, ornaments and candle houses.
The other stops on the Saturday “Six Places of Christmas” circuit are the Carriage Factory Gallery, Harvey County Historical Museum and Warkentin House, all in or near the downtown area in Newton, and this year’s newcomer, the Kansas Sports Museum in the Chisholm Trail shopping center south of town on Kansas Avenue.
For more information on “Six Places of Christmas,” contact Rachel Pannabecker at Kauffman Museum, 316-283-1612.