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Kauffman Museum to host outdoor concert with Cherokee Maidens

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kauffman Museum at Bethel College is trying something new that they hope the community will also find fun.

The museum, located at the corner of Main and 27th streets in North Newton, is hosting an outdoor concert Sept. 14 featuring the Cherokee Maidens with Sycamore Swing.

The bring-your-own-chairs (or lawn blankets) concert starts at 6 p.m. on the museum grounds with the museum auditorium as a bad-weather backup.

A donation of $10 per person/couple/family is appreciated to help cover costs. There will be refreshments for sale.

The Cherokee Maidens’ Robin Macy was one of the original Dixie Chicks and is now the steward of Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine.

The rest of the trio is Monica Taylor and Lauren White. Their three-part harmony is backed up by their band Sycamore Swing with guitarist Ken “Kentucky” White.

The Cherokee Maidens describe their music as “the Andrews Sisters meets Bob Willis.” The band’s name celebrates the three members’ Native American heritage and Kansas-Oklahoma roots, as do songs such as “A Prairie Home Lullaby.”

During intermission of the Kauffman Museum concert, Macy will perform an a cappella “tweener” concert in the historic Ratzlaff Barn and Voth-Unruh-Fast House.

After museum volunteers give a brief (2- to 3-minute) history of the buildings, Macy will sing period songs appropriate to the era in which they were built and used. Planned selections include A.P. Carter’s “My Dixie Darlin’” and Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times Come Again No More.”

Macy suggested the “tweener” concert as a way to connect people in the community to the museum’s collections, noting, “Music offers a way to help people explore the museum.”

For more about the Maidens, see cherokeemaidens.com, or the Cherokee Maidens Facebook page.

Macy (possibly with some of the other musicians) will be the convocation speaker at Bethel Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus.

For more information about the concert, call Kauffman Museum at 316-283-1612.

Regular Kauffman Museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission to the special exhibit “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness and the Great War” (opens Sept. 10) and permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mirror of the Martyrs” and “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture” is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-16, and free to Kauffman Museum members and children under 6. See the Kauffman Museum website, www.bethelks.edu/kauffman/, or Facebook page.

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