NOTO’s Celebration of Winter will make  the season bright

NOTO’s Celebration of Winter will make the season bright

December 2022 … 

NOTO’s Celebration of Winter will make the season bright

No one does Christmas fun like Topeka’s NOTO Arts and Entertainment District, and its Celebration of Christmas events are back this year to add some twinkle and a bit of magic to your holiday.

Now that the tree has been lit in Veterans Park, be sure to catch a visit from Santa – he’ll be visiting the district on Dec. 3 at Round Table Book Store, Dec. 10 at Phoenix Finds NOTO, and Dec. 17 at Compass Point.

If you still have a few names to cross off your holiday shopping list, head out to NOTO’s Holiday Market, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 17 in Redbud Park Pavilion. The market is back again this year, offering arts, crafts and gifts from local merchants. Be sure to stop by and buy a unique gift or two you won’t find anywhere else.

For more information about this and other events in the district, visit www.explorenoto.org.

NOTO’s Celebration of Winter

NOTO’s Celebration of Winter

NOTO’s Celebration of Winter will make the season bright

Leavenworth’s Main Street celebrating Christmas in style

Leavenworth’s Main Street celebrating Christmas in style

December 2022 … 

Leavenworth’s Main Street celebrating Christmas in style

The city of Leavenworth will welcome the Christmas holiday with two events designed to encourage the support of small businesses in town.

The first – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – is already well underway, having begun in early November. Going through Dec. 22, shoppers and diners at Main Street businesses and restaurants can win Main Street Bucks in weekly drawings. The more shopping you do at those merchants, the more opportunities you’ll earn to win those coveted bucks, which can be used at those same businesses. Other grand prize drawings will take place throughout until Dec. 22, too.

Another holiday tradition in town this year will be the Reindeer Romp, during which you can pick up maps that will lead you to fun holiday-themed activities, treats, and gifts. Live music, food, and, of course, lots of shopping will be on hand so you can create your own special holiday memories. Reindeer Romp will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 3. Go to 416 S. Cherokee for a map of participating businesses; the event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 913-682-3924 or visit www.leavenworthmainstreet.com.

And to get a glimpse at local history, be sure to take in the town’s Vintage Homes Tour from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Sponsored by the Leavenworth County Historical Society and the Carroll Mansion, this year is the 30th anniversary of the event.

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Carroll Mansion in Leavenworth

The Carroll Mansion in Leavenworth will be just one home visitors will tour on Dec. 11 during the 30th Vintage Homes Tour, sponsored by the Leavenworth County Historical Society. (Image courtesy of travelks.com)

Participants will tour the mansion, as well as four other historic homes and a downtown loft. For a donation of only $5, you can receive homemade pumpkin bread and gingerbread. The homes tour will benefit the operations of the Carroll Mansion; tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door), and may be purchased at www.leavenworthhistory.org.

Call 913-682-7759 for more information.

Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in Lindsborg

Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in Lindsborg

November 2022 … 

Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in Lindsborg

A cherished annual tradition will return to Lindsborg with the arrival of the Saint Lucia Festival on Dec. 10.

The town, nicknamed “Little Sweden’ will mark the Swedish holiday, which centers around a Swedish folklore tale about a white-robed figure with a red sash and green-wreathed head adorned with candles who saved a village from starvation and delivered hope.

Lindsborg’s own festival will include traditional Swedish folk dancing, live music, traditional songs sung both in Swedish and English, and the coronation of the high school’s Saint Lucia. Most events will take place at Bethany Lutheran Church; the festival is sponsored by the Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information, call 785-227-8687 or e-mail travelinfo@lindsborgcity.org. 

Saint Lucia Festival

Saint Lucia Festival

The highlight of the annual Saint Lucia Festival in Lindsborg, KS, is the crowning of the high school’s Saint Lucia. This year’s festival takes place Dec. 10. (image courtesy of the Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau)

America’s Heartland Collection to shutter its doors at end of 2022

America’s Heartland Collection to shutter its doors at end of 2022

November 2022 … 

America’s Heartland Collection to shutter its doors at end of 2022

America’s Heartland Collection, a longtime antique store and its auction arm of the business, Brandon Otto Auctioneering, in Spring Hill, will close Dec. 31.

Deb Chester, who has owned the business for 12 years, says her landlord wishes to use the buildings that make up the store and repair space for a different purpose, and Chester has no plans to relocate.

“I’ll miss the public,” Chester says, “but I’m looking forward to having Saturdays and Sundays off.”

Chester says that after the Dec. 31 closure date, vendors will have two weeks in which to clear out their booths; she plans to sell any unclaimed inventory in a garage sale. Chester herself has much more time to clean out the business and prepare it for her landlord, she says.

For now, Chester says she encourages both old and new customers to come by for going-out-of-business deals.

“We’re rewarding our customers who come in and shop by having some sales — 25-50 percent off right now,” Chester says. “I want sellers to sell to the end because it’s the holiday season.”

As for what her own future will bring, Chester says she likely will maintain her “habit of buying and selling things.”

“This will be a big void for Spring Hill, but I live about 15 miles away, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense for me to keep coming,” Chester says. “I may or may not do online (sales). I may or may not do online auctions.”

America’s Heartland Collection is located at 305 S. Webster in Spring Hill. Call 913-592-2400 for more information.

 

American Heartland Collections

America’s Heartland Collection

America’s Heartland Collection in Spring Hill, KS, has all your fall decorating items and gifts, as well as selling beautiful antique furniture at its weekend auctions, which cease at year’s end. (image courtesy of Facebook)