Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 31 July 2012 13:43
Threshing Days set for this weekend
The 39th annual Country Threshing Days in Goessel begins at noon Friday, Aug. 3, with large engine start-ups, pedal tractor drawing and more.
On Aug. 4, gates open at 8 a.m. with the parade beginning at 10 a.m. downtown. Other activities include ceramic and glass bead-making demonstrations and plowing and field demonstrations, to name a few.
Children’s activities continue Aug. 5 at Uncle Milt’s Shed with China painting, an antique-tractor pull, sawmill and threshing.
During the three-day event, more than 100 exhibitors from a seven-state area will have displays, antique equipment related to farming and more.
For details, go to: wheatco.org.
Picnic to raise funds for Harvey House
The Florence Historical Society will host its annual “Picnic on the Lawn” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Harvey House Museum located at 3rd and Marion streets, Florence.
The public is invited to enjoy a meal of fried fish, mountain oysters, salads and desserts, with donations going to support the museum. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
For more information, contact Edna Robinson at 620-878-4481.
Museum plans Aug. 5 dedication
Mennonite Heritage & Agriculture Museum in Goessel will dedicate the new addition to its Turkey Red Wheat Palace at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5,
The space doubles the size of the original building, built in 1974. The old and new structures share a wall and together cover about one-fourth acre of ground.
The new addition provides room for the display of several artifacts previously in storage in area barns and sheds for a number of years. Most artifacts on display are agriculture-related.
The Wheat Palace also is the permanent home of the Wheat Straw Liberty Bell, created by Goessel area Mennonites for the Smithsonian Institution’s U.S. Bicentennial display in 1976-78.
The dedication program will include an open house. Lemonade and cookies will be served.
Book group will meet Aug. 13
Hillsboro Public Library’s book discussion group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13 at the Hillsboro Senior Center.
The group will discuss the book “The Tiger’s Wife” by Tea Obrecht. Copies of the book and discussion questions are available at the library.
Meeting set for TC child auditions
An informational meeting about children participating in Tabor College’s homecoming musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” is planned for 6:30 p.m., Aug. 7, in the Lohrenz Chapel-Auditorium.
Boys and girls who are entering grades two through six are invited to audition.
Children should bring one or both parents/guardians to the Aug. 7 meeting.
Instructions and a sign-up sheet for auditions will be available at the meeting. Auditions will take place the evenings of Aug. 14 and 16. Following auditions, six to eight kids will be selected.
Public performances of “Joseph” are scheduled for Oct. 4-7.
Call Judy Harder at 620-947-2510 with questions or if unable to attend the Aug. 7 meeting but interested in auditioning.
NAMI group plans Aug. 2 meeting
The McPherson chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet Thursday, Aug. 2, at Crossroad Assembly of God Church, south of McPherson.
Beverly Martin, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, will be speak to the group and answering questions on medications and mental illness.
All interested persons are welcome. Contact Roxie Treece at firstname.lastname@example.org or 620-755-1405 for more information.
3 quartets to sing at museum benefit
Three quartets will be featured at a concert Saturday, Aug. 4, at Goessel High School in conjunction with Country Threshing Days. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The quartets are Detour, a women’s group singing a cappella in close harmony; Huxman Boys Quartet, from the Moundridge area; and Heritage Quartet, a men’s group whose members live in Newton, Goessel, Hesston and rural Canton.
The concert is a benefit event for Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum. Admission is free, but donations will be welcomed.
For more information, call the museum at 620-367-8200 during business hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Chat and Dine?Club plans Aug. 11 event
The Marion County Park and Lake Chat and Dine Club is having a potluck at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the North Shelter House.
Outdoor games are planned, such as horse shoes, ladder ball and washers. Participants are invited to bring other games as well. Guests are welcome.