5 Things to do this weekend
1. Celebrate homecoming
This weekend is the annual Hesston College homecoming — and there is a full slate of events on the docket. One highlight is Tony Brown's concert at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night.
"I Go On Singing" is an original tribute to Paul Robeson, all-American athlete, scholar, champion orator, international recording artist and star of the stage and screen during the 1930s and 40s, written for Brown by playwright Andrew Flack. Brown’s telling of Robeson’s story is a 75-minute song-filled, multi-media presentation that reveals him as a towering figure in 20th century American history. Tickets are $15, call Hesston College Alumni and Church Relations at (866) 437-7866.
2. Celebrate fall
The Burrton Fall Festival starts with a breakfast at 7 a.m. The small town on the Harvey/Reno County line will be buzzing with activity all day long — from a joust pit sponsored by the U.S. Army Reserve to balloon rides and the evening's "Burrton's Got Talent." All the events on the schedule are free. For a full schedule of events go to burrtonkansas.com.
RiverPoint Church will host "Servolution" starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Geared to single mothers but open to everyone, partner churches will offer brunch, activites for kids, spa treatments and oil changes for single mothers. The event is free, and will conclude with a free concert by "Outside the Walls" at 7 p.m. on Seventh Street.
4. Check out museums
This weekend is the annual Smithsonian Museum Day Live! event. Both Kauffman Museuem in North Newton and the Harvey County Historical Museum on Main St. Newton are participating — meaning free admission. There's also a number of locations across the state offering free admission. Visit smithsonian.com/museumday to download tickets. For more information, contact Kauffman Museum, 283-1612.
5. Check out a movie
Among the new movies opening this week are "Looper," R, a sci-fi flick starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; "Hotel Transylvania," a PG animated comedy; and "Won't Back Down," a PG-13 drama starring Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
— Chad Frey and GateHouse News Service