1. Check out a concert

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

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

 

 2. See the Minstrels

Sept. 16 will be a homecoming of sorts for Dave Deutschendorf of Newton. The long-time teacher and counselor in the area, serving at Newton, Peabody, Florence, Maize and Sedgwick, will perform as part of The New Christy Minstrels during a 7 p.m. concert in Memorial Hall at Bethel College. 

Tickets for the concert, available online at thenewchrityminstrels.com or at the door starting at 6 p.m. Sept. 16, are $20. 

The minstrels are an American large-ensemble folk music group founded by Randy Sparks in 1961. The group recorded more than 20 albums and had several hits, including "Green, Green," "Saturday Night," "Today," "Denver," and "This Land Is Your Land." Their 1962 debut album, Presenting The New Christy Minstrels won a Grammy Award and sat in the Billboard charts for two years.

Over the years the lineup has changed, with more than 300 musicians being part of the group throughout its history. 

 

3. Learn about the tall grass preserve

The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve will be the topic of discussion for a meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which will meet at 10 a.m. Sept. 16. at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 2001 Windsor Drive in Newton. 

 

4. Experience dowsing

Vince Marshall will lead a "Dowsing for History Clues" outing at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call Newton Public Library at 316-283-2890.

 

5. Have breakfast in Hesston

The Newton and Hesston Chambers will join together for a special Breakfast with the Chamber event hosted by Hesston College from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, on the Hesston College campus. The collaborative gathering will serve as a chance for Chamber members from both communities to meet Hesston College’s new president, Dr. Joseph A. Manickam, one week prior to his inauguration. Hesston College is a member of both the Hesston and Newton Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members can register for the event at newtonchamberks.org or call 316-283-2560. The cost for the event is $10 in advance or $11 at the door.  Breakfast presentations will include a Newton Partner update, Hesston Chamber/City update and a presentation by Dr. Manickam. Following the program, optional tours will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m., to help those interested become more acquainted with three major Hesston organizations. Tours will include the Hesston College campus with a focus on impending renovations as part of the Be Greater capital campaign, Bluestem Communities’ Schowalter Villa Private Home for Everyone campaign and a plant tour at Excel Industries.