1. A free show


The Whitlee Casey fall tour will make a stop in Newton, performing with special guest Outside the Walls at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at First Missionary Church, 1300 Berry Ave. Admission to the concert is free. 

Casey began learning guitar by playing music with his dad at a young age and listening to music that inspired him, such as Garth Brooks, Steven Curtis Chapman, and David Crowder. Whitlee is now a worship leader and songwriter from a small town called Troy, Texas. Casey has been traveling, performing his music and leading worship across the country for more than 10 years.

In 2016 he was named  Teen Christian Radio Male Artist of The Year. In 2009 his band, the Whitlee Casey Band, was a Music Association of Central Texas Gospel Band of The Year Nominee.



2. Have some chili


The 11th annual Harvey County United Way Chili Cook-off will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30 on Sixth Street between Main and Poplar. The annual event features more than 20 chili booths, live music and a craft beer vendor.

Voting for People's Choice awards is via donations to the United Way at each booth. (Make sure to vote early, and often, for The Kansan's “Hot Off the Presses Chili”)

Tasting kits cost $6 in advance and $8 at the gate. Advance tickets are available at The Newton Kansan during business hours.


3. Homecoming


Newton High School's 2017 Homecoming Week will be this week.

The week kicked off with Peach Fuzz Volleyball. The theme for the week is  “Welcome to the Disney Kingdom.”

NHS classes and organizations will participate in float building from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in preparation for the Homecoming Parade that will start at about 4:45 p.m. Sept. 29. Following the parade, the football game against Salina Central will be at 7 p.m. at Fischer Field Stadium along with the annual coronation ceremony for king and queen. A homecoming dance for students will be held after the game. 

Theme days for students will include:  Tiara Tuesday (tiara, dress up like favorite princess, favorite hat); Wicked Wednesday (dress as a favorite Disney villain); The Incredibles Thursday (dress identically in groups); and Railer Pride Friday (wear black and gold). 

Evening activities include a 6:30 p.m. soccer game Sept. 28 at Fischer Field and a 7:30 p.m. choir concert Sept. 28 at the high school.



4. Check out the food trucks


Still hungry after the chili cook-off? The Ain't No Joke food truck rally will retunr from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 30 to celebrate fall and Back to School. Food trucks will gather on Sixth Street between Main Street and Poplar for the rally. Featured trucks include Big Apple NY Street Food, Big Chill Ice Cream, B.S. Sandwich Press, Flying Stove, Funky Monkey Munchies, Kona Ice, Noble House Hawaiian Plate Lunch, Sunflower Espresso and U-Hungry. Admission to the rally is free. Bring cash to sample the truck's culinary creations.


5. Catch some classics

The 61st Season of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra opens with the Fall Classics Concert, on Oct. 1, at 4 p.m. in Bethel College Memorial Hall. Thomas W. Douglas conducts the orchestra on this musical “Voyage through the United Kingdom.”  

The concert opener, “Hebrides Overture” by Felix Mendelssohn,  takes us to “Fingal’s Cave” in Scotland. The “Concerto Grosso No. 3, Op. 3” by George Frederick Händel  features soloists from the orchestra,  Kristin Shaffer on flute, and  Adrienne Dougherty on violin. The full orchestra also plays the Irish Reel “Molly on the Shore” by Percy Aldridge Grainger, and “Enigma Variations,” by British composer Sir Edward Elgar.

The NMKSO 2017-18 Season, “Musical Passports,” includes the Winter Classics in January, with winners of the 10th Annual Young Soloist competition. The Spring Concert in April features Latin Grammy winning guitarist Berta Rojas, and is presented in collaboration with HBPA and the Kansas Paraguay Partners.

Tickets for the fall concert may be purchased in advance at Faith and Life Bookstore, the NMKSO office 120 W. 6th St., and online at nmkso.org.  Prices are: Adults $13 advance/$15 at the door, Students $6 advance, $7 at the door, children under 12 free with a ticketed adult.