The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 27, 1981 · Page 16
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CHRISTMAS JOY Lindsborg will open Yule season this Saturday Friday, November 27,1981 - The Salina Journal Pa*« 17 LINDSBORG — On Dec. 12, a highlight of the Christmas season in Central Kansas can again be seen on the streets of Lindsborg. The St. Lucia Festival will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the arrival of Santa Claus. A live performance for children will follow in the Plaza Theater. At 2:30 p.m., the Lindsborg Swedish Dancers will appear prior to the crowning of St. Lucia. St. Lucia and her attendants will remain on Main Street the remainder of the day and serve coffee and ginger cookies to passersby. ; Throughout the day, musicians will entertain along Main Street. According to Lindsborg historian, Elisabeth Jaderborg, the St. Lucia legend dates back to 304 A.D. . "The Swedish Christmas begins on Dec. 13, known as Lucia Day. Early in the morning on this date, at first cockcrow, households throughout the land are awakened by a 'Lucia.' She is usually the eldest daughter of the family, dressed in traditional white robe with crimson sash and wearing a crown with lighted candles. It is customary for her to carry a tray of coffee and special saffron buns to each one of the family as she serenades them with the lovely old Sicilian melody, 'Santa Lucia'. "According to legend, Lucia was a medieval saint who carried food and drink to hungry folk in the province of Varmland during a period of famine. Because she was seen crossing Lake Varern clothed in white and with a crown of light encircling her head, the modern Lucias dress in white and wear crowns with lighted candles, or 'le- vande Ljus' (living candles), as they are called in Sweden. The Great Plains The Salina Journal SYMBOL — This straw goat is one of the Swedish Christmas ornaments featured on Und- sborg's new Yule banners. "This festival has been celebrated in many provinces since the Middle Ages, and its traditions have for centuries been passed from one generation to another. The Lucia legend is said to have originated in Syracuse, on the island of Sicily. Thus, the first Lucia, a young girl about to be a bride, gave her entire dowry to the poor people of her village and admitted that she had become a Christian. Accused of witchcraft, she was taken prisoner and burned at the stake on Dec. 13,304 A.D. Canonized by church "Later, she was canonized by the early church and received the name by which she is now known — Santa Lucia. She is sometimes pictured by Italian artists as a blind girl holding a lamp. "There are many legends, but in each one, Lucia becomes the symbol of light and hope to mankind. She comes on the darkest day of the year to herald the glad Christmas tune. "Today, it is not only in the homes of Sweden, but also in schools, offices, hospitals, orphanages and other public buildings of the land that Lucia appears to open the Yuletide. She also visits everyone who is ill, poor or lonely as the medieval Lucia is said to have done. "Many towns and cities plan a special Lucia celebration and choose a local Queen of Light to reign during the festivities. She is often assisted by star boys, costumed traditionally and carrying star-tipped wands as they carol in the fashion of English mummers." The festival is sponsored by the Lindsborg Arts Council, the Chamber of Commerce and the Swedish Folk Dancers. Also planned by Lindsborg residents this year during the Christmas season: • On Nov. 28, a huge Christmas tree will be lighted at the main downtown intersection — not with blinking, multicolored lights, but with the delicate white lights of Europe. Branches will be adorned with "Jal karve" or Christmas sheaves, made from grain tied with bright red bows. These will be Why The THOUGHTFUL FAMILY SELECTS THE RUSH SMITH FUNERAL HOME REPUTATION- si nee 1906 -Recommendations- The Families We Have Served -Financial- No One Has Ever Been Denied Our Services Because of Finances •i 111 James L. Geisendorf Steve Muller Roger Brent GEISENDORF RUSH SMITH FUNERAL HOME used as Christmas gifts to the birds, another Swedish custom. Along Main Street will hang 18 newly-painted banners featuring Swedish Christmas ornaments, each with a legend behind it. The banners, a gift to the community from the Hyllningsfest Committee of 1981, were painted by local artists from sketches by Shirley Malm. They will be dedicated at 5:30 p.m. Large Christmas sheaves, a gift from the Swedish Folk Dancers, will hang from lamp posts. • On Dec. 6, the Lindsborg Arts Council will sponsor a performance of "The Nutcracker" by the Tulsa Ballet Theatre. It will begin at 3 p.m. at Presser Hall on the campus of Bethany College. Tickets can be obtained through the Lindsborg Chamber of Commerce for $8 and |5. • Bethany College will offer its traditional Christmas gift to the public at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. The 21st presentation of "The House of Music" will be given by the Bethany Choir, the Chapel Choir, Choraliers and Brass Ensemble. Dr. Elmer Copley will direct the performance while Dr. Walter Pelz conducts the Chapel Choir. Ruth Copley will be organist for the vocal groups. New radio station at Herington? HERINGTON — Don Willis, a former Herington resident, is interested in establishing a privately-owned FM radio station in Herington to serve a big area of Dickinson, Marion and Morris counties. Willis, who now lives in Lawrence, recently unveiled plans for a 3,000-watt station to Herington city commissioners. Willis has 19 years of radio experience and has been involved in electronics for 28 years. The station would require an investment of about $300,000, including some $75,000 he hopes to raise from private investors to qualify for a Small Business Administration loan. He now plans to hire a consulting firm to determine if an FM frequency is available for the Herington area. If a frequency is available, Willis plans to file immediately for a frequency allocation from the Federal Communications Commission. The new firm would be known as Tri- County Broadcasting, Inc. Fireworks ban fizzles OSBORNE - A proposed ban on the use of fireworks in the City of Osborne and Osborne county has fizzled out. After several weeks of debate, the Osborne City Council decided not to change its present fireworks ordinance. The move also stopped discussion of a possible county-wide ban on fireworks vise. County commissioners decided to leave the fireworks issue alone for now. 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