By Jackie Nelson
Generations of Hesstonians came together to work, grow and play during the Festival of Creativity in Hesston. More than 350 people attended three-day festival Nov. 6 through 8 at various locations in Hesston.
Four key events, a library reading group with local businesses, getting active through a Rhythmic Movement session, an art show and a bake-off, were the cornerstones of the Festival Of Creativity.
Getting Down To Business
The festival opened Nov. 6 with “What’s That Business?” reading groups at the Hesston Public Library. Hesston Elementary second-graders and Schowalter Villa independent living residents were featured participants at the first session.
Representatives of D’Angelo’s Pizza, The Citizens State Bank, Kropf Lumber and Mid Kansas Eye Care presented information about their businesses, then read aloud a book related to their professions. A second reading group included about 20 children from the Hesston Intergenerational Child Development Center (HICDC), paired with assisted living and health care residents from the Villa Life Center at Schowalter.
“Watching the children make a personal connection with local businesses and their representatives was incredible,” says Megan Kelley, chair of the Hesston Intergenerational Community Advisory Board. “A child would say excitedly, ‘My dad works there!’ or ‘We shop there!’”
Dancin’ In The Streets
The second event was a ‘Rythmic Movement’ session hosted at the Schowalter Villa Chaple.
About 150 people – groups from the HICDC, Hesston Elementary third-grade classes, Hesston College and the Villa – gave five-minute, prepared presentations.
“This event was absolutely electrifying,” says Kelley. “You could feel the energy in the room.”
Hesston College nursing student Amy Repp said she greatly enjoyed the event.
“I work in a nursing home. And, as a nursing major, I know how important it is for residents to move. I like to exercise. I love to dance. Seeing all the age groups come together and dance together was really awesome,” she said.
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