2017 Eclipse and Artists Open House
Aug
19
to Aug 21

2017 Eclipse and Artists Open House

The Arts Studio is a 2,400-square-foot space filled with creative energy, art and literature. This is an opportunity to commemorate the 2017 eclipse experience by purchasing gallery artwork, batiks, pastels, oil paintings silver jewelry, glass ware and more. 12 professional artists, authors, and artisans will be spending three days working and creating in this special open house event and you are invited to meet the artists and see their process.  

Artists, Authors, and Artisans:

Kristine AllphinDeborah Brooks, Lori Elliott-Bartle, Shawn J. Farritor, Cheri Ginsburg, Linda Hatfield, Chris Haussler, Stephanie Haussler, Kevin Houchin, Sharon Farritor Raimondo, Susanne Uerling Osberg, John
Zeggert.

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SolFest: Solar Eclipse Viewing
Aug
21
7:00am 7:00am

SolFest: Solar Eclipse Viewing

SolFest is partnering with the Crane Trust to host an eclipse viewing in a location unlike any other. Located just a short drive from Hastings, the Crane Trust manages thousands of acres of historic prairie where you will have an unaltered view of the sky.

This one-of-a-kind viewing location features 2 minutes and 33 seconds of totality, which, by the way, is one of the longest periods of totality in the entire nation.

Why the Crane Trust?

Here at SolFest, we want to give you the best eclipse viewing possible and there's nothing quite like sitting under the sky in the outdoors. Extra bonus points for this location include: the Crane Trust is directly on the centerline of the eclipse, giving almost 20 additional seconds of totality, and no light pollution. 

The Crane Trust protects over 10,000 acres of natural Nebraska habitat and is opening a portion of this land for us to view the eclipse. 

We promise, you’ll have an incredible setting to witness this phenomena. When we say one-of-a-kind, we mean there is literally no other place in the entire state of Nebraska like the land maintained by the Crane Trust. 

Transportation?

We want to make this easy for you. Due to extremely limited parking at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center, and the rural location of the viewing, we ask that you utilize the available shuttle services.

Shuttle Services:

Shuttles will start running at 6:30 am on Monday, August 21st from the Hastings Aquacourt Parking Lot .

Tickets: $15 per person, $10 for children under the age of 12 or $50 for a family of five

If you would like to reserve your time slot, please call Dave Worrell at 402-831-1469.

There is storage on the shuttles for coolers, walkers, strollers, etc. Rides back to Hastings are not on a reserved time schedule and will be determined based off of when guests leave.

What to bring:

Your viewing glasses. Suns out, Shades out. Looking at the sun without proper protection will severely damage your eyes. Only during totality, can you take off your solar eclipse glasses.

Glasses will be for sale at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center on the day of the viewing.


You're encouraged to bring: chairs, umbrellas for shade, closed-toe or good walking shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, and water. 

You can also bring your own food and drink, but you are encouraged to "pack it in, pack it out". The Crane Trust is a conservation organization and we want to keep their land clean. 

You can not bring alcohol or bicycles or motorized vehicles on any of the Crane Trust trails. There is also no smoking and there will not be parking for RVs or trailers. 

Other recommended viewing sites:

The Crane Trust will provide the longest possible time in totality, but if you want to stay in Hastings for the eclipse, we have some recommended locations for you.

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Smith Softball Complex

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Brickyard Park

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Lake Hastings

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Solar Eclipse Event
Aug
21
to Aug 22

Solar Eclipse Event

  • Motorsport Park Hastings (map)
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Paddock entry for Dark Parking $10/Car – Pay when entering!

Gates open 9:45 AM (RMVR Guests welcome)

Horsepower Owners of America – have Horsepower – be at the track by 10:00 AM

We have Solar Glasses to watch for $3.00 at the track – RSVP in advance!

Sack survival lunches $8.00 provided when you go on track.

Get a survival pack for each person $10.00 each! RSVP in advance! (Lunch and glasses)

Track parking location assignments provided at arrival. You must have appropriate glasses to get on track.

Eclipse begins starting around 11:34 AM and is full for 2 minutes 14 seconds at 12:58 PM

Track after party 1:45 in Clubhouse – refreshments available! $10.00 admission.

All makes and Models of Vehicles Invited – we need you more then you need us!

Horsepower Owners of America 100,000 HP Challenge

 

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Eclipse Day! Watch Party
Aug
21
10:30am10:30am

Eclipse Day! Watch Party

Join us on our front patio, weather permitting! We’ll have staff serving free cookies and Kool-Aid. Planetarium staff will be on hand for questions and we’ll have our telescope out to solar observe during the First Bite! Limited seating will be available. Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs.

– 10:30 am Eclipse 101, 30-minute talk in the theatre from the Planetarium staff
– 11 am Solar Observing on the Museum’s front patio
– 11:34 am First Bite of the Eclipse becomes visible.
– 12:58 pm Totality begins. It will last 2 minutes and 14 seconds.

This event is free to attend.

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Art & Sol Reception
Aug
20
5:00pm 5:00pm

Art & Sol Reception

  • Hastings College Department of Visual Arts (map)
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Hastings College invites you for an Art & Sol Reception being held at the JDAC Building from 5:00-7:00 pm. The reception will consist of Glass Blowing Demonstrations, Building Tours, and this months Gallery exhibition, "Familiar Elements", featuring local artists Sally Jurgensmier and Diana Bienkowski.

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Jackson Dinsdale Art Center Reception
Aug
20
5:00pm 5:00pm

Jackson Dinsdale Art Center Reception

Hastings College invites you for an Art & Sol Reception being held at the JDAC Building from 5:00-7:00 pm. The reception will consist of Glass Blowing Demonstrations, Building Tours, and this months Gallery exhibition, "Familiar Elements", featuring local artists Sally Jurgensmier and Diana Bienkowski. 

Hastings College will welcome local artists Diana Bienkowski and Sally Jurgensmier to the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center gallery for “Familiar Elements,” a dual exhibition. The show runs August 2-31, with an artist reception and gallery talk scheduled for August 24 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The show features paintings by Bienkowski and sculptures by Jurgensmier. The combination of these works is intended to honor Nebraska’s 150th birthday, which is taking place this year.

"Rustling Stalks" by Diana Bienkowski.

Bienkowski’s broader works often focus on Nebraskan life, and she will show several new paintings of Nebraska’s landscapes and wildlife in “Familiar Elements.” She works predominantly with water-based media, including watercolor, acrylic and gouache. Her paintings have been featured in the Adams County Visitor Bureau Magazine, the Cottonwood Festival, the Hastings Museum and a luxury high-rise in Denver, Colorado.

She paints to connect the viewer emotionally with her subject with an expressive use of color and energy in each unique piece she creates.

Jurgensmier is a 1993 Hastings College graduate and a native to Central Nebraska. Her work is grounded in her Midwestern background. She draws her inspiration from the elements that surround her, using her sculptures portray the personality of Nebraskan elements.

Her sculptures are intended to bring a smile to viewers’ faces by taking metal, which is thought to be cool, hard and unattractive, and giving it life, expression and personality.

"Cob Roller" by Sally Jergensmier.

“Familiar Elements” is open for public viewing, and admission to the gallery and reception are free.

Summer gallery hours are Monday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Personal tours can be scheduled by calling 402.461.7396 or by emailing ckimberly@hastings.edu.

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu

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Open Air Yoga
Aug
20
3:30pm 3:30pm

Open Air Yoga

Come together for this donation-based class that will feel great in your body and better yet, do good in our local community!

Open Air Yoga is a summer yoga series brought to you by Grounded Sky, Yoga for Service. The hour-long class is open to ALL levels and participants and will be held at Chautauqua Park Pavilion. Simply bring a monetary donation and a yoga mat, if you have one. Childcare will be provided!

The donations collected will all go to the Food4Thought Backpack Program which provides regular food donations to children in Hastings during the entire school year.

*This event is hosted by Ground Sky: Yoga for Service

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Black Hole Sun: Views from the Dark Side of the Moon
Aug
20
2:00pm 2:00pm

Black Hole Sun: Views from the Dark Side of the Moon

If you’re interested in the eclipse, but uncertain you know what to look for—this is the talk for you. Dr. Donahue, professor of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University, will use NASA images to present a basic overview of the eclipse’s distinct stages and overall significance. She’ll explain why she and her family have traveled from Michigan to Nebraska to catch this amazing celestial event.

About Dr. Donahue:

Donahue grew up on a farm near Inland, Nebraska, and attended St. Cecilia’s Catholic school here in Hastings! She received her undergraduate physics S.B. degree from MIT and her astrophysics Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

Her post-doctoral research in observational astronomy was completed at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, in Pasadena, California and at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland. STScI later hired her as a staff astronomer to do research, work with the data archive team, and write science cases for the James Webb Space Telescope. 

In 2003, she moved to Michigan State University and re-entered academic life as a professor in the MSU Physics and Astronomy Department, in East Lansing, Michigan.

This event is free to attend.

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Art & Sol
Aug
20
10:00am10:00am

Art & Sol

Sunday, SolFest is welcoming a new and refreshing Downtown Hastings art festival called Art & Sol, featuring artists, musicians, and vendors.

We will have the streets of downtown Hastings lined with over 35 fine arts vendors ranging from ceramics, henna artists, photographers, 3-D chalk artists and more. Enjoy even more unique places to shop as all our downtown shops are going to be open for the day!

Because this total solar eclipse is so rare, the Adams County Convention & Visitors Bureau is transforming our Art in the Park into Art & Sol in Downtown Hastings.

Live Music

We have even more great music for you on Sunday! Enjoy a night of Americana/Country Pop/Bluegrass music at The Lark listening to Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line. 

When: 7:00 PM

 

Sponsors

None of this would be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. These sponsors have truly made SolFest a possibility with their support of the Hastings community and we just want to say thanks.

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Smoke Out 2017
Aug
19
4:00pm 4:00pm

Smoke Out 2017

The First Annual Lincoln Ave. Smoke Out

Our first ever outdoor herf and our first ever biker rally. We will have designated motorcycle parking, but come down even if your not a rider. 

There will be food, drinks and cigars available and one of the hottest bands in town, Little Stevie and the Hellrazors, playing live on Lincoln Avenue!

This is a 21+ event. Admission is $5, add an exclusive cigar set worth over $30 and pay only $20 for admission and the cigars! As with all our herfs, there will be tons of giveaways. 

You won't want to miss this unique event.

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SolFest: Featuring the Good Living Tour
Aug
19
2:00pm 2:00pm

SolFest: Featuring the Good Living Tour

We are stoked to announce that SolFest has partnered with Hear Nebraska for The Good Living Tour! We have an awesome lineup booked of insanely talented Nebraska-grown artists. The day will consist of not only music, but games for all ages, food vendors, a beer garden, and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. This is an experience for all ages!

Check out our lineup:

  1. AZP
  2. Miwi La Lupa
  3. Dominique Morgan
  4. Andrea von Kampen
  5. Samuel Scott McCumber

Doors open at 1:00 pm. Music and festivities start at 2:00 pm and ends at 8:00 pm. This is a free event and open to all ages! 

There will be a designated 21+ beer garden. If you plan to partake in this part of the festivities, you must have a valid ID.

Shuttle Services

Nobody likes to battle parking lots and traffic. Here are the shuttle options for Saturday:

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Don't battle parking and use the free shuttle services available during this time to get the music festival. Please call 402-831-1469 to schedule a pickup.

5:30 pm - 1:30 am

Keep the party going after the music festival by going out in Hastings! Our shuttles will have multiple bar, restaurant and hotel stops for you safely get around town. Wristbands will be available for you purchase the day of for $5.00.


About Hear Nebraska

Hear Nebraska is a non-profit who's mission is to meaningfully connect and engage fans, artists and communities through music journalism, education and events.

Sponsors

None of this would be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. These sponsors have truly made SolFest a possibility with their support of the Hastings community and we just want to say thank.

Make sure you follow SolFest on Facebook and join the SolFest community to get the latest on the entire SolFest weekend.

It takes a village to make these events successful. Want to volunteer? Find out how you can participate here!

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Galaxies Galore!
Aug
19
2:00pm 2:00pm

Galaxies Galore!

This talk delves deeper into the research and interests of Dr. Donahue, professor of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University. She’ll share her research on galaxy clusters and what they can teach us about history. She’ll also touch on her work with the Hubble Space Telescope!

About Dr. Donahue:

Donahue grew up on a farm near Inland, Nebraska, and attended St. Cecilia’s Catholic school here in Hastings! She received her undergraduate physics S.B. degree from MIT and her astrophysics Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

Her post-doctoral research in observational astronomy was completed at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, in Pasadena, California and at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland. STScI later hired her as a staff astronomer to do research, work with the data archive team, and write science cases for the James Webb Space Telescope. 

In 2003, she moved to Michigan State University and re-entered academic life as a professor in the MSU Physics and Astronomy Department, in East Lansing, Michigan.

This event is free to attend.

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Soul Food and Son Worship
Aug
19
11:00am11:00am

Soul Food and Son Worship

In town for SolFest? Join us at First St. Paul's parking lot, right on Burlington. We're giving away walking tacos and water for a quick lunch before you continue your SolFest Saturday activities. Yes, you read that right. Free walking tacos! We will be serving beginning at 11:00 a.m. Saturday until 1:00 p.m. (or we run out). 

Then, join us to feed your Soul and worship the Son on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. (traditional) and Sunday at 8:25 (traditional) and 10:35 (contemporary). Dress is casual, the atmosphere is relaxed and this Son worthy to be praised.

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Black Hole Sun: Views From the Dark Side of the Moon
Aug
19
10:00am10:00am

Black Hole Sun: Views From the Dark Side of the Moon

If you’re interested in the eclipse, but uncertain you know what to look for—this is the talk for you. Dr. Donahue, professor of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University, will use NASA images to present a basic overview of the eclipse’s distinct stages and overall significance. She’ll explain why she and her family have traveled from Michigan to Nebraska to catch this amazing celestial event.

About Dr. Donahue:

Donahue grew up on a farm near Inland, Nebraska, and attended St. Cecilia’s Catholic school here in Hastings! She received her undergraduate physics S.B. degree from MIT and her astrophysics Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

Her post-doctoral research in observational astronomy was completed at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, in Pasadena, California and at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland. STScI later hired her as a staff astronomer to do research, work with the data archive team, and write science cases for the James Webb Space Telescope. 

In 2003, she moved to Michigan State University and re-entered academic life as a professor in the MSU Physics and Astronomy Department, in East Lansing, Michigan.

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SolFest Gala
Aug
18
5:30pm 5:30pm

SolFest Gala

To kick off the SolFest weekend, we are putting on the SolFest Gala. SolFest is thrilled to announce Astronaut Clayton Anderson "Astro Clay" as our guest speaker for the SolFest Gala.

There will be live music throughout the night, dinner and a cash bar available for guest!

  • Where: Colonial Gardens, Hastings, NE - 3002 N Baltimore Ave, Hastings, NE 68901 - Get directions here.
  • When: Doors open at 5:30 PM, with dinner and the event beginning at 6:30 PM.
  • Tickets: $75.00 each. They can be purchased online or at Winestyles, The Hastings Chamber of Commerce, and Odyssey.

About the band:

Here is a photo of the Classic Jazz Quartet. We are a group of music professors from Hastings College's Department of Music: Marc LaChance (trombone), Jonathan Sokasits (piano), Byron Jensen (bass) and Phill Parker (drums). Marc is unable to play the SolFest, so we will be joined by Bobby Fuson (alto sax) who is an adjunct professor here at HC, and Tim Farrell (trumpet) who teaches at UNK. Overall, this group has performed gigs and recitals for about 10 years. Our repertoire consists of standards, blues tunes, and some jazz-rock selections.


Other event details:

  • The event is semi-formal.
  • Parking is available at the venue. The parking lot is located near the venue building.
  • The building the gala will be in is located behind the house on the property.

Sponsors

None of this would be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. These sponsors have truly made SolFest a possibility with their support of the Hastings community and we just want to say thank.

Make sure you follow SolFest on Facebook and join the SolFest community to get the latest on the entire SolFest weekend.

It takes a village to make these events successful. 

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