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Astra is proud to endorse and support The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Celebration Tour concert at Historic Memorial Hall in Independence, Kansas on November 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.! The box office at 123 N, 8th St. opens at 10:00 a.m. on Nov. 14 through Nov. 18. Phone sales to (620) 330-3795 also open at this time. The box office at Memorial Hall will open at 2:00 p.m. the day of the concert. For infor and tickets, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/4LeafMarketing/

Also....Astra Arts Festival to again host their Haunted Tour on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017!

Just in time for the spookiest time of the year, “Astra Arts Festival—2018” will sponsor a special encore of its popular “Haunted Indy Tour” of eerie sites in Independence—or, at least stories about places reputedly haunted!  The tour—which also takes a tongue-in-cheek touch--takes place at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13 and advanced confirmed reservations are required.

Cost is $20 each for the approximate 90-minute tour, which includes van transportation and knowledgeable guides. Participants must be age 18 or older. The trip will abound with “mostly” true scary stories and visits to sites where legend holds of supernatural activity throughout the history of Independence.

Tour-goers should call Astra at (620) 266-1974 and leave a call-back message.  Reservations are not confirmed until Astra staff call back patrons and verify that there is room on the tour. Seating is very limited. Departure and return is at Riverside Park in front of the Riverside Aquatics Center.



Visual Arts - Mural Project--2016 Astra Arts Festival

Dave Loewenstein of Lawrence, KS has produced community murals nationwide, all dynamic, richly-colored and beautifully reflective of the community in which they reside. Loewenstein has more than 20 public works in Kansas alone, and created another in Independence in honor of the first Astra Arts Festival and the local community. He created the mural with the help of community members and can be seen in downtown Independence.

Heidi M. Sallows, professional muralist, received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Her studies focused in large format painting, greening art and culture monumental sculpture, history of mural arts, performance art and figure painting.  She has returned to her hometown of Port Byron, Illinois to paint.  In Heidi's words, "murals can inform a space, adding to its visual power.  Murals have a way of becoming landmarks on outdoor spaces, yet they can create an esthetically pleasing and inspiring interior environment."  

Astra is excited to have Heidi enliven our downtown with her beautiful, patriotic work.