May's gathering didn't turn out as planned. Unfortunately, the presenter, Berit Aus, became ill and was not able to make it to Mankato. She is looking forward to being a presenter some month in the coming year. We tried playing a personal video but the speakers weren't working well, so instead, everyone enjoyed an evening of fellowship. I would like to thank the serving committee for providing a scrumptious meal and for decorating the tables with beautiful Rosemaling that everyone enjoyed. Don't forget about our upcoming picnic at Spring Lake Park on June 10th at 5:30 P.M. The meal will be potluck with s'mores provided after some rousing games of Kubb.
The Board will be meeting in June at John Bungum's home in St. Peter to plan programs for next year and we would love it if some of you would join us. We appreciate the ideas that were written down at the last meeting and urge anyone else with ideas to e-mail or call one of us.
Summer is the wonderful time of the year when we can get out and enjoy numerous parades and festivals. Visit the Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center by Westby, WI, on June 17th for the Midsummer Fest, celebrating the longest day of the summer. Their website is www.norskedalen.org
June 23-24, you can go to the Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, Minn. Find out more at www.hcscconline.org/2016-scandinavian-viking-festivals
On June 25, Scandinavian Summer Fest/Svenskarnas Dag/Norway Day will have their third annual festival at 4801 S. Minnehaha Drive in Minneapolis. The day includes many activities such as: the raising of the Midsommar Pole, various singing and dancing performances by local and visiting Scandinavian groups, and the crowning of the Midsommar Queen. Authentic foods and handicrafts will be available for purchase. You can find out more about it on their Facebook page.
July 15-17 is the Bavarian Blast in New Ulm located at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Enjoy music, food, beer, and more. Go to the Bavarian Blast Facebook page for more information.
For Danish heritage, you can go to Aebleskiver Days Celebration on July 21-23 in Tyler Minnesota. They will be having a craft show and vendor fair, a Cruise-In Car Show, and lots of food choices including aebleskiver. You can find out more information on their Facebook page.
July 27-29 is Nordic Fest in Decorah, IA. Enjoy singing, dancing, food booths, Vesterheim Museum, an Arts & Crafts Show, a grand parade, etc. For more information, go to www.nordicfest.com/site/nordic-fest-entertainment-and-activities.html
For those who REALLY like to travel, the Islandic Festival of Manitoba or Islendingadagurinn, is held in Gimli, Manitoba on August 4th - 7th. They are dedicated to promoting and sustaining interest in Icelandic culture and descent, primarily through the presentation of this annual family oriented celebration. Enjoy food, music, entertainment, events, activities, Icelandic culture, and of course, Vikings! See their website www.icelandicfestival.com/about/history-vision-mission.
Enjoy your summer and try to fit in as much fun as possible! SKOL!!