Read about this year’s Midsommar festivities in a small village in Sweden here. The “Swede Life” is written by an “American Mom and Midwife from Florida Living in Sweden.” Lots of great photos and even video of raising the pole!
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I stumbled upon this tale of a family that visited New Sweden, Maine to attend the Midsommar twenty-eight years ago. Some things have not changed too much.
It is written in Swedish and in English so you can see both versions.
The children are having another rehearsal tomorrow with their director Brenda Jepson and fiddler.
The New Sweden Little Folk Dancers will be performing ring dances around the Maypole at the New Sweden Museum around noon on Saturday June 20, 2009 and again on Sunday afternoon at Thomas Park.
Take a look at a video of a previous year’s dancing at the museum!
Thank you, children, parents, Brenda and musicians for all your work to make New Sweden’s Little Folk Dancers one of the highlights of Midsommar Festival!
Mabel Todd will be honored at Midsommar on 1:00 pm Sunday June 21, 2009 at New Sweden, Maine.
Sunday Program featuring The Maine Event singers and Wednesday Evening Fiddlers: Thomas Park; arrival of the Majstång (Maypole); Little Folk Dancers; music by The Maine Event singers and Wednesday Evening Fiddlers from Perth Andover; raffle drawings and more, Lewis Peterson emcee, Honoring Rena Espling Hultgren and Mable Espling Todd.
Here is her bio:
Mabel Espling Todd
Mabel Espling Todd was born in New Sweden to Helmer and Edrie (Olson) Espling. Her beloved sister, Rena, is four years younger. Mabel attended grade school in New Sweden and graduated from Caribou High School in 1937. Mabel was married to Arthur Todd and has two children (twins), Paul and Amber, and three grandchildren.
Mabel worked in Caribou at Newberry’s and R. H. Frost Co. (where she obtained state licenses for insurance and real estate), Norton Company in Worcester during WWII years, Ray Harmon and Sons, National Confectionery, the Caribou Town Office, M. D. McGrath Co., L. D. Bearce Co. and Bearce-Carter Oil. She was Office Manager at Cary Memorial Hospital and at Maine Potato Bag Co. She worked at Caribou Publishing Co. for some time where she was also involved in all aspects of printing the Aroostook Republican. She worked 19 years at Loring AFB with the Army & Air Force Exchange in every department until she retired. Mabel has been considered a good secretary, excellent in bookkeeping and proficient in office management. Her most recent paid occupation was being ballot clerk at Stan’s whenever T16 R4 was involved in the election process.
Mabel has been affiliated with Baptist churches in the area serving as Sunday school teacher, Youth Leader, Deaconess, Choir Member, Church Clerk, Financial Secretary and Mail Secretary as well as a member of various committees.
Mabel was Secretary/Treasurer of the Caribou Band Parents for four years while her children were in the high school band, helping to raise money for instruments and band trips.
Mabel was instrumental in starting youth groups where there were none such as the Caribou Junior Baptist Fellowship and the Baptist and Boys 4H group for Perham and Woodland boys. She was Assistant 4H leader for many years with Colby girls.
Mabel is still quite proficient in Swedish which she began learning from infancy. She also became proficient in French, Italian, Finnish and Lithuanian.
Mabel’s most recent interests have been volunteer work. She has been involved with the New Sweden Historical Society as Secretary, Treasurer and “ongoing volunteer fulltime.” Mabel served faithfully as museum hostess as well as on several committees. She is a member of the Maine’s Swedish Colony, Inc., and served as Secretary for several years. She was a member of the New Sweden Cemetery Association and was President for many years and a Director. Mabel is a member of the Madawaska Lake Campers Association serving as Secretary and Treasurer for many years and as a Director.
Mabel says she has had a good life and has appreciated many activities and associations that have been educational and fulfilling. At age 89 she is happy to be able to be involved in whatever comes her way. Perhaps Mabel’s favorites memories are of working with her dad on the farm and later enjoying farming with her husband. She says one learns a lot in that occupation, not just planting and harvesting, but also construction, electricity, machine work, purchasing and selling, to mention a few.
Genealogy workshop at New Sweden festival
Check out the article online or pick up a copy of today’s Bangor Daily News.
The Stockholm Museum will host a Special Open House at Stockholm, ME at 2 pm on Friday June 19, 2009 showing a large collection of genealogy, photos and artifacts, veterans room, “Annie’s Shop” country store recreation, history on the mills, and more. The museum is a great place to stop in before the Legion Supper across the street Friday evening. A special welcome to the Stockholm Historical Society at the 2009 Midsommar Festival. Donations gratefully accepted. FMI: John Hede, 207-896-3177, email: email@example.com ; Host: Stockholm Historical Society;
Web site: aroostook.me.us/stockholm
Lynn Johnson will hold two Swedish Genealogy Workshop sessions at 3 and again at 6:30 pm on Friday June 19, 2009 at the New Sweden School. $12 per person. Proceeds to restoration of historic Clase homestead in New Sweden, ME. See the full story: http://www.maineswedishcolony.info/news/GenealogyClass.html Contact to reserve your place in the workshop: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a video of the dance at New Sweden, Maine on Saturday night during Midsommar in June 2008. Instructors taught the dance steps to the participants, local instrumental musicians provided the music, and special vocal musicians from the Boston area sang as people danced.