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The 2013 Midsommar Celebration will be held on June 21-23.
The photo shows the decorating of the pole in New Sweden, ME in 2005.
Here’s this year’s schedule.
“Presque Isle –– University of Maine at Presque Isle President Emeritus and Mrs. Clifford O. T. Wieden observed their 60th wedding anniversary June 2 at a family dinner at the Northeastland Hotel. Four generations, representing all branches of their family, were present.
Marguerite Hill of Auburn and Clifford O. T. Wieden of New Sweden met while teaching at Mapleton High School. They were married Sunday, June 1, 1924, in the First Baptist Church of New Sweden by the bridegroom’s father, the Rev. Oscar Carl Wieden.
After their wedding, Wieden taught at Gorham Normal School, now the University of Southern Maine, for 16 years before assuming the principalships of the Washington and Arooostook State Normal schools, now the University of Maine at Machias and Presque Isle, until his retirement in 1969.
Mrs. Wieden continued her teaching on the secondary school level in these and neighboring communities, retiring in 1968.
She was president of the Maine Congress of Parents and Teachers and was instrumental in establishing the Maine Junior Classical League, serving for several years as its director. Both remain active in community and professional affairs.
The Wiedens have two children: Mrs. Louis (Carolyn) Carey of Waterville and Clifford Jr. of Falmouth, Mass., 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
They were honored by a coffee served after the Sunday church service by the Diaconate of the Presque Isle Congregational Church.
The Wiedens have resided at 31 Barton St., Presque Isle, since their retirement.”
[From an article in the Bangor Daily News, June 2, 1984]
The whole thing starts on Friday morning with the gathering of wild flowers up on Carlstrom Hill just north of Madawaska Lake. The view is incredible and it is an experience everyone should participate in at least once in a lifetime! Bring a pair of clippers or scissors to cut lupines. After the flower gathering, head back to the New Sweden museum grounds and pitch in to help put up the tents to get things ready for Saturday’s festivities. Helping hands are very needed and you will meet some new friends!
Friday evening features a supper and Swedish dance at the Stockholm American Legion. Proceeds support our veterans and you will have a great time with the very special Orust folk dancers and musicians who are making their second visit from Sweden.
There is a full day planned for Saturday. Head to the New Sweden museum grounds around 10 am Saturday and browse around. Make a hair wreath to wear out of wildflowers (at the table near the Lindsten Stuga out in back of the museum) and then choose lupines from the buckets to pass to the Swedes who’ll tie them onto the big Midsommarstång (Midsummer Pole). Follow the Pole out to the front of the museum and see the little folk dancers perform. Perhaps have a homemade ice cream from the Lutherans and a red hotdog from Ralph Ostlund (nearly 90 and charming!) or coffee with a homemade sandwich and sweet under the shade of the birches. There are local crafts to browse, Swedish gifts in the restored one-room Capitol School, and the various musuem buildings to go inside, including a tour of the Ostlund log house and the blacksmith shop (down the road past Thomas Park.)
A brand-new Midsommar event is a Chicken Barbeque at the New Sweden School from 4-6 PM on Saturday evening for supper. Proceeds benefit programming for the local kids. There is also a Swedish supper with continuous seating put on by the folks at the Lutheran church in New Sweden with homemade dishes made by talented cooks.
Direct from Sweden, the Orust folk dancers and musicians perform throughout the weekend, including up at the New Sweden school Saturday night at 7 PM. [also performing: Friday evening 6 PM supper and Swedish dancing at the Stockholm American Legion; Saturday 11 AM Midsommarstång (Midsummer pole) and 1 PM Swedish dance lessons on the grounds of the New Sweden Museum, and 7 PM Swedish dance and lessons at the New Sweden School; and Sunday 1 PM at Thomas Park.]
Enjoy the Sunday afternoon program in the “music bowl” at Thomas Park (starts 12:45 with the arrival of the Midsommarstång) which includes the Orust folk dancers/musicians, the New Sweden Little Folk Dancers, and ends with the Långdans where all are invited to join hands to form a long chain to march around the park for the closing dance .
Catch the latest news by following Maine Swedish Colony on Facebook.
There are lots of other events. Too many to list them all here! You can get your own schedule with a download of the pdf at http://maineswedishcolony.info/
Midsommar is a wonderful family experience. Don’t forget your camera!
Here’s something that would be fun to have a chance to try out someday soon. Certainly it would be great exercise, unless you are the passenger! Here is the link to the blog with some photos. Kick-sleds are still used in Sweden in the rural areas of the country. If memory serves me, I think there may be an old one in the basement of the New Sweden museum, but it will be spring until the museum is open again to check it out!
Two Swedish Colony artists are featured in downtown Presque Isle, ME at First Friday Downtown Art Walks tonight, Friday evening Jan. 7, 2011. Richard Clark of Perham, owner of Wood’s Edge Gallery, will show his landscapes at Morning Star Art & Framing from 6-8 PM. Alan and Brenda Nasberg Jepson of Crown of Maine Productions are showing their video work across the street at Stew’s Sight and Sound. Refreshments will be served! Several other artists within walking distance will also show new work. FMI on the event see the Facebook page for First Friday Downtown Art Walk
FMI on Jepson’s work see Crown of Maine Productions
“In the census of 1900 the number of Swedish born citizens in Chicago exceeded the population of Gothenburg. In other words, Chicago was the second city of Sweden!”
Swedes in American Cities has a link for History where there are several short essays including one on city life in the USA.
Here’s a promising website, The Stockholm Story-Our Cultural Heritage on the Web.
If you are familiar with the Maine Memory Net project, then this appears to be its counterpart, only its in Sweden. Here in Maine, various historical societies, schools, and libraries have collaborated to make archival materials come to life on the web. Narratives have been written to accompany photographs from historical collections. New Sweden and Stockholm here in Aroostook County (along with other County towns and cities) have placed a large collection of their holdings online through the Maine Memory Net, a project of the Maine Historical Society.
So if you are interested in seeing what our Swedish counterparts have to share with us on the other side of the Atlantic, check it out. Click on the little British flag for the English translation. Thanks to Erik Alm in Sweden for sharing.