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217Re: [maineswedishcolony] Harvard Magazine lists Swedish festival!

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  • Blanchette Family
    Mar 1 2:52 AM
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      Okay Bill, you're forgiven, how many people will be reading Harvard Magazine from up here?
      Debbie
       
       
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Friday, February 29, 2008 5:32 PM
      Subject: [maineswedishcolony] Harvard Magazine lists Swedish festival!

      ..."roughly 100 people of Swedish heritage"... ?
      That was probably a misunderstanding from talking to me.
      Think we'll have a huge influx of Harvard folks for Midsommar?
      Oh well. As the bumper sticker says: "Welcome to Maine. Now go home."
      --
      Bill Duncan

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      > From: Nell Brown <nell_porter_ brown@harvard. edu>
      > Date: February 29, 2008 5:11:23 PM EST
      > To: <jhede@...>, <duncan@ainop. com>
      > Subject: Harvard Magazine lists Swedish festival!
      >
      > Hi there,
      >
      > I talked to you awhile ago and wanted to send you the resulting
      > article on
      > the festival:
      > http://harvardmagaz ine.com/2008/ 03/out-and- about.html
      >
      > It appears in the March-April paper issue. Here is your entry
      > inparticular:
      >
      > Maine Swedish Colony Midsommar
      >
      > June 20-22
      > New Sweden, Maine
      > geocities.com/ maineswedishcolo ny
      > 207-896-5874 (for organizer Debbie Blanchette)
      >
      > This small, lively festival honors the summer solstice and Swedish
      > history
      > in the far northeast corner of Maine through an enchanting Maypole
      > (Majstång) dance in which children and adults dress in traditional
      > garb,
      > hand out flowers, and decorate the pole, accompanied by guest
      > musicians and
      > professional folk dancers. On Saturday evening, everyone gathers
      > for the
      > smörgåsbord (advance tickets required), followed by dancing and a
      > bonfire.
      > The Swedish colony, originally settled in 1870, reached its peak
      > population
      > in the early 1900s; now, organizers say, roughly 100 people of Swedish
      > heritage still live in the area. A museum with pioneer-day
      > artifacts is also
      > worth a look. The village is a 15-minute drive from New Brunswick
      > (or you
      > can fly to nearby Presque Isle from Bangor or Portland).
      >
      >
      > Nell Porter Brown
      > Assistant Editor, Harvard Magazine
      > 7 Ware Street
      > Cambridge, MA 02138
      > 617-496-6698
      >


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