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Vasa Lund celebrates 100th anniversary

Swedish community celebrates heritage

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Selma Parsons (top) and Sonja Lundstrom (centre) assisted master dalmaling painter Maureen Sjoberg (right) in restoring this larger than life symbol of Sweden in time for the 100th anniversary of the Vasa Lund Lodge, which is being celebrated  June 21-23 at Vasa Lund Park.

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Selma Parsons (top) and Sonja Lundstrom (centre) assisted master dalmaling painter Maureen Sjoberg (right) in restoring this larger than life symbol of Sweden in time for the 100th anniversary of the Vasa Lund Lodge, which is being celebrated June 21-23 at Vasa Lund Park. Photo Store

Members of Manitoba's Swedish and Charleswood communities will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Vasa Lund Lodge with a dinner and picnic party this weekend.

Vasa Lund's centennial dinner and dance runs Saturday night at 5 p.m. at the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Blvd. It will feature a Swedish smorgasborg with salmon, ham, baron of beef, Jansson's temptation, herring, pates, terrines, Swedish beans, a variety of salads, cheeses and desserts. The Moonshiners will entertain.

Tickets are still available  for $40. Contact Leslie Hammerback at h4dlkd@mymts.net or call 204-261-4388.

The next day, Vasa Lund Park at 5419 Roblin Blvd., will play host to a picnic party with a Maypole parade. Things kick off at 10 a.m. with the making of Maypole wildflowers and garlands for the hair

At 1 p.m., representatives of other Scandinavian countries will join Sweden in the Maypole parade to Vasa Lund Park, where the Maypole will be anchored and traditional Scandinavian dancers will lead dancing around it.

The rest of the afternoon will feature traditional Swedish music and folk dancers; storytelling from authentic vikings; as well as family games such as the ancient viking game of Kubb, a frying pan toss, nail driving, a water balloon toss and races and prizes.

The Charleswood Historical Society will be on hand, honouring families who have lived in the area for 100 years.

Admission is free to all. Barbecue food and beverages will be for sale. 

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