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Highlights, May 2017 Issue
As we approach Memorial Day 2017, the tragedies of past wars continue to affect our lives, and new possibilities for even more cataclysmic warfare threaten from North Korea and other parts of the world. We want to ignore it, but we must never forget the costs of millions of lives, and the great harm to the human spirit.
In this issue we have a letter from Pastor Vern Hansen written while he was a chaplain on the front during the Korean War. It is a good reminder of the constant need to be vigilant, to do everything we can to prevent a catastrophic toll on humanity from happening again! Thanks to Dick and Rita Juhl for providing this historical letter. On a more positive side, we have a meaningful message from Pastor Ben Erzkus pastor of St. John's Evangelical Church in Kronborg NE intertwining “Faith and Aebleskivers.” (They do go together!)
From Louise Spencer of Goshen, NY , we have Chapter II, “N.F.S. Grundtvig,” from her 1982 thesis on “The Folk School” in which she presents the basic characteristics of the Danish folk high school (or People's High School) founded by Grundtvig.
Memorial Day brings fond remembrances of those who have left us, whether long ago or this year. In this issue we have a loving tribute to Miriam Rodholm Showalter by her niece, Alice Olsen and also a piece I wrote about the honey lady, Walentyne Andersen, from Diamond Lake, MN. ji
Dates to Remember
May 25-28, 2017 Danish Canadian Conference — “Step into the Saga” Red Deer/Dickson Alberta. May 27 Annual General Meeting, Danish Canadian Conference http://www.thedanishcanadianmuseum.com .
June 4 — Grundlovsfest, The Danish Lutheran Church & Cultural Center; Yorba Linda CA 92885. 9 am- 5 pm. WWW.SOCAL.ORG , Kent Hanson 626-233-7363 or HANSON.GLENDORA@gmail.com
June 18-24 & July 9-15 Danebod Family Camps, Tyler MN . For information danebodfamilycamp.org: August Folk Camp –– July 30-August 5; danebodfolkcamp.org August 16-20, 2017 — Danebod Folk Meeting, Tyler, MN. For additional information contact Danebod Lutheran Church, 507-247-3000.
West Denmark Family Camp
June 30 to July 3, 2017: Singing, dancing, lectures, discussions, crafts, great food, coffee, and “hygge.”
Entertainment: the Mary McGillivray Trio, Skits, Open Stage, Dancing, Bonfires
Speakers: Peter Juhl — “Rock-Balancing Art”; Mike Lannoo — “The Frog that Gambled and Lost”; Lis Jorgensen, Erik Bruun and Vagn Jensen — “The Nazi Occupation of Denmark 1940-1945: A Child's Experience”; Norm Yamada — “A Family's Journey from San Diego to a Japanese Internment Camp”; Carrie Petersen — “Ice Age Trail Alliance Summer Saunters.”
Crafts: Hiking on the Ice Age Trail, Knitting, Yarn Dying, Origami, Painting, Nisse Hunt, Rock Painting, Paper Cutting, Paper Mache, Rock-Balancing, Timber Frame Constructions, Music Movement, Crafts for children, and Games.
Song Leaders: Lisa Jensen, Harry and Christine Johansen.
Dance Leaders: Gwen Sarya, Donn and Ann Christensen Register by June 15. Or more info: http://camp.westdenmark. org or call Judy Grumstrup, (530-400-1029); jgscott19@ gmail.com
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