BEMUS POINT - Thule Lodge held a summer meeting recently at their lodge located at 4123 Pancake Hill Road. Members were greeted by outer guardsman Gene Smith as they entered, and chairman of the lodge Jeffrey Anderson welcomed all. The opening chaplain's message was given by chaplain Diane K. Shaw, and lodge historian John Sipos led all in the pledge of allegiance. Secretary Carolyn Ostrom read the minutes of the previous meeting, and the correspondence received. Treasurer Loretta Smith gave the financial report of the lodge.
Inner guardsman Don Carlson reported that he has been mowing the lawn of the lodge and this takes about 12 hours. Carlson said he mows the lawn in a span of four days. Cultural leader Fanchon Fuller talked about the long days in Sweden this time of the year, and it does not get all that dark, just a slight haze in the air between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. Mrs. Fuller said it is referred to as the "land of the midnight sun." The annual "Midsommar" event was held in Sweden to welcome in the summer season, and is complimented with much dancing, music, and festive food.
The annual Scandinavian Folk Festival will be held at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds on July 19, 20 and 21. Included in the festival will be music, dancing, foods, crafts, language lessons, knitting, spinning and Scandinavian item sales. The decoration of the Maypole will be the official opening of the festival on Saturday morning, with much dancing and music. Those participating will be wearing their Swedish outfits. This is a colorful event for all to enjoy. All are welcome to attend. Thule Lodge is preparing Swedish meatballs and kaldolmars to be serve at the festival.
Thule Lodge has planned a tureen supper for the next meeting on Thursday evening July 25. The supper will begin at 6 p.m. and those attending are encouraged to bring a dish of food to pass. During this recent meeting, special awards were presented to Wayne Nelson and Dottie Peterson.
Following the meeting, refreshments were served by vice chairman Susan W. Sipos and chaplain Shaw.
Thule Lodge was organized 106 years ago for a fellowship gathering for the Swedish people who immigrated to the United States. The lodge continues to preserve the Swedish heritage through events and activities. New members are always welcome.