BEMUS POINT - Thule Lodge officials recently finalized its schedule of events for the coming months.
The Thule Lodge is the Swedish organization formed 106 years ago in the Jamestown/Bemus Point area. Located at 4123 Pancake Hill Road, the lodge continues to preserve the Swedish heritage through events and activities. At a recent meeting of lodge members, Jeff Anderson, chairman, conducted the meeting. Fanchon Fuller, cultural leader, said the season for Friday night fish dinners will begin on the first Friday in May. In addition to the fish fry, a second choice of a meal will include a Swedish korv and rotmos dinner. The May 17 fish fry will have a second choice of ham and scalloped potatoes. The dinners will be served from 5-7 p.m. All are welcome.
The Scandinavian Studies program will hold its last Saturday morning event of the season at the Jamestown Community College on Saturday from 9:45 a.m. to noon. The studies program is open to everyone and there is no charge for the day. The program will resume in October.
The lodge will hold its annual memorial service at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the lodge. Members who have passed away in the last year will be remembered during a special lodge memorial service.
At the recent meeting, Ralph Veights, immediate past chairman, led all in the pledge of allegiance. Allie Nelson Withers served as the chaplain of the day, giving the opening and closing chaplain's message, and the Swedish table grace before the refreshments.
New member Carol Schermerhorn was initiated by Veights.
Gloria Anderson served as the secretary for the meeting giving the roll call of officers and reading the minutes of the last meeting. Donna Sandberg, financial secretary, read the recent financial report. Mrs. Sandberg also read the list of those who are ill. Thule Lodge members are encouraged to visit fellow members who are ill.
Loretta Smith, treasurer, read the treasurer's report. Donna Johnson, children's dance leader, updated the members on the Children's Club activities, and noted that in addition to the dancers, a small group of young people are playing violins.
Bernice Veights, assistant master of ceremonies, said a special Swedish blanket will be given away at the lodge. It is known officially as a Rattvik Swedish Blanket-Throw. The blanket-throw was made in Sweden by Ekelund Weavers who are the official weavers to the king. The size of the blanket throw is 48 inches by 56 inches. Tickets are available at lodge dinners from now through the season. Winner does not need to be present.
The annual Scandinavian Folk Festival will be held on July 19-21 at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds. Many Scandinavian events including food, folk demonstrations, and much music and heritage dancing will take place. All are welcome to attend.
At the end of the meeting, drawings were conducted. Recipients included Don Carlson, Mary Ann Ingrao and Loretta Smith.
Following the meeting, Donna Johnson served open faced Swedish sandwiches with pickles, and a variety of bar cookies, which were a delight enjoyed by all.
For more information on the Thule Lodge, or to become a new member, write to the address above. New members are welcome.