Welcome to the Scandinavian Heritage Festival blog! Monday, Apr 19 2010 


DATE:            April 13, 2010

SUBJECT:      Scandinavian Festival Buttons

CONTACT:    Emily Sanderson

Wear them with pride.  Wear them for fun.  Wear them around town to encourage others to attend.

Commemorative buttons sporting “Come Home,” the 2010 theme of the Scandinavian Heritage Festival, will be available online for $8 starting May 1.

The pin-backed buttons provide $1 off registration for the Bread Contest and a free copy of a video of Scandinavian Conference sessions Thursday, May 27, and Friday, May 28, which will be sent by email to button recipients.  Also sent by email will be a free video recap of the Festival activities.

In addition, the button will provide incentives related to new features at the Festival, including reserved seating at a second stage this year located at the Heritage Plaza at Snow College.  The program will include local Scandinavian dance groups choreographed at Snow College and Gunnison High School, as well as performances by contestants of the songwriting and story writing/telling contests this year.  Button recipients will also receive free recordings of the winning song and the winning story, which will be sent to button recipients electronically.

The button graphic was designed by local artist Sophie Soprano (a.k.a. Lynn Farrar), famous for her historical paintings that exhibit a playful, whimsical style.

Only a limited number of buttons will be printed, and they will be available on a first come, first served basis.  To purchase a button or two, go to www.upharts.org or www.scandinavianheritagefestival.com.

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Photos from 2010 Scandinavian Heritage Festival Wednesday, Jun 2 2010 

The following are some of the photos I took at the Scandinavian Heritage Festival, May 28-29, 2010.  The festival had a lot of new music this year, as well as the Pioneer Heritage Company encampment on the Snow College Campus.  I should also mention that although we dealt with a wind storm on Friday, the weather on Saturday was fabulous.  The first photo is of one of the sheep herds I passed when traveling to Ephraim.  The lambs are so cute this time of year.  There were also tons of beautiful wildflowers.

Scandinavian singing and dancing revived for 2010 Thursday, May 20 2010 

By Lyle Fletcher

Sanpete Messenger’s 2010 Scandinavian Heritage Festival Supplement

An event in previous Scandinavian festivals revived anew for this year’s festivities is Scandinavian singing and dancing.  Performances will be held Friday night and Saturday, May 28-29.

Clive Romney, executive director of the Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts organization, said he was talking with Greg Boothe, entertainment coordinator for the festival, about previous Scandinavian Heritage festivals.  Boothe “mentioned how there used to be Scandinavian music and dancing” at the festivals, and Romney wondered where the performers were.

So he went looking.

And he found some talented people at Snow College — Steve and Patty Meredith — who could teach people Scandinavian songs and dances to add more authentic cultural events to the festival.

Boothe said, “We’re trying to put more Scandinavian heritage into the festival then we’ve had before,” as well as pioneer heritage.

Singers from Cadence at Snow College will be performing three Danish numbers: “Den Danske Sang” (The Danish Song), “Bereden Vag for Herran” (Prepare a Way for the Lord) and “Feder Mikkel” (Father Michael).  Cadence is directed by Steve Meredith.

While the choir is singing “Feder Mikkel,” young dancers will perform a traditional Scandinavian dance.

The dancers will also perform the Danish dances “Hamborg Sekstur” (Hamburg Circle), “Tyvedansen (Thief Dance), “Den Rode Lue” (The Red Cap), and “Bitte Mand I Knibe” (Little Man in a Pickle).

The dancers are part of the Snow Dance Conservatory taught by Patty Meredith, with Jeanette Geslison, faculty member from BYU Department of Dance as guest instructor.  Patty Meredith is also the director of the Snow College Dance Department.

Different dance groups have performed at the festival over the years.  Most recently, Karen Hawk (formerly Greene) of Manti taught Scandinavian folk dances to children of the True and Living Church in Manti, and they performed each year at the festival for a few years, but they haven’t performed since 2006, she said.

Previous to Hawk’s folk dancers, Mary Witt and her daughter, Kathleen Pili, both of Ephraim, taught Scandinavian folk dances to children who performed at the festival since 1976.

UPHA partnership with Scandinavian Heritage Festival Thursday, May 20 2010 


DATE:            April 17, 2010

SUBJECT:      UPHA partnership with the Scandinavian Heritage Festival

CONTACT:    Emily Sanderson

Gary Anderson

Clive Romney

Hundreds of thousands of Utahns trace their roots to Sanpete County, and yet many are unaware of the annual Scandinavian Heritage Festival.

This year the festival is renewing its Scandinavian roots, expanding its activities, and focusing its publicity to spread the news of that renewal and expansion, much of that effort with the help of Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts (UPHA).

“You’ll find activities and games for families with children and for adults of all ages, and strong Scandinavian cultural elements at the 2010 festival,” said Clive Romney, UPHA’s executive director. “Regardless of how many times you’ve seen the festival, you’ll find much that’s new this year.”

UPHA has partnered with local leaders and artists to organize authentic live music and dance groups comprised of members of the community this year.  They will perform authentic Scandinavian music and dances provided by Jeanette Geslison, a native Dane and a member of BYU’s International Folk Dance faculty, and by Laraine Miner of Old Time Utah Dances.

Snow College has been very supportive of this effort. Patty Meredith, dance director at Snow College, has programmed Scandinavian dance numbers for both her college and children’s groups. Members of Snow College’s A Cappella Choir, conducted by Steve Meredith, will sing three numbers in Danish: Feder Mikkel, Den Danske Sang and Bereden Vag For Herran, accompanied by Scandinavian music enthusiasts Venlige Fremmede.

The numbers will be performed at the new Heritage Plaza outdoor stage on the Snow College campus.  Also scheduled for Heritage Plaza are performances of the Story/Poetry Writing/Telling Contest and the Songwriting Contest finalists.  Original songs and stories that will be performed will center on the stories of the Sanpete County pioneers.  The purchase of the official 2010 Scandinavian Heritage Festival pin-backed button will guarantee priority seating at Heritage Plaza performances.

UPHA is also sponsoring the first annual Pioneer Pentathlon at the soccer field on the northeast end of campus just west of the Football field.  It will include five pioneer games for all ages—hoop rolling, graces, a water bucket race, foot races, and standing broad jump.

Other new participants in the Festival this year are the Pioneer Heritage Company—authentic pioneer re-enactors complete with costumes, food, gear and skills that were used in crossing the plains and in early pioneer Utah—and The Sons of Utah Pioneers, who will be doing a bus trek through Sanpete County that will culminate at the festival Saturday.

UPHA is also helping with marketing for the Festival by maintaining a Facebook page that may be accessed at www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Scandinavian-Heritage-Festival/323108699657.

UPHA recently became the programming affiliate of the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area along the Highway 89 corridor.  Its four-pronged purpose is to: 1) preserve the arts and stories of Utah’s pioneer ancestors, 2) create new art that embodies those stories, 3) educate those who view arts embodying the stories and the skills of the pioneers and 4) entertain through world-class artistic presentations.

UPHA will partner again with the Festival in 2011.

“Our goal is to plant seeds among local artists, who can then embellish and improve upon performances and activities year after year,” Romney said.

For more information about UPHA, go to www.upharts.org.

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Pioneer pentathlon: Old-time games new for 2010 Thursday, May 20 2010 

By John Hales

Sanpete Messenger’s 2010 Scandinavian Heritage Festival Supplement

One first-ever event at the Scandinavian Festival this year is also the first-ever ever event of its kind anywhere — the Pioneer Pentathlon.

The Pioneer Pentathlon is a new kin of athletic competition based on old-time games.  The event, brought to the festival by the Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts (UPHA), is touted as “family-friendly pioneer athletics for fun or competition.”

“The art of play is one of the pioneer heritage arts,” says Clive Romney, director of UPHA.  “They knew how to play, and we’ve kind of forgotten how to do it.  We want to reintroduce the art of play with these pioneer games.”

The Pioneer Pentathlon is a competition comprised of five different games played by the pioneers.  Participants are invited, even encouraged, to adopt the name and persona of a pioneer ancestor and to dress in pioneer-period clothing for the competition (although that isn’t required by any means).

The events are contests of speed (Barefoot Races), strength and speed (Bucket Brigade), eye-hand coordination (Hoop Roll), agility (Jump at the Mark), and grace (Hoops and Graces, of course).

1. Barefoot Races — Just what they sound like, but they take place on grass out of courtesy for the shoe-protected tender feet of modern times.  the races are 100 yards, or 50 yards for children.

2. Bucket Brigade — Competitors carry one or two buckets (according to age/weight category) filled with varying amounts of water (again, according to age) in the form of 8-ounce water bottles.  They race 100 yards, trying not to spill any “water.”  If they do, they are penalized by either having to stop and pick up the water bottles, or else be assessed an additional seven seconds for each bottle lost.

3. Hoop Roll — This is the one we’ve all seen in the old Western movies or on “Little House on the Prairie” when the camera pans down the Main Street or an old town: a child trying to keep a large hoop rolling along by prodding it only with a long stick.

4. Jump at the Mark — Basically a standing broad-jump.

5. Hoops and Graces — This is for partners, where they stand across from each other, each one holding a short stick in each hand.  With the sticks they toss and catch a small ringed hoop, trying to make successful catches at maximum distances from each other.

Along with the pentathlon, other “Old World games” will be played, perhaps including: stick pulls, quoits (ring toss), pole leap (like the pole height), jump rope, marbles, cherry-pit or water-melon-seed spitting, bean-bag toss and potato sack races, among others.

UPHA organizers  of the Pioneer Pentathlon and Old World games hope to eventually expand the event into an Annual Utah Pioneer Games in the future.

The games will be played Saturday during the festival in the open space east of the Snow College Greenwood Student Center.

Storytelling and songwriting contests sponsored at festival Thursday, May 20 2010 

By Debra Fraser

Sanpete Messenger’s 2010 Scandinavian Heritage Festival Supplement

The Scandinavian Heritage Festival and Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts will co-sponsor the first historical story/poetry writing and songwriting contests in Utah focused on a particular area.

The stories and songs created will be based on true stories from Saga of the Sanpitch or other authenticated historical books or accounts that document Sanpete’s early history.  The goal is to bring to life the stories of the Sanpete pioneer settlers through song, story and poetry.

Clive Romney, executive director of Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts, has seen history performed in artistic form “move people emotionally.  The story gets into your heart, and that’s where we want it to be.”

Romney will not compete in the contests; however, audiences will be treated to a song he has written about Isaac Morley, who led the first group of Sanpete settlers.

Submissions for the songwriting contest were due May 7, and submissions for the story/poetry writing and telling contest were due May 14.

All entrants in the story/poetry writing contest who meet the contest criteria will have the chance to perform their original story or poem live on the Heritage Plaza Stage on Saturday, May 29, from 11:15 a.m. to noon.  Judges will declare a winner around 2 p.m., and the first-place winner will retell their story or poem on the festival’s main stage at 3 p.m.

Ten finalists will be chosen in t he songwriting contest.  The contestants (or their chosen representative) will perform their songs live on May 29 between 11 a.m. and noon at the Casino Star Theatre in Gunnison.  They will again perform their songs on the Heritage Plaza Stage in Ephraim at 12:30 p.m.  The winners will be announced and perform at 3 p.m.

The first-place winner of the story/poetry writing contest will pocket $250.  The songwriting champion will receive $1,000, as well as the chance to record the song and be part of an album with Heritage Arts Recordings.

The contests are being advertised outside of Sanpete to attract contestants statewide.

For more information on both contests, as well as requirements, visit http://www.upharts.org. or http://www.scandinavianheritagefestival.com.

History Art Thursday, May 20 2010 

C.C.A. Christensen life and work ‘come home’ to restored cabin at Central Utah Art Center

Sanpete Messenger’s 2010 Scandinavian Heritage Festival Supplement

The opening of an annual Scandinavian Festival exhibition of works by early Ephraim artist C.C.A. Christensen could hardly have been better timed than to take place in the year when the festival’s theme is “Come Home.”

It’s not just that C.C.A.’s art is going to come home to Ephraim every year at festival time, but that it is coming home to the historic cabin home of the artist himself.  What’s more, that old house has found a new home of its own at the Central Utah Art Center (CUAC).

History, Art, Home.  In many ways, C.C.A.’s life and work bring together all three of those elements, important not only to the Scandinavian Festival but to the community of Ephraim itself.

C.C.A. has a passion for all three.

Indeed, his art was his way of telling the story of the early Latter-day Saints in their difficult quest to find a temporal home where they could be free to live the kinds of lives they believed necessary in order to find an eternal one.

C.C.A’s history began in Denmark in 1831.  He was born in November of that year in Copenhagen, the son of a drunkard father and a mother who tried to do her best for her four children (C.C.A. was the oldest) in spite of extreme poverty.

C.C.A showed an exceptional aptitude in school at an early age.  His mother worried that she could not adequately provide for a gifted son, placed him in a government orphanage.  One Christmas there, C.C.A.’s paper cut-out tree decorations caught the attention of some well-to-do women visited the orphanage.  One visitor was an artist herself who saw the inherent talent in C.C.A.’s work; another was wealthy enough to fund enrollment in a proper art school.  Together, they put C.C.A. through the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen.

The rest is, since we’re talking about it, history, as far as his art goes.

In 1850, he was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Seven years later, he moved to be more at home with the saints in the United States, coming to what they themselves had claimed as “home” in Salt Lake City.  He and his wife, Elise, sold everything they had in order to finance the move westward — except for C.C.A.’s brushes and paints.

Sanpete County became his home two years later, first Mt. Pleasant, then Fairview (called North Bend at that time), then back to Mt. Pleasant.  It wasn’t until 1870 that he made his final home outside of Ephraim.

Like most early settlers, C.C.A. couldn’t rely on his craft alone; he had to do at least some farming.  But by all reports, he wasn’t very good at it.

“From everything I’ve heard about him, he was a lot better painter than he was a farmer,” says Dick Christensen, C.C.A.’s great-grandson.  For instance, when it was C.C.A’s lot to watch the collective cattle of the town, details mattered little to him.  Come time to separate the cattle to their respective owners, “If someone owned a white cow, C.C.A. would just given them any white cow.  It didn’t matter if it was theirs or not.  It would be up to the owners to figure it out and trade afterward.”

He was much more attentive to his true job and calling — art.

In Ephraim, C.C.A. began to paint art that depicted the hardships his people had endured.  He began to depict events in LDS Church history and scenes found in LDS scriptures.

He used his art to teach that history, taking paintings with him on journeys through Utah and portions of surrounding states to illustrate lectures he gave about the experiences of the Mormon people.

Keeping that history alive through art was important — no, vital — to him.  He once said, “History will preserve much, but art alone can make the narrative of the suffering of the Saints comprehensible for posterity.”

Not only because of his art, but because of that deep emotional connection between it and history, C.C.A. became, “the most signficant first-generation genre painter of the Mormon people,” states a book devoted to C.C.A., published by the LDS Church to accompany an exhibit of his works at the Museum of Church History and Art in 1984.  “With limited training, he produced the largest body of historical religious painting in early Utah.”

It goes on to call the art itself “a remarkable legacy from the 19th Century,” which “has come to personify early Mormon history.”

So of course, the frontier home of such a man is important historically, and even so as the home of (as it will soon be the case), that man’s legacy.

C.C.A.’s old cabin now sits directly behind the center (CUAC) as a permanent exhibit space.  “It’s such an important building,” says CUAC Director Jared Latimer.  “Art-historically, as far as Mormon pioneer art goes, C.C.A.’s the top of the list.  So to have his house sitting here and open to the public is pretty significant.”

Of course, the cabin wasn’t always there.

It was moved by crane and truck from C.C.A.’s homestead (actually several miles northwest of Ephraim, closer to the nearby town of Wales) to the CUAC lot several years ago when Adam Bateman was CUAC’s director.

“I told them they could come and get it,” remembers great-grandson Dick, who inherited the homestead (now a farm) and that cabin.  “But, they’d have to come move it.”

The cabin sat behind CUAC for some time, until enough money was raised to restore it and make it suitable for an art showplace.  Earlier this year, the building was again lifted by crane, this time to be rotated 180 degrees to make it more accessible outside.

From now on, the edifice will house different exhibits throughout the year, Latimer says.  But during the Scandinavian Festival every year, the cabin will be C.C.A.’s home once again.  It will contain images of his work, primarily some of his lesser known pieces.

“Our whole goal is to have the building open to the public,” Latimer says.  “The family [C.C.A.’s descendants] has wanted this for years and years.  We’ve got a lot of support from the family.”

Some members of that family live in Ephraim.  Four siblings who are great-grandchildren, including Dick, all live in Ephraim — the others are Gordon Christensen, Mary Jorgensen and Gwen Christensen, whi is still a Christensen because she married one.

They are thrilled.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Mary says.  “We feel a sense of pride about him.”

And Dick adds, “We’ve always known he was an important artist.”

“It’s exciting,” says Gordon.  “We are pleased with our heritage.”

That heritage art of art, history and home are all one symbol of C.C.A.’s cabin.  And as much of his art is a lasting heritage and legacy of the early pioneers, his cabin stands, more now that ever, as heritage and legacy of the man himself.

First exhibit in cabin to open during festival

The first exhibit in the restored C.C.A. Christensen cabin, part of the Central Utah Art Center at 86 N. Main, will open on Friday evening, May 28.

The art center hasn’t yet been able to acquire any original C.C.A. Christensen paintings, but it will have prints of his works and artifacts from his life on display.

A free reception celebrating the opening will be held Friday, May 28, from 6-8 p.m.

Everyone is invited to the opening, including out-of-town visitors.

Coming Home Thursday, May 20 2010 

By Shirley Bahlmann

Sanpete Messenger’s 2010 Scandinavian Heritage Festival Supplement

Precious few Sanpete residents can lay claim to living in the shadow of Skyline Drive from birth to death.  Many others eagerly claim belonging by right of moving in.  Then there are those who began their lives in Sanpete, moved away and were drawn back to the geographic center of Utah where they felt most at home.

“I was born in my sister, Mary Jorgensen’s, house at 179 West Center St. in Ephraim, says Gordon Christensen, who went from grade school through Snow College with most of the same 32 classmates.  He graduated in 1953 during the Korean War restriction on missionaries, so he joined the military and spent two years in Seoul, Korea.

After that, he served a two-year religious mission to Australia.  Eventually, he relocated to Pleasant Grove, Utah, with his wife, Marcia, but the tug of a higher salary took them to Marcia’s native California.  “We followed the bucks,” Gordon says, who eventually retired as a school superintendent.

Over the years, the Christensens visited Ephraim a few times annually then returned to an idyllic climate in California.  “Every time we’d say  to ourselves, ‘We need to move up here,” Gordon says, “But we waffled back and forth.  Then a guy I knew suddenly wanted to buy our house.”

That was all it took.  They sold their 3.5-acre lot and home and moved to Ephraim.

“It has been a positive thing,” Gordon says.  “The fact I have two sisters and a brother in the area made it more like coming home.  Marcia has made lots of good friends.  In spite of the snow, we’re as happy as little clams.”

Janet Beacham Jordan recalls how parents could let their children out of their sight in Ephraim because if they didn’t see what their children were up to, someone else would.

When Janet married, she and her husband moved to Springville.  “Fortunately, he missed being here as much as I did,” she says.  “He told me once that if you stub your toe in Ephraim, before you can get up, you’ll have three casseroles and a salad waiting for you.”

Janet wants everyone moving to Ephraim to feel welcome.  “I think everyone’s embraced immediately,” Janet says.  “They’ll always live in so-and-so’s house, which won’t become their house until 50 years have gone by, but I hope people feel as welcome as I did when I moved back.”

Although her son-in-law, Luke, was introduced to the area through marrying Janet’s daughter, Becca, his adopted home is now his sweet retreat.  He frequently suggests, “Let’s go home for the weekend.”

Janet also revels in the open space, clean air and the fact that you can bring cupcakes for a school treat.  “In the city, you would never bring a treat that wasn’t pre-wrapped,” she said.

Janet chuckles over a neighbor who was still looking out for her after Janet had children of her own.  The neighbor called Janet’s mother to report that Janet hadn’t made a full stop at a stop sign.  “Like I said, everybody’s taking care of and watching out for everyone else,” Janet says.

Eric Hedelius grew up in Ephraim, following the local tradition of attending Snow College and finding his wife, Merilyn.  They spend 10 years in Salt Lake and Riverton.  “I got involved in a lot of civic activities,” Eric says.  “It was easy to make amazing connections.  Career-wise it was exciting.  It’s not that the job wasn’t important, but the family became more important.” While casting about for a place of security to raise their children, the Hedeliuses honed in on Sanpete County.  Eric applied for a teaching job at Snow College and was thrilled when he was chosen.

Now established back in Sanpete, Eric says, “I feel at this stage of the game, I’m the old guy talking about horses and buggies, relatively speaking.  At one time, I thought New York would be an exciting place to live.  Russ Barton told me about trying to drive a horse trailer through New York.  It was no place for him.  That advice was good enough for me.”

Carolyn Olsen Osmond spent her first 20 years in Ephraim,  then followed her husband to BYU and Centerfield for a job.  When the marriage ended, she said, “I had to make a conscious decision of where I wanted to be a single parent raising my children.  I decided I wanted to be in a close-knit community where you had support of neighbors and friends.”

Carolyn believes that new people get as much support as the long-term residents.  “People are embraced when they move to this area.  It’s not a town; it’s a family.  I even see it where I work at the school.”  When people move in, Carolyn sees friendly competition among the neighbors to see who will be the first to knock on the door.

After she married Tom Osmond, he became a beloved fixture in the community.  “It doesn’t matter that I lived her before.  I moved away and came back, and now I’m the mailman’s wife,” Carolyn smiled.  “My kids can honestly say the mailman’s their dad.  I am so glad that I decided to move back.  It’s become home for my children; it’s a great place to live and raise a family.  I plan to die here in peace and quiet.”

Shauna Monson Wayman reminisces with old friends like Jim Nelson about their childhood games of Evie Ivy Over and Kick the Can on Ephraim’s quiet streets.  All the neighborhood kids joined in.

They told scary stories in a treehouse or rode bikes.

Shauna remembers that a visit to the mall was a huge event.  “There were so many stores and things to buy, with arcades and places to eat.  The only places to eat in Ephraim were the bowling alley, the Malt Shop, or Embers Cafe.  So after college, I thought it would be awesome to leave this rinky-dink town.”

Her marriage to Gerald took them to Utah State and then to Enterprise.  Shauna could hardly believe there was a place smaller than Ephraim.  They tool a job in American Fork to be closer to family.  As the population grew, Shauna grew more uncomfortable.  “We didn’t play night games like when we were young,” she says.  “They [the children] were going to video arcades.  The only kinds of work you get in a big city are mostly fast-food places.  When you work for a farmer, you learn how to work.  I wanted my kids to have that small-town feel.”

Gerald applied for jobs in Sanpete and finally got an acceptance call from Manti High School. at 11 p.m.  “Who would call to say you got the job at 11 except in a small town?”  Shauna laughed.  In spite of a huge cut in pay, the Waymans happily settled in Ephraim.  “You can’t make up in money what you give your kids in raising them here,” Shauna says.  “There are some things money can’t buy.”

Shauna was happy to see her children get some of the same teachers she had.  “My kids have played on the same gym floor and sung the same ‘Carry Candles to the Manager’ song that I sang.  It makes a connection between us.”  She also saw familiar faces in the friends her children brought home, only to discover they were the children of some of her closest friends.

The variety of neighbors is also important.  “My kids started calling our elderly neighbors ‘Grandma’ and ‘Grandpa.'” Shauna says.  “It’s been good for them to get to know people who had so much love to give, keeping a stash of cookies or marshmallows to hand out.  My children have been able to see life leading up to death and that it’s okay.”

Ron and Linda Hughes built their home in Ephraim from the ground up, raised their children, then moved to Salt Lake City to work for 10 years.  “Believe it or not, our neighborhood up their was a lot quieter than here,” Ron says of his home on 400 East, a designated four-wheeler route.

Their goal was always to return someday.  “Where else is there?” Ron asks.  “This was our home.”

City living was convenient for running to the store at any hour of the day or night.  “In Sanpete, if you need something after Friday, you’ve just got to say, ‘Oh, shoot, I have to wait until Monday'” Ron says.  “You just learn to adapt and keep more stuff in your garage so you have it when you need it.”

“We’re not city people,” Linda says.  “We’re country people.”  Raised in Star Valley, Wyo., Linda now has her heart set in Ephraim.  “You don’t really appreciate friends until you leave them for awhile.  When we came back, I felt like Dorothy.  There’s no place like home.”

All quilters invited to share at ‘people’s choice’ quilt show Thursday, May 20 2010 

By Judy Chantry and Stacey Dye

Sanpete Messenger’s 2010 Scandinavian Heritage Festival Supplement

Quilt-makers of all levels are encouraged to share their work at the annual People’s Choice Award quilt show, a favorite event during the festival.  The Quilt Show will be held upstairs in the Ephraim Co-op at 96 N. Main St. on Friday and Saturday, May 28-29, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The goal of the show is to promote the art of quilting.  The public’s first, second and third favorites will receive People’s Choice Awards.  Heirloom quilts that exemplify Ephraim’s Scandinavian or pioneer heritage are especially appreciated.

Entries may be pieced or appliqued and machine or hand quilted.  Miniatures will be pinned to a display fabric panel.  Tied or kit quilts are not encouraged.  Participants are asked to prepare a 4-inch sleeve for hanging.

A quilt-maker may enter more than one quilt, and every effort will be made to show all quilts.  If more quilts are entered than can be displayed, the show committee will select which quilts will be shown.

To arrange a time to drop off your quilt, call Marcia Chistensen at (435) 283-2212 by Wednesday, May 26.  Quilts can also be taken to the Ephraim Co-op on Thursday, May 27, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  An entry form for each quilt is required, and forms are available at the Co-op and Gunnison quilt shops.

To serve as hostess for a few hours during the quilt show, contact Christensen to schedule a time.

Excitement accompanies traditional bread baking contest Thursday, May 20 2010 

By Judy Chantry

Sanpete Messenger’s 2010 Scandinavian Heritage Festival Supplement

Lisa Frame, chairwoman of this year’s bread-baking contest, is excited about this year’s bread competition.  She says those who enter the contest “are always coming in with a smile as they’re dropping bread off.”

Like last year, the grand prize for this year’s Yeast Bread Baking Contest is a Bosch bread mixer.  Additionally, first- and second-place winners will be awarded in each category.

The five categories of yeast bread are white, wheat, Scandinavian-type, specialty and junior division (entrants must be 16 years old or younger).  Each entry must consist of one full loaf of uncut bread and an additional half loaf of that same bread cut up into one-inch squares.  The contest for cardamon bread has been retired this year, as it has won twice previously.

Entries will be judged on appearance, texture, flavor and overall appeal.  Judging will take place on Friday, May 28, at 3 p.m.  Entries are to be delivered to the Greenwood Student Center cafeteria at Snow College between 2-3 p.m.

There is a $5 entry fee for the event this year, and full loaves of bread will be for sale when judging ends at 4 p.m.  All proceeds go to support next year’s event.

A silent auction will be held for the bread entries of place-winners and the grand-prize winner.  All bread entered becomes property of the festival.  For more information, contact Lisa Frame at (435) 283-4828 or lgf59@hotmail.com

Bread will also be available for tasting before the Little Scandinavian Supper.  You don’t need to attend the supper to taste the bread.  Winners are responsible for claiming their prizes.

Old-world craft booths Thursday, May 20 2010 

Sanpete Messenger’s 2010 Scandinavian Heritage Festival Supplement

The old-world crafts booths and demonstrations are always an exciting part of the Scandinavian Festival, and this year many authentic Scandinavian products will be offered, according to Shaneen Wintch.

From dolls to dishcloths, there will be something that’s sure to attract each festival-goer’s attention.  T-shirts with Scandinavian and modern designs, along with flags of Scandinavian countries, can be purchased.

Also included will be jewelry (Scandinavian and modern), photography, watercolors, pottery, paintings, quilts and dolls, as well as children’s booths.

Booths and demonstrations run at the same times: Friday, May 28, from noon until dusk, and Saturday, May 29, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Demonstrations will take place on the west lawn of the Noyes Building and include blacksmithing, quilting and rosemaling.  Rosemaling is a Norwegian decorative painting or carving done on wood or furniture.

Senior Citizens Center

As has been the case in recent years during the festival, a variety of craft-making activities will be offered at the Senior Citizen Center (85 W. 100 North).

This year’s crafts include building your own Scandinavian-themed computer mouse-pads and making a Scandinavian baby quilt.

Senior Citizen Center crafts will take place from right after the parade (11-11:30 a.m.) until interest wanes or 5 p.m., whichever comes first.

Crafters can purchase the pieces to build these craft items as part of a fundraiser for the Senior Center — a new activity this year.

Another activity at the Senior Citizen Center this year is bingo.  Numbers and letters will be called from 2 p.m. “until people or prizes are gone, whichever is first,” says Carolyn Tidwell, director of the Senior Center.

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