Fine weather helped to make Viking Days at the Danish Canadian National Museum at Dickson a success last weekend with large crowds attending the event on both Saturday and Sunday. Many of those attending have connections to Danish communities such as Dalum but the interest in Alberta tourist attractions which can be found a bit off the beaten path is far more wide ranging than just that and guests included families of “new” Canadians exploring their new country. Some tourists stopped in and on Saturday I met a Danish couple vacationing in Canada who had been to Drumheller and Dalum on Fri- day. The Viking theme included battle re-enactments, a tent village with displays of Viking home life where the performers stayed overnight and a “Feast with the Vikings” which included a hearty traditional meal. With the museum season coming to an end on September 5, successful events such as Viking Days give promise for another good year in 2017.
Leaves are beginning to change color, harvest has begun and, as is our lot in “The Great White North”, it seems that summer is nearing its end far too soon. The final community grass cutting work bee of the season is planned for Thursday, August 25, and it is understood that many of the regular volunteers will be busy in the fields so others who are available are encouraged to come out to cut and trim as it suits your schedule. Most will arrive after supper but if morning or afternoon fits your schedule better, feel free to help at your convenience.
Don and Carol Ostergard have returned from a camping holiday that took them to various places in west central Alberta – particularly Jasper National Park. Their vacation concluded with the annual Ostergard-Tymko campout at Gull Lake where all of Axel and Paula Ostergard’s descendants were able to enjoy a most pleasant weekend.
A youth group of five boys with two leaders made use of the park when they tented there last Friday. On Saturday they were joined by former Dalum boy, Kevin Craig, who supervised fire arms training and marksmanship at one of his boyhood haunts.
A group of Swedish tourists made a stop at Dalum last Friday as they began a Canadian vacation. Their agenda called for a trip to the mountains on the weekend but the tour leader felt that they should see the prairies first so that included a visit to the church at Dalum with a stop at the Olav and Rita Pallesen farm before experiencing supper at the Last Chance Sa- loon in Wayne. Their tour will take them all the way to Alaska, then down to Vancouver Island and across to Vancouver before heading home to Sweden where most of the group will return to daily life as dairy farmers and forestry workers.
Edith and Rick Suntjens are home from a one week vacation and family reunion at the home of a relative in Connecticut. Edith is from the Boston area where she visited with her sister who lives at Lowell which is about a half hour drive from the city and less than forty miles from Salisbury Beach, a beautiful, white sand beach on the Atlantic coast where they enjoyed a pleasant day. Besides two sisters and a brother, there were about thirty extended members of her family at the reunion with some coming from their homes in Nevada and Florida.
The Dalum and Hussar Lutheran Parish would like to extend an invitation to the community to join in the celebration of Pastor Dan Hendrickson’s 25th anniversary of his ordination. There will be a joint Hussar/Dalum church service at Dalum at 11:15 a.m. on September 25 with pot-luck lunch and a program to follow at 12:30. All are welcome to attend any part or all of the celebration. To commemorate this milestone the congregations would like to present Pastor Dan with funds toward the purchase of a new guitar to replace the one that broke earlier this year. Anyone wishing to contribute to this fund may contact Julie Eskeland at 823-5283.
Birthday greetings this week go to our son, Jason, to my brother, Douglas, to Amanda Peterson (n. Vogstad), and to a lady who many will remember from the family of Pastor Gordon Miller and his wife Herdis; their daughter, Rhonda, who is now a resident of Hawaii. The Millers served in Dalum from 1955 to 1961 and both Gordon and Herdis kept in touch with our community until their passing.
You may continue to call Gerald and Maryann Rasmussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to germar70@ magtech.ca.