Celebrating Sweden Days 2016

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Sweden will celebrate its 203rd birthday Aug. 4-7 with a variety of family-friendly indoor and outdoor activities. All events are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

The Bennett Memorial Hike up Sabbattus Mountain, in honor of beloved Sweden resident Charlie Bennett, will take place on Thursday, Aug. 4. Anyone wishing to participate should meet at the Sweden Town Meeting Hall, 144 Bridgton Road (Route 93) in Sweden at 8 a.m. to carpool to the mountain trail. For more information, please call Lynn Hopkins at 301-526-6148.

Later and also at the Town Hall, the Keyes Pond Environmental Protection Association will hold its annual meeting and potluck supper at 6 p.m.

The annual town talent show is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, featuring performances and entertainment by Sweden’s most talented residents.

On Saturday, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m., meet local explorers Peter Samuelson and David Sears at the Sweden Town Hall and join them on a four-mile round trip walk along an old, disused town road to the abandoned Goshen Neighborhood. Come along and discover this little known part of Sweden and learn what happened to those who once lived there. In the evening of the same day, sit down for a pot luck supper at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Hall and stay on for a contra dance with live music by “Birds on a Wire” and live calling and teaching by Kathryn Lawson.

Summertime worship services will be held at the Sweden Community Church (across the road from the Town Hall on Route 93) at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7. For the final event of the Sweden Days celebration, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, local historian Janet Mahannah will lead a guided tour through the town’s Stevens Cemetery and explore the fascinating, often poignant, lives of those who are memorialized there. Meet at 2 p.m. at the Town Hall to drive/carpool over to the cemetery.

For more information on Sweden Days activities and other town events, go to www.SwedenHistoricalSociety.org or www.facebook.com/SwedenHistoricalSociety.

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