May 2018 Newsletter

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Maine Nordmenn Maanedlig Nyheter

Monthly events and activities for May 2018Meeting location: Falmouth American Legion, 65 Depot Road, Falmouth, ME 04105


May 6, 4:30 PM: Bowling
4:30 – The bowling will be at Big 20, Rt 1 in Scarborough.  Bowling will start at 4:30, no reservations needed.  No food at bowling alley, but if anyone who is interested in going out to eat afterwards, we can figure something out.  There are plenty of restaurants in the area. Plan on $15-20 for 3 games of bowling.

May 8, 9 AM– Book Club, “317 Main” coffee shop in Yarmouth – Book of the Month, Jar City 

Jar City(Inspector Erlendur Series #1) by Arnaldur Indridason
A man is found murdered in his Reykjavik flat. There are no obvious clues apart from a cryptic note left on the body and a photograph of a young girl’s grave. Detective Erlendur is forced to use all the forensic resources available to find any leads at all. Delving into the dead man’s life he discovers that forty years ago he was accused of an appalling crime. Did his past come back to haunt him? Erlendur’s search leads him to Iceland’s Genetic Research Centre in order to find the disturbing answers to the mystery.

May 19, 11 AM – 2 PM– Syttende Mai Celebration (Norwegian Constitution Day), Maine Wildlife Park, 56 Game Farm Road, Gray

  • Maine Nordmenn members and guests who RSVPget reduced entrance fee: $3.50 each for ages 4 and up; RSVPto John Foss at johnefossjr@gmail.comor PO Box 22, Lisbon, ME 04250 by May 16
  • Events during hours of 11 AM – 2 PM:
    • Viking ship
    • Music
    • Craft sale
    • Bake sale
    • Children’s activity
    • Picnic
    • Parade
  • Bring a dish to share for noon koldtbord (buffet)
  • Bring a lawn chair, if you’d like
  • Wear your traditional Norwegian or Viking clothes
  • Interested members are asked to bring baked goods for the bake sale and/or crafts for the craft sale.
  • Wildlife Park open 9:30-4:30

Summer craft dates will be announced in the next newsletter.

  • If you do a craft that would be simple to share with the group, please let Cheryl know by contacting her at Thank you!

June 12 – Book Club, Jar Citymovie, location to be determined
June 30– Summer Picnic for members and their families, 11 am – 3 pm, Wells Harbor
Volunteers are needed the summer picnic.  Interested members, please contact John Foss at

To Elsie Maxwell for playing the accompaniment for the singing of the anthems at  Maine Nordmenn meetings.

The Clynk account number has changed in recent months.  If you have older tags on Clynk bags, please replace the tags with ones with the new account number.  To get new tags, contact John Foss at

As a reminder, recycling beverage containers through the Clynk program is an easy way to assist Maine Nordmenn in fundraising.

TUBFRIM– help children with disabilities
Tubfrim is an organization in Norway that resells cancelled stamps and donates the proceeds to help children with disabilities. Sons of Norway and Maine Nordmenn are proud to support Tubfrim in their work to support children in need.
In 1928 Ditlef Frantzen, postmaster of the small Norwegian town of Nesbyen, got the idea to collect and market canceled stamps as a way of raising funds for the Tuberculosis Association in Norway.
When Frantzen left Nesbyen in 1943, he donated his stamp collecting institution to the Norwegian Health Service. Since tuberculosis is no longer the threat to health that it once was, today disabled and needy children receive the proceeds from the resale of the stamps. Last year Tubfrim made a profit of 520,000 Kroner (that’s almost $80,000).

You can help:  To help Tubfrim do its work, simply clip canceled stamps from envelopes, leaving at least a quarter of an inch around the edge. Bring your clipped stamps to a Maine Nordmenn meeting.  Carolyn Browne is the chair of this project and will see that the stamps are forwarded to SON.

Happy Mother’s Day

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