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Community Education presents a Scandinavian winter fest

Folk musicians Paul Wilson and Mary Abendroth will entertain at a public Scandinavian winter fest on Wednesday, December 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. (Contributed photo)

Alexandria Community Education will celebrate winter with a public Scandinavian winter fest on Wednesday, December 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Grand Arbor Community Room in Alexandria. The cost is $20.

This event will include folk music, storytelling, lefse demonstrations and a light smorgasbord. Performers include folk musicians Paul Wilson and Mary Abendroth and professional storyteller Paulette Friday.

Wilson and Abendroth, a husband/wife team, are longtime performers from the Brainerd area. They are dedicated to exploring the folk arts and culture of their fore bearers, as Scandinavians and Scandinavian-Americans.

They've traveled across the U.S. and in Norway, Sweden and Finland performing their music. Traditional instruments they play include the two-row button accordion, fiddle, guitar and pump organ.

Friday has been sharing her oral stories throughout the area since she moved here from Arizona. She also teaches others in the storytelling traditions. She has some special folktales prepared.

Sandy Bessingpas will do lefse demonstrations and highlight skills needed to carry on a family tradition.

A light smorgasbord featuring Swedish meatballs, pickled fish, gravlax, lefse and rice pudding, as well as other favorites, will be included.

Register online at www.thatscommunityed.com or by calling (320) 762-3310.

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