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						Lögberg-Heimskringla • Föstudagur 8. apríl 2005 • 5
New hall and new blood in Arborg
Evelyn K. Thorvaldson
Arborg, MB
A new community hall and
new youth choir brought a new
feeling to the annual Arborg
The new facility in Arborg
is most impressive. Nestled
comfortably on the west side
of the old community hall, it
is bigger and better in every
respect. Those attending were
greeted at the door by Lil-
lian Gudmundson and Garry
Oddleifson, who sat at a table
graced with a beautiful display
of fresh fiowers. The sold-out
event was attended by 210 peo-
Mistress of ceremonies for
the evening was Rebekka John-
son of Reykjavik, Manitoba.
Following the mealm which
included blóðmör, lifrarpylsa,
hangikjöt, vínarterta, the New
Iceland Youth Choir performed
their songs under the direction
of Rosalind Vigfusson. There
are only two members still re-
maining from Rosalind's pre-
Members of the New Iceland Youth choir enjoy the meal.
vious choir and some 12 new
voices have joined.
A live play with local per-
formers was very well received.
Based on Bréf Vestur Islend-
inga II by Böðvar Guðmunds-
son, the play focused on letters
between two sisters. One had
emigrated to Canada, while the
other remained in Iceland. The
Lou Howard and Judith Hoye discovered that they are cousins
at the Friends of Iceland þorrablót in Ottawa.
AU ages at Ottawa þorrablót
Lou Howard
Ottawa, ON
The Friends Of Iceland
(FOI), INL Ottawa Chapter,
held their annual þorrablót
Saturday evening March 19,
2005. Fifty members attended
— the youngest at two years
old,   and others through their
teens, thirties, fifties and some
in their eighties. The foods
brought included many typical
Icelandic dishes, and there was
a short program of poems in
Icelandic, memories of grow-
ing up Icelandic, and an an-
nouncement of the annual pic-
nic to be held in Perth, on June
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sisters were played by Benna
Martin and Wanda Anderson.
Tinna Grétarsdóttir was the
commentator, with a rich and
distinctive voice to capture the
players parts.
The Four D's struck up the
band, and the dancipg began on
the new shiny hardwood fioor
for the rest of the evening.
Old friends and good times in Utah
Ronald Thomas, Blaine Ashby and John Johnson, all of Ice-
landic descent at the annual þorrablót held by the Icelandic
Association of Utah. AH three attended Spanish Fork High
School together.
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