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    Until 1 SeptemberGimli, MB: New Iceland Heritage Museum: Through the Eye of the Needle,The Quilt Art of Heather Lair, a Read More
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    Saturday 7 SeptemberChicago, IL: Save the Date: The 9th Greater Chicago Icelandic Open – at 12:00 p.m. Registration for The Icelandic Read More
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    TuesdaysWinnipeg, MB: The Icelandic Canadian Frón is offering Icelandic language classes at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre, 764 Erin St. Registration Read More
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Frida Icelandic Riding Club Spring Show

Photo: Rich Moore Author: Rich Moore, Frida Icelandic Riding Club


The Frida Icelandic Riding Club (FIRC) held its third annual USIHC sanctioned show on May 17 and 18, 2014 at the Fairfax County Equestrian Center at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herdon, Virginia. It is a great venue for a show, with two large outdoor arenas, a spacious indoor arena, and a food stand next to the arena. The show was held in the indoor arena. New horse barns big enough for 150 horses are next to the indoor arena. The park has many attractions for families with children so there are always a lot people about. Many were attracted to the horses, visited the show, and walked through the barn. At one point there were more than 100 spectators.
This year, 21 horses were entered in the 31 classes that were offered. Some riders rode multiple horses in different classes so there were 27 rider-horse combinations. Will Covert from California was the judge, and Susan McPhatter of Virginia was the scribe. Martin Nielsen from Kentucky was the announcer. Riders came mostly from the local states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia but also from Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Visitors from Maine also attended.

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Festivals by the numbers

Photo: Doris Benson Author: Assembled by Joan Eyolfson Cadham, with help


The numbers tell the story. Three communities, three festivals, same weekend, in each location dedicated volunteers ensuring that everything runs smoothly.
Mountain, ND, the Deuce of August is first, on Saturday, with the parade and vendors, food, and the formal program. Hecla’s parade runs on Sunday, and on Monday, it’s the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba’s turn, in Gimli, with the parade and formal program.
Mountain has a permanent population of 90. About 8,000 people turn up in Mountain between Thursday afternoon and Sunday. The organizing, the host and hostessing and the behind-the-scenes work is accomplished by 60 volunteers, 20 who work year around and 40 additional during the weekend.
Hecla goes next, on Sunday. Hecla Island is, to be exact, 6.5 kilometres wide and 26.5 kilometres long, or approximately 1084 square kilometres, all surrounded by Lake Winnipeg. There are over 100 cottages/homes on the island but not many permanent residents. During the summer, it could be up to 300-500 as well as people at the Provincial campground and the staff at the Hotel. Twenty or so stay to brave out the winter. The parade – all home-made entries – began 16 years ago. How many people come out to see it? No actual numbers, but the entire parade route is packed with vehicles and people, and there appears to be no end to the number of people walking, dancing or riding the route.

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Snorri West participants come to Halifax: The diary of a host

Photo: Ásta Sól Kristjánsdóttir Author: J. Marshall Burgess QC, Halifax, NS


1. Snorri Program
Snorri was the first European child born in America. His parents were Vikings from Iceland. The Icelandic National League of North America (INL of NA) for years has run a program to bring young Icelanders to North America (Snorri West Program) and Canadians/Americans of Icelandic descent to Iceland (Snorri East Program).
2. Snorri West Participants In 2014
Signý Æsa Káradóttir (19); Anna Guðrún Ragnarsdóttir (20), Hilmár Páll Hannesson (20) and Kristján Sævald Pétursson (27), were selected to come to America in June/July 2014 for one month. They visited Washington DC, Ottawa, Toronto (Muskoka/Kinmount) and L’Anse Aux Meadows in Newfoundland. The “kids” loved it there. They got to play the role of Vikings. They got to taste moose meat.
3. Halifax Visit

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