New Sweden Lutheran Church celebrates May with traditional Swedish dinner, maypole

Swedish meatballs, lingonberry jam and open-faced sandwiches are staples of Swedish culture and cuisine, and despite the thousands of Swedes who settled in Central Texas, it can be hard to find those foods outside IKEA these days.

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But on May 6, the communities of Carlson, Kimbro, Lund and Manda will gather at the New Sweden Lutheran Church in Manor for the New Sweden Heritage Center’s fourth annual Heritage Day May Fest.

The New Sweden Lutheran Church outside Manor will host a Swedish Heritage Day on May 6. Contributed by New Sweden Church

Starting at 3 p.m. Saturday at the church at 12809 New Sweden Church Road, descendants of the Swedes who settled the area, as well as Swedish ex-pats and others with an affinity for Scandinavian culture, will enjoy a maypole, silent auction and a traditional Swedish meal, followed by a program in the sanctuary at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the meal are $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 4 to 9, and you can buy them no later than Wednesday by calling the church office at 512-281-0056.


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