Come one, come all to the Icelandic picnic
By Jan Hrutfiord
The Blaine city council has declared July 30, as Icelandic Heritage Day. On this date, the Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society is renewing the annual Icelandic picnic at Peace Arch Park on Saturday, July 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. Bring your family picnic lunch, there will be desserts and coffee or cold drinks provided. There will be games for the children from 2:30 to 3:30. We welcome all who wish to join us on this festive occasion.
Local sculptor Bob McDermott will have a slide presentation on the bronze statue he is making for the Blaine boardwalk which will represent three Icelandic figures looking out to sea. The small copy of the statue will also be there to see.
Many of the early Blaine settlers were of Icelandic heritage and came here to start a new life where there was opportunity to build a business, raise a family, get an education and provide a better lifestyle for their children. Many of the descendants of those early settlers still live in Blaine and surrounding vicinity, and are invited to join the Icelandic Heritage Society at the Peace Arch picnic.
The morning of July 30, Icelandic flags will be placed on the graves of those identified as Icelanders in the Blaine and Hillsdale cemeteries. If you didn’t get a chance to see the many flags in our cemeteries last year, it is an impressive sight to see just how many Icelanders are represented in our community’s history. If your Icelandic ancestor was not identified with an Icelandic flag, let us know.