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Celebrating the solstice

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Scandinavians in Brookings dance around the maypole on the beach. Submitted photo
Midsummer is one of Scandinavia’s most popular cerebrations, right along with Christmas. 

It is one of the oldest traditions, originating about 1,500 years ago from pagan times. It is linked to the summer solstice and celebrated the defeat of darkness and power of the sun god. 

Midsummer was also a fertility festival with many customs and rituals associated with nature and with the hope for a good harvest during the coming fall/autumn. One of the many traditions that has evolved over the years is that unmarried young women would pick seven different flowers and place them under their pillows to see their future husband in a dream. 

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Rendezvous: Shooting for the past

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Roy Johnson draws a bead with his bow and arrow on a bear target.
SMITH RIVER – Walk past the RVs, up the redwood trail and toward the buckshots.

Once the clearing is reached, animal hide-capped men with rifles and women adorned in hide dresses await visitors at the 32nd annual Jed Smith Mountain Men Tall Trees Rendezvous.

Monday kicked off a week dedicated to shooting competitions, history lessons and living off the land for the self-proclaimed mountaineers.

“We are re-enacting history,” said John Clark, president of Jed Smith Mountain Men.

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Memorial ceremony a moving moment

 

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Bea and Robert Maxwell were welcomed by VFW Commander Jim Thebaut at Moving Wall ceremony.
It has been a massive undertaking, requiring hundreds of volunteer hours and more than $4,500 in donated funds, but all those who attended the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall Opening Ceremony Thurs., June 24, at the Port of Brookings Harbor, indicated grateful appreciation for the moving experience.

It all began last November with a suggestion from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 966 Commander Jim Thebaut and, like Topsy, it just grew, to include Brookings Lions Club, Elks Lodge 1934, Brookings Emblem Club 265, Daughters of the American Revolution Cape Sebastian chapter, and Christian Family Fellowship Church Choir, plus additional organizations and more than 100 individual volunteers.

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Gone fishing

GOLD BEACH – Fifty-five young anglers gathered Saturday to participate in the annual Libby Pond Fishing Derby.  

The event was sponsored by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) and hosted by the Curry Anadromous Fisherman (CAF) at Libby Pond, located eight miles up the north bank of the Rogue River.

This was the 22nd year of the Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon. The ODFW started the program in 1988, to give new anglers the opportunity to try the sport without buying a license and to encourage experienced anglers to teach a youngster to fish,” ODFW representatives said.

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Tango Porteño: bringing a new style of dance to the region

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Skylar Windham with Patricia Mateos, at Milonga Las Chirusas, in Rosario, Argentina.
Argentinian dancing has come to Brookings and dance enthusiasts are welcome to take weekly lessons at the Chetco Grange Community Center.

Tango Porteño is the newly found partnership between Skylar Windham, a young tango enthusiast, and Barbara Anne Bauer, a seasoned tanguera. The two strive to build an Argentine tango community on the Southern Oregon Coast.

“I started giving tango lessons in May this year, on the stone pavement in front of the Capella by the Sea in Azalea Park, and the response was overwhelming,” Windham said. 

By the end of May, he met Bauer, another tango addict with a desire to bring the dance to the people. The result of their meeting has been their teaching regular classes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday.

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