"How Swede It Is!" American Swedish Institute Mansion Closing FestivalApril 16, 2011 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Time: April 16, 2011 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The American Swedish Institute will be closing their mansion for renovations, but before they do they are holding a weekend long celebration.

On Saturday, April 16 ASI will be hosting a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. in order to kick off the construction of the Nelson Cultural Center. The festivities continue throughout the day with live dancing and music, including two Gustavus ensembles. There will also be a meatball recipe competition from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with short theatrical presentations about Swedish immigration throughout the day. There will also be opportunities to tour the mansion.

On Sunday, April 17 there will be two Sm??rg??sbords, one at noon and one at 5 p.m. Both meals will feature a performance by members of the Gustavus Choir. (Reservations must be made by Friday, April 15. Cost: $28)

For more information please see the ASI event webpage: http://www.americanswedishinst.org/ASI/Events.html

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