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Burt County Brass Quintet to Open Christmas Concert Series Sunday in Oakland


The Burt County Brass Quintet will open its Christmas concert series this Sunday in Oakland.  All are invited to the wonderfully warm, best in the area for brass, acoustics of the Swedish Heritage Center on Highway 77 in Oakland Sunday, December 4 at 6:30pm.
There members of the Burt County Brass Quintet, Gary Fugman and Jim Groth, trumpets, Lisa Mutzenberger, French horn, Matt Smoot, trombone and Viktor Sundleaf, tuba will perform a concert celebrating Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, with musical selections including “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “Most of the Twelve Days of Christmas”, and “Joy to the World”.  A fund raising dinner to support the Swedish Heritage Center will be held in the Center’s newly remodeled lower level prior to Sunday’s 6:30pm Christmas concert.
Future Burt County Brass Quintet Christmas concerts include Sunday, December 11 at 1pm at the John G. Neihardt Center in Bancroft and Sunday. December 11 at 5pm at the Lyons Library.  Both of these Christmas concerts will also feature the Bancroft Melody Chimers with the Quintet.  For more information about the Burt County Brass Quintet, please contact any Quintet member or call Pastor Gary Fugman at 349-1953.
Burt County Brass Quintet

Burt County Brass Quintet

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Del Peterson Of Oakland NE


Delbert “Del” Peterson, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Oakland Mercy Hospital in Oakland.

MEMORIAL SERVICE

Saturday, Dec. 10th
10:30 AM
First Evangelical Lutheran Church201 North Davis Avenue
Oakland, Nebraska 68045

Burial will be at a later date.

Memorials suggested to the Swedish Heritage Center.

Del Peterson

Del Peterson

Merlin W. “Curly” Nelson, 92, of Oakland NE


Merlin W. “Curly” Nelson was born to Gust William and Julia Augusta (Anderson) Nelson on January 1, 1924, in Oakland, Nebraska. He passed away with his family by his side on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Oakland Heights Nursing Home, at the age of 92 years.

Curly graduated from Oakland High School in May, 1942 and served in the Army from 1942 to 1946. He drove a tank in the Philippines during World War II. Upon discharge, Curly worked in his Dad’s grocery business. He also drove ambulance and worked with Palmquist Funeral Home. He fell in love with the nurse who was riding in the ambulance while he was driving patients to Omaha, Sara Jane Weaver, and they married on January 7, 1951. Two daughters were born to this union, Marilee Sue and Julie Ann.

His dream of building a grocery store became a reality in 1961. In 1989, his daughter, Julie, bought the business when Curly retired. In 2006, Curly and Julie celebrated their 100th anniversary of their family business with a year-long celebration.

In 2013, Curly was named Swedish King at the Oakland Swedish Festival. Curly was a member of First Covenant Church, now used as the Swedish Heritage Center. Upon its closing in 1985, he moved his membership to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Curly is survived by his daughters, Marilee (Jim) Groth and Julie (Terry) Johnson of Oakland. He has four grandchildren, Elisabeth (Chad) Linder and Dillon (Kelli) Johnson of Oakland, Tyler Groth of Lincoln, and Emilee Groth of Omaha. He has six great- grandchildren, Zoe, Mia and Gabi Linder and Ava, Landon and Scarlett Johnson of Oakland. His special friend, Arlene Carper of Oakland, has been his companion for over 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Sara Jane in 1986.

Memorial Visitation will be Mon., Nov. 14th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland. Family will be receiving friends during this time.

Memorial Service will be Tues., Nov. 15th at 10:30 a.m. at the Swedish Heritage Center. Burial is at the Oakland Cemetery with Military Honors.

Memorials suggested to the Swedish Heritage Center, P.O. Box 146, Oakland NE 68045.

Merlin "Curly" Nelson

Merlin “Curly” Nelson

Swedish Heritage Center to Host Humanities Speaker Daniel Draper


OAKLAND SWEDISH CENTER TO HOST NEBRASKA

HUMANITIES SPEAKER

“DANIEL FREEMAN, FIRST HOMESTEADER’

– Historical Re-enactor Darrel Draper will portray Daniel Freeman, America’s first

Homesteader,  in a unique “edu-taining” (educational  + entertaining) costumed program  at

2:30PM ,SATURDAY JUNE4TH at the  OaKIand SWEDISH HERITAGE CENTER ON US HWY

77  in OAKLAND,NE. The 45 minute prog ram is free and open  to the  public.

Daniel Freeman  (1826-‘1908) lived most  of his  life on the Western Frontier  of America.

As  a doctor,  Civil War Officer, coroner, and County Sheriff, Freeman had many unique

experiences while living  in America’s first homestead under the  1863 Homestead Act Draper

will describe  life as  a pioneer  and the changes that Nebraska  and America were going through

in the 19’Century in this  costun’red presentation that gives audience members insight into his

life, family,  and frontier  legacy.

Darrel Draper has been described  by audience members  as “an awesome and

absolutely wonderful performer” who  is able  to t.ansport listeners back  in time  to the era of  his

characters. His humorous delivery, sound research, knowledge of history,  and the use of

interactive audience part;cipation have delighted audiences aged I to 80  He is one of the

most requested speakers  in the Nebraska Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau Program, the

largest of  its type  in the nation.

Draper’s performance is sponsored  by the OAKLAND SWEDISH HERITAGE CENTER

and is made possible with help from a grant frorn the NEBRASM HUIVIANIIIES COUNCIL,

HUMANITIES.

 

Swedish Festival in Oakland this Weekend


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Santa Lucia Festival at Swedish Heritage Center


The Oakland-Craig 4th Grade students led by Teresa Rogers invite everyone to the Swedish Heritage Center tomorrow for the Santa Lucia Festival at 9:00 a.m. The students will perform traditional song and dance in costumes, followed by the crowning of the 2015 Santa Lucia.

 

Celebrate Christmas at the Swedish Heritage Center


The Swedish Heritage Center is hosting a Christmas celebration beginning at 4:00 p.m. today complete with food and music

Enjoy a cocktail while you browse the displays or shop all our new Swedish mugs,napkins candle holders etc. The Burt County  Brass plays at 5:00 p.m. followed by a children’s choir.

Then there will be beer, wine and Hors d’oeuvres.

Enjoy the beauty of the Swedish Heritage Center in the evening with all the Christmas decor.

No Artist of the Month in December


There will be no open house for the Artist of the Month in December at the Swedish Heritage Center, 301 N Charde Ave in Oakland. However, there will be other activities through the holiday season.

Contact Julie Johnson at 402-685-5652 for more information.

Burt County Brass Quintet Performs Tommorrow


The Burt County Brass Quintet has on it’s 2015 concert season the Decatur Trolley “Artplace” Station Dedication, Sunday, November 1 at 3pm, the Bancroft Neihardt Center Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 13 at 2pm, the Oakland Swedish Heritage Center Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 13 at 5pm and the Lyons Library Christmas Concert, Saturday, December 19 at 1pm.
For more information about the Burt County Brass Quintet, including booking the Quintet for events, visit on facebook “Burt County Brass Quintet” or call Rev. Gary Fugman at 402-349-1953.

Members are, left to right, Rev. Gary Fugman, Trumpet, Dr. Lisa Mutzenberger, French Horn, Jess Watson, Trombone, Jim Groth, Trumpet and Viktor Sundleaf, Tuba.  The Quintet welcomes Lisa to the 2015 ensemble and anticipates an even more creative year with the addition of her fine musical abilities. Photo courtesy of Gary Fugman.

Members are, left to right, Rev. Gary Fugman, Trumpet, Dr. Lisa Mutzenberger, French Horn, Jess Watson, Trombone, Jim Groth, Trumpet and Viktor Sundleaf, Tuba. The Quintet welcomes Lisa to the 2015 ensemble and anticipates an even more creative year with the addition of her fine musical abilities. Photo courtesy of Gary Fugman.

Haley Hanna Rousek is the November Artist of the Month


Haley Hanna Rousek is the featured Artist of the Month for November. Come see her works of art at the Swedish Heritage Center, 301 N Charde Ave in Oakland, November 1, 2015,11:00a.m-1:00p.m. A turkey dinner will be available for a free will offering. For more information, contact Julie Johnson at 402-685-5652. Haley’s biography is below:

While growing up in Oakland, art was ingrained in me. With an art

teacher and calligrapher for a mother, I had an innate habit of

doodling on anything and everything. I went to the University of

Nebraska-Lincoln where I graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and

emphasis in Graphic Design. While in college, I got my feet wet as a

graphic designer at Student Involvement Information Strategies and

have been working in design ever since.

Currently, I work for Flagship Restaurant Group as a Graphic Designer.

Flagship Restaurant Group is an Omaha-based national restaurant

company committed to delivering innovative food and exceptional dining

experiences. Its concepts include: Blue Sushi Sake Grill, Roja Mexican

Grill, Blatt Beer & Table, Plank Seafood Provisions, Amsterdam Falafel

& Kabob and Flagship Commons (coming late winter 2015). Flagship

Restaurant Group has concepts in five markets over three states

(Nebraska, Texas and Colorado). At Flagship Restaurant Group I am

responsible for design both inside and outside of our restaurants,

including promotional print materials, web graphics and interior art.

Oakland-Craig graduate, Haley Hanna Rousek, is the November Artist of the Month. An open house will be held in her honor at the Swedish Heritage Center in Oakland on Sunday, Nov. 1st beginning at 11:00 a.m. Many of her designs are featured in the photos here, courtesy of Julie Johnson.

Oakland-Craig graduate, Haley Hanna Rousek, is the November Artist of the Month. An open house will be held in her honor at the Swedish Heritage Center in Oakland on Sunday, Nov. 1st beginning at 11:00 a.m. Many of her designs are featured in the photos here, courtesy of Julie Johnson.

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