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Dubois Church Women proudly present The Annual Swedish Smorgasbord

*(Dubois, Wyo.) -* *The Swedish Smorgasbord*—An all-you-can-eat buffet of traditional Scandinavian foods, including cabbage rolls, Swedish meatballs, pickled herring, coleslaw, hardtack, handcrafted mustards, fattigman, spritz cookies, and berry cream, will be held Saturday, June 18th starting at 5pm. During the Smorgasbord, guests will learn about the tie hack industry from local historian Steve Banks, including a tool display and a film made by the U.S. Forest Service of the last tie drive. Homemade desserts are raffled at each seating to add to the fun. The Swedish Smorgasbord is sponsored by the Dubois Church Women and held at the Headwaters Arts and Conference Center, 20 Stalnaker ST, Dubois. All profits will be donated to High Country Senior Center in Dubois. Tickets may be reserved for pick-up at the Headwaters by calling 307-455-2687 or purchased in advance at the Headwaters, the Dubois Chamber of Commerce, Water Wheel Gifts, and Taylor Creek Exxon. They will also be available at the door. For more information call 307-455-2313 or email stthomas.wy@gmail.com! - *Adults*: $15 - *Children ages 6-12*: $10 - *Children under 5:* Free A little history... *The Smorgasbord is based on the tie drive dinners, which were Dutch oven meals cooked while the tie hacks floated railroad ties from where they had been cut, down the Wind River, to Riverton. For two weeks of the drive, the tie hacks would share the abundant food with passing travelers, who began to look forward to the annual drive. Since most of the tie hacks were Swedish and Norwegian, the food served to the tie hacks was primarily Scandinavian. * *In 1948 Lydia Olson, wife of Wyoming Tie and Timber Company manager Martin Olson, wanted to donate money to help build St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church’s Community Room. With a few friends she set out a smorgasbord of traditional Scandinavian dishes based on the tie drive meals she used to cook. It was far more popular than expected, and they ran out of food.* *The next year Lydia turned the Smorgasbord over to St. Thomas’ Guild (women’s association), and she and 30 other women cooked three times the amount of each dish and still ran out of food. The event continued to be successful, with Guild members from St. Helen’s Episcopal Church in Crowheart joining the crew. St. Thomas’ Swedish Smorgasbord was last held in 1989.* *In 2004 the Dubois Museum Association revived the Smorgasbord for the 90th anniversary of Dubois’ incorporation. Grade school children served lemonade and coffee while dressed in Scandinavian costumes. Tables had flags from Scandinavian countries and photos from the tie hack era. The DMA Smorgasbord continued through 2013.* *In 2015, the Dubois Museum Association turned the Smorgasbord back over to St. Thomas’ Church, who invited the other Dubois churches to join together and use it as a fundraiser for a local nonprofit. Their 2015 beneficiary was the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, to help purchase their new fire engine. The women of the Dubois churches decided that they enjoyed having an opportunity to work together for a common goal, so they are continuing the Swedish Smorgasbord and inviting other local people to also participate.* *The 2016 Swedish Smorgasbord is supported in part by the Tourism Asset Development Program* *​*#sponsored #news #county10 #whatshappening