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Lithuanian picnic held in Rumford
RUMFORD -- At the turn of the 20th century, there was no work to be found in Europe. In Lithuania, a number of people decided to flee to the "Land of Opportunity" in America.
One of the large group came to Rumford as the mill was being constructed.
On Saturday, people of Lithuania descent gathered from all over the state for a Lithuanian picnic held in the lodge at Black Mountain.
Matt Kaubris, who was the master of ceremonies, said the 20 pople who form the Lithunanian Heritage Club worked for six months to put together the event. They include Barbara Arsenault, chairman, Julie Koris (on kitchen), Olga Richardson and Connie Cassidy.
He said there many photos shared and Lithuanian flags hung throughout the dining area as the large number of people lined up for the traditional Lithuanian meal, which included some 60 pounds of kielbasa, along with kugelis and beet soup.
There was also a Christmas tree with homemade Lithuanian decorations on display along with dolls in authentic clothing.
The Vareikis family, visiting from Lithuania, gave a presentation and answered questions about the old country. They also fielded questions people had about history and helped people to further understand their knowledge about Lithuania.
This is the second time this event was held. The first time was two years ago in Dixfield.
Kaubris said there are between 300 and 400 people in Rumford who are of Lithuanian descent.