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  • Folo Watkins
    Micel Folcland will again be setting up an encampment at Swedish Day at Good Templar Park in Geneva, Illinois alongside the 1893 Viking Ship. It s a great show
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 11, 2010
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      Micel Folcland will again be setting up an
      encampment at Swedish Day at Good Templar Park in
      Geneva, Illinois alongside the 1893 Viking Ship.
      It's a great show with wonderful people. Even if
      you are disinterested in accurate historic
      presentations, the opportunities to see the
      wonderful ship and the Icelandic horses are
      wonderful! Today, they sent us the following

      99 years is an impressive achievement for any
      organization – especially when that organization
      has continuously sponsored an annual
      family-oriented festival of Swedish &
      Scandinavian culture for that entire time. Such
      is the proud heritage of Good Templar Park’s 99th
      Annual Swedish Day Midsommar Festival, to be held
      again this year, as it has for the past 98 years,
      on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20 at beautiful
      Good Templar Park in historic Geneva, IL.

      Featuring a popular array of events
      and performances that are enjoyed by
      festival-goers of all ages and ethnic
      backgrounds, the Natragillet Folk Dancers &
      Musicians from Bjasta, Sweden headline this
      year’s entertainment line-up along with the
      Nordic Dancers of Chicago. On their first U.S.
      tour, this internationally acclaimed Swedish
      group has been performing for 37 years, and has
      appeared all over Scandinavia and in Austria,
      Germany, and France. The Natragillet Folk Dancers
      & Musicians perform in traditional Swedish
      costumes, delighting audiences wherever they
      appear. Their performances at Good Templar Park mark their Chicago area debut.

      Other featured entertainment at the 99th Annual
      Swedish day Midsommar Festival includes the
      Swedish American Children’s Choir, Swedesong
      Girls Ensemble, soprano Marguerite Karl, Chicago
      Spelmanslag, and the best traditional Maypole
      raising and dancing in the Midwest – led by Dr.
      Paul Muhr and Linda Muhr and annually enjoyed by
      over 300 participants of all ages.

      Additional events during the day include the
      Viking encampment and the 1893 Norwegian Viking
      ship “Raven” – one of the most popular
      attractions at Chicago’s Columbian Exposition.
      Crowd favorites Solvari & Sindri return with
      their owner Cheryl Schinski. These beautiful
      Icelandic horses are descendants of horses that
      traveled to Iceland with the Viking pioneers in
      the 11th Century. They will be featured in
      several riding exhibitions during the day. In
      addition, the popular Swedish Cottage Walk will
      feature special tours of some of the 50 charming
      Swedish summer cottages, or stugas, on located on
      the grounds of the historic park.

      Besides non-stop entertainment, an
      authentic Swedish pancake breakfast begins at
      9:00 AM, and an authentic fried herring
      breakfast, as well as a Swedish meatball dinner
      begin at 10:00 AM and are served until they run
      out. “Sloppy yoes,” hamburgers, hotdogs, and
      Swedish almond tarts are also served. Plenty of
      Swedish coffee will be available at the Kaffe
      Stuga. Games for children will be ongoing, as
      will an arts & crafts fair, and Inez Tornblom
      will give festival goers an introductory Swedish lesson.

      A Midsommar tradition that is being
      revived for this 99th celebration, the
      Gammaldans, or old-time folk dancing, will be led
      by accordion favorite Ernie Sandquist, and will
      take place at 3:30 PM in the Small Pavilion.
      Everyone is invited to join the dancing, and free
      instruction will be provided by Paul & Linda Muir.

      The gates open at 9:00 AM, in time
      for breakfast, and a non-denominational worship
      service with Reverend Don Lindman presiding takes
      place at the mainstage at 10:00 AM. The festival
      takes place rain or shine! All of this and the
      same recession-buster entrance fee is still in
      place: $5.00 for adults, children 12 and under
      are free. Parking is free and people dressed in
      authentic Scandinavian costumes also will be admitted for free!

      The 99th Annual Scandinavian Midsommar Festival
      is located at historic Good Templar Park, 528
      East Side Drive in Geneva, IL 60134. For further
      information visit
      <http://www.swedishday.net/>www.swedishday.net or
      Telephone: 847-845-2640. The park is easily
      accessed by taxi or bicycle from the Geneva METRA train station.

      Cheers, Folo
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