- 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 Parks 99th
Annual Swedish Day Midsommar Festival, to be held
again this year, as it has for the past 98 years,
on Fathers 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
years 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 Childrens 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 Chicagos 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
Telephone: 847-845-2640. The park is easily
accessed by taxi or bicycle from the Geneva METRA train station.