Summer is here! Celebrate at Gammelgården

midsommar dag 2011 222In modern Sweden, Midsommar Dag is the most important holiday of the year.

The Majstång is decorated with greens and flowers, then raised in the center of town. Traditional Swedish music and dances celebrate the long days of summer.

This Saturday, June 22, you can be a part of this wonderful tradition at Gammelgården Museum’s Midsommar Dag Celebration in beautiful Scandia, Minnesota.

The museum opens at 10 a.m. Start with the Barn Anew! local artist exhibit located upstairs in the Valkhommen Hus.

There will also be booths representing the Swedish/American Geological Society, Concordia Language Villages and the Svea Club of the American Swedish Institute.

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Take in the nature walk organized by Designs of Sweden. Children’s games and activities will be led by Gammelgarden Junior Guides and the Girl Scouts.

The gazebo will have its annual array of Swedish-inspired treats, followed at 11 a.m. with the opening of the Swedish smorgasbord held across the street at Elim Church.  No reservations are necessary; smorgasbord tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children.

This year, folk dance expert Valorie Arrowsmith will give lessons on the lawn from noon until about 12:25, when she will gather the Junior Guides, musicians and dancers for the Majstång Parade.

Swedish folksinger Joel Karlsson, followed by the Svensgarnasdag Girls Choir from the American Swedish Institute, will perform.

Then everyone is invited to participate in the celebration of Midsommar Dag.  Hundreds of people join in the circle folk dances on the lawn of the museum.

This year five families (Ekegren, Holcombe, Moody, Magnuson and Nelson) will be celebrating their Scandia Valley Roots with Midsommar Dag reunions on the museum grounds.

The five historic buildings will be open for viewing, hosted by Gammelgarden tour guides and Junior Guide volunteers.

Entrance to the museum is free.