Gammelgården to host Midsommar Dag

Community Editor

This year, Midsommar Dag (midsummer day) at the Gammelgården Museum in Scandia is celebrated on June 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As in Sweden, the day includes making wreaths to put on the Majstång (Swedish version of a Maypole) and worn on the heads of women and young girls.

The celebration this year begins with a marketplace with blacksmiths, wood carvers, spinners, and weavers. The St. Paul Kubb Club Society will give a demonstration.

Children and adults can sing and dance around the Majstång at 1 p.m., and Pastor Hub Nelson will give an invocation. There is a smorgasbord at Elim Church from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for $12. Hot dogs, sweets, soda and coffee are available on the Gammelgården grounds. All the historic buildings will be open to visit and guides will be on hand to tell the stories of the early immigrants. The Swedish Genealogy Society of Minnesota will be available to answer questions.