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Midsummer in the Bay Area
06/19/2015 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Midsummer is Scandinavia’s most popular festival (along with Christmas)!
On the Friday closest to the actual summer solstice, school is out and nature has burst into life in the Nordic countries,
and the sun never seems to set at this time of year. In Sweden, there are a great number of traditional festivities going on.
This major holiday is usually celebrated in the heart of nature, as Swedes head out to the countryside to enjoy food, drink, games,
and of course dancing around the Maypole.
Although the sun might set a little earlier here, there are several celebrations of this wonderful holiday
and of Nordic culture here in the Bay Area!
The Consulate General of Sweden has compiled a list of Midsummer Celebrations this year.
NOTE – since midsummer is not a holiday in the US, most celebrations in the Bay Area are scheduled to Saturday, June 20th (Midsommardagen). Here are some examples of celebrations open to the public:
THE SWEDISH AMERICAN PATRIOTIC LEAGUE
(See more on June 20 in the Event Calender)
121st Midsummer celebration at Sveadal
Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Schedule of events:
10:00 am: Sveadal Opens, Swedish Boutiques, Pool Open until 4:00 pm
10:00 am: Maypole Decorating
10:00 am-3 pm: Sveadal Kaffe, Clubhouse Patio
11:30 am-4 pm: Midsummer Café (Basketball Court)
12:00 pm: Raising of the Maypole, Children’s Dances
1:00 pm and 3:00 pm: Walking Tour of Sveadal – meet at the Maypole
4:45 pm: Midsummer Prelude
5:00 pm: Midsummer Program and Dancing Around the Maypole
7:00 pm-8:00 pm: Dinner at the Clubhouse
(Only 200 tickets sold at the event, adults: $15 – Children 12&U: $10)
7:30 pm-1:30 pm: Dancing under the stars
Admission includes the use of the facilities and picnic areas. Admission does NOT include dinner and other food purchases. Parking is free, but limited. Please carpool. No ATM machines available, please, no pets. High fire danger – fires strictly prohibited!
Address: Sveadal, 8220 Croy Road, Morgan Hill, CA 95037.
Admission: Adults: $15, seniors (65+): $10, and children (6-12): $5
For tickets and more information:http://www.sveadal.org/SAPL/Midsummer.html
Contacts: Eve Nichelini 408-782 4631 or Astrid Olsson 415-407 0095.
SWEDISH CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO
Pot Luck Picnic Saturday, June 20 at 1 pm
Sveadal, Morgan Hill, 8220 Croy Road, Morgan Hill,CA 95037
RSVP: Sign Up with Lisa Stiles by Wednesday June 17th.
Phone: 650-344 8144. After June 17th, she can be reached on her cell at 650-483 2868.
We need to know what you will be bringing. Lisa has a list of what we traditionally have on our Midsummer Table if you need an idea.
LINNEA LODGE #504
Midsummer Festival June 20 at 11:00 am
Come join the Linnea Lodge #504 in their Midsummer Festival at the home of Thelma Jorgensen at 360 Hoff Road near Kenwood. The activities start at 11:00 am with the decorating of the Maypole followed by a traditional Swedish potluck lunch around noon time. Come hungry and ready to have a fun time!
Everyone please bring a main dish, or a salad, or a dessert along with your own plates, silverware and any special drink you may desire.
Address: At the home of Thelma Jorgensen, 360 Hoff Road near Kenwood
Admission: No cost
RSVP: Marilyn Halvorsen at 415-579 4505 by Tuesday, June 16 to determine how many persons to prepare for and if you would be able to help.
For more information about Midsummer celebrations, please visit:https://sweden.se/culture-traditions/midsummer/.