It is difficult to describe the significance of Midsommar celebrations in Nordic culture, especially in Swedish culture, without using phrases like major holiday and important celebration. But those phrases have the connotations of frenzy, fatigue, and a certain relief when the day has passed. Midsommar is about savoring the sun and June breezes, and the company of friends and community. It is recognizing that this longest day of the year is to be enjoyed. The highlight of the day is the simple but powerful ceremony of decorating and raising the majstång, or maypole.
It’s a remarkable holiday and an ancient one. Fortunately, there are celebrations close to home and Ingebretsen’s is pleased to be part of the Midsommar celebration in Stockholm, Wisconsin. This Saturday, June 22 from 9 to 3, Stockholm will host a celebration complete with a majstång, some street musicians, crafters, and beautiful scenery. It’s a gentle celebration for all ages, with just enough people to make it exciting, but not enough to create a crowd. There are restaurants and the remarkable pie shop, and also plenty of picnic tables under shade trees. Stockholm is a compact village – its population is approximately 60-some people, so all events and stores are in easy walking distance of each other.
Swedish decorative painter Carol Bender, who is descended from the pioneering families in the area, will teach an introductory Swedish folk painting class on the Friday and Saturday of Midsommar. The class is sponsored by Ingebretsen’s and held at the Samla Rum, a craft classroom in town. There is still room for a couple more students. We’d be pleased to have you join us. The Saturday portion of the class will end in time for you to participate in the celebration.
Also, don’t miss Svenskarnas Dag (“Swedish Heritage Day”) in Minneapolis!
If you find yourself in the Twin Cities on Sunday, June 23, make your way to Minnehaha Park to celebrate Svenskarnas Dag. To make this year’s event even more significant, it marks the 80th anniversary of the celebration. Ingebretsen’s will be there to celebrate the occasion and we’d love it if you stopped by and said hi.
Glad Midsommar allihopa! (Happy Midsommar everyone!)