Midsommar Fest celebration June 15

Staff Report

A highlight of the Swedish calendar is the Midsommar Fest celebration. This year, the Swedish Historical Society will be celebrating from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 15, on the beautiful grounds of the Erlander Home Museum, 404 S. Third St., a few blocks south and east of downtown Rockford in historic Haight Village.

Start the day enjoying Stockholm Inn’s famous Swedish pancakes, followed by other authentic foods — open-faced sandwiches, hot dogs (varmt korv) and more. End the afternoon with a dish of fresh strawberries and ice cream.

Special highlights are the dance around the maypole at noon. Young and old gather to participate in this tradition, led by Paul and Linda Muir and the Nordic Folk Dancers from Chicago.

A market featuring vendors and artists selling Swedish and American wares, Scandinavian antiques and collectibles at Mormor’s Attic, children’s activities and crafts and entertainment are offered throughout the day. Also try your hand at KUBB, a Viking yard game. Museum tours will be given several times during the day for a fee of $5.

Music will be provided by the Jodi Beach Trio, Bluegrass Reunion band and Ernie Sandquist.

Camp Sweden coming in July

The Swedish Historical Society of Rockford will once again offer all children between the ages of 6 and 12 the chance to attend Camp Sweden at the Erlander Home Museum, July 22-26 or July 29-Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Through a grant donation from the Swedish Council of America, the children will be able to learn about past and present Swedish customs, language and history, make and taste Swedish foods, experience hands-on art and craft activities, enjoy music and theater and participate on fun-filled field trips while making new friends and having fun.

Cost is $100 per child for non-members, $75 per child for members, and $50 for each additional sibling.

This year’s camp leader, Emeli Jansson, is a Swedish native living in Gothenburg. She is an enthusiastic, playful teacher who loves singing, dancing and theater.

Swedish Historical Society

The Swedish Historical Society of Rockford was established in 1938 by a group from Rockford after visiting the 300th anniversary of the arrival of Swedes in North America. This celebration was held in Delaware, where once there was a Swedish colony. The Society was formed Jan. 31, 1939, and incorporated in Illinois as a not-for-profit corporation Nov. 29, 1950.

The Swedish Historical Society is organized exclusively for historical, educational and charitable purposes. In harmony with this purpose is the operation of the Erlander Home Museum and the preservation of Swedish-American history and culture of Rockford through such activities as the conservation of artifacts, museum displays and educational programs.

For more information, call (815) 963-5559.

From the June 12-18, 2013, issue

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