Estes Park Scandinavian Midsummer Festival June 28-29
Estes Park is gearing up to celebrate their annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, which will take place Saturday June 28 and Sunday June 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. It is being held downtown at Bond Park, located at the intersection of E. Elkhorn (Rt. 36) and MacGregor.
Scandinavian Midsummer is a colorful festive event of light, flowers, food, music, and dance, which has its roots in the celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Midsummer festivities center around the Maypole, a 20 foot tall pole decorated with live flowers and ribbons. Dancers and musicians encircle the pole with lively music and dancing. In Scandinavia, the revelry continues well into the sunny night.
The festivities begin around 9:30 a.m. Saturday with the raising of the Maypole, followed at 10 a.m. by a Grand March entrance. Costumed representatives from each of the Scandinavian countries enter the park, carrying the flag of their country, and are accompanied by the national anthem of that country played by Ron Tomocik on accordion. Dancing and live music continue throughout the day. There are colorful dance performances by the Norwegian Society of Texas Leikarringen, the Lindsborg Swedish Folkdanslag, and the Boulder Scandinavian Dancers. Music for open dancing is provided on Saturday by a new group, Carnelian, and by the Boulder Spelemannslag on Sunday. Attendees have the opportunity to learn some simple Scandinavian dances with the performers, and may choose to dance around the maypole or on the wooden dance floor during the open dancing.
The Fjellborg Viking Re-enactors are coming back with their recreated tent village, and museum quality reproductions of chests, tools, carvings, weapons and armor. They will be demonstrating various Viking craft and combat skills.
At 10 a.m. Sunday morning there will be a short church service at the park, with musical accompaniment by several of the festival performers, followed immediately by more music and dancing.
The park is filled with vendors selling Scandinavian food, baked goods, decorations, and crafts of all kinds. The Vesterheim Lodge booth will have demonstrations in wood-carving, hardangar and bondesom embroidery, spinning, and a time to teach knitting. There will be Rosemaling and Dalamaling painters who will be showing their woodenwares. Rosemaling is the traditional folk painting of Norway, and Dalamaling of Sweden. Finish folk painting can be seen at the Finlandia booth.
There is an opportunity to win two Icelandair tickets abroad at the raffle tent, and items donated by local merchants and vendors are auctioned off at the silent auction booth.
For more information, visit www.estesmidsummer.com.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, June 28th
9:30-Raising of the Midsummer Maypole
11:30-M & M Dancers
11:45 -Texas Leikarringen
2:00-M & M Dancers
Sunday, June 29th
11:30-Boulder Scandinavian Dancers
2:15-Boulder Scandinavian Dancers