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Midsommar Celebration 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Summer is short! So join the all-day festivities at ASI’s Midsommar Celebration when the season explodes into life at our annual, outdoor festival offering something fun for every age, from kids to grandparents. As in Sweden, families gather to make flower head wreaths, dance around the Midsommar pole and, singing lively traditional Swedish songs. The day’s entertainment theater troupe Impossible Salt, lessons in cow calling, and a “crazy cow” community art exhibition. There will be music a-plenty including performances by ASI’s performing clubs, a visit from the Swedish Vindonia female folk trio and a featured concert by world-class Swedish jazz musician Oskar Stenmark.

  • Learn what frogs say in Swedish! Join us as we raise the Midsommar pole, then dance and sing traditional Midsommar tunes.
  • Featured performances by Swedish/New York jazz musician Oskar Stenmark, the Vindonia female folk trio, plus ASI’s performing clubs including Spelmanslag, Cloudberries Choir and other local groups throughout the day
  • Make your own Midsommar Head Wreaths ($8 fee, cash only)
  • Roaming Pop-Up Theater from Impossible Salt
  • Fun festival food from FIKA including Strawberry Cake and other treats
  • A herd of crazy cow creations in the special community exhibit. Vote for your favorite! See below for details on participation
  • Get your Swede on! Join “Midsommar for Dummies” and other Nordic Know-How sessions
  • Learn how to Call the Cows in mini workshops with Peggy Larson, a Kulokk (Norwegian herding calls) expert
  • Festival style food and refreshments from FIKA plus a cash bar will be available throughout the day

Join the Festival 

Midsommar Celebration is included with museum admission.  

$10 adult, $7 ages 62+, $5 ages 6-18 and students with ID; free for ASI members.

Buy your tickets on the day of the event. No discounts or special museum passes accepted during festivals. Festival hours apply to FIKA Cafe and the Museum Store. 

Shopping – at the ASI Museum Store and Special Midsommar Pop-Up Shop

Friday, June 16, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. With vendors Larissa Loden, Polarn O. Pyret, and Maguba/ Båstad.  Parents coming for the Kids at the Castle event on Friday from 9-10 a.m. can shop before or after.

Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Vendors during the Midsommar Celebration:

  • Fjällrjäven, backpacks and clothing
  • Horredsmattan, plastic woven rugs/mats from Sweden
  • Larissa Loden, local handmade jewelry
  • Ann Lyons, handcrafted Swedish style rag rugs
  • Polarn O. Pyret, Swedish children’s clothing
  • Lisa Rydin-Erickson, graphic artist
  • Troentorp/Båstad, playful, sustainably handmade Swedish clogs
Cost: 
$10 adult, $7 ages 62+, $5 ages 6-18 and students with ID; free for ASI members.

Register

612-871-4907 - ASI members FREE! No special passes accepted.

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Tack (Thanks) to our Midsommar Sponsors

Performances

Performances are on the outdoor stage unless otherwise noted

10:00

  • DJingenting Curated Music 
  • Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble (Lobby)

10:30

  • ASI Cloudberries 

11:00

  • Svenskarnas Dag Girls Choir 
  • Fiddles on Fire (Lobby)

11:30

  • MIDSOMMAR POLE RAISING

Noon

  • ASI Spelmanslag 

12:15

  • Vasa Junior Folk Dancers (Larson Hall)

12:30

  • Ole Olssons Oldtime Orkestra 

1:00

  • Vindonia 

1:15

  • Twin Cities Swedish Folk Dancers (Larson Hall)

1:30

  • Announcements
  • MIDSOMMAR DANCING

2:00

  • Oskar Stenmark

3:00

  • Nyckelharpalag

3:30

  • MIDSOMMAR DANCING 

4:00

  • Open Eye Figure Theater

4:30

  • Vindonia

Nordic Know-How Sessions

Times and activities subject to change

10:30

Discover Sweden Bingo
Learn a Midsommar Dance from a Swede

11:00

Cow Calling Workshop
Family Story Time

11:45

Midsommar for Dummies Video

Noon

Learn a Midsommar dance from a Swede

12:30

Discover Sweden Bingo

1:00

Cow Calling Workshop
Family Story Time 

1:30

Midsommar for Dummies Video

2:30

Discover Sweden Bingo

3:00

Cow Calling Workshop
Family Story Time

3:30

Midsommar for Dummies Video 

All Day Activities

ASI Museum Store Open
Nordic Pop-up Shop
Family Handcraft Activity
Face Painting
Flower Head Wreath Making 
Gustavus Adolphus College Suite Open
Impossible Salt Pop-Up Performances (12:30-3:00)
Folk Craft Demonstrations from Natalie Norman, Swedish Embroidery, Alex Yerks, Woodcarving, Vevang MPLS, Woodcarving
Hej Let’s Play - a play space for families
Community Cow Creations 

Sound the Cow Bells!

Cows

Make a “Crazy Cow” for our community exhibition! In celebration of the Cows Can Dream exhibit and traditions of Nordic herding culture, submit your unique Cow Creations to be on display at the ASI Midsommar Celebration. Anyone is welcome to participate! 

  • Size: Submissions may not exceed 2-feet in any one direction.
  • Materials: Be creative! We encourage wild materials, please do not submit items that require refrigeration, or materials that will spoil or decompose.
  • Display: The cows will be displayed on a flat, table-like surface. Your creation must stand on its own without fasteners or adhesives. Creations will not be hung on the wall. Understand that your piece will be out in the open and accessible for viewing by the public. While it is unlikely, items may be touched or damaged while on display.
  • Identify: Full name, email, phone, and title of creation provided at time of drop-off. Your creation may be tagged or marked to ensure proper identification.
  • Timeframe: Submissions may be dropped off the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday before Midsommar during regular museum hours. Late entries not accepted. Pick-up creations between 4p-5p on Midsommar (June 17) or Sunday June 18 during open hours (12p-5p). Leftover entries will be recycled. 
  • Questions: If you have questions about the Crazy Cow Creation exhibition, please contact Britta Walstrom, Youth & Family Programs Coordinator via email at brittaw@asimn.org