Archive for the ‘Midsommar’ Category

A Look Back at Midsommar 2005

June 20, 2013

Midsommar 2012 June 22, 23, 24

June 19, 2012
Midsommarstång (Midsummer pole) preparations at New Sweden, ME

Midsommarstång (Midsummer pole) preparations at New Sweden, ME

Midsommar is almost here! Here’s hoping that the weather will be practically perfect here in Maine Swedish Colony (after the past few years rainy events) and that the official start of summer will have folks  in a happy mood for the Fest.

The whole thing starts on Friday morning with the gathering of wild flowers up on Carlstrom Hill just north of Madawaska Lake. The view is incredible and it is an experience everyone should participate in at least once in a lifetime! Bring a pair of clippers or scissors to cut lupines. After the flower gathering, head back to the New Sweden museum grounds and pitch in to help put up the tents to get things ready for Saturday’s festivities. Helping hands are very needed and you will meet some new friends!

Friday evening features a supper and Swedish dance at the Stockholm American Legion. Proceeds support our veterans and you will have a great time with the very special Orust folk dancers and musicians who are making their second visit from Sweden.

There is a full day planned for Saturday. Head to the New Sweden museum grounds around 10 am Saturday and browse around. Make a hair wreath to wear out of  wildflowers (at the table near the Lindsten Stuga out in back of the museum) and then choose lupines from the buckets to pass to the Swedes who’ll tie them onto the big Midsommarstång (Midsummer Pole). Follow the Pole out to the front of the museum and see the little folk dancers perform. Perhaps have a homemade ice cream from the Lutherans and a red hotdog from Ralph Ostlund (nearly 90 and charming!) or coffee with a homemade sandwich and sweet under the shade of the birches. There are local crafts to browse, Swedish gifts in the restored one-room Capitol School, and the various musuem buildings to go inside, including a tour of the Ostlund log house and the blacksmith shop (down the road past Thomas Park.)

A brand-new Midsommar event is a Chicken Barbeque at the New Sweden School from 4-6 PM on Saturday evening for supper. Proceeds benefit programming for the local kids. There is also a Swedish supper with continuous seating put on by the folks at the Lutheran church in New Sweden with homemade dishes made by talented cooks.

Direct from Sweden, the Orust folk dancers and musicians perform throughout the weekend, including up at the New Sweden school Saturday night at 7 PM. [also performing: Friday evening 6 PM supper and Swedish dancing at the Stockholm American Legion; Saturday 11 AM Midsommarstång (Midsummer pole) and 1 PM Swedish dance lessons on the grounds of the New Sweden Museum, and 7 PM Swedish dance and lessons at the New Sweden School; and Sunday 1 PM at Thomas Park.]

Enjoy the Sunday afternoon program in the “music bowl” at Thomas Park (starts 12:45 with the arrival of the Midsommarstång) which includes the Orust folk dancers/musicians, the New Sweden Little Folk Dancers, and ends with the Långdans where all are invited to join hands to form a long chain to march around the park for the closing dance .

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There are lots of other events. Too many to list them all here! You can get your own schedule with a download of the pdf at

Midsommar is a wonderful family experience. Don’t forget your camera!

June 27, 1894 Midsummer report

May 7, 2011

From the Aroostook Republican newspaper report June 27, 1894 (as archived in the files of Charlotte Lenentine Melvin):

Sold cigars at the festival [Midsummer]. People from Caribou, Perham, Woodland, Westmanland, Frenchville, Fort Kent, and Fort Fairfield there.

June 20, 1894 Midsummer

April 25, 2011

Reported in the Aroostook Republican (from archived files of Charlotte Lenentine Melvin):

Midsummer’s eve to be celebrated in the grove. Jemtland Band to be there. Coffee, cakes, lemonade, ice cream–proceeds to Lutheran church.

1893 Midsummer at Madawaska Lake, Maine

April 24, 2011

June 21, 1893 Aroostook Republican newspaper report  (from the archived files of Charlotte Lenentine Melvin):

Midsummer’s day–24th as usual. Baptist Sunday School excursion to the Lake.

Midsummer’s 1892 in New Sweden

April 23, 2011

Noted in the local Caribou, Maine newspaper Aroostook Republican, June 29, 1892 (from the archived files of historian and researcher Charlotte Lenentine Melvin):

Midsummer’s Day was celebrated with Sunday School picnics by the churches in New Sweden in the “Grove.” Entertainment was provided.

Midsommar Memories at the Winter Solstice

December 15, 2010

Sometimes a bit of summer seems to be needed. As we approach the darkest and shortest day of the year, maybe remembering the sweet golden days of Midsommar would be nice for a few moments. Check out “The Places You Never Knew Existed. . . Midsommar in New Sweden.”

Be sure to view the photo gallery!

Midsommar blooma

Midsommar blooma

Stokdijk Farm & Greenhouse Open House

May 19, 2010

Here is another brand new family event for New Sweden’s Midsommar 2010! Support local agriculture!

Visit Stokdijk Farm & Greenhouse Open House, 478 Rista Road, New Sweden, Maine. The farm overlooks one of the most beautiful scenic views of the area. Stokdijks are offering a variety of annuals, hanging baskets, and vegetables in the Spring and a wide range of produce through the Summer and Fall.  Ask how you can get 10% off with their Community Supported Agriculture program. The open house is one day only, Friday June 18, 2010 from 8 am until 3 pm. Bring the family and enjoy this free event while supporting our local farmers.  FMI: Kimberly Stokdijk, 207-896-5757, email:

Check out the Stokdijk website.

See the full Midsommar calendar.

Sled Dog Kennel Tours

May 18, 2010

Here’s a great opportunity to visit a sled dog kennel during the 2010 Midsommar Festival!

Sled Dog Kennel Tours Heywood Kennel, 141 South Main Street, Stockholm, Maine is inviting visitors to tour their facility on Friday and Saturday, June 18 and 19, 2010 at 1 pm. Learn the history of Dog Sledding in Sweden. See a professional racing kennel set up. Lindy and Kevin will answer all questions about their racing and dog sled rides. The tour is free and open to the public. Bring the kids and enjoy a great family event. FMI: Lindy Howe, 207-896-3038, email:
Check out Heywood Kennel’s website.
See the full Midsommar schedule.

Swedish Genealogy Class

May 17, 2010

Lynn Johnson will be teaching a 2 hour class in basic and intermediate Swedish Genealogical Research on Friday June 18, 2010 at 3:30. Reservations are requested but not required. Topics to be covered will include: Finding your Family in Sweden, Researching the Swedish records, Common mistakes that may be keeping you from finding your family, and many more. The class is a fundraiser for New Sweden Historical Society and is part of New Sweden’s Midsommar Festival. Class is $12 to NSHS.  FMI: email Lynn:

See the full Midsommar schedule


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