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Midsummer Fest

May 28, 2011
The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The 2011 Marquette Scandinavian Midsummer Festival takes place Saturday, June 25 at Presque Isle Park in Marquette with a variety of music and dance, crafts and a marketplace, ethnic foods and children's activities and much more.


The opening ceremony begins the festivities at 11 a.m. The honored guests are introduced: This year, they are John and Pauline Kiltinen.

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11 a.m. - Opening Ceremony

11:30 a.m - Regional Scandinavian Costume Show

12:15 p.m. - Motala School of Music Chamber Orchestra (classical program)

1:15 p.m. - Kivajat Dancers

2 p.m. - The Little Finnish Singers

2:15 p.m. - Motala School of Music Folk Music Program

3:15 p.m. - Tanya Stanaway singing Finnish Folk Songs

3:45 p.m. - Motala School of Music Big Band program

4:45 p.m. - Marquette Folk Dancers

5:15 p.m. - White Water

6:45 p.m. - Bill White playing accordion music

7:30-8:30 p.m. - Public Dance, music by Ron Jarvinen and the Backwoods Boys

8:30-9:30 p.m. - Public Dance, music by Wil Kilpela and Friends

10 p.m. - Bonfire

11 p.m. - Park closes


Food and beverages can be purchased all day long from on-site vendors. Cardamom coffee bread ("pulla") and coffee will be available all day at the Midsummer Festival table.


Crafters will be demonstrating throughout the day, as well as selling their crafts. Many vendors of Scandinavian products, books, clothing and artwork will be on hand at the marketplace.


Children's activities abound at the Midsummer Festival, including games with prizes and hands-on projects making national flags, Swedish Dala horses, daisy chainsand flower crowns with ribbons in the back, all with adult supervision. Jeff Marlowe will be at the Festival in his clown suit, fashioning balloon animals for the children.


The closing ceremony around the traditional Scandinavian Midsummer bonfire takes place at 10 p.m. with words of farewell from the honored guests. The park then closes at 11 p.m.

The Marquette Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is open to all. There is no admission charge, and parking is free. For more information, call 906-226-6834.


The Marquette Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is under the umbrella of the Arts and Culture and Sister City Committees of the city of Marquette. The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, which began in 1999 under the leadership of founder Marty Eskelinen, is now organized by a faithful committee headed by co-chairs Bob Railey and Boli Soderberg, vice-chair Arnie Aho, secretary Edith Prosen, and treasurer Mike Hill. The group meets monthly beginning in the fall, and sponsors bake sales and dances to raise money for the event. New members are always welcome. Call 906-226-6834 to become a member of the Marquette Scandinavian Midsummer Committee.



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