Dalesburg to host 130th celebration

Dalesburg to host 130th celebration Chuck Suchy, farmer, singer, songwriter and storyteller, will celebrate the farm life in performances at the 130th annual Dalesburg Lutheran Church Midsommar celebration Friday, June 25.

Suchy, a North Dakotan with a folksy style, will perform at both the 2 p.m. afternoon program and the 7 p.m. evening program.

The Dalesburg Community Band, drawn from musicians from throughout the area, will keep feet tapping with a lively performance during the 7 p.m. program outside on the north lawn.

Swedish specialties, including everyone's favorite � meatballs � will provide a feast for the palate at the annual Scandinavian Smorgasboard, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The festival wraps up at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 27, as three rural historically Swedish churches from the area � Dalesburg Lutheran, Dalesburg Baptist and Komstad Covenant � present worship services at Dalesburg Lutheran, featuring the Dalesburg Community Choir under the direction of Dorothy Strom.

The extravaganza gets underway at about 1 p.m. June 25 when the Dalesburg Luther League opens its food stand, featuring mouth-watering homemade pies and popular selections like taverns (similar to sloppy joes), hot dogs, nachos, chips, ice cream and pop. The stand closes at 10 p.m.

The 2 p.m. program will take place inside the air-conditioned church with a welcome in Swedish and English, Suchy's performance and group singing.

Outside, from 3 to 7 p.m., the crowd will enjoy a display of arts and crafts, eat a snack or relax and take a break as strolling accordionist Ed Carlson performs. A series of free rides will keep children entertained.

The Smorgasboard gets under way at 4:30 p.m., with staggered eating times until 6:30 p.m. Tickets � $7 for adults and $3 for ages 4 to 10 � may be purchased in advance (please send a check by June 16) or at the door.

At 7 p.m., visitors will gather on the north lawn and relax on their lawn chairs or on the grass (some seating available) for music aplenty: the Dalesburg Community Band, the musical group Heart Psalm and Chuck Suchy. Everyone's invited to join in for Scandinavian Folk and Ring Dances after the Raising of the Midsommar Pole.

For the more athletically inclined, the Midsommer ballgames � softball and volleyball � will gear up at 9:30 p.m. at the Ben Carlson Memorial Field just south of the church.

To buy smorgasboard tickets: mail your check or money order, payable to Dalesburg Midsommar, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope, by Wednesday, June 16, to: Dalesburg Midsommar, 30595 University Road, Vermillion, SD 57069.

Directions: Dalesburg Lutheran Church is located 12 miles north of Vermillion on University Road or 5 1/2 miles west of the Volin exit (Exit 38) on Interstate 29.

All Valkoman! You're all welcome!

Suchy puts thoughts to music

Farmer Chuck Suchy looks like a man of the land. He is lean and weathered by years in the sun. He is soft-spoken, blunt, but articulate about life on the land and the people. What makes him special is that he puts these thoughts into song.

Sometimes, this Mandan, ND, man sings about simple stories, like that of a girl who died so her siblings could survive, that can bring his audience to tears. Some songs, like his tribute to his father and a motorcycle, remind us that we can find our dreams in small doses. Mostly, his music keeps pace with life on the land, the cycles of spring and planting, sunny summers, fall and harvest, winter and hope.

The singer will perform his magic Friday, June 25, for the annual Midsommar festival at Dalesburg Lutheran Church, a small country church surrounded by the farmlands that are the source of Suchy's inspiration. Suchy will sing at the 2 p.m. afternoon program and at the 7 p.m. program at the rural Vermillion church.

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