Dalesburg Lutheran plans Midsommar

Dalesburg Lutheran plans Midsommar What do Bj�rv, meatballs, folk dances and softball have in common? They are all part of the 135th Midsommar at Dalesburg.

The peaceful country church north of Vermillion plans an extra special family festival for the 135th celebration of Swedish heritage. Dalesburg Lutheran Church presents food, fun, fellowship and faith from 1 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 25.

Now's your chance to sing in Swedish and Norwegian (there are experts to help you along); dance traditional steps around the Midsommar pole; enjoy games; enjoy quality family entertainment; and visit with old friends and make new ones.

Oh, ya, don't forget the smorgasbord with savory homemade specialties like meatballs, potatis korv and fruit soup. Lefse is made and sold on site and homemade pie will whet your appetite at the Luther League stand.

Valkommen Till Midsommar!

Bj�rv, a noted traditional Swedish trio, headlines the event. The folk trio captures the soul of the Sweden of old with traditional and ancient melodies, innovative harmonies and rousing vocals.

Trained at the prestigious Eric Sahlstr�m Institute, Olof G�thlin, Ben Lagerberg-Teitelbaum and Mikael Grafstr�m are considered among the finest young Swedish folk musicians on guitar, fiddle and nyckelharpa, the national instrument of Sweden.

Midsommar begins at 1 p.m. Friday, June 25, at the historically Swedish church 12 miles north of Vermillion. The feasting, entertainment and friendship continue until late Friday night. The festival ends Sunday, June 27, with community worship at 9 a.m.

Friday events include a 2 p.m. program in the air-conditioned church; a 7 p.m. evening program on the shady north lawn of the church; and a Midsommar ballgame, beginning at around 9 p.m. at the ballfield south of the church. Bring a chair and insect repellant for the outdoors events.

The afternoon program begins at 2 p.m., featuring Bj�rv.

G�thlin, 22, born by the shores of Lake V�nern in the heart of Sweden, began playing violin by the age of 6. At age 16, G�thlin was accepted into Sundsta, the renowned performing arts high school in Karlstad, V�rmland. For three years he studied classical music, jazz and Swedish folkmusic.

Lagerberg-Teitelbaum, 21, was born and raised among the tall pines of the Colorado Rockies. After honing his musical skills on banjo, mandolin and fiddle, Lagerberg-Teitelbaum discovered an instrument perfectly attuned to his cultural soul: the nyckelharpa. Lagerberg-Teitelbaum was awarded the Eric Sahlstr�m nyckelharpa scholarship for the year 2000.�Drawn to the provinces of his Swedish ancestors, V�sterg�tland and V�rmland, Lagerberg-Teitelbaum learned to play in the V�rmland style.

Grafstr�m, 28, spent his childhood along the rocky coast of �ngermanland on the Baltic coast. Having studied with some of the best artists in the field, he is today considered among the finest folk guitarists in Sweden. Grafstr�m also plays the nyckelharpa as "just another way of pouring out my heart."

After the program there's time to chat, indoors or out; make new friends; enjoy informal musical entertainments; peruse area crafts; participate in children's activities; feast on the smorgasbord; or try a piece of homemade pie.

The homemade Scandinavian Smorgasbord gets under way from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and tickets, at $8 for adults and $4 for ages 4-10, may be purchased at the door. Sandwiches, snacks and homemade pie are sold at the Luther League stand from 1 p.m. to about 10 p.m.

The evening program at 7 p.m. spotlights The Brass Section of Merrill, IA, featuring four of the finest players from the area; The Beresford Area Quartet with exhilarating four-part harmony; another performance by Bj�rv; and the raising of the Midsommar Pole. Everyone has a chance to join in with traditional dances around the Midsommar Pole.

On Sunday, everyone is invited to join the congregations of the rural area's three historically Swedish churches � Dalesburg Lutheran, Dalesburg Baptist and Komstad Covenant � for a community worship at 9 a.m. on the north lawn of Dalesburg Lutheran. The Dalesburg Community Choir, directed by Dorothy Strom, will perform.

Dalesburg Lutheran Church, founded by Swedish settlers in 1868, sits in the midst of green lawns and peaceful farmlands at the intersection of University Road and the Volin Road (306th Street), 5.5 miles west of I-29 Exit 38, or 12 miles north of Vermillion (Highway 50) on University Road (Ratingen Street).

Midsommar is a mix of the old country and the new. The original festival is of Viking origin, celebrating the Summer Solstice. Midsommar came to South Dakota when Swedish immigrants from Dalarna Province founded Dalesburg Lutheran Church in 1868.

Midsommar at Dalesburg


* 1 to 10 p.m. � Luther League Food Stand.


* 2 p.m. � Afternoon program with Bj�rv.


* Afternoon�Lefse Factory, games, music, crafts, children's activities


* 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. � Scandinavian Smorgasbord.


* 7 p.m. � Evening program with The Brass Section of Merrill, IA; The Beresford Area Quartet; and Bj�rv, Scandinavian Ring Dances for all.


* 9 p.m. � Midsommar ball game

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