UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Celebrating midsummer traditions at Scandinavian Club

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Celebrating midsummer traditions at Scandinavian Club

PINE CREEK-With flowers adorning their hair and accordion music in the air, members and friends of the Scandinavian Club on Saturday celebrated their traditional Midsummer Festival.
At its heart, the midsummer event featured the decoration of a maypole and dancing to the accompaniment of accordion music played by Wivan Sundman. Celebrants at the club's South Pine Creek headquarters also enjoyed grilled food, cold drinks and a tag sale.
Wivan Sundman, the mother of club President Eric Gunnar Sundman, said, "This annual celebration marks the midsummer period in Sweden when the sun is above the horizon constantly from May 15 to July 15 ... During that time, Swedes pull down dark shades in their homes when it is time to sleep."
Customs of the observance, she said, include "pick seven different flowers and put them under your pillow, and when you go to sleep, you dream about your loved one.
"We also dance around a maypole in traditional clothing and sing many traditional songs," she added. "For food, we serve strawberries and cakes made with strawberries, small potatoes and a smorgasbord of cheese, meats and crackers."
The club matriarch believes "it is important to preserve traditions, especially amongst America-born Swedes, particularly children." READ MORE/PHOTOS:

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