On June 21st a slightly different kind of celebration of the summer solstice took place about a mile south of Coupeville just off Jacobs Rd. Lodge members and their families & friends gathered together for a midsommarfest – surely the most popular festival in Scandinavia other than Christmas. A great occasion for Lodge members to celebrate their heritage as well as have a good time!
Lodge member Vern Olsen was there with his accordion and Pat McMonagle, well-known folk dance instructor in the Seattle area, was there to teach folks some new dances and join in with them on dances they already knew. Some folks played Kubb (a game claimed to date back to the Viking age) out on the lawn, others played horseshoes. All feasted on pølse med lompe accompanied by various side-dishes & desserts and all had a great time!
Highlights of the afternoon were the raising of the maistang (maypole) and a troll trail!
Members arrived a bit early to decorate the maistang, and the raising of the pole about 3pm marked the start of the festivities! (In other countries a maypole is usually raised on May 1st).
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The Troll Trail, featuring rock trolls imagined & created by member Cherie Iverson & a few other troll devotees, took folks around a beautiful loop trail in the forest adjacent to the Nordic Hall. It was a hit!