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North Park Celebrates Midsummer

Maypole from North Park University's 2009 Midsummer Festival

Annual Midsummer Festival a success despite the weather

CHICAGO (July 1, 2009) – More than 150 people young and old enjoyed the celebration of the Scandinavian Midsummer festival on Saturday, June 20.

Due to the severe thunderstorms that drenched the Chicagoland area on Friday, the event was moved inside into Anderson Chapel. However, the change of venue did not dampen the spirits of those who came to sample the Swedish cuisine from neighborhood restaurant Tre Kroner; enjoy the entertainment from groups such as the Leikarringen Norwegian Folk Dancers of Chicago, the Swedish American Children’s Choir, and the Norland Band; or dance around the Maypole constructed by North Park professor Chad Erik Bergman and several students. The audience was also treated to an appearance by Pippi Longstocking, a favorite folk hero for many of the children attending the event. The University was honored to have Paul Anderson, honorary consul from the General Consulate of Norway, begin the afternoon with a greeting.

Midsummer Fest or "Midsommar" in Swedish celebrates the summer solstice and is sponsored by North Park’s Center for Scandinavian Studies. The center provides various academic and cultural events that help link members of the North Park community with Scandinavian roots to their heritage.