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Skandia Midsommarfest 2010

Skandia Midsommarfest 2010

Posing as a Scandinavian

My wife and I decided to have a picnic today at St. Edward State Park in Kirkland, Washington.  We had never visited this park and thought it might be a great place to have a picnic.  When we arrived, we were surprised to find that the Skandia 2010 Midsommarfest was in full swing!  We set up near the maypole ring in hopes that we might see the raising of the maple pole.  We did!  Along with lots of folk dancing and great Scandinavian live music.

In June 1959, the Seattle Skandia Folkdance Society inaugurated this event.  Founded by Gordon Ekvall Tracie, he aimed to re-create a traditional Scandinavian celebration of the summer solstice in as authentic a manner as possible, complete with the ancient pole-raising ceremony and outdoor dancing, as practiced in Sweden for centuries.


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About Chris Disdero

Occupation: Software Engineer; Favorite Languages: C++ C# Objective-C; Favorite Challenge: Connecting complex programs together so that elements of one UI interoperate within the other UI; Passions: Learning new things. Photography. Electronic Music. Astronomy. Model Railroad Miniatures, Designing web sites; Favorite Getaway: San Juan Island; Personal Motto: “No matter where you go, there you are.” View all posts by Chris Disdero

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