LANDGROVE - The Nordic Harmoni Chorus is sponsoring a Swedish Midsommar Fest at the Inn View Center for the Arts at the Landgrove Inn in Landgrove on Sunday, June 22. The activities start at 3 p.m. and include making the traditional flower wreaths, decorating the maypole, and the parade. The public is invited to bring any national flags on a pole if possible.

There will be music, dancing around the maypole and singing by Nordic Harmoni. There will be an assortment of Scandinavian appetizers and The Landgrove Inn will provide a cash bar. There will be crafts and baked goods available.

A free-will offering will help defray the music expenses.

For more information, call Carol and Vin Johnson at 824-6419 or

Midsommar (Midsummer) or the summer solstice is the occasion of much festivity in Sweden. On the morning of Midsommar, Swedes decorate their homes, cars, churches, and dancing pavilions with garlands of flowers and birch branches. Then, in the afternoon, they gather round the maypole. Practically every town and village, however small, has a maypole (a tall cross clad with leaves and flowers). The pole is raised in the mid-afternoon in the center of the village square or park. Once the pole is raised, the dance begins. First in a ring around the pole, then later in the evening a dance is help in someplace like a barn, a jetty or outdoor pavilion.