VERMILLION — Midsommar at Dalesburg marks its 150th summer solstice celebration on June 21. Singer/songwriter Chuck Suchy, balladeer of the Northern Plains, headlines the 150th celebration at Dalesburg Lutheran, a country church situated between Vermillion, Centerville and Beresford.
The sesquicentennial celebration begins at 2 p.m. Friday, June 21, with a free musical performance by Suchy in the air-conditioned church. He will perform again at the 7 p.m. program on the north lawn. Suchy is a true troubadour of the Great Plains. His folk-style songs tell of the joys and sorrows of life in this region. Suchy farms and ranches near Mandan, North Dakota, and has produced 6 albums and has been featured in a television special.
The Scandinavian Smorgasbord is offered from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The menu includes potatis korv, meatballs, salads, new potatoes and other Scandinavian treats. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 ($5 for children ages 8 and younger). The Church Youth Stand, featuring taverns, homemade pie and snacks, is open throughout the day, beginning at noon.
The free evening program (bring your lawn chairs or blanket and insect repellant) also includes
• USD’s Dakota Ragtime Trio, with old-time music with USD professor Dr. Darin Wadley on xylophone, plus musicians on sax and tuba.
• Raising of the flower-covered Midsommar Pole.
• Dancing around the Midsommar Pole. Everyone is invited to join in and learn some Scandinavian folk dancing.
During the afternoon, guests can learn about Scandinavian culture with demonstrations of lefse and krumkake by Dalesburg’s WELCA Country Store, rosemaling painting from Black Hills Rosemaling Association, hardanger embroidery with The Shanty Stitchers, and tatting by Bobbins & Pins Lacemakers. Photos and information on Swedish settlers in the area will be offered by Kristy Morris. Kids can even learn to try painting a Dala horse among other activities.
A variety of vendors will be on hand, including Blue Monarch jewelry and accessories, Four Winds Boat Shop and Woodcraft, The Shanty Stitchers with quilting and embroidery supplies, Irish Twins homemade soaps, and St. Mark’s Lutheran with Scandinavian flags and flower crowns.
The annual Swedish-themed celebration offers a day of food, fun, fellowship and faith in a countryside setting. Dalesburg Lutheran Church was founded by Swedish immigrants to South Dakota. The traditional Midsommar festival celebrates the summer solstice, and a gathering has been held at the church for 150 years.
Dalesburg marks the 150th celebration with a specially commissioned Midsommar artwork by acclaimed artist the Rev. Paul Oman, of Wisconsin. Prints can be ordered at the celebration.
Oman will be on hand as the celebration closes on Sunday, June 23, with a community worship service at Dalesburg Lutheran at 9 a.m. Oman will execute a painting at the worship service sponsored four area country churches — Dalesburg Lutheran Church, Dalesburg Baptist Church, Komstad Covenant Church and Brule Creek Lutheran Church.
Dalesburg Lutheran Church is located on University Road 12 miles north of Vermillion (which may be closed by heavy rains). Other routes include 8 miles south of Highway 46 on University Road; or take I-29 exit 42 (Alcester Wakonda) and go 5.5 miles west and 4 miles south.