87th Anniversary Midsummer Festival
June 24-26, 2016
Please join us for this year’s 87th annual Midsummer Festival where we come together for the summer solstice and the changing of the season. This festival is family friendly and very cooperatively centered. We work together to build friendships and a positive and lasting impact on one of the last remaining Coop Parks in the United State
Join us for Midsummer!
The 87th annual Midsummer Festival is June 24-26, 2016. This year’s theme is “Paradise is the Park.” Everyone is welcome! On Friday evening, after a BBQ supper, Charlie Ezell is the M.C. for an Open Stage Cabaret. This is an opportunity for Park members and others to showcase their unique talents — music, spoken word, humor, dance, you name it! Festive attire is encouraged. Following the Open Stage will be a raft fire on the lake and Lakeside Remembrances.
Saturday begins with breakfast, morning yoga in the yurt, and the “Mesaba Café,” a two-hour informal storytelling and music sharing, complete with refreshments. Lunch will be served at Noon in the dining hall.
At 1:30 p.m., a panel presentation and dialogue, “Leadership 2016: Who Speaks for You?” will be held in the Dance Hall. Panelists include Aaron Brown, radio personality and college instructor; Marshall Helmberger, editor of the award winning newspaper, The Timberjay, and Nevada Littlewolf, Virginia City Council member and activist. (See links below for speakers.) Special activities for children 5-12 years old will be offered throughout the day.
Terrence Smith’s Maypole Dance for all ages will enliven the crowd before the social hour on the pavilion breezeway. Dinner is a creation by chef Colleen Betts of Food Magic — a mouth watering menu featuring amazing Finnish dishes for vegetarians and omnivores alike.
Following dinner, Oscar Forsman kicks-off the all-ages traditional dance. Then the evening accelerates as “The Brass Messengers” take the stage. (www.brassmessengers.com) At 11:00 p.m, the Midsummer Juhannus bonfire will be lit.
Sunday events include breakfast, a poetry circle, the Park’s annual meeting, and mojakka (beef stew) cooked outdoors over an open fire. Admission is $15 (adult) for the weekend and includes free camping. Children under 13 enter for free. Meals are available at additional cost.
Aaron Brown: www.minnesotabrown.com
Marshall Helmberger: www.timberjay.com
Nevada Littlewolf: www.railconnects.org
Our Flyer, please share! Midsummer Flyer