The NWLA Cultural Center invites you to Nordic Midsommarfest! We will celebrate the summer solstice with joyful song and dance around the traditional Midsummer Pole (Maypole), and a variety of Nordic food and entertainment!
Preceding the festivities, there will be a Nordic cooking class, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, where participants will learn to make traditional Nordic food in a cozy and jovial setting. Space is limited and pre-registration required. Tuition for the class is $35.
The Midsommarfest itself will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. It kicks off with a welcome drink and the raising of the Midsummer Pole, which is the traditional center point of the midsummer celebration in Sweden. Participants will have an opportunity to make their own crown of flowers and greenery, and to join in the traditional song and dance around the Maypole.
Following the serpentine dance around the Maypole, guests can enjoy a magnificent Smorgasbord with traditional Nordic summer food such as pickled herring, meatballs, salmon and strawberries. The party continues after dinner, with a performance filled with music and dance by the NW Nordic Ladies Chorus and other Nordic artists.
You are guaranteed to feel as if you are right there in the long, light, and festive summer nights of the Nordic countries!
Admission to the Midsommarfest is $65. Seating is limited, and we recommend that you reserve early.
Lodging is available by reservation at the Cultural Center’s comfortable Guesthouse, which features in-room fireplaces and Jacuzzi baths on three acres of landscaped grounds, just minutes from downtown Langley.
During the two weeks prior to our Nordic Midsommarfest, we offer both historic and contemporary glimpses into life in the Nordic Countries for people of all ages, with two Fireside Chats at NWLA and a Story Time at the Langley Library.
A Viking Adventure
Wednesday June 3, 6:00 to 7:30pm
Langley resident Professor Jonathon Moses (PhD) will present a slide show from his adventurous journey across the Atlantic Ocean in a replica of an 11th century open Viking ship–retracing Leif Erikson’s expedition when he “discovered“ America. The expedition came close to an abrupt end half way across the Atlantic Ocean, when they were caught in a violent storm that almost sent the ship to the bottom of the ocean. Even the ship’s captain Ragnar Thorseth, who is an experienced adventurer and known as Norway’s last Viking, admitted that “it was a pretty hairy experience”.
Admission to the Fireside Chats is free, but we greatly appreciate a suggested donation of $5 per person.
Story Time at the Langley Library
June 10, 10:00-11:00am
NWLA caters to the young ones with a Nordic Story Time for preschoolers at the Langley Library. The children will get a taste of the amazing Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s world, where both Pippi Longstocking, Emil of Lonneberga, and the Six Children of Noisy Village resides, as well as traditional Nordic fairytales recorded by Hans Christian Andersen and Asbjornsen & Moe.