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Contact: Ryan Koepke, 219-395-1882
Celebrate summer on Saturday, June 20 with a traditional Midsummer Celebration from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and a Summer Solstice Evening Concert from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm.
Take part in an afternoon of traditional dance, children’s activities and other summer fun as you learn how the area’s Swedish immigrants celebrated Midsummer, the longest day of the year. A highlight of the event is the raising of a newly decorated Maypole at 1:15 p.m. You can even bring flowers from home and help in the age-old custom of decorating the Maypole. Enjoy colorfully-costumed performances by a local children's dance group, Nordikids, and the Indianapolis group Dans Norden as they perform traditional favorites. Guest speaker Kenneth Schoon, author of the book “Dreams of Duneland”, will share some stories on local history.
Enjoy the end of the longest day of the year with a Summer Solstice Evening Concert at Chellberg Farm from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This outdoor concert features the band Trillium who performs an energetic array of traditional American music including, folk, ragtime, and bluegrass. Be sure to bring a blanket or chair and possibly a picnic for your family and friends. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit or contact our information desk at 219- 395-1882.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.