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In Sweden and in New Sweden, summer is short (VERY short) and thus we celebrate in BIG ways. Midsommar marks the summer solstice, and is reason to celebrate, despite mosquitoes, black flies, thunder storms, bedtimes, etc. Each year here in New Sweden, Maine, we mark the longest day of the year with a gigantic festival. This year, Silas chose to join in. The New Sweden Little Folk decorated the Majstag (Maypole), raised it (with some help from family and friends), and welcomed the sun with traditional Swedish song and dance.

First, they decorated the Majstag (Maypole). Then, they raised it.

Then came the New Sweden Little Folk Dancers:

That might be my boy in there somewhere.  But no matter–look how much fun they’re having. Enjoy the light, friends!