Sweden Väst

A Taste of Sweden at Sweden Väst

The corner of S. Fourth & State streets is transformed into a Swedish destination on June 22 (10 am – 5 pm) &June 23 (10 am – 3 pm).

Konst (Art)
Evonne Einoris brings her love of Rosemaling to Sweden Väst; items available for purchase.(Sat & Sun)

As a tribute to Ted Bowman, Dala Horse Carver, join his daughter Beth and granddaughter Jordan as they sell Ted’s beautiful Dala Horses and Jordan’s artwork. (Sat & Sun)

Mat (Food)
Good Templar Members - Take home yummy Swedish treats from Iverson's Bakery.(Sat & Sun)

Nöje (Amusement & Entertainment)
Meet a Svenskarnas Day Queen as she visits with kids of all ages. (hours vary).

Gather information, pick up some goodies and learn more about Vasa Park We have been in the community for 65 years and you will get a bookmark of all of our upcoming events. (Sat)

Authentically-dressed Viking living historians from the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition Viking Ship in Geneva will be present with their displays to discuss Viking clothing, tools, weapons, artwork and jewelry and ship models promoting appreciation of the Viking Ship. The ship itself, located in Good Templar Park, will be open for visitors on the weekend from 1-4 pm. (Sat & Sun).

Do you have Swedish Ancestry? The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center has helped thousands of Swedish Americans find information about their immigrant ancestors since 1981. Using our extensive resources, we have connected Americans with their ancestral home parishes in Sweden and even with living Swedish relatives. We can also be hired for Swedish-to-English translations. We publish Swedish American Genealogist—the only journal in the field of Swedish-American genealogy. Come by our booth to learn more!(Sat & Sun)

Gåvor (Gifts)
The GiftBox/Scandinavian Imports, located in Geneva, brings Swedish heritage to the Fox Valley with authentic Swedish gifts and food. (Sat & Sun)

Handmade Swedish items featuring Midsommar festival floral head wreaths made by Good Templar members will be available for purchase. While here, learn about Good Templar Park: the home of the Viking Ship, Midsommar Festival and Cottages in the Woods. Meet our SvenskarnasDag Queen, our Vikings, and enjoy children's activities Visit www.goodtemplarpark.org for more information.(Sat & Sun)

Swedish American Museum. will have Swedish gift items including t-shirts, books, kitchen items, linens and toys for sale. (Sat & Sun)

Superior Clogs will be selling handmade Swedish clogs by Troentorp.(Sat & Sun)

Scheduled Activities

Sat 10:00 am
The Maypole is a key component in Swedish Midsommar Celebrations. Learn the history and help in the raising of ours with assistance from the Swedish American Children’s Choir.

Sat 10:15 am
Appreciate Swedish Folk Dancing with Swedish American Children’s Choir. Audience participation encouraged.

Sat 11:30 am
Legend has it that Kubb dates back to the Swedish Viking Age, and was played with the skulls and femurs of their vanquished enemies. Rest assured, the game today is played with Kubbs(skulls) and Batons(femurs) made entirely of wood. The world championship for this lawn game is still played on the Swedish island of Gotland, and is quickly gaining popularity in the US. Please join us for a demonstration of this game.

Sat 12pm
Swedish Days stories with Geneva Public Library. Sponsored by Geneva Public Library.

Sat 1 pm
Join us for a game of Kubb

Sat 2 pm
Swedish Days stories with Geneva Public Library. Sponsored by Geneva Public Library.

Sat 3 pm
Swedish Folk will entertain with a great variety of old time Scandinavian folk and dance music performed on accordion, violin and guitar.

Sat 4 pm
Enjoy traditional Scandinavian dancing with Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago. Sponsored by The Gift Box/Scandinavian Imports in Geneva, Illinois.

Sun 11 am
The award-winning Swedish quintet Jaerv, present an extroverted, vigorous and heartfelt folk music with influences from both jazz and pop music.

Sun 12 pm
Chicago Spelmanslag Chicago area’s very own “home-town” Scandinavian Folk Band.