Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm is pleased to announce that Washington Island's Scandinavian Dancers will be participating in this year's "All Things Lavender Festival."
Many of Washington Island's earliest settlers came from Iceland, Norway and Denmark. Today, their descendants gather each summer during the first full weekend in August to celebrate the traditions, music and dance of their Scandinavian heritage. The very first festival originated during the Washington Island Centennial and was later revived by the Trinity Lutheran Church in 1948. Since that time the Scandinavian Festival has been an ongoing event each summer.
From year to year the number of participants varies. Previous festivals have included as many as 125 dancers. The group gathers one month prior to the festival to organize and practice the dance. The dancers have ranged in age from 3 - 83. Many are the third or fourth generation of their families to take part in this annual tradition. It is also quite common for other islanders and summer visitors to join in the dance as well.
The Scandinavian Festival is held outdoor in the evening hours against a backdrop of Cedars, Scandinavian flags and flowers. The dancers perform traditional folk dances to traditional folk music, resplendent in authentic folk costumes. The Scandinavian Festival is now sponsored by the Community Center Committee and the proceeds from this annual performance benefit a number of island activities. This year the Scandinavian Fest will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016.
The Scandinavian Dancers will give a total of four performances during the Lavender Festival. Join in the festivities while learning about the cultural legacy of Washington Island's Scandinavian community. The dancers will be accompanied on the fiddle, performed by Jennifer Graham Munao.
Performance times to be announced.