Musical styles for many tastes

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Lars Jenner of Bishop Hill carries the Maypole as a procession makes its way to the Colony School in Bishop Hill during Midsommar festivities in 2007. Midsommar returns to the village on Saturday.

Midsommar Music Festival will return Saturday, June 27 with a strong line-up of musical performers.

Highlights of this free all-day event include Main Stage performances, music workshops; open jamming, a Swedish Maypole celebration and an old-fashioned barn dance at the Colony School in the evening.

Main Stage performances in the village park gazebo will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Main Stage activities will finalize after the maypole is decorated with flowers and an invitation from the VASA Lodge #683 to join in the maypole procession. The procession will begin in the park and end at the Colony School, where visitors can join in the Maypole dancing and have refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

Several musicians will offer music workshops in which visitors can hone their musical skills, learn new tunes and ideas, or just listen and enjoy. Bring your instruments for some excellent free musical jamming sessions, located throughout Bishop Hill.

Visitors can pick up a program for more details at the information booth in the park.

Activities are free. Donations are welcome.

For more information, visit or, or call (309) 927-3345 or (309) 927-3899.

For more of this story, including a schedule of events, see the June 25 Galva News.