Swedish Weekend

Välkommen till 2021 Fall Swedish Weekend!
October 22-24

Don’t miss your chance to register for Fall Swedish Weekend! See the registration deadlines below. 

Swedish Cooking Class: Register by October 22 at 4:30pm
In-Person Day: Registration Closed
Evening Concert & Party Live-Stream: Register by October 23 at 12:00pm
2/4 Music & Dance Workshop: Register by October 24 at 9:30am
3/4 Music & Dance Workshop: Register by October 24 at 1:30pm

We received a lot of valuable feedback on our plans for 2021 Fall Swedish Weekend, and we’ve made some changes to be more inclusive to our whole community. We are now offering Fall Swedish Weekend as a hybrid event with a mixture of online and in-person activities. We hope this structure features something for everyone!

Featuring in-person guest staff: Paul & Marikay Dahlin and friends, and Becky Weis, and Earl and DoAnn Holzman.
And featuring online guest staff: Roo LesterChar BostromJ. Miller, and Earl Holzman

We’ll kick off the weekend on October 22nd with virtual activities, including a cooking class with J. Miller and a community social and welcome. Saturday, October 23rd will feature in-person music workshops at Folklore Village, a concert, and an evening party with dancing. The concert and evening party will be hosted at Folklore Village and live-streamed for those who cannot attend in-person. We’ll wrap up the weekend with virtual music and dance classes led by Roo Lester and Char Bostrom on Sunday, October 24th. 

We hope you are able to join us, virtually or in-person or both, for a great Fall Swedish Weekend!


All events are ticketed and priced separately. Click the links in the event descriptions below to register for the events that interest you! Those who register for virtual events will receive the Zoom links and access instructions to their email, so be sure to provide the email address at which you want to receive these. 

Friday, October 22nd 

Swedish Cooking Class with J. Miller
5:00 – 6:00 pm, Central Time

Online, via Zoom
Join J. Miller of RedBarn Catering for an online workshop on Swedish cooking. Kick off the weekend by learning to make a Swedish recipe from the comfort of your own home! This hearty meal of Ärtsoppa (yellow pea soup) and Gubböra (egg salad with sprats) is perfect for fall.

Register by October 22 at 4:30pm

Community Social Hour and Welcome to the Weekend
7:00 – 9:00 pm, Central Time
Online, via Zoom
See familiar faces and new ones at this virtual evening gathering. The gathering will feature an overview of the weekend, a presentation by Earl Holzman on the development of the nyckelharpa, a look at the evolution of this cherished weekend, and a chance to share fond memories and socialize with this wonderful community.

Schedule (please note that times are approximate)
7:00 – 7:20pm Welcome and Staff Introductions
7:20-8:05: “The History and Development of the Nyckelharpa” presentation by Early Holzman
8:05-8:20: A look at the evolution of Fall Swedish Weekend with Becky Rehl
8:20-9:00: Time to reflect on the presentations and socialize

*Everyone who registers for any of the 2021 Fall Swedish Weekend activities will receive the Zoom link and access information for this social hour at no cost. (This social hour is only open to those who participate in at least one other 2021 Fall Swedish Weekend session). 

Saturday, October 23rd

In-Person Fall Swedish Day
All day (Click here to see the schedule)
Folklore Village
$120 for full day; $75 for workshops and lunch; $45 for evening events
Get the Fall Swedish experience in a single day: music workshops, an evening concert and dance party, and delicious Swedish food catered by RedBarn Catering. In-person participants can select to attend the morning workshops, lunch, and afternoon workshops; the dinner, concert, and evening party; or both. 

Please see the In-Person Participation section (below) for registration instructions and health and safety protocols.

Registration Closed 

Concert and Evening Party Live-Stream
Starting at 7:45 pm, Central Time
Online, via Zoom
The concert and the evening party following (held at Folklore Village) will also be live-streamed so that those of you at home can listen and dance along. Just as when we are in-person, we don’t know how late the evening will go.
Register by October 23 at 12:00pm

Sunday, October 24th

2/4 Music & Dance Online Workshop
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Central Time
Online, via Zoom
Have you ever thought: “I want to dance, but I don’t know what to dance to this music. What do I do?” Join Roo Lester and Char Bostrom for a workshop on 2/4 Swedish music and dance, for a greater appreciation of duple meter rhythms and dances. 2/4: Putting dance and music together. Learn a dance and how to dance it to music; learn a tune and how to play it for dance.
Register by October 24 at 9:30am 

3/4 Music & Dance Online Workshop
2:00 – 4:00 pm, Central Time
Online, via Zoom
But what about polskas and hambos? In this workshop explore 3/4 Swedish music and dance: Putting dance and music together. Learn a dance and how to dance it to music; learn a tune and how to play it for dance. Join Roo Lester and Char Bostrom for a workshop on 3/4 Swedish music and dance, for a greater appreciation of triple meter rhythms and dances.
Register by October 24 at 1:30pm


Click here for a detailed schedule of the weekend

Like life, this schedule is subject to change. 

In-Person Participation

In order to prioritize the health and safety of all staff and participants, proof of vaccination is required to attend any in-person events at Fall Swedish Weekend 2021. In-person participants will be required to provide proof of vaccination while registering for in-person events. Please read the health and safety information below and see our expectations for individuals visiting our campus for Fall Swedish Weekend.

Folklore Village is currently under a mask mandate. We require everyone to wear a mask when inside any Folklore Village building, except when eating or drinking.

If you feel unwell, please do not attend in-person Fall Swedish events and instead contact Folklore Village at programs@folklorevillage.org or (608) 924-4000.

Click here to register for In-Person Events

We are trialing our new online registration portal for in-person events! Please click the link above to access the registration form. Follow the form’s prompts to register, add additional participants, submit proof of vaccination, and select a payment method. 

As part of the registration process for in-person events, you will be asked to complete a waiver acknowledging you are aware of the risks associated with attending in-person programming. You will also be asked to upload proof of vaccination. You may upload jpeg/jpg, docx, and pdf files. Each person you register must complete a waiver and supply proof of vaccination.

Please note that you will not be considered fully registered for in-person events until we have received your registration form, your signed waiver, proof of vaccination, and full payment.

Virtual Participation

Please register for virtual events by clicking the links above. After you have registered, you will receive the Zoom link and access information to the email you supply during check-out. If you are new to Zoom, please visit our webpage on accessing Zoom events for helpful tips.

Artistic Staff 

This year marks 46 years since Edwin Johnson and his family first came to Folklore VillageWe are so excited to be back in-person this year! We hope you will join us for this hybrid weekend with workshops, parties, and activities lead by Paul & Marikay Dahlin, Roo Lester, Becky Weis, Char Bostrom, Earl & DoAnn Holzman, and other friends!

Paul Dahlin and his late mother Nancy performing together in the 1970s.

Paul Dahlin
For the past 45 years, Paul has been sharing the folk music of Dalarna, Sweden brought to the U.S. by his grandfather Ivares Edwin Johnson, who emigrated to Minnesota in 1924. Paul learned to play fiddle from his grandfather when he was a young boy. Paul, his grandfather, and Uncle Bruce formed the group American Swedish Spelmans Trio and performed at the Snoose Boulevard Festival in Minneapolis, on the radio program A Prairie Home Companion, and even for the King of Sweden! Edwin Johnson died in 1984, but his musical legacy lives on in Paul who, together with his family, carries on the style of music Grandpa Edwin played as a young man–traditional dance polska, vals and gånglåt walking tunes. Paul was awarded an NEA National Heritage Fellowship in 1996.

Through the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis and at Folklore Village, Paul’s goal has been to make this rich traditional music available to all those interested, teaching the melodies and communicating the subtleties in the rhythms to keep the music as authentic as possible–even if it has a slight American accent. Each year Paul creates a team of musicians: the “Folklore Village Spelmanslag.”

Recordings of the 2021 weekend tunes will be available later September. Paul will be joined by wife Marikay on the cittra (zither.)

Roo Lester, Larry Harding, and Char Bostrom at Folklore Village.

Roo Lester

Roo Lester & Larry Harding are well known for their fun and sensitive teaching style, making them a favorite with novice and experienced dancers alike. If you are new to Swedish dance, don’t miss the music and dance workshops with Roo and Char on Sunday. Roo is the type of teacher interested in your learning, and she does everything she can to make you proud of your dance progress as the weekend unfolds.

Char Bostrom

Char Bostrom, from Saint Paul, Minnesota, has been pursuing her love for and interest in Scandinavian dance fiddling for many years.  In the greater Twin Cities area pre-Covid she played for four dance groups and is a member of the Ole Olssons Oldtime Orkestra.  She has traveled around the country and Scandinavia attending workshops and playing for dancing. Char will play and teach tunes for the music and dance workshops with Roo on Sunday. 

Becky Weis

Becky Weis has played and studied nyckelharpa on both sides of the Atlantic. She is known as a teacher and a player for dancers, and has fun teaching and making tunes danceable. Becky guides playing with technique tips, and likes the spirit of getting a good tune going.

Becky is also a scholar in the Swedish nyckelharpa tradition, the subject of her doctoral dissertation in ethnomusicology. She serves on the board of directors of the Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag, and teaches both nyckelharpa and hardingfele at St. Olaf’s College.

Earl & DoAnn Holzman

Earl and DoAnn Holzman have been involved in Scandinavian dancing and music for more than 40 years. DoAnn will be teaching the beginners nyckelharpa workshop. Earl has been building Nyckelharpas for over 10 years and is currently the only full-time nyckelharpa builder in North America. DoAnn helps with making bows. There will be a full selection of his nyckelharpas and bows available to try. Earl will be available for minor adjustments and repairs of any nyckelharpas. 


Tenting is available on Folklore Village grounds for $10 per tent per night.

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