Zumbrota, Stockholm celebrate this weekendMarching bands and music take the spotlight in Zumbrota this weekend at the annual Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival, celebrating the bridge's 140th anniversary.
By: Ruth Nerhaugen, The Republican Eagle
Marching bands and music take the spotlight in Zumbrota this weekend at the annual Covered Bridge Music and Arts Festival, celebrating the bridge's 140th anniversary. Meanwhile, over in Wisconsin, the Swedish community of Stockholm and the neighboring village of Maiden Rock both celebrate Midsummer with traditional activities plus there'll be the debut of the Great River Road Wine Trail.
The Covered Bridge Festival gets under way Friday with a car hop dinner at 5 p.m. at United Redeemer Lutheran Church and a street dance featuring Teacher's Pet at 8 p.m. in the VFW parking lot.
Saturday's events start at 8 a.m. with a book sale, disc golf and sports contests. Sales of commemorative Red Wing stoneware salt and pepper shakers will open at 9 a.m. Under way all day will be a flea market, quilt show, Art in East Park, kids' activities at Covered Bridge Park, a dance recital and, at 2 p.m. in the park, the Zumbrota Idol competition. The grand parade will march down Main Street at 6 p.m. Ten Cent Biscuit plays for a free street dance at 8:30 p.m., and there'll be fireworks at dusk.
Sunday's activities will be a Father's Day breakfast at the VFW and softball games.
Three activities will meld June 20-21 in the Maiden Rock/Stockholm area. It'll be the annual Maiden Rock Summerfest from 10 a.m. to midnight June 20 in the Maiden Rock Village Park, plus the Midsommer Swedish Festival will run from 4 p.m. until dark that day in the Stockholm Village Park. The new wine trail's debut event will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 20 and 21.
Maiden Rock Summerfest will include children's games, sand mine tours, food, silent auction, a 2 p.m. parade, and music by the Ditch Lilies at 3 p.m., Patchouli at 4:30 p.m., and Black Sheep Band at 6 p.m. Go to www.maidenrock.org for details.
Stockholm's Midsommer Swedish Festival, starting at 4 p.m., will offer heritage foods, a community potluck at 5:30 p.m., the raising of the majstång (midsummer pole), music by the Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag, and folk dancing. A bonfire will be lit at dusk to help celebrate the Scandinavian holiday. For details, go to www.stockholmwisconsin.com.
In conjunction with the festival, there'll be a two-day class in Swedish Dalamalning or folk art painting June 20 and 21 in the Stockholm Opera Hall. Carol Bender will instruct; cost is $60, including supplies. Go to www.pepinartdesign.org for information or to register, or call (715) 442-4442.
The wine trail will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. The trail encompasses wineries in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, including Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery and Vino in the Valley, rural Maiden Rock. Also on the trail — a passport program — are sites in Prescott, Alma and Fountain City in Wisconsin; Winona and Lanesboro in Minnesota; Viroqua, Wis., and Marquette, Iowa. Guests can earn a wine glass by visiting and receiving stamps from each of the wineries. Go online to www.greatriverroadwinetrail.org.