Here is the program for today’s Swedish Days.
During Swedish Days (June 22-26), look for Viking helmets in store windows around town. Step up and “wear it” for a photoshoot! Post on social media and tag Adventures in Scavenger Hunting. Scan the QR code to see where they are hidden. Find the 10 and participate to win gift certificates from the Chamber of Geneva. Lycka Till (good luck)!
Restaurants and shops open all week.
8:00 a.m.-until the pancakes are gone
Geneva Lutheran Church TO-GO Swedish Pancake Breakfast – 301 S.Third St.
Breakfast includes pancakes, toppings, sausages and drinks; $9.00 for adults, $5.00 for children
under 12, cash only. A limited number of outdoor seats will be available. Proceeds will go to Geneva
2022 Lutheran Mission Trips to Martin, KY through the Christian Appalachian Project. Questions to
3 on 3 basketball tournament – Third St. Hosted by the Geneva Park District
Gather your team for the hottest 3v3 competition around! Each team is guaranteed at least
two games, and each player will receive a fitted jersey. Team compositions are limited to 5 players,
players cannot play in more than one team, and teams will be placed in the category of their oldest
player. The tournament is open to boys and girls, ages 10 through adult. Teams under 18 play
between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.; adult teams play from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Times may vary depending on
registration.) For more information, call 630-232-4542. The registration deadline is June 12. $70 per
crew. Register on genevaparks.org.
Sponsored by Northwestern Medicine
Exhibitions – Geneva History Museum113 S.Third St.
Three Exciting Exhibits – Full details can be found below the listing for Wednesday, June 22.
Swedish Cottage Walk – Good Templar Park528 East Side Dr.
Visit the historic Swedish “little houses” known as Stugas on guided tours at Good Templar Park ($10-
adults). Moderate activity level – uneven terrain. Visit our Lingonberry Cafe and Bakery for delicious
Swedish sweets. Information: 847-845-2640.
Viking Ship Tours – Good Templar Park528 East Side Dr.
The Viking is an exact replica of the Gokstad. In 1893, under Captain Magnus Andersen, she sailed
on the other side of the Atlantic (from Bergen, Norway, to New York) and to the Universal Exhibition of Colombia in
Chicago (via the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes). Viking is approximately 78 feet long and is
currently located in Geneva, Illinois at Good Templar Park. $7 admission for adults. Below
18 years old, free. Masks should be worn regardless
vaccination status, pending further guidance from the health department.
Sweden Väst – Judges’ lot (James and Fourth Streets) NEW LOCATION Sponsored by Stockholm’s and
Viking Ship Friends
Bring home a bit of Sweden. Buy Swedish items, discover your Swedish
ancestry and try real Swedish pastries. Suppliers listed below.
Viking Ship Friends – Viking living historians authentically dressed in 1893 Chicago
Columbian Exposition Viking Ship in Geneva will be present with its displays to discuss Viking
clothing, tools, weapons, artwork and jewelry and model ships promoting appreciation of the Vikings
The Gift Box/Scandinavian Imports – located in Geneva, brings Swedish heritage to the Fox Valley
with authentic Swedish gifts and food. Visit their store on State Street.
Premium designs – Browse and buy Swedish designed pillows, mugs, glasses, coasters and garden
Superior Swedish Clogs – Handmade Swedish clogs and Swedish socks.
Swedish American Museum – Swedish and Swedish American gift items, including books,
toys, novelties, food and more.
Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center – Do you have Swedish ancestors? Our group helped
thousands of Swedish Americans find information about their immigrant ancestors since 1981.
our vast resources, we have connected Americans to their ancestral 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 to our booth to find out more!
VASA park -Vasa Park in South Elgin will hold its Scandinavian Day on 9/11. Visit
and learn more about this Swedish park.
Take a walk in the creations of the north – Inspired by family heritage, including Swedish folk art, we create
wood crafts. Our creations range from lighted boxes and lanterns to kitchenware and wonderful
Christmas trees and decorations. Some items are nostalgic and fun. Others are inspired by a sense of
the adventure and wonder of creation. All can become heirlooms.
Old West Baked Goods – Scandinavian baked goods for sale.
Family Day, Geneva Commons602 Commons Dr.
Car show, children’s activities including face painting, balloon sculpting, caricatural drawing, henna
tattoos and special character appearances. Dance team, touch a fire truck, cotton candy and food
Geneva Public Library227 Seventh Street.
Enjoy the library’s inclusive play area, crafts, story times and games all week long!
Carnival / Windy City Amusements – Courthouse parking lot, James & S. Fourth streets
From 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., unlimited rides $30/person. Individual prices / rides range from $3 to $7.
Craft Brew Tent – James St., west of Third St.
Craft beer lovers will enjoy this experience. Expanded Penrose Craft Beer Selection
Brewing Company, Stockholm’s, Obscurity Brewing and Craft Mead & Art History Brewing will be
available. Visit with friends and enjoy this tent event until Sunday. Sponsored by Floods Royal Flush, Shodeen Homes, GreenFields of Geneva, Clark Home Team – Grandview
Real Estate and State Representative Keith Wheeler
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Balloon Creations – Courthouse Lawn, S. Third St. Compliments of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce
Superheroes, fairy princesses, mermaids, motorcycles, tractors, cartoon characters and more
created by Papa Ballon.
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Concerts on the lawn – Courthouse Lawn, S. Third St.
Andrea Schmidt – Chicago-based singer, actor, and professional vocal coach, Andrea Schmidt has a
passion for helping singers and actors of all ages discover the power and purpose of their voice.
Andrea earned her Masters in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design and is over 10 years old
years of jazz, pop, musical theater and classical vocal training. From teaching children to covering
hits to play on stage or via Zoom, Andrea always aims to bring kindness, passion and positivity
to everything she does. Co-sponsored by Bria Health Services of Geneva, Edward Jones-Sara Mills and GreenFields of Geneva
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Nordic folk dancers – East side near the courthouse
Enjoy traditional Scandinavian dancing with Chicago’s Nordic folk dancers. Performances every half
hour. Sponsored by The Gift Box/Scandinavian Imports
face painting – Courthouse Lawn, S. Third St. Compliments of Geneva Chamber of Commerce
Be a tiger, a princess or something extraordinary with the fabulous Cherry Berry face paint
Static display for trucks and ladders – Third St. b/t State & James streets Coordinated by Geneva Fire
Discover the world of a firefighter.
9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Cosmic Golf Night – Stone Creek Miniature Golf Course, Wheeler Park (Rt. 31) Coordinated by Geneva
Play miniature golf… in the dark! Glow in the dark golf balls will be provided. No pre-
registration required. The last departure is at 11:15 p.m. $8 per round. For more information contact
S. Third St. at Courthouse – Recording and Sound R/J
Presented by Gerald Subaru of North Aurora and co-sponsored by Comcast
5:00 p.m. – Central stage – Jaerv
The award-winning Swedish quintet Jaerv, presents extroverted, vigorous and sincere folk music
with influences from both jazz and pop music. Together, the five members created a
seamless and lively sound that established Jaerv on the folk music scene as well as in many
other forums. Rooted in several different musical traditions, Jaerv offers a diverse scene
performance where vocal tunes for five voices mingle with energetic dances and free improvisations.
Jaerv are an internationally acclaimed band and have toured the United States, Japan, Spain, Scotland,
Ireland, Finland and Norway among other countries.
7:00 p.m. – Central stage – Diversion necessary
Necessary Diversion is a 6 piece band based in Twin Cities, MN covering crowd favorites from the latest
4 decades. For the past 10 years they have played in all areas of Minnesota and western Wisconsin
and now they are bringing their show to Geneva. With a soulful voice and a signature sax, they perform the
the best of rock from the 70s/80s to today’s hits. From Adele to ZZ-top and all the good music in between,
you’ll want to get to the front of the stage and
sing your heart.
The complete program of the Swedish Days in eBook or downloadable pdf is here.