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Inaugural Summer Solstice Festival is Saturday at Richwood Winery

The Summer Solstice is almost here — and the folks at Richwood Winery are looking to celebrate!

“We were looking for something fun to do in June, and it’s been such a long winter in Minnesota, that we figured, what better time to celebrate than the longest day of light?” said Nancy Nornes Olson, event coordinator for Richwood Winery.

Summer solstice, also known as Midsummer, is the time of year when the days have the most light (conversely, the winter solstice is the time of year when the nights are longest).

The summer solstice falls between June 21-25 each year; in Scandinavian cultures, Midsummer is the most celebrated holiday apart from Christmas, Olson noted.

Richwood Winery’s inaugural Summer Solstice Festival is scheduled to take place this Saturday, June 22, from 1 to 7 p.m.

“Come dance around the grape pole and celebrate the sun’s longest day of the year,” said Olson, alluding to the fact that instead of a maypole, the festival will feature a grape pole, decorated with grape vines rather than flowers.

Admission is $5 per person, and for another $5, Olson says, attendees can get a special commemorative wine glass filled with either Metro Marquette or Frontenac Gris, the two featured vintages of the festival (the former being a dry red, and the other a white wine).

Bottles of all the winery’s red and white vintages will also be available for purchase, she added.

In addition, there will be live music from one of Fargo-Moorhead’s most popular folk bands, Tucker’d Out, food catered by Pam Skarie (of Pam’s Salsa fame), and a variety of other vendors who will be offering a selection of hand-crafted wares and organic foods for sale.

Tucker’d Out will perform from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and again from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Olson added.

“They’re a fun band — very interactive,” she said.

The festival’s featured vendors will include not only Pam’s Salsa (all natural salsas made from fresh ingredients), but also Northwoods Food Factory (handmade fudge and banana bread); Humble Honey (organic honey and produce); Pat Brown (hand crocheted and knitted products); My Wildtree (all natural infused grapeseed oils and culinary blends); Kat’s Eclectic Sampler (gourd art, bead and wire art, jewelry, cards and prints of original paintings); Mary Morton & Kathy Robinson (rosemaling, photography, jewelry and paintings); Karen Reichel/It’s Personal Jewelry (handcrafted jewelry featuring hand-stamped, personalized metal pieces); and massage therapist Sue Holt (chair massages, offered on-site).

Richwood Winery is located at 27799 County Highway 34, just about half a mile outside of the tiny town of Richwood. For more information, please call 218-844-5990, or visit the web page,

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Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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