Last night, the American Swedish Institute hosted Cocktails at the Castle: Bonfires, Birchwood, and Decoupage Revisited. In Europe, they celebrate on the eve of May Day, using big bonfires to scare away winter and welcome spring…and boy have we needed it this year in Minnesota! This post has a lot of images, but there was a LOT going on…I was amazed at how many people attended this event!
Many guests biked to the event…this is one of my favorite images of the evening.
Attendees enjoyed the arts and crafts activities to the live music mixins of Slipmats Radio.
The FIKA team was serving beverages and delicious food all night.
Besides the food, music, woodcarving and bonfires, there were games inside and out.
Inside the mansion, was an exhibit on the eight seasons in Sweden as well as live performances of scenes from Hamlet by Theatre Coup D’etat, who will be performing the play in its entirety at the mansion in May and June (tickets at theatrecoupdetat.com).
I just love how ASI blends classic and modern in everything they do. A nod to heritage and also to a contemporary clean aesthetic.
Bring out the fire dancers!
What a fantastic way to kick off spring (as snow is predicted today…seriously…what is up Minnesota?)