Knox Museum will host Midsummer at the Museum, a new two-day community event celebrating the start of summer on the grounds of Montpelier/The General Henry Knox Museum on Route 131, Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22. Admission to all outdoor events is free and all are invited to attend.

Midsummer’s Eve kicks off 6:30 p.m. Friday with a pig roast cooked by Larry Oakes of Automaster in Spruce Head under the apple trees behind Montpelier. People are asked to bring their own lawn seating plus a side dish to share on the public buffet table. There will be games and activities for children and families including making traditional flower crowns to wear in celebration of the solstice, a paper bag luminary workshop and that old Scandinavian midsummer favorite, a wife-carrying race. Some seating will be provided.

Also Friday, Northport Music Theater will present country/folk/blues songs celebrating small-town America from its upcoming summer production of “The Spitfire Grill” in Montpelier’s Oval Room at 7:30 p.m. Concert admission is $10, $8 museum members; and $5 for children. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended; tickets are available by calling 354-8062.

At 8:30 p.m. Friday, the three-piece fiddle, flute and guitar band The Milliners begin a two–hour set outside on Montpelier’s north lawn. Shortly thereafter, when the sun finally sets on the longest day of the year, a big bonfire built earlier in the day by Finnish Heritage House’s Ron Anderson, will be lit. A fireworks display designed by Thomaston’s Peter Lammert will cap the evening about 9:45 p.m.

The celebration continues Saturday with a traditional Finnish Juhannus picnic, featuring a smorgasbord of Scandinavian proportions, at noon under the big tent directly behind Montpelier. Members of Finnish Heritage House in South Thomaston will bring some of their traditional dishes, and Knox Museum volunteers will augment the offerings with additional dishes prepared according to recipes provided by the Finns. Accordionist Marianna Filippi will provide tunes, and all are invited to attend and soak up some local Finnish culture. Admission is free; plated dishes to share are welcome.

These events will take place rain or shine with some seating and a tent provided. Montpelier is open for tours both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with regular admission charge of $10; $8 senior citizens; $4 age 5 to 13; and free for younger children with a family cap rate of $20. Knox Museum is a Blue Star Museum and offers free tour admission to active military families all season long. For more information, call 354-8062 or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or