Rick Does Swedish Days: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Blog

Highlights, tips and information for enjoying the day in downtown Geneva.

Svenska Dagarna! I'm out and around at , so keep tuning into this blog for tips, photos and highlights!

Big Event Today: is the super-highlight for what looks to be a great day.  8 p.m. at Center Stage.

9 p.m.

The ABBA Tribute was awesome. Perfect for Swedish Days. Photos, and possibly video, coming.


3:30 p.m

OK, a lot to catch up.

Ran into , and others. Check out photos and Facebook. Thanks for saying, "hi!"

Photos here of and the . ()

Food Review: Had the pulled pork sandwich from the . It was served by , which made it that much better! I'm giving it 4.0 stars on the Swedish Days food scale—which is groaning after all the in the past two days. Välkommen - Svenska Gastrodagarna 2012

Tip #4: There are plenty of places to sit in the shade, or go inside for a cool treat. Can't tell you how pleasant it is in the Geneva Library, All-Chocolate Kitchen and 318 Coffeehouse—my work places today.

NEXT: (But only if I have enough room in my burgeoning belly.) Either the Lingonberry Sundae at Graham's or the Swedish Cardamon Rolls at 318.


  • 5:30 p.m. Swedish American Choir
  • 6:30 p.m. Geneva's Got Talent Semi-Finals
  • 8 p.m. ABBA Salute


2:15 p.m.

I'm at now. Stop by and say "hi" if you get a chance.


1 p.m.

I'm at the . Nice workstations and WiFi! Sorry! Had to cut stop Swedish Day-ing to post the breaking news about the .

NEXT: Angela N. sugggested the pulled pork sandwich by behind the Shoppes At 127 (127 S. Third St), so I'm heading that way. :)


11:30 a.m.—Filed from the !

Had a nice conversation with Terry Emma at the Geneva History Center.

Tip #1: They've got some really cool, framed "Geneva" posters. Do a drive-by, pick up a poster and put it in your trunk so that you don't have to carry it around.

Tip #2: Go to the carnival in the late morning. No lines at all right now.

Tip #3: Great place to plan your strategy for the day: the Swedish Days information booth at the courthouse, Third and James.

Food: What would you like me to sample today? Pick something interesting, and I'll get there!

NEXT: Visit to the library, then lunch.


10 a.m. POST

Big Event Today: is the super-highlight for what looks to be a great day.

Swedish Stuff: You can also go watch—and maybe sing along with Meryl and the gang—at the Swedish cinema. And the Swedish American Children's Choir is at 5:30 p.m. on Central Stage.

Weather: Sunny and breezy, high of 93 degrees, according to the National Weather Service forecast for Geneva, IL. 41.88°N


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Angela N June 20, 2012 at 06:10 PM
You should try the barbeque at the stand behind the Shoppes At 127 (127 S 3rd St). The pulled pork sandwiches are yummy.
Rick Nagel June 20, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I tried the Rotary booth's pulled pork sandwich—but it was across the street from Shoppes at 127. Very good—but was I at the right booth? :) I'm at 318 Coffeehouse now.
Rick Nagel June 20, 2012 at 07:20 PM
2:15 p.m. Wednesday—I'm at 318 Coffeehouse now. Stop by and say "hi" if you get a chance.
Justin Eggar June 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Rick - it was good seeing you. You had a perfect spot there at Graham's to blog the festival. The next few days are going to be beautiful and I'm sure downtown will see a lot of foot traffic. Good for all of our stores on 3rd / State St that benefit from the hard work the chamber does to make our lovely town visible. Make sure you try the Yama (sp?) at G318!
Angela N June 21, 2012 at 04:40 AM
No, it was the BBQ tent behind the shoppes, in their back parking lot. They also have a giant plate of pulled pork piled on waffle fries with cheese sauce, as well as sweet potato fries. We were so hungry tonight we ate it all !


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