By Tim Kowols
Over 100 costumed dancers are expected to continue a Washington Island tradition Saturday when the 70th annual Scandinavian Dance Festival takes place. Started by a women’s group at the island’s Trinity Lutheran Church, preparations for the day begin three weeks before as Island residents and vacationers attend classes to learn the dances and prepare their costumes. With dancers ranging in age from 3 to 80, Barb O’Connell says friendships formed during the practices and performances go beyond the confines of the Jacqueline Cornell Foss Memorial Stage.
The dancing begins on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.. Trinity Lutheran Church will host a Scandinavian worship service on Sunday.