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Sankthansaften - Austin/Houston

Saturday, June 22, 2019, 7:00 PM until Sunday, June 23, 2019, 11:00 AM
Open Arms Ranch
4625 Sandy Fork Rd.
Harwood, TX  78632

Brent Sjolseth
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee


THE Norwegian society of texas,
chapterS Hovedstad and snorre

Cordially invites Members, Non-Members and their guests to a traditional Norwegian Sankthansaften (Midsummer's Eve). This will be a family friendly celebration with a bonfire, hot dogs/sausage/burgers, games, swimming and fun! See images of the ranch below....

Open Arms Ranch, 4625 Sandy Fork Rd., Harwood TX, 78632

Saturday, June 22 at 2:00 PM until Sunday, June 23, at 11:00 am. 


The event
location is a 30 acre ranch located in between Austin and Houston. We'll meet up at the ranch starting at 2:00 pm and celebrate into the night. We'll serve hot dogs, sausage, and burgers around 5:30 pm and start the Bonfire around 7:00 pm. Vegetarian options available. There will be games for children and adults with prizes. Alcohol is permitted, but it will be BYOB. The ranch has a pond if you want to cool off by swimming and relaxing by the water. There is plenty of open land and a small trail system in a forested area of pines to explore.


The ranch offers FREE lodging accommodations for up to 24 people (minimal private, mostly shared bunkroom; contact for questions or to reserve free lodging). Campers or tents can be brought to the ranch (but let us know up front). Hotels are 20-40 minutes away (Bastrop, Lockhart, Flatonia, Gonzales), and it's also possible to drive back home on Saturday evening. Feel free to contact us for advice. 


A large breakfast will be served with coffee Sunday morning. We will clean up and leave the ranch around 10-11 am Sunday morning. 

Registration Deadline

Wednesday, June 19 in order to have sufficient time for necessary preparations.

Children (5 & under)  FREE
Children (under 13)   $10 per person.
Members                   $15 per person.
Non-Members           $20 per person.
Member Family          $50 per family
Non Member Family  $65 per family

Included in price

Food (hot dogs, sausage, burgers, snacks, desserts, s'mores, breakfast), non alcoholic beverages, plates, cups, utensils, etc.


Alcoholic beverages


Click on the event in the Event Calendar and pay by June 19.
Members log in first with Member ID and Password to get Member rates. 
The payment is your RSVP.

History of Sankthansaften:

The celebration of Sankthansaften (aka Jonsok) in the bright summer night before June 24 marks the birth of John the Baptist and also the summer solstice, when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky and turn towards the winter solstice. Midsummer's Eve. The bonfire to expel evil spirits has roots back to the 4th century when Pagan and Christian traditions started to merge into becoming one celebration.


Austin and Ranch - Brent Sjolseth - President NST Hovedstad
                                                                             512-280-2732 -                       
Houston                     - Halvor Rusdal - President NST Snorre
                                                                             832-812-2764 - 

NST Membership: - $25 per person / $30 per family

You can sign up or renew your membership on the NST web page.
NST memberships are good for 12 months from registration date.

Norwegian Society of Texas Web page