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Grab A Cocktail And Some Takeout For The Virtual Andersonville Midsommarfest

CATFIGHT’s Molly Callinan (right). Photo: Starbelly Studios.

Many people where disappointed to hear that Andersonville’s Midsommarfest would not help welcome in the Summer festival season this year. The show must go on however, and the event’s organizers will be offering a fun-filled virtual experience until we can once again pack the streets with merriment.

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) had to postpone the event until August due to social distancing efforts due to the COVID-19 crisis. Andersonville at Home: A Midsommarfest Experience & Fundraiser however, will still offer some of the great entertainment you would normally see at the fest safely online.

The virtual event will start on Friday, June 12 at 6 p.m. with a pre-show featuring some of Andersonville’s top bartending talents showing you some of their best mixing skills and recipes. Staff from local businesses such as as Replay Andersonville, Elixir, Meeting House Tavern and The SoFo Tap have signed up to help you get spirited-up for the evening. Viewers will also be encouraged to help support local restaurants by ordering takeout to accompany those great cocktails.

Then at 7 p.m., the main event will kick off with a diverse group of entertainers. Hosted by Molly Callinan of the local band and Midsommarfest staple Catfight, expect performances by fest favorites including Catfight, Dancing Queen: An #ABBASalute, Tears Dry on Their Own, Lynne Jordan, The Oh Yeahs, Laura Doherty, Molehill, Mel Senese, the local dance gurus from Gus Giordano Dance School, and trivia by Stewpendous Productions. There will also be video tributes from Rattleback Records, Women and Children First, Swedish American Museum, and Be Yoga Andersonville.

More importantly, the night will also act as a fundraiser for the ACC. The non-profit organization which is instrumental in promoting the Andersonville neighborhood and its businesses has depended on functions such as Midsommarfest to help them continue their mission. With many of their programs postponed or in limbo because of the stay-at-home orders, they hope that the evening will raise some necessary funds.

“The Chamber is able to serve the Andersonville community year-round because of the generous gate donations given at Midsommarfest,” ACC Executive Director Sara Dinges said in a press release. “If you give at the gate, please consider chipping in $5, $10, $20 during Andersonville at Home to help support and sustain the Chamber, so that we can remain of service to the Andersonville community, especially as we enter an important chapter of post-pandemic economic recovery.”

You can RSVP in advance to Andersonville at Home: A Midsommarfest Experience via the ACC Facebook event. Donations for the event will be collected through Venmo to the ACC at username @AvilleChamber. Go to andersonville.org/midsommarfest for more information and to get the latest news.

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