As it turns out, the best possible way to spend your summer Friday might be by frolicking around a traditional Swedish maypole. A mix of music folk, editors, and bloggers including Elin Kling and Kelly Framel convened at the Yard at Soho Grand early Friday evening to celebrate a holiday near and dear to the Kanon Organic Vodka team’s hearts–Swedish Midsummer. After creating custom flowered-and-beribboned headpieces with a little help from downtown florist Ovando, guests dug into straight-outta-Stockholm snacks like lingonberry jam, mini meatballs, and sugared gummy candy.
We caught up with Little Joy’s Binki Shapiro, fresh off her crowd-pleasing acoustic performance with Adam Green, to get the scoop on the musician’s summer travel plans. “I am hoping to take a vacation at some point in the next few months,” she said, though she’s been kept busy working on two forthcoming albums (one with Green, and another of her own). So what’s her dream destination? “I do love the Amalfi Coast, in Italy…but I probably won’t make it that far. I’m in L.A. right now, working, and so Hawaii is probably more realistic.” Doesn’t sound like a bad compromise to us. As May Kwok and the Misshapes traded off on DJ duty, we capped off the summer solstice celebration on the dance floor–fueled, of course, by a few of Kanon’s delectable elderflower-spiked cocktails. As for Shapiro, she nominates the beer-and-tomato-juice michelada as summer 2011′s official libation. “I mean, the first sip is always a little disgusting,” she laughed. “But after a few, it’s like the best thing ever!”
**All photos courtesy of Kanon Organic Vodka.