Tradition is king at 52nd Annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

By Patty Hardin For Coast Weekend Jun 20, 2019 Tradition links us to the past and unites us in the present. Now, with more than 50 festivals under its belt, the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is a showcase for the depth of traditions. This year’s 52nd Annual festival is held at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, …

Nordic Park in Astoria Halfway to Funding Goal

Nordic Park in Astoria Halfway to Funding Goal Project planned for Peoples Park By Katie Frankowicz, The Daily Astorian As a man dressed as a mountain troll waylays the unsuspecting in a time-honored tradition at the 52nd Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival this weekend, a park celebrating the region’s Nordic heritage is about halfway to its funding goal. The committee behind …

Name Change to Astoria Nordic Heritage Park

Scandinavian Heritage Park Will Change Its Name A nod to the Finnish By Katie Frankowicz, The Daily Astorian A downtown park to celebrate Astoria’s Scandinavian heritage has yet to be built, but is already getting a name change. Instead of Scandinavian Heritage Park, the organization behind the effort decided to use the more inclusive term “Nordic” after some debate about …

A Scandinavian Experience at Carruthers!

A SCANDINAVIAN EXPERIENCE BENEFIT DINNER FOR THE SCANDINAVIAN HERITAGE PARK SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH, 2019 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM CARRUTHERS RESTAURANT 1198 COMMERCIAL STREET, ASTORIA, OREGON Please join us for a five-course Scandinavian Dinner at Carruthers Restaurant located in historic downtown Astoria on March 16th, 2019, to raise funds for the Scandinavian Heritage Parks Capital Campaign.  Local members of the Scandinavian …

Help Make the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Park Happen!

We are excited that we have a solid design for the upcoming Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Park. But we can’t build it until we raise the funds to put the work out to bid. So please visit astoriascanpark.org to donate whatever you can afford! You can contribute online, or send a check to: Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association P.O. Box 34 Astoria, OR 97103 Your …

A Monument to Scandinavian Immigrants Takes Shape in Astoria

Reprinted from The Daily Astorian By Katie Frankowicz Published on October 26, 2018 8:22AM Last changed on October 26, 2018 8:42AM Complete with birch trees, river views, steamer trunks and trolls, the design for a park to celebrate Astoria’s Scandinavian roots is ready. The blueprint will be vetted by the Parks Advisory Board and the Historic Landmarks Commission and could …

2018 Santa Lucia Festival!

7 PM, Friday, November 23, 2018, at Astoria High School Auditorium 2018 Santa Lucia Festival! A Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association Event In Scandinavia “Santa Lucia” is celebrated in December, but in Astoria, this winter festival of lights is celebrated the day after Thanksgiving to tie in with the opening of the Christmas season. This year’s event starts at 7 P.M. …

Astoria Sunday Market Supports Scandinavian Heritage Park

Photo: Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Park Chair Judi Lampi with Jack Ficken, Astoria Sunday Market Board of Directors President and Greg Cross, Astoria Sunday Market Treasurer The Astoria Sunday Market made a $2,000 grant to the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association to support the non-profit’s efforts to construct Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Park. Cyndi Mudge, Director of the Astoria Sunday Market, said that the …

Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Park Selects Architect

Photo: Audrey West, Owner of The West Studio and Principal-in-Charge for Astoria Scan Park project; Judi Lampi, Vice-President of Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association and Chair of Astoria Scan Park committee; Kristi Park, Project Manager for The West Studio’s Astoria Scan Park design team. The Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association announced that it has selected The West Studio of Seattle, Washington, as landscape …

Oregon Cultural Trust Supports Scandinavian Heritage Group

The Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association has been awarded an organizational grant by the Oregon Cultural Trust to hire a consultant to conduct training to help the group organize  a fundraising campaign for Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Park. The Organizational & Professional Development Grant program was developed by Oregon Cultural Trust Partners to strengthen cultural non-profit leadership and organizational effectiveness to better …