Friday, June 21, 6PM - Arena
Saturday, June 22, 12:45PM - Arena
Saturday, June 22, 2:30PM - Arena
Saturday, June 22, 4:30PM - Arena
Sunday, June 23, 11 AM - Arena
Sunday, June 23, 1:45PM - Arena
Harald Haugaard / Helene Blum Band
Featured Entertainers from Denmark
Harald Haugaard is one of Denmark's best musicians. He has won the Danish Music Prize twelve times and is very well-known abroad, particularly in Germany. Helene Blum has taken Danish folk music to a whole new level. Her inventive, contemporary interpretation of traditional songs reveals their timeless beauty. This musical proficiency coupled with her expressive voice have brought her high acclaim in her native country and also enabled her to captivate enthusiastic audiences elsewhere in Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan.
After years of touring in Europe and North America with their band and performing hundreds of concerts together, Harald, Helene and the band members have forged a close relationship, both musical and personal, where all are involved in shaping and arranging the music.
The Harald Haugaard / Helene Blum Band is returning to Astoria, one of their favorite places, to entertain 2019 festival goers with contemporary folk music from Scandinavia. Band members include Kirstine Elise Pedersen on cello, Mikkel Grue on guitar, and Sune Rahbek on percussion.
Catch all six of the performances if you can!
Friday, June 21, 5-PM - Arena
Saturday, June 22, 10:45AM - Arena
Saturday, June 22, 3:30PM - Arena
Saturday, June 22, 5:30PM - Arena
Sunday, June 23, 10AM - Arena
Sunday, June 23, 12 Noon - Arena
Bjørn and Ole
Featured Entertainers from Norway
It’s long been tradition in Norway to combine fiddle and accordion in folk music. Bjørn Kåre Odde and Ole Nilssen have strong skills on their respective instruments and know the traditions well, but their music together is innovative and imaginative and pushes tradition to the boundaries. These young musicians have a light, playful and dynamic interaction that appeals to dancers and concert audiences equally. In 2017 Bjørn and Ole placed second together in the national competition of round dance music and separately they were each named Young Folk Musician of the Year in 2015 and 2018 respectfully. Enjoy listening to updated traditional and original tunes by some of Norway’s finest new and upcoming musicians.
Learn more about Bjørn and Ole. Click here.
Saturday, June 22, 3PM - Dairy Barn
Saturday, June 22, 6PM - Exhibit Hall
Joan Paddock - Lur of Norway
Joan Paddock is Professor of Music at Linfield College. She’s studied in Norway and entertained at the Norsk Høstfest in Minot, North Dakota, and at the Scanfest in Thousand Oaks, California. Joan will sound lur fanfares at Flag Raising and the Midsummer Pole and present a lecture/demonstration on the long Norwegian wooden trumpet frequently played by women.
Learn more about Dr. Joan Paddock. Click here.
Saturday, June 22, 10-10:45AM - Exhibit Hall
Saturday, June 22, 1-1:45PM - Dairy Barn/Event Center
Sunday, June 23. 11:30-12:15PM - Exhibit Hall
Astoria Nordic Heritage Park Update
Astoria Nordic Heritage Park will honor the immigrant tradition that brought thousands of Scandinavians to Oregon’s North Coast in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It will be a public space to make locals and visitors alike aware of the ethnic heritage that contributed immensely to the fabric of our community. It will honor families that said their last good-byes in Scandinavia and other Northern lands and moved to Astoria to become Americans. Astoria Nordic Park Committee Chair and Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association Vice-President Judi Lampi will describe the fantastic design for the park created by the West Studio of Seattle Washington and detail the timeline and progress of the effort to raise one million dollars to pay for its construction.
Learn more about the Astoria Nordic Heritage Park. Click here.
Saturday, June 22, 1PM - Beer Garden
Saturday, June 22, 3PM - Beer Garden
Saturday, June 22, 5PM - Beer Garden
Astor Street Opry - Shanghaied in Astoria
Learn more about the Astor Street Opry Company. Click here.
Saturday, June 22, 2:15PM - Exhibit Hall
Sunday, June 23, 12:30-1:30PM - Exhibit Hall
Frank W. Eld: Finnish Log Construction - The Art
Finlandia Foundation Lecturer of the Year Frank Eld is the son of a Finnish immigrant carpenter and loves the lost art of Finnish log cabin construction. Through visuals and live demonstration, Frank will educate and encourage the preservation of these tangible symbols of Finnish Culture, like the historic Lindgren Cabin at Cullaby Lake. Eld’s appearance at the 2019 festival is sponsored by Finnish Brotherhood and Finlandia Foundation: Columbia Pacific Chapter.
Learn more about Frank Eld. Click here.
Friday, June 21, Noon - 6PM - Horse Arena
Saturday, June 22, 9AM - 4PM - Horse Arena
Sunday, June 23, 9AM – 2PM - Horse Arena
Icelandic Horses - Larry & Jackie Taylor
Jackie and Larry Taylor of Yelm, Washington will show their Icelandic horses in the horse arena in the low building next to the Midsummer Pole. Icelandic horses are a pure breed that developed in Iceland. The horses are mostly pony-sized but are still called horses. They are short backed and can carry a two-hundred-and-twenty-five-pound man. They are long-lived and hardy and have unusual gaits. Jackie and Larry will provide demonstrations of these attractive animals and let you see them up close. The Taylor family will be close by for any questions either in the arena or in the barn.
Saturday, June 22, 11:45–12:30 PM - Arena
Saturday, June 22, 1:15-2 PM
Leikarringen likes to perform outdoors if the weather is nice. Look for them in front of the main entrance on Saturday
Leikarringen of Portland Dancers
“Leikarringen” means circle or round dance. The priority of this group is the preservation of Nordic culture. LEIKARRINGEN OF PORTLAND is open to youths ages 4 and up. New dancers begin each year while some have danced for fifteen years or more. This long dance tradition is rich with tunes and steps from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and even Estonia. Dances are generally fast-paced and a recent addition to Leikarringen has been their own group of musicians who perform on traditional instruments. LEIKARRINGEN is led by Christie Stilson and Darcy Andrews and is sponsored by the Daughters of Norway and Norske Runddansere.
Learn more about the Leikarringen of Portland. Click here.
Saturday, June 22, 8AM - Exhibit Hall
Saturday, June 22, 12:30PM - Midsummer Pole
Sunday, June 23, 8AM - Exhibit Hall
Saturday, June 22, 2PM - Dairy Barn/Event Center
Saturday, June 22, 4PM - Dairy Barn/Event Center
Sunday, June 23, 12:30PM - Dairy Barn/Event Center
Reader's Theater: What We Left and What We Found
Friday, June 21, 8-11 PM - Queen's Ball, Exhibit Hall
Saturday, June 22, 7-10 PM - Open Family Dance, Exhibit Hall
Learn more about Coreen Bergholm. Click here.
2 PM, Saturday, June 22 - Beer Garden
4 PM, Saturday, June 22 - Geer Garden
The Squeezer and the Geezer
Learn more about Coreen Bergholm. Click here.
Saturday, June 22, 10AM – 6PM - Outdoors
Sunday, June 23, 10AM – 4PM - Outdoors
1 PM, Saturday, June 22 - Outdoors
2 PM, Saturday, June 22 - Outdoors
3 PM, Saturday, June 22 - Outdoors
12 Noon, Sunday, June 23 - Outdoors
1 PM, Sunday, June 23 - Outdoors
2 PM, Sunday, June 23 - Outdoors
The Empire of Chivalry and Steel
The EMPIRE OF CHIVALRY AND STEEL specializes in the recreation of the culture of the Middle Ages, including the art forms, events (feasts, tournaments, ceremonies and wars), and combat arts from that period. The purpose of this nonprofit educational corporation is to study (and teach the general public) ideals and history from 800 AD to 1650 AD within the geographical boundaries of Europe and to provide an organized effort in the collection, interpretations and distribution of historical data through publication and demonstration. Empire of Chivalry and Steel participants will open their Viking Encampment to the public on Saturday and Sunday and provide demonstrations of Viking sword fighting and amour making on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Learn more about the Empire of Chivalry and Steel. Click here.
7 PM, Friday, June 21 at Queen’s Coronation, Arena
10 AM, Saturday, June 22 - Arena
12:30 PM, Saturday, June 22 - Midsummer Pole
1:45 PM, Saturday, June 22 - Exhibit Hall
4 PM, Saturday, June 22 - Exhibit Hall (Reunion Dances with Kevin)
1 PM, Sunday, June 23 - Arena
2:45 PM, Sunday, June 23 - Arena
Astoria Viking Nordic Dancers
Learn more about the Nordic Viking Dancers. Click here.