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The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival features three days of some some of the best entertainment of the year! Singers, musicians, and dances from around the globe come to Astoria to celebrate our Scandinavian heritage! Below are some details about each of the exciting performers that await you at the 2019 Scanfest!
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Performances:

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!


Learn more about Harald Haugaard - Click here and Helene Blum - Click here.

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Performances:

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.


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Performances:

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.


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Presentations:

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.


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Performances:

Saturday, June 22, 1PM - Beer Garden
Saturday, June 22, 3PM - Beer Garden
Saturday, June 22, 5PM - Beer Garden


Astor Street Opry - Shanghaied in Astoria


Now in its 34th season, SHANGHAIED IN ASTORIA, is part-vaudeville, part-soap opera, and part 1950’s style Hollywood musical, all combined into a fun and entertaining look at traditional local cultural folklore, including immigrant cannery workers from Scandinavia. What originated as a celebration of Astoria tradition has become a tradition itself and you don’t want to miss it! Catch Shanghaied cast members performing their olio acts in the beer garden at festival on Saturday.

Learn more about the Astor Street Opry Company. Click here.


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Performance:

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.


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Performance:

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.


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Performances:

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.


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Performances:

Saturday, June 22, 8AM - Exhibit Hall
Saturday, June 22, 12:30PM - Midsummer Pole
Sunday, June 23, 8AM - Exhibit Hall


Polka Dots


The Polka Dots formed in the Fall of 2018 at the suggestion of Astoria’s veteran accordionist Coreen Bergholm to provide live traditional music for the Fort George Benefit Night for Scandinavian Heritage Park. This North Coast Combo whose members are all of Scandinavian heritage has special enthusiasm for Northern European dance music. Members include Nancy Word and Ruby McCord on accordion and Noel Rydbom on string bass.


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Performances:

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


ChrisLynn Taylor of Astor Street Opry has taken a script by Norwegian Stina Fagertun and reworked it into a Readers Theater presentation with local actors and actresses. Learn the heartbreaking story of what the Scandinavian immigrants left behind when they came to America and their hope for the future and what they found in the new world.


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Performances:

Friday, June 21, 8-11 PM - Queen's Ball, Exhibit Hall
Saturday, June 22, 7-10 PM - Open Family Dance, Exhibit Hall


Scandinavian Country


Returning for the Queen’s Ball on Friday evening after the Coronation will be local favorite Coreen Bergholm and her band, Scandinavian Country. Coreen learned to play accordion in an immigrant community in North Dakota and now spends winters performing around Yuma, Arizona, where she met Ken, the tuba and trombone player. This is the band that plays the local favorite dances like the Varsouvienne, the Butterfly and the Irish Waltz as well as polkas, schottisches, waltzes, and hambos. They even play the Chicken Dance and the Hokey Pokey!

Learn more about Coreen Bergholm. Click here.


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Performances:

2 PM, Saturday, June 22 - Beer Garden
4 PM, Saturday, June 22 - Geer Garden


The Squeezer and the Geezer


Coreen Bergholm learned to play accordion in an immigrant community in North Dakota and now spends winters performing around Yuma, Arizona, where she met Ken Presthus, tuba and trombone player. This duo is back after an absence last year and we know you will enjoy their music and shenanigans in the beer garden.

Learn more about Coreen Bergholm. Click here.


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Encampment Open:

Saturday, June 22, 10AM – 6PM - Outdoors
Sunday, June 23, 10AM – 4PM - Outdoors

Demonstrations:

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

Viking Encampment

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.


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Performances:

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


Astoria’s own dance group includes dancers from second grade to adults. The NORDIC DANCERS are the youngest group and several members are performing at their first midsummer festival. Experienced teen-age dancers make up the VIKING DANCERS but several fathers also participate . This group is always open to new members! Parents of dancers and former dancers and adults interested in Scandinavian folk dancing form the SCANDIA DANCERS. The Nordic Viking Dancers are led by Kevin Ladd.

Learn more about the Nordic Viking Dancers. Click here.


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