Canada’s Tribute to ABBA
Arrival, Canada’s Tribute to ABBA, is an authentic sounding, six-piece tribute band to ABBA. They perform in full costumes similar to the actual styles worn by the original ABBA. These seasoned professional musicians have performed hundreds of shows over the last years in casinos, theaters, corporate events, and festivals around the world. Arrival is appearing for the third time at the Midsummer Festival. Bring your dancing shoes as there will be dancing in the aisles.
This concert requires a special ticket. There are 320 reserved seats on the arena floor and 550 general admission seats in the bleachers. Tickets will be sold in advance at the Liberty Theater Box Office: libertyastoria.showare.com.
- Rows A-E: $40 each
- Rows F-P: $30 each
- General Admission: $20
An Arrival ticket includes free admission to the festival after 5 PM. The arena closes at 6:30 PM and reopens at 7 PM for seating. Food and beverages are available at the festival including a Scandinavian Buffet 4-7 PM catered by Scandinavian Café of Vancouver, Washington.
Saturday, June 18, 7:30-9 P.M. - Arena Main Stage
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Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers
10 AM, Friday, June 17 at Astoria Nordic Heritage Park Dedication, 16th and Marine Drive
5:45-6:30 PM, Friday, June 17, arena stage
1:45-2:30 PM, Saturday, June 18, arena stage
3:30-4 PM, Saturday, June 18, arena stage
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Varelse with Amy Hakanson
11:00 -11:45 AM, Saturday, June 18 – arena stage
1:00-1:45 PM, Saturday, June 18 – arena stage
4:00-4:45 PM, Saturday, June 18 - arena stage
Astor Street Opry - Shanghaied in Astoria
1-1:45, Saturday, June 18 – exhibit hall
2:45-3:30, Saturday, June 18 - exhibit hall
Saturday, June 18: Beer Garden: Show up and be surprised. Your hosts in the 2022 Beer Garden are the Astor Street Opry.
The Brownsmead Flats play acoustic music that may be best described as “Crabgrass” which they liken to a folk/bluegrass style with a maritime flavor. The band has a strong focus on vocal harmonies and many of their songs are composed by members of the group and reflect on living in the Pacific Northwest. Dan Sutherland is featured on the hammered dulcimer, fiddle, and mandolin. Ray Raihala picks the banjo, guitar and mandolin. Ned Heavenrich plays harmonica and guitar. John Fenton keeps the band together rhythmically with the bass, and Larry Moore rounds out the group with his expertise on mandolin and occasional flashes of fancy foot work.
The Brownsmead Flats create a festive atmosphere where audiences are encouraged to participate by singing along, doing hand motions, and participating in dances taught by the band. The versatility of the group allows them to generate music for audiences of all ages. Their tight harmonies and enjoyment of making music together translate into an event guaranteed to fill audiences with song and mirth.
5:30-6:30 PM, Friday, June 17 – arena
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Icelandic Horses - Larry & Jackie Taylor
Friday, June 17: Horse Arena by Midsummer Pole 2:00-6:00 PM
Saturday, June 18: Horse Arena: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, June 19: Horse Arena: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Joan Paddock - Lur of Norway
10:30 AM, Friday, June 17 – Joan will sound the lur at the Dedication of Astoria Nordic Heritage Park, 16th & Marine Drive
7 PM, Friday, June 17 – lur call at beginning of Queen Coronation at Clatsop County Fairground
The Polka Dots formed in the fall of 2018 at the suggestion of Astoria’s veteran accordionist Coreen Bergholm. This North Coast Combo is known for their willingness to perform live traditional music for a variety of events in the local community. All members are of Nordic heritage and have a special enthusiasm for Northern European dance music. Members include Nancy Wordand Ruby McCord on accordion and Noel Rydbom on string bass.
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. They will perform during breakfast in the exhibit hall on Saturday and Sunday and for dancing around the Midsummer Pole on Saturday at 12:30.
3:15-4:15 PM, Friday, June 17, arena stage
9-10:30, Saturday, June 18, exhibit hall stage
12-12:30 PM, Saturday, June 18, Midsummer Pole
11-11:45 AM, Sunday, arena stage
8 – 11 PM, Saturday, June 18, Queen’s Ball Dance, exhibit hall
Tulehoidjad Estonian Dancers from Portland
12 noon -12:45, Saturday, June 18 2022, Arena
3-3:45 PM, Saturday, June 18, 2022, Arena
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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.
10 AM – 6 PM, Saturday, June 18, outdoor encampment
1 PM, Saturday, June 18 – Viking Demonstration #1
2 PM, Saturday, June 18 – Viking Demonstration #2
3 PM, Saturday, June 18 – Viking Demonstration #3
10 AM – 2 PM, Sunday, June 19, outdoor encampment
12 Noon, Sunday, June 19 – Viking Demonstration #4
1 PM, Sunday, June 19 – Viking Demonstration #5
Vasa Swedish Dancers
12 noon, Saturday, June 17 - dancing at the Midsummer Pole on the front lawn
2:00-2:30 PM, Saturday, June 16 – exhibit hall
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Astoria Nordic Scandia Dancers
4:30-5:15 PM, Friday, June 17 – arena stage
7 PM, Friday, June 17 – Queen’s Cornation
10-10:45 AM, Saturday, June 18 – arena stage
2-2:45 PM, Saturday, June 18 – arena stage
4-4:45 PM, Saturday, June 18 – reunion dance with Kevin, exhibit hall
10-10:45, Sunday, June 19 – arena stage
12-12:30 – Sunday, June 19 – arena stage
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Featured Entertainers from Finland
Ancient Instruments and Angelic Voices
Kardemimmit takes you to a journey into the Finnish Midsummer’s magical night where the sun doesn’t set at all. The air is filled with the ancient mystery of time standing still and the nature is heartbreakingly beautiful at the peak of its bloom. Kardemimmit is the sound of the Finnish forest
Kardemimmit is a band of four awesome women playing the Finnish national instrument, kantele. The band members are Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Anna Wegelius and Leeni Wegelius. Kardemimmit are in charge of their own music – they compose, as well as arrange, write lyrics and produce. Alongside 15 and 38 stringed kanteles, singing has a big part in Kardemimmit’s musical universe where original pieces with a modern approach still have a strong foundation in Finnish, Eastern European and Scandinavian traditions. The Finnish reki-singing style, 19th century dancing music, Perhonjokilaakso kantele playing style, Eastern Finnish archaic improvisation and ancient runo singing are all present in Kardemimmit’s music.
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Sturla Eide and Øystein Sandbukt
Featured Entertainers from Norway
Sturla Eide is one of Norway’s most accomplished traditional fiddlers and Øystein Sandbukt plays acoustic guitar with an emphasis on Norwegian folk tunes. Sturla Eide has been fiddling since 1982 and is also a composer. His tune «Dimmisjonspols» («Discharge Pols») has become a household staple of the Scandinavian repertoire, performed in most folk music gatherings. Øystein Sandbukt started out as a rock guitarist but then got curious about Norwegian traditional music. He retuned his guitar like a fiddle with two bass strings, experimented, and found that he can play old fiddle tunes like fiddlers do. Together Eide and Sandbukt offer a fascinating journey through the vast range of Norwegian traditional fiddle and guitar tunes. Most of the main melodies fall to Sturla as he plays the violin and a wonderful Norwegian nine-stringed Hardangerfiddle. This music is interesting stuff. The basic tone will be familiar to any experienced listener of traditional Celtic music, but it’s not Celtic music, it’s Norwegian. Every melody in Norwegian traditional music is saturated by rhythm because the tunes had to be danceable by themselves a long time ago. The melody is in the rhythm and the rhythm is in the melody. Enjoy the energetic, edgy and powerful tunes presented on violin and guitar as Sturla and Øystein improvise over traditional tunes that could still be used for dancing. Everything is undoubtably pure Norwegian!
Amy Hakanson and Collin Stackhouse
Dance Lessons with Patrick McMonagle
Patrick McMonagle has been folk dancing since high school in Seattle in the 1960s. He’s taught folkdance to University of Washington students and teaches at the Northwest Folklife Festival and the Junction City Scandinavian Festival. One of his regular teachers included Gordon Tracie whose Skandia LP he rereleased on CD in 1997. Currently Pat leads folkdances at the Swedish Club in Seattle. Pat’s favorite joke:
“Why don’t dogs dance?”
“Because they have two left feet!”
Left feet aside, Pat will teach five short dance lessons at the 2020 festival and call mixers at the Friday and Saturday night open dances. No prior experience or partner is necessary.
Leikarringen of Portland Dancers
“Leikarringen” means circle or round dance. The priority of this Portland group is the preservation of Nordic culture. The group’s ages range from 4 to young adult and they love to perform around the Pacific Northwest. They rehearse on Tuesdays in SE Portland and welcome new members. Check them out on Facebook too. Christie Stilson is director of the group and Ethan Hardy leads the Stor Leikarringen.
Note: Leikarringen likes to perform outdoors if the weather is nice. Look for them in front of the main entrance on Saturday.
Reader's Theater: From the Suomi Hall Attic
The Squeezer and the Geezer
Tulehoidjad Estonian Folk Dancers
Returning to the 2020 Midsummer Festival after a long absence is Tulehoidjad, an Estonian folkdance group from Portland, Oregon. Tulehoidjad means Torch Bearers and was formed in 1950. They have taught Estonian folk dances to three generations of Estonian immigrants and many American friends. Keeping Estonian traditions alive and teaching Americans about Estonian folk dance are its primary aims.