About the Entertainment
Please Note: These are the entertainers from the 2022 Festival. Thanks to all who came! We will post the 2023 entertainers just as soon as they become available.

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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

The Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers are a group of high school dancers and musicians founded in 1963. This group promotes the Swedish heritage of the Lindsborg, Kansas area through folk music and dance. Lindsborg will celebrate its own Midsummer Festival on June 11, 2022, and then its dancers and parents will fly to the Northwest to celebrate Midsummer in Astoria. Please join us in welcoming this like-minded group to celebrate our common Nordic heritage.


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

Amy Hakanson studied Scandinavian folk music in Sweden and when she returned to Portland, she searched for fellow musicians interested in exploring modern and traditional Scandinavian folk music. When she found them, she created a new band called Varelse. Varelse combines the instruments of nyckelharpa, fiddle, guitar and world percussion together to create a sound that is simultaneously old and new, weaving together Scandinavian folk tradition, North American fiddle tunes, and Western European melodies, along with African and Middle Eastern rhythmic traditions. Amy Hakanson plays the nyckelharpa, a Scandinavian instrument that is keyed instead of fingered. Its sound is beautiful as well as haunting. Steven Skolnik is an accomplished percussionist with infectious energy on and off stage. Amy and Steven are joined by bandmates Collin Stackhouse on fiddle and Joe Pomianek on guitar and have been creating their own blead of instrumental folk fusion since 2018.


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

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Astor Street Opry - Shanghaied in Astoria

Now in its 37th 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 exhibit hall at festival on Saturday.


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.

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Brownsmead Flats

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

*** Canceled due to medical emergency ***

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.

Exhibit Hours:

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

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 the dedication of Astoria Nordic Heritage Park and at the Festival Flag Ceremony and the Midsummer Pole Raising.


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


Polka Dots

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

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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! Other musicians include former Astorian Donna Mansfield and guitar specialist John Orr.


8 – 11 PM, Saturday, June 18, Queen’s Ball Dance, exhibit hall

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Tulehoidjad Estonian Dancers from Portland

Returning to the 2022 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.


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

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.

Encampment Open:

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

Vasa Swedish Folk Dance Group, the littlest dancers at the festival come from Portland and will perform at the festival on Sunday. This group of Swedish dancers is led by Christine Smith.


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

Astoria’s own dance group includes dancers from second grade to adults. The Viking 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 who are frequently joined by the adults from the Scandia Dancers. The Nordic Viking Dancers are led by Kevin Ladd.


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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Kardemimmit (2023)

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 PokelaJutta RahmelAnna 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!

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Amy Hakanson and Collin Stackhouse

Portland musician Amy Hakanson plays Swedish nykelharpa. Amy was trained in classical violin and heard her first nyckelharpa in 2008. She started playing herself in 2014 and since then has studied in Sweden with several well-known folk musicians. Amy performs regularly with her Nordic fusion band Varelse but today is appearing with Collin Stackhouse on fiddle.

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Brownsmead Flats

Brownsmead Flats are a local group from Brownsmead, Oregon, twenty miles east of Astoria. They’re a string band consisting of guitars, bass, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Ray Räihälä writes lots of their tunes and he’s a genuine Finn! The Brownsmead Flats’ music appeals to all ages .... toe-tapping, dancing, and singing along...all are encouraged at a Flats concert.


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.

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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

For years, members of the local Nordic community have talked about the treasures hidden in the attic at Suomi Hall. Recently Finnish Brotherhood members investigated and found scripts of early plays that were performed in the first half of the 20th century. Suomi Hall still has an elevated stage with lights and sets from past productions that haven’t been performed for years but audience members today will get a peek at the entertainment of the past. Finnish immigrant Sirpa Duoos of Astoria read over a dozen scripts and selected one to translate to English. It’s called Love and Politics. ChrisLynn Taylor of the Astor Street Opry auditioned, selected a cast, and lead rehearsals in preparations for this year’s Readers Theater selection. Funds from the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition and Oregon Cultural Trust make this project possible. Enjoy an entertaining hour of vintage entertainment.

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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. Coreen and Ken are local favorites and will be joined by friends in a jam session. We know you will enjoy their music and shenanigans in the beer garden.


Tulehoidjad Estonian Folk Dancers

From Portland

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.