The 43rd annual Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival (aka Astoria Scanfest 2010) takes place this weekend, June 18-20.
Heather and I attended the Scanfest for our first time last summer, [that’s me pictured, preparing for the 2009 fest with strong coffee and appropriate head gear] and we had a blast. Read her account of our adventure:
- Tank Full Of Gas, Chapter 16: Astoria Midsummer Scandinavian Fest, Part One
- Chapter 16: Astoria Midsummer Scandinavian Fest, Part Two
This year’s festivities begin Friday with the Coronation of Miss Scandinavia, the torchlight procession to the bonfire to burn hexes representing bad luck, and the queen’s ball. And also very importlantly, on Friday from 9-11pm Beer-drinking Music is scheduled for the Beer Garden.
Saturday‘s events include the Optog, a walking parade through downtown Astoria. And the raising of the midsummer pole followed by ring dancing, and an evening open dance.
Music and dancing take place throughout the festival, all days. Entertainers include the Sigtuna Brass Sextet from Sweden, the Karelian Folk Music Ensemble from Finland and Russia, Pekka and Perttu from Finland, and the Ultima Thule Choir from Norway. Vendors will be on hand selling handcrafts and imported items from Scandinavia. And don’t forget the Aebelskiver (Scandinavian donut), Krumkakke (crisp flat cookie rolled into cone shape), Lefse (flat bread with butter, cinnamon and sugar), Riisipuuro (rice pudding with fruit soup), and more!
Sunday the festival wraps up with a Pannukaku Breakfast and more music and fun.
And I’ll leave you with one of the highlights of last year’s festival: Kerry Christensen, Master Yodeler performing the The Norwegian Cow Song!
Kerry Christensen, Master Yodeler, The Norwegian Cow Song from Mile73 on Vimeo.
Christa Wessel says
The Astoria Music Festival is also celebrating with a special program on Saturday:
Saturday, June 19, 7:30 PM
MIDSUMMER NORDIC NIGHT
Sibelius Violin Concerto: Elizabeth Pitcairn, Violin
Grieg Peer Gynt
David Ogden Stiers, Actor/Narrator
Amy Hansen, Soprano, Deac Guidi, Baritone
Ultima Thule Chamber Choir, Norway
North Coast Chorale
Maddox Little Ballet Theater
Keith Clark, Conductor