Abba Tribute Band Effort Seeks Donations
Dancing Queen! Take a Chance on Me! Knowing Me, Knowing You! Mama Mia! How about celebrating our 50th anniversary festival with a top ABBA Tribute Band singing the hits of this world-wide famous Swedish pop band of the 80’s? An anonymous donor has pledged $5,000 and if we can match it by November 15, this concert will happen on Saturday night, June 17, 2017, at the 50th Anniversary Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds east of Astoria. Please help if you can.
Mail your tax deductible donation to:
PO Box 34
Astoria, OR 97103
2017 Feature Entertainers From Scandinavia Announced
Popular Danish folk artist Harald Haugaard and the dynamic vocalist Helene Blum and their band will return by popular demand as featured entertainers from Scandinavia to the 2017 Midsummer Festival on June 16, 17, and 18, 2017 in Astoria. Haugaard and Blum are some of the most sought-after musicians of their generation and have toured most of the world, made many award-winning recordings, and have a strong commitment to teaching and expanding the music of their Danish folk tradition to new boundaries and new audiences. Haugaard is a virtuoso fiddler who plays his music from the heart. He leads his own festival in Germany and has summer fiddle schools in Denmark and the U.S. Helene Blum has taken Danish folk music to a whole new level. Her expressive voice captivates enthusiastic audiences everywhere. The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is thrilled to host Haugaard and Blum and their band again and knows that festival go’ers at the 50th anniversary festival will enjoy a real treat.
Miss Scandinavia 2016
Miss Scandinavia 2016 is Megan McCall-Devos who represented the Sons of Norway Lodge. Just after being announced the winner of the silver crown, she said, “ “I feel honored to represent my family, lodge and the festival. This is something that I want to participate in the rest of my life.”
Scandinavian Immigrant Park Proposal Advances
The proposed Scandinavian Immigrant Park has received approval from the City of Astoria Parks and Rec Board and will seek approval from the City of Astoria City Council in August 2016. The park is proposed as an enhancement to the former “People’s Park” on Marine Drive between 15th and 16th. More information is available at: www.fromscandinaviatoastoria.org.
Troll Run Winner Announced
The fastest male and female runners of the 2016 Running of the Trolls were Eli Stillman and Bridget Bergman. Stillman, the wining male runner, is a 23-year-old recent graduate of Southern Oregon University. He joined The Daily Astorian as a Snowden intern and his first assignment was to cover the 2016 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival.
Lucia Festival of Lights, Friday, November 25
The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association sponsors the Lucia Festival of Lights the day after Thanksgiving as the official opening of the Christmas season. This year’s ceremonies take place at 7 P.M. on Friday, November 25, 2017, at the Astoria High School Auditorium and Commons, 1001 West Marine Drive, in Astoria. There will be special music starting at 6:30 PM and a Lucia procession featuring this year’s Lucia Bride Kaitlyn Landwehr with attendants from the 2016 festival court and star boys. The 2017 Scandinavian Festival Court will be formally introduced and there will be musical entertainment, Scandinavian treats, and dancing. Admission to the event is a $1 per person donation (or $5 maximum per family living in the same household) to the Scandinavian Festival Scholarship fund administered by Astoria High School Scholarships, Inc. It is not necessary to be Scandinavian to participate in this event and the whole community is invited to leave turkey left-overs at home and come mingle and socialize on one of the dark evenings of the year. For more information on the Sankta Lucia evening, contact Loran Mathews at 503-325-6136.
2016 Gallery of Photos
The 2016 Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is history now but the memories live on our photo gallery. Enjoy the photos of a successful 49th festival and make your plans to attend the 50th festival June 16, 17, 18, 2016.
Knappa Students Create Mural for Scandinavian Festival
Knappa High School art teacher Janet Sheridan and her students recently completed a 24-foot by 9-foot mural of a forest of birch trees in the spring that debuted as a stage backdrop in the Exhibit Hall at the 2016 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Funding came from the Clatsop Cultural Coalition, but it was the students and teacher who designed and completed the project. Students in Knappa High School shop teacher Tim Kamppi’s classes made a metal frame to hold the mural in place.
Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Scholarship
The Astoria Midsummer Festival Association offers scholarships to support the youth of Clatsop County that keep our strong Scandinavian heritage alive. Three $500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors in Clatsop County. The recipients’ names will be announced at their high school awards ceremony as well as Friday, June 18th, at the festival coronation ceremony
Join us at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds located at
92937 Walluski Loop in Astoria, Oregon.
The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival has been a tradition on the North Coast of Oregon for over forty years. The Festival takes place typically on the 3rd full weekend of June. The festival embodies the rich cultural heritage that was transplanted to the Astoria, Oregon region by emigrating Scandinavians. In the Pacific Northwest they found the same bounteous seas and forests as in their native lands and the demand for their skills at managing them. During the three days of the festival over a dozen Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups are scheduled to entertain . Retail booths will offer handcrafts, Scandinavian import items, and traditional Scandinavian foods.
HERITAGE TRADITION FAMILY FOOD FUN
HERITAGE TRADITION FAMILY FOOD FUN