2017 Scandinavian Court Introductions
7 PM, Tuesday, February 28
Astoria High School Commons
Meet the 2017 Scandinavian Court for the first time in costume at their formal introduction at 7 PM on Tuesday, February 28, at Astoria High School. These are the young women (and one lucky young man) who will be carrying the news of our 50th anniversary festival (June 16, 17, 18, 2017) to lodges and service groups in our area and to festivals in other communities. Midsummer is only four months away!
50th Anniversary Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
MAMA MIA THE MOVIE SING-A-LONG
3-5 PM, Saturday, March 11
Columbian Theater, 1114 Marine Drive, Astoria
$5, 250 seats available first come, first served
Doors open at 2:30
Balcony open to adults only
Linger downtown afterwards for the 2nd Saturday Art Walk
Come in costume if you like!
“Dancing Queen,” “Mama Mia,” and “Take a Chance on Me” are just a few of ABBA’s greatest hits from the 2008 British-American-Swedish romantic musical comedy Mamma Mia adapted from the 1999 Broadway musical of the same name. ARRIVAL, Canada’s ABBA tribute band, will perform at the 2017 Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival on Saturday, June 17 at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. Join us for a fun preview of ABBA’s hit songs at the Columbian Theater in Astoria from 3-5 PM on Saturday, March 11. This event is sponsored by the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association in honor of and in preparation for the 50th Anniversary Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds in June 2017. Two hundred and fifty seats are available for the Mama Mia Sing-a-Long at the Columbian Theater on a first come, first served basis. The balcony will be open for adults only. Tickets are $5 and you’ll enjoy singing along with your friends on ABBA’s greatest hits. Come in costume, if you like, and linger downtown afterwards to take in the 2nd Saturday Art Walk.
ASTORIA SCAN FEST 2017 FEATURE ENTERTAINERS FROM DENMARK
“the master fiddler and the absolutely crystal clear voice from Denmark”
Two of Denmark’s finest artists come together to perform traditional and contemporary Danish music with great passion and virtuosity. Beautiful old Danish ballads are gently blended with flashy, impossibly pretty fiddle tunes and it’s all presented to the audience with great passion and presence.
Haugaard has established himself as one of Denmark’s finest musicians. His compositions are present and original as he draws on the deep roots of the rich Danish musical tradition he grew up with.
Blum has thrilled audiences throughout Europe and from Canada to Japan with her intensely expressive, Chrystal clear voice. Her artistic focus embraces both traditional roots and innovation. Using ancient songs and ballads as a base, she reinvents them with contemporary expressions and mixes them elegantly with her own compositions.
The Haugaard / Blum Band also consists of three fantastic back-up musicians who all are soloists in their own right: Kristine Elise Pedersen on cello, Mikkel Grue on guitar, and Sune Rahbek on percussion.
Haugaard runs fiddle schools in Germany and Wisconsin each summer and is artistic director for the Folk Baltica Festival in Northern Germany. Both Haugaard and Blum were recently named by the Germany government as ambassadors for the European Year of Cultural Heritage. The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to all festival goers to hear these world class musicians from Denmark.
Harald Haugaard: http://www.haraldh.dk/
Helene Blum: http://heleneblum.dk/
RONNI HARRIS CREATES FESTIVAL ART FOR 2017
Local Astoria fabric artist Ronni Harris has created another wonderful original artwork for the 2017 festival. The image will be used in festival publicity and posters and the original will be raffled on Sunday, June 18, at the conclusion of the festival. Ronni will be a vendor at the 50th Anniversary Festival and sell small and large tiles featuring the newly commissioned artwork. She might even have some of last year’s design available too. Start a tradition of collecting them all.
50th ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES PLANNED
Many special events are being planned for the 50th Anniversary Festival to be held June 16, 17 and 18 at Clatsop County Fairgrounds. The Tug of War contest is back! Look for it at 10:30 on Saturday morning. We’ll need a few strong men and sturdy women to help represent all the teams. New this year are the Aebelskiver Eating Contests sponsored by the Lower Columbia Danish Society - one each on Saturday and Sunday. How many can you eat? Check with the lodge of your choice to see if they need a representative to help devour these tasty treats. Both the dancers and the Scandinavian courts are holding reunions and there will be plenty of time to socialize together at the cake reception on Saturday afternoon. Saturday evening’s special event is a concert by Canada’s ABBA Tribute Band ARRIVAL followed by a public dance with live music by Scandinavian Country. The whole weekend is full of quality music from Denmark, dancing, Vikings, flags and the troll. Join us and help make our 50th Anniversary Festival the most memorable yet.
ASTORIA SCAN COURT REUNION
Were you a Junior or Senior Scandinavian Princess or Crown Bearer? Our 50th anniversary special activities include Court Reunions and photos of the reassembled courts. The court reunions will take place between 2 and 4 PM on Saturday, June 17. We hope you’ll join us.
Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Named an Oregon Heritage Tradition
The Oregon Heritage Commission met in February and proclaimed the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival an Oregon Heritage Tradition. This designation is reserved for events more than 50 years old that represent what it means to be an Oregonian. Todd Mayberry, the coordinator of the Oregon Heritage Commission and Commissioner Jerry Ostermiller, formerly executive director of the Columbia River Maritime Museum, will make a special presentation right after the Flag Ceremony and just prior to the Queen Coronation at 7 P.M. on Friday, June 16, at the opening of the 50th anniversary festival. Loran Mathews, Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association President, and Leila Collier, 2017 Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Chair, remarked in a joint statement: “Our mission is to preserve traditional Scandinavian culture and heritage through educational opportunities in areas of customs, language, food and the arts and to educate all Oregonians about the culture and heritage of the Scandinavian countries. We thank the Oregon Historical Commission for this prestigious honor and invite all Oregonians and visitors to share our traditions and heritage the third weekend of June every summer.”
ARRIVAL, Canada’s Tribute to ABBA
How do you celebrate 50 years of successful Scandinavian Midsummer Festivals? In a BIG way, for sure, so that’s why we’ve invited ARRIVAL, Canada’s Tribute to ABBA to do a special performance at 7:30 PM on Saturday evening, June 17. “Dancing Queen,” “Mama Mia,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Knowing You, Knowing Me” - all your favorites will be included. This 50th Anniversary Special Event requires a special ticket: $15 general admission; $25 reserve seating. The concert ticket includes admission to the festival after 5 PM. Come for dinner and the concert! If you arrive before 5 PM, you will need to purchase a festival admission wrist band good for all three days. Arena doors open at 7 PM and the concert starts at 7:30 PM. There will be a public dance with live music by Scandinavian Country immediately following the concert. Ticket pre-sale details will be available soon. Check back later for more information.
The original ABBA band formed in Stockholm in 1968 and went on to win the Eurovision song contest in 1974 giving Sweden its first triumph in the contest and becoming the most successful group to ever take part in the competition. ABBA were the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries and to spawn ABAA tribute bands around the world. The original band dissolved in 1982 but will reform for an upcoming project in 2017. In the meantime, we have convinced Canada’s top ABBA tribute band to come to the 2017 festival.
Playing hundreds of sold out live shows, Canada’s ABBA tribute band ARRIVAL has a sound and stage show that has been honed and fine tuned to such a degree that they have many times actually been mistaken for the real ABBA. The crowd loves to sing along with ABBA's famous and well known tunes during ARRIVAL's exciting high energy live stage show. Come to the Clatsop County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 17, and relive the magic of “Dancing Queen,” “I do, I do, I do, I do, I do,” ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You,” and “Mama Mia” just to name a few.
Astoria Scandinavian Festival Scholarship 2017
Download the application for the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Scholarship. At least one $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior in Clatsop County. Depending on the available balance in the scholarship fund, additional scholarships may be awarded. The winner of the scholarship will be announced at their high school awards ceremony as well as Friday, June 16th at the festival coronation ceremony.
The Astoria Midsummer Festival Association is proud to offer this scholarship in an effort to support the youth of Clatsop County; more specifically the youth that keep our strong Scandinavian heritage alive. The Scandinavian Festival itself is an annual event which began in 1967.
Please send completed applications to:
PO Box 34
Astoria, OR 97103
Applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2017. We look forward to learning how the festival has impacted your life!
NORDIC VIKING SCANDIA DANCERS TO HOLD REUNION
Did you dance with the Nordic, Viking or Scandia groups in the past? Can you remember Dudlepska and Little Man in a Fix? If not, it doesn’t matter. Come to the Dancers Reunion between 2 and 4 PM on Saturday, June 17, at Festival and socialize with your former dance partners. Afterwards, there will be reunion dancing on the arena stage with the current group of dancers. Kevin will call, in case you forgot. There will also be dancing for the general public on Friday and Saturday evenings of the festival. Bring your dancing shoes to this year’s 50th anniversary festival.
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