Saturday, June 18, 2016
MIDNIGHT SUN BREAKFAST served by Scandinavian Café of Vancouver, WA
7-11:00 A.M., Exhibit Hall
Buffet: Norwegian Jarlsberg egg cake, Finnish Pyttipannu (Scandinavian pan-fried scramble of potato, onions, sausage & egg), Swedish pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries, Norwegian Rommegrot (sour cream porridge/pudding with cinnamon and sugar), Lefse (fresh off the griddle), Scandinavian cheese, Shrimp and salmon lox, Fresh assorted breads, Fruit, Fresh baked Danish pastry, Coffee, OJ, water. $10.00 (Kids 6 and under: $5)
RUNNING OF THE TROLLS
8:30 A.M., Walluski area
The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is pleased to announce the 13th Annual Running of the Trolls. Join us for a walk or run in the beautiful Walluski countryside. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association Scholarship Fund. Registration is available online or at the festival. Check-in is from 7-8 A.M. on Saturday in the Main Entry Hall.
9:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M., Arena
Visit the midsummer vendors to find specialty Scandinavian items and handcrafted treasures. Many booths offer Scandinavian food items for your dining and snacking pleasure.
10 A.M.-6 P.M., Arena
10 A.M.-6 P.M., Exhibit Hall
There will be live Scandinavian themed entertainment on two stages throughout most of the day. Pick up a festival program at the the admission table or view one of the posted schedule to find your favorite band, singer, or dance troupe. Featured entertainers from Denmark, Finland and Sweden will perform today also. The show varies each performance so try to catch them all.
EMPIRE OF CHIVALRY AND STEEL VIKING ENCAMPMENT
10–6:00 P.M., Outdoors
The Empire of Chivalry and Steel will hold an open house in their Viking encampment outdoors south of the Arena. Costumed reenactors will demonstrate crafts, tournaments, armor making, and combat arts from the culture of the Middle Ages.
11 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.; Arena
Young festival attendees can participate in children’s activities in the Barnefest area. This area is staffed by volunteers from Tongue Point Job Corps Center, the Nordic Viking Dancers, and by parents. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. There are inexpensive games (fishing, wheel spin, plinko, golf and bean bag toss), face painting and a raffle. There will be puppet shows at 1:30 P.M. and 2:30 P.M.
OPTOG - FESTIVAL PARADE
11:30 A.M., festival grounds
Miss Scandinavia and her court, costumed dancers and entertainers, and representatives from the Scandinavian lodges will assemble in the dining area of the Exhibit Hall and then parade through the arena and festival grounds to the outdoor stage for the Flag Raising and Midsummer Pole ceremony.
FLAG RAISING followed immediately by
MIDSUMMER POLE RAISING
12 Noon, Outdoor Stage
Come and hear the national songs of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden while Miss Scandinavia and her court assist in the pageantry of the raising of the flags of these Scandinavian countries. Follow the Queen and her court to the Midsummer Pole while local men (and volunteers!) skillfully raise the Midsummer pole. Jorgen will play tunes for ring dancing lead by Christine Smith and the dancers from VASA Youth of Portland. (In case of rain, flag raising will be moved to the Exhibit Hall.)
12 Noon - 11 P.M.
Astoria Brewing Company will present a selection of award-winning handcrafted microbrews and a limited menu. The Astor Street Opry will present its standing-room only show of olio acts from “Shanghiaed in Astoria” at 1, 3, and 5 PM. There will be additional live music with The Squeezer and the Geezer (Coreen and Ken) in the afternoon and with Double J and the Boys from the Long Beach Peninsula in the early evening hours.
KUBB DEMONSTRATION AND TOURNAMENT
1-3 P.M., in front of the MIDSUMMER POLE
Here’s your chance to participate in a new activity at the Midsummer Festival! Kubb is pronounced “koob” and is a yard game of Scandinavian origins which has been played for about 1,000 years. Each year there is a world competition in Gotland, Sweden. The game is played between two teams with up to six people per team and consists of throwing baton-like pieces to knock over the blocks of the opposing team. Blocks that have been knocked over become guards for the remaining blocks. Each team throws six batons per turn. Once the guards are knocked down, the block is out of the game. Once a team has no targets, they knock down the king, who has been in the middle of the field the entire game. Prematurely knocking over the king is immediate loss. This game is much easier to play than picture in your head! Please show up at 1 P.M. on Saturday in front of the Midsummer Pole to join a team and be part of the Kubb exhibition. No prior skills are required. All are welcome.
PARADE OF COSTUMES
5 P.M., Exhibit Hall
Are you curious about the lovely costumes worn by representatives of the Scandinavian countries? Come and hear them explained in a fashion show with live models.
VIKING DINNER served by Scandinavian Café of Vancouver, WA
4-7:00 P.M., Exhibit Hall
Buffet: Danish Pork Roulade (Danish style pork roast rolled with apricots and prunes), Swedish Meatballs in Brown Cream Gravy, Norwegian Beef and Cabbage, Braised Red Cabbage, Janneson’s Temptation (a traditional Swedish casserole made of potatoes, onions, pickled sprats, bread crumbs and cream), Garden Salad, Danish Smørrebrød (Open-Faced Sandwiches), Shrimp and Herring Salad , Nordic Cheeses, Fresh Baked Bread and Crisps, Nordic Ricecream Dessert with Cherry Sauce, Cookies and Pastries, Soda, Coffee & Bottled Water. $15.00 (Kids 6 and under: $7)
DANCERS BALL with SKOLSIS
6:30 to 7:00 P.M., dance basics with Martha Levenson, Exhibit Hall
7 to 10:00 P.M., dance
Skolkis of Seattle will provide music for family friendly dancing until 10 P.M. This is the Seattle band that was featured on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion last year. Come dance a waltz, polka, schottische, or hambo and just enjoy listening to the live Scandinavian music and watching the dancers. There will be a few mixers during the early part of the evening so all can participate. Skolkis even plays an “Astoria Set” with the Butterfly and the Varsouvienne. There will be plenty of tunes for open dancing too. Light refreshments are available in the hall and the beer garden is open too.