Scandinavian Folk Festival
July 19, 20, 21, 2019
Jamestown Community College, Jamestown NY
Friday ~ 1:00pm to 9:30PM
Saturday ~ 10:00am to 9:00PM
Sunday ~ 10:00am to 4:00PM
  • Festival Overview
  • Festival Schedule
  • Food
  • Performers
  • Vendors
  • Lectures
  • Exhibits
  • Volunteering
  • Special Events

July 19, 20, 21, 2019

Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, NY

1:00 PM to 9:30 PM
10:00 am to 9:00 PM
10:00 am to 4:00 PM

Each person attending the Festival will be given a wristband. Those without wristbands will be returned to the main gate for readmission.
  • Friday
  • $8
  • All Day
  • July 19th
  • Saturday
  • $10
  • All Day
  • July 20th
  • Sunday
  • $5
  • All Day
  • July 21st
  • Weekend Pass
  • $15
  • 3 Days
  • All Weekend!
The gate fee covers all events in the Festival except for food, drink and gifts purchased as well as some workshops that offer take home crafts.
*Free Admission to volunteers who help with three hours of assistance and children age 16 and younger.

2019 Highlights

Swedish Meatballs
Band from New York City Area

Simple Gifts
String instrument duet from Central Pennsylvania

Toronto Swedish Folk Dance Team

Thule Swedish Adult and Children's Folk Dance Teams

The Probables
Rhythm-driven, folk/cana roots rock band
**Concert only Friday July 19**

Viking Mixed Chorus

A Major Series of Lectures
Historical & Educational

A New  Scandinavian Food Court

Viking Ship Norseman

The "footprint" of the Festival will be much smaller this year.
Located in the Carnahan building and space between this building and the JCC Gymnasium, but will continue to have the features.



Don Sandy: 716-665-0883
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Gwen Axelson: 716-665-4737
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Mary-AnnEva Ingrao: 716-489-1570
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Lecture Coordinator
Dr. Julie Boozer: 814-757-8701
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Hemslöjdsbutik / Loppis
Sandra Sandy: 716-665-9506
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Thank you for the Financial Support
This project is made possible with financial donations from many individuals and local organizations/businesses.  In particular we recognize the support of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Tri-County Arts Council.



Entertainment Schedule

  • Friday
  • 3:30 PM Dance Instruction
    4:00 PM Svenska Spelmän
    5:00 PM Opening Ceremonies including Viking Mixed Chorus
    6:00 PM Swedish Meatballs Band
    7:00 PM (In Food Court) Simple Gifts
    7:45 PM (In Food Court) Pete Hofert - comedy
    8:00 PM The Probables
    9:30 PM Close
  • Saturday
  • 10:00 AM Dance Instruction (Schottis, Waltz, Polka)
    11:00 AM Midsummer Celebration
    12:00 Noon Thule Children’s Swedish Folk Dance Team
    12:30 PM Toronto Swedish Folk Dance Team
    1:00 PM Swedish Meatballs Band
    2:00 PM Thule Adult Swedish Folk Dance Team
    2:45 PM Pete Hofert - Comedy
    3:00 PM Simple Gifts
    4:00 PM Vasa Voices
    4:30 PM Svenska Spelmän
    5:30 PM Scandinavian Costume Fashion Show
    6:00 PM Scandinavian Trivia Contest
    6:30 PM Simple Gifts and Svenska Spelmän
    7:15 PM Toronto Swedish Folk Dance Team and Thule Adult Swedish Folk Dance Team
    8:00 PM Swedish Meatballs (Food Court)
    9:00 PM Close
  • Sunday
  • 11:30 AM Swedish Religious Sing-Along
    12:00 Noon Dance Instruction (Waltz, Schottis, Polka)
    12:30 PM Toronto Swedish Folk Dance Team
    1:00 PM Swedish Meatballs Band
    2:30 PM Thule Swedish Adult Folk Dance Team
  • Crafts & Demos
  • 11 – 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday
    Chip Carving Demonstration by Don Reed - Carnahan 169
    1-4:00PM Saturday and Sunday
    Spinning Wool To Make Yarn by Lynne Meyers - Carnahan Exhibit Area
    1-3:00 PM Saturday Beginners Class
    3-5:00 PM Saturday Advanced Class
    Huck Embroidery by Julie Fried -Carnahan Exhibit Area
    1-4:00 PM Saturday
    Hardanger Embroidery and Scherensehitte by Rhonda Hedlund - Carnahan Exhibit area
    1-4:00 PM Saturday
    Broomstick Lace by Gail Peterson in - Carnahan Exhibit area
  • Lectures
  • Friday, July 19, 2019

    6 PM Why Is This Area So Swedish
    by Donald Sandy - Carnahan Theater
    7 PM Simply Swedish - An Introduction by Jeffrey Kroon - Carnahan Theater

    Saturday, July 20, 2019

    1:00 PM Finding Your Swedish Ancestors: A Beginning Lesson in Genealogy Research by Janet Wahlberg - Carnahan Theater
    1:00 PM Folkdrakt: Scandinavian Folk Costumes by Sonja Pascatore & Dr. Julie Boozer Carnahan 169
    1:00 PM Simply Swedish – An Introduction by Jeffrey Kroon Carnahan 168
    2:00 PM Antique Doll Adventures in Scandinavia by Kate Reed - Carnahan 169
    2:00 PM The New Sweden Colony: 1638 – 1655 by Trevor Brandt Carnahan Theater
    3:00 PM Dreams Come True (Winner of Allt for Sverige) by Curt Carlson - Carnahan Theater
    3:00 PM On the Trail of the Vikings in North America by Milton Franson Carnahan 168
    4:00 PM Trip of a Lifetime: Thule Dance Team’s Travels to Sweden, 2018 by Mary-Ann Eva Inagro, Katie Peterson and team members - Carnahan Theater
    4:00 PM Religion and the Early Swedes: 1844 – 1865 by John Everett Jones - Carnahan 168
    5:00 PM Jamestown is STILL Swedish! Allen Peterson & Kaitlyn Bentley and Chad & Rick Ecklof Carnahan Theater
    5:00 PM Astrid Lindgren, Author: Spiritual Mother to Generations of the World’s Children by Dr. Wesley Boozer - Carnahan 168
    6:00 PM Tre Kronor Castle by Michael Lindner Carnahan Theater
    7:00 PM Simply Swedish - An Introduction by Jeffrey Kroon - Carnahan Theater

    Sunday, July 21, 2019

    1:00 PM Astrid Lindgren, Author: Spiritual Mother to Generations of the World’s Children by Dr. Wesley Boozer - Carnahan Theater

    1:00 PM Simply Swedish - An Introduction by Jeffrey Kroon - Carnahan 168
    2 PM The Viking Drum and Bugle Corps by Dave “Skip” Axelson - Carnahan Theater
    2:00 PM An Immigrant Girl Arrives at Erie Station at Midnight (1880s): A Portrayal by Dr. Julie Boozer - Carnahan 168
    3:00 PM Tre Kronor Castle by Michael Lindner Carnahan Theater
    3:00 PM The Early Danish Community in Chautauqua and Warren Counties by John Everett Jones - Carnahan 168

Festival Food Court

The Scandinavian Folk Festival is presenting an array of Scandinavian Foods in one location in the Scandinavian Food Court. This Food Court will be located near the entertainment tent and at times will offer its own entertainment.

Serving around the covered seating for dinning will be 3Cs Food Truck offering a variety of traditional dishes, the Beer/Wine wagon, Norm's Korvburgers and the Kaffe Stuga. This will be a great place to gather with family and friends.

3Cs Food Truck

3Cs catering service will provide the traditional food this year. 

The menu includes a variety plate, Swedish meatballs, rice pudding, rotomos, yellow pea soup, brown beans and some non Swedish favorites.

Beer & Wine Wagon

Enjoy Danish Carlsberg Beer or some local favorites or a selection of wines.

Kaffe Stuga

Ice Cream with strawberries is always good on a warm Summer day! Take a fika (coffee break) with a homemade "goodie."

Norm’s Korv Burgers

The American Scandinavian Heritage Foundation will be serving Norm's world famous korvburgers.  Norm Owen created the korvburger for the Scandinavian Folk Festival.  A korv meat patty is served on a rye bun with a choice of lingonberries or other condiments.

Other Food Vendors

Mr. D’s

Returning to offer a variety of good ole' festival food, some of which include:

  • Curly Fries
  • Fried Dough
  • Hamburgers

Franklin’s Honey and Apples

They will have their usual kettle corn and honey products, caramel apple dessert, cotton candy, beeswax hand cream, and fruit logs.

Swedish Meatballs

Led by Ellen Lindstrom, Swedish Meatballs hail from the New York City area and perform regularly in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut region.

They are already scheduled for more than 37 events in 2019 and we are pleased that they have included Jamestown in their tour.

This trio will focus primarily on Swedish gammeldans (waltz, polka, schottis) music while including some American selections in their performance.

They describe themselves as "toe-tapping, foot-stomping, heart-touching eclectic musical band."

The Probables

The local band "The Probables" will perform one concert only on:


Friday July 19, 2019 at 8-9:30 PM.


The Probables are a rhythm-driven, folkcana/roots rock band formed in March of 2016 releasing recordings in 2016 and 2018. With influences of Americana, Folk, Contemporary, Bluegrass and Rock, The Probables result is a fusion with a unique blend.


The group consists of 5 members, most with Swedish heritage:

Steve Johnson - Lead Singer/Acoustic Guitar
Matt Gronquist - Accordion/Fiddle/Vocals
Adam McKillip - Mandolin/Vocals
Ryan Ecklund - Bass, and Nick Campbell - Drums

Simple Gifts

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, their program will include a number of Scandinavian musical selections such as the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in a traditional style.

Combining tradition with innovation, Simple Gifts creates some of the finest arrangements in folk music today:  Based in the hills of central Pennsylvania, these women play an amazing array of instruments. Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon switch with ease among fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, guitjo, recorders, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, baritone fiddle, guitar, and percussion.

Simple Gifts is frequently complimented on their stage presence, which is warm, personal, and accented with humor. They deliver their music with rare intensity and contagious enthusiasm. It’s obvious that Simple Gifts loves the music they play and knows how to share their excitement with the audience.

Svenska Spelmän

Western New York's own Swedish Band, Svenska Spelmän, has performed at all 17 Scandinavian Folk Festivals. All members are from Chautauqua County. Kathy Petersen plays the fiddle and nyckelharppa, Cheryl Ritch performs on the fiddle, Thomas Gestwicki on the guitar/banjo and Donald Sandy on the accordion.  They focus on the traditional music of Scandinavia such as the waltz, polka, schottis, ganglot, and hambo.  Their selections provide music both for enjoyable listening as well as dancing.  This band is also the music for the Thule Adult and Children's Folk Dance Teams.  They have performed in the Swedish embassy in Washington, DC and for the King and Queen of Sweden.

Viking Mixed Chorus

The Viking Mixed Chorus from our own Ingjald Lodge - Independent Order of Vikings will perform a concert on Friday evening.  Their selections include Swedish as well as English songs.  


Thule Lodge Adult and Children's Folk Dance Teams

The local Thule Lodge Vasa Order of America has two Swedish Folk Dance Teams - one with adults and one with children.  They have been part of our community for a number of generations.  The Adult Folk Dance Team toured Sweden in 2018 and worked with nine different folk dance teams to finesse their dancing skills.  The Children's Folk Dance Team danced with Sweden's Queen Sylvia when she last visited Jamestown.  The mission of both teams is to preserve the heritage of our Scandinavian Culture.

Both teams are always seeking new members so if interested let one of the dancers know.  The Children's Team is under the direction of Mary-AnnEva Ingrao and the instructor for the Adult team is Gerd Brigotta.  Both teams perform to the music of Svenska Spelmän.  

Toronto Swedish Folk Dance Team

This year's Scandinavian Folk Festival is proud to present the Swedish Folk Dance Team from Toronto, Canada.  They have been to the Festival in the past and are always well received.  We welcome them back after a two year absence.  This dance team is quite skilled and offers a colorful performance.  They will also encourage the audience to join in with their dancing.

Comedian Peter Hofert

Local comedian Peter Hofert will share his versions of the Scandinavian community.


Lilian and Guron Samuelsson

From Orebro, Sweden will provide Swedish music particularly in the Scandinavian Food Court.  They are relatives to Donna Johnson and her family.  We are pleased that they are visiting during the Scandinavian Folk Festival.

Vasa Voices

Returning to the Festival is the Vasa Voices from Cleveland, Ohio.  This group is a  mixed chorus who loves their Scandinavian (primarily Swedish) heritage and enjoys celebrating the culture by singing together. Sweden has a rich tradition of choral singing that goes back many centuries.  Their repertoire includes both contemporary and traditional Swedish choral music and folk songs, sacred as well as secular music. Most of the songs they sing are in Swedish, some are in English and a few in Danish and Norwegian.  The Vasa Voices have one performance on Saturday July 20 at 4 PM.



If you are interested in become a vendor with the Scandinavian Festival,
you can find the vendor application here.

Vendor Application

Festival Market Tent

The Festival Market Tent is staffed by volunteers and offers a wide variety of unique items. 


One section is the Loppis (flea market) where unique family heirlooms and used Scandinavian items are located.Festival volunteers are constantly seeking Scandinavian items at community sales during the year and bringing these items together in the Market Tent.  Anybody can place items for sale on a consignment basis.  It is already known that a collection of Swedish made copper and wooden items will be available. The Loppis offers one of a kind items that can not be purchased in a store.



Another section of the Festival Market Tent is the Hemslojdsbutik.  A wide variety of items that are hand made are offered. 

It could be Swedish painted items, Ecklof baked delicacies, hand knitted afghans, linens of many types such as pillow cases. tablecloths and table runners.  Even locally grown blueberries have been offered in the past.  A new item this year will be chainmail jewelry.



The Festival Market Tent also has a Gift Shop offering a wide variety of commercially made Scandinavian items such as calendars, books, Viking helmets, Swedish Christmas decorations, decorative plates and t-shirts.  Too many items to list.  Check out the Festival souvenirs.




Finely Crafted by Cara - (Visit online)

  Cara does custom Scandinavian embroidered items including clothes, totes, tea towels, linens and so much more. This will be my 5th year joining from NJ!


Denell Conley of Kennedy, NY, will have handmade wooden gnomes and sailboats with Scandinavian ribbons.

Returning to JCC is Ellen Fjermedal with
Ellen’s Rosemaling, famous for her painting.

Make sure to stop by and give her a warm welcome!

Mor Mor’s Attic

European Sheepskins from Buffalo, NY, is joining us again this year.


The sheepskins are absolutely beautiful!

You can check them out at

Kate Kylander Svensson with Uniquely Swedish Gifts from Lititz, Pennsylvania


They will have a variety of Swedish and Scandinavian linens and gifts.

Anne Jorunn Syvertsen A new vendor coming all the way from NORWAY!

She will have many hand-knitted gifts and some handstitched items.

The Stahlman Slate Company

Returning this year are Tim and Michele with their very nice decorative hanging artwork.

Barbara Nickerson

From Gerry, NY, is new this year; and will be selling knives, from pocket knives to katanas, and a small amount of jewelry. 

Sons of Vikings

New this year, coming all the way from Virginia Beach. They will be selling jewelry; brass, bronze, and sterling silver; T-shirts, drinking horns, helmets, and many more items.

Northern Lights Gifts from Pennsylvania will make their debut at this year’s festival.

They have been selling their products at Scandinavian festivals in the area for many years. They make many products themselves, and also sell some products they pickup in Scandinavia while visiting family and friends.


Simply Swedish - An Introduction by Jeffrey Kroon
Jeffrey holds academic credentials in English and has studied and traveled extensively in Sweden. He has taught Swedish language classes at Jamestown Community College since 1985. This is an introductory level sampling of Swedish greetings, common phrases and everyday vocabulary presented in an informal and interactive session that will have participants feeling and sounding Swedish! Absolutely no prior Swedish language study or knowledge is required.
Viking Drum and Bugle Corps   by Dave “Skip” Axelson
Skip relates stories about his participation in the Viking Drum and Bugle Corps in the 1940s, 50s and early 60s, when most towns in western NY and northwestern PA showed competitive drill teams at parades and celebrations. These groups, usually sponsored by fraternal clubs, veteran’s organizations or fire departments, were fiercely competitive for prize money and Jamestown’s local Viking Drum and Bugle Corps was very successful because of their excellent music and precision marching.
Folkdrakt: Scandinavian Folk Costumes by Sonja Pascatore and Dr. Julie Boozer
Scandinavia's unique folk costumes speak to the richness of their culture through their intricate embroidery patterns and vivid color combinations. A few centuries ago, each Scandinavian Parish and Province in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden had their own individual distinctive local costume. Men’s and women’s “folkdrakt” identified where they lived and their social class. Learn how to find out about your own ancestral “folkdrakt” and perhaps even make one to wear to next year's festival.
Antique Doll Adventures in Scandinavia by Kate Reed
Kate Reed is a United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC) national judge of antique dolls, who will share photos and stories of her travels, research and study of rare Scandinavian dolls. (UFDC was established in 1949 with a membership including doll clubs world-wide, members-at-large, museums, libraries and corporations. This international group includes collectors of both antique and modern dolls.) Kate will be available on Saturday afternoon to identify or evaluate dolls brought to the festival.
Finding Your Swedish Ancestors: a Beginning Lesson on Genealogy Research by Janet Wahlberg
Janet Walberg is a Research Assistant at the Fenton History Museum. This presentation is an introductory program on finding your Scandinavian ancestors. You will learn about genealogical websites and resources available locally and on-line. Finding your ancestors is easier than you think! Fenton genealogists will be available to help you at the genealogy table in the exhibit area on Saturday and Sunday.
Why Is This Region So Swedish? by Donald Sandy
Don explores why and how the Swedish immigrants in the1840s began to settle in Northwestern Pennsylvania and Southwestern New York. Two little girls led the way for this area to become a major destination. By the 1920s, Jamestown, NY had the largest percentage of Swedish citizens of any city in the United States. Don is the Coordinator of the Scandinavian Folk Festival and has been awarded the medal of the Royal Polar Star by the King of Sweden.
Jamestown is STILL Swedish!
Presented by a panel of local Swedish merchants who successfully produce and sell authentic Scandinavian foods and merchandise. Allen Peterson will relate growing up on his grandfather’s farm with its roadside produce stand and maintaining his family’s rich tradition of producing and marketing Swedish goods, along with his granddaughter, Kaitlyn Bentley, who imports and markets Swedish gift items and books at Peterson Farms. Rick and Chad Ecklof explain their tradition of producing delicious authentic Swedish Bake goods…from scratch, that taste just like your grandmother’s!
Astrid Lindgren by Dr. Wesley Boozer
Astrid Lindgren, one of the world’s most translated authors and author of Pippi Longstocking, by Dr. Wesley Boozer, Professor of English, Hodges University, Naples, Florida. In 2018, a film about Astrid Lindgren, “Becoming Astrid,” came to wide acclaim at movie theaters around the world. It tells of a budding storyteller, eager to break free from her loving but strict, conservative family in rural Sweden, ultimately becoming author of one of the world's most successful series of children's books. This talk will explore Lindgren's life.
On the Trail of the Vikings in North America by Milton Franson
Milton, an author of the popular historical Viking writings, grew up in Jamestown. His Viking trilogy, "The Wineland Sagas" follows the known (and suspected) footsteps of Viking explorers in North America from Leif in 1003 to later Viking visitors and settlers and brings the characters and events to life as he ties them into his historical fiction novels. He will trace travels over a span of 500 years. from Maine to Rhode Island to Kensington, Minnesota. Milt’s long-time interest has been a study of the Viking explorers in the Sagas and Leif Erikson’s settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows in North America in 1003 AD five hundred years before Columbus! A book signing will follow.
Trip of a Lifetime by Jamestown's Thule Swedish Folk Dance Team
The Team’s trip to Sweden in 2018 presented by a panel of participants, dancers, and musicians who made the trip, led by Mary-AnnEva Ingrao and Katie Peterson. During their 10-day tour of Sweden, the Dance Team met, learned and danced with Swedish folk dance teams in different cities, from Stockholm to Rättvik to Örebro. The dancers shared Swedish food together, stayed in unique lodgings, visited museums and famous sites such as the Carl and Karin Larsson home in Sundborn, Dalarna. While traveling through Sweden, many of the dancers had the opportunity to meet with relatives and friends. Photos and live stories will enliven their presentation.
Dreams Come True by Kurt Carlson
The most popular TV show in Sweden is “Allt for Sverige.” Kurt Carlson, one of the contestants, describes his experiences of this reality TV show using YouTube videos of the show. You will see Kurt, a retired glassblower from the Corning Glass Works, now a mentor at the Museum, visiting his own grandfather’s house in Sweden for the very first time. Would you like to be a contestant?
Crossing the Pond by Dr. Julie Lindblom Boozer
A portrayal of a single 18 year old girl arriving at Jamestown's Erie RR Station alone at midnight in the 1880s, by her granddaughter, Dr. Julie Lindblom Boozer. Julie grew up on Jamestown’s southside, just around the corner from Grandma Lindblom, who told stories to her grandchildren about her adventures “crossing the pond.” An Emeritus Professor, Wesley College, Dover, Delaware, Julie is now retired in the 150 year old Swedish log house of her ancestors in Scandia, Pennsylvania.
Religion and the Early Swedes (1844-1865) by John Everett Jones
A description of the religious motivations of the Swedes who established the Scandinavian community in the Jamestown area. Details about the formation of congregations and conflicts that divided the Swedish community. And biographies of the first Swedish ministers who served our area.
New Sweden: Colony to Community by Trevor Brandt
Trevor Brandt is curator of the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia. This talk focuses on Sweden's growth in the early 1600s and its imperial ambition in the New World. The New Sweden Colony existed on both sides of the Delaware River between 1638 and 1655 and was the first permanent European settlement in the area. While its forts and farms in modern-day Wilmington, Philadelphia, and Swedesboro were short-lived, its legacy lived on through the Swedish language, churches, and the minds of Swedish-Americans.
Tre Kronor Castle by Michael Lindner
Tre Kronor Castle by Michael Lindner, researcher/architect from Columbus, Ohio, creator of the Tre Kronor (Three Crowns) castle model on display in the Exhibit area, will present a virtual tour during this lecture that will take us back through time as this castle evolves from a single 12th Century tower-keep into a Renaissance palace of the Swedish Empire. A tragic fire destroyed it in 1697. Through computer simulations and images of remaining peer castles in Europe and Scandinavia, we will embark on a virtual tour of this magnificent fortress, the seat of Swedish monarchy and governance. Beginning with a quick review of Tre Kronor Castle through the ages, starting in 1250 and the program will proceed to the Renaissance period of the Swedish Empire (Stormaktstiden) through historical and virtual depictions and representations of this historic castle.
The Early Danish Community in Chautauqua and Warren Counties by John Edward Jones
Danes arrived in the Jamestown region in the mid-1850s. The beginnings of the community here can be traced back to C.C. Beck who arrived as a ships carpenter in Buffalo in 1848. Beck was born in Sweden of Danish parents and grew up in Bornholm, the island that was origin to almost all of the Danes in our area. The early Danish settlers were young men whose apprenticeships were put to advantage in Jamestown. This group hosted Jacob Riis when he lived in our area in 1870-1871.

Folkdrakt or Scandinavian Folk Costumes

One of the most extensive collections of authentic vintage folk costumes from the Scandinavian Countries of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Lapland.  Each item of Folkdrakt has come over the Atlantic for its country of origin.  Knowledgeable guides will be available to explain the folkdrakt and their specific origin in Scandinavia on a map.  Perhaps you can locate your own family Parish folk costumes and begin to learn how to make one yourself. Carnahan 169





Scandinavian Dolls

Rarely seen Scandinavian dolls from Antique to Modern will be exhibited from 12-4 on Saturday, July 20 in the Exhibit Room 169 located in Carnahan Jackson Building .  A vintage Lundby of Sweden three story dollhouse, fully furnished will also be on display. Attendees may bring their antique dolls during these hours for evaluation by Kate Reed, a UFDC National Judge of Dolls.+


Ecklof Bakery

A continuously running film about baking delicious authentic bake goods at Jamestown’s original Scandinavian bakery …from scratch!  They taste just like what came out of your own grandmother’s oven!  Some historic items and photos will be displayed from this historic Jamestown institution. Carnahan 169


The Thule Lodge and the American Scandinavian Heritage Foundation

Displays of historic and current items from these famous Scandinavian Lodges that have played such an important role in the past in Americanizing newly arrived Scandinavian immigrants and today are such vital players in the effort to preserve our rich Scandinavian heritage.  Carnahan 169


Framed Carl Larson

Prints will be displayed on easels in the Exhibit Area throughout the weekend. These beloved paintings depict the turn of the century period from which most Swedish emigrants came to America and therefore are very cherished remembrances of their life at home in Sweden.


Tre Kronor Castle

An intricate scale model of “Gamla Slottet Tre Kronor” will be on display throughout the Festival.  Stockholm’s original magnificent historic Swedish Royal Castle Tre Kronor (meaning Three Crowns) was destroyed by fire in 1607.  Almost none of this fortress remains, having been replaced by the Baroque royal palace that exists today.  After years of study and travel to castles in Scandinavia, researcher/architect/modeler Michael Lindner has recreated this historic wonder of northern -European Renaissance architecture…rivaling any such models on display in Stockholm today.  It is a clear representation of Sweden’s military power and grandeur throughout history.  The beginnings of the castle Tre Kronor date back to the 1200s when it was a mere single tower-keep.  Over the centuries, monarchs added to the castle as needs and architectural styles changed.  The Renaissance in Sweden coincides with Gustav Vasa and the beginning of the Swedish Empire (Stormaktstiden).  Architect Lindner is active in the Scandinavian Club of Columbus, Ohio and will be on hand to provide explanations at the display and will present his virtual tour of Tre Kronor in the lecture series.  Carpenter 169


Swedish Chip Carving by Don Reed

Unique items of the ancient art of chip carving will be on display and the craft will be demonstrated in Carnahan 169 from noon to 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday.


An event of this magnitude does not exist without a large number of volunteers (and three hours gets you into the Festival free for a day!). Before the event begins we need volunteers to help put up advertising signs, and distribute flyers. Other pre-festival volunteers are needed to transport our supplies from Gerry, set up the site with chairs, tables, and signs. During the festivities we need volunteers to help with the admission gate, the info center, and Festival sales booths such as the Gift Shop, Loppis and Hemslöjdsbutik and to help with keeping the Festival neat and clean. We also need people on Sunday evening taking down the Festival.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact:

Mary-AnnEva Ingrao
Volunteer Coordinator
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Viking Ship Returns


The Viking ship "Norseman" will be sailing on Chautauqua Lake, weather permitting, on Friday morning July 19 and on display at the Scandinavian Folk Festival all weekend.  This ship is 40 ft. long and is a replica of a Gokstad Viking ship. Viking ships ranged from 20 ft to 120 ft.  Norseman’s sail is 17' x 17.5' and is red & white vertically striped with a stylized raven painted on it.  The ship will be accompanied by a Viking crew of seven people. Festival visitors will be able to board the ship as well as ask the crew questions about Vikings. The "Norseman" is a member of the organization Tall Ships America.

Traditional Midsommar Celebration

      After the long dark winter days in Sweden, it is natural to celebrate the long warm light of the days of summer.  Since Sweden is more northerly than continental United States, we do not recognize the contrast of the two seasons as much as the people of Sweden.  Midsummer is the second most celebrated event after Christmas.  In Sweden, they celebrate this tradition on the summer solstice, the longest day of light in the year. 

      We will be celebrating midsummer at the Festival on Saturday July 20 at 11:00 AM.  Beginning at 10 AM one can assist in decorating the midsummer pole with flowers and greenery.  What a great place to insert some flowers from your garden in recognition of your ancestors.  At this time, one can also make a midsummer head wreath in preparation for the grand procession of the pole.  In this procession there will be at least 37 folk dancers in their colorful costumes, the flags of Scandinavia, and ten musicians.  When the 18 ft. tall midsummer pole is erected, the community ring dancing will begin.  This is when we all join in the fun, no experience required, instruction provided and enjoy traditional ring dances around the pole just like our immigrant ancestors did back in the 1800s.  Regardless of age or physical status, this is the time and place to celebrate.

Finnish Wife Carrying Contest   

     On Saturday, July 20 at 4:00 PM the Scandinavian Folk Festival will conduct the Finnish wife carrying contest.  One really does not need to be married but it must be a male and female at least 18 year's old.  The object is to be the fastest person carrying one's partner around an obstacle course consisting of some bails of hay, tires and water hazards.  The fastest couple wines the female's weight in beer.  (Weighing can be private.)  The second place team wins $50.  Participants must wear provided helmets.  Even if you are not willing to enter, this event is a hoot to watch.  There is no entrance fee and registration begins at 3:30 PM.


Scandinavian Trivia Contest

     Win $100 for the trivia team with the highest point value of correct answers. 

  • There will be three rounds of questioning with about 6 questions in each round and one tie breaker question.   
  • All questions will relate to Scandinavia.   
  • The contest will be held on Saturday July 20 at 6 PM.   
  • Teams can be up to four people. 
  • No internet connections allowed.   
  • No fees to enter, just organize your team and join the fun. 
  • Nobody gets all the answers correct.

Genealogy Help Table

Volunteer genealogists from the Fenton History Center will be at this exhibit to help you find your ancestors! 


It’s easier than you think!  The genealogists will explain available resources at home and at the Fenton.  Carnahan Building - Every afternoon.


Crafts and Demonstrations
Exhibit Area - Carnahan Building


Spinning Wool to Yarn  by  Lynne Meyers - Saturday and Sunday 1- 4 PM
Many thousands of years ago, man discovered how to twist the fibers of plants and animal hair to produce thread, yarn and rope.  Without this discovery, we would still be wearing animal hides and pelts.  The different stages of wool preparation will be displayed.

Huck Embroidery by Julie Fried - Saturday Beginners Class 1-3 PM, Advanced Class  3 -5 PM
This type of Swedish weaving uses the vertical threads, called “floats”, on one side of the cloth, or the horizontal floats on the opposite side of the cloth to create beautiful designs.

Chip Carving by Don Reed and Culture Day Students - Saturday 1-4 PM
Chip Carving is a style of carving in which knives or chisels are used to remove small chips of wood from a flat surface in a single piece.  It is an ideal technique for a person who wants to learn a bit about woodworking,  but has always been discouraged at the prospect of buying a garage full of expensive and intimidating power tools.  What’s needed is a little bit of patience and some time on you hands.

Hardanger Embroidery and Scherensehitte by Rhonda Hedlund - Saturday 1-4 PM
Hardanger is a type of embroidery named for the Hardanger plateau between Norway and Sweden, where the milkmaids took the cows in summer.  This simple form of  Norwegian embroidery is worked with white thread on white even-weave linen or cloth, using counted thread and drawn thread work techniques.  It is sometimes called whitework embroidery, however can be done in color.  It was often used for linens, caps, and aprons.

Scherensehitte means “scissor cuts” in German and is the art of paper cutting design.  The art work often had rotational symmetry within the design and common forms include silhouettes, valentines and love letters.

Broomstick Lace by Gail Peterson - Saturday  1-4 PM

Broomstick lace is a unique crochet stitch that uses a crochet hook to pull tall loops of thread up on a dowel (historically, a broomstick, which is where the name comes from.  The loops are made left to right across the row forming a lace.  It is sometimes called jiffy lace or peacock eye crochet and is often used to make beautiful scarves..


Festival Cooking Contest -  Pepparkakor Cookies

Do you make the best pepparkokar cookies in the area?  These traditional Christmas cookies, good any time of the year, will be judged by a team of Swedes.  The best cookie will receive $50 and the second best $25.


One needs to bring a dozen cookies in order to enter the contest.  A registration from will be completed and each entry will be given a number.  The recipe must also be attached but will not be shared without consent.  Cookies will be judged based on appearance and taste at 4:30 PM on Saturday July 20.  The sample cookies can be delivered between 3:30 and 4:30 to Kim Loux just outside the door to the Exhibit Room in the Carnahan Building.






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