Sponsored by the American Scandinavian Heritage Foundation
Singlad Boll Workshop
Annika Nohlberg Jildenmyr from Sweden will be joining the Festival on Saturday July 21 from 2 PM to 4:30 PM to lead a unique workshop about making a traditional "singlad boll." Annika has a passion for textile handcrafts of almost every kind. A singlad boll is a kind of embroidered ball that children made by themselves for a toy about 100 years ago, and more. It does not require much experience to make a singlad boll, but it makes it easier for you if you know a little about embroidery sewing with blanket stitches to cover the "inner ball." Annika indicates that it is not that difficult to learn. For anyone with some experience it may take a little more than 2 hours to make one ball. Unfinished balls can be completed as a home project. This workshop is free to those who attend the Festival. All materials will be provided. If interested, sign ups would be helpful so please call Don Sandy at 716-665-0883 to reserve a seat in the workshop.
Annika is visiting Jamestown in search of her family roots. Her great grandfather, Axel Verner Nohlberg, emigrated to America in 1909 and ended up in Jamestown where his four brothers already lived. Axel went back to Sweden a few years later, but the two oldest brothers stayed in Jamestown for the rest of their lives.
Swedish Folk Dance Mass
A Swedish Folk Dance Worship Service will be held on Sunday afternoon at 3 PM. Participants will include The Rev. Alan Anderson officiating, Svenska Spelmän and guests as musicians, the Thule Adult Folk Dance Team and a choir from the community under direction of Charles Johnson. This is a Holy communion service that includes folk dance rhythms such as the schottische, hambo, polka and waltz. This will be the fifth time the Thule Dance team has been part of this service in the past 20 years. All are invited to take part in the various parts of the service.
There will not be a gate fee to enter the Festival after 2:30 PM on Sunday and therefore no cost to attend this worship service. The offering received during the service will be donated 100% to YCAN (City Mission).
The Viking ship "Norseman" will be sailing on Chautauqua Lake, weather permitting, on Friday morning July 20 and on display at the 2018 Scandinavian Folk Festival. This ship is 40 ft. long and is a replica of a Gokstad Viking ship. Viking ships ranged from 20 ft to 120 ft. 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 questions about Vikings. This sail is 17' x 17.5' and is red & white vertically striped with a stylized raven painted on it. The "Norseman" is a member of the organization Tall Ships America.
The ship will sail from Long Point State Park about 9:30 AM. There will be about three stops with the sailing and when arranged they will be announced.
The Norseman ship is operated by the Leif Ericson Viking Ship, Inc. located in the Philadelphia, PA area. The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the study, education and promotion of the fact that Leif Ericson was the first European to set foot upon and explore the North American Continent and of Vikings in general, their times and travels throughout the world.
We thank the Karl Peterson Field of Interest Fund of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for their support to bring the ship to Jamestown.
The Viking Village will have around twenty participants and be open throughout festival hours. Beside the Viking Ship, all day there will be periodic demonstrations of leather working, cord making, embroidery, food prep and cooking. wire weaving, chainmail, and as always, ax throwing! This is a working Viking Village with participants spending the night in tents.
This year's cooking contest is rather open. It is simply cook an item of your choice that includes cardamom. Donna Johnson is the coordinator for the cooking contest this year. She will be in the Hamilton Collegiate Center on Saturday July 21 between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM to submit your entries. Judging will begin at 5 PM with winners announced shortly after. Along with your contact information at registration you must submit a copy of your recipe. Recipes will not be shared publicly without your consent. Good Luck. First prize is $50 and second prize is $25.
Child and Family Tent
The Child and Family Tent has a special focus on children and family activities. There are many activities that are available all the time and some special events that are scheduled.
On Friday, July 20
On Saturday, July 21
On Sunday, July 22
Activities at any time include the Dala Horse bounce corral, petting zoo, legos, coloring, rubber band braclets, stone painting, pierced paper ornament, and much more. This tent is open on Friday from 1 PM to 8 PM, Saturday 12 Noon to 8 PM, and Sunday 10 AM to 3 PM.
Finnish Wife Carrying Contest
Prize: wife's weight in beer
The Wife Carrying Contest, based on Finnish traditions, will return this year. It was quite popular with the audience for the past two years.
The Wife Carrying Contest is based on a 19th century Finnish legend "Ronkainen the Robber" who had high qualifications for the men he accepted into his band. To prove their worth, men had to compete through a difficult course with a heavy sack (or woman grabbed from neighboring villages) on their back. The first modern day wife-carrying event was held in Finland in 1991 and foreign contestants were admitted in 1995. There are now United States as well as world championships held.
This event will occur only on Saturday July 21 at 3:30 PM. The first place prize is winning the wife's weight in cases of beer to be delivered after the Festival. A second place prize of $50 will be awarded as well as a third place prize of $25. Contestants will be required to sign a waiver and the female must wear a helmet which will be provided. One can register at the Festival before the event but advance registration is requested so that we can be prepared for the number of contestants. To register, call Don Sandy at 716-665-0883. This event is co-sponsored by our local Arthur R Gren Company. There is no fee to enter the contest other than the regular gate fee.
Traditional Midsummer Celebration
The traditional Midsummer celebration will begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday
with the grand parade of the flags of Scandinavia and all of the Festival musicians.
After the pole is raised in the Midsummer court, everyone will have
the opportunity to participate in ring dances around the pole.
Midsummer is a celebration of sunlight and nature.
For Scandinavian people this is especially important
because of the many dark days of winter.
This is an opportunity for today's families to celebrate
as our ancestors have done for generations.
Scandinavian Trivia Contest
A Scandinavian Trivia Contest, with questions primarily related to our Scandinavian heritage, will be held again this year. Teams of up to four people can register. The winning team will receive $100. The contest will be held in the entertainment tent on Saturday July 21, 2018. There is no fee to enter the contest other than the Festival's gate fee. No smart phones allowed.
Visit various sites and complete various tasks around the Festival, get your passport stamped and when filled receive a free ticket to submit for one of the prize drawings. Pick up your blank Passport book and instructions at the Information booth.
The Scandinavian Folk Festival is the site of the annual Kubb Tournament. Kubb is an ancient game played by the Vikings.
Pygmy Goats in Petting Zoo
Pygmy goats first entered the United States in 1959 from the Swedish National Zoo in Stockholm. Sun-Dance-Kids Farm will be at this year's Festival with a number of pygmy goats, lambs, rabbits, ducks and other animals for observation, petting and feeding.
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