Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at Oaks Park

Presented by: Scandinavian Heritage Foundation & League of Swedish Societies

A big thank you to all our amazing sponsors, committee members, volunteers and guests that made this festival so great. What a fantastic midsummer celebration. We hope to see you again next year. We will shortly be posting pictures from the festival to our Facebook and the SHF website.

Thank You!

Saturday June 13, 2015
at Oaks Park in Sellwood from 11am to 6pm

$7 for adults , $6 for seniors/students, $15 family (2 adults + 2 students), under 12 is free

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Thank you to our generous premiere sponsors of our upcoming 87th annual Midsummer Festival:

Interested in being a sponsor at this year’s Midsummer Festival? Review the Sponsorship Information document below and contact [email protected] with your request.

Midsummer 2015 Sponsorship Information.pdf

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Entertainment Volunteer Opportunities Vendor Information Event Schedule

Scandinavians have a long tradition of celebrating the Summer Solstice with bonfires and the raising of the Maypole (Majstang). Here in Portland that tradition has been celebrated for 86 continuous years at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival.

Everyone is welcome at this summer solstice festival. As anyone who’s been there before knows, it’s always a fun, family friendly day filled with games, dancing, food, Scandinavian crafts and of course the raising of the Maypole.

Scandinavians in traditional dress will greet hundreds of visitors beginning at 11 am. Food and crafts are available all day from local Scandinavian clubs and vendors. Two stages of entertainment and a beer garden promise continuous entertainment with live music and dancing, all with a Scandinavian flavor. The Maypole will be raised at 1 pm and the Scandinavian of the Year award will be given during that festive event.

Kids Area, a family-friendly space ~ Sponsored by IKEA & The Swedish School in Portland

For children the highlight of the day is decorating and raising the maypole. Adults and children alike dance around the pole together and sing traditional songs like “Smaa Grodorna är lustiga att se” (Little Frogs are funny to watch). As is the custom around a few large holidays, the children will help make and wear flower wreaths which are worn by both women and children. Long ago it was believed that everything that grew contained special magic powers. This belief lives on in the tradition of collecting flowers before going to bed on Midsummer night. Young girls pick seven to nine flowers from different locations in silence. Some even say you have to jump seven fences. Still in silence you go home and put your flowers underneath your pillow. The legend says that you will dream of the man you will marry!

Stay tuned for the complete 2015 Entertainment Schedule.

Confirmed performers include:

From Finland: Olli Hirvonen & Saku Mattila
Guitarist Olli Hirvonen & oboist Saku Mattila play improvisations inspired by the music of Jean Sibelius. They present their own takes on these classic melodies, liberating them from the original context and giving them a new life as inspiration for completely new musical statements also inspired by themes of Finland, summer and love. Coming from jazz and classical backgrounds respectively, they combine these musical worlds effortlessly in a truly personal style. After playing together for almost eight years, Hirvonen and Mattila have developed a deep connection that helps lift their music to new heights.

Henrik Bothe
Danish born physical comedian Henrik Bothe connects audiences with laughter and has the gift of being able to entertain a wide variety of people gathered in a single audience. From the Tonight Show to Chinese Television, Henrik has made people joyfully complain of faces hurting from laughter all over the world. His show is an eloquent mix of comedy and circus skills.

Fossegrimen is a dance band specializing in the playing of Norwegian and Swedish folk dance music. The group plays gammaldans and bygdedans music as well as numerous mixers and set dances. The musicians perform with a variety of string instruments including fiddle, hardanger fiddle, nyckelharpa, guitar, mouth harp and bass violin.

Volunteer Opportunities
One way for you to be involved in Midsummer is to volunteer. Here are a few job openings, all with two hour shifts, or longer, depending on your energy:
Set-up & Take-down: Saturday morning, June 13 & Saturday evening (take-down begins at 8 pm)

SHF Booth: We need members to talk up SHF at the SHF booth.

Interested? Please give SHF a call at (503) 977-0275 or email [email protected] to volunteer.

Vendor Information
Interested in being a Vendor at this year’s Midsummer Festival? Download and fill out the Vendor Letter & Application below. See each form for instructions on how to submit it.
All vendors must have a Nordic theme!
If you are a new vendor this year, please provide SHF with a description of your products or service and how they are related to the Nordic countries and cultures. Also include a link to your website if you have one.
The application deadline is May 22, 2015.

Vendor Letter & Application: Midsummer 2015 Vendor Letter and Application.pdf
Vendor Agreement: Midsummer 2015 Vendor Agreement.pdf

If you would like to advertise your booth, business or organization in the Midsummer event program, please download and fill out the Advertising Agreement below and submit it by May 22, 2015.

Advertising Agreement: Midsummer 2015 Advertising Agreement.pdf
The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is an important cultural event for the entire Portland community regardless of heritage. It is one of the many ways SHF and the League of Swedish Societies, along with the regional Scandinavian community, celebrate, demonstrate and preserve their Nordic heritage.