Ann-Marita Garsed


Singer/songwriter Ann-Marita's road to success has led her on a winding path from a humble upbringing in rural Norway, to Sweden via Iowa, on to Los Angeles and Australia...then back to California, this time to stay. Her previous two solo albums; Ann-Marita (2004) and Intuition (2007) have garnered glowing reviews, award nominations and airplay in all four of her home countries. Ann-Marita's 5-song EP "The Purple Ribbon Sessions" was released in March 2014, and continues to show her broad range of influences from contemporary country, Americana, rock and traditional folk--both American and Scandinavian.

Children's Skansen Club


Folk Dance by VASA Children's Club

Haus Von Halstern


Medieval combat - will have battle reenactments, encampment, and will be displaying Viking artifacts

Heidi Herman--Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice


Take a journey through Iceland, a land where legends come alive. This presentation blends together the images of the country with the recollection of growing up, modern day life in Iceland, and the legends and mythology that has been so prevalent from the Viking days through present-day. Using photos and video, the trip starts in Reykjavik from the archeological dig of a Viking settlement to the vibrant city of today. Using historical references, amazing natural photography and Ieda's memories of growing up, the culture comes alive. Heidi's entertaining incorporation of the mythology and stories from the Sagas that tie to regions and towns bring the legends to life. The culture and the fascinating history is brought to life through a tour of vibrant photographs and a presentation narrated by authors Heidi and Ieda Herman.



Swedish-American vocalist IVA is a true crossover artist, having successfully bridged the gap between singer-songwriter and classical musician. Her music has carried her across two continents and gained her accolades in both genres. She's been tapped as Whos Next by M Musicians Magazine, touted as supremely talented by Guitar Worlds Acoustic Nation, called a remarkable talent & the real thing by TriStateIndie, and featured in Billboard Magazine as an artist to watch. Originally trained in New York conservatories, she moved to Stockholm, Sweden on a Fulbright scholarship to sing opera. But thanks to a chance meeting the year before, she found herself singing on Conan O'Brien and started recording her own popular music. She signed with New York label Vurse, and later with Universal Sweden, launching onto national Swedish radio and TV while making her debut at the Royal Opera of Stockholm. She returned to the U.S. to form her own band, releasing her first U.S. album Leap to NPR and tastemaker stations across the country. In 2015 the Vasa Order of America named IVA Swedish American of the Year for her contributions to cultural exchange between Sweden and to the United States. Past honorees include actress Ann Margaret, lunar astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and Nils Löfgren of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band. She is the youngest honoree to date.

Leif Ericson Viking Ship, Inc.


Viking history

Magnus Martensson


Entertaining mix of classical music and humor in the tradition of Victor Borge.

Neal Harrelson, tenor


Tenor Neal Harrelson has dazzled audiences across the United States, England, France, Spain and Australia with his outstanding voice and imposing stage presence, (The Longboat Observer) as well as his easy top range, fine sense of style, and clear and winning high notes(Opernwelt). Mr. Harrelson is a much sought after interpreter of the Bel Canto heroes in works of Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini and Meyerbeer, as well as in the traditional operas of Verdi, Puccini, Gounod, and Mozart. In August 2007 Mr. Harrelson sang his first Don Jose with Cape Cod Opera, adding to a twenty four role catalogue. Other recent engagements include Faust with Opera Santa Barbara, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Greensboro Opera Company, the tenor soloist in Rossinis Stabat Mater and the tenor soloist in Andrew Lloyd Webbers Requiem. Highlights of his career include his Carnegie Hall debut in the Bach Magnificat, conducted by John Rutter; his appearance with Queensland Opera in Brisbane, Australia, as Alfredo in La Traviata conducted by Roderick Brydan; his role as Arturo in Bellinis I Puritani with Lopera de Nantes; singing Rossinis Messa di Gloria with the Orquesta de Valencia and multiple appearances with Eve Quellers Opera Orchestra of New York.

Norwegian Faering boat


Boat exhibit



Pillerkaar Estonian Folk Dancers have been gathering in Washington, DC for nearly half a century! Founded by Anu Oinas in 1971, Pillerkaar has been delighting crowds and carrying the mantle of the Estonian folk dance tradition throughout the mid-Atlantic region and even abroad. The name "Pillerkaar" means "a really great party," after all! Their repertoire ranges from pastoral village waltzes to riveting polkas, from the traditional and timeless to the modern and dynamic. Estonia may be a small nation of just 1.3 million people, but its vibrant spirit is expressed most notably through song and dance, and Pillerkaar is proud to share that spirit with America!



Rosetree features Celtic, Americana, Eastern European, Scandinavian and other world folk styles on fiddle and guitar. Amy Shapiro (violin/nyckelharpa) is a long-time performer who is well known to the Binghamton region folk scene; allen lutins (guitar/whistles) is a multi-instrumentalist/ethnomusicologist who has played professionally since the late 20th century. Amy and allen previously played for scores of contra dances throughout New York and Pennsylvania with Wild Rose and the Thorns.



Skandinöje is the New Jersey Scandinavian dance group, started in 1993. The name is a combination of "Skandi" meaning Scandinavian and "nöje", a Swedish word meaning pleasure or enjoyment. We dance traditional couple dances from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. There are several categories of Scandinavian dances including Gammaldans, schottis or vals (waltz). Bygdedans means dances from a specific region or village. Many of the bygdedans are named after the town where they come from, such as polska från Åmot (polska from the town of Åmot). There are dances which are done in Scandinavia like the Swede Finn Mixer & Seven Steps in Denmark. Ratukas or Raatiko is danced in Finland and also in Norway & Sweden. To Ting means two things, a dance with two parts--the first half is a waltz & the second half is a hoppy music. The Gustavs Skal toasts the King Gustav of Sweden. There is a three part dance Swedish Masquerade in which you can dance like the Lord and Lady of the Manor, the Nobels and the peasants. You're invited to join members of the Skandinöje dance group doing some of these easy and fun dances. You don't need to come to the dance floor with a partner (though you can). You'll find someone there to dance with. Join us!

Spirit of Scandinavia


Spirit of Scandinavia is a group of local Scandinavian musicians, Ed Hendela, Wally Eriksson, and Lloyd Nilsen who present a variety of Scandinavian tunes for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Telge Glima


Swedish Wrestlers: About twenty years ago the group Telge Glima was founded in Södertälje, 30 minutes south of Stockholm, Sweden. The founders came together with a mutual interest in history and an interest to practice and show old sports and games. In the year 2015 they celebrated their 25th anniversary.

The Sloshbucklers


The Sloshbucklers are back with a return invasion...I mean engagement at the ScandinavianFest! We're a Viking themed demonstration group featuring axe and knife throwing. Wander through the encampment; stop by the range and see what the Sloshbucklers are all about!

The Swedish Meatballs


Toe-tapping, foot-stomping, heart-touching Scandinavian MUSIC! "The Swedish Meatballs" are all blended together with different talented spices to create delicious music! Ellen Lindstrom and "The Swedish Meatballs" are rolling all over ... performing at just about every North East tri-state IKEA special event ... to the streets of Brooklyn: Summer Stroll, Brooklyn Brewery, The Salty Dog, Viking Fest ... and at the Danish, GJOA & Swedish Cultural Clubs. Ellen & "The Swedish Meatballs" sqweeze & please wherever Scandinavian/accordion music is longed for... Philadelphias Swedish Museum, Pennsylvanias Mount Jewitt Swedish Festival, Jamestowns Scandinavian Folk Festival, Land of the Vikings, and the Danish, Norwegian & Eger Nursing Homes  plus Sons of Norway & VASA special events. Ellen & "The Swedish Meatballs" ... we go the extra SMILE!

Vinland Longships


Vinland Longships is a Viking reenactment group that owns a 22 foot Viking Faering (four oared) boat. The Skogar Þrostur (SKO-gar THROW-stur) which means "Blackbird" in Old Norse, is based on the faering boat buried with the Gokstad ship in Norway in the 9th century. The reenactors who founded Vinland Longships have organized educational demonstrations on Viking ships and Viking life, crafts and culture for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Norwegian Embassy and the American Swedish Museum, among many others. They taught docents at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and have travelled to L'Anse aux Meadows, Canada, St. Petersberg, Russia and up and down the east coast educating people about Viking ship construction, navigation and history. The Adventures of the Skogar Þrostur are documented at