John Lamb, Published June 26 2013
Weekend Watch: Scandinavian Hjemkomst, Midwest Viking fests combine for Nordic fun
You can hear about the old times through storytellers and singers, or you can get a more observational approach, watching the blacksmiths, potters, fabric artists, runestone writers and a calligrapher lend a hand to their craft.
If it’s more action you want, stick around for the battle demonstrations to see why Vikings were such feared warriors. Or find the lighter side with Telge Glima, a Swedish cultural group that keeps the games of the past an active part of the present, as they say, “combining history with bruises.” See how the Vikings amused themselves when they weren’t pillaging.
If you’re looking for the more civilized side of Nordic culture, head inside for the Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival. There will be traditional folk music as well as contemporary pop stylings. A marketplace displays traditional crafts like rosemaling, wood carving and colorful clothing.
The highlight of any Scandinavian excursion, of course, is the food. The festival will be packed with Nordelicacies, from the always popular lefse to the acquired taste of pickled herring. And take a taste of the old country home with you with a bake sale.
If you go
What: Scandinavian Hjemkomst and Midwest Viking festivals
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave. N., Moorhead
Info: Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and younger. (218) 299-5511.
Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533