Spelmanstämma festival is Saturday in Scandia

Saturday, Aug. 18 will be the annual Spelmanstämma at Gammelgården Museum in Scandia.

Spelmanstämma (fiddler gathering) is a long-held Swedish tradition for fiddlers to gather on a lovely day, play tunes and teach each other new music.

This year the Gammelgarden Museum will combine fiddles with astronomy, with broadcast meteorologist Mike Lynch of WCCO hosting an evening program on museum grounds.

Starting at 10 a.m., the Gammelgarden historic buildings will be open, the art and craft fair will be ongoing, and food will be on sale at the gazebo.  Children’s activities start at noon.  The fiddling begins at 2 p.m.

Historical characters will be lead “immigrant-inspired” activities from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m..  Supper starts 6 p.m., with Swedish pulled pork, corn on the cob, and root beer floats.

Spelmans Lag from the American Swedish Institute will perform at 8:15.

At  8:30 the star gazing party with Mike Lynch will begin.  Star gazers are invited to bring chairs and blankets and gather west of the Immigrant Hus.

Supper tickets purchased before Aug. 15 will cost $8 apiece, or $4 for preschoolers. To buy tickets in advance with a credit card, call 651-433-5053.

After August 15, tickets are $10, or $5 for preschoolers.