Labor Day Sunday we took the Skogar Þrostur to Scanfest, held at the Vasa Park in Budd Lake, New Jersey. We used to live in Hackettstown, just down the road from Budd Lake, so we told friends we were going to be there and Bron and her daughter Rowan and Gudrun and her son PJ came and helped us with the boat. PJ was great! He taught a several boys to spin wool.
Scanfest is a really fun festival. There are a lot of Scandinavian food booths, selling things to eat that day and also food imported from Scandinavia. There are many vendors that sell Scandinavian crafts and Nordic themed clothing. We left the boat to our friends for 45 minutes and did a bit of shopping. We found a birch bark box for Janet to use as a sewing kit in her work basket, straw Christmas Tree decorations sewn with red thread and some laser cut wooden Christmas tree decorations. We ate Swedish pancakes with lingon berries and had some almond and raspberry tart that I'd never had before but was wonderfully delicious.
And they had a wife carrying competition--their first. The winner got his "wife's" weight in beer. Contestants didn't have to carry their own wives, they could borrow anyone's or even a woman who wasn't a wife. We had a ring-side seat and oh, boy was it fun to watch!
But mostly we talked to people. Which can get repetitive in a blog since the main thing we talk about is the Skogar Þrostur and the Gokstad ship and Viking ship building techniques. We love doing Scandinavian festivals. Lots of people at these festivals have been to the Oslo or Danish ship museums and know about boats. They ask the most interesting questions.
Afterwords the six of us went to dinner at Janet's favorite Italian restaurant in Hackettstown. (My favorite Indian restaurant was closed due to a fire back in March. Sob!) We talked and had a great time. Rowan was five when we left Hackettstown and now she's almost 13 so getting to know her more grown up was fun.
We've penciled in the date for next year--always the Sunday of Labor Day. If you can go, go! It's great fun.