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Crayfish Party

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Celebrate the end of summer like a Swede! The kräftskiva, or crayfish party, is a beloved tradition in Sweden. ASI’s annual feast features great food, great music, and great aquavit! All outside in the courtyard. Participants (21+) will receive a complimentary shot of aquavit.

Ole Olsson’s top tappin’ music lineup for the Crayfish Dinner is:

  • Art Bjorngjeld on the accordion and fiddle
  • Paul Wilson on the accordion & fiddle
  • Arnie Anderson on the accordion & fiddle
  • Mary Abendroth with a pump organ & vocals

Ole Olsson’s Oldtime Orkestra (usually referred to as O.O.O.O.) is a fun loving group of musicians who first met at the Good Templar Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota playing for Scandinavian dances in times gone by. Nowadays, they still play some pretty darn good Scandinavian music for old-time dancing and/or just plain enjoying. They play fiddles, accordions, pump organ and guitar, and sing some funny Scandinavian vaudeville songs that may occasionally make Lutheran ladies smile. They play for festivals and lutfisk feeds all around Minnesota and even make it out of the state once in a while in their old ‘yalopy’ to perform in far flung places. They have traveled from New York City to Thousand Oaks, California; from Minot, N.D. to Swedesburg, Ia., all in their quest to spread the joy of Scandinavian folk music and dance.