Dear Members and Supporters,
Tidings fellow Vikings! We're now less than one month away from Viking Fest! Don't go berserk, register NOW to reserve your spot at Florida Viking Fest on Saturday, October10th! Viking Fest has grown considerably and will be much larger this year. The expanded hours this year are from 2:00 to 8:00 pm.
Please continue to read below for details, registration information, local hotels with special Viking rates, an article on Norse Healing & Medicine and exciting information on our Sponsors and SILENT AUCTION!
In addition to the Scandinavian Buffet Dinner, there will be a stage performance followed by an outdoor re-enactment by Wyrd Brothers Entertainment. Please make your dinner reservation on-line now as we will be selling out early - www.statampabay.org. The cost for the dinner is only $25 for adults, and $10 for children under age 10. Indoor stage entertainment will begin at 4:00 pm and the buffet dinner will begin at 5:30 pm.
Our Viking stage performances will be performed by Wyrd Brothers Productions. Wyrd Brothers is an improvisational entertainment group with historic flair, specializing in European martial arts, stage combat, history and fantasy based theatrical performances. Genres include pirate, medieval, renaissance, steam punk, Viking and fairy tale. Wyrd Brothers will turn your dreams into reality!
There will also be a Viking Folklife Village throughout the gardens sponsored by Danelagh - Living History of Viking Britain. Experience cloth spinning and dyeing, period costuming, Viking style combat demonstrations, storytelling, interactive games and music. The outside event is open to the general public from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Kids are FREE K-12, adults $5 per person to visit the outside exhibits and vendors. Make it a day for the whole family to enjoy!
DID I HEAR THERE WILL BE A SILENT AUCTION???
We will also be holding a SILENT AUCTION which will include cruise tickets for two by Viking River Cruises! You won't want to miss out on this opportunity to bid on a holiday cruise for two on this luxurious cruise line!
There will also be opportunities for bidding on:
A Night With a Real Viking Man (arggggh)
An Exclusive Cocoa Beach hotel excursion
A Tour package for two to Cuba
Gift baskets from the Florida Aquarium
And....much, much more!
For those traveling from out-of-town, The Westin Tampa/Harbour Island is within close proximity! The Westin offers upscale, oversized guest rooms and suites, and many specials and deals! Follow this link to make an on-line reservation - set-up by Westin just for YOU.
Special rates for guests of Viking Fest are $159/night, king or double beds. Please reserve no later than Monday, October 5th, to receive the special room offer.
The Westin Tampa Harbor Island, 725 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL, 33602. For those technology-challenged, you can call for reservations at 813-229-5000 and mention Scandinavian Trade Association / or Viking Fest.
Rooms are also available at the LaQuinta/Tampa South, located at 4620 W. Gandy Boulevard, Tampa (between Westshore and Manhattan). The special room rate is $102.51, which includes tax. A complimentary breakfast is also included. Please call them directly at (813) 835-6262 and mention Scandinavian Trade Association or Viking Fest. Please reserve by September 25th to receive this special rate.
Check out this very interesting article on Norse medicine and healing, written by Maureen Patrick of Danelagh - Living History of Viking Britain, and have a much greater appreciation for our healthcare sytem!
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Tampa, is a long-time supporter of the Scandinavian Trade Association and the GreaterTampa Bay area. We value our sponsors, and these partnerships are making Viking Fest a truly remarkable experience for the Tampa Bay community.