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September 01, 2005|By Lori Sears

Scandinavian Fest

Celebrate the traditions of the Nordic regions Sunday. No, not at the cafe in IKEA. Rather, venture to the Scandinavian Fest at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, N.J., and celebrate the food, crafts, art and culture of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Estonia.

Enjoy a smorgasbord of fun, including music, dance, food, arts, crafts, games and more. Visitors can hear live music from the 100-voice student choirs Florakoren and Brahe Djaknar from Finland, as well as the a cappella singers Orontrost from Sweden.

Artisans will demonstrate wood-carving, hand-weaving, Danish paper-cutting, Swedish embroidery and needle-felting. There will be presentations on genealogy, re-enactors and encampments, children's activities and a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen's birthday. And, of course, an array of Nordic foods will be available.

The Scandinavian Fest runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, N.J. Rain or shine. $15; $12 seniors; free for ages under 12 and for anyone dressed in authentic Nordic folk attire. Call 610-868-7525 or visit www.scanfest.org.

Holiday in O.C.

All holiday-weekend long, you'll find things to do and see at the beach in Ocean City.

Tomorrow through Sunday, visit the annual Labor Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival at the Convention Center. Find decorative items, novelty clothing, fine art and more at the event.

Saturday and Sunday, attend the Labor Day Weekend concerts on the beach at North Division Street. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy tunes from the band Still Surfin' (a Beach Boys tribute band) on Saturday and from the band the O'Kaysion (beach music) on Sunday, at 8 p.m. both days.

Sunday, catch the Beach Boys themselves, performing old favorites and new songs at the Convention Center.

The arts and crafts festival runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday at the Convention Center, 40th Street and the bay. Free admission. Call 410-352-5851. The free concerts on the beach will be at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at North Division Street and the beach. Call 800-OC-OCEAN. The Beach Boys perform at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Convention Center. Tickets are $35. Call 410-547-SEAT.

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