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Koselig
now-Apr. 22
Decorah, Iowa
When days are short and nights grow long, it’s time to celebrate community the Norwegian way—with warm drinks, wool socks, close friends, and an untranslatable word! Come get koselig with Vesterheim and discover the Norwegian secret to surviving winter. Visit this exhibit to experience koselig in a series of immersive “living room” environments and learn about this uniquely Scandinavian way of life and how it permeates every part of Norwegian culture. More info: www.vesterheim.org/exhibitions/special/koselig.

Rocks and Hard Places: Emigration Through the Lens of Knud Knudsen
now-Sept. 23
Decorah, Iowa
Why do people leave their homes in search of a better life? Join us as we look for answers to that question in this exciting new exhibit that explores emigration through first person accounts, family histories, and the stunning black and white photography of Knud Knudsen. His work vividly shows why the ever-present threat of rock slides and avalanches, lack of arable land, lack of economic opportunity, and savage beauty of life on the fjord led to some of the highest rates of emigration per capita in Norway. This exhibit features 30 large-format photographs. More info: www.vesterheim.org/exhibitions/special/knudsen.

Spoons: Carving. Community.
now-Nov. 4
Decorah, Iowa
Humans have been carving spoons for millennia, but spoon carving has really exploded in popularity in the last 10 years. Vesterheim’s exhibition Spoons: Carving. Community. captures the spirit of this recent movement, showcasing historic and modern examples of spoons carved in wood and horn. Visit the exhibition for hands-on interactives, recorded interviews, short videos, and a “carving studio.” The exhibition focuses on the form, function, and design of spoons; on the traditions and folklore surrounding Norwegian spoons; and on contemporary and historic artists. More info: www.vesterheim.org/exhibitions/special/spoons

An Enemy of the People
now- April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Seattle Wash.
David Axelrod will direct this all-too-relevant classic play by Henrik Ibsen about a zealous, altruistic doctor whose attempts to warn the townsfolk of deadly pollution turn everyone against him. Co-produced by the School for Anthroposophy at the West Lenin Theater, 203 N. 36th Street, admission is $22, $16 for student/senior/veteran tickets, plus service fees, available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3351739. More info: call (206) 729-3977.

Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival
now-April 28
Minneapolis, St. Paul, & Rochester, Minn.
Three Norwegian films have made it to the 37th annual Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival: The 12th Man (Den 12. Mann), Cloudboy, and What Will People Say (Hva vil folk si). The cost per screening is $14 for the general public, $11 for members, and $8 for youth and students with ID. For screening locations, showtimes, and more details, visit http://mspfilm.org/festivals/mspiff.

Perceptions of Norway: an Exhibit by Photographer Nancy Bundt on Modern Norwegian Identity
now-June 10
Minneapolis, Minn.
Perceptions of Norway seeks to expand common perceptions of Norwegians and their culture. Through the eyes of a fellow American, photograper Nancy Bundt, an expat residing in Norway for 25 years, guests to the exhibit will be able to witness the photos and stories of a diverse group of Norwegians. More info: visit www.norwayhouse.org/galleri or call (612) 871-2211.

Quartetto Testosterone
April 20, 7:30-9 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
All the way from Norway, Quartetto Testosterone will present an evening of music with violins, viola, and cello at Mindekirken, The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, 924 E. 21st St. This concert is free of charge, with donations accepted at the door in support of Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota programming. More info: www.facebook.com/events/153551158711968.

Art of the Trio: The Thin Line
April 20-22
N.Y.: Hudson, Troy, Alban, Ballston Lake, Brooklyn
Norwegian composer Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred will be flying in from Oslo to attend five concerts with Shawn Lawson and The Progression Ensemble for the world premiere of his piece, The Thin Line:

April 20

    • Hudson – 7 p.m.: Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

April 21

      • Troy – 11 a.m.: Troy Public Library, 100 Second Street

    Ballston Lake – 7 p.m.: Our Lady of Grace Church, 73 Midline Road

      Albany – 2 p.m.: Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue

April 22

    Brooklyn, 7 p.m.: Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue

These concerts are part of the Composers Concordance “Art of Sound” Festival. More info: rajerry@juno.com.

Hedda Gabler
April 20-29
Kent, Ohio
The Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance presents Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler at the Wright-Curtis Theatre at 1325 Theatre Drive. In this new production directed by Corey Atkins, 2017-2018 Roe Green Visiting Director, the newly married and unhappy Hedda learns that boredom can be both a dangerous and a deadly thing. General admission is $18, with a $4 senior discount. Tickets for both matinee and evening performances may be purchased online or at the box office. More info: www.kent.edu/theatredance/hedda-gabler.

Norway Day
April 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lacey, Wash.
Mark your calendars and tell your friends for Norway Day at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road S.E. Enjoy food, music, and vendors offering a wide variety of Scandinavian items. The bake sale is so popular, you’ll want to be there early to get your lefse and krumkake. Stroll through the Viking encampment to get an idea of the everyday life of the Vikings. After you see the Norwegian elkhounds and fjord horses, bring the kids to the Troll’s Den for troll crafts. Make a day of with the entire family: admission is $3.00, and children under 12 are free. More info: call (360) 923-1242 or email joanne@moholtusa.com.

Ancient Textile Method “Sprang”
April 21, 7 p.m.
Decorah, Iowa
Find out all about sprang, an ancient textile method that dates as far back as the Bronze Age. Fiber artist Carol James will give the presentation “Sprang—What Is It?” at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center. This free, public event will be in the Amdal-Odland Heritage Center at 523 W. Water St. Sprang has recently been “red-listed” by the Norwegian government, meaning it is in danger of extinction. James has spent the last 30 years rediscovering sprang and keeping this technique alive. She has studied items in collections across North America and Europe and was invited to be a guest speaker/instructor at a sprang conference in Norway. She has authored three books “Fingerweaving Untangled,” “Sprang Unsprung,” and “Sprang Lace Patterns.”

The Emigrant Trunk: A Norwegian Emigration Story
April 21, 12 p.m.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Join the Sons of Norway District 6 for a delicious brunch at Freya Lodge, 617 W. 9th St., followed by a program by District President Mary Beth Ingvoldstad. First there will be a viewing of the DVD America Forever about a young woman leaving her family in Norway to settle in America, then Mary Beth will open her family trunk filled with memorabilia chronicling the journey they made from Norway to Minnesota, then on into North Dakota. The meal consisting of scrambled eggs and chives, smoked salmon, kringle, and fresh fruit is $17 for members and $22 for non-members. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3236231, or by calling 1 (800) 838-3006. You may also RSVP at RSVP@FreyaLodge.org. More info: www.freyalodge.org, or call (707) 579-1080.

Scandinavian Festival
April 21-22
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Come to California Lutheran University Kingsmen Park, 26 Faculty St., for two days filled with music, dancing, food, lectures, demonstrations, vendors, and activities for young and old alike. Experience the worlds of the Viking Encampment and Sami Village. Family activities include: head wreathes; Viking kubb game; croquet; festival stage with parade of flags, old world costumes, music, and dancing; food court; craft and food demonstrations. This event is sponsored by the Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation with support from California Lutheran University. More info: email Mindy Miller at mksmithers@sbcglobal.net.

Twelfth Annual Benefit Dinner
April 22, 5-9 p.m.
Madison, Wisc.
The Madison Area Friends of the Norwegian American Genealogical & Naeseth Library present their annual dinner and program to benefit the Center at the Blackhawk Country Club. Social gathering and silent auction are followed by dinner and a special musical porogram by the Edvard Grieg Chorus in honor of the 175th anniversary of Grieg’s birth. Bunads and festive dress. Tickets are $75 per person, $25 of which is a tax-deductible contribution. More info and reservations: call Diane Maurer at (608) 255-2224 or email her at dmaurer@nagcnl.org.

Viking Auction
April 27, 6:30 p.m.
Saint James, N.Y.
Loyal Lodge Sons of Norway is holding its annual fundraiser in the Parish Hall at St. James Lutheran Church, 230 Second Ave. The entrance fee is $15 for 25 numbers, with additional yellow cards for $10: save money and buy bundles of yellow, blue, and red tickets. Be sure to bring your friends for the chance to win many exciting, high-priced items. Complimentary coffee and cake will be served. More info: call (631) 880-8820.

Bjornson Male Chorus Dinner Concert
April 27, 6:30 p.m.
Elk Grove Village, Ill.
The evening starts with at social hour, followed by a concert at 7:30 p.m. at Avalon Banquets, 1905 E. Higgins Road. The cost is $35. Call John Lee to make your reservations: (847) 741-4210.

42nd Annual Norwegian Heritage Festival
April 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tacoma, Wash.
Pacific Lutheran University presents a day of musical entertainment, craft demonstrations, information booths, vendors, and the Norwegian Café on the main floor of Anderson University Center at 122nd St. S. & Park Ave. Treat yourself to ertesuppe (pea soup), bread, rømmegrøt (sour cream porridge), smørbrød (sandwiches), cookies, and lefse. The Scandinavian Cultural Center will also be open on the lower level with children’s activities, Viking reenactors, and entertainment. Admission is free. More info: call 253-535-7349 or email scancntr@plu.edu.

Spring Rømmegrøt Luncheon
April 28, 12 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Come to Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church at 924 E. 21st St. for rømmegrøt, simple open-faced sandwiches, and cookies and coffee, served by Alle Kvinner Mission. The cost is $15 for adults, $7 for children age 7-12, and free for children age 6 and under. Tickets are available by mail (send a check and self-addressed envelope with postage to Mindekirken, 924 E. 21st St., Minneapolis, Minn. 55404 by April 20). After April 20, order tickets by phone or pick them up in person—while the supply lasts. More info: call 612-874-0716.

Viking Chainmaille Bracelet Class
April 28, 2-5 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Join us at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road, for a special class with Debra Carus of Elentari Handverk. Dating back to the earliest days of the Vikings, chain making was an important technique for armor as well as decorative jewelry. In this 3-hour session, you will learn one of the most ancient weaves. Starting with sterling silver rings, you will learn the pattern and then weave it with pliers to create a beautiful bracelet. Remember to bring eyewear for seeing up close if necessary. Tickets are $70. For more info or to reserve your spot, call (503) 977-0275.

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Seattle Folklore Society and Skandia Folkdance Society welcome back this popular fiddle trio: Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden), and Kevin Henderson (Shetland Islands). Tickets are $18/$16/$9 at Brown Paper Tickets, with a discount for SFS, Skandia, and Phinney members, and are an additional $2 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Phinney Center Concert Hall, Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. More info: 1 (800) 838-3006.

Nordic Innovation Conference
May 3, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Sponsored by Ericsson and Nordic Seattle, the new Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St., will host this one-day conference, which will feature keynote talks and panels by tech and innovation luminaries from the Nordic region, including Kristin Skogen Lund (NO), Fredrik Cassel (SE), and Niels Røine (NO). The goal is to build awareness about innovation and opportunity to deepend relationships between the tech and innovation sectors in Seattle and the Nordic region. Tickets are $50 and available online: http://nordicmuseum.org/events/innovationconference.

Sister City Sympoisum: Tackling the Heroin Crisis
May 3, 4-6 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Join the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association, Bergen’s Lord Mayor Marte Mjøs Persen, Marit Sagen-Grung, expert on heroin treatment, together with health authorities from Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., for an open forum addressing the needs of heroin addicts, including safe injection sites, housing needs, and decriminalization legislation. The panel discussion and open forum will be hosted by the City of Seattle at the Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave. More info: email seattlebergensistercities@gmail.com.

Spitsbergen: The Land of Glaciers, Polar Bears and Coal
May 4, 7:30 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Dr. Scott Burns presents a new lecture “Spitsbergen: The Land of Glaciers, Polar Bears and Coal” at Portland State University, Room 171 Cramer Hall, 1721 S.W. Broadway. Spitzbergen is the northernmost part of the Nordic countries, and is governed by Norway. Dr. Burns is a professor of Geology at PSU. His research interests include environmental geology, soils, landslides, engineering geology, Quaternary geology, radon, hazard mapping, terroir of wines, and the Missoula Floods. The lecture is free and open to the public. More info: www.portland.carpediem.cd/events/5948762-friday-lecture-land-of-glaciers-polar-bears-coal-at-portland-state-university.

Northern Exposure: Contemporary Nordic Arts Revealed
May 5-Sept. 16
Seattle, Wash.
This visiting exhibit at the new Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St., has been organized in cooperation with The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and lenders from institutions and private collections throughout the Nordic region. Featured are artworks selected to define contemporary Nordic art. More info: www.nordicmuseum.org/exhibitions/northernexposure.

Third Annual May Madness Knapping
May 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Coon Valley, Wis.
Please join a gathering of folks interested in the manufacture of stone/bone tools, knives, and projectiles at the Norskedalen-Thrunegaarden location, just west of Coon Valley at 4465 State Highway 14/61. More info: call (608) 637-2025.

Northern Exposure: Contemporary Nordic Arts Revealed
May 5-Sept. 16
Seattle, Wash.
This first visiting exhibit at the new Nordic Museum has been organized in cooperation with The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and lenders from institutions and private collections throughout the Nordic region. It represents a survey of contemporary arts form Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Åland. The featured artworks have been selected to define contemporary Nordic art, and has been made possible with the support from the the five Nordic embassies. More info: www.nordicmuseum.org/exhibitions/northernexposure.

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
May 5, 12–1 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Be part of the official ceremony that opens the new Nordic Museum at 2655 N.W. Market St. The ribbon cutting ceremony will feature remarks by representatives from each of the Nordic countries, the Secretary General from the Nordic Council of Ministers, and other local and international figures. Online tickets are available to members starting April 5 and will be released to the public on April 10. More info: http://nordicmuseum.org/grand-opening.

Grand Opening Musical Performances
May 5-6
Seattle, Wash.
Enjoy a wide variety of musical offerings over the course two days at the new Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St. Enjoy Nordic choruses, and traditional folk musicians performing in the Great Hall and on a special outdoor stage. Choirs, instrumentalists, storytellers, youth musicians, and folk performers will all be featured. Over the course of the weekend, visitors will see more than 30 performers, representing all five Nordic countries, including Norway’s Vokal Nord; Fóstbræður, the Icelandic Male Chorus; Norwegian singer Eva Vea; Swedish Grammy nominated artist Petra Stahl; Voices of Reykjavik; and Migrasong, a performance focusing on the history of emigration from Norway; as well as beloved local performers. The program runs 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. More info: www.nordicmuseum.org/grand-opening.

American Scandinavian Foundation Spring Gala
May 10
New York, N.Y.
Save the date for the ASF Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. This year’s guest of honor is H.E. Gu∂ni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland. The LEGO Group will be presented with the ASF Distinguished Public Service Award, and Bård Bunaes will receive the ASF Niels Poulson Award. Additional details and early reservations information to follow. More info: call (212) 779-3587.

Migrasong: A Norwegian Folk Musical
May 10, 6:30-8 p.m.
Moorhead, Minn.
The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County presents Norwegian guest artists Reidun Horvei and Inger – Kristine Riber in Migrasong -the Tunes They Carried Across the Sea, an audio-video experience and live folk musical exploring Norwegian migration to the United States. The performance will begin in the Hopperstad Stave Church, at 6:30 p.m., 202 1st Avenue N., but visitors are welcome to join us for refreshments and a social in the Hjemkomst Ship Gallery at the Hjemkomst Center prior to and immediately after the show. Admission includes museum access to our current exhibitions: “War, Flu, & Fear: World War I and Clay County”; “We Are Water MN”; and the “FMVA’s BIG Art Show.” $10 tickets are available at Eventbrite.

Norwegian Potluck Supper
May 11, 5:30 p.m.
Chesterton, Ind.
The Scandiana Lodge 5-600 will have a special p program on Viking ships with focus on a Viking ship replica that as built in Norway and sailed to Chicago for the 1893 World’s Fair. Lodge member Mel Sorensen has built a 39-inch replica of the Oseberg ship. There will be Norwegian food, national songs, and a bunad parade at the Westchester Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. More info: call Darlene R. Henderson at (219) 221-6641.

Uff Da Day
May 12, 1-4 p.m.
Thief River Falls, Minn.
Enjoy Norwegian themed events, food, children’s activities, and more at the Pioneer Village, 825 Oakland Park Road. Visit 19 historical buildings to explore and fun for the whole family. More info: call (218) 686-7740 or email janstandlie@mncable.net.

Migrasong: A Norwegian Folk Musical
May 13, 7-8 p.m.
Thief River Falls, Minn.
Experience a unique concert with by Norwegian guest artists Reidun Horvei and Inger-Kristine Riber. Horvei’s original musical drama Migrasong -the Tunes They Carried Across the Sea tells the story of the Norwegian emigration to America in music and pictures. This event is part of the Norwegian Heritage Week in Thief Falls. More info: call (218) 686-7740 or email janstandlie@mncable.net.

Scandinavian Smorgasbord
May 16, 5-7 p.m.
Thief River Falls, Minn.
Zion Lutheran Church, 505 Main Avenue N., will hold its annual Scandinavian Smorgasbord in the church parlors with all the traditional food. More Info: email janstrandlie@mncable.net of call (218) 6867740.

Syttende Mai Celebration
May 17, 6 p.m.
St. Louis, Mo.
The Norwegian Society of St. Louis will be celebrating at Vandeveter and Forest Park Boulevard. The cost is $15 for adults and $4 for children under 12, with a maximum family price of $50. Please send your money to Ann Pott, 606 Oak Springs Trail Drive, Ballwin, MO, 63122, no later than May 10.

Syttende Mai
May 17, 12 p.m.
Minot, N.D.
Thor Lodge, 4-067, is hosting its annual Syttende Mai events, starting with the annual parade at noon. At that time, everyone will be walking around the Heritage Park, 1200 S. Broadway, waving Norwegian flags and singing songs in Norwegian. At 6:30 p.m. the banquet and program will begin. Bunads are encouraged to be worn at either event. More info: email Marth Elliott at martha1946@hotmail.com or call (701) 838-8554.

Syttende Mai Concert: Pianist Roberta Swedien
May 11, 7:30 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Join us at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road, for a concert featuring intertionally acclaimed pianist Roberta Swedien. Experience music by Grieg, Sibelius, Peterson-Berger, Vidar, Leifs, Johansson and more alongside the five commissioned composers: Anna Lena-Laurin, Tormod Sæverud, Kim Helweg, Jouko Tötterström, and Snorri Hallgrímsson. The music is woven with words from Peer Gynt, the Kalevala, Hans Christian Andersen, Ingmar Bergman, poets Bjørnson, Hoffman, and more. Tickets start at $20. More info: www.nordicnorthwest.org/0511181.

A Norwegian Musical Evening with Eva Vea
May 11, 7:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Join Stavanger sensation Eva Vea for an evening of song, including traditional Norwegian favorites, gospel, and jazz at the Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N. The program is free to members and friends, with tips encouraged.
More info: www.swedishclubnw.org.

Norwegian Potluck Supper
May 11, 5:30 p.m.
Chesterton, Ind.
The Scandiana Lodge 5-600 will have a special p program on Viking ships with focus on a Viking ship replica that as built in Norway and sailed to Chicago for the 1893 World’s Fair. Lodge member Mel Sorensen has built a 39-inch replica of the Oseberg ship. There will be Norwegian food, national songs, and a bunad parade at the Westchester Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. More info: call Darlene R. Henderson at (219) 221-6641.

Family Viking Day
May 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Families visiting the Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St., can interact with Viking reenactors, check out Viking artifacts in the core exhibition Nordic Journeys, and make Viking craft projects in one of our classrooms. Appropriate for all ages, no reservations needed. The event is free with musuem admission. More info: http://nordicmuseum.org/events/familyvikingday.

Heritage Fest
May 15, 6-9 p.m.
Scandia, Minn.
Sons of Norway Lodge Vennelag 1-546 is preparing a smörgåsbord table with authentic Norwegian and Swedish foods for your tasting and eating pleasure at the Scandia Community Center, 14727 209th St .N. Old-time music for your listening and dancing pleasure will be presented by Florian Chmielewske and Lorren Lindevig. There will be demonstrations and exhibits of Norwegian art and handiwork. The silent auction will include valuable treasures waiting for the winning bid, and you can try your luck in the Norske Lotteri. Tickets are $16, available only from Vennelag members (none will be sold at the door). To purchase tickets call Roger at (651) 257-2019 or Rick at (651)257-2375. More info: email remach29897@gmail.com.

Syttende Mai at Vesterheim
May 17, 9- a.m.-4 p.m.
Decorah, Iowa
Vesterheim Museum, 520 W. Water St., welcomes you to Syttende Mai celebration with a traditional Children’s Parade, a performance by Decorah’s Nordic Dancers, and other activities. More info: www.vesterheim.org/program/syttende-mai/2018-05-17.

Syttende Mai Open House
May 17, 10-3 p.m.
Thief River Falls, Minn.
Northern State Bank at 201 E. 3rd St. will hold its annual Syttende Mai Open House with coffee and Scandinavian goodies served by Snorre Lodge of Sons of Norway. More info: email janstrandlie@mncable.net of call (218) 6867740.

Syttende Mai Open House
May 17, 12-5:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Come to Leif Erikson Lodge at 2245 N.W. 57th St. to celebrate Syttende Mai. Experience the ambience of the Lodge’s historic murals, enjoy a genuinely Norwegian lunch, hear live music including old-time favorites performed by The Winter Family Band, and learn more about Ballard’s Norwegian heritage. Everyone is welcome, and free coffee and cake will be available to all. More info: call (206) 783-1274 or email leiferiksonlodge@qwestoffice.net.

Music of Syttende Mai at Bergen Place
May 17, 2-5:45 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Join emcee Karen Pauley of KSER’s Nordic Roots & Branches for an afternoon of Nordic Music at Bergen Place Park at the corner of Leary and Market Streets in the heart of Ballard. This year’s lineup includes Kris Johansson and the Skandia Kapell, Seattle’s Norwegian Ladies Chorus and Norwegian Male Chorus, Leif Erikson Lodge Leikarringen, the Matt Jorgensen Jazz Combo, the children of St. Matthews School, and special guest star Eva Vea from Stavanger, Norway. This free program is sponsored by the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association, and everyone is welcome to join in on the fun. For continual updates, visit www.facebook.com/MusicSyttendeMai.

Syttende Mai Banquet
May 17, 5-9:00 p.m.
Bloomington, Minn.
Tickets are now available for this year’s Syttende Mai Banquet at the Minnesota Valley Country Club, 6300 Auto Club Road. Celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day with guest speaker Jan Stenerud, Norwegian Pro Football Hall of Fame Kicker. The Twin Cities Girls’ Choir and LeRoy Larson and the Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble will provide the entertainment for the day. The cost is $65 for adults, $25 for students. RSVP by May 10 at Eventbrite.

Syttende Mai at Vesterheim
May 17, 9- a.m.-4 p.m.
Decorah, Iowa
Vesterheim Museum, 520 W. Water St., welcomes you to Syttende Mai celebration with a traditional Children’s Parade, a performance by Decorah’s Nordic Dancers, and other activities. More info: www.vesterheim.org/program/syttende-mai/2018-05-17.

Grand Syttende Mai Lunsj Celebration
May 17, 12-3 p.m.
San Francisco, Calif.
Join the Norwegian Club of San Francisco at 1900 Fell St.for their traditional luncheon. The cost is $35 for a menu that includes poached salmon in a delicate lemon butter sauce, new boiled potatoes, and fresh asparagus, finished with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. RSVP and pay on the web, or contact Ken Ellingsen at (415) 461-5426 for reservations. More info: www.norwegianclub.org/event-2749786.

Syttende Mai at Sjømannskirken
May 17, 5 p.m.
Miami, Fla.
The traditional festivites start at 5 p.m. at the Scandinavian Church and Center at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church, 2950 S. Flamingo Road. More info: call (954) 533-3521.

Syttende Mai Gala Celebration
May 17, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Washington, D.C.
The Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce Mid-Atlantic Chapter invites you to celebrate the Norwegian Constitution with cocktails and a 3-course gala dinner at Capitol View at 400, 444 N. Capitol St. N.W. The cost is $110 for members $135 for non-members, and $65 for young associates. Recommended attire i is black tie optional, business attire or national
costume. Reservations and more info: www.naccma.org/events/the-norwegian-constitution-syttende-mai-gala.

Syttende Mai at Sjømannskirken
May 17, 5-8 p.m.
San Pedro, Calif.
This is a true Norwegian 17th of May celebration at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church, 1035 S. Beacon St. , with a parade around the neighborhood, traditional Norwegian food (pølser, rundstykker, brus, bløtkaker marsipankaker, kaffee), songs and speeches, and games and ice cream for the kids. More info: call (310) 832-6800.

Save the Date: Jubilee Celebration
May 18, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Sail away and continue to celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day with a celebration of 140 years of the Norwegian Seaman’s Church with a fundraising dinner cruise on board the World Yacht Duchess. Boarding is at 6:30 p.m. at Pier 81, West 41st Street and Hudson River, with departure at 7 p.m. There will be dinner, dancing, and entertainment for an inclusive price of $275 per person. Premium corporate tables can be arranged, and sponsorship opportunities are available. More info: www.sjomannskirken.no/kirke/new-york/kalender/fundraising-dinner-cruise-on-board-world-yacht-duchess.

Little Norway Festival 60th Anniversary
May 17—20
Petersburg, Alaska
Residents and visitors, young and old alike, dressed in Norwegian bunader host as well as partake in the Festival events. The rowdy Vikings and Valkyries stir up lighthearted mischief whenever and wherever they can. Syttende Mai or May 17th, celebrates the signing of Norway’s Constitution in 1814. Petersburg’s Little Norway Festival celebrates not only Norway’s Constitution, but U.S. Armed Forces Day, the coming of spring and beginning of the fishing season. More info: www.facebook.com/events/1953447248242816.

Old Time Dance
May 18, 7-11 p.m.
Thief River Fall, Minn.
Norwegian Heritage Week will include an Old Time Dance with the Cathy Erickson Band at the Eagles Hall, 305 Red Lake Blvd., with folk dance instruction by Jeanne O’Neill. Admission is $7.50 per person and includes lunch. More info: call (218) 686-77540 or email janstrandle@mncable.net.

Syttende Mai Banquet
May 18, 6:30 p.m.
New London, Minn.
The Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Association invites everyone to celebrate Syttende Mai at the First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake, 6338 County Road 40 N.W. More info: visit www.willmarlakesarea.com/events/syttende-mai-banquet-2 or call (320) 220-4444.

Norwegian Constitution Day Banquet
May 19, 6 p.m.
Park Ridge, Ill.
The Norwegian National League invites you to a celebration of Norwegian Constitution Day at the Park Ridge Country Club at 636 N. Prospect Avenue. The social hour starts at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. There will be a bucket raffle with generous donations from organizations and individuals as well as dancing to the Steve Cooper Trio. The cost is $75. More info: visit www.nnleague.org or call C. Hoidal at (847) 358-1527.

Ole & Lena’s Wedding
May 19, 7-9 p.m.
Thief River Falls, Minn.
Change of Pace Productions of Duluth, Minn. will perform “Ole & Lena’s Wedding, “ a comedy theater performance at the Northland College Auditorium, 1101 Highway #1 East. More info: call (218) 686-7740 or email janstandlie@mncable.net.

Johan Vineyards Syttende Mai
May 19, 12-5 p.m.
Rickreall, Ore.
Join Johan Vineyards at 4285 N. Pacific Highway W. to celebrate the Norwegian heritage of founder Dag Sundby on Norway’s Constitution Day. Enjoy wine tasting, Norwegian cuisine by Viking Soul Food, the Scandinavian Chorus, traditional costumes, more music, and fun. The cost is $10 per person, which includes wine tasting and a logo glass. Purchase tickets at Eventbrite. The cost is $10 per person, which includes wine tasting and a logo glass.

Norwegian Constitution Day Banquet
May 19, 6 p.m.
Parkridge, Ill.
The Norwegian National League invities you to a celebration of Norwegian Constitution Day at the Park Ridge Country Club at 636 N. Prospect Avenue.The social hour starts at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. There will be a bucket raffle with generous donations from organizations and individuals as well as dancing to the Steve Cooper Trio. The cost is $75. More info: visit www.nnleague.org or call C. Hoidal at (847) 358-1527.

Sons of Norway Syttende Mai Celebration
May 19, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Gray, Maine
Join the Maine Nordmenn for a traditional celebration at the Maine Wildlife Park, 56 Game Farm Road. There will be a parade, Viking longboat, crafts, bake sales, children’s activities, and a potluck buffet for members. The admission cost for ages 4 and up is $3.50, payable at the gate. Pre-register by emailing johnefossjr@gmail.com or by mail to PO Box 22, Lisbon, ME 04250. More info: mainenordmenn.com or call (207) 357-2397.

Sons of Norway Syttende Mai Celebration
May 19, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Gray, Maine
Join the Maine Nordmenn for a traditional celebration at the Maine Wildlife Park, 56 Game Farm Road. There will be a parade, Viking longboat, crafts, bake sales, children’s activities, and a potluck buffet for members. The admission cost for ages 4 and up is $3.50, payable at the gate. Pre-register by emailing johnefossjr@gmail.com or by mail to PO Box 22, Lisbon, ME 04250. More info: mainenordmenn.com or call (207) 357-2397.

Norwegian Constitution Day Parade
May 20, 1 p.m.
Park Ridge, Ill.
The Norwegian National League presents a traditionl Syttende Mai parade, stepping off at 1 p.m. at Talcott and Cumberland nd ending at Hodges Park. The pre-parade festivities in Hodges Park begin at 12 p.m. and include activities for children, vendors, and refreshments. Entertainment is by the Norwegian Bachelor Farmers from Wisconsin, with the Bjorson Male Chorus as Parade Grand. Marshal Group. More info: visit www.nnleague.org or call Barbra at (847) 823-7596.

Mindekirken Syttende Mai Service
May 20, 10:30 a.m.
Bloomington, Minn.
Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, 924 E. 21st St. will open the day with a Prelude Concert featuring the Norwegian Glee Club of Minneapolis at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Fest Norwegian Worship Service (in English) at 11:00 a.m. Following the service is the Flag Parade for all through the neighborhood. Organizations are encouraged to bring their banners and join in to celebrate Norway.

Norwegian Constitution Day Parade and Festivities at Nansen Field
May 20, 9 a.m.
Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.
Come to the Scandinavian Center at Nansen Field at 15 Hidden Valley Road to celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day in style with a parade around the soccer field, hot dogs and hamburgers, Norwegian Solo pop, and ice cream. There will be stalls with Norwegian goods and games for the kids. More info: www.nansenfield.org.

Syttende Mai Celebration
May 20, 12-4 p.m.
Littleton, Colo.
Celebrate Syttende Mai with the Sons of Norway Fjelldalen Lodge 6-162 at the North Shelter, Sterne Park, 5800 S. Spotswood St. The parade starts at 12:30 p.m., followed by the hot dog line at 1:00 p.m. Donations of $10 for adults (pay as you come in), and children under 5 are $5. There will be a smörgåsbord of traditional festive foods and games for all. More info: www.fjelldalen.com/events.

17th of May Family Picnic
May 20, 1-3 p.m.
Potomac, Maryland
The Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Norwegian Church Service in Washington D.C., Lakselaget D.C., Norwegian Ladies Club, Norwegian Society of Washington D.C., Sons of Norway Washington D.C. Lodge and the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce Mid-Atlantic Chapter invite you to celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day at the Carderock Recreation Area Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath. There will be music, a parade, free food and drinks, and children’s games. Everyone is welcome. Please register at Eventbrite. More info: www.facebook.com/events/238119696744608.

Taste or Norway Breakfast
June 2, 8-11 a.m.
Norway, Ill.
Come to the Norway Community Building just west of Route 71 on 2603rd Road to enjoy home-cooked Norwegian specialties. After breakfast visit the Norsk Museum just across Route 71 behind the Norway Store. Call (815 343-5070 for tickets or visit www.NorskMuseum.org for more info.