Events

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Unn Magnussen Friberg Exhibit
now—April 1
New York, N.Y.
Unn Magnussen Friberg was born in Oslo and educated at The National Academy of Arts in Oslo and The Royal University of Arts in Stockholm, Sweden. She moves between the abstract, the designed, and the depiction of the visible reality, usually limited to a few colors in a monochrome scale. In graphic prints made with a carborundum technique, she uses ornamental great color contrast. In other artworks she uses soft and organically adapted lines. At the Gregg Gallery.

Fifty Years of Folk Art
now—April 23
Decorah, Iowa
Learn about the history of Norwegian folk arts, explore how Vesterheim has helped preserve and promote them, and imagine what the future holds for Norwegian-American folk arts. Visit the exhibition to discover more about this unique community and how it has supported creativity, cultural exchange, and growth for so many people over the last 50 years!

“Timoun” Photo Exhibition
now—May 8
New York, N.Y.
Norwegian photographer Sveinung Arthur Konradsen and Haitian/Norwegian Prosjekt Haiti foundation bring to New York the exhibition “Timoun,” a heart-warming testimonial to the challenges of being a child in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The exhibit is about the innocence of children and how quickly it is lost in a society where every day is a struggle for survival. It is about the beauty and hope in a smile. It is about the courage they need to stay alive. At Trygve Lie Gallery.

Early 20th Century Norwegian Whaling in Co. Mayo, Ireland
now—Sept.
New Bedford, Mass.
Early 20th Century Norwegian Whaling in Co. Mayo, Ireland, an exhibition of prints made from 30 glass plate photographs, provides a window to the past, when whaling based in Co. Mayo generated products for export, mostly to Scandinavian countries. The exhibition focuses on whaling stations that operated at Rusheen, on South Inishkea Island, and on the Mullet Peninsula. At New Bedford Whaling Museum. Cost is $16 for adults $16, $14 seniors 65 and over, $9 for students 19 and over, $6 for children, and free for members and children 3 and under.

“World on the Wall”
now—Oct. 29
Decorah, Iowa
“World on the Wall: Globetrotting through Vesterheim’s Fine Art Collection” features a selection of works that reveal the world through artists’ eyes. Scenes from five continents include rivers, seascapes, city views, and portraits. See over 35 rare and rarely displayed oils, watercolors, prints, and drawings by artists like Jonas Lie, Christian Abrahamsen, Anna Hong, Sigmund Årseth, and Herbjørn Gausta.


Supersilent Concert
March 27, 7:00—11:00 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Supersilent Official might be that rare thing, a relatively obscure supergroup. In the world of Scandinavian ambient and jazz, the members are highly regarded in this trio and in their individual careers. At (le) poisson rouge; 18 and over. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 day of show and can be purchased at www.facebook.com/events/1753147275012473/.

tenThing Brass Ensemble
March 27, 8:00 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
TenThing, an all-Norwegian, 10-woman brass ensemble led by Norwegian trumpet star Tine Thing Helseth, visits Scandinavia House for the very first time. The evening’s performance includes arrangements of works by Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi, and more, as well as several sections by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Cost is $25 or $20 for ASF members.

Nordic Book Club: Encircling
March 28, 6:00—7:00 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Read and discuss Scandinavian literature in translation as part of the Nordic Book Club. In Encircling, a man with amnesia asks his friends and family to share their memories of him. The book is an audacious and daring novel by Norwegian author Carl Frode Tiller, which confronts the relativity of memory and identity. In the Halldór Laxness Library at Scandinavia House; free.

Deathprod Concert
March 28, 8:00—10:00 p.m.
Brooklyn, N.Y.
ISSUE presents Norwegian artist Helge Sten’s Deathprod project in a rare New York appearance. Well known for performing with the electroacoustic improvisational unit Supersilent, Sten’s music as Deathprod has been highly influential in its prescient formulation of a dark sonic palette that has become widely celebrated in contemporary experimental music. At the Issue Project Room. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2792766.

Oceans of Opportunity: Increasing Trade Between Norway & Philadelphia
March 30, 8:30—10:00 a.m.
Philadelphia, Penn.
NACCPhilly recently collaborated with graduate students from Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management to develop a research report on bi-directional trade opportunities and provided ideas on how the Philadelphia region and Norway can benefit from expanded commercial and academic cooperation. This event will bring the report to light for members of the organization and other business professionals looking to learn more about how to develop business relationships with Northern European countries. If you want to gain knowledge of business opportunities in Norway and help to promote Philadelphia’s vast business community, stop by (either via webinar or in person) and hear our panelists speak about how to succeed in these ventures and answer any questions that may arise. At Temple University: Alter Hall 7th Floor. Visit nvite.com/NACCPhilly/a20c for more information.

“Over the Horizon” Opening Reception
March 31, 5:00—8:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
This exhibit includes photographs and artifacts from American photographer and explorer David Thoreson’s travels and explores the implications of a rapidly changing Arctic and ocean environment, while connecting to the great Norwegian polar explorers. The opening reception will be held with Thoreson with a gallery talk at 6:00 p.m. Opening event free and open to the public. At Norway House Galleri.

Over the Horizon: Exploring the Edges of a Changing Planet
March 31—May 8
Minneapolis, Minn.
American photographer and explorer David Thoreson was one of the first Americans to successfully navigate the Northwest Passage, the trade route that connects the North Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. An accomplished sailor whose maritime credits include a successful voyage below the Antarctic Circle, Thoreson tried retracing Amundsen’s route in 1994 but failed, successfully doing so in 2007. The exhibit includes photographs and artifacts from his travels and explores the implications of a rapidly changing Arctic and ocean environment, while connecting to the great Norwegian polar explorers. Norway House Galleri hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Exhibit admission is $5 and free for members and children 12 and under. Call (612) 871-2211 or visit www.norwayhouse.org for more info.

Norwegian Glee Club Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner
April 1
Edina, Minn.
Enjoy lutefisk, lefse, meatballs, and gravy served family style. Seatings at 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00 p.m. The Glee Club provides entertainment at each seating! Cost is $20. Make advance reservations by March 24. Visit www.norwegiangleeclub.com/events/lutefisk-dinner/ to make reservations.

Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association Founders’ Gala
April 1, 5:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Celebrate the SBSCA’s 50-year jubilee and honor those who made it all possible. Join the members of the SBSCA with Mayor Ed Murray and Mary D. Kane, CEO of Sister Cities International, as well as guest of honor Jennie Eisenhower, who will sing and read Ike’s famous 1956 White House speech. Meet and mingle with friends and dignitaries at the no-host cocktail hour; enjoy a full-course gourmet dinner with wine service, coffee, and dessert; enter the Nordic-themed silent auction; and hear world-class music performed by Angelo Rondello, Allion Salvador, Aaron Otheim, and Laura Loge. Formal attire or traditional Norwegian costume. Tickets cost $85 and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/seattle-bergen-sister-city-association-founders-gala-tickets-32028923372?aff=es2. At Seattle Yacht Club.

Scandinavian Festival
April 1—2, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The 42nd festival of Nordic cultures will feature music, dancing, cooking and craft demonstrations, lectures, vendors, and affordable activities for young and old. For kids, the festival includes a children’s theater, performances by community children’s groups, and a puppet show of the Hans Christian Andersen stories. Festival goers can visit an authentic Viking Village, try their hand at Dala horse croquet, and play kubb. Lefse, æbelskivers, and other Scandinavian favorites are available in the food court. Performers include acclaimed storytellers Stina Fagertun of Norway and Robert Seutter (aka True Thomas), the musician and entertainer Ross Sutter, the ABBAFAB tribute band, and folk dance groups. This year there will be genealogy booths with experts on hand. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for teenagers, and free for children. Children are free. At Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University. Visit www.scandinavianfest.org for more info.

Fjellheim Lodge Frokost
April 2, 11:00—1:30 p.m.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Join Fjellheim Lodge for a Norwegian cold-style breakfast, featuring various meats, cheeses, breads, and side dishes. The cost is $20 for members, $22 for non-members, and $10 for children 12 and under. Reservations are requested by March 29. Please phone Kathie at (719) 266-9592.

Norwegian Church Service
April 2, 4:00 p.m.
Naples, Fla.
The Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Davie, Florida, is sending Pastor Hanne Marie Frostlid from Norway and Pastor Michael Franzen from Sweden to conduct worship services at Christus Victor Lutheran Church.

SATContemporary Reading Series:The Summer Without Men
April 3, 7:30 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
The Summer Without Men is an adaptation of American author Siri Hustvedt’s bestselling novel by Karen-Maria Bille and Peter Langdal. In the adaptation, only three actresses play a gallery of 12 characters, seamlessly sliding from one to the next. Hustvedt’s play tells the universal story of a woman’s search for her lost identity after her husband has left her. The Summer without Men paints a strong picture of three generations of women all struggling with loneliness, loss and sexuality. At Victor Borge Hall; free.

Nordic Woodcarving with Eric Holt
April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 9:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Learn Baroque Acanthus, Rococo, and Viking/Dragon styles in this class. All levels welcome. Visit nordicdragon.com for cost and more information.

Follow Your Dream
April 6, 6:30—9:00 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Four successful entrepreneurs share their stories about what they have accomplished, and the unexpected challenges along the way. The panel discussion will be followed by a networking reception. At WeWork Tower 49. Cost is $20 for members and young associates or $30 for non-members. Buy tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/follow-your-dream-tickets-33133494173

“Norwegians in Hawaii” & Fredagstaco
April 7, 5:00 p.m.
Ft. Meyers, Fla.
Join the Gulf Coast Vikings for a meeting featuring guest speaker Jon Satrum, who will be discussing Norwegians in Hawaii. Tacos will also be served as part of Fredagstaco Night. Cost is $15 per person and includes beans and rice, guacamole and chips, coffee and soft drink, and tax and gratuity. BYOB. Dinner must be paid for in advance. Make your check payable to Gulf Coast Vikings and mail to Maxine Batrawi, 24627 Windward Blvd., Bonita Springs, FL 34134-7161. At the Plantation at Somerset: 10401 Dartington Drive. Please RSVP to Maxine Batrawi at (239) 405-4026.

Norumbega Annual Potluck Supper
April 7, 6:30 p.m.
West Newton, Mass.
In addition to the annual potluck supper with Norumbega Lodge, Steve Oyangen will be coordinating a Nordic treasures exhibit.

Lessons from the Arctic: How Roald Amundsen Won the Race to the South Pole
April 7—August 27
Seattle, Wash.
An expansive survey of the legendary Norwegian explorer’s life, this exhibition explains how Amundsen spent his youth preparing for a life in the Polar Regions, his first trip to the Antarctic, three years spent with the Inuit in the Arctic, and the historic Race for the South Pole. Produced by The Fram Museum in Oslo, Norway. At Nordic Heritage Museum.

Spring Luncheon and Bake Sale
April 8, 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
Minot, N.D.
Thor Lodge will be having their spring bake sale, luncheon, pie and ice cream social, and the table of good used items known as Grandma’s Attic. There will have lots of baked items for your Easter dinner. This includes homemade breads, buns, decorated Easter sugar cookies, cakes that are frosted with Easter themes, and much more. There is always have a good selection of books for people to purchase and read and there will also be a purse and scarf table this year. If you have any questions, contact Martha at Martha1946@hotmail.com.

Heroes, Heroines & Tricksters
April 8, 11:00 a.m.
New York, N.Y.
Some of New York’s most famous storytellers from the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center bring to life exciting fairy and folk tales and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north. Ellen Shapiro and Jean Hale recount stories of young folks from Norway who outwit the greed, the ferocious, and the cunning. Join in the rollicking fun of these folk tales! At Scandinavia House. Free; ages 5 and over.

Lessons from the Arctic with Geir Kløver
April 8, 3:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Join exhibition curator Geir Kløver, Director of the Fram Museum in Oslo, as he dives deeper into the motivations, tactics, and achievements that culminated in Amundsen’s historic Race for the South Pole. At Nordic Heritage Museum. Cost is free with admission.

Palm Sunday Service & Concert
April 9, 11:00 a.m.
Chicago, Ill.
Join Minnekirken for a Palm Sunday service followed by a concert by the Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir.

Oslo Chamber Choir at Carnegie Hall
April 9, 8:30 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
This performance with feature the Oslo Chamber Choir, the University of Idaho Vandaleers Concert Choir, and the Gotham Sings! Festival Chorus and Orchestra. Tickets range from $29 to $85 and can be purchased at www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2017/4/9/0830/PM/Gotham-SINGS-Choral-Festival-Ensemble-Showcase/.

Birthday Brunch & Scholarship Awards Ceremony
April 9, 8:30—1:00 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Grieg Lodge #2-15, Sons of Norway, will celebrate its birthday at Norse Hall. The 2017 Birthday Brunch includes ham and asparagus strata, au gratin potatoes, riskrem, and bløtkake, in addition to the popular Viking Pancake Breakfast menu of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and fruit. The Support Our Scholars Raffle will take place during the brunch. Many prizes are offered, including gift cards to local businesses and restaurants, tickets to Scandinavian events, and handcrafted items from Grieg Lodge Artists. Grieg Lodge Scholarship Fund will present its 2017 Scholarship Awards at 11:00 a.m. Join us to celebrate past accomplishments and future educational and cultural pursuits of this multi-talented group. Tickets may be purchased by calling Kathy Gasperson at (503) 235-3643. Brunch tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets for children ages 5 to 12 are $5; children under 5 are free. Seating is limited so please purchase your tickets in advance.

Dinner-Musical Benefit for Norsk Museum
April 12, 6:00 p.m.
Sheridan, Ill.
“One Meeting of the Norway (Ill.) Temperance Association,” a dinner-musical, will be staged at the Norway Community Building to benefit the Norsk Museum. Rob Borchsenius wrote the script and music after reviewing 50 years of temperance association meeting minutes. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. At 6:30, a broasted chicken and pasta dinner will be served, and the play will begin at 7:15 p.m. A cash bar with beer and wine will be available. Music will be provided by a three-piece bluegrass band and the Prairie Singers, a choir of LaSalle County residents. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance by calling (815) 712-3170; the cost is $35.

Norwegian National Ballet: “Player”
April 14 & 15
Houston, Texas
The Norwegian National Ballet will be performing “Player” at the Dance Salad at Wortham Theater Center. Do not miss this great opportunity to experience this outstanding performance of “Player” choreographed by award winning choreographer Daniel Proietto and danced by Whitney Jensen. The Dance Salad Festival is giving a 10% discount on the tickets for the Norwegian community. Enter the promotional code “Norway 2017” as prompted when buying tickets at dancesalad.org/tickets.html.

Nordic Celebration and Marketplace
April 15
Edina, Minn.
Celebrate Norwegian heritage at the annual Nordic Celebration and Marketplace at the Interlachen Country Club. The marketplace features Nordic vendors with wonderful Scandinavian items for sale, demonstrations from skilled folk artists, scholarly chats, delicious treats, and more. The marketplace concludes with a delectable meal and a program about Easter traditions in Norway. Everyone is welcome to this great event! Contact Karla Brown at kbrown@vesterheim.org or (563) 382-9681 for more info.

Olympia Norway Day
April 15, 10:00—4:00 p.m.
Olympia, Wash.
Norway Day is a Norwegian festival filled with Norwegian music, arts and crafts, an abundance of Norwegian history, genealogy, and delectable foods with the aroma and tastes of days gone by, but certainly not forgotten. Norway Day is the coming together of Norwegians and all Scandinavians from around the country to celebrate a unique way of life and a heritage abundantly rich in culture. In the Expo Center at the Thurston County Fairgrounds.

Sondre Lerche Concert
April 15, 9:00 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Hear Norwegian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Sondre Lerche live at the Bowery Ballroom. 18 and over. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Cost is $20 to $25 and tickets can be purchased at www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1397035?utm_source=fbTfly&utm_medium=ampOfficialEvent.

Premiere of When We Dead Awaken
April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Lanesboro, Minn.
Highlighting this Ibsen Festival is the opening of a world-premiere adaptation of Ibsen’s final play When We Dead Awaken. The action of the play follows sculptor Arnold Rubek who seems to have it all in life, yet his career and spirits have fallen into mediocrity. When a chance encounter with his muse ignites passions he has long stifled, art and life play out their conflict as Rubek searches for the man he once was. The Commonweal season opener is the last in a series of adaptations written by Minnesota playwright Jeffrey Hatcher. The role of Arnold Rubek will be played by Commonweal Executive Director Hal Cropp. Visit www.commonwealtheatre.org/programs/ibsen/ for more info.

Fire and Ice: Hot New Music from Norwegian Fjords and the Colorado Rockies
April 21, 2:00 p.m.
Colchester, Vt.
Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred is flying in from Oslo to be Master of Ceremonies at a concert tour, which includes world premieres by himself, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, and Conrad Kehn, as well as the U.S. premiere of a new solo by Magnar Am. In addition, two of Skjelbred’s earlier works will also be performed. At McCarthy Center for the Arts Recital Hall, Saint Michael’s College. Free and open to the general public.

Bondelandet Lodge: The Stavig Letters
April 21, 7:00 p.m.
Lancaster, Penn.
Enjoy refreshments before watching a YouTube documentary on the Stavig Letters. Written in Norwegian and translated into English, the Stavig Letters are an extensive collection of letters between two brothers: Lars Stavig, who immigrated to America, and his brother Knut, who stayed in Norway. Consisting of more than 150 letters spanning more than five decades from 1881 to 1938, the Stavig Letters give voice and reality to the immigrant experience from the perspectives of both countries. At St. Thomas Church. If you have questions, contact Jeanne Addison at (717) 793-7428.

20th Annual Ibsen Festival
April 21—23
Lanesboro, Minn.
Named for Henrik Ibsen, the acclaimed “Father of Modern Drama,” the festival is a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, visual art, music and dance, centered amidst the opening of The Commonweal Theatre Company’s annual Ibsen production. Highlighting this year’s festival is the opening of a world-premiere adaptation of Ibsen’s final play When We Dead Awaken. The festival offers events and presentations throughout the weekend to allow guests to experience Norwegian culture in a variety of ways. With 2017 being the final installment of the festival, the approach is more retrospective in nature. Visit www.commonwealtheatre.org/programs/ibsen/ for more info.

Espen Lilleslåtten
April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
The concert season is rounded out by the captivating playing of Norwegian violinist Espen Lilleslåtten who will perform Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op 13, and Nordic works by Johan Halvorsen, Carl Nielsen, and others, with pianist Michael Gurt. Lilleslåtten is the former concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and is currently associate professor of violin at Louisiana State University. At Mindekirken.

Rosemaling with Marilyn Hansen
April 21, 22 & 28, 9:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Explore this traditional Norwegian form of decorative folk art or simply brush up on your painting and design skills. Telemark, Hallingdal, and Gudbrandsdal are some of the regional styles taught. Paint on a variety of decorative and useful objects. All levels welcome. Taking at least two classes is recommended. Cost is $36 per class for Nordic Heritage Museum members and $38 per day general admission.

Freya Lodge Scandinavian Brunch
April 22, 12:00 p.m.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Join Freya Lodge at Norway Hall to welcome singer and storyteller Kari Tauring from Minneapolis, who will do a presentation on Nordic runes and the völva stav. Serving farmers omelets, kringler, and fruit; mimosas available for purchase. Tickts are available at www.freyalodge.org and cost $17 for members and $22 for non-members. Contact Anne-Marie at (707) 894-1807 with questions.

Fire and Ice: Hot New Music from Norwegian Fjords and the Colorado Rockies
April 22, 1:00 p.m.
Troy, N.Y.
Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred is flying in from Oslo to be Master of Ceremonies at a concert tour, which includes world premieres by himself, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, and Conrad Kehn, as well as the U.S. premiere of a new solo by Magnar Am. In addition, two of Skjelbred’s earlier works will also be performed. At Troy Public Library. Free and open to the general public.

The Coffin Ships: Death on the Ocean Crossing and One Family’s Story
April 22, 2:00 p.m.
Stoughton, Wis.
Imagine yourself a child boarding a ship in Norway with your family, only to arrive weeks later in an American port city without your mother; she died on the ocean crossing and was buried at sea. What does that mean for you and your family? Will you have a home again? Can America still be “the golden land of opportunity?” This program by Glenn Borreson is about the Norwegian immigrant experience crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a “coffin ship,” and specifically the story of one of his ancestor families and their struggle to begin a new life in America. Free; at Livsreise.

Fosselyngen Lodge Torsk Supper and Bake Sale
April 22, 4:00—7:00 p.m.
Milwaukee, Wis.
This buffet at Norway Hosue includes boiled codfish, Norwegian meatballs, boiled potatoes, vegetables, pickled beets, cranberry sauce, flat bread, dessert, and coffee. Also includes sales of homemade baked goods and other various items. Cost is $13 for adults and $5 children ages 4 to 11. Open seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call (414) 321-2637 for more information or to make reservations for large parties.

25th Anniversary Party
April 22, 5:30—11:00 p.m.
Las Vegas, Nev.
Celebrate with a dinner, program, silent auction, and dance to be held at Boulder Station. Cost is $40. Reservations must be made to Erik Pappa (visit members.sofn.com/Events/public/show/2006 for address) by April 4. Contact (702) 683-6817 or erikrpappa@gmail.com for more info.

Rekefest
April 22, 6:30—10:00 p.m.
Houston, Texas
The Consul General of Norway Mr. Morten Paulsen and Mrs. Anne-Beth Feldt invite NST members to the annual rekefest (shrimp party) at 1024 Rocky River Rd.
Cost is $30 for members; non-members can pay $55 for party and single membership for 2017 or $60 for family membership. Business casual. Register at www.norwegiansocietyoftexas.org/events/snorre-annual-shrimp-party-2017/.

Fire and Ice: Hot New Music from Norwegian Fjords and the Colorado Rockies
April 22, 8:00 p.m.
Middlebury, Vt.
Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred is flying in from Oslo to be Master of Ceremonies at a concert tour, which includes world premieres by himself, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, and Conrad Kehn, as well as the U.S. premiere of a new solo by Magnar Am. In addition, two of Skjelbred’s earlier works will also be performed. At Mahaney Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall. Free and open to the general public.

Fire and Ice: Hot New Music from Norwegian Fjords and the Colorado Rockies
April 23, 3:30 p.m.
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred is flying in from Oslo to be Master of Ceremonies at a concert tour, which includes world premieres by himself, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, and Conrad Kehn, as well as the U.S. premiere of a new solo by Magnar Am. In addition, two of Skjelbred’s earlier works will also be performed. At The Reformed Dutch Church. Free and open to the general public.

Bjørnson Lodge 107th Anniversary Party
April 23, 5:00 p.m.
Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Celebrate with Bjørnson Lodge at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant. The social begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. Entrée choices are New York Steak, Chicken Toscana, Fresh Salmon, and Pasta Primavera; cost is $50. Mail check payable to Bjornson Lodge with entrée choices to Nancy Eikeberg, 2211 Coloma St., Oakland, CA 94602-2311 by April 17.

Fire and Ice: Hot New Music from Norwegian Fjords and the Colorado Rockies
April 23, 7:00 p.m.
Rhinecliff, N.Y.
Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred is flying in from Oslo to be Master of Ceremonies at a concert tour, which includes world premieres by himself, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, and Conrad Kehn, as well as the U.S. premiere of a new solo by Magnar Am. In addition, two of Skjelbred’s earlier works will also be performed. At Morton Memorial Library and Community House. Free and open to the general public.

Fire and Ice: Hot New Music from Norwegian Fjords and the Colorado Rockies
April 24, 12:00 p.m.
Bennington, Vt.
Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred is flying in from Oslo to be Master of Ceremonies at a concert tour, which includes world premieres by himself, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, and Conrad Kehn, as well as the U.S. premiere of a new solo by Magnar Am. In addition, two of Skjelbred’s earlier works will also be performed. At Everett Theater, Southern Vermont College. Free and open to the general public.

Fire and Ice: Hot New Music from Norwegian Fjords and the Colorado Rockies
April 24, 4:00 p.m.
North Adams, Mass.
Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred is flying in from Oslo to be Master of Ceremonies at a concert tour, which includes world premieres by himself, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, and Conrad Kehn, as well as the U.S. premiere of a new solo by Magnar Am. In addition, two of Skjelbred’s earlier works will also be performed and there will be a panel discussion. At Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium, Massachussetts College of Liberal Arts. Free and open to the general public.

Restoration—Pieces for Viola d’Amore
April 25, 7:30 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
In this unique concert, Italian musician Marco Fusi performs four new compositions by Scandinavian composers on the viola d’amore—a nearly forgotten 14-stringed bowed instrument. The four Scandinavian composers Ylva Lund Bergner, Johan Svensson, Axel Rudebeck, and Øyvind Mæland were commissioned to create new works in a project supported by the Nordic Culture Fund. At Scandinavia House. Cost is $15 or $10 for ASF members.

Book Talk on Viking Economics
April 26, 6:00 p.m.
Olympia, Wash.
Discuss “how the Scandinavians got to the top of the international charts and what we can learn from them.” George Lakey, author of Viking Economics, leads discussion based on recent research and experience living and working in Nordic countries. At Orca Books.

Book Talk on Viking Economics
April 27, 7:00 p.m.
Bellingham, Wash.
Discuss “how the Scandinavians got to the top of the international charts and what we can learn from them.” George Lakey, author of Viking Economics, leads discussion based on recent research and experience living and working in Nordic countries. At Village Books.

Vennekretsen Lodge Meatball & Torsk Dinner
April 28, 4:30—7:00 p.m.
Anoka, Minn.
Join Vennekretsen Lodge at the Zion Lutheran Church for their annual fundraiser dinner. There will also be a bazaar, silent auction, raffle, and bake sale. Cost for adults is $18 for meatballs and torsk and $14 for meatballs only; cost for children ages 4 to 11 is $5 for the meatball dinner.

Loyal Lodge Viking Auction
April 28, 7:00 p.m.
St. James, N.Y.
Join the Ladies Auxiliary of Loyal Lodge, Sons of Norway, in the Parish Hall of St. James Lutheran Church for the Viking Auction. Admission is $10 for 25 tickets, and additional cards of 25 tickets will be $8. Bigger raffle prizes will be an additional charge. Coffee & cake will be served. If you have any questions, contact Judy at (631) 862-8052.

“Built by Norwegian Enterprise”
April 29, 1:00 p.m.
Stoughton, Wis.
Caitlin Clyne is the Registrar/Collections Manager of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, where she has managed the archives and artifact collections since 2011. She will give a talk titled “Built by Norwegian Enterprise: Stories of Norwegian Shipbuilders in Wisconsin.” At Livsreise.

Bygdelagenes Fellesraad Annual Meeting
May 5—6
Minneapolis, Minn.
Plan to attend the annual meeting of the Bygdelagenes Fellesraad; breakout sessions will be held to provide pertinent information for lag positions. Rune Nedrud, Chairman of the Slektshistorisk Forening in Norway will be presenting at the genealogists’ session and also giving the keynote address! At Mindekirken. Cost is $10 for Friday only, $17 for Saturday only, and $20 for both if paid by March 31 or $25 after. Find more info and the registration form at www.fellesraad.com/fell_events.htm.

Nordic Culinary Conference
May 5—7
Seattle, Wash.
The second annual Nordic Culinary Conference will bring several internationally renowned chefs, including keynote Danish culinary entrepreneur Claus Meyer, to Nordic Heritage Museum to discuss and demonstrate Nordic cuisine and cooking philosophy this spring. The Nordic Culinary Conference is an immersive program, featuring demonstrations and tastings that explore the unique qualities of both traditional and contemporary Nordic cuisine. Lectures delve deeper into cooking history, technique, and the internationally impactful Nordic food revolution. Visit nordicmuseum.org/culinary for more info and to register.

Institution of Borghild Dahl Lodge #54
May 6, 1:30 p.m.
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Daughters of Norway will institute the new Borghild Dahl Lodge #54 in a ceremony at Peace Lutheran Church: 5509 W. 41st St., Sioux Falls, SD 57106. Borghild Dahl’s inspirational life story and cultural contributions will be highlighted in the program. For info on joining the new lodge, any women of Scandinavian ancestry in the Sioux Falls area can contact Norma Barnes at nkwbarnes@yahoo.com or call (605) 362-5898.

“Carpetbagger Pilots” Program
May 7, 12:30 p.m.
Chicago, Ill.
You are invited to a film, talk, and display of historical WWII items on “Carpetbagger pilots.” Imagine yourself in the cockpit of a B24 Bomber taking off at night from an airfield in England. Your mission: flying to enemy-held Norway or France to drop off containers of war supplies. David Furholmen will help you live through this moment in history by showing video he produced with archival items from the WWII era. At Minnekirken.

Norwegian Glee Club of Minneapolis Spring Concert
May 7, 2:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
The Glee Club’s special guests at this spring concert will be the women’s sextet “7 Gifts” and the Main Street String Quartet. Join us then for special music at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church. Freewill Offering. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

Butterball, Trolls & Tomte
May 13, 11:00 a.m.
New York, N.Y.
Some of New York’s most famous storytellers from the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center bring to life exciting fairy and folk tales and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north. Join Ron Sopyla and Luann Adams as they share a rollicking collection of Scandinavian stories. Meet a boy who loves butter, a tiny tomte, two-toothed trolls, and a witch who carries her head in her armpit! At Scandinavia House. Free; ages 5 and over.

Norumbega Lodge Syttende Mai Family Picnic
May 13, 12:00 p.m.
West Newton, Mass.
Join Norumbega Lodge for a family picnic in celebration of Syttende Mai. At the Scandinavian Living Center.

Bondelandet Lodge Syttende Mai
May 19, 6:30 p.m.
Lancaster, Penn.
The Lodge will celebrate its 27th anniversary and Syttende Mai. There will be a short flag-waving parade in the parking lot of the church, rain or shine, so bring your flags. This will be followed by a meal of traditional hot dogs, potato salad, side dishes, strawberry shortcake, and ice cream cups. Wear your lovely bunads or red, white, and blue clothes for our celebration. At St. Thomas Church. If you have questions, contact Jeanne Addison at (717) 793-7428.

Portland Scandinavian Chorous Spring Concert
May 21, 4:30 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Featuring the music of all five Nordic countries, join Nordia House for this Spring Concert by the Scandinavian Chorus. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Buy tickets at www.scanheritage.org/upcoming-events.

Northern Lights Auktion
June 3
Seattle, Wash.
Join us for an unforgettable evening designed for fun and to build financial support for the Nordic Heritage Museum. Held at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront, guests can expect an incredible evening full of laughter, fantastic auction lots, and a delicious Nordic-inspired meal accompanied by aquavit! Tickets are $125 per guest, or tables of 10 may be reserved for $1,000. Visit nordicmuseum.org/auktion for more info and tickets.

Daughters of Norway Turid Jespersen Heritage Day
June 10, 11:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.
Mission Viejo, Calif.
Join us in celebrating Scandinavia. Displays and demos of jewelry making, knitting, and Norwegian Hardanger embroidery, spinning and weaving, rosemaling, and wonderful baking demonstrations. There will be a bake sale and a lunch counter. Scandinavian gift vendors will be selling items. Entrance cost is $1 per person; children under 12 free. At the Norman Murray Community Center. Contact clymensrl@gmail.com for more info.

Partner Conference: 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit
June 18—20
Washington, D.C.
AmCham, in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy, encourages Norwegian companies considering, planning, or wishing to expand their U.S. operations to apply to become part of the official Norwegian delegation at the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit. The summit provides an unparalleled opportunity to bring together economic development organizations from every corner of the U.S. and high-level government officials. Participants can find the practical tools, information, and connections they need to move investments forward. Visit www.selectusasummit.us for more information.

Midtsommer Gala Celebration
June 22
Minneapolis, Minn.
The Midtsommer Gala Celebration is Norway House’s annual signature event set near the summer solstice each year. The gala dinner features the “Going Viking” awards to honor Norwegian Americans who have significantly advanced the quality of life for others through their adventuresome spirit and extraordinary accomplishments. The event also raises key funds that support all Norway House programs throughout the year. At Minneapolis Event Center.

Scandinavian Hjemkomst and Midwest Viking Festival
June 23—24
Moorhead, Minn.
The Midwest Viking Festival and the annual Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival are joining forces again to present a celebration of Nordic cultures from the myths of Valhalla through medieval Europe and the American frontier to today. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival, a celebration of Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, and Danish Cultures. The Midwest Viking Festival is an outdoor gathering of craftsmen, musicians, and living history enthusiasts who specialize in bringing the Viking Age back to life. There will be re-enactors dressed in period clothing, cooking over an open fire and demonstrating historic crafts. Visitors will also experience other Viking activities including glass silver smithing, chainmail production, wood carving, and a variety of challenging Viking games. Shoppers will take delight in the wide array of items sold at the Scandinavian Marketplace such as rosemaling, wood carvings, jewelry, woolen clothing, and even home furnishings. Festival admission is $15 per day with children under 12 free with a paid adult. At the Hjemkomst Center. For more info, visit www.nordiccultureclubs.org.

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
June 24—25, 9:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Estes Park, Colo.
Enjoy this family event with Scandinavian music, dance, crafts, and food vendors. Includes the Fjellborg Viking re-enactors and encampment, cultural and lefse demonstration tents, children’s crafts activities, a beer garden, a Saab & Volvo auto show, silent auction, and raffle. Free; all ages; wheelchair accessible. Parking adjacent. At Bond Park.

Relief-carving Class with Phillip and Else
Sept. 11—15, 8:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Barronett, Wis.
Each class will cover sharpening, wood selection, design, and pattern selection, carving techniques, and finishing. Students can choose from a wide selection of carving patterns in acanthus, rococo, or dragon styles. Carving tools, wood, and patterns will be available. Bring any tools you have. Tuition for each five-day class will be $500; half of tuition is due with registration. Classes will be held at the Norsk Wood Works carving studio, which is located at Phillip and Else’s farmstead on county road H west of Barronett. More info and registration form at www.norskwoodworks.com.

Relief-carving Class with Phillip and Else
Sept. 18—22, 8:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Barronett, Wis.
Each class will cover sharpening, wood selection, design, and pattern selection, carving techniques, and finishing. Students can choose from a wide selection of carving patterns in acanthus, rococo, or dragon styles. Carving tools, wood, and patterns will be available. Bring any tools you have. Tuition for each five-day class will be $500; half of tuition is due with registration. Classes will be held at the Norsk Wood Works carving studio, which is located at Phillip and Else’s farmstead on county road H west of Barronett. More info and registration form at www.norskwoodworks.com.

Figure-carving Class with Harley Refsal
Sept. 22—24
Barronett, Wis.
Tools, patterns, books, and carving blanks may be purchased from Harley at the class. This class runs Friday evening, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuition is $230; half of tuition is due with registration. Classes will be held at the Norsk Wood Works carving studio, which is located at Phillip and Else’s farmstead on county road H west of Barronett. More info and registration form at www.norskwoodworks.com.