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Peder Balke: Painter of Northern Light
now—July 9
New York, N.Y.
The Norwegian landscape and marine painter Peder Balke (1804–1887) merged the Romantic movement’s spiritual vein of naturalism with an expressiveness rarely equaled by his contemporaries. This exhibition is the first in the United States to focus on this strikingly singular, visionary painter. It will bring together 17 paintings by Balke borrowed from private collections, presented in context with paintings by his compatriots drawn from The Met collection. This is a unique opportunity to explore the work of an artist who focused on those aspects of art and nature that inspire awe known as the Sublime. On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 624. Visit www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/peder-balke for more info.

4North
now—July 16
Minneapolis, Minn.
4North features four women artists that share a heritage from Scandinavia, as well as make their home in Duluth. While the work diverges in style and medium, the artists share their duel identity and connection to place. Threads throughout the show reveal a deep reverence for the natural world and the translation and transmutation of patterns and symbols. Alison Aune, Kristin Aune, Ann Klefstad, and Arna Rennan create work that sings in harmony and connects viewers to their own personal home, wherever that may be. At the Galleri at Norway House. Admission is $5. Opening reception will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on May 19.

Lessons from the Arctic: How Roald Amundsen Won the Race to the South Pole
now—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.

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.

Odd Andersen Exhibit
now—winter
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Attend this exhibit of Odd Andersen’s artworks in the Heritage Hall at the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center.


Nordic Woodcarving
May 7, 14, 21 & 28, 9:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Learn Baroque Acanthus, Rococo, and Viking/Dragon styles in this class. All levels welcome. Classes are paid by the month. Visit nordicdragon.com for cost and more info.

SIFF: Pyromaniac
May 20, 22 & 31
Seattle & Shoreline, Wash.
Pyromaniac will be shown as part of the Seattle International Film Festival. Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjærg returns with a slow-burn psychological thriller based on the true story of a fire chief’s son of who terrorizes his rural community with a series of increasingly dangerous fires over the course of a long, hot summer. At Majestic Bay at 1:00 p.m. on May 20, SIFF Cinema Uptown at 6:00 p.m. on May 22, and the Shoreline Community College Theater at 6:30 p.m. on May 31. Visit www.siff.net/festival/pyromaniac for more info.

SIFF: Sami Blood
May 24 & 31
Seattle, Wash.
Sami Blood will be shown as part of the Seattle International Film Festival. A coming-of-age drama set in 1930s Sweden, Sami Blood is the prejudiced term used to describe an indigenous girl, played by poised newcomer Lene Cecilia Sparrok, who attends a state school that pressures her to break ties with her family and culture. At Majestic Bay at 4:30 p.m. on May 24 and SIFF Cinema Uptown at 7:00 p.m. on May 31. Visit www.siff.net/festival/sami-blood for more info.

Potluck Dinner & Grand Syttende Mai Celebration
May 25, 6:30 p.m.
Mt. Horeb, Wis.
Join Vennelag Lodge for a dinner and celebration of Syttende Mai. Professor Emeritus James P. Leary, UW Madison Folklorist, will present on “The Evolution of the Folk Music Tradition.” For more info contact Cheryl Schlesser at rogrcher@mhtc.net.

Ohio Norsemen Constitution Day Festival
May 28, 12:30—4:00 p.m.
Fairview Park, Ohio
Join the Ohio Norsemen for a potluck buffet with hot dogs and beverages. Bring a food donation to serve 10. Luncheon, music, and friendship offered at no cost. Reservations required by May 21; call (216) 767-5699. At Gemini Center Oak Room. Parking in front or rear lots or library lot.

Northern Lights & the Sun
May 30, 6:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Pål Brekke is a Norwegian solar physicist, astrophysicist, and Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Space Centre. His lecture focuses on the Northern Lights and the Sun’s relationship to the Earth. At Nordic Heritage Museum.

Bjornson Male Chorus Dinner Concert
June 2, 6:30 p.m.
Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. The concert will be held at 7:30 and followed by dinner. At Avalon Banquets. Cost is $35 per person. Make reservations with John Lee at (847)741-4210.

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.

Norsk Museum Reopening
June 3
Sheridan, Ill.
Norsk Museum will be reopening to begin a new season with many new exhibits, entertainment, and their very popular Taste of Norway breakfast. The breakfast will be served from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., with the museum opening from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The menu includes delicious home-cooked Norwegian specialties and is a fundraiser to support the preservation of the 170-year-old church building. Cost is $8 in advance or $10 at door for adults and $5 in advance or $7 at the door for children. For advanced ticket prices, contact Dave Johnson at dave.norskmuseum@gmail.com or (815) 343-5070. After breakfast, visitors are encouraged to stay around and see master rosemaling artist Lynn Maxson, Norwegian Folk Dancers from Chicago Leikarringen Heimhug, Inger’s Norwegian Gifts, and view all the changes at the museum.

Nordic Woodcarving
June 4, 11, 18 & 25, 9:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Learn Baroque Acanthus, Rococo, and Viking/Dragon styles in this class. All levels welcome. Classes are paid by the month. Visit nordicdragon.com for cost and more info.

Nordic Chefs Dinner Series
June 5
New York, N.Y.
The dinner series will kick off with Chef Mark Lundgaard of Copenhagen’s oldest gourmet restaurant Kong Hans Kælder. Chef Lundgaard returns to the States to serve a collaborative six courses of his renowned classic French food with Nordic minimalism. The menu will include signature dishes from Michelin-starred Kong Hans Kælder: Fresh Scallops with Smoked Butter and Caviar, Monkfish Roasted on the Bone, and Lemon Fromage with Lemon Sorbet, to name a few. Dinner will be $175 per person with the option to add beverage pairing for $95 per person. Reservations are available through Resy at resy.com/cities/ny/neat-nordic-eatery.

Nisswa-Stämman Festival
June 8—9
Nisswa, Minn.
Nisswa-stämman is a gathering of fiddlers, nyckelharpers, hardingfele players, accordionists, guitarists, vocalists, dancers, and general aficionados of Scandinavian folk music. At the Pioneer Village.

Folk Art School: Rosemaling in American Rogaland Style
June 8—11
Decorah, Iowa
This Vesterheim class with Ruth Green will provide designs in the American Rogaland style for two or three projects. The class will be taught in oils, but acrylic painters are welcome. Patterns and palette mixes will be provided. Cost is $260 for members and $310 for non-members.

National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition
June 8—July 19
Decorah, Iowa
Don’t miss this opportunity to admire recent works of amazing folk art by contemporary artists from all over the country. Many of the pieces are for sale through silent auction—a great way to add to your folk-art collection, or to start one. The judged exhibition includes knifemaking, rosemaling, weaving, and woodworking—all in the Norwegian tradition. At Vesterheim.

SIFF: King’s Choice
June 9 & 11
Seattle, Wash.
King’s Choice will be shown as part of the Seattle International Film Festival. This dramatic wartime epic is set over the course of three days in 1940, when the aging King of Norway is presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from the German army: surrender or die! At SIFF Cinema Egyptian at 6:45 p.m. on June 9 and SIFF Cinema Uptown at 12:00 p.m. on June 11. Visit www.siff.net/festival/kings-choice for more info.

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.

Annual Midsummer Festival
June 10, 11:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Everyone is welcome at this summer solstice festival! Scandinavians in traditional dress will greet hundreds of visitors. Food and crafts are available all day from local Nordic clubs and vendors. Two stages of entertainment and a beer garden promise continuous entertainment with live music and dancing, all with a Nordic flavor. The Maypole will be raised at 2:00 p.m. and the Scandinavian of the Year award will be given during that festive event. At Oaks Park. Cost is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, $17 for families, and free for children 11 and under. Learn more at www.scanheritage.org/midsummer.

Nordic Kids Series: Trolls in the Tree
June 11, 12:00 P.m.
West Newton, Mass.
Margaret Moody, joins the Scandinavian Cultural Center with a tale of Trolls in a Tree. The trolls want to take good care of the fairies’ garden, but they also want to make space for their toaster, television, and chairs. Can the trolls learn to go green? Trolls and the Tree is about taking care of our environment and how people (and trolls!) can learn to care about trees. The show will be followed by a puppet-making activity. Children make paper puppets of creatures and things that would benefit or interfere with the harmony of a fairy garden. Cost is $8 or $4 for SCC Family Members. Purchase tickets at scandicenter.org/event/nordic-kids-series-trolls-in-the-tree/.

Grieg Lodge Annual Picnic
June 11, 2:00—4:00 p.m.
Aberdeen, S.D.
The Sons of Norway Grieg Lodge 1-578 will be holding their annual picnic and Norwegian dancers event at the Bethesda Adult Day Health Center. Everyone is welcome! Call (605) 380-1671 for more info.

Folk Art School: Early Hordland and Telemark Rosemaling
June 15—18
Decorah, Iowa
This Vesterheim class with Tina Keune will introduce you to another way of personalizing an object for someone who knows where their ancestors may have lived. You will receive graphic examples of figure design steps using pictures from original pieces. Both of these styles not only require minimal shading and allow us the convenience to use acrylics, but also share the unique element of outlining to play up the design’s motifs. There will be a materials fee. Cost is $260 for members and $310 for non-members.

Folk Art School: Painting Nisser and Trolls
June 15—18
Decorah, Iowa
Norway, with its nisser, trolls, and everyday country life, tells its folk history with brushes and paint. Join June Nyberg at Vesterheim as she shows you the art of painting stories. By the end of class you, too, will be telling your stories through the nisser and trolls. Cost is $260 for members and $310 for non-members.

Norway & The United States: Partners in the Polar Regions
June 16
Portland, Ore.
This exhibit, opening on June 16, focuses on joint expeditions to both the Arctic and the Antarctic from the late-1800s to the mid-1900s. Ancillary programming to feature lectures and film screenings. At Nordia House. Free and open to the public.

Norskedalen’s Midsummer Fest
June 17
Coon Valley, Wis.
Join us for our 34th annual Midsummer Fest. The Historic Bekkum Homestead is filled with volunteers demonstrating skills that our ancestors used every day, interactive displays of tools used in farming life, live animals (including Fjord horses), and artisans. Pioneer demonstrations of lefse baking, butter churning, donut making, spinning, blacksmithing, rope making, embroidery, wood carving, and more. Delicious Scandinavian and American food available including Troll Rolls (lefse wraps), hot dogs/chili dogs, strawberry shortcake, and rømmegrøt will be served. There will be special activities for kids and families as well.

Ohio Norsemen Coffee Hour
June 17, 2:00—4:00 p.m.
Rocky River, Ohio
Join the Ohio Norsemen for coffee hour held at Panera: 19705 Center Ridge Rd. Call (440) 979-0681 if you have any questions.

Summer Dinner Series: Midsommar Dinner
June 17, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Celebrate the summer solstice a few days early with Broder Söder’s Midsommar Dinner. Enjoy the dishes of Scandinavian high summer and a fine summer evening. Featuring salmon, Swedish meatballs, roasted potatoes, and so much more. At Nordia House. Tickets cost $65. Visit www.scanheritage.org/upcoming-events to purchase tickets.

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.

Folk Art School: Needle Felted Norwegian Nisse
June 19—20
Decorah, Iowa
While creating a mischievous nisse or a charmingly hideous troll in this Vesterheim class by Coral Berge, you’ll learn the basics of needle felting. You’ll learn how to fashion a metal armature; needle felt and attach shapes for arms, legs, and tummies; and finally add fun, finishing details. There will be a materials fee of $20 for felting surface, felting needles, wool, and craft wire. Feel free to bring extra for embellishment. Cost is $130 for members and $180 for non-members.

Folk Art School: Weaving for the Very Beginner
June 21—25
Decorah, Iowa
This Vesterheim class taught by Laura Demuth is designed to introduce new weavers to the basic skills involved in weaving on a floor loom. You will learn how to make a warp, dress the loom, and read threading drafts. The first warp will introduce basic one-shuttle plain weave and twill structures. The second project is a two-shuttle Monk’s Belt design. There will be a materials fee. Cost is $325 for members and $375 for non-members.

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.

Norse Viking Festival
June 23—25, 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Cortland, Ohio
The festival is full of family-friendly events, combat demonstrations, games, and seminars focused on the golden age of the Viking era. There are living-history encampments, artisans, music, and more. At Trumbull Country Fairgrounds. Visit www.norsevikingfestival.com for more info and tickets.

Sankt Hans Aften
June 24, 6:00 p.m.
Desert Hills, Ariz.
In honor of the Scandinavian midsummer holiday, the Phoenix chapter of Nordmanns Forbundet will spend the evening relaxing out by the bonfire, enjoying hot dogs, burgers, children’s games, and good fun for all. This potluck event is BYOB, so bring a beverage, a dish to share, a chair to sit in, and your favorite Sankt Hans stories and songs. The club will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and all the fixings. If you prefer something else, bring your meat of choice. Free. At the home of Mike and Susan McIver. Visit www.aznorseman.org/events.html for more info.

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
June 24—25
Estes Park, Colo.
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 of flower crowns and dala horse painting, Scandinavian auto show, beer garden, silent auction, and raffle. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Festival begins Saturday with raising of the Midsummer Pole, followed by the Parade of Flags and Opening Ceremonies. Live entertainment continuous both days. Free for all ages. Wheelchair accessible; parking adjacent. At Bond Park, E. Elkhorn & MacGregor. Visit www.estesmidsummer.com or call (303) 449-9596 for more info.

Scandinavian Summer Fest
June 25
Minneapolis, Minn.
Norway Day and Svenskarnas Dag are working together again to make an even bigger and better ethnic celebration for the Scandinavian community. The day begins with a worship service at 11:00 a.m., followed by a children’s parade and dancing around the Midsummer pole. There will also be authentic Scandinavian foods, vendors, demonstrators, exhibitors, and handicrafts for a family-friendly event with activities for all ages. Free. At Minnehaha Park.

Viking Chapter Rekefest
June 25, 4:00 p.m.
Ferris, Texas
Enjoy a St. Hans Midsummer’s Eve Rekefest with friends at the Moore Farm. Delicious Scandinavian-style Greenland shrimp will be served with bread, butter, mayo, lemon, dill, and refreshments by a traditional bonfire. Cost is $20 for adults and teens and free for kids 12 and under. RSVP at www.norwegiansocietyoftexas.org/events/viking-chapter-rekefest-shrimp-party/ by June 18.

Heritage Camp: A Nordic Smørgåsbord
June 26—30, 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Heritage Camp is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 11and will be a week of fun activities and crafts related to all things Nordic! Cost is $175 for Nordic Heritage Museum members, $125 for Leif Erikson Lodge members, and $200 general admission. Reservations are required.

Folk Art School: Kubbestol
June 26—30
Decorah, Iowa
Learn the history of the kubbestol and the steps for making one in this Vesterheim class with Rebecca Hanna and Steve Speltz. You will leave the class with a 21-24 inch kubbestol. There will be a materials fee of $50. Cost is $285 for members and $335 for non-members.

Rosemaling for Beginners in Oils
June 27—29
Lakewood, Colo.
Vesterheim is coming to Colorado with a Sons of Norway collaboration class! Learn the basics of rosemaling—the basic strokes and how they are used in Telemark and Hallingdal styles. These skills will be taught within the context of a brief history of folk painting in Norway and information about the various regional styles. You’ll learn about a basic oil color palette, brushes and their care, background colors, how to background properly, and use of varnishes. A kit with all necessary supplies can be purchased for $38. At Sons of Norway Trollheim Lodge. Cost is $260 for members and $310 for non-members.

Cook & Eat Special: Aquavit Tasting
June 28, 6:30—8:30 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
What happens when you combine a wine tasting and our annual special summer Cook & Eat? A summer aquavit session paired with open-faced sandwiches! Presented with House Spirits Distillery. At Nordic House. Tickets are $30. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.scanheritage.org/cook-eat.

Polar Bear Lecture
June 29, 7:00—8:00 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
In honor of the Polar Regions exhibit, Nordia House is hosting Don Moore, Executive Director of the Oregon Zoo, to give a lecture all about polar bears. Suggested donation of $5.

Folk School Camp
July 9—14
Northfield, Minn.
St. Olaf announces its third year of Folk School Camp, a week-long comprehensive, residential camp for boys and girls ages 10 to 16. The camp will teach traditional hand crafts to campers, who in the process, will explore some Nordic traditions and get a feel for the folk school philosophy. Fins more info at wp.stolaf.edu/conferences/summer-camps/folk-school-camp/

Tours of Viking
July 8 & 15, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Geneva, Ill.
The public is invited to tour the Viking, an exact copy of the Viking ship Gokstad, built about 850 and unearthed in Gokstad, Norway. Guided or self-guided tours are available. Guided group tours begin every 15 minutes with the last guided tour at 3:30 p.m. Guided group tours are also available by appointment; two weeks’ notice required. Docents discuss the history of the Viking, Norwegian sailing and ship-building skills, preservation efforts, and the Viking’s future. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for teens. Parking is free. Call (630) 302-7338, email viking1893@gmail.com, or visit vikingship.us for more information. At Good Templar Park.

Ohio Norsemen Coffee Hour
July 15, 2:00—4:00 p.m.
Rocky River, Ohio
Join the Ohio Norsemen for coffee hour held at Panera: 19705 Center Ridge Rd. Call (440) 979-0681 if you have any questions.

Summer Dinner Series: Crawfish Dinner
July 22, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Broder Söder presents an outdoor dinner event on the Legacy Terrace patio, featuring crawfish and many other delicious Scandinavian treats!At Nordia House. Tickets cost $45. Visit www.scanheritage.org/upcoming-events to purchase tickets.

Human Centered Climate Change
June 27, 7:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
In conjunction with the exhibit Lessons from the Arctic, the Nordic Heritage Museum hosts a panel discussion by scientists and environmentalists who discuss the impact of climate change and its effects since Amundsen’s expedition a century ago. Suggested donation is $5.

Salmon Dinner Buffet & Norwegian Folk Dancing Performances
Aug. 16, 6:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Join Leif Erikson Lodge for a wild salmon dinner buffet created by Tom and Bonnie at 6:00 p.m.! Performance follows at 7:30 p.m. with our featured Norwegian artists, Bergen ungdomslag Ervingen. The dancers and musicians from Bergen are performing the elegant and beautiful regional dance of Ulvikspringar. Afterwards, there is dancing for everyone. Seating is limited so buy your tickets early! Tickets cost $20 for adults 13 and older, $10 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under and can be purchased through the mail—enclose a stamped self addressed envelope: Norsk Folkedans Stemne, PO Box 17099, Seattle, WA 98127. Free parking at Banner Bank.

Norsk Folkedans Stemne
Aug. 18—20
Port Townsend, Wash.
Come and enjoy the immersion for all levels of dancers from beginning to advanced into all the types of Norwegian folk dancing and music. At Fort Worden. Visit www.seattlestemne.org for more info.

Tours of Viking
Aug. 19, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Geneva, Ill.
The public is invited to tour the Viking, an exact copy of the Viking ship Gokstad, built about 850 and unearthed in Gokstad, Norway. Guided or self-guided tours are available. Guided group tours begin every 15 minutes with the last guided tour at 3:30 p.m. Guided group tours are also available by appointment; two weeks’ notice required. Docents discuss the history of the Viking, Norwegian sailing and ship-building skills, preservation efforts, and the Viking’s future. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for teens. Parking is free. Call (630) 302-7338, email viking1893@gmail.com, or visit vikingship.us for more information. At Good Templar Park.

Ohio Norsemen Coffee Hour
Aug. 19, 2:00—4:00 p.m.
Rocky River, Ohio
Join the Ohio Norsemen for coffee hour held at Panera: 19705 Center Ridge Rd. Call (440) 979-0681 if you have any questions.

Wine Tasting: Johan Vineyards
Aug. 23, 6:00 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Enjoy a tasting of Oregon’s own Johan Vineyards, founded in the Norwegian tradition by Dag Sundby and family. At Nordia House. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Purchase tickets at www.scanheritage.org/upcoming-events

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.

Tours of Viking
Sept. 16, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Geneva, Ill.
The public is invited to tour the Viking, an exact copy of the Viking ship Gokstad, built about 850 and unearthed in Gokstad, Norway. Guided or self-guided tours are available. Guided group tours begin every 15 minutes with the last guided tour at 3:30 p.m. Guided group tours are also available by appointment; two weeks’ notice required. Docents discuss the history of the Viking, Norwegian sailing and ship-building skills, preservation efforts, and the Viking’s future. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for teens. Parking is free. Call (630) 302-7338, email viking1893@gmail.com, or visit vikingship.us for more information. At Good Templar Park.

40th Anniversary Gala
Sept. 16, 5:00—9:00 p.m.
Hawley, Penn.
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Bernt Balchen Lodge will a full dinner, cash bar, live music for listening and dancing, and an Ole and Lena skit. For reservations, call Committee Chair Mikki at (570) 729-7628. At Woodloch Springs Clubhouse. Guests welcome!

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.

Tours of Viking
Oct. 21, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Geneva, Ill.
The public is invited to tour the Viking, an exact copy of the Viking ship Gokstad, built about 850 and unearthed in Gokstad, Norway. Guided or self-guided tours are available. Guided group tours begin every 15 minutes with the last guided tour at 3:30 p.m. Guided group tours are also available by appointment; two weeks’ notice required. Docents discuss the history of the Viking, Norwegian sailing and ship-building skills, preservation efforts, and the Viking’s future. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for teens. Parking is free. Call (630) 302-7338, email viking1893@gmail.com, or visit vikingship.us for more information. At Good Templar Park.