Events

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We are currently working to keep you up-to-date on all event cancellations and postponements. If you know of any calendar changes, please notify us by emailing loriann@na-weekly.com.

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CANCELED: Tussetroll: Norwegian parent/child classes
now – Apr. 19
Minneapolis, Minn.
Bring your children to Concordia Language Villages’ Norwegian language immersion classes for ages 1.5 – 4 years at Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave. Tussetroll classes take place weekly on Thursdays, 10 – 11 a.m. Winter/spring term 2020 lasts 12 weeks, with no class on April 2. Tuition is $240. More info: visit www.norwayhouse.org/calendar/clv/tussetroll/winter20.

CLOSED: Tattoo: Identity Through Ink
now – April 26, 2020
Decorah, Iowa
Vesterheim Museum, 520 W. Water St., presents Tattoo: Identity Through Ink. The exhibit tells the story of tattoos and the people who have them. It explores the ways individual and group identities are formed, reinforced, and celebrated through tattoos. There is a Scandinavian connection with celebrated artists like Norwegian Johan Frederik Knudsen and Norwegian-American Amund Dietzel, the question of whether or not Vikings had tattoos, and the rise of a whole modern Neo-Nordic style of tattooing. But the exhibition also allows us to explore more deeply the traditions of body ornamentation in other cultures and our connections to them. The exhibit includes large and immersive photos and videos and original art and artifacts from around the world. You’ll have the opportunity to design and draw your own tattoos on silicone arms. There will be a working tattoo studio and at a few certain times during the run, tattoo artists will demonstrate their art live. Temporary tattoos inspired by objects in the collection will be for sale in the Museum Store. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 7-18, and $8 for seniors 65 and older. Free for museum members. More info: www.vesterheim.org/exhibits.

CANCELED: Indigenous Norwegian Magic: Marja Mortensson at Creative Alliance
March 21, 8 p.m.
Baltimore, MD
Creative Alliance is a performance and multi-arts space located at 3134 Eastern Ave. in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. We are thrilled to be welcoming, direct from Norway, Marja Mortensson, a young South Saami yoiker and singer from Svahken Sïjte reindeer herding district, in Hedmark County (Norway). Born into a reindeer herding family, Marja’s life, as well as her music, are both firmly rooted in the South Saami way of life. With her unique and arresting voice center-stage, she performs with a trio that gently moves and weaves; it’s a musical homage to an environment and way of life. Tickets and more info: www.creativealliance.org/events/2020/indigenous-norwegian-magic-marja-mortensson-trio.

CANCELED: Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
March 27, 7:30 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is a fiddle trio that blends the traditions of Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands. Olav Luksengård Mjelva, Anders Hall, and Kevin Henderson are known for their gripping and unique blend of fiddle music since the inception of the Bloc in early 2009. The performance takes place at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road. Tickets are $20 for members, and $25 for non-members. Tickets and more info: www.nordicnorthwest.org/0327201.

POSTPONED: Påskris and Easter Witches with Kari Tauring
March 28, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
It happens every year at Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave. Work on your påskris—Easter switches—while listening to Kari’s stories, songs, and insights into the historical roots of the traditions. Bring cuttings of pussywillows or create a “faux pussywillow” to decorate with feathers, eggs, and påskkjerringer—Easter witches—before they fly off to the blue mountain. The cost is $10 for members, $15 for guests. Registration: norway-house.square.site/product/p-skris-and-easter-witches.

95th Anniversary Leikarringen “Heimhug”
March 29, noon
Park Ridge, Ill.
The Leikarring “Heimhug” Norwegian Folk Dancers of Chicago are turning 95 this month. Join in on the happy celebration at Park Ridge Country Club, 636 N. Prospect, with dancing and merriment. The cost is $50. More info: call Glenna at (847) 924-5928.

POSTPONED: Maple and Spruce, Birch and Pine Performance by Moilina
March 31, 7:30 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Described as displaying “brilliance of sound, technical mastery, and stunning expressivity”, the violin duo Miolina makes their Scandinavia House and U.S. debut with a program of premieres. Musicians Mioi Takeda and Lynn Bechtold will perform new works written for Miolina by Swedish composer and sound artist Ann Rosén, Finnish composer Tomi Räisänen, and Lynn Bechtold, as well as other featured works by Norwegian composer Ketil Hvoslef and Swedish composers Cecilia Franke, Mauro Godoy Villalobos, and Katarina Leyman. The concert will be held at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. Tickets are $25, ASF members are $20. More info: www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/maple-spruce-birch-pine/?mc_cid=cfac82dd4d&mc_eid=39d7602316.

Maine Nordmenn Meeting
April 2, 5:30 p.m.
Falmouth, Maine
Maine Nordmenn #3-664 will meet at the Falmouth American Legion Hall,
65 Depot Road. More info: email johnefossjr@gmail.com.

POSTPONED: The Complete Songs of Edvard Grieg
April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Bellevue, Wash.
The last of cycle of seven concerts features soprano Laura Loge, baritone Alan Dunbar, and pianist Knut Erik Jensen. This final program, “The Human Condition,” includes songs set to the poetry of texts by A. O. Vinje and Otto Benzon. The evening recital takes placeat the Resonance at SOMA Towers, 288 106th Ave. N.E.,  Suite 203. Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance or $25 at the door. More info and tickets: resonance.events/event/first-thursday-salons/vinje-benzon.

Suncoast Scandinavian Club Meeting
April 3, 11:45 a.m.
Clearwater, Fla.
The Suncoast Scandinavian Club will meet at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St., Clearwater, FL. Lunch is $17 for visitors. The April meeting will focus on a Scandinavian Cultural Display. RSVP required to Cherstin Peterson at (732) 546-7756.

CANCELED: The Ice Queen Returns!
April 3, 7 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Back by popular demand, the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association presents the last film in its Sonja Henie series at the Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N. Sonja: The White Swan explores the dark side that lay alongside Sonja’s wholesome girl-next-door façade. The screening in open and free to the public, with a recommend $5 donation. Dinner and drinks are available in the bar. More info: www.swedishclubnw.org.

CANCELED: Smithsonian Magazine Day
April 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Decorah, Iowa
Come and visit Vesterheim , 520 W. Water St., for annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Admission is free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Download a ticket for two here: www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2020.

CANCELED: 65th Miss Norway of Greater New York Contest
April 4, 2 p.m.
Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Miss Norway of Greater New York contest originated in 1952. Annually, since then, accomplished young women of Norwegian heritage have participated, discussing their accomplishments and their aspirations and explaining how their Norwegian heritage has contributed to their lives. The contest will be held at the Arthur Nilsen Banquet Hall at the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center, 1250 67th St. More info: niahistory.org.

POSTPONED: Armchair Adventurer: Nansen of the North
April 4, 7 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Portland Story Theater’s presents Lawrence Howard at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road, as her tells the story of Fridtjof Nansen, the father of polar travel. Nansenmade the first-ever crossing of Greenland on skis. Statesman, diplomat, humanitarian, andNobel Prize winner,Nansen was also one of the founders of the League of Nations, was thefirst United Nations high commissioner for refugees. The cost is $15 for Nordic Northwest members, $20 for non-members, and $5 for Arts of All members. Tickets and more info: www.nordicnorthwest.org/0404201.

CANCELED: The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc in Concert
April 4, 7:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Seattle Folklore Society and Skandia Folkdance Society are excited to welcome back The Nordic Fiddler Bloc! This trio is well-known and loved by many in the Pacific Northwest. From the moment Kevin Henderson, Olav Luksengård Mjelva and Anders Hall of The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc first played together in 2009 they felt chemistry in the sound they created. Some seven hundred gigs later, playing across Scandinavia, mainland Europe, the U.S. and the UK, that chemistry continues. Join us at Phinney Center Concert Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the lower brick building, for what is to be sure a divine evening of music from these masterful musicians. Tickets are $20/$18/$10 in advance on Brown Paper Tickets and with no service charge at previous SFS concerts. SFS, Skandia and Phinney members receive the member rate. Tickets are $2 additional at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. More info and tickets: nordicfiddlersblocseattle.bpt.me.

POSTPONED: The Complete Songs of Edvard Grieg
April 5, 4 p.m.
Portland, Ore
The last of cycle of seven concerts presenting the complete vocal repertory of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg features three internationally acclaimed artists: soprano Laura Loge, baritone Alan Dunbar, and pianist Knut Erik Jensen. This final  program, “The Human Condition,” includes songs set to the poetry of texts by A. O. Vinje and Otto Benzon. The afternoon recital  takes place at Nordia House at 8800 S.W. Oleson Road. The cost is $20 for Nordic Northwest members, $25 for non-members. Tickets and more info: www.nordicnorthwest.org/concert-songs-of-edvard-grieg.

Maine Nordmenn Youth Group & Crafts
April 5
Falmouth, Maine
Maine Nordmenn #3-664 Youth Group & Crafts will meet at the Falmouth American Legion Hall,
65 Depot Road. More info: email johnefossjr@gmail.com.

POSTPONED: Wise Words from Past Generations to the Present—A New Look at North European Proverbs in America
April 9, 7 – 8 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Professor Guntis Smidchens of the University of Washington will explore the proverbs and wisdom that Nordic and Baltic immigrants have passed on in America and what they tell about these culture as part of the Scand30 lecture series at the National Nordic Museum, 2655 NW Market St. The event is free and open to the public. More info: www.nordicmuseum.org/product/2735.

Magical Weirdo Creatures of the Northlands
April 9, 7 –8:30 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Rev. Matt returns  to Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave., with a new humorous multimedia presentation about the forests of Scandinavia that hid all manner of bizarre entities—fairies, water horses, giants, and more. Best for audiences ages 10 and up. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for guests. More info: www.norwayhouse.org/calendar/matt-monsters-2.

Dinner with Peter Geye, acclaimed author of Northernmost
April 16, 5 – 8 p.m.
Bayfield, Wis.
Apostle Islands Booksellers presents the acclaimed author Peter Geye to celerate the publication of his latest novel, Northernmost at Wild Rice Retreat, 84860 Old San Road. The evening will begin with a traditional Norwegian dinner, followed by a presentations and discussion with Geye. The price of $39 includes dinner and a $10 voucher towards the cost of the book. More info and tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/dinner-with-peter-geye-author-of-northernmost-tickets-86228121633.

POSTPONED: Folk Costume Fashion Show
April 16, 7 – 9 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.

Come to the National Nordic Museum at 2655 NW Market St. for an evening of fashion, music, and fun as we explore the world of traditional Nordic folk costumes. The fashion show highlights various regions and countries, followed by folk dancing to live music and a no-host bar. Attendees are invited to wear their favorite costumes. This event is in partnership with Skandia Folkdance Society. The cost is $10 for museum and Skandia Members, and $20 general admission. Tickets and more info: www.nordicmuseum.org/product/4531.

A Scandinavian Heritage Fair
April 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mission Viejo, Calif.
Turid Jespersen #44, Daughters of Norway, is holding their fair at the Norman Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way. Tickets are $1.00 for adults and free for children. There will be Scandinavian gift vendors, demonstrations of Rosemaling, knitting, weaving, and Hardanger embroidery, baking demonstrations, and a genealogy table. There will also be a Scandinavian lunch and baked goods available for purchase. Cash only. More info: call Sherry at (949) 487-7278.

Celebrate 110 Years of Bjornson Lodge
April 18, 1 p.m.
Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Celebrate the lodge’s 110th anniversary at Back Forty Texas BBQ Restaurant, 100 Coggins Dr. The buffet menu will include salad, potatoes, BBQ beans, chicken, and beef brisket. Tickets are $45 per person; reservations are due by April 11. Send a check made out to Bjornson Lodge to Turid Larsen, 5328 Manila Ave., Oakland Calif. 94618.

POSTPONED: Minnesota Peace Initiative: Spring Event
April  21, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Come to Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave., for a discussion of cyber security, defined as “the body of technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect networks, devices, programs, and data from attack, damage, or unauthorized access.” Featured speakers are Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, Chief Business Technology Officer & Brigadier General Minnesota Army National Guard Stephanie K. Horvath, and Enterprise Security & Cloud Architecture at Medtronic David Notch. This event s free and open to the public. More info and RSVP: www.norwayhouse.org/calendar/mpi/spring2020.

CANCELED: Spring Rømmegrøt Luncheon
April 25, noon
Minneapolis, Minn.
Alle Kvinner Mission presents a fundraiser at Mindekirken, 924 E. 21st St. Rømmegrøt will be served family style, accompanied by simple open-faced sandwiches with hard salami or assorted cheeses, followed by cookies for dessert and plenty of strong, black coffee! Take-out containers may be available for sale following the luncheon. Tickets will go on sale on April 1 for $17 per adult, children 6-12 years: $7.00, and children 5 and younger eat for free. Payment can be made by mailing your check. Tickets will still be available at the church until sold out. For credit card or cash purchases, please visit the church. More info: www.mindekirken.net/index.php/17-events/298-spring-ro.

CANCELED: Des Moines Friends of Vesterheim
April 26, 11:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m.
Des Moines, Iowa
Everyone is invited to You are invited to join Des Moines Friends of Vesterheim to enjoy an afternoon featuring a visual tour of the Favorite Things exhibit, and a very special midday meal at Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive. Vesterheim’s Zach Row-Heyveld will share images and stories of rarely-seen objects. Guests are encouraged to wear bunads and Norwegian sweaters. Lunch will include smørbrød, cold salad, herring, cheese and crackers, fruit, and specialty cake. The cost is $35 by April 17 and $45 after April 17. Advance reservations are required. To register, contact Anna Runestad at arunestad@vesterheim.org or call (563) 382-9681 ext. 107.

CANCELED: A Musical Celebration and Norwegian Tea
April 26, 2 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Join the Sons of Norway Leif Erikson Lodge at 2245 N.W. 57th St., for an afternoon program featuring soprano Laura Loge and pianist Steven Luksan. They will be performing songs about spring by Edvard Grieg and other Norwegian composers. Coffee, tea, and Norwegian desserts will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society. Tickets are $20, available in advance or at the door. For reservations and to guarantee a seat, call (206) 783-1274. More info: www.leiferiksonlodge.org/events-and-activities.

POSTPONED: Scandinavian Buffet and Auction
April 26, 5 p.m.
Madison, Wis.
This special gathering at Blackhawk Country Club, 3606 Blackhawk Dr., brings together members, friends & patrons who wish to support the mission of Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library. The evening will include a social hour and time to preview the silent and live auction items. Among other Scandinavian treats-smoked salmon, Swedish meatballs, baked cod & pickled herring will be included in the buffet. The Madison Horn Club will perform after dinner. More info: email genealogy@nagcnl.org or call (608) 255-2224.

KYGO at XS Nightclub
April 26 & 27, 10 p.m.
Las Vegas, Nev.
Head to the dance floor or a luxury cabana around the Encore pool at XS nightclub,
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., at Encore and experience the magic of KYGO from Bergen, Norway. Cutting-edge technology and top-of-the-line production elements include pyrotechnics, LEDs, lasers, and an in-the-round DJ booth that can be seen from anywhere in the club. There is no cover charge. Registration and more info: www.eventbrite.com/e/kygo-at-xs-nightclub-apr-26-free-guestlist-tickets-98000697725.

Nordic Midsummer Fest
June 20, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Burnsville, Minn.
Come enjoy food, music, and much more at 15400 Buck Hill Road. Admission is $10. More info: www.nordicmidsummerfest.com/.

The 2nd Annual Crow Wing Viking Festival
Aug. 29
Brainerd, Minn.
This family-friendly Viking Festival, to be held at Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, 2000 S.E. 13th St., features Viking-age crafts, costumes, weapons, mock battles, music, and games. The event strives to be authentic to the Viking age with the slogan, “Real Vikings. No Horns.” The popular conception of horned helmets originated with artists and an opera costume designer during the 19th century. Festival-goers will be able to see and try on replicas of actual Viking helmets. The Crow Wing Viking Festival is family-friendly! Admission is capped at $35 for a family. Battle reenactments are historically realistic but still appropriate for all. You will be able to buy tickets online. More info: www.crowwingvikingfestival.com.

Wood Carving Classes from Norsk Wood Works
September
Barronett, Wisc.
Else and Phillip Bigton studied carving in Norway and are the authors of Treskjærerkunsten, the art of wood carving, and Lærebok I Treskjæring, the official woodcarving book for the school system in Norway. They will teach relief-carving classes from Sept. 14 – 18, and again Sept. 21 -25. 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. Be sure to bring any tools you already have. Each student will receive a good deal of one to one instruction. You will be able to complete at least one reasonable project during the week you are in class. Class size is limited to 12 students. The class starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. In addition, Harley Refsal of Decorah, Iowa will teach a weekend class in his popular flat plane style figure carving at the studio Sept. 25-27. The studio is located at Norsk Wood Works, 20337 County Road H. Tuition for the 5 day relief carving classes is $550. Tuition for Harley Refsal’s class is $240. Half is due at registration. More info and registration: static1.squarespace.com/static/54e7d68be4b0c686e90f3513/t/5e40485b4b6b8940eeabc4fb/1581271132330/NWW+2020+Woodcarving+Class+Registration.pdf.