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The Vikings Begin
now–Oct 27
Minneapolis, Minn.
This extraordinary exhibition at the American Swedish Institute (ASI) at 2600 Park Ave. features dozens of early Viking artifacts from boat graves, organized by Uppsala University in Sweden and its museum, Gustavianum, which is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Viking and pre-Viking objects. Based on cutting-edge research by Neil Price, Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson and John Ljungkvist, the exhibition at ASI is the Midwest premiere of a collection that has never been outside of Scandinavia until this year, with many finds that are around 1400 years old. More info:

Vesterheim Heritage Park Guided Tours
now–Oct. 31, 1:30 p.m.
Decorah, Iowa
The 12 historic buildings in Vesterheim’s Heritage Park can be viewed by guided tour from May 1 through Oct. 31. The tours are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. daily and are included with admission price. (Tours occasionally take place at different times. Please confirm tour time with a desk attendant upon your arrival, or call ahead: (563) 382-9681.) These guided tours offer a unique look into the history of each building and the people who used them. The buildings are closed at all other times, but visitors can walk the grounds, view the exterior of the buildings, and learn the story of each building through interpretive signs. More info:

Nordic Ware: The Bundt Cake – Then and Now
now-Nov. 3
Minneapolis, Minn.
We want your bundt cake stories!! Whether it was baking with Grandma or baking with a grandchild, surprising a roommate on his or her birthday, or having a favorite pan that you’ve kept for decades that you rarely use but will never discard – you have a Bundt story and we want to read it!vNordic Ware: The Bundt Cake – Then and Now will be the Norway House Gallery Exhibit this fall. As part of the exhibit, we would like to share your stories, about your favorite baking moments with Bundt pans. We will select some of the writers to be interviewed and filmed for an installation in the Gallery at Norway House, 913 E, Franklin Ave.! We are calling everyone. You can be of any age, any level of skill. For more info and to submit your story:

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:

Gangspil Concert & Workshop
Sept. 20, Workshop 3-5 p.m., Concert 7:30 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Come for a day of music! The musicians will be providing a workshop at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Rd., during the day, followed by an evening performance with their incredible live music and dancing! Sonnich Lydom (accordion, harmonica) and Kristian Bugge (fiddle) will take us on a fresh and exciting journey through the traditions of Danish folk music. These lively musicians perform dance-tunes and songs from every corner of Denmark. An unforgettable experience spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road, this year they’ll be performing with Norwegian folk guitarist Vidar Skrede. The workshop is $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. The concert tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members. More info:

Photo Journey through Norway
Sept. 20, 7 p.m.
Lancaster, Penn.
Sons of Norway, Bondelandet Lodge will meet at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 301 St Thomas Rd. Following the Norwegian tradition of hospitality, visitors are welcome, and invited to share in the special dessert table. Steve Solem will share his photos and drone videos from his summer trek through Norway. More info: contact Jeanne (717)793-7428.

Second Annual Kubb Tournament
Sept. 20-22
Susquehanna, Penn.
Sons of Norway Third District is again holding their Kubb tournament, pitting lodge against lodge. No experience is necessary. Classes will be given on Saturday morning. There will be fun activities for families on Friday and Saturday evenings. The fun will take place at Land of Vikings, 461 Big Valley Rd. To make team reservations, call: (570) 461-3500. More info: contact Pete Hanson at

Searching for Ibsen’s Nora
Sept. 21, 5 p.m.
Fairfax, Va.
Come to Norway House at 3846 Meredith Drive to meet author Wendy Swallow, who will talk about her imaginative continuation of the story of Ibsen’s Nora, in which sets offon a journey from 1880s Norway to the harsh Minnesota prairie. Ms. Swallow discusses her research into both Ibsen-era Oslo and the type of life
Nora was likely to encounter on the prairie. If you’re bringing children email Youth Director Elspeth Christianson at and in-
clude their ages so appropriate activities can be planned. Non-members are welcome. Potluck starts at 5 p.m., followed by the presentation.

Fårikål – Celebrating Fall Harvest with Mutton and Cabbage
Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Fårikål is a compounded word that literally means “mutton in cabbage”. It was voted as Norway’s national dish in 1970 and re-confirmed as the national dish in 2014. Traditionally served in September, it is related to the harvest of the sheep before winter, as well as final shearing and mating season for the ewes and rams. Sheep and goats are some of the most important animals in pre-historic Scandinavia and were ritualized during the pre-Christian periods. Brought to Scandinavia during the Bronze Age, the honorable sheep is responsible for the success of Viking excursions as one ship sail required the fleece of 700 sheep. Let’s explore this special time of year while eating Fårikål, trying our hand at spinning, pondering the sheep skin tradition, and thinking about the sheep’s heads of Christmas yet to come! Norway House is located at 913 E. Franklin Ave. More info:

Researching Viking Mythology for Modern Storytelling
Sept. 21, 1-2 p.m.
Stoughton, Wisc.
Livsreise has an interactive kiosk which gives visitors a brief introduction to Norse Mythology and the Nine Realms. Oshkosh author, K.W. Pendorf felt once she wrote her first book “Freya and the Dragon Egg ” that she needed to know more about Norse mythology. Please join us as she shares how researching Viking history has influenced her storytelling. She willll discuss where her inspiration came for wanting to write a new tale of Norse mythology, taking you from a Danish wedding in Europe to the Field Museum in Chicago. Along the way, you will learn about those she has met in the “Viking World” and how they have transpired into the fictitious workings of her FREYA series. The talk will take place at Livsreise-Norwegian Heritage Center, 277 W. Main St. Admission is free. More info:

Autumn Ski Jump Food Truck Festival
Sept. 21-22
Fox River Grove, Ill.
Join the Norge Ski Club for their annual competition. Admission is $15 and free for children 12 and younger. Purchase tickets early and get a discount! More info:

Vista Viking Festival
Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Vista, Calif.
Come to the 17th annual festival nestled in the rolling hills of Vista where festival visitors can mingle with Vikings and the Norse Gods in this Viking Village and Marketplace. Viking Encampments featured throughout our grounds offer an authentic Living History Viking Village experience, where reenactors practice the daily life activities life of the Norsemen. Blacksmiths, weavers, woodcarvers, tradesmen, and bakers will demonstrate how they are keeping the old ways alive. The Viking Marketplace will be filled with merchants offering Viking wares, and treasures brought back from across the sea. Marketplace food vendors offer a variety of treats from sausages to baked goods. Vegan options are available. Tickets are $15 for adults 21 and older, $10 for ages 13 to 20, $3 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger. The festival will take place at Norway Hall, 2006 E. Vista Way. The off-site parking is $5 with free shuttle service. Parking is free with Military ID. Parking lot locations are at Vista High School, One Panther Way, and Guajome Park Academy, 2000 N Santa Fe Ave. More info:

BERSERK! A Viking Festival for All Ages!
Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
West Newton, Mass.
Enjoy Scandinavian wares, food, games, and combat demonstrations at the Scandinavian Cultural Center, 206 Waltham St. General admission is $15 advance purchase ($20 at door), $10 for SCC Members, and $7 for children 12 and younger. More info:

Book Talk: Into the White
Sept. 21, 2 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Join author Christopher P. Heuer at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., where he will discuss his new book Into the White: The Renaissance Arctic and the End of the Image. European narratives of the Atlantic New World tell stories of people and things: strange flora, wondrous animals, and sun-drenched populations for Europeans to mythologize or exploit. Yet, between 1500 and 1700, one region upended all of these conventions in travel writing, science, and, most unexpectedly, art: the Arctic. Into the White uses five case studies to probe how the early modern Arctic (as site, myth, and ecology) affected contemporary debates of perception and matter — long before the nineteenth century romanticized the polar landscape. Following the discussion, copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Admission is free. More info:

Scandinavian Picnic
Sept. 22, 1:30-4 p.m.
St. Louis, Mo.
Join fellow Scandinavian Clubs along with the Swedish Council for the annual Scandinavian Picnic at Blue Heron Shelter in Simpson Park, 1234 Marshall Road.
Cost is $10/person, $5 for kids 4-12, 4 and younger are free. The Swedish Council will be providing the meatballs, herring, boiled dill potatoes, knäckebröd, fruit salad, soft drinks, lemonade and coffee. Please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert according to this guide…A-E (salad), F-R (side dish), S-Z (dessert). As usual if you have a favorite Scandinavian dish you love to prepare and it doesn’t fit into the guide above, please, by all means, bring that. Please RSVP by Sept. 14. More info: email Nancy Hill at To RSVP:

Leif Eriksson International Festival
Sept. 22-Oct.15
Minneapolis, Minn.
The Leif Eriksson International Festival was formed in 1987 under the leadership of Pastor John Mauritzen, Mindekirken (The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis) and members of the Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish communities to establish an annual festival to celebrate Nordic cultural roots in the United States. Over the years, the events have brought top-ranked Nordic talent to Minneapolis. This helps us all explore the values and goals of today’s Nordic countries and share them with other Nordic Americans. It also gives the Nordic community an opportunity to share its heritage with all citizens. The programs will be held a variety of venues. More info:

Nordic Film Course
Mondays Sept. 23- Nov. 18, 7:15-9:15 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
This course, taught by Dr. Birnie of Portland State University, will provide an introduction to the origins and development of Scandinavian film over the past 90 years. The focus will be to acquaint students with the major directors, themes and narrative styles of this broad and rich subject. The course will be hosted by Nordic Northwest and held at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Rd. Registration is $100 for members and $150 for non-members. More info:

Norsk Høstfest
Sept. 25-28, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Minot, N.D.
Come to North America’s largest Scandinavian festival! Five nights and four days of entertainment, heritage, Scandinavian cuisine, shopping, fun, and dances. The festival is held at the N.D. State Fair Center, 2005 E. Burdick Expressway. More info:

Harvest Dinner
Sept. 27
Portland, Ore.
Celebrate the bounty of seasonal fruits and vegetables by Broder. Tickets start at $65. More info:

Paddle Pilgrim
Sept. 28, 2-3:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
College professor and pastor Dave Ellingson shares his account of paddling the Sogne and Hardanger fjords in Norway, including a short film, Coming Home. The talk will take place at the National Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St. Tickets are $7 for members, $10 for the general public. More info:

Scandinavian Dance with Sons of Norway, Tacoma
Sept. 28, 7-10:30 p.m.
Tacoma, Wash.
Come and dance with us! No partner needed. The music will be provided by Skandia Kapell. At 7 p.m., we will review the waltz with Kathi Ploeger and Don Meyers. Dancing starts at 8 p.m. The event will take place at Normanna Hall, 1106 S. 15th St. Admission is $10 for adults $7 for Sons of Norway Lodge #2 members (or $10 for SON member couples), $5 for nondancers, and free for students. More info: call (253) 759-3731 or email

Norwegian Classes
Oct.-Nov., Mondays 7:30-9:15 p.m.
Fargo, N.D.
Sons of Norway, Kringen Lodge #25 is offering language classes, from basic beginner to advanced. More info: contact Roger Reinhart at (701) 371-0425, or email

Norwegian Classes
Oct. 2-Dec. 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
West Newton, Mass.
The winter/spring session of the Norwegian language class offered by Norumbega Lodge #3-506, Sons of Norway, will meet at the Scandinavian Library
in the Scandinavian Cultural and Living Center, 206 Waltham St. There will be no class on October 9th or November 27th. This class is an advanced level class, a
continuation of the class from the spring. The class fee is $40 for the ten-week session. More info:

Concert at Scandinavia House: Mari Boine
Oct. 2, 7:30-9 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
The award-winning Norwegian-Sámi artist Mari Boine joins us with accompanist Georg Buljo for performances of her original compositions. Since her breakthrough 30 years ago with the solo album Gula Gula, Mari has released more than a dozen highly acclaimed albums that combine jazz and rock with the traditional folk music of the Norwegian Sámi, with music sung in a traditional folk style using the yoik voice accompanied by a wide range of instruments. In this event she will be performing works off her recent release See the Woman, which feature a melancholic, spherical pop sound with a sophisticated lyrical concept. The concert will take place at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. Tickets range from $30-$35. More info:

Under the Clouds of War: Growing up in Occupied Denmark & Norway Documentary Screening
Oct. 3, 6-8 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Produced in 2011, this video documentary includes oral history interviews from the Nordic American Voices (NAV) archive. The event is free, but a $10 donation is suggested. The National Nordic Museum is located at 2655 NW Market St. More info:

2019 Leif Eiriksson Banquet
Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m.
Richardson, Tex.
Please join the Viking Chapter of the Norwegian Society of Texas for their banquet to be held at Canyon Creek Country Club, 625 Lookout Dr. The Norwegian Consul General in Houston, Dr. Hilde Skorpen, PhD, will be speaking on The Ocean – Key to Norway’s Identity, Economy, and Place in the World. Tickets are $45 for NST members, $65 for non-members. RSVP by Sept. 27. More info and tickets:

Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale
Oct.5, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Edmonds, Wash.
The Edmonds Sons of Norway is hosting a Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale at the Edmonds Masonic Center, 515 Dayton Street. Breakfasts are a hearty portion of Norwegian pancakes with strawberries and syrup, ham, juice, coffee, tea, and milk. The cost is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids 6-10 (5 and younger are free). Enjoy live music and after you eat, visit the craft and bake sale tables. Kids can participate in free folk dancing lessons between 10 a.m. and noon. The breakfasts are one of the largest fundraisers for the lodge. Proceeds support the Edmonds Food Bank, Ski for Light outings for mobility and sight impaired skiers, scholarships and the Sons of Norway Foundation. Eat great food while supporting lodge programs and local organizations. More info: call (425) 712-9788.

Daughters of Norway Nordic Festival
Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Edgewood, Wash.
Enjoy traditional music, Nordic arts and crafts, and Scandinavian foods at the Nordic Festival held at Mt. View Lutheran Church, 3505 122nd Ave. E. Admission is $2, children 11 and younger are free. More info:

Scandinavian Festival
Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
New Berlin, Wisc.
Sons of Norway Lodge, Fosselyngen, will be holding their festival at Ronald Reagan Elementary School, 4225 S. Calhoun Rd. Admission is $8 per person. More info:

Glee Club Lutefisk Dinner
Oct. 5, 2-8 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Help support the Norwegian Glee Club of Minneapolis! The dinner will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave. S. Tickets are $21. Advance reservations are required. The deadline is Sept. 25. For tickets and more info: contact Earl Evenstad at

Nordic Nights Auction and Gala
Oct. 5, 5 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Nordic Northwest’s 28th Annual Auction and Gala will be held at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Rd. Tickets are $150 per person. More info:

Norwegian Classes
Oct. 7-Dec. 9, 6:30-8 p.m.
Fairhaven, Mass.
A beginning 3 level Norwegian class will be offered at the Harrop Center (parish house behind the Unitarian Church), 102 Green St. The class fee is $50 for the ten-week session. Checks should be made payable to “UUSF”. The textbook and workbook are entitled PÅ VEI. More info: email Luana Marie Jøsvold at

Leif Eriksson Memorial: Bus Tour
Oct. 9, 1-4:15 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Join in a tour via private motor coach to the ceremony at the Leif Eriksson memorial, plus a guided tour of the Minnesota State Capitol building. Be at the Danish American Center, 3030 W. River Pkwy. at 1 p.m. for a 1:15 departure. The bus will return to the DAC at 4:15. Tickets are $25 per person. Purchase tickets by Sept. 20. More info:

Leif Erikson Day Luncheon
October 9, 11:30 a.m.
Cleveland, Ohio.
Local Scandinavians are gathering at Shooter’s on the Water, 1148 Main Ave., on Leif Erikson Day to commemorate the arrival of the famous Viking to the shores of North
America, present day Newfoundland, about the year 1003. We gather at 11:30 a.m. in front of Shooters at the bronze bust of Leif Erikson. A welcoming toast will be offered. Lunch will be served indoors as each person orders their choice from the menu. Proclamations will be read from the President and the Mayor of Cleveland. All are welcome to attend. Place your reservation by calling (440) 748-1057 by Saturday, October 6.

Nordic Knitting Conference
Oct. 11-13
Seattle, Wash.
The National Nordic Museum, located at 2655 N.W. Market St., is pleased to present its 8th biennial celebration of Nordic fabric arts. First conceived by volunteers in 2007, this program has grown to draw instructors and participants from all over the world. The 2019 Nordic Knitting Conference will highlight the work of Signe Aarhus, co-founder of Oleana, a family company founded in 1992 with the aim of creating new jobs in Norway’s textile industry. More info:

Vesterheim’s Benefit Auction
Oct. 12, 12 p.m.-Oct. 20 9 p.m.
The auction has over 30 pieces of one-of-a-kind folk-art by artists working in the Norwegian tradition. Folk art makes a great gift for that hard-to-buy-for person! It’s easy and fun to participate in the auction and share it with your friends and family. The auction includes a river cruise from Viking Cruises. Proceeds from the auction will support Vesterheim’s Folk Art School, which has provided classes since 1967 in fiber arts, woodworking, painting, cooking, jewelry, blacksmithing, knifemaking, and more. Auction pieces will be available to view soon. In the meantime, go to and get your account ready. More info: call or email Marcia McKelvey (563) 382-9681,

Cutting Edges: Concrete Art from the Erling Neby Collection
Oct. 12-Feb. 15, 2020
New York, N.Y.
A practice that was developed before and after World War II, and devised to avoid ambiguity in the word ‘abstract,’ concrete art is characterized by combinations of simple geometric elements to create autonomous visual realities. Artists in this exhibition include Olle Bærtling, Lars Erik Falk and Lars Englund (Sweden); Richard Mortensen and Robert Jacobsen (Denmark); Kristján Guðmundsson (Iceland); Gunnar S. Gundersen, Arne Malmedal, Kristin Nordhøy, Aase Texmon Rygh and Bjørn Ransve (Norway); and Lars-Gunnar Nordström, Sam Vanni, Paul Osipow and Matti Kujasalo (Finland). Works by these artists are distinguished by their use of bright colors and geometric edges. Cutting Edges will be accompanied by a range of programming, including art workshops for all ages. The gallery, located at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., is open Tues.-Sat. 12-6 p.m., and Wed. 12-7 p.m. Admission is free. More info:

Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Sons of Norway, Freya Lodge will hold their big event with Scandinavian vendors, A Taste of Norway Lunch, Viking re-enactments by Vikings of Bjørnstad, traditional baked goods, photo booth and much more. The festival will be held at Freya Lodge, 617 W. Ninth St. More info: call (707)579-1080 or email

Discussion: The Secret WWII Concentration Camp Diary of Odd Nansen
Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Hailed by the New Yorker as “among the most compelling documents to come out of the war,” this World War II concentration camp diary was privately written by Nansen to document his experiences in various Nazi camps in Norway and Germany following his arrest in early 1942. The editor, Timothy Boyce, will be present for the discussion. This free event will be held at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. More info:

Nordic International Film Festival
Oct. 16-20
New York, N.Y.
The festival will be held at The Roxy Cinema, located in the cellar level of The Roxy Hotel, 2 6th Ave. Anna Odell’s X&Y had been selected as the opening night film. More info:

Scandinavian Hour Celebration at Skål
October 17, 6 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Come to Skål Beer Hall in Ballard, 5429 Ballard Ave. N.W, to celebrate the 60 years of the Scandinavian Hour radio show on the air. Meet the team and participate in a fantastic raffle drawing. Everyone is welcome! More info and directions:

Let’s Make Nisse
Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
Lancaster, Penn.
Sons of Norway, Bondelandet Lodge will meet at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 301 St Thomas Rd. Following the Norwegian tradition of hospitality, visitors are welcome, and invited to share in the special dessert table. Vice President Deb Solem will lead us in making Nisse for everyone present and for a chosen charity effort. There will be a small charge. More info: contact Jeanne (717) 793-7428.

11th Annual Viking Fair
Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Fjellheim Lodge, Sons of Norway, will hold their annual bazaar and brunch at Viking Hall, 1045 Ford St. Admission is free, brunch is $8 per person. More info: call (719) 351-3554.

A Taste of Scandinavia
Oct. 19, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Kennewick, Wash.
Sons of Norway, Sol-Land Lodge, is holding their annual Nordic event with vendors, cooking demonstrations, a raffle, Norwegian lunch, folk dancing, baked goods, genealogy assistance and much more. Please join them at Kennewick First Lutheran Church, Hwy. 395 and Yelm. Admission is free. More info: email Nancy Holter at or telephone (509) 375-0919.

Nordic Experience Festival
Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Port Townsend, Wash.
Daughters of Norway Thea Foss will be holding their annual festival at Blue Heron Middle School, 3939 San Juan Ave. The festival will feature vendors, Scandinavian dancing, Bunad/Viking fashion show, food, and food demonstrations. Admission is free. More info: email

Waldemar Ager and the Norwegian-American Eau Claire
Oct. 19, 1-2 p.m.
Stoughton, Wisc.
Our speaker, Brian Blakely, became interested in Waldemar Ager when he decided to wrote a comprehensive history of the city of Eau Claire. When Ager first arrived in America 1885, he encountered a vibrant, thriving Norwegian-American community. Use of the Norwegian language was widespread. Hundreds of small-circulation Norwegian-language newspapers and dozens of large circulation Norwegian-language newspapers were in operation from Michigan to the Dakotas. Ager got his start in the newspaper business at Norden, Chicago’s largest-circulation Norwegian-language newspaper. At the age of 23, he moved to Eau Claire, Wisc. and worked at a Norwegian temperance newspaper called Reform. His role in the history of Eau Claire will be discussed, The talk will take place at Livsreise-Norwegian Heritage Center, 277 W. Main St. Admission is free. More info:

Kinder K, with the Scandinavian American Theater Company
Oct. 19, 3-5 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
In this Norwegian play questioning the consequences of gene technology and what makes a life “worthy of living,” playwright Kristofer Blindheim Grønskag juxtaposes two events set at different points in time. In 1939 Germany, Gerhard Herbert Kretschmar is born disabled, to parents who are unable to bear the shame of their situation and desperate for help from the government. 156 days later, Gerhard will become the first of thousands murdered by the Nazi regime’s Action T4 ‘mercy killings.’ In the present day, an unnamed couple known here as He and She are expecting their first child, only to learn from a fetal test that something about the pregnancy is abnormal. He and She have the choice to end the pregnancy, but must face difficult questions. How is a ‘sorting society’ really any different from T4? The play will be presented at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. Tickets are $5 for ASF members, $10 for non-members. More info:

California Rosemaling Association Convention
Oct. 24-27
San Diego, Calif.
The annual convention of Norwegian rosemaling painters will be held at Marriott’s Courtyard San Diego Old Town, 2435 Jefferson St. Classes will be held by two Gold Medalist instructors. Registration is $275 for members, $290 for non-members and includes project materials and banquet. Please sign up by Sept. 15. More info:

Norsk Oktoberfest
Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m.
Los Gatos, Calif
Come celebrate with Sons of Norway, Nordahl-Grieg lodge at the Nordahl Hall, 580 W. Parr Ave. More info:

The Birds/Fuglane International Premier
Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
There will be a special premiere screening of Fuglane, a new film based on the award-winning novel by Tarjei Vesaas, at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. The Birds tells the story of Mattis, a mentally disabled man who is cared for at a small lakeside cottage by his lonely older sister, Hege, where he spends much of his time trying to decipher the ways of nature. When one day a lumberjack arrives and disrupts their routine, isolated existence by falling in love with Hege, Mattis becomes increasingly fearful that he will be abandoned. With his limited understanding of what independence would mean for him, Mattis turns to the symbols and signs of the nature around him to discover a way to live in a world where he is often felt unwanted. Director Anders T. Andersen will be present for the screening, with a reception following the film. Tickets are $10 for ASF members, $15 for non-members. More info:

Norwegian Architecture in Wisconsin
Nov. 1, 1-2 p.m.
Stoughton, Wisc.
The first thing a Norwegian immigrant had to do after staking his land claim was to build himself a shelter. Often the first home was a dugout in the side of the hill with close access to a stream and a woods. This sometimes became a family’s home over the first winter. Once weather permitted and crops were planted, they turned their attention building a log cabin using the techniques they had used at home in Norway. A special ax cutting technique known as the Scandinavian Saddle Notch was used in constructing these buildings. The corner notch system features precisely angled surfaces which achieve an excellent long term tolerance and creates an extremely effective water and air infiltration barrier and is still used in log home construction today. Alan Pape will speak on this and more at Livsreise-Norwegian Heritage Center, 277 W. Main St. Admission is free. More info:

Film: Opportunity Knocks
Nov. 1, 7 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Slapstick and witty, Opportunity Knocks is a comedy about renovations, both material and emotional, and what might happen when ambitions outrun ability. The film was directed by Arild Fröhlich, and will be shown at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. Tickets are $12, $7 for ASF members. More info:

Norwegian Odyssé
Nov. 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Join Seattle Modern Orchestra in a concert featuring living composers from Norway. From Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi’s mystic sounds to Lasse Thoresen’s meditation on Hagen (Garden), Knut Vaage’s epic Odyssé, a re-composing of Grieg op. 54, to the kaleidoscopic piano trio SVEV, this concert offers a vast array of Norwegian contemporary music. We will be joined by the renown Valen Trio from Norway, soprano Laura Loge, composer Knut Vaage, and conductor Julia Tai. The concert is in collaboration with Northwest Edvard Grieg Society and Music Exchange International. Tickets are $25 for National Nordic Museum or NWEGS members, $30 for non-members, or $10 for students. The event will be held at the National Nordic Museum, 2655 NW Market St. More info:

Polar Star Lodge’s Norsk Høstfest
Nov. 5, 12-3:30 p.m.
Montgomery, Ill.
The Lodge will hold its annual autumn festival at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 1233 Douglas Ave. You will be able to taste traditional Norwegian food and shop for Scandinavian gifts and jewelry. The Polar Star Norwegian Choir will perform at 1:00. More info:

Daughters of Norway 20th Annual Nordic Fest
Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Langley, Wash.
Please join us for our 20th annual Nordic Fest Celebration on beautiful Whidbey Island. You’ll find us at South Whidbey High School, 5675 Maxwelton Rd. You may want to hop a ferry and bring family and friends for this colorful holiday celebration of Scandinavian life and culture. You will find small, specialized retail vendors from the Island and the region, offering one-of-a-kind quality, hand-made gifts and crafts, a little something for everyone and every budget! Our ever-popular holiday bakery is brimming with delicious Scandinavian baked goods: traditional cookies, breads, cakes, and lefse. Our “Daughters” Gift Boutique is well stocked with a delightful variety of handmade items, Christmas ornaments, practical household items, hand embroidered table linens made with traditional methods and materials, Scandinavian aprons, and so much more. Look for our much loved Julenek again this year: big, golden bundles of locally grown wheat, tied with a generous red ribbon to be hung out for the birds on Christmas Morning, an endearing part of any Norwegian Christmas and so appreciated by our little birds. There will be live music throughout the day, chances to win a cake or pie at our old fashioned cake walk, and, as always, we will be serving a classic Scandinavian lunch featuring traditional handmade Swedish meatballs, homemade gravy, a selection of regional open-faced sandwiches, and our popular meringue cream cake.
Admission is by $1 donation.

Scandinavian Market
Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Farmington Hills, Mich.
Sons of Norway, Nordkap Lodge, will hold their festive market at the Finnish Center, 35200 Eight Mile Rd. More info:

Scandinavian Hostfest – Autumn Festival
Nov. 9, 1-5 p.m.
Brooklyn, N.Y.
​The​ ​Scandinavian​ ​East​ ​Coast​ ​Museum is hosting its festival at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, at the corner​ ​of​ ​Ovington​ ​Ave. and​ ​4th​ ​Ave. There will be a Lapskaus Auction, games​ ​with​ ​Crazy​ ​Carlsen, and a ​myriad​ ​of​ ​Scandinavian​ autumn​ ​traditions. Tickets are​ ​$30​ ​for​ ​adults,​ ​$15 ​for​ ​children​ ​5​ ​through ​17,​ free for children 5 and younger. Tickets include lunch,​ ​a beverage,​ coffee​, dessert​ and 10 raffle tickets. More info: call (718) 748-5950 or email

Norwegian Fathers Day
Nov. 15, 7 p.m.
Lancaster, Penn.
The Bondelandet Lodge will celebrate Norwegian Father’s Day and share memories of their father, grandfather, godfather or stepfather. Clips from the book by Fredrik Backman, “Things My Son Needs to Know About the World” will be read. Sloppy Joe refreshments will be served, followed by a dessert table. The celebration will take place at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 301 St Thomas Road. Admission is free. More info: contact Jeanne Addison at or (717)793-7428.

Scandinavian Fair
Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Acton, Mass.
Norumbega Lodge, Sons of Norway, will hold its annual Scandinavian Fair at the Acton Boxboro Regional High School, 36 Charter Rd. More info:

Viking Festival

Citrus Heights, Calif
Join Roald Amundsen Sons of Norway Lodge at their festival, to be held at Masonic Center, 5944 San Juan Ave. There will be craft items, demonstrations, Scandinavian merchandise, baked goods, and much more. Lunch will be available for purchase. Admission is free! More info:

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
Dec. 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Sons of Norway Freya Lodge is holding its 2019 crafts fair at Norway Hall, 617 W. 9th St. In addition to craft items, there will be baked goods and lunch available for purchase. More info: