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The Immigrant Trunk
now-Feb. 28, 2019
Heavy trunks were a necessity for an immigrant family making the long journey across the ocean to the new world because they served as a secure vessel for transporting valued family possessions. If an immigrant traveled alone, the trunk was smaller and often made simply of pine boards. Some times the shipping line glued a large label onto the trunk as a record of the travel across the Atlantic. Hand luggage was al brought along. Bentwood boxes called “tine” are one example. Some were unadorned and others had the owner’s name or initials on them. They held clothing and such things as a small bible or catechism which was read daily. The story of each trunk is told in this exhibit at Livsreise, 277 W. Main St. Admission is free to the public. More info: www.livsreise.org.
Vikings: Beyond the Legend
The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia’s renowned science museum, continues to host Vikings: Beyond the Legend. The exhibit gives insights about the Vikings other than them being known as invaders and pillagers. “…their societies were complex and multifaceted—and influential. They were skilled craftspeople, successful merchants, and diligent farmers, with significant impact across western Europe and beyond,” says the website. “600 Artifacts; three full-size replica Viking Ships; augmented reality experiences; ornate jewelry, coins, and weapons; authentic Viking games; background on Norse Mythology.” $35 adults Daytime, General Museum Admission is included/$20 adults Evening, General Museum Admission is not included/$9 members, $31 Child (ages 3-11) Daytime, General Museum Admission is included/$15 Child (ages 3-11), Evening, General Museum Admission is not included/$9 members, $31 Child (ages 3-11) Daytime, General Museum Admission is included /$8 (ages 3-18) Members, Daytime or Evening. More info: www.fi.edu/exhibit/vikings-beyond-legend.
Vessel: Ceramic Art
This year’s first presentation in the Gallery at Norway House, 913 E. Franklin St., features two contemporary Danish ceramic artists, Michael Geertsen and Morten Løbner Espersen in tandem with Minnesota woodcarver, Mike Loeffler. These works offer an opportunity for Norway House audiences to explore how familiar objects like vases, pitchers, and plates can be re-imagined in creative ways, illustrating an infinite variety of possibilities, all within the theme of “Vessel.” More info: www.norwayhouse.org/calendar/gallery19/vessel.
The Vikings Begin
Based on the latest research conducted on both historic and recent discoveries of Viking-era artifacts by Uppsala University in Sweden, The Vikings Begin at the Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St., tells the story of the Vikings of early Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark, and Norway)—an intensely maritime society with a very close and important relationship to the sea. Uppsala University’s museum, Gustavianum, has produced this exhibition of original artifacts, reconstructions, and archaeological discoveries from early Viking Age society using cutting-edge research done by Uppsala professor Neil Price and his team. These objects tell the story not only of the person buried with them, but also of the world they inhabited: its social and economic makeup, its religions, and its culture. Free to members, $5 for non-members plus the general admission fee. More info: www.nordicmuseum.org/exhibitions/thevikingsbegin.
Mapping the Nordic Soul
Feb. 21, 2-4 p.m. or 6-8 p.m.
Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave. offers two fun and interesting sessions on Nordic spirituality. The body, mind, and soul are interconnected and bound together in Old Norse tradition. Thought and Memory, even Luck, are parts of our complex system of individual, family, and cultural life. Bring a notebook and map your soul parts in the Old Norse way. The cost is $15 for members, $20 for non-members. More info: www.norwayhouse.org/calendar/2019/tauring/mapping-the-nordic-soul-1.
Security, Development & Human Rights: How the UN is Improving the World
Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
The American Scandinavian Society has the pleasure to invite its members and friends to a presentation by Mr. Helge Osttveiten, Director, Office of Audit and Investigation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the Norwegian’s Seamen’s Church, 317 E. 52nd St. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. A reception will follow the lecture. You may send a check made out to the American Scandinavian Society and send it to Ritva Metso, 400 E. 85th St., or visit https://www.americanscandinavian.org/events.
Calling All Little Vikings
Feb. 22, 7-8:30 p.m.
Saint James, N.Y.
Are you Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, and/or of Icelandic descent or HAVE A LOVE of these Scandinavian Cultures? If so, then join us for our next meeting! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to school in another country? Join us for a Norwegian School Day, where we’ll learn math, Norwegian language, history, and science, and have “lunch” and recess! All are welcome to join us oat Norway Hall, 230 Fourth St., St. James. Text Meredith Johansson at (631) 766-3142 to RSVP.
Atlas Obscura Society Seattle: Inside Bardahl: A Guided Tour
Feb. 22, 2-4 p.m.
Join Al Young and his team at Bardahl Seattle Headquarters at 1400 N.W. 52nd St. for this exciting, first-of-its-kind tour of the Seattle Bardahl headquarters. For over 80 years, operating in the heart of old Ballard, the Bardahl Manufacturing Corporation has helped fuel the world. Founded by Norwegian immigrant Ole Bardahl, who came to Seattle in 1922 with 26 dollars to his name, Bardahl blossomed into a motor oil company that dominated the industry by the 1950s and continues to this day.
Tickets are $38 and are available at Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/atlas-obscura-society-seattle-inside-bardahl-a-guided-tour-tickets-54662434814.
Feb. 23, 7-10:30 p.m.
Join in on the fun at Normanna Hall, 1106 S. 15th St. (corner of S.15th and ML King St., Tacoma). Music by Nordic Exposure. Review of Busserul with Judy Patterson and Jerry Walsh at 7 p.m., dance, 8–10:30 p.m. Scandinavian couple dances. Circle and mixer dances reviewed. No partner needed. $10 for adults; $7 for Sons of Norway Lodge #2 members ($10 for Lodge #2 couples); $5 for non-dancers. Students, free. Info: call (253) 759-3731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nordic Impressions: Contemporary Art From Åland, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden
Feb. 23-June 8
New York, N.Y.
The exhibition brings together a wide array of artistic expressions across all mediums that reflect the rich diversity and global character of Nordic art, drawn from a larger survey at the Phillips Collection in the fall of 2018 as part of a multi-year Nordic Cultural Initiative. Nordic Impressions will be accompanied by a range of programming, including related art workshops for children. The exhibit can be viewed at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. Admission is free. More info: www.scandinaviahouse.org/app/uploads/2018/12/Program-Brochure-Winter-2018-19.pdf?mc_cid=0dc23965d4&mc_eid=d7b356b8b1.
Aurora at First Ave
Feb. 27, 7-11 p.m.
Experience the pure magic of Aurora, Bergen’s singing sensation, at First Avenue, 701 North 1st Ave. Enchanting by name and by nature, there’s something decidedly singular and strange about this tiny Nordic musician with the massive talent. With an eye-watering 200 million+ streams and 500,000+ sales for her stunning 2016 debut album, All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend, it’s hard to believe that the dynamic Norwegian singer/songwriter is still only 21, and Aurora is now pushing things forward like never before. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. More info: www.norwayhouse.org/calendar/aurora-at-first-ave.
Conversations about Waldemar Ager
Feb. 28, March 11 & 23
Eau Claire, Wis.
Observing its 25th anniversary, the Ager Association remembers 1869, the year of Waldemar Ager’s birth, and is celebrating, in 2019, his 150th birthday. These programs introduce his writings, talk about his views of immigration, seek to understand the immigrant experience, and place all of this in its historical and contemporary context. The lectures are free and open to the public and will be held at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St. (Feb. 28), and the Davies Center at UW/Eau Claire, 77 Roosevelt Ave. (Mar. 11 & 23). More info: www.agerhouse.org/150th-birthday.htm.
Suncoast Scandinavian Club
March 1, 12 p.m.
The Suncoast Scandinavian Club will meet for lunch and entertainment at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. RSVPs are required; tickets for visitors are $17. Lunch will be followed by a special presentation on “Moving to Norway” and the New Century Opera. For more info or to make a reservation: call Cherstin Peterson at (732) 546-7756.
Nordic Lights Film Festival
Join the Nordic Museum at SIFF Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., for an exciting array of contemporary films from the Nordic countries. Festival passes are $75 or $65 for SIFF and Nordic Musuem members, plus a fee for online and orders, and individual tickets will also be available for purchase. Tickets and more info: www.siff.net/year-round-cinema/nordic-lights-film-festival-x22911.
March 2, 2-3:30 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Bring your kids to Scandinavia House, to get ready for Fastelavn, sometimes called the “Nordic Halloween.On this day, children dress up and go from door-to-door, singing for candy. Join in on a celebration with dress-up, traditional games, goodies, and songs. This event is suited for children ages 3+. The cost is $10, free for ASF members. Tickets and more info: www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/fastelavn-workshop.
Interwoven Symposium: The Blended Heritage of Nordics and Native Peoples
March 2, 12-2 p.m.
Celebrating the blended Native American and Nordic families of the Pacific Northwest, this second symposium sponsored by Seattle’s Nordic Museum at the Tulalip Tribe’s Hibulb Cultural Center, 6410 23rd Ave. N.E., brings together a panel of Interwoven storytellers to share their history and heritage with a diverse audience. Tickets are only $10 at the door. More info, including list of speakers: nordicmuseum.org/events/170094.
March 2, 4-6 p.m.
Celebrate the Carnival season in the Nordic fashion with this family-friendly afternoon event at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleason Road. All tickets are $5, and provide access to unlimited crafts and games, plus a bar for adults. Bring your whole family out for this annual event and join us for the costume contest, photo booths, snacks and cream-filled fastelavnsboller buns. Make fastelavnris, tree branches decorated with string and pom poms and slå katten af tønden, hit the cat out of the barrel.
Tickets and more info: www.nordicnorthwest.org/fastelavn.
Rosemaling and the “Social Life” of Everyday Objects in Rural Wisconsin
March 2, 1-2 p.m.
This presentation at Livsreise, 277 W. Main St., examines how rosemaling can transfrom objects into symbols of ethnicity and reflecting individual and community values. Examples from the Livsreise collenction as well as from Mt. Horeb’s Historium will be featured. The presenter, Jared L. Schmidt was boran and raised in southwest Minnesota. The event is free and open to the public. More info: www.livsreise.org/news-events.
March 3, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sons of Norway Bjornson Lodge is holding its annual Pancake Breakfast at Bjornson Hall, 2258 MacArthur Blvd. The meal will include pancakes, eggs, bacon, and sausage. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Be sure to visit the White Elephant Table. More info: call (510) 531-9882.
Nordic Heritage Night
March 3, 7-10:30 p.m.
San Jose, Calif.
The San Jose Sharks will face the Chicago Blackhawks at the SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St. The cost if $59-89. More info: www.facebook.com/events/217507745831985/
March 3, 4 p.m.
Webster Groves, Mo.
The Norwegian Society of St. Louis will be having an NSSL “Spring Thaw at Christ Lutheran Church located at 1 Selma Ave. Ham sandwiches will be provided, attendees whose last name is from A-M are asked to bring a salad to share, and N-Z are asked to bring a dessert for after the program. The cost is $5 per person, children under the age of 12 eat for free. The program is “In Trunks, Hands, and Hearts: What Norwegian Immigrants Brought To the United States,” presented by Laurann Gilbertson, Chief Curator of the Museum Collection at the Vesterheim the National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center in Decorah, Iowa. More info: email Ann Pott at email@example.com.
Mother Earth with pianist Becky Billock
Portland & Salem, Ore.; Olympia, Sequim, Seattle, & Bellingham, Wash.; Sidney & Abbotsford, B.C.
Pianist and recording artist Becky Billock presents a program inspired by nature, including music by Grieg and the premiere of a new piece “Sounds of a Fjord” commissioned from Norwegian composer Kaja Bjørntvedt. A walk in the forest, a mountain stream, a dog chasing squirrels, a polar bear sauntering across the ice–all these and more are explored in this imaginative program. Don’t miss this musical and poetic journey through earth’s spectacular landscapes. Tickets are $15, $5 for students. More info: www.beckybillock.org.
2019 Annual Norwegian Heritage Day
March 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Bothell Sons of Norway will be sharing their culinary and cultural heritage at their lodge, located at 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway. There will be cooking demonstrations and food to purchase, displays, and information on genealogy. More info: call (425) 485-9085.
Nordic Kids: Badda’s Buddy
March 9, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Come to the Scandinavian Cultural Center at 206 Waltham St. for a special event for the children’s book Badda’s Buddy written and illustrated by local artist Lois Tønnessen Andersen. Badda’s Buddy is the story of Lisa and her grandfather, who are best friends. Set in mid-century Bay Ridge Brooklyn, Badda’s Buddy shows us that the “melting pot” that Brooklyn is, has always been a home for immigrants from around the world, one generation at a time. The event is free and open to the public. More info: call (617) 795-1914.
Cook and Eat: Rømmegrøt & Bløtkake
March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Come to Nordia House at 8800 S.W. Oleson Road, to learn to make a classic Norwegian porridge, Rømmegrøt, with owner of Scandinavian Cafe Catering, Bjarne Blixt, additional menu items forthcoming. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Tickets and more info: www.nordicnorthwest.org/1113181, or call (503) 977-0275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 17, 2-4 p.m.
Come to Vesterheim’s Bruening Visitors Center, main floor of the Westby-Torgerson Education Center, at the corner of Water St. and Mechanic St. for a free event for textile enthuiasts. Intertwine is an informal time for knitters, spinners, weavers, and other textile enthusiasts to gather, share, learn, and celebrate all things fiber. Join us the third Sunday of each month from September though April. This opportunity is for anyone—non-member or member, new to fiber arts or experienced. Bring your ideas or fiber project in progress and leave your stress behind. Check out the fun and lively conversation once or several times. No formal classes will be offered. More info: email Darlene Fossum-Martin at email@example.com or call (563) 382-9682.
Celebrating Waldemar Ager’s 150th Birthday Banquet
March 22, 5:30 p.m.
Eau Claire, Wis.
The Waldemar Ager 150th Anniversary Banquet will be held on the third floor of the W. R. Davies Student Center on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus, 77 Roosevelt Ave. There will be a reception and cash bar at 5:30 and a Norwegian buffet at 6:00pm. Tickets cost $27.00 each. Following payment, you will receive an e-mail from the event organizers confirming your payment has been received.
More info: www.agerhouse.org/150th-birthday.htm.
Purdue University Army ROTC Norwegian Ruck March
The Boiler Battalion is hosting the 4th annual Norwegian Foot March, an 18.6 mile race while carrying 25 lb. rucksacks. Last year there were over 400 participants, including teams from universities, the National Guard, and individual runners. Runners have 4.5 hours to complete the course. As in previous years, donations of non-perishable items will be accepted and will benefit local charities. More info: polytechnic.purdue.edu/armyrotc/norwegian-ruck-march.
Leif to Leif Fun Run/Walk
March 23, 8 a.m.
Registation opens at 8 a.m. at Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 N.W. 57th St., at a coost $5 for kids and $20 for adults. All proceeds will be shared with the Ballard Senior Center. More info: visit www.leiferiksonlodge.org/events-and-activities or www.facebook.com/events/1339971516145166, call (206) 783-1274, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 23, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Mount Vernon, Wash.
Join the Skagit Valley Genealogy Society for their Spring Genealogy Seminar, to be held at First United Methodist Church, 1607 E. Division St. Featured speakers will be Viking historian, Torolf Torgesen, and Swedish genealogy expert, Evelyn Roehl. Tickets are $50 for members and $55 for non-members if purchased by March 1. After March 1, all tickets are $60. Registration and more info: SkagitValleyGenealogy.org.
Norwegian Cultural and Heritage Day & Tastes of Norway
March 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Come to Leif Erikson Hall in Ballard, 2245 N.W. 57th St., to celebrate Norwegian culture with authentic foods, live music, folk dancing, and a bunad parade. The event is free and open to the public, with free parking in the adjacent Banner Bank lot. More info: call Leif Erikson Lodge at (206) 783-1274 or email email@example.com.
Scandinavian Viking Festival
March 24, 2-5 p.m.
Celebrate and explore your Viking roots! Experience the sights, sounds, skills and tastes of Scandinavia at 2531 N. Scottsdale Road. The program features a performance by the Stoughton Norwegian Dancers, a genealogy presentation, a cooking demo, food samples, craft exhibits and demonstrations, children’s activities, and authentic costumes. The event is free and open to the public. More info and registration: desertfjord.org/meetings-%26-events.
Approaches to Immmigration in Scandinavia and the U.S.
March 26, 7 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
This panel discussion at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., investigates the changing landscape of immigration policies in the U.S. and beyond, with journalists from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and other parts of the world. The participating journalist names will be announced closer to the date. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP and more info: www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/nordic-journalists-panel-discussion.
Sacramento Scandinavian Festival
March 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Come join us as we celebrate our 36th annual festival, to be held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 6151 H St. The festival features Scandinavian food, baked goods, and merchandise for sale. Viking reenactors will be present with interactive activities for the whole family. Come gather information about the Nordic countries and enjoy music, entertainment, and door prizes! Admission is free for children 11 and younger, $5 for all others. The festival itself only accepts cash (admittance, food), however some vendors will accept credit cards. More info: www.facebook.com/events/2046461562137581.
Journey Into The Runes – Cast 1
March 30, 7-9 p.m.
East Greenwich, R.I.
Jess Bell presents a “Rune Work Journey” at Ascension NXT, 176 Main St. Jess will be exploring the esoteric meanings, phonetic values and energy of each Rune within the Elder Futhark. Over the years Jess has developed an understanding of the occult studies, and being highly sensitive to energy she needed more answers. Tickets and more info: www.eventbrite.com/e/journey-into-the-runes-cast-1-tickets-56256841728.
The Complete Songs of Edvard Grieg: A Norwegian Holiday
April 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Resonance at SOMA Towers and the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society present the 4th concert of performances of the complete songs of Edvard Grieg. Laura Loge, soprano, Alan Dunbar, baritone, and Knut Erik Jensen, piano will perform. This program will include songs about and surrounding holidays, from Christmas to Easter, to grand holiday adventures and Norwegian religious experiences. Highlighted in this concert are songs from the incidental music to Peer Gynt. The concert will take place at Resonance at SOMA Towers, 288 106th Ave. #203. Tickets are $20 each. More info: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-complete-songs-of-edvard-grieg-a-norwegian-holiday-tickets-50294166205?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR0ImjKSxpZ_LS55JCuy8Sr5oM_t8P3YbYWM1ub1S_p_nfL1bG7QhpfIhkU.
Suncoast Scandinavian Club
April 5, 12 p.m.
The Suncoast Scandinavian Club will have their monthly meeting at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. The meeting begins with a sit-down lunch followed by a presentation about “Momma Mia” and the Swedish-American accordianist, Bruce Ralg. Reservations are required. Tickets for visitors are $17. More info or to make reservations: call Cherstin Peterson at (732) 546-7756.
The Land of the Vikings
Join in for a gala weekend celebration at 461 Big Valley Road, starting with a Pajama Party on Friday evening ($10 activities fee). On Saturday evening there will be a formal dinner dance with Norwegian DJ Sean LeFeur, bunads welcome. The cost for those not staying overnight is $40, and you have your chocie of a roast beef or salmon main entreé. More info and reservations: call (570) 461-3500.
44th Scandinavian Festival
April 6-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The 44th festival of Nordic cultures will feature music, dancing, cooking and craft demonstrations, vendors, and activities for people of all ages. New this year will be the opportunity to play in an ancient Viking kubb tournament. Aspiring athletes can sign up online prior to the festival. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for teenagers. Children are free. The venue is Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Rd. More info: scandinavianfest.org.
Bondelaget Lodge Meeting
April 12, 7 p.m.
The Sons of Norway Bondelandet Lodge will meet at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 301 St Thomas Rodd. Following the Norwegian tradition of hospitality, visitors are welcome and invited to share in the special dessert table. Speaker for the evening will be Judy Leese. She will show a DVD and lead a discussion about Harley Refsal, internationally known figure carver, specializing in Scandinavian flat-plane style of wood carving. More info: call Jeanne at (717) 793-7428.
Ancient Melodies, Modern Harmonies
April 14, 5 p.m.
Ancient Norwegian stevtoner and folk songs meld with updated harmonies to create a timeless musical experience. Mostly Nordic favorite from Norway, Knut Erik Jensen returns to perform Klaus Egge’s ethereal Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Seattle Philharmonic Strings under the direction of Adam Stern as well as Johan Kvandal’s arrangements of stevtoner with soprano Laura Loge. The Seattle Philharmonic Strings will also perform works by Kvandal and his father, David Monrad Johansen, on the centennial of his birth. The concert will take place at the Nordic Museum, 2655 NW Market Street. General admission is $30 or $25 for Nordic Museum members. More info: nordicmuseum.org/mostlynordic.
Sioux Valley Singers Association Sangerfest
The SVSA Sangerfest will be held at Brandon Lutheran Church, 600 E. Holly Blvd. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Pacific Coast Norwegian Singer’s Association Sangerfest
PCNSA’s 2019 Sangerfest concert will be held at First Baptist Church, 3550 Fox Meadow Rd. More info: pcnsa.org/events/sangerfest-2019/.
Camp Trollfjell Folkehøgskule
June 23-July 6
Sons of Norway District 6 language and heritage camp for teens 14-17 years old will be held at Camp Norge, 250 Canyon Mine Rd. Registration is now open. More info: sofn6.org/arv/trollfjell-folkehogskule/.
Sons of Norway District 6 language and heritage camp for children 8-13 years old will be held at Camp Norge, 250 Canyon Mine Rd. Registration is now open. More info: sofn6.org/arv/camp-trollfjell/.