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Nordic Stories
now—July 29
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
View new works in paper by Sine Hjort at the Green Growler Grocery: 4 Croton Point Ave. Email info@thegreengrowler.com for more info.

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.

American Reboot: Traditional Norwegian Weaving
now—Sept. 10
Minneapolis, Minn.
Inspired by historical textiles, American weavers have used Norwegian weaving techniques to create a new body of work, contemporary in design or materials. Enjoy traditional pieces from the collection of the Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum and outstanding weavings from recent decades that honor the past and break through with modern expression. This exhibit includes 40 pieces based on several techniques, including rya; tapestry; krokbragd and other boundweave variants; band weaving; and overshot weaves such as monkʼs belt and skilbragd. The opening reception will be held on July 20 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.; cost is $5 or free for Norway House and Weaver’s Guild of Minnesota Members.

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.

Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed
now—Oct. 9
San Francisco, Calif.
Featuring 44 landmark compositions about art, love, mortality, and the ravages of time, Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed uses the artist’s last significant self-portrait as a starting point to reassess a lifetime of painting. Together, these profoundly human and technically daring artworks reveal Munch as a tireless innovator and an artist as revolutionary in his maturity as he was in his breakthrough years. At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Visit www.sfmoma.org/exhibition/edvard-munch-between-clock-and-bed/ for tickets and more info.

“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.


Scandinavian Folk Festival
July 21—23
Gerry, N.Y.
The Festival honors the heritage of Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish immigrants by celebrating their customs, their music and dance, their ethnic food and their unique handcrafts. At Gerry Rodeo Grounds. Visit www.scandinavianjamestown.org/3scand.htm for more info.

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.

Norwegian Working Knife with Sheath
July 22—26
Decorah, Iowa.
Make a Norwegian brukskniv (working knife) with a handle in birch and inlays of silver and antler in this Vesterheim Folk Art School class. You will also make a leather sheath, using the “pauting” technique for decoration. It will be made from top-grade German cowhide and will fit your knife. This knife with sheath is a treasure that can be passed down from generation to generation. There will be a materials fee of $200. Cost is $400 for members and $450 for non-members.

Acanthus & Baroque Carving
July 22—26
Decorah, Iowa.
Join Rolf Taraldset, master carver from Norway, to learn acanthus carving in 3D in this Vesterheim Folk Art School! You will learn to carve all the way around the piece. You will learn to use back-bent tools and other important cuts. It will be possible to carve a panel or a clock in this style. There will be a materials fee. Cost is $400 for members and $450 for non-members.

Rosemaling in Os-style
July 22—26
Decorah, Iowa
Learn the Os style in this Vesterheim Art School class with a choice of projects or design your own! Class instruction will include painting scrolls, basic strokes, typical Os flowers and leaves, and use of acrylic paints and mediums with a wet palette. Instruction of design techniques will be discussed and there will be demonstrations and individual help. Cost is $325 for members and $375 for non-members.

Rosemaling in the Telemark Style
July 22—26
Decorah, Iowa
Telemark rosemaling is one of the best-known styles of rosemaling. It is free-flowing and typically asymmetrical, with intertwining scrolls and imaginative flowers. Stroke work, paint mixing, and lettering are all a part of his class. He will also teach landscape painting, if you are interested. He will work individually with each of you to make sure you gain as much as possible in his class. Cost is $400 for members and $450 for non-members.

Make a Viking Knit Bracelet
July 24, 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Learn an ancient wire looping technique called Viking knit. Dating back to the Viking era, it was used in jewelry making and as ornamentation on garments. In this class, students will learn how to use various nickel-free wires (stainless steel, copper, brass, or gold plated copper) or colored artistic wire to create a one-of-a-kind bracelet. The instructor will provide the equipment and materials needed to weave, clasps, and instructions. If you have wire cutters or small needle-nose pliers, bring them with you. Cost is $36 per WGM member and $48 per non member-student; a materials fee of $12 is payable to the instructor. At Norway House. Register at www.weaversguildmn.org/classes/classes#id=890&cid=704&wid=1

History of Telemark Emigration
July 25, 7:00 p.m.
Stoughton, Wis.
Per Lykke will talk about the history of emigration from Norway to the United States with a special focus on Telemark. Some places in Telemark had the highest percentage of emigrants in the entire country. His talk will also focus on the bonds between “Norwegians” in America and in Norway, yesterday and today. At Livsreise.

Write Your Family History
July 26
Minneapolis, Minn.
Anette Holt Bratsberg, a Norwegian woman living in Telemark, is returning to Norway House to lead the course. She has written more than 70 life stories and founded the Norwegian company, Vita Veritas, in 2005. During both sessions—from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.—you will be guided through the process of writing down your family history memories. You will learn techniques for putting the important stories that you treasure on paper so they can be shared for generations to come. Cost is $50 or $40 for members. Purchase tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/write-your-family-history-tickets-35850760590.

51st Annual Nordic Fest
July 27—29
Decorah, Iowa
It’s a Nordi Gras! Your whole family will enjoy delicious food, traditional crafts, a colorful parade, lively entertainment, sporting events, and our Saturday night fireworks display. Events begin with Thursday night’s opening ceremonies at 6:45 p.m., followed by two full days of fun activities for the whole family. Visit www.nordicfest.com for more info.

Bjørnson Lodge Picnic Social
July 29, 2:00 p.m.
Walnut Creek, Calif.
Bring your family, prospective members, sunglasses, swim gear, and an appetite! Socializing and swimming starts at 2:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:00 p.m. At the home of Peggy and Glenn Riddervold. Please RSVP by July 24 to (925) 934-5691 or peggy_glenn@hotmail.com; address will be given when you RSVP. The committee is asking for donations to cover the cost of food: $15 for adults 16 and older, $5 for children 12 to 15, and free for children under 12.

Tinndølan Performance
July 30, 1:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Tinndølan is a Norwegian folk music and folk dance group from Tinn in Telemark. The group consists of 18 members aged 13 to 21, practicing dance, song, and fiddle traditions from Tinn and Telemark. This award-winning group will offer a program of dance and music at Mindekirken following the coffee hour.

Knut Erik Jensen and Skogen Sällström
Aug. 4, 7:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Enjoy an evening of old favorites from traditional folk songs to Edvard Grieg performed by dynamic duo Knut Erik Jensen and Skogen Sällström, along with new repertory that is sure to set the house on fire. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Three Crowns Room, so be sure to arrive early to grab a bite to eat and a drink. There is no cover charge, but as usual, we expect the tip jars to be overflowing before the evening is over. Not a member of the Swedish Club? No problem: just indicate at the door that you are guest of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association. For more information, visit the Swedish Club’s website at www.swedishclubnw.org or email the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association at seattlebergensistercities@gmail.com.

Polar Film Series: The Airship Norge’s Flight Across the Arctic Ocean
​Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
In 1926 Roald Amundsen, Lincoln Ellsworth, and Umberto Nobile made the first undisputed crossing of the North Pole by air. This film, The Airship Norge’s Flight Across the Atlantic Ocean, has recently been discovered and magnificently restored. Live Cinema accompanied on piano by Nikau Palm. A great piece of history to enjoy—the moving depiction of events along our Norway and the United States: Partners in the Polar Regions timeline! At Nordia House. Suggested donation of $5.

Cardboard Loom Weaving for Kids
Aug. 7, 10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Easy-to-learn weaving for kids ages 9 and older. In this class, kids will learn basic weaving skills to make a bookmark using a needle, yarn or embroidery floss, and a cardboard loom. All materials are provided. A great project to keep little fingers and minds occupied! Choice of yarns and threads in bright, vivid colors! If a project doesn’t get finished during the class, kids may take their work home to complete on their own. Cost is $18 WGM per member and $24 per non member-student; a materials fee of $5 is payable to the instructor. At Norway House. Visit www.weaversguildmn.org/classes/classes#id=891&cid=704&wid=1 to register.

Norwegian Flute Quintet: 5 På Tvers
Aug. 9, 6:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
All the way from Norway, 5 Across will be premiering their latest commissioned work by composer Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred at Norway House! The Norwegian flute quintet 5 Across was established in 2011 and wishes to expand the repertoire for the flute quintet by commissioning works from composers around the world. Cost is $10 or $5 for members.

Thea Foss Play
Aug. 10—13
Tacoma, Wash.
This play celebrates the spirit of the emigrant entrepreneur as she built a maritime empire legacy. The performances feature 20 local actors and musicians. General tickets will be available at www.brownpapertickets.com. At the Foss Waterway Seaport.

Summerfest
Aug. 12, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Susquehanna, Penn.
Join us at the Summerfest for all the fun! Vendors and antique cars wanted, with live music and a basket social. At the Land of the Vikings, 461 Big Valley Road. Rain or shine. For more info, vendors can contact Karen at (516) 507-7652 or info@landofthevikings.org; contact Roy at royb50@optonline.net about cars.

Viking Day 75
Aug. 12, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Little Falls, Minn.
A celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate) will be held at Camp Ripley. This is a family-friendly event. The day will include the Minnesota Military History Museum tours with tanks and cannons for kids to climb on, WWII reenactment soldiers, a swing band playing 1940s music, and a chance to learn and connect with families of the soldiers. Open to the public, but adults will need photo ID as this is an active military base.

Sámi Style Band Weaving
Aug. 14 & 21, 12:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Learn to weave intricately patterned and colorful bands found throughout Scandinavia and the Baltic regions, and used by the Sámi people as embellishments on their folk costumes. Students will weave using methods and tools traditionally used for centuries in northern Europe. In the first session, students will start weaving immediately with a pre-warped heddle and will learn to read a pick-up pattern to create short bands for bookmarks or key fobs. In the second session, students will learn to warp a heddle for weaving a pattern of their choice. Cost is $72 per WGM member and $96 per non-member; a $20 materials fee is payable to the instructor and includes a variety of yarns and a heddle and shuttle that you can take home to create additional bands on your own. At Norway House. Visit www.weaversguildmn.org/classes/classes#id=892&wid=1&display=search&term=Sami&cid=704 to register.

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 and Norwegian folk dancing performances with featured dance artists Roo Lester and Jerry Walsh, Poulsbo Leikarringen, musicians Peter Michaelsen, Jeff and Jane Anderson, the the debut of The Toraders! Cost is $20 for adults 13 and older, $10 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under; prices increase by $5 after Aug. 8. Tickets are available from www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2909799 or at the hall office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. 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.

Sacramento Scandinavian Festival
Aug. 19, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Sacramento, Calif.
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! At the Scottish Rite Masonic Center. Cost is $5 for adults and free for children under 12.

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.

Viking Days
Aug. 19—20, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
This educational festival features Nordic foods, lively entertainment, a Viking Encampment, and much more! Festival highlights include an afternoon salmon bake, food hearths, Valhalla beer garden, entertainment on three stages, and a Viking encampment with weaving, weapon forging, and war. At the Nordic Heritage Museum. Visit nordicmuseum.org/vikingdays for more info.

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

Spoons: Carving. Community.
Aug. 25—Nov. 4
Decorah, Iowa
Humans have been carving spoons for millennia, but spoon carving has really exploded in popularity in the last 10 years. Vesterheim’s exhibition Spoons: Carving. Community. captures the spirit of this recent movement, showcasing historic and modern examples of spoons carved in wood and horn. Visit the exhibition for hands-on interactives, recorded interviews, short videos, and a “carving studio.” The exhibition focuses on the form, function, and design of spoons; on the traditions and folklore surrounding Norwegian spoons; and on contemporary and historic artists.

Summer Dinner Series: Pickled Herring Dinner
Aug. 26, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Join Nordia House for the annual al fresco Pickled Herring dinner—it’s a real crowed pleaser! Broder Söder presents an outdoor dinner event on the Legacy Terrace patio, featuring pickled herring! And don’t fret; other Scandinavian delicacies will be available for those who might shy away from the Nordic pickled herring staple. Whether trying something new or coming back for this Nordia House tradition, we hope to see you there! Cost is $45. Buy tickets at www.scanheritage.org/upcoming-events

ScanFest
Sept. 3, 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Budd Lake, N.J.
ScanFest is an all-day celebration of Scandinavia at its best, where you’ll discover the customs, history, and ethnic variety of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Visitors and vendors alike are invited to catch a Scandinavian moment—to enjoy the refreshing outdoors at the annual festival in rustic Vasa Park. More info and tickets available at scanfest.org. Tickets bought in advance cost $11; price at the gate is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under and those wearing authentic folk dress.

Warmth and Color: Traditional Norwegian Coverlets
Sept. 9, 1:00—3:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Laurann Gilbertson, Curator at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, will give a lecture at Norway House as part of the Traditional Norwegian Weaving exhibit. Members of the public are encouraged to bring Nordic textiles to learn more about their age, origin, and function (but no appraisals).

Scandinavian Day Festival
Sept. 10, 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
South Elgin, Ill.
Open to people of all ages and backgrounds, the festival provides a venue to honor and present all things Scandinavian, past and present. The crafts, dance, education, food, music, and merchandise of the festival, combined with the historic setting of Vasa Park, creates an atmosphere full of the hospitality and warmth of Scandinavia. Cost is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Visit scandinaviandayil.com/ for more info.

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.

Solørlag & Romerikslaget Joint Stevne
Sept. 13—16
Hudson, Wis.
Enjoy a rich combination of presentation, films, music, and traditional foods at this joint stevne. It is a good place for both beginning and experienced genealogists. Held at the Hudson House Grand Hotel. Make your hotel reservation by calling (715) 386-2394 by Aug. 12 for the special rate of $71.99. More more info and registration, contact Joel Botten at (507) 351-6712 or Marie Thompson at (641) 423-0487.

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.

Vista Viking Festival
Sept. 23 & 24
Vista, Calif.
Step back a thousand years into our Viking Village and Marketplace. Meet Odin, the Norse Gods, and Vikings and Valkyries of all kinds. Food, live music, combat, merchants, and more. There is always something special happening at the Vista Viking Festival. Visit www.vikingfestivalvista.com for more info.

Stories of Norway, Presented by John Yilek
Oct. 7, 11:00 a.m.
Stoughton, Wis.
John Yilek is the author of History of Norway and Stories of Norway, two books that discuss Norway’s history from ancient times to the present day. In this presentation at Livsreise, he will be discussing Stories of Norway.

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.

Religion and Norwegian-American Quilts
Nov. 11, 1:00—2:00 p.m.
Stoughton, Wis.
Quilts and quiltmaking were closely connected to the religious identities of Norwegian-American women in the Midwest in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and to the churches themselves. Laurann Gilbertson will talk about this connection at this presentation at Livsreise. She was Textile Curator at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum for 19 years and is now the Chief Curator there.

Nordic 5 Arts: Runes Revealed
Dec. 2—Jan. 13
Castro Valley, Calif.
The Runes Revealed exhibit will be held at the Adobe Art Gallery. The opening reception will be held on Dec. 2. from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Visit adobegallery.org for more info.