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A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol Holiday Show
now-Dec. 30
Chaska, Minn.
One of the most popular Christmas shows in Minnesota is back for its 11th year. The award-winning musical-comedy is a hilarious Minnesota spoof of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Tale, and will be presented at the Chaska Community Center Theater, 1661 Park Ridge Drive. Showtimes are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 5 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Additional performances will be held on Dec. 19th and 20th at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $21-$25. More info: or

Rocks and Hard Places: Emigration Through the Lens of Knud Knudsen
now-Dec. 31
Decorah, Iowa
Considered one of Norway’s most important photographers, Knudsen (1832-1915) was born in Odda, Hardanger. In addition to his passion for photography, he also had a special interest in horticulture and the fruit trees grown in his home community. He would often return to the southern branch of the Hardanger Fjord to capture scenes of everyday life on farms and on the fjord. Despite the idyllic landscape, Knudsen’s work vividly shows why the ever-present threat of rockslides and avalanches, lack of arable land, lack of economic opportunity, and savage beauty of life on the fjord led to some of the highest rates of emigration per capita in Norway. This exhibit is located at Vesterheim, 520 W. Water St. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for ages 65 and older, and $5 for ages 7-18. More info:

Light Lines: The Art of Jan Groth, Inger Johanne Grytting, and Thomas Pihl
now-Jan. 12
New York, N.Y.
This exhibition celebrates three Norwegian artists whose simplicity and expressive vibrancy recalls the Scandinavian sublime of past generations, and who have influenced, and continue to influence one another. Artist led tours will take place on Nov. 17 and Jan. 12. This free exhibition will take place at the Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. More info:

Nordic Impressions
now-Jan. 13
Washington, D.C.
Nordic Impressions is a major survey of Nordic art spanning nearly 200 years and presenting 53 artists. The exhibition celebrates the incredible artistic diversity of Nordic art, from idealized paintings of the distinctive Nordic lights and untouched landscape to melancholic portraits in quiet interiors and mesmerizing video works that explore the human condition. The exhibit is located at the Phillips Collection, 1900 21st St, N.W. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students, $10 for ages 62 and older, and free for those younger than 18. More info:

The Immigrant Trunk
now-Feb. 28, 2019
Stoughton, Wis.
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 also 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:

The Vikings Begin
now-Apr. 14
Seattle, Wash.
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:

Bondelandet Lodge Meeting
Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m.
Lancaster, Penn.
The Bondelandet Lodge, the local connection with Sons of Norway will meet at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 301 St Thomas Road. Come and enjoy a traditional pot luck and roast pork Julebord meal as well as sweet Norwegian desserts. Roast turkey will also be served. Members will be sharing their memories of Christmas past. We will share in singing Norwegian songs and a Juletrefest. Please wear bunads or Christmas colors. Following the Norwegian tradition of hospitality, visitors are welcome and invited to share in the special dessert table. more info: call Jeanne Addison at (717)793-7428.

Dec. 15, 2-5 p.m.
Spring Grove, Minn.
Come to the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center at 163 W. Main and take part in creating traditional Norwegian tree decorations. We will carol around the tree and enjoy a visit from the Nisse. More info:

Norske Runddansere’s 30th Snoball
Dec. 15, 5 p.m.
Mount Hood, Ore.
Enjoy dinner and Scandinavian folk dancing with live music by Hapsala. Ellen Hansen will be our special guest. Overnight stays are optional. Tickets are $40 for dinner and dancing, $85 if staying overnight. Register for an overnight stay by Nov. 26 and save $5. Members of Norske Runddansere, Leikarringen, and Mazama also save $5. The fun will take place at Mazama Lodge on Mount Hood. Last day to register is Dec. 7. More info: or call Veronika Newgard: (503) 636-7509.

An Old-Fashioned Norwegian Julebord
Dec. 15, 6-10 p.m.
Bothell, Wash.
Enjoy a festive dinner with Bothell Sons of Norway. The menu includes leg of lamb, smoked ham, spareribs, and much more. The event will be held at the their lodge, 23905 Bothell-Everett Hwy. Attire is dressy; bunads are encouraged. Purchase tickets by Dec. 1 from Marion Vedell: (206) 774-5151.

Julefest Dinner Gathering
Dec. 15, 6 p.m.
St. Louis, Mo.
Julefest Dinner Gathering will take place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, located at 6337 Clayton Rd. The cost is $15 for adults, $5 for children 4-12, and free for children younger than 4. Reservation and monies must be received by Dec. 7. More info: contact Ann Pott at

Julbord Dinner
Dec. 15, 6-9 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Spend the evening in the spirit of Nordic Holiday dining with Broder! Take a seat at our communal tables and plan your evening around one complimentary serving of Broder’s glögg and one complimentary aquavit toast! Drinking songs and Lucia Court Processional will complement festive food and drink. Tickets are $65. More info:

Nordic Julekonsert
Dec. 16, 2 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
This year’s concert at Mindekirken, 924 E 21st St., features six choirs: Mindekirken Choir, SF 100 Choir, “Kvinnekor” Women’s Choir, Norwegian Glee Club of Minneapolis, American Swedish Institute Male Chorus, and American Swedish Institute Cloudberries. There will be a freewill offering and refreshments after the concert. More info: call the church at (612) 874-0716 or visit

Children’s Christmas Party
Dec. 16, 1-3 p.m.
West Newton, Mass.
Sons of Norway Norumbega Lodge will hold their children’s party at the Nordic Hall – Scandinavian Living Center, 206 Waltham St. Admission is $2 for adults and free for children. Bring a gift for each child you bring (be sure to have the child’s name on it). More info:

Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m.
Minot, N.D.
Sons of Norway Thor Lodge will be having their Christmas celebration at the Lodge, located at 1020 S. Broadway. Dinner will be ham with all
the fixings including gløgg and krumkake with trollkrem! Seating is limited so you must RSVP by calling Joan Varty at 701-340-0363 by Dec. 14. Cost is $15 per member. Join us and get in the Jul spirit! More info:

Norwegian American Club of Maryland Christmas Celebration
Dec.19, 6:30 p.m.
Lutherville-Timonium, Md.
Enjoy a guest speaker from the Royal Norwegian Embassy and dancing to Larry and the Associates, as well as a dinner of lutefisk or prime rib with all the fixings. $50 per person price also includes table wine, Linie aquavit, and dessert. Cash bar opens at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Black tie attire or bunads are encouraged. RSVP to Einar Skretting at (410) 667-6235 with entrée choice.

Grieg and His Friends
Dec.19, 7 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
This final celebration of the 175th birthday of Edvard Grieg and the composers within his circle will include some of the finest and seldom-heard masterworrks by Mendelssohn, Gade, Grieg, and Schumann performed by Nathan Melter (violin), Sebastian Stoger (cello), and Yelena Grinberg (piano). Admission is $30. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. A food-and-wine reception will follow the salon. Tickets and more info:

Lutfisk/Lutefisk Dinner at the Swedish Club
Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Two Norwegians (Leif Eie & Bjarne Varnes) walk into the kitchen to cook our lutefisk (or lutfisk, if you prefer) and lead you in singing about it. Swedish style, with white sauce and hand-ground mustard, or Norwegian style, with bacon and peas. Includes a cup of glögg. Lyle Schaefer plays music. The cost is $30, and the event will take place at 1920 Dexter Ave. N. To RSVP, contact or call (206) 283-1090.

Bjornson Male Chorus Christmas Dinner
Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Elk Grove Village, Ill.
All are welcome to join the Bjornson Male Chorus for a Christmas dinner and an evening of music. The event will take place at Avalon Banquets, 1905 E. Higgins Rd. Tickets are $35 per person. For reservations, please call John Lee (847) 741-4210.

Scandinavian Dance
Dec. 22, 8-10:30 p.m.
Tacoma, Wash.
Join in on a Scandinavian Dance with the Sons of Norway at Normanna Hall, 1106 S. 15th St. (corner of S.15th and M L King St.). Music is by the Skandia Kapell. Learn Rørospols with Larry Reinert at 7 p.m., followed by the dance, 8–10:30 p.m., with 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 nondancers; students free. More info: call (253) 759-3731 or email

Christmas at Augustana
Dec. 24, 5:30 p.m
Washington, D.C.
Celebrate the wonder of the season with A Nordic Christmas Celebration at Augustana Lutheran Church, 2100 New Hampshire Ave. N.W. Everyone is welcome. More info: call (202) 234-5315.

Julaften i Sjømannskirken
Dec. 24
New York, N.Y.
Celebrate Christmas at Sjønmannskirken, 317 East 52nd St.,begining with a worship service at 4 p.m., Christmas dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Tne cost is $50 by reservation only; contact på to RSVP. Coffee and Christmas cookies will be served at 8 p.m., no reservations required. More info:

Nordic New Year’s Fest
Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Seattle, Wash.
The evening starts at the Swedish Club at 1920 Dexter Ave. N. with an elegant Swedish dinner prepared by two chefs brought over from Sweden just for this event: Anna and Amelia Rasmussen! ($75 for dinner.) Great music and dancing on all three floors: The Spyrographs play ABBA, ’60s dance and much more on the ground floor. DJ Marvelette spins her music too. Skandia Kapell and folkdancing on the lobby floor. Top floor will be Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass music performed by Rat City Brass. $25 blue card members and $35 guests until Dec. 10, $35/$45 until Dec. 22 and $45/$55 until Dec. 31. Includes party favors, a glass of champagne and a view of the fireworks. Members may call the Club at (206) 283-1090 for tickets to the dance party and/or dinner, and guests can reserve through Brown Paper Tickets. More info:

Pancake Breakfast
Jan. 1, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fargo, N.D.
Come to Kringen Lodge, 722 2nd Ave. N., on New Year’s day for pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee. The cost is only $7. More info: email

Nordic Oscar Contenders: Film Screenings at Scandinavia House
Jan. 3-18
New York, N.Y.
Films chosen by Nordic countries to compete for the Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category will be screened at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. These films include The Guilty (Denmark), Woman at War (Iceland), Border (Sweden), and What Will People Say (Norway). More info:

Welcome Back & Happy New Year Dinner
Jan. 3, 6:30-9 p.m.
San Francisco, Calif.
Members and guests are welcome at a new “Gentlemen’s Night” at the Norwegian Club at 900 Fell St. a time to reflect on the Christmas-New Year holiday past and look to the challenges & opportunities ahead. The menu includes ginger-marinated grilled tri-tip with herb roasted potatoes. Tickets are $35. Reservations and more info:

Free First Thursday
Jan. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Decorah, Iowa
Visit Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center at 520 W. Water St. with free admission all day long. More info:

The Minnesota Historical Society: Behind the Scenes – An Out & About Adventure
Jan. 8, 2-4 p.m.
St. Paul, Minn.
This is a “bucket-list” tour for all Minnesotans! Experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W. Kellogg Boulevard. You will visit the lower level where the Society stores all paper, materials, and relics for future preservation and use int he main display areas of the building. Refreshments will be served. This Out & About Adventure is a great way to have fun with friends, and donate to Norway House! The cost is $50. More info:

January Pancake Breakfast
Jan. 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tacoma, Wash.
Join Sons of Norway Norden Lodge #2 at 1106 S. 15th St. for a breakfast of bacon and eggs, and orange or apple juice, with all-you-can eat pancakes! Volunteers are neededto make the pancake breakfasts successful. More info: call Lynn Cox at z9360) 918-6803 or email

Jan. 15, 10-11 a.m.
Decorah, Iowa
Vesterheim Museum, 520 W. Water St.,invites all pre-school-aged children and their parents or caregivers to Barnetimen! During this children’s hour we will explore objects and exhibits in the museum, and then make art inspired by the museum visit. A snack is also provided. The program is geared toward 3-5 year olds, but all ages are welcome. No sign-up is necessary—come to one session or all of them. The program is free and participants will receive a free admission pass to the museum to visit again with their families. More info:

SVER Album Release Tour
Jan. 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Lopez Island, Wash.
Since the group’s inception, Norwegian/Swedish folkrock band, SVER, has gone from strength to strength, playing extensively throughout Europe and the US, gaining a reputation as one of the most acclaimed live acts in the Nordic folk scene. SVER has released four albums of which “Reverie” is the most recent. This is just one of the many scheduled shows of their West Coast Tour. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. More info:

Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes
Jan. 18, 8 p.m.
Boston, Mass.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear acclaimed Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes in concert at Jordan Hall at New the England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough St. The New York Times has called Leif Ove Andsnes “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight,” and the Wall Street Journal named him “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.” With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, the celebrated Norwegian pianist has won acclaim worldwide. The program includes Robert Schumann Three Romances, Opus 28, Leoš Janáček On an Overgrown Path, Book 1, Béla Bartók Three Burlesques, Opus 8 and Robert Schumann Carnaval, Opus 9. Tickets are $32 and are available via Goldstar at

Norwegian Meatball Dinner
Jan. 18
Burnaby, B.C.
Sons of Norway Varden Lodge #7-19 will be holding a fundraising Norwegian Meatball Dinner at the Scandinavian Centre, 6570 Thomas St., in Burnaby. What a great way to start the New Year with a hearty meal of Norwegian meatballs (the best meatballs in the world), and the opportunity to support the Sons of Norway Foundation in Canada! Tickets are $25 each ($10 for children 5 to 12 years) and available from Bruce and Susan Strang, email: or phone 604-291-1664.

Traditional Scandinavian Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner
Jan. 19, 12-6 p.m.
Columbia Heights, Minn,.
First Lutheran’s annual dinner will have seatings at 12, 2, 4, and 6 p.m. The church is located at 1555 40th Ave. NE. Tickets are $20 for 11 and older, and $0.50 per pound for children ten and younger. Tickets can reserved by calling (651) 633-0679. More info:

Champagne, Music, & Peer Gynt Sweets
Jan. 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Support the annual fundraiser for the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota at Norway House, 913 E. Franklin St.. This year’s concert theme is Grieg’s Favorite Grieg Songs – Sung in English! Proceeds will go towards the EGSMN’s 2019 Piano Competition celebrating young performers of Grieg and other Nordic composers. Edvard Grieg wrote a total of 179 songs during his career. In 1988, the Edvard Grieg Committee commissioned EGSMN Board Member & reknowned Grieg scholar, William Halverson to create new English versions of most of Grieg’s song texts. The program on January 20 will use these English versions with performances by soprano Maria Jette, baritone Alan Dunbar, and pianist Sonja Thompson. The cost is $100. More info:

Jan. 20, 2-4 p.m.
Decorah, Iowa
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 or call (563) 382-9682.

Lutefisk Dinner
Jan. 20
Aberdeen, Wash.
More info to come.

Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner
Jan. 26, 12-5 p.m.
Poulsbo, Wash.
Dinner with lefse, carrots, boiled potates, white sacue, coleslaw, krumkake, and ice cream will be held at Grieg Hall, 18891 Front St. The cost is $25, $10 FOR children 10 and under. More info: call the Poulsbo Sons of Norway Lodge at (360) 779-5209 or visit

Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner
Jan. 26, 4-6 p.m.
Fairbanks, Alaska
This Sons of Norway Arctic Viking Lodge event will be held Fairbanks Lutheran Church, 1012 Cowles St.

Crab Feed and Silent Auction
Jan. 26, 6 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
The Leif Erikson Lodge Educational Foundation presents its annual fundraising crab fee, silent auction, and dessert auction. Ticket prices are yet to be determined, but a portion will be tax deductible! The dinner will be held at Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 N.W. 57th St. Bring your own crab picks and pliers! Online reservations will soon be available through Brown Paper Tickets. More info:

Annual Crab Feed
Jan. 26, 6 p.m.
Hayward, Calif.
Sons of Norway Snorre Lodge will be holding its annual crab dinner at the Hill and Valley Clubhouse, 1808 B St. Tickets must be purchased in advance. More info: call Aunda Arndt (925) 548-0292 or email

Lutefisk Dinner, Las Vegas-style!
Jan. 26, 3-8:30 p.m.
Boulder City, Nev.
The popular Las Vegas-area lutefisk dinner is back at the Boulder City Elks Lodge, 1217 Nevada Hwy. On the menu: Lutefisk with melted butter or white sauce, roasted pork, boiled potatoes, peas and carrots, lefse, coffee and iced tea, and Norwegian and other cookies. Aquavit will be available at an open bar. Packets of lefse also will be sold to take home. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets should send a check, made out to the Sons of Norway, to Gwen Knighton, 2156 Marstons Mills Ct., Henderson, NV 89044. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a note indicating the names of those attending, whether they are going at 3 or 6 p.m., and a telephone number. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Jan. 18 and will not be available at the door. More info:

Lutefisk Dinner
Feb. 2, 4 p.m.
Bellingham, Wash.
Sons of Norway Wergeland Lodge will have their lutefisk dinner at Windows on the Bay, 2615 Harbor Loop Dr. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. More info: call Vaughn Hagen (360) 739-5950 or email

Introduction to Chip Carving with Bart Dunning
Feb. 9, 12-4:30 p.m.
Ely, Minn.
Chip carving is a very old craft practiced in Northern Europe. This is an art form that almost anyone can practice. It just requires patience and a steady hand. In this class, you will receive a sharp knife and learn how to handle and care for it. You will learn to lay out a pattern for cutting, how to make various cuts, and how to deal with mistakes. Tuition is $45. Cost of materials is $25. Registration will close on Feb. 4. The course will be held at the Ely Folk School, 209 E. Sheridan St. More info:

42nd Annual Nordic Ball
Feb. 9, 5-11 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
The Nordic Ball has been an annual tradition of the Nordic Folk Music and Dance communities in the Twin Cities, Minnesota since 1977. The different dance groups in the Twin Cities take turns hosting, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and Finnish – this year it is up to the Norwegians! The Ball gives everyone an opportunity to wear traditional folk costumes or gussy up in a folk-like way and come together to feast, toast, and dance to the music of the many talented folk music groups from the area. There are dances called mixers that are easy to follow and a Grand March that everyone can participate in as well. There will be waltz, polka, schottische/reinlender, gangar, pols, polska, and springar. There is a buffet of Norwegian essentials such as herring and lefse and a cash bar serving Nordic-inspired cocktails. Come celebrate Nordic culture and community – all are welcome! The event will take place at the Ukrainian Event Center, 301 N.E. Main St. Tickets bought in advance are $25; tickets bought at the door are $30. Tickets and more info:

Waldemar Ager’s 150th Birthday Celebration
Feb. 11 and 28, March 22-23
Eau Claire, Wis.
The Ager Association will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of Waldemar Ager’s birth with an exciting array of programs. Topics include “On the Way to the Melting Pot” and “Immigrants in Eau Claire: 1900-1920”. More info:

The Complete Songs of Edvard Grieg: A Norwegian Holiday
April 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Bellevue, Wash.
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:

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: