Events

What’s happening in your neighborhood?

To list your event on this page and in the print edition of  The Norwegian American, send it to naw@na-weekly.com. Be sure to include the event location, time, cost, a brief description, and a link (website or email address), or a telephone number for more info.

Online Nordic Art and Culture
now – Sept. 1
Online / New York, N.Y.
Online gallery tours of past exhibitions, along with talks and webinars, are added on a regular basis at Scandinavia House. For more info and to see the latest offerings, visit www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/art-online-scandinavia-house.

Online Children’s Workshops from Scandinavia House
now – Sept. 1
Online / New York, N.Y.
Online children’s art workshops from the Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center at Scandinavia House are added on a regular basis. For more info and to see the latest offerings, visit www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/online-childrens-art-workshops.

The Baldishol: A Medieval Norwegian Tapestry Inspires Contemporary Textiles
June 26 – Aug. 30, Tues. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Come to Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave., to see the medieval Baldishol Tapestry, from 1180, is a national treasure familiar to most Norwegians—the oldest known Norwegian tapestry, and one of the oldest in Europe. This exhibit features 25 works by local, national, and international fiber artists who draw inspiration from the Baldishol. They include not only tapestries but clothing, rugs, quilts, fiber sculpture, and more. View a replica of the historic weaving on loan from Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa, and admire contemporary textile works inspired by the tapestry. Six guests are allowed in the Gallery at a time. All guests are required to wear a mask inside Norway House. Free to members of Norway House, $5 general admission. More info: www.norwayhouse.org/calendar/2020/gallery/baldishol-exhibit.

Virtual Cinema: The Teachers’ Protest
July 10 – 23
Online / New York, N.Y.
Note: A Q&A on this film with the director Jon Seal event will take place on July 18 at 1 p.m. (EDT); details will be updated here closer to the date.
When teachers in 1942 Occupied Norway were first informed that they must join the Nazi Teachers’ League and teach Nazi ideas in their classrooms, the idea was met with immediate resistance. Eight thousand teachers wrote letters to protest; when they were threatened with salary withdrawals or firings, they continued to refuse. In a desperate attempt to break them, the Nazi government went on to arrest 1,000 male teachers, sending them to prison camps 300 miles above the Arctic Circle. With the education system, the true battle then began.
In this new documentary, director Jon Seal weaves together archive footage and first-hand testimony with the skillful animation of Herlov Åmland’s poignant drawings to tell this gripping story to an international audience for the first time. The Teacher’s Protest is a sad, tender and uplifting film exploring a completely different kind of war story – an inspiring tale of passive resistance, where the heroes fight without weapons and still win.
For more info and tickets, visit: www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/the-teachers-protest

Music Workshop with Bugge and Jensen
July 11, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Online / Pacific Northwest
Comprised of fiddler Kristian Bugge and accordionist Mette Jensen, this energetic duo charms audiences with their rhythmic, highly danceable, driving music, and lots of good cheer. The first hour of the workshop will focus on Sønderhoning, a traditional dance that comes from the tiny island of Fanø, off Denmark’s west coast. The content of the second hour is TBD. The cost is $25 for Skandia members and $35 for others. Payment will be by PayPal. The workshop is open to all instruments, and to those who may have never experienced Nordic music. To register, or if you have questions, email events@skandia-folkdance.org. We will send you complete information about how to find our PayPal account to make payment. The link to get into the workshop will be sent the day before the workshop to those who have paid. Registration closes at midnight PDT on Thursday, July 9; it will not be possible to process registrations after that time. Co-sponsored by Skandia and the Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag.

Online Nordic Book Club: The Island by Ragnar Jónassen
July 14, 6 p.m. (EDT)
Online / New York, N.Y.
Read and discuss Scandinavian literature in translation as part of our Nordic Book Club, now online! Each month we select a novel from some of the best Nordic literary voices. Discussions have typically taken place the last Tuesday of the month at Scandinavia House but will now be taking place bi-weekly as an online meeting. For registration info and other guidelines, visit: www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/the-island

Shape Studio for Tots: Online art workshop
July 22, 11 a..m. (EDT)
Online / New York, N.Y.
Pure forms and colors will inspire our tiny artists in this playful online art workshop! Join Scandinavia House art educators with your toddler to learn about shapes and colors in a fun and playful ways. We will present sample activities using standard household crafts materials, and show you how to set up your own color and shape exploration.
Take your tiny one on a fascinating multi-sensory learning and playing adventure from the comfort of your home! This event will take place as a Zoom webinar. For more info and to register visit: www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/shape-studio-tots-online-art-workshop.

Nordic Sól: A Celebration of Nordic Arts and Culture
July 24 – Aug. 31
Online / Seattle
The National Nordic Museum’s new summer cultural showcase, Nordic Sól, returns in 2020 for an entire month of virtual activities. This year, the celebration has gone virtual! We focus the fun and learning on the great outdoors with the theme of “Nordic by Nature.” Focusing on the beauty of the outdoors, the importance of sustainability, and what nature means to both residents of the Pacific Northwest and the Nordic countries, you’ll find programming for all ages as well as some exciting new additions like our virtual Artisan Marketplace. First up is our new T-Shirt Design Contest. See rules here. The vote for winning designs will be during the first weekend of Nordic Sól. We’ll be joined by artists, instructors, experts, and friends galore for virtual book talks, art classes, demonstrations, and more. More info: www.nordicmuseum.org/nordicsol.

Workshop: Sámi Inspired Necklaces
Aug. 22, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Online / Portland, Ore.
Using the techniques of the Sámi handcraft of coiled wire and reindeer leather embroidery, create 2 different styles of necklaces. Essential skills learned: two different braiding patterns, hand sewing, and attaching either a shed reindeer antler clasp or sterling silver magnetic clasp to finish the necklace. Tickets and more info: www.nordicnorthwest.org/samiinspirednecklackes

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

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