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The Baroness: Isak Dinesen’s Final Affair
now—Sept. 24
New York, N.Y.
Baroness Blixen, the aging grand dame of literature, returns to NYC with a play about her passionate affair with a younger man and the re-awakening of the artist. Find more info and purchase tickets at www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/The-Baroness-Isak-Dinesens-Final-Affair/Overview.

Film Series: Valkyrien
now—Oct. 6
New York, N.Y.
Valkyrien is a unique, high-concept Nordic noir. In an illegal hospital, hidden in an Oslo underground station, a physician is desperately trying to find a cure for his wife’s terminal illness. To finance his endeavors, he’s forced to make alliances with the criminal underworld. Episodes will be shown on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Fridays at 6:30 p.m. at Scandinavia House. Cost is $12 per episode ($7 for ASF members) and $36 for a series pass ($21 for ASF members).

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.

Spoons: Carving. Community.
now—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.

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.

Oregon’s Nordic Ski History
now—Dec. 29
Portland, Ore.
Learn about the history of Nordic skiing, from its roots in Scandinavia to its prominence in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest! Includes reproductions of both historical and contemporary ski equipment. At Nordia House Gallery. Free and open to the public.

Vikings: Beyond the Legend
now—Jan. 1
Salt Lake City, Utah
This exhibition offers guests a contemporary look at the mysterious seafarers, farmers, traders, and plunderers who explored and harassed Europe more than 1,000 years ago. The exhibition features more than 400 artifacts—some never before seen outside Scandinavia—including jewelry, funeral urns, weapons, game pieces, clothing, and even a piece of 1,000-year-old Viking bread. These recent archaeological discoveries have shed new light on the Viking age, dispelling long-held stereotypes about its people, traditions, and influence. The beautiful, immersive exhibition includes video projections and over a dozen interactive displays that will help you experience the daily life of the Viking Age people. At the Natural History Museum of Utah.

Edvard Munch: Color in Context
now—Jan. 28
Washington, D.C.
In the second half of the 19th century, advances in physics, electromagnetic radiation theory, and the optical sciences provoked new thought about the physical as well as the spiritual world. Aspects of that thought are revealed in Edvard Munch: Color in Context, an exhibition of 21 prints that considers the choice, combinations, and meaning of color in light of spiritualist principles. Informed by both popular manuals that explained the science of color and theosophical writings on the visual and physical power of color, Edvard Munch (1863–1944) created works that are not just strikingly personal, but charged with specific associations. At the National Gallery of Art: West Building, Ground Floor.


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.

Rocks and Hard Places: Emigration Through the Lens of Knud KnudsenOpening
Sept. 23
Decorah, Iowa
Why do people leave their homes in search of a better life? Join Vesterheim as we look for answers to that question in this exciting new exhibit that explores emigration through first person accounts, family histories, and the stunning black and white photography of Knud Knudsen. The opening of this exhibit is in connection with Vesterheim’s fall harvest event Takkefest. At 4:00 p.m., there will be a showing of the film “Album,” a beautiful introduction to Knudsen’s world of images, produced by the Norwegian Film Institute in Decorah’s Viking Theater. At 6:00 p.m., Zach Row-Heyveld, Vesterheim’s Exhibition Manager, will give a gallery talk in the museum’s main building.

Nordic Bites Food Festival
Sept. 23, 11:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.
West Newton, Mass.
Enjoy tastes from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland while visiting Nordic vendors, listening to live music and taking part in other foodie fun! Don’t forget the return of everyone’s favorite Vikings! Visit their encampment, listen to their music, and watch them fight to the “death.” Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for SCC Members, and $7 for kids 12 and under. At the Scandinavian Cultural Center.

Find your Norwegian Roots
Sept. 23, 1:00—2:00 p.m.
Stoughton, Wis.
Liv Marit Haakenstad is a genealogist and an author. She has worked as a genealogist for many years, researching Norwegians and emigrants from Norway to other countries, especially the U.S. She has over 30 years of experience doing emigration research in England and United States. Her goal has been to find answers about what happened to the Norwegian emigrants after they left their homeland. She also lectures and leads courses in Norwegian genealogy, internet genealogy research, transmigration, and the emigration from Norway in general. At Livsreise. Free.

Ski for Light Fundraiser
Sept. 23, 6:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Puget Sound Ski for Light presents its fundraising dinner, silent auction, and dance for Leif Erikson Hall. The social hour begins at 6:00 p.m. and the dinner of open-fire grilled salmon and cod will begin at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Nordic Reflections. At Leif Erikson Hall. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3061461 or by calling (206) 783-1274. All proceeds go to the repair and upgrade of the hall.

65th Rosemaling Seminar
Sept. 23—24
Alta, Calif.
The Fall Rosemaling Seminar at Camp Norge will have two classes taught by Karen Nelson and Onya Tolmasoff. We will be painting a card box make by Mike Lusk. Nelson is teaching an Old Rogaland design on a Sea Swirl medium blue background. Tolmasoff is teaching a Valdres Style design on a blue/gray background. Visit www.campnorge.org/site/wp-content/uploads/Sept-2017-Rosemaling-Seminar-Registration-form.pdf for registration form for more info.

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. There will be two stages of live music and entertainment, Viking encampments, a Viking marketplace, two beer gardens, a KidZone for little Vikings, and more! There is always something special happening at the Vista Viking Festival. Cost is $10 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12, free for children 5 and under, and $5 for parking. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Located at 2006 East Vista Way. Visit www.vikingfestivalvista.com for more info.

Program on Reformation
Sept. 24, 1:00 p.m.
Chicago, Ill.
In observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Minnekirken welcomes Dr. Hallgeir Elstad from the University of Oslo who will speak on “Reformation without a Reformer / the History of Reformation in Norway.” Free will offering.

Norsk Høstfest
Sept. 27—30
Minot, N.D.
Norsk Høstfest, North America’s largest Scandinavian Festival, has Scandinavian tradition on full display. From Nordic entertainment to culinary options, guests will truly have a cultural experience. Visit with artisans showcasing ancient traditions or take a walk back in time at Tromsø Cultural Village and Viking Village. No matter where you may roam during Høstfest, one thing is for sure—it will be a Nordic adventure! Visit hostfest.com for more info.

Nordic Film Week 2017
Sept. 27—Oct. 1
Washington, D.C.
The five Nordic Embassies along with the Avalon Theatre have joined together to present Nordic Film Week, a selection of internationally acclaimed films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, presented at the Avalon Theater and House of Sweden. Norway will be represented with In Order of Disappearance on Sept. 28 at 8:00 p.m. and the Nordic Family Short Films on Sept. 30, both at the Avalon Theatre. All you need to know, including how to make reservations, can be found at nordicfilmdc.com.

Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Laureate Recognition Banquet
Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m.
Tacoma, Wash.
Join the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize to celebrate greater Tacoma’s dedication to peace in honoring the 2017 Peace Prize Laureate Pennye Nixon. At the PLU Scandinavian Cultural Center. Tickets can be purchased through Sept. 20 at www.eventbrite.com/e/gtpp-annual-laureate-recognition-banquet-honoring-pennye-nixon-tickets-36531309129.

Central California Kretsstevne
Sept. 29—Oct. 1
Buellton, Calif.
The CCK Committee cordially invites all Sons of Norway members and their guests to attend the 2017 CCK at the beautiful Flying Flags facility in Buellton for fun, fellowship, and great food. Don’t miss out! Reservation deadline is Sept. 15; contact (805) 964-9195 or ivar_aasen@cox.net) for more info.

Concert of Scandinavian Music
Oct. 1, 2:00 p.m.
Chicago, Ill.
Pianist Julie Coucheron; concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, David Coucheron; and their guest soprano Deanna Breiwick join in presenting a concert of Scandinavian music at Minnekirken. Free will offering.

Leiv Eriksson International Festival
Oct. 1—15
Minneapolis, Minn.
This two-week fall celebration is based at Mindekirken. There are a variety of events including Nordic worship services, concerts, and a lutefisk dinner. Visit www.leifmn.org/pdfs/2017_LEIF_Program.pdf for the schedule.

Leif Eiriksson Day Banquet
Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Richardson, Texas
Join the Viking Chapter of the Norwegian Society of Texas for the 2017 Leif Eiriksson Banquet at the Canyon Creek Country Club. The speaker will be Morten Paulsen, Consul General of Norway in Houston. Dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m.; choose between Norwegian grilled pesto salmon or grilled chicken breast with lemon piccata sauce. Cost is $45 per person. Wear business attire or bunad. Please RSVP by Oct. 1 at www.norwegiansocietyoftexas.org/events/2017-leif-eiriksson-banquet/.

Nordic Knitting Conference
Oct. 6—8
Seattle, Wash.
The Nordic Heritage Museum is excited to welcome stellar Scandinavian designers Arne & Carlos back to headline this year’s event. Other featured instructors include Beth Brown-Reinsel, Chris Bylsma, Evelyn Clark, Carol Rhoades, and Laura Ricketts. Passionate knitters, designers, and textile artists of all kinds who have attended our first six conferences know that our exceptional instructors provide a diverse range of classes exploring the rich tradition of Nordic crochet and knitting. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/nordic-knitting-conference-2017-registration-35735903048.

Høst Frokost
Oct. 7, 7:30—11:00 a.m.
Mt. Horeb, Wis.
This old-style fall breakfast held in conjunction with the Mount Horeb Fall Festival will feature traditional breakfast fare, Norwegian specialties, and more! Invite your family, friends, and neighbors.The price is $13 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under.

Embla Lodge Nordic Festival
Oct. 7, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Edgewood, Wash.
Enjoy traditional music, arts, crafts, cookies, lefse, Scandinavian food and more! Free parking. Cost is $2; children 12 and under free. At Mt. View Lutheran Church. Free parking.

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.

Arlington Viking Fest
Oct. 7—8
Arlington, Wash.
The Arlington Viking Fest is a living history event with hands-on activities for all ages and interests. From shield wall demonstrations, axe throwing, and combat archery to kids crafts or attending court, this festival is both fun and educational. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. At the Legion Park.

Leif Erikson Day Celebration
Oct. 8, 2:30 p.m.
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Join SACHF in CLU’s Overton Hall to honor Leif Erikson as well as John Ericsson, the Swedish-American inventor of the Monitor. Though Leif Erikson discovered America, John Ericsson is credited for saving the Union with his dramatic and unconventional Civil War ironclad ship. The public is invited to the free event and the reception later at the Scandinavian Center.

Book Talk & Signing: The Devil’s Wedding Ring
Oct. 8—10
Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minn.
Attend a reading and book signing of The Devil’s Wedding Ring, the first book in a new Scandinavian crime mystery series by Norwegian author Vidar Sundstøl. At the American Swedish Institute at 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 8, Ingebretsen’s at 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 9; the Highland Park Library at 7:00 p.m. on Oct. 9, Norway House at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 and Once Upon a Crime at 7:00 p.m. on Oct. 10.

Book Talk & Signing: The Devil’s Wedding Ring
Oct. 11, 7:00 p.m.
Forest Park, Ill.
Attend a reading and book signing of The Devil’s Wedding Ring, the first book in a new Scandinavian crime mystery series by Norwegian author Vidar Sundstøl. At Centuries & Sleuths.

Nordic International Film Festival
Oct. 12—14
New York, N.Y.
The American-Scandinavian Foundation is pleased to co-present the third annual Nordic International Film Festival. The festival, which screens new Nordic and International short and feature films as well as industry panels and seminars, takes place at Scandinavia House and all NIFF programs are open to the public. View the complete festival line up at nordicfilmfest.org.

Freya Lodge Vikingfest
Oct. 14, 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Vikingfest is Freya Lodge’s annual celebration of Norwegian heritage and all things Norwegian from Viking-era reenactments to modern art and pottery, Nordic arts and crafts, traditional foods, heritage keepsakes, cultural displays and demonstrations, and remembrance of Leif Erikson. Come be a Viking for the day! At Norway Hall. Free admission.

Leif Eiriksson Shrimp Boil
Oct. 14, 3:00—6:00 p.m.
Arlington, Texas
Join the Midnattsolen Chapter of the Norwegian Society of Texas for the Leif Eiriksson Shrimp Boil. Call Dave Olson at (817) 296-9306 for the details.

Sweet and Salty: Tasty Tales from Scandinavia
Oct. 14, 11:00 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Julia Morris and Navida Stein share The Sweetest Stone Soup, and Why the Sea is Salty for a tasty treat of stories from Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Denmark. At Scandinavia House. Free; ages 5 and over.

Viking Dinner
Oct. 15, 5:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Celebrating our Viking heritage and Leif Erikson Day at Leif Erikson Hall. Vikings from the Viking Encampment will share stories about early Norwegian history and the Vikings. Eat and drink like Vikings, who ate healthy and delicious treats, fresh meat and vegetables, cheeses, bread, fruit, mead, and more! You’ll hear some fine drinking songs and skåls to your health. Viking dress is encouraged, but please leave the horned helmets at home if possible. Viking items will be offered at a silent auction, so remember to bring your gold, silver, or checkbook! Tickets are available at the office in Leif Erikson Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or through www.brownpapertickets.com/user/manageevent/3071404. Cost is $25 for adults and $10 for kids 13 and under until Oct. 9, when tickets go up by $5 each. Kids under 5 free. Free parking at Banner Bank.

The Stavig Letters
Oct. 20, 7:15 p.m.
Lancaster, Penn.
The YouTube documentary called The Stavig Letters will be shown at the Sons of Norway, Bondelandet Lodge meeting. These letters that show the immigrant experience were written by two brothers, one in America and one in Norway, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Guests welcome. Questions? Call Jeanne Addison at (717) 793-7428.

25th Southern California Kretsstevne
Oct. 20—22
Banning, Calif.
Southern California Kretsstevne is a weekend of Norwegian heritage and fellowship. There will be bingo, silent auction, music, crafts, cultural food demonstrations, and much more! A limited number of on-site RVs/cabins will be available for rent. Bring your own RV or tent. Motels are available nearby as well. Visit sofn6.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017-SCK-flyer.pdf for the flyer with more information and registration info.

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. Thirty minute guided group tours begin every 30 minutes. 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.

Lutefisk, Meatball & Torsk Dinner
Oct. 21, 3:30 p.m.
Modesto, Calif.
Learn more about what Sons of Norway has to offer while meeting and socializing with a fun group. Dinner will be served from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will also be coffee, lemonade, and Norwegian cookies. Cost is $20 per adult if reserved by Oct. 12 or $22 at the door; children under 10 free. Raffle prizes to win. For reservations please contact Linda Silva at (209) 572-0323. At Modesto Senior Center.

Centennial Celebration
Oct. 21, 7:00 p.m.
Newton, Mass.
The Scandinavian Charitable Society of Greater Boston along with the Scandinavian Living Center and the Scandinavian Cultural Center will honor Elissa Sherman, President of LeadingAge Massachusetts at the Centennial Gala. There will be a cocktail hour, dinner and program, live auction, and 50/50 raffle. At the Balera Ballroom. Cost is $150 per ticket or $250 for VIP seating. Visit slcenter.org for more information.

Norwegian Destination Weekend
Oct. 27—29
Cambridge, Minn.
This motor coach trip to Stoughton is being sponsored by the Rumelva Lodge. Leave Cambridge, Minn., on Oct. 27 at 1:00 p.m. and return in the evening of Oct. 29. Transportation, accommodations, meals, tours, venues, performances, tips, and taxes are all included; cost is $415 for double occupancy hotel room and $565 for single. Stoughton is a community rich in Norwegian heritage and culture with authentically restored buildings, quaint shops, a restored opera house, a world-renowned Scandinavian dance group, and a unique Norwegian heritage museum. The Wisconsin State Rosemaling Society annual holiday bazaar will also take place on Oct. 28. Please see sofn.amm.clockwork.net/_asset/dtmfu1/extended-stoughton.pdf for more information.

Octoberfest Dinner & Dance
Oct. 28, 6:00 p.m.
Lackawaxen, Penn.
Join Bernt Balcken Lodge for a dinner of roast pork, BBQ ribs, mashed potatoes, red cabbage, and much more! Entertainment will be provided by the Matty Rock Quartet. Cost is $25 for adults and $12 for children under 12. Reservations required by Oct. 21; call Millie at (570) 226-4007 or Karen at (908) 637-6943.

18th Annual Scandinavian Fair
Nov. 4, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Bellingham, Wash.
Enjoy the bakery and café, Nordic gifts and crafts, hourly drawing, and entertainment. Admission is $2; 12 & under free! At the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. Questions? Call (360) 592-4065.

Scandinavian Bazaar
Nov. 11, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Saint James, N.Y.
Join Loyal Lodge Sons of Norway for this Scandinavian Bazaar! There will be variety of imported food and items from the Scandinavian countries for sale. Bring a friend along and enjoy a delicious Scandinavian lunch including lapskaus (a hearty Norwegian stew), yellow pea soup, smørbrød (open-faced sandwiches), homemade waffles with lingonberries, and more! There will also be raffle drawings for a Scandinavian food basket and many other items! For more information contact (631) 862-8017.

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.

Tours of Viking
Nov. 11 & 18, 10:00 a.m.—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. Thirty minute guided group tours begin every 30 minutes. 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.

Selbu Rose Show & Tell Night
Nov. 17, 7:15 p.m.
Lancaster, Penn.
Members are asked to bring items from home showing the iconic Selbu Rose Norwegian design to this Bondelandet Lodge meeting. Guests welcome. Questions? Call Jeanne Addison at (717) 793-7428.

“Munch, Modernism, and Modernity” Annual Conference
Nov. 17—18
New York, N.Y.
This conference examines the paths, strategies, critical relationships, gallery alliances, curatorial efforts, artist-driven organizations, cult of celebrity, national identity initiatives, and other pathways through which Edvard Munch and his contemporaries entered the international art market and critical discourse. Papers will consider individual artists, debates around national identity, collecting patterns, ethnic mythologies, individual exhibitions, universal expositions, critical writing, gallerists, collectors, technoscapes, and other pathways and mechanisms by which Nordic artists, and Munch in particular, became and continues to become part of international networks and markets. At Scandinavia House. Cost is $20 or $10 for ASK members and students. Purchase tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/munch-modernism-and-modernity-annual-conference-marketing-the-north-tickets-37082627136?mc_cid=0f5b287dbc&mc_eid=d7b356b8b1.

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.

Bondelandet Lodge Juletrefest
Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Lancaster, Penn.
Sons of Norway Bondelandet Lodge will celebrate Christmas with a Juletrefest and roast pork Julebord complete with scrumptious Norwegian desserts and the making of traditional woven paper baskets for the tree. Members are asked to bring a side dish to share. There will be a fee. Guests are welcome. Questions? Jeanne Addison at (717) 793-7428.