Look to the light

Photo courtesy of Nordic Heritage Museum

Photo courtesy of Nordic Heritage Museum

Nordic Heritage Museum’s annual Northern Lights Auktion in Seattle, Wash.

Nordic Heritage Museum

Seattle, Wash.

The Nordic Heritage Museum’s annual Northern Lights Auktion will be held at the Grand Hyatt Ballroom in Seattle on Sunday, April 29. The evening begins at 4:30 p.m. with a champagne reception and silent auction. Dinner is served at 6:45 p.m. and the live auction is at 7 p.m.

The Auktion began 27 years ago as a way to raise much-needed funds for the daily operating expenses of the Museum. In the early years, the Auktion was a small, modest event. With time, it has grown to attract over 300 attendees to bid on more than 500 items ranging from handmade baby clothes to exciting vacations throughout the world.

A delicious dinner (which always begins with pickled herring!), is served to the audience, many of whom wear their beautiful native Nordic costumes or black tie. The Auktion takes more than six months to organize, but the excitement of the evening makes it well worth the effort, as do the resulting benefits to the Museum. The Auktion consists of a silent auction, dinner, and live auction. This year’s auction dinner will include a special tribute to Norwegian community leader Olaf Kvamme, who is former Board President and current Honorary Trustee of the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Tickets are $125 per person. RSVP by Monday, April 23 to rsvp@nordicmuseum.org or (206) 789-5707 ext. 10.

This year’s auction lots include exciting international trips, culinary adventures, original artworks, and Scandinavian-themed auction lots (rosemaled items, Scandinavian crystal and porcelain, jewelry, handmade knitwear, etc.).

The Museum is still accepting donations for the auction. For more information about the Auktion or questions about how to donate items, contact our Events Coordinator at (206) 789-5707 ext. 32, or email  Auktioninfo@nordicmuseum.org.

Major sponsors for the Nordic Heritage Museum’s 2012 Auktion include Aleutian Spray Fisheries, American Seafoods Company, Glacier Fish Company, Ocean Harvester, Pacific Fisherman Shipyard and Trident Seafoods.

The Nordic Heritage Museum is located in Ballard, the heart of Seattle’s Scandinavian neighborhood. The Museum was founded in 1979 to honor the heritage and accomplishments of thousands of Nordic immigrants who flocked to the Northwest at the turn of the 20th century. The Nordic is more than just a museum—it is also a vibrant cultural center, dedicated to sharing Nordic culture through a variety of programs and exhibitions for both adults and children. The Nordic Heritage Museum is the only museum in North America to represent the cultural heritage of all five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The Museum presents a wide range of vibrant programs including contemporary art exhibitions, outstanding concerts, and a variety of special events throughout the year. Last year, the Museum attracted 55,000 visitors, including 6,000 schoolchildren. For more information about the auction, please visit the Nordic Heritage Museum’s website: www.nordicmuseum.org.

About the Nordic Heritage Museum

The Museum’s mission is to share Nordic culture with people of all ages and backgrounds by exhibiting art and objects, preserving collections, providing educational and cultural experiences and serving as a community gathering place.

For general information, visit www.nordicmuseum.org or phone (206) 789-5707.

Museum hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m.; Monday, closed.

Admission: $6 general; $5 seniors & college students; $4 children over 5 years; FREE for children under 5 and Museum members.

The Museum is located at 3014 NW 67th Street, Seattle, WA 98117.

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