Norwegian Cultural Heritage Day & Taste of Norway in Seattle, Wash.

Celebrate Norway with the Leif Erikson Lodge in Seattle on March 24!

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The 5K Fun Run/Walk kicks off the annual Norwegian Heritage Day and Taste of Norway event in Ballard at the Leif Erikson Lodge. The race is from the Leif Erikson Lodge to the Leif Erikson statue at Shilshole and return. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the race kicks off at 9 a.m.

After the awards ceremony at 10 a.m., join us for Cultural Heritage Day and Taste of Norway! Traditional Norwegian food (such as lapskaus, rømmergrøt, krumkake, lefse, vafler (waffles), various smørbrød (open-faced sandwiches) and desserts) will be demonstrated as well as served all day at a nominal cost. Norwegian handicrafts (such as rosemaling; wheat weaving; knitting, rug tying; chip, figure and/or relief carving) will be demonstrated, along with live music, song and dance presentations. There will also be a genealogy table where people with Norwegian ancestry can find out more about their family roots. We will also have Scandinavian gifts for sale many handmade as well as several Scandinavian vendors will be on-hand. Several raffles will be run throughout the day for such things as gift certificates, cod fish and a beautifully handcrafted doll donated by Valborg Norbo.

At 3:00 p.m. there will be a bunad parade with men, women and children wearing traditional Norwegian clothing with cultural commentary.

Admission is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Tentative Schedule:

8:00 a.m. Registration for the Leif-to-Leif Fun Run/Walk

9:00 a.m. Race (beginning at the Leif Erikson Lodge with a course marked to the Leif Erikson Statue at Shilsole and return)

10:00 a.m. Ribbons awarded to race winners (all participants get waffles and Norwegian flag)

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Heritage Day and Taste of Norway at the Leif Erikson Lodge with several demonstrations of food preparation

and crafts throughout the day

Entertainment Schedule:

10:00 a.m. Richard Svensson Accordion

11:00 A.M. To Norske with Juanita Holmes and Sissel Peterson Violin and Accordion

12:00 p.m. Norwegian Ladies Chorus Norwegian Folk Songs

1:00 p.m. Brenda Bard Accordion

2:00 p.m. The Village Voice Bergit and Phillip Ages Mandolin and Accordion

3:00 p.m. Bunad Parade Men, Women and Children

Color commentator: Ester Van Noy

For more information, call the lodge at (206) 283-1274 or D. Salvino at (206) 285-3062.

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