Partying like a Viking in Seattle
Mount Vernon, Wash.
What a fun day to visit the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard! The grounds of the museum abounded with a Viking encampment, Scandinavian hearths where one used Viking bucks to buy foods such as Danish æbleskiver, Finnish open-faced sandwiches, Icelandic baked goods, Norwegian sweets, and Swedish meatballs. The Viking Grill offered brats, hot dogs, salmon, and clam chowder. Then, there was the Valhalla Beer Garden.
There were those who really got into the Viking spirit! Viking helmets and swords to use for protection were available in case a battle erupted. To be sure, one did watch those all dressed in Viking attire with the gear for protection as they battled during the afternoon.
Other Scandinavian talents were also displayed throughout the grounds, such as rosemaling and carving.
What a wonderful two days when Scandinavian heritage came alive once again in that most Scandinavian area of Seattle, Ballard!
This article originally appeared in the Sept. 25, 2015, issue of the Norwegian American Weekly. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.