The weather is taking another turn for the better on Tuesday, and it should be a lovely day for celebrating the anniversary of Norway's constitution! Be sure to put on your best and head down to Ballard to enjoy food and entertainment during the day, then set up your camp chair and enjoy the parade starting at 6 p.m.!
Once you've recovered from your revelry in Ballard, make plans to head to Poulsbo this weekend. The little town on Liberty will be celebrating all things Norwegian this weekend at their annual Viking Fest celebration. Ballard may sport several folks wearing traditional Norwegian bunads even on the sides of the parade route, but Poulsbo spends a full weekend celebrating the land of the fjords with events including folk dancing demonstrations, a Scandinavian luncheon, a parade, and yes, unfortunately, a lutefisk eating contest.
Norway Day in Olympia is a tradition that was started in 2007 by members of Olympia’s Hovedstad Lodge #94, Sons of Norway and members of Olympia’s Prillar Guri Lodge #30, Daughters of Norway. The objective of these two organizations was to create an awareness of the history and culture of Norway and other Scandinavian countries.
Norway Day is a festival filled with music, dancers, an abundance of Norwegian history, genealogy, and authentic Norwegian foods bursting with the aroma and tastes of days gone by. Norway Day offers you the opportunity to meet Norwegian Fjord horses and Norwegian Elk Hounds, learn how to trace your ancestors and watch demonstrations of Norwegian waffles and krumkake baking.
You don’t have to be Norwegian or go to Norway to experience the joy of Norwegian culture. The Norway Day Festival will come to life at on in the Expo Center at the Thurston County Fairgrounds. Norway Day is an experience of a lifetime, an experience you will surely want to share with your family and friends, both young and old, year-after-year.
As we enjoy these last few weeks of summer, be sure to pencil in the upcoming Norwegian festivals and lutefisk dinners which will be offered throughout the Puget Sound this fall. On October 10, the Embla Daughters of Norway lodge in Tacoma will be presenting their fifth annual Nordic Festival. See the attached flyer for more details, and watch for upcoming postings regarding other events and dinners!
Today's the day that Norwegians and Norwegian-Americans across the Puget Sound look forward to - Norwegian Constitution Day.West-Sounders, in the meantime, have been celebrating all weekend at Viking Fest in Poulsbo. Although the parade there took place on Saturday, it's not to late to head over there this afternoon to check out the lutefisk eating contest or enjoy the food booths and carnival rides. More information about Viking Fest can be found at http://www.vikingfest.org/#/schedule/.
Today folks in the Seattle area can enjoy festivities all day around the Ballard area, culminating in a parade through downtown Ballard, starting at 4 p.m. This is your opportunity to dust off your bunad or best clothes and meet folks from throughout the region who share an interest in Norway. Visit http://www.17thofmay.org/ to learn more about events taking place in Ballard today.
Norwegians simply refer to their constitution day as syttende mai (17th of May), just as we Americans refer to Independence Day as the 4th of July. Most Norwegians feel a personal sense of joy about the day. They dress up either in bunads or in suits and nice summer dresses, and celebrate in style. As people greet each other today in Norway, they say the same thing to each other that they would say when one is having a birthday: "gratulerer med dagen" (congratulations on the day). What a wonderful way to recognize the happiness we should all feel for the benefits of independence! Gratulerer med dagen, and have a great day!
The Norwegian Male Chorus of Seattle is preparing to begin rehearsals for the spring season, and will be hosting Open Rehearsal / New Members Nights on Monday, January 12 and 19, 2015 from 7pm-9pm, in preparation for our Spring concert and Sangerfest 2015 to be held in Salem, OR • June 18-21, 2015.From the director:
The chorus rehearses every Monday night from 7pm-9pm, in Ballard, at the Nordic Heritage Museum at 3014 NW 67th Street.
Founded in 1889, the Norwegian Male Chorus Seattle is thought to be the oldest continuously-operating choral organization in Seattle. We are celebrating our 126th anniversary this year
The chorus seeks to provide social and fellowship experiences that reach beyond the realm of musical purpose to deepen and enrich our lives. The chorus’ roster includes men of all ages and reflects the wonderful ethnic diversity of our community.
In addition to the annual Sangerfest, our performance schedule includes Sons of Norway Leif Erikson Lodge functions, Yulefest and Tivoli Viking Days events at the Nordic Heritage Museum and the Sytende Mai Parade.
We extend a sincere and cordial welcome to any man over 18 who would like to sing and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship once a week. No previous experience is required and ability to read music is not necessary. We have new members nights twice a year (September and January) when we welcome anyone interested in finding out more about us – no obligation to join and there is no audition!
Why not come along to our next new members night on Monday 12th January 2015 or Monday 19th January 2015 at our usual venue, the Nordic Heritage Museum, where you’ll meet the friendly members of the chorus and Sean Berg, our director, and you will have a gentle and fun introduction to singing with us along with a social to meet the guys!
To find out more, or to let us know to expect you, please contact Sean Berg @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t worry if you are not confident about your singing voice – some of our members have noticed the following about their voices since joining the choir:
• “My upper and lower singing range has improved. I don’t feel as though I’m struggling to reach the notes I used to.”
• “I had never sung in a choir before so not sure of my voice, but I was sent to tenors and I have gained in voice and confidence”
• “My range has improved and I’m a more confident singer. I’ve learnt a lot of breathing techniques & it has helped my overall health & well being too.”
Come and give it a go – you won’t regret it!
The club holds occasional gatherings throughout the year, where members, family, friends, associates, and prospective members are welcome.
Sean Berg is in his 1st season as the director of the Norwegian Male Chorus of Seattle and is the founding Artistic Director and Conductor of The Mill Creek Chorale. Having recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest from New York City, Sean is thrilled to be a part of the Seattle Metro Community and to be making music with such a great group of people.
During his tenure in New York City, Sean served as the Artistic Director of The Celebration Singers of New Jersey from 2001 to 2013. Ensembles under his direction have performed at Carnegie Hall (NYC), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), The National Cathedral and The National City Christian Church (Washington, DC). His ensembles have also enjoyed International Performance Tours to Germany/Austria/Czech Republic (2008) and England/Scotland (2011).
Sean is also in demand as a choral clinician and guest conductor for numerous ensembles, festivals, and events.
In addition to his conducting appointments, Sean is the Owner and President of Sechrist Travel, where he coordinates festival and performance tour opportunities to qualified bands, choirs, and orchestras to International and Domestic destinations.
Sean received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Clarke University (Dubuque, IA) and his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) and currently lives in Mill Creek with his wife, Tina.
I know they're Danish, but I just love æbleskiver. These piping hot balls of dough baked in special cast iron pans served with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and a side of jam are usually my first stop when visiting Yulefest at the Nordic Heritage Museum. After enjoying a few æbleskiver, I then check out the gift options available at the various craft booths. I particularly enjoy finding beautiful rosemaled pieces to give as gifts.
When I was in a child, I would go to Yulefest with mom and spend the weekend with her at her Hardanger embroidery booth. I would usually have a few small Hardanger pieces for sale that I had made. As soon as it was reasonable to consider eating lunch, I would volunteer to go downstairs to the auditorium (cafe) and buy several open-faced sandwiches. My favorite was always rullepølse - still is! Once our daughter was born, getting pictures taken with Santa at Yulefest and enjoying the musicians also became a priority.
If you've not yet been to Yulefest, this weekend (November 22-23) is your chance to check it out and start your own traditions! Visit the Nordic Heritage Museum website for more details.
It is lutefisk season, and as I sit here far away in Washington D.C., I am wishing that I could pop home and enjoy the 102nd annual lutefisk and meatball dinner at Poulsbo's First Lutheran Church next Saturday, October 18. The cod, meatballs and lefse are prepared with love, and people come from far and near to enjoy it! If you're not able to make it over to Poulsbo next weekend, check the wonderful schedule below, provided by Christine Anderson, to find a time and place when you can enjoy lutefisk this fall in the Pacific Northwest.
2014-2015 LUTEFISK/COD/TORSK DINNERS AND BAZAARS
IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
as of 10/10/2014
List compiled for the Pacific Northwest Lutefisk Lovers since 2007 by Christine Anderson, member of Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001, Sons of Norway, in Seattle; Embla Lodge #2, Daughters of Norway, and Norden Lodge 2-002 in Tacoma.
Information is subject to change, send additions and corrections to email@example.com If you would like to add someone or be taken off the list, please reply to this email. Please send other dinners you find out about into me. Updates will be published again around October 10!
Lutefisk and Bazaars in 2014 - 2015
October 3-5, 2014: Scandinavian Myths and Legends at the District 2 Sons of Norway Cultural Heritage Retreat. What do you know about the Trolls, Huldras or Nisser? How do you know what to watch out for? Meet members from throughout District 2 & learn about the myths and legends of Scandinavia while learning hardangersøm, rosemaling, woodcarving, language, genealogy & more in the beautiful mountain lodge at Trollhaugen. Cost for this weekend is $135.00 before September 1,$145.00 after. This includes your room, all meals and class supplies. This is the only Heritage Retreat this year –don’t miss out! There are only a limited number of beds available, and your check will secure your reservation. For more information & registration contact: Doreen Parker 360-538-0572 or Chris Hicks 425-672-0194 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 11, 2014. 10 AM-4 PM: Nordic Festival, a celebration of our cultural heritage, sponsored by Embla Lodge # 2, Daughters of Norway, held at Edgemont Junior High School, 2300-110th Avenue East, Edgewood, WA. Enjoy traditional music, arts, crafts, Viking artifacts, and refreshments with the Scandinavian Café open and selling traditional foods (editor’s note: They ran out of potato lefse at 11AM last year!). Prize drawings all day of items donated by participating vendors and organizations. Free parking, $2 admission (children under 12 free). For more info contact 253.891.7147 or email@example.com
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10AM-4PM: 18th Annual Scandinavian Bazaar at Bernt Balchen Lodge 2-046, Viking Hall, 8141 Briarwood St, Anchorage, AK 99518. Please join us for a cultural experience! There will be demonstrations for rosemaling and amazing food. While shopping at the Bazaar visit the Velkommen Café and treat yourself to a delicious lunch. The menu includes our popular pølse—reindeer hotdog wrapped in lefse, with Swedish mustard! You’ll also be delighted with the open face sandwiches, homemade soups and delectable Scandinavian desserts. The Bake Sale table features handmade lefse and a huge variety of homemade cookies, cakes and breads. The Silent Auction will have many Scandinavian/Nordic items and more. Vendor tables will feature: jewelry, knives, artwork, blankets, woodcarvings, rosemaling, table linens, knitted hats, scarves, clothing, sweaters, Christmas decorations, books, silk florals, jams, soaps, tie dyes, beadwork, children's furniture, and much more! Call the Viking Hall at 907.349.1613 for more info.
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10AM -4PM: Sol-Land Lodge 2-086 presents A Taste of Scandinavia at Kennewick First Lutheran Church, HWY 395 and Yelm, Kennewick WA. Free, fun, family event showcasing the arts, crafts, stories, and culture of Scandinavia. Cultural displays, cooking demonstrations, Vikings, and genealogy. Door prizes! Demonstrations of weaving, dancing, carving, Viking sword fighting and knitting. We will also have vendors with Scandinavian crafts and books and novelties for sale. Soup and sandwich buffet café from 11AM-1:30PM. We will have wide a selection of open-faced sandwiches, pea soup, Scandinavian cookies and baked goods and lots of coffee. Admission and parking are free. For more info contact: Sara Watson 509-628-3391 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 11AM-2PM: Grays Harbor Lodge 2-004 annual Scandinavian Bazaar at 717 Randall St, Aberdeen WA. There will be a bake sale with lefse, cardamom bread and lots of other goodies, also, tables with other vendors selling various items. We will also be serving a traditional lunch with soup, open face sandwiches, lefse and cream cake. Priced individually so you can have as many items you want.For more info call 360-533-2827 or 360-533-1027.
Saturday, October 18, 2014. 9:30-3:30 PM: Thea Foss Lodge #45, Daughters of Norway, in Port Townsend hosts the Scandia Fall Fest for the public at Blue Heron Middle School, 3939 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend, WA. Contact Jean Clark Kaldahl Vendor Chair at 202 Sheridan Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368-3018. Phone: 360.379.1802 Katrina4u@cablespeed.com
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 11:40AM to 4:20 PM with seatings every 20 minutes: 102nd Annual lutefisk dinner at the Christian Center (corner of 4th and Hostmark), First Lutheran Church of Poulsbo, 18920 4th Avenue NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370. Price: Adults are $20, Children under 12 are $5. Family Style, all you can eat. Lutefisk, meatballs, potatoes, lefse, salad, krumkake & sherbet. Entertainment is scheduled throughout the day. Lefse and pickled herring will be available for sale. Order tickets by mail using order form on website below. Payment must be received by October 12. Parking available for seniors & handicapped. Order form can also be downloaded off website: http://poulsbofirstlutheran.org/?page_id=484 or send to Lutefisk Dinner Tickets: c/o First Lutheran Church, 18920 4th Ave. NE, P.O. Box 825, Poulsbo, WA 98370. Tickets will also be available at the door. For information call: (360) 779-2622. PFLC’s lutefisk dinner is a fundraiser for our community partners. In past years, donations have been made to Martha & Mary, Coffee Oasis, Kitsap Immigration Services, and many others.
Saturday, October 28, 2014, 5-7PM: CODTOBERFEST at Abel Lodge 2-029, 21098 Second Street, Conway WA. Featuring our favorite Scandinavian live entertainment, a raffle and a delicious fresh Alaskan COD Dinner, a complete meal (even coffee and dessert).... all for $18 per person. Tickets available by reservation, thru Marilyn @360-445-1012. We ONLY will sell 100 ticket, sohurry and reserve yours NOW. Proceeds used for building maintenance. ~~Marilyn Tangen
Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19, 2014,10AM-4PM/11AM-4PM: Our 108th bazaar at Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001, Sons of Norway, 2245 NW 57th Street, Ballard/Seattle WA 98107. Have some family fun while enjoying Nordic food from our tastefully designed sandwiches to the delicate krumkake cone and the hearty ertesuppe/peasoup, lapskaus/lamb stew, and rømmegraut, a silky sour cream porridge; Norwegian desserts in our Bakeri/Bakery; handicrafts from our Norna ladies; tombola with lots of prizes for young and young at heart in our Karnival Korner; lots of raffles featuring gift certificates from local restaurants and other businesses; gently loved previously owned items at our Ditt og Datt booth; find a good book at our Book Nook; one of a kind items, beautiful antiques, and collectibles at our hourly silent auctions; baskets full of goodies, cash, griddles for baking your favorite Norwegian specialty, and more at our Center Table; good strong Norwegian coffee; and try out our new beer loft open from 3PM to closing! Learn about the Sons of Norway, too. Win a trip for two aboard IcelandAir ($3000 value), gorgeous gold Norwegian necklace and earrings designed by Gunnar Nicolaisen of Moss Norway ($2500 value), or $200 gift certificate for Scandinavian Specialties in Ballard plus $200 cash ($400 value), additional gift certificates will also be raffled for Patty’s Eggnest. Our vendors include: Desiree of Sweden, with her gifts from Scandinavia; Judy’s Painted Treasures with Norwegian rose painting called rosemaling; Norwegian Sweaters by Norskware, fun t-shirts by Around the Sound, Handmade by Hanson; and handmade American Girl doll clothes! Velkommen! Free admission and free parking in designated local parking lots for this event only. For more info: www.leiferiksonlodge.com or 206.783-1274
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 11AM-4PM: Norden Lodge 2-002 in Tacoma presents its annual Lutefisk Dinner and Bazaar Normanna Hall, 1106 South 15th St., Tacoma, WA. Dinner includes Lutefisk, meatballs, lefse and all the trimmings. Open seating with tickets at the door, reservations not required. Adults: $20.00, Ages 7-12: $10.00, 6 & under are free. Also visit our bazaar with bake sale, Scandinavian gifts, and lefse making demonstration and sales.. Submitted by Cliff Magnussen, email@example.com
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 12 Noon-4PM: Normanna Lodge 2-003 Annual Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner in Everett WA with boiled potatoes, lefse, peas & carrots, coleslaw, and dessert. Normanna Hall, 2725 Oakes, Everett, WA 98201. Adults are $20; children ages 7-10 are $10, and children 6 and younger are free! For more info call the lodge number at 425.252.0291
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 1PM-5PM: Vesterdalen Lodge 2-131 annual Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner at Messiah Lutheran Church, 4th and H Streets NE, Auburn, WA. Tickets are $22 each for age 12 and over, $10 for 5-11 years of age, and those under 5 are free. Lutefisk & lefse, meatballs, potatoes & gravy, coleslaw, and dessert. Send a check made out to Vesterdalen Lodge 2-131 for the number of tickets you need, along with a stamped, self addressed envelope (SASE) to Dotty Erickson at 24322-117th Avenue SE, Kent. WA 98030-5096. All tickets must be purchased in advance as tickets are NOT sold at the door. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Info provided by Dianne Snell
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9AM-3PM: Bothell Lodge 2-106 Annual Bazaar, Bake Sale and Luncheon. Free admission and free parking. Open to the public. Lunch: (available for purchase) Open face sandwiches, pea soup, rømmegrøt and desserts. Bake sale with an array of homemade cookies, cakes, breads and donuts fresh out of the deep fryer. Then our vendors, selling their exquisitely made items: rosemalt wood bowls, plates etc.; Scandinavian dressed dolls; ornaments; nissene and the like; machine made sweaters in Norsk designs; an assortment of kitchen towels, pot holders, aprons etc.; and beautiful artificial wreaths and table arrangements. Sons of Norway Hall, 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell, WA 98021. For more info call the lodge number at 425.485.9085 or check out Bothell’s website www.bothellsonsofnorway.org
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 5PM to 7PM: Odin Lodge 2-041 in Yakima, WA, is having its 34th Annual Lutefisk Dinner and Bake Sale. It will be at Holy Family Church, 5315 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA. Prices are: $19.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids under the age of 12. Menu includes lutefisk, meatballs, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, lefse and traditional desserts such as fruit soup, rømmegrøt and cookies. Tickets available at the Deep Sea Deli, 20 N. 9th Ave., Yakima, or ahead of time from members. Questions? Call 509-965-5639, 509-965-3947 or 509-966-1583. Info submitted by Karen Fortier.
Saturday-Sunday, November 1-2, 2014, 9AM-4PM: Swedish Cultural Center’s Annual Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar in Seattle. Three floors of Scandinavian crafts, gifts, baked goods, music, entertainment, and fun! Smörgås, pea soup, waffles and meatballs on Saturday, Swedish pancakes on Sunday.Get an early start on holiday shopping, enjoy a great Swedish meal and greet old friends. $1 admission.1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA. Info 206-283-1090
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 5PM social hour, 6PM dinner: Norwegian Male Chorus of Seattle lutefisk dinner with a mini concert by the chorus, too! Raffle drawing after the dinner. Tickets are $23, children under 12 free. Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th Street, Seattle WA 98107. Limited seating. Buy your tickets from chorus members or call 206-783-1274 for reservations or leave a message. Submitted by Jens Eysteinsson
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10AM-3:00PM: Bremerton’s Oslo Lodge 2-035 Julesalg/Christmas Sale at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1015 Veneta (11th & Veneta) Bremerton WA. Time-Honored Recipes – Norwegian cookies and lefse, baked goods & sweet shop, needle and handwork, rosemaling, plus much much more. Enjoy our Homemade Soup Lunch – coffee is always on. Submitted by Deanna Dowell
Saturday, November 8, 3PM-8PM with seatings at 4PM or 6PM: Lutefisk & meatballs on the Palouse at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1300 NE Lybecker St. Pullman WA 99163. Enjoy a lutefisk and meatball meal with all proceeds benefitting the Palouse Chapter of Habitat for Humanity! All tickets must be purchased by Friday, October 24 and include both the pre-dinner and dinner. No tickets at the door. Two pre-dinner entertainment and rosemaling/wood craft socials: 3:00-4:00 or 5:30-6:30. Live Entertainment by Nordic Spirit, featuring gamaldans/old time dance music on accordion and fiddle. Rosemaling and other painted wooden items available for purchase. Appetizers: Pickled herring, rye bread, and cheese one hour prior to each seating. Two Dinner Seatings:4:00 or 6:30PM. Lutefisk and Swedish meatballs, red new potatoes, Danish braised red cabbage, cucumbers in vinegar and dill, Norwegian potato lefse, rye bread, lingonberries, gravy/melted butter/white sauce, krumkake, spritz, kransekake, and other Scandinavian cookies. This event is hosted and sponsored by Thrivent Financial and Trinity Lutheran Church in Pullman. Everyone is welcome to attend! Questions call 425-652-6618. Tickets available from http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-lutefisk-meatballs-on-the-palouse-tickets-13016214849?aff=eac2
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 2 sittings from 12Noon-1:30PM and 2PM to 3:30PM: Tordenskjold Lodge 2-005, Spokane is having their LUTEFISK DINNER at All Saints Lutheran Church, 314 S Spruce, Spokane WA. MENU: Lutefisk, Meatballs, Potatoes, Gravy, Peas/Carrots/ Lingonberries, Lefse and Norwegian White Cake. Cost: $17.00. 12 and under $10.00. We will have 2 sittings: 12:00pm to 1:30pm and 2:00pm to 3:30p.m. Seating will be limited to approximately 100 per sitting. Reservations are required. For more information and reservations, call the lodge number at 509- 326-9211. Walk-ins will be seated when space available. Lefse will be on sale for $8.00 a package. Information submitted by Susan Kirkeby
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9:30AM-3:30PM: Nordic Fest presented by Ester Moe Lodge #39, Daughters of Norway, at South Whidbey High School, 5675 Maxwelton Rd. Langley WA. Join Ester Moe Lodge #39 on beautiful Whidbey Island for the 15th Annual Nordic Fest! Everyone is invited to this great festival of Nordic culture with fun for the whole family. Discover mouth-watering food in the Norsk Kafe, tantalizing baked goods in the Bakeri, exciting shopping and a fun Butikk, creative demonstrations, lively music and more! Lots of free parking! Admission $1/person, 12 & under free. More info: 425-308-7860 www.daughtersofnorway.com
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10AM-5PM: Sumner Holiday Bazaar starts at 10AM and Lutefisk Dinner starts at Noon with lefse, meatballs and all the trimmings at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Sumner at 245 Valley Avenue in Sumner, WA 98390. Call for more info: 253-863-1142. Adults are $20.00 (Meatball with no fish dinner is $15); children (10 & under), $10.00. email@example.com or 253-863-1142
SOLD OUT! Sunday, November 9, 2014, reserved seatings at 12 Noon, 2PM, 4PM, and 6 PM: Annual Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner at Grieg Lodge 2-015, Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Avenue, Portland OR 97232. Seating is limited and last year’s dinner sold out early. Price is $24 for adults, $10 children 5-12, and under 5 free. Lutefisk, meatballs, boiled potatoes with cream gravy, coleslaw, homemade lefse, cranberry relish, prune pudding, coffee/tea. Ignore the risk – try lutefisk! Tickets on sale now and advance reservations REQUIRED. Tickets available at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=norse
Don’t miss the Grieg Lodge scholarship sale & bucket raffle! Shop in the Ballroom on Lutefisk Sunday. Choose from a variety of new & gently used items with a Nordic twist, also creations made by the artists of the lodge and other wonderful raffle prizes. All proceeds from the sale & bucket raffle benefit the Grieg Lodge Scholarship Fund. Information and ticketing – Jennifer Jardee-Borquist 503-939-7190. Info submitted by Jamie Maier
Friday-Saturday, November 14, 10AM-4PM- November 15, 2014, 10AM-6PM: Normanna Lodge 2-003s Scandinavian Festival with Bake sale at Normanna Hall, 2725 Oakes, Everett, WA 98201. Traditional Norwegian Cod and Meatball dinner on Saturday only from 4PM-6PM for only $14! Scandinavian gifts and crafts, linens, books, decorative items, sweaters, jewelry and dishes, and delicious bake sale. Our own pickled herring and fresh potato lefse for sale, too! A luncheon is served each day from 11AM-1:30PM, featuring the goodies we all love. Lots of music and raffles during the day! For more info call the lodge number at 425.252.0291. Admission is free! Info submitted by JoAnn Molver
Friday-Saturday, November 14-15, 2014, 9:30AM- 4:00 PM: Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community 2014 Holiday Bazaar in the Chapel Area. 1301 N Highlands Pkwy, Tacoma, WA 98406 Contact: Rodi Kolba 253 284 7525 Programming Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or Colleen Clark 253 756 7581
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10AM-4PM: 15th Annual Scandinavian Fair in Bellingham hosted by Nellie Gerdrum Lodge # 41, Daughters of Norway. Scandinavian Bakery and Café with lunch available all day, Nordic Gifts and Crafts, Entertainment, Hourly Prize Drawing at Hampton Inn's Fox Hall, 3985 Bennett Drive, Bellingham, WA. Take I-5 Exit 258 then west on Bakerview. Admission $1.00, age 12 and under free. It is recommended that guests arrive early to get the best selection of bakery goods, that includes lefse, Scandinavian holiday breads, cookies, cakes, and kransekake. Some people come the day before the Fair, and stay at the Hampton Inn in order to be there early! For more info contact: 360-592-4065. Submitted by Ellen Hinds
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10AM-4PM: Christmas in Telemark - Scandinavian Holiday Festival. Sponsored by the Sons of Norway Cascade Lodge 2-087. Issaquah Senior Center, 75 NE Creek Way, Issaquah, WA 98027. www.ScandinavianFestivals.com Join us for this fun community festival featuring Scandinavian arts and crafts vendors, bake sale, Swedish pancakes, lefse (both traditional and gluten-free), folk costumes, traditional foods, kransekake raffles, live music, entertainment, activities for children all day, children’s Santa Lucia program at 2 pm followed by an enchanting performance of the Musa Visa (Mouse Dance). Interested children and adults will be invited to join the fun and dancing. Bring the whole family! Free admission. Contact: Leiann Ronnestad, Festival Coordinator 425-313-0193, email: Info@BarneFoundation.com
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10AM–2PM: Solveig Lodge # 31, Daughters of Norway presents Bit of Norway 2014 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (S. 168th & Ambaum Blvd S. in Burien, Washington, One Block East of 1st Ave. S.) Norwegian Heritage with cooking demonstrations, Bazaar Items and Bakery, Kaffestue (Coffee Shop). For information: Eleanor, 206-243-8020 VELKOMMEN!
Saturday, November 15, 2014, seatings at 4PM or 7PM: Anchorage’s Lutefisk and Lefse Dinner (and those tasty meatballs too!) at Bernt Balchen Lodge 2-046, Viking Hall, 8141 Briarwood St, Anchorage, AK 99518. Dancing at 7 PM. Adults, $25 (non-members $30); ages 12-16, $12; ages 5-11, $5; ages 4 and under free. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Viking Hall at 907.349.1613. For further info, contact Tom Falskow at email@example.com
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 9AM-3PM: Sonja Lodge 2-038 Daughters of Sonja annual Holiday Faire/Christmas Bazaar in Eugene, Oregon. Serving a light lunch of yellow split pea soup, open faced sandwiches and assorted desserts include pies and cake. We also have a bake sale, many Christmas and gift items. Lefse and krumkake demos, too! Sons of Norway Lodge, 710 McKinley St. Eugene, Oregon.
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10AM-3PM: Scandinavian Bazaar and Pea Soup Luncheon at Breidablik Lodge 2-027, located at 224 Catlin St, Kelso, WA 98626. We feature delicious lefse, selections of sandbakels, fattigman, krumkake, rosettes, and delicious specialty breads and Scandinavian treats. A variety of vendors offer Scandinavian wood carvings, traditional lefse making supplies and other Norwegian gift items, Swedish weaving pieces, arts and crafts, and much more. Our famous Pea Soup luncheon and ham sandwiches will be available during the bazaar. And don't forget to get your yummy slice of home made pie and coffee for dessert! Featuring lemon meringue, pecan, apple, peach, sour cream raisin, and other tasty favorites. Vendors can procure their tables by contacting Kay at 360-425-9437 or firstname.lastname@example.org Lutefisk dinner tickets are available at the bazaar.
Sunday, November 16, 2014, Seatings: 1PM, 1:45PM, 2:30PM, 3:15PM, 4PM, 4:45PM, and 5:30PM: Lutefisk Dinner, Columbia Lodge: 2-058 at 2400 Grant St., Vancouver, WA. Tickets: $20 Reservations Required. Tickets on sale starting Oct. 1, 2014. For tickets and reservations call: 360 573-3061 or 360 896-4369. Submitted by Nyla Cauble
Saturday and Sunday, November 22-November 23, 2014,10AM-5PM: Get a head start on your holiday shopping while immersing yourself in Nordic Christmas traditions at the 37th annual Yulefest at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard. The festival presents food, music, and craft holiday traditions of the Nordic countries. Authentic specialty treats will available throughout the museum, including open-face Scandinavian sandwiches at the Nordic Café; krumkake and lefse in the Kaffestuga; and, in the Bodega, glögg and a selection of Nordic beers. Additionally, Goodies-to-Go will offer Nordic treats for take-home purchase, perfect for holiday get-togethers. Scandinavian fiddlers, singers, and folk dancers will bring Nordic culture to life, performing on stages throughout the Museum. Young and old alike can enjoy free holiday-inspired crafts, activities, and pictures with Santa.Find the perfect present for each person on your holiday shopping list by perusing the Nordic-inspired wares of more than 40 merchants. Items available will range from locally hand-made items to Nordic-inspired gifts to goods imported directly from Scandinavia, including traditional and contemporary jewelry, high-quality woodworking, hand-woven rugs, woolen sweaters, and much more. Nordic heritage Museum, 3014 NW 57th Street, Seattle WA 98107.
Sunday, November 23, 2014, seatings at 2PM, 4PM, 6PM: Grays Harbor Lodge 2-004 annual Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner at the Sons of Norway Hall, 717 Randall, Aberdeen WA. Menu includes lutefisk, meatballs and gravy, coleslaw, potatoes, carrots, white sauce and melted butter, lefse, beverages, and Scandinavian cookies for dessert. Price per person TBD, children under 6, free. Reservations needed by calling Dixie at 360-533-2827 or Leif at 360-533-1027.Submitted by Karla Johnson.
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 5:30PM: Columbia Basin Lodge 2-080 Lutefisk dinner at Block 40, Moses Lake, WA. Contact Janet Needham <email@example.com> for more information and directions.
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 12 Noon-6PM: Bothell Lodge 2-106 annual family style lutefisk and meatball dinner with boiled potatoes, lefse, coleslaw, ice cream for dessert, and a beverage. Free parking! Sons of Norway Hall, 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell, WA 98021. No reservations required and you can buy your tickets at the door! Tickets for adults are $22; children ages 6-12 are $6, and children 5 and younger are free! Free parking. For more info call the lodge number at 425.485.9085 or check out Bothell’s website www.bothellsonsofnorway.org submitted by Rita Mallick,
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 10AM-4PM followed by Julefest celebration from 4PM-6PM: Poulsbo Lodge 2-044, Sons of Norway, Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar from 10AM-4PM and Julefest celebration on the historic Poulsbo waterfront. Pea soup and Viking Dogs will be served. Lefse will be made on the spot to purchase. Baked goods booth, arts, crafts, and gifts. Folkdancing by Poulsbo Leikarringen and singing by Vestre Sund Mannskor. Horse and wagon rides on the parkway. At 4PM the Julefest activity starts and will include the Lucia bride arriving by water with the Vikings. Christmas tree lighting by Miss Poulsbo. Music by Vestre Sund Mannskor and North Kitsap High School band and choir. Dancing around the Christmas tree. Vikings escort Lucia bride to the park. Lighting of the bonfire. Santa Claus arrives to close the night! Hot chocolate, hot cider, hot dogs for sale. Public welcome! Grieg Hall, 18891 Front St. NE, Poulsbo WA 360.779.5209. Submitted by Barbara Mitchusson
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 12noon-6PM: Lutefisk at The Farmhouse Restaurant, 13724 LaConner-Whitney Rd., Mt. Vernon, WA, phone 360-466-4411. "One of Washington's largest Scandinavian Smorgasbords. Featuring lutefisk, fiskeboller, fiskekaker, Swedish meatballs, baked ham, komla, pickled herring, poached salmon, smoked salmon, rice pudding, salads, flatbread, lefse, Scandinavian cookies and much more." $33.95 for Adults $30.95 for Seniors (60 plus) $10.95 for Kids ( under 12) Nordic Music by accordion trio Leif, Lena & Lars 2:30-6pm. For more info: Terry Brazas firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, December 14, 2014, 12:00-6:00 PM. Lutefisk at The Farmhouse Restaurant, 13724 LaConner-Whitney Rd., Mt. Vernon, WA, phone 360-466-4411. "One of Washington's largest Scandinavian Smorgasbords. Featuring lutefisk, fiskeboller, fiskekaker, Swedish meatballs, baked ham, komla, pickled herring, poached salmon, smoked salmon, rice pudding, salads, flatbread, lefse, Scandinavian cookies and more. $31.95 for Adults $28.95 for Seniors (60 plus) $10.95 for Kids (12 and under) Nordic Music by accordion trio Leif, Lena & Lars 2:30-6pm. For more info: Terry Brazas email@example.com
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6 pm social hour and 6:30 dinner: Swedish Club serves lutfisk and meatball dinner during Happy Hour. This year, our chefs will be selected Norwegian chefs from Ballard. Enjoy Swedish or Norwegian style accompaniments. $25 if you buy your ticket before Wednesday, Dec. 17, $30 for late RSVPs or at the door. 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, 206-283-1090. See our website to buy tickets. Info provided by Kristine Leander, Executive Director, Swedish Club
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Sunday, January 11, 2015, Seatings at 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00PM, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30 and 4:00 pm. Breidablik Lodge 2-027 located at 224 Catlin St, Kelso, WA 98626, will hold their annual family-style Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner. The meal includes Lutefisk (of course) meatballs and gravy, boiled potatoes, green beans, home-made cole slaw, lefse, rye bread and Scandinavian cookies for dessert. Purchase your tickets for a specific seating time by calling Larry at 360-575-1385 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org Adult tickets are $23 and children 12 and under is $8 for our all-you-can eat Norwegian Lutefisk meal. Tickets sell out quickly so call early to reserve your meal time. Submitted by Kay Koski, Editor/Publicity
Saturday, January 24, 2015, reserved seating starting at (times may be subject to change) 4:00, 4:45, 5:30, 6:15, & 7:00pm. Sunday, January 25, 2015, reserved seating at 12 noon, 1:00, 2:00, 4:00, 5:00 & 6:00pm: Annual Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner at Sonja Lodge 2-038, 710 McKinley, Eugene, OR. Price is $TBD for adults, $TBD for children 5-11, and under 5 $TBD Menu includes lutefisk, meatballs, white sauce & melted butter, home-made coleslaw, lefse, flatbread, dessert! Tickets sell out quickly so call early and reserve your meal time. For reservations and information call Celia at 541- 337-6689 (CeliaLechnyr@aol.com). Handicapped access parking available.
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 12 Noon-5PM: Poulsbo Lodge 2-044 Lutefisk dinner with lefse, Swedish meatballs w/gravy, potatoes, carrots, cole slaw, ice cream, and coffee and/or water for beverage. Tickets are $23 for adults, children under 10 are $10. Grieg Hall, 18891 Front St. NE, Poulsbo WA. For more info call the lodge at 360-779-5209. Info submitted by Barbara Mitchusson
Looking for a good Scandinavian comedy to catch next weekend? The kind folks at the Seattle International Film Festival have provided us with one more set of tickets to give away to NorskSeattle readers. This week's opportunity is for two tickets to the Swedish absurdist comedy The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. This film has been a hit in Sweden and is based on the bestselling novel by Jonas Jonasson. How would you choose to celebrate your 100th birthday? If, after enjoying a long and eventful life, you find yourself in good health but confined to a nursing home as your 100th birthday approaches, perhaps you would consider doing as the title character in this film, and take off on a wild adventure.
To enter the drawing for these tickets, respond to email@example.com by 5 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday, May 29th with the name of one place in Scandinavia that you would like to see (or see again) before you turn 100 years old (or before your next birthday for those of you over 100 already)!
Also keep in mind that the folks from SIFF have also provided NorskSeattle readers with a discount code for use on Nordic films showing this year at the festival. Discount code EURUS2014 should provide a $2.00 discount when purchasing tickets to their Nordic films online,
Thanks to the folks at the Seattle International Film Festival, we are happy to announce our next movie ticket giveaway. Up this time are two tickets to the May 29th showing of the drama The Sleepwalker, Norwegian director Mona Fastvold's debut feature length film. The film is shot in the U.S. and is in English. The music for the film was composed by Norwegians Sondre Lerche and Kato Ådland.
For a chance to win this week's giveaway, respond to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the name of your favorite Norwegian singer (or band) and why, by Monday, May 26th at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name with your e-mail.
Discount Code: the folks from the Seattle International Film Festival have also provided our readers with a discount code for Nordic films. Code EURUS2014 should provide a $2.00 discount when purchasing tickets to their Nordic films online, but please note that it does not seem to work for the movie The Sleepwalker.
Congratulations to Jenna H., winner of yesterday's movie ticket giveaway! Jenna's favorite Norwegian film is Max Manus - a great film!
The Seattle International Film Festival has a terrific track-record for including a variety of Scandinavian films in their festival line-up each year. This year, not only are they offering several Norwegian films, they are also offering a couple of ticket give-aways and a promo code for our NorskSeattle readers! Here's the scoop:
Check back soon for our next give away: two tickets to the 5/29 screening of The Sleepwalker.