“Alt for Norge” adventure!

At the monthly meeting of Nordic Lodge members on Sept. 21st,  one of our Whidbey Island residents will be sharing her story about appearing in the TV show Alt for Norge .

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Alt for Norge is a Norwegian reality television series which debuted in 2010 and appears on TVNorge . The reality show features Norwegian Americans participating in challenges relating to Norwegian history and culture, competing to win a reunion with their distant Norwegian relatives.

September is a pot-luck lunch meeting, so be sure to bring a favorite dish. Meeting starts at 11:00am.

2nd Annual Troll Stroll – June 8th!

Troll Stroll graphicCome one! Come all!  The Nordic Lodge’s annual Troll Stroll is open to everyone, even your dog!   Troll Stroll is a 5K fun run/walk open to all ages. (babies in strollers are welcome as well as your dog!)

Ribbons will be awarded in five different age groups and youngsters who do not receive ribbons will get Certificates of Participation. After the race, each participant will receive some refreshments – Scandinavian fare of course  – heart waffles!  Water will also be provided at the finish line.

Registration at the Nordic Hall begins at 8:00am.  $10 for adults $5 for children 10 & under.  Dogs are are free but they must be kept on a leash.

The Run/Walk  begins at 9:00am.  The Nordic Hall is located at 63 Jacobs Rd,  Coupeville.

 

The Kensington Rune Stone – Medieval Artifact or Hoax

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At the monthly meeting of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge on Saturday April 20th, Ted Fosberg, a long time Sons of Norway member, will  share the history of the Kensington Rune Stone which was discovered in Western Minnesota in 1898.  He will discuss its discovery, studies to assess authenticity, and conclusions drawn.  The Stone, dated 1362, has sparked much controversy.

Ted, a retired Chemical Engineer, has been active in Sons of Norway since joining in 1974.  He has held many offices including International President 2006 – 2008.  He is presently Cascade Lodge’s Editor, Scholarship Coordinator and Adopt-A-School Coordinator.  In retirement, Ted’s activities include blacksmithing, welding and gardening, and volunteering as a math tutor at a local high school.  He and his wife, Helen Bjorling Fosberg, enjoy baseball and have visited all the major league baseball parks, and Cooperstown.

Nordic Hall, 11:00 a.m.  The public is invited to this program.

 

PBY Memorial Foundation President Wil Shellenberger to give presentation on March 16th at Nordic Hall

PBY-Naval-Air-Museum-Front-600x387There is a Nordic connection with the PBY and PBY Naval Air Museum President, Wil Shellenberger, will give a presentation about that connection at the Saturday, March 16th monthly meeting of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge. He will also provide  information and an update on the progress of their museum building project. The presentation will be followed by a traditional St Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner.

PBY Memorial Association was incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in 1999, and in 2000, the group discussed the potential for a museum, started searching for an airplane to buy, and looked for office space and storage where accumulated memorabilia could be stored.  In 2010 they acquired a PBY and then – from 2011 through 2013 – shifted their focus  to creating many historical exhibits and building the strength of the PBYMF as an organization. During this period, an architectural firm was hired to develop a design for a future hangar-style building for the museum. In 2014 all their artifacts, library and administration were moved to a 4500sf rental property on SE Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor.  In January 2015 their PBY was moved to a vacant lot across the street.

Since then the museum has continued to build a reputation as a top- quality small museum and is now looking to the future.  With the architectural drawings commissioned in 2012 in hand they are still seeking a future site for a new, larger hangar style museum that will allow them to expand the scope of their mission to encompass all Naval Aviation throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Come learn more on March 16th – especially about the Nordic connection with PBY’s! The public is invited to this program.

An optional corned beef & cabbage lunch will be served afterwards for a $10 donation.  RSVP’s please!

A Lutefisk dinner is coming to Whidbey Island in January! Order your tickets now!

Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge will host its first annual Lutefisk Dinner at the Nordic Hall on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 12 noon until 4:00 pm.  The public is invited to participate & enjoy this long-time Scandinavian tradition!

A Lutefisk dinner is very much enjoyed, highly anticipated event, usually served during the Christmas holiday season or during the following month.  Many Lodge members have envisioned hosting such a dinner for a long time and it is hoped that it will become an annual holiday tradition for Whidbey’s Nordic Lodge and for the surrounding community!

In addition to Lutefisk with a traditional butter and white cream sauce,  Swedish meatballs and gravy will be served.  The meal will include potatoes, lefse, a vegetable, dessert and a drink.

Dinner service will be staggered so that you have a choice of seating times during the afternoon — 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, or 3 pm.   Adult admission is $25.  $15 for children ages 5 -12.   All tickets  must be purchased by January 20, 2019. Brown Paper Tickets is handling ticket sales for this event.

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To purchase your tickets by phone call 1-800-838-3006

To order them online, go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com and then, in the “Find an event” search box at the top of the page, type in Lutefisk Coupeville to find our event listing, and order your tickets!

If you have any questions, please call Brian Petersen at 360-678-5197.

The Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge is looking forward to our presentation of this event.  They hope it will be a wonderful experience for you and your friends & family!

Veteran’s Appreciation Chili Supper to be held Friday, Nov 9th at the Nordic Hall

thank you veteransFeatured speaker will be Captain Heidi Piper, former Astronaut.  The ‘Canteen’ will open at 5:30 pm and the program will start at 6:30pm.  The public is welcome to attend this event and express their appreciation to our Veterans!

The meal is free to veterans.  A Donation of $5. is requested from all others.

The Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge hopes to see you there!

A TROLL STROLL! Saturday, August 25th

Troll Stroll graphicIn keeping with some strong Scandinavian traditions — in particular, outdoor activities and trolls, Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge members are sponsoring a 5K Troll Stroll on Saturday, August 25th, at the Nordic Hall, just south of Coupeville.

As you may know, Scandinavians love getting outdoors.  You’ll find them out there every day of the year – walking, skiing, boating or just plain strolling.   They refer to this love of outdoor activity as friluftsliv, which literally translates as “open or free-air living” and was popularized in the 1850s by the Norwegian playwright and poet, Henrik Ibsen, who used the term to describe the value of spending time in remote locations for spiritual and physical well-being.   Today the word is used to broadly describe the connection to nature that is so strong in all Scandinavian cultures.

Scandinavians also love their trolls!  Members of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge would like to think that when they ARE out & about enjoying nature, they might also encounter trolls.  There is, after all, a well-known troll trail in Norway!  (Mt Floyen, Bergen)

The August 25th  Troll Stroll will begin at 9:00 a.m.   The top three participants in each age group will be awarded ribbons.  At the finish line all will enjoy free heart waffles.

Come join in on this fun run/walk/stroll !    $10.00 adult / $5:00 child (10 & under) Dogs are free. (They must be kept on a leash and cleaned-up after). Strollers are OK.  A portion of the proceeds will go to various local charities supported by Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge.

For more information contact: Carla Holderman   (360)-515-6521 or Emilly MacCormick(360)-675-5307.