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.

Nordic Lodge Celebrates!

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The celebration on Saturday May 19th is a special one for Whidbey Nordic Lodge members! Along with celebrating Syttende Mai (17th of May), Norway’s Constitution Day, it will be celebrating its own 17th birthday and the opening of the new Nordic Museum in Ballard.

Festivities will begin at Noon with a lunch and highlighted by Erik Pihl, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Museum.   Erik will tell us all about their grand opening on May 5th – and more!  

A donation of $10 for lunch will be appreciated. RSVP to  the Nordic Lodge at: whidbeyislandnordiclodge@gmail.com

Danish Troubadour to perform at Nordic Hall March 17th

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 DONATION OF $10 REQUESTED FOR THE PROGRAM.   LUNCH TICKETS ARE $7.                                                                                                          

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JAZZ BAND CONCERT FRIDAY MARCH 2nd

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The Nordiska Folkdancers of Seattle to perform at Whidbey’s Nordic Hall

Norkiska imageThe Nordiska Folkdancers of Seattle will present a performance of traditional dances and music of Scandinavia – Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland –  at the monthly Nordic Lodge Meeting on February 17th.  Included will be gammaldans (dances common to many regions, such as waltz, polka, etc.) and bygdedans (regional dances, specific to an area or even a single community), all expressions of living traditions which have been evolving for centuries.

Over Nordiska’s 60 years, the group has performed for visiting Swedish, Norwegian and Danish royalty; in concert with illustrious musicians from Scandinavia, such as Gunnar Hahn and Sigbjørn Bernhoft Osa; at special events such as Skandia Midsommarfest, Vasa Park’s Midsommarfest, Ethnic Heritage Council’s Worldfest and Winterfest, Northwest Folklife Festival, UW’s Lucia Fest, Nordic Heritage Museum’s Yulefest and Tivoli festival, Swedish Sesquincentennial programs, Gordon Tracie Music Library events, the Greig Festival, Son’s of Norway, Swedish Club, and Danish Community events; as part of SeaFair’s “Peer Gynt,” Mountaineers’ plays and local orchestra and folk music programs; in community outreach performances at churches, retirement homes, parades.

For more information about this group, visit their website at https://nordiska.weebly.com/.   Photo above has been made available  courtesy of the Nordiska Folkdancers.

A brief business meeting will precede the performance, which will begin at 12:00 noon.  A $10 donation is requested.

 

Nordic Book Discussion Group selects its reading adventures for 2018

The 2018 reading list for the Nordic Lodge’s Bok Klub has been selected!  It’s a diverse and interesting list, with something to appeal to just about everyone’s taste. This year’s selections span varied genres – fiction and non-fiction; historical, current day and futuristic stories; crime mysteries and lighter fiction; Vikingtales and history. Through these stories participants will travel the globe from occupied Norway during WWII, Sweden, England, China, Africa, even Minnesota!

moon is down history of bees land of dreams
girl who saved the kingfar travelerunit
beartown i-m-travelling-alone ship in the hill

Bok Klub meets the second Thursday of the month, ten times a year (taking off the months of July and August), at 1:30 p.m. All members and guests are welcome. The Bok Klub’s goal is to expose participants to a variety of books which are either written by Nordic authors or which pertain in some way to Nordic culture. Books are discussed in a casual manner. The discussions are informal, lively and always friendly! Consider joining us to discuss this year’s titles!

Newly-elected Lodge officers to be installed at January 2018 meeting

Newly-elected Lodge officers will be installed at the upcoming General Lodge meeting on January 20th.  Doing the honors will be Doug Warne, former president of Leif Erikson Lodge, host of the weekly Scandinavian Hour for 58 years and the recent recipient of the St. Olav Medal awarded by King Harald V of Norway for Doug’s distinguished service to Norway.

In addition to the installation of new officers, Camille Richey, a second-year PhD student in the Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington  will give a presentation about Finnish painter, Aksell Gallen-Kallela and his important contribution to the construction of the Finnish identity.

A lunch of “frikadeller” red cabbage and potatoes will be served following the program. A $7.00 donation will be appreciated from those wishing to stay for the lunch.