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.

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.