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   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.

Veteran’s Appreciation Night at the Nordic Hall on Friday Nov. 10th

Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge members are having a special celebration to honor our Veterans  on Friday, November 10th.   The canteen will open at 5:30 pm – with chili, corn bread and dessert on the menu.   This event is open to the public and is free to both active duty military and veterans.   A $5.00 donation will be appreciated  from all others.  The meal will be followed by a program of tribute to our military veterans which will include a talk by former base commander Mike Nortier.

The Hurtigruten : a true adventure!

fram hurtigruten (2)Members of the Seattle staff of the Hurtigruten Cruise Ship Line will appear at the Nordic Lodge’s October 21st meeting. They will make a presentation on the Hurtigruten cruise along the coast of Norway. Passengers experience Norway’s beautiful fjords, charming ports, and rare wildlife under the midnight sun or the spectacular northern lights. Those of you who have not taken this voyage will have an opportunity to experience it vicariously. For those of you who have taken the cruise it will be an opportunity to reconnect with wonderful memories. The cruise travels along the Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkiness, with stops at many small ports and cities along the way.  This is a presentation not to be missed!   The program will begin at 11:00am following short announcements & introductions.   It will be followed by a light lunch, for which a small donation will be requested.

The Nordic Lodge’s Viking Long Ship


Viking Ship at the Whidbey Island Fair

The Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge’s Viking Long Ship float, built by Lodge member Brian Petersen, made its first public appearance at the Fourth of July parade in Oak Harbor this summer and has been really getting around since then.  It appeared again in the Whidbey Island Fair annual parade in Langley on Saturday, July  22nd, and then again at the Farmer’s Market in Coupeville on August 26th, at the Oak Harbor Farmer’s Market on August 31st, and the Bayview Market on Sept 9th. Upcoming appearances are planned on October 7th at the Coupeville Market, and on Dec 2nd in the Greening of Coupeville Parade.

Brian says that he is very happy and proud to have been able to research and construct this symbol of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge.  He sees the float as a way to inform the public that there is a Nordic Lodge on Whidbey Island and to give the Lodge recognition within the community.  Brian  hopes that the exposure will also aid in increased membership.

Brian’s idea to build this Viking Long Ship was based on the fact that a Viking boat is a very recognizable Nordic symbol. He started by looking on the internet for pictures and plans for Viking boats.    He was finally able to track a boat down at the Nordic Lodge in Portland, Oregon.  Accompanied by enthusiastic Lodge member Dick Johnson, Brian made a trip down to Oregon  to see and photograph their ship.  He was also able to obtain a copy of the plans for their boat (such as they were). This gave him his starting point;  construction of his Viking Long ship began  on a resurrected boat trailer and with the newly acquired plans, a large cardboard box, and no idea of what he was getting into.

It turned out that the plans obtained were originally that of a ship conceived and built in Great Falls, MT as a one-third scale model of a Viking ship.  Brian reduced this scale even further to end up with a boat that is 16 1/2 feet long with a beam of 6 feet. It is entirely screwed together and is one unit in that the trailer base is part of the boat.

During construction, Brian was forced to improvise in places as the plans in hand were not entirely accurate.  “This is what builds character” he says.  “I believe the effort was worth it because the float will advertise the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge to our surrounding community.”

Brian’s hope is that this Viking Long Ship will be used and enjoyed by the Lodge membership for  many years to come.

Hardanger fiddle concert… and more!

On Saturday, June 10th, beginning at 3pm, the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge and the Daughters of Norway Ester Moe Lodge will host Lynn Berg, prize-winning Hardanger fiddle maker, and Rachel Nesvig, extraordinary violinist and Hardanger fiddle performer.  Lynn will display his fiddles and fiddle-making process; Rachel will play Norwegian music on the instruments.  Both will be wearing Norwegian bunads, traditional attire of Norway.

hardangerScrollLynnBergThe ornate Hardanger fiddle is considered the national instrument of Norway. Its haunting sound ] is produced by vibrating drone strings.  Lynn, a graduate of PLU in 1964, became interested in making an ethnic Norwegian folk instrument, the Hardanger fiddle, 25 years ago. He is the only American to win medals (three) in the Norwegian National Instrument-Making competition. He enjoys restoring antique Hardanger fiddles and has restored many historic instruments.     More information about Lynn’s fiddle-making and the hardingfele may be found on his website at


Rachel has been playing the Hardanger Fiddle since high school and was the first student at St. Olaf College to receive Distinction in Hardanger Fiddle in 2007. She has studied fiddle both in the US and in Norway and has taught the beginning Hardanger Fiddle course at the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America’s Annual Workshop.   Currently Rachel spends her week days teaching orchestra in the Edmonds School District  and her evenings playing the violin with the Tacoma Symphony, Yakima Symphony, Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, and other community groups.

This event is free and open to the public, but donations will be graciously accepted.

The Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge is located at 63 Jacobs Rd.,  a right turn about one mile south of the stoplight at the intersection of Highway 525 and North Main in Coupeville.