A wonderful time was had by some 40 Lodge members and their guests at our annual syttende mai (Norwegian Constitution Day) celebration and Lodge birthday party once again this year. Both food and entertainment were fantastic! Lodge member and Shifty Sailor Vern Olsen was there with his accordian and favorite songs, and Whidbey Island’s storyteller Jill Johnson performed an excerpt from her one-woman-show Little, but OH My! , which depicts the story Norwegian-born Berte
Olson – the first woman to skipper a ferry boat on Puget Sound. Before the Deception Pass bridge was completed, Berte and her husband Augie operated two ferry runs between Whidbey, Camano and Fidalgo islands.
A recording of Jill’s performance of Little, but OH My! won an “Honors” designation in the 2006 national Storytelling World.