On February 9th, Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge members again participated in Island County’s annual 4-H Super Saturday event – held this year in Oak Harbor. Two programs were offered by Lodge members – instruction in the traditional Scandinavian craft of weaving paper/felt baskets for decoration & gifts, and dramatic retelling of traditional stories.
The dramatic retelling of a traditional story focused on the Swedish tale about “The Pancake Man”. Ten year old Lodge member Thora Iverson read the story while the 4-H kids acted it out with the stick characters created by Lodge member Cherie Iverson. The story involved a husband and wife , Manny Panny and Goody Poody, four farmyard animals, a chicken, duck, goose, a pig and a pancake who flips himself right out of the pan and out the door creating quite a stir — resulting in a chase that involved everyone above including of course, the pancake man. There were three scenery changes and three acts full of activity and pure fun!
More fun followed at the end of the play when Lodge member Lori Hansen played the traditional Chicken Dance song on her accordion and the kids danced along. The finale – much to the excitement of everyone- was a platter of wonderful silver dollar sized Swedish pancakes served by Lodge member Ingri Johnson.