Lodge members share some Scandinavian traditions with 4-H kids

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  jsw_img_6824about “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.

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