Apparently, one of the popular pastimes in Scandinavia these days involves gathering around the television to watch Americans stumble through a cultural obstacle course as they get in touch with their Norwegian heritage.
Producers of Alt for Norge (or “The Great Norway Adventure,” as it’s called in the States) recruit American contestants for the show who are of Norwegian descent but who have never previously visited their ancestral homeland. The winners get a monetary reward and an in-person meeting with their “lost” Norwegian relatives.
Two of those former contestants who now have a little farm in the Olympia area – Alf and Lulie Herigstad — are coming to Whidbey Island again to tell us all about their adventures! (They did their first program at a Daughters of Norway meeting earlier this year). Their venue on this 2nd visit will be the Nordic Hall, home of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge.
The program will begin at approximately 10:30am, following a Lodge business meeting that will begin at 10:00am. The program is open to all who are interested in coming. If you missed their first program, be sure to take advantage of this 2nd opportunity!
If you want to know a little more about the Alt for Norge TV program (now in Season 5) before coming to listen to Alf and Lulie, and get an idea of what they went through, several whole episodes of the series are available on YouTube. Just type in “Alt for Norge” in the YouTube search bar.