Memorial Day activities in Coupeville once again honored our military men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country, while providing a festive and fun day for all those who attended.
Amongst the 72 or so Memorial Day Parade entries was, of course, our Nordic Lodge Troll Vogn! And Liz Berg reported in that the Troll Vogn and crew were resplendent in this year’s parade. Captain Dick Johnson steered magnificently through the rough seas of Main and Front Streets and First Mate Cherie Iverson handled the distribution of the provisions [THE CANDY] with great efficiency. Unfortunately, all the candy stowed on board was still not enough. “Mateys“, says Liz, “we’ll need more next year!”
The Troll crew was garbed in the classic Nordic colors and hoisted their flags with great vigor; the barneleikaringen danced with great abandon; and one Lodge member kept all in great merriment with her Norwegian anti-rain dance. [And it worked!]
Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of aquavit was apparently all they lacked. Maybe next year?
Nineteen years ago, Martha Jaszkowski (now 84 years old), found herself flat on her back following some surgery and needing something to do, took up the craft known as Hardanger embroidery. Today she likes to show others what she’s accomplished over the years and talk about the craft – and recently she did just that for several of our Nordic Lodge members!
Although this style of embroidery had its beginnings in ancient Persia and Asia, by 1700 variations of it had spread into Italy, then northern Europe, and finally, into Scandinavia. Between 1650 – 1850, it flourished in Norway, and took on the name Hardangersom (work from the Hardanger fjord area). Traditional Hardanger embroidery is very geometrical in form – using combinations of several basic shapes such as squares, rectangles, triangles, diamonds, hearts – and involves counted thread stitches, drawn thread work and some pulled thread embroidery. Traditionally the work was carried out on white fabrics as fine as 50 threads to the inch using white thread, but coarser fabrics and coloured threads are often used today.
In recogniton of her contributions of time, energy and Norsk wisdom to nearly all activities of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge in 2010, Ingri Johnson has received the Lodge’s 2010 President’s Award.
The leadership roles Ingri assumed during 2010 include being Chairperson of the planning committees for Syttende Mai, Julefest and the annual Bake Sale. Ingri also cheerfully provided refreshments for every Board meeting , baked for various Lodge events, mended bunads, called to check on the welfare of members, trekked alongside the Troll Vogn in the Island County Fair Parade, and still had the energy to be one of the first on her feet to dance around the Christmas tree at the Lodge’s Julefest!
Thank you Ingri for your many acts of generosity, kindness and compassion that uplift and nourish your fellow lodge members!
Presiding at the January 15th Lodge meeting to officially install Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge officers for 2011 was Ted Fosberg, Past International President of the Sons of Norway.
The line-up looks a little different this year; Dick Johnson is again Nordic Lodge President for 2011, and Sid Iverson the Treasurer, but Olof Sander takes over as Lodge Vice President for 2011, Pete Berg as Counselor, and Emilly McCormick as Lodge Secretary. Emilly has also assumed the Director position of the new Cultural Committee. Sid Iverson and Pete Berg will also continue in their positions as Trustee, as will Cherie Iverson.
Assuming new support positions for 2011 are: Maurice Aasland and Les McCormick, as Greeters. Continuing in last year’s support positions are: Maurice Aasland, Marshal; Pete Berg, Sports Director; Joan Gerteis, Publicity Director; Joy Iverson, Newsletter Editor; Dick Johnson, Program Coordinator & Historian; Ingri Johnson, Social Director; Emilly & Les McCormick, Sunshine Committee; Chuck Stone, Greeter.
Liz Berg was Acting Marshall for this Installation of Officers.
For those who simply love subtitles and the flavor of language, there are lots of ‘local’ opportunities this month to take in a wonderful selection of Scandinavian films!
Here on Whidbey Island our Nordic Lodge is partnering with the Oak Harbor Public Library and offering a showing of 3 Scandinavian films on Saturday, January 22nd, in Oak Harbor – Troubled Water, Fjols til Fjells, and Mother of Mine.
In Seattle beginning Friday, January 7th, at the 3 day long Nordic Lights Film Festival (a partnership between the Nordic Heritage Museum and the Seattle International Film Festival) there will be a showing of some 25 or so contemporary, award-winning feature-length and short films from Scandinavia – including Troubled Water.
Last, though not part of a film festival, the Clyde Theater in Langley (here on Whidbey) is showing a Swedish film (with English subtitles) – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest January 14-17. The Clyde is also offering a free showing of Millennium: The Story, a documentary about Stieg Larsson, the author of the book on which this film is based and the last of a trilogy of books and films.
Whidbey’s Scandinavian Film Fest is free and open to the public.