Category Archives: 2012


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New Nordic Lodge construction well under way

jse_IMG_1123Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge’s new building is expected to be fully enclosed by the end of this month.   Last week the trusses for the roof were put in place and this wejse_074ek  the roof is going on and the windows going  in.  Members will have much to celebrate at its upcoming Julefest in addition to the holiday season itself.

Lodge members Dick Johnson and Maurice Aasland are on the site daily, overseeing the work being done, bejse_078ing present for inspections etc.  Lodge construction is expected to be completed by mid-2013.  More information about this project can be found in the  Whidbey News-Times article Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge finds place to call home, published in early November.

Nordic Boatbuilder Jay Smith will be speaker at November 17th Lodge meeting

F. Jay Smith,  Boatbuilder in the Norwegian Tradition, will be the featured speaker at the Nordic Lodge meeting on November 17th at 10am, at the Coupeville Rec Hall. His talk will be: “The Boats of Western Norway 800-1800AD: A Short History”.

Jay is the owner of the Aspoya Boat Shop in Anacortes where he is presently building a 56′ replica of a Viking ship.   Jay went to Norway in the 1970’s as a student where he became enamored of Nordic culture. After college he returned to Norway where he worked in a boatyard and studied Nordic boatbuilding under a master.  Jay has continued to build boats for over 30 years. The ship under construction at present is a replica of a Norwegian Viking ship built at Sognefjord in the 11th C. AD.

Jay is a fascinating speaker, well versed in Viking history. This is a meeting not to be missed!  The general public is invited to attend.

Lodge begins construction of its new home

Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge members gathered together on Thursday September 20th to celebrate the breaking of ground for its new building on Jacobs Rd. just south of Coupeville.

Funding for this major project was gifted to the Lodge by member Fritz Cornell upon his death.   Fritz died of leukemia on Dec 16, 2008. He was born in Norway on September 20, 1927, and immigrated to the United States in 1947.

Building construction is expected to be completed in 2013 and members look forward to their Nordic Lodge building being a place where all Whidbey Islanders of Scandinavian heritage can celebrate that heritage. Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge was instituted on May 19, 2001, with 87 initial charter members representing all the Nordic countries.

Scandinavian Folk Dancing and Singing with The Young Skandia Dansers

A new group has formed this Fall and is now meeting after school in the Coupeville Elementary School Multi-purpose Gymnasium* on Thursdays from 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  Taught by several new youth instructors, this class will lead to opportunities to dance at local events throughout the year.  Open to  all youth ages 5-16 on Whidbey Island who are interested in  Scandinavian folk dancing & singing!

For more information, please call 360-221-7918 or email Sue Larsen at
*Note: This event/activity is NOT being sponsored by the Coupeville School District and the District assumes no responsibility for the conduct or safety of the event/activity.

Fred Lundahl will speak at Nordic Lodge meeting Saturday, September 15th

The Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge’s Fall line-up of speakers will start on September 15th with a presentation by Fred Lundahl, owner of “Music for the Eyes” specialty shop in Langley.  His topic will be Scandinavian Experiences of an American Scandinavian. As a retired Swedish American US Diplomat who has regularly visited Scandinavia since boyhood, Fred will have many tales to tell!

A short business meeting will precede the program and refreshments will be available.  Lodge monthly meetings are open to anyone interested in things Scandinavian.

10:00 am,   Coupeville Recreation Hall

Lodge celebrates its 11th anniversary!

Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge members and their guests together celebrated their 11th birthday on Saturday, May 12th.   A delicious salmon entree along with a wide variety of Scandinavian side-dishes provided by those attending,  were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Guest speaker Terry Clayton spoke on the commonalities of the Nordic nations.  The talk Terry delivered is available on his website.

The Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge was intituted on May 19th, 2001.  Efforts to form a Lodge on Whidbey Island began in 1999, when Sid Iverson began a campaign to identify and assess the interest of Scandinavians on Whidbey Island in having a lodge.  As a result of Iverson’s efforts, which included the mailing of 750 postcards inviting people with Scandinavian names to informational and organizational meetings,  the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge came into being with 87 initial charter members representing all the Nordic countries.