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The Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge celebrated Julefest in their new Nordic Hall this year! What a party! Wonderful food, music, raffle — and fun! Click on picture to the left to enter the ‘gallery of photos’ and then on any … Continue reading
Lodge President-Elect Barb Wilson enjoying her pancake breakfast
A delicious pancake breakfast preceding the November meeting of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge was the perfect ‘flavor’ to add to a meeting otherwise devoted to nominating and selecting Lodge officers for 2014-2015! Swedish pancakes, fresh berries, sausage, juice & coffee – what a feast! Individuals elected at this meeting – Barb Wilson, President, Ingri Johnson, VP, Jeannene W, Treasurer, and Emilly MacCormick, Secretary – will be installed at the January Lodge meeting.
The Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge is holding an Open House at its new facility, the Fritz Cornell Nordic Hall from 1:00-6:00 pm on Saturday, August 24th.
Lodge members envision their Nordic Hall becoming a Scandinavian cultural center on Whidbey Island. By partnering with other organizations and individuals who also enjoy celebrating their Nordic heritage in some special way, they hope to see this vision become a reality. The Hall also may be rented by other organizations and individuals for their own events & activities on a first-come, first-served basis. Information about renting the Hall may be found under the Hall Rental on this website.
The new Nordic Hall is located at 63 Jacobs Road, a right turn off Highway 20 about one mile south of Coupeville.
Come take a look!
It’s done! A Certificate of Occupancy for the Fritz Cornell Nordic Hall was issued by the Island County on June 6, 2013 and by the month’s end, the new Hall was furnished with tables & lovely upholstered chairs that will seat one hundred persons.
A great round of applause goes especially to Dick Johnson and Maurice Aasland, as without their thousands of hours of effort this building project would never have been even possible. Efforts of many many others have been critical to the completion of building as well. Lodge members and friends have contributed hundreds of hours planning, landscaping, furnishing, and otherwise supporting this major project.
The land on which the Fritz Cornell Nordic Hall has been built was purchased in late 2011. Construction began in September 2012. Funding for this major project was gifted to the Lodge by member Fritz Cornell upon his death. Fritz was born in Norway on September 20, 1927, immigrated to the United States in 1947 and died of leukemia on Dec 16, 2008.
An Open House for the public will be held on Saturday, August 24th, 1:00-6:00pm. All are welcome!
On May 25th, Lodge members and their Troll Vogn once again participated in Coupeville’s annual Memorial Day Parade honoring our Veterans. The parade included veterans, floats, antique cars, tractors, music and much much more. Folks lined the streets nearly the entire length of the parade – down North Main and then along historic Front Street, ending at the Town Park, where a Remembrance Service was held.
Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge’s new building on Jacobs Road in Coupeville is almost complete! Members are now turning their efforts more fully to landscaping, acquiring furnishings for the building, and planning for the months ahead.
An open house will be held in late summer, and the general public will be invited for a grand tour at that time. Within the walls of their new building, Nordic Lodge members will celebrate the culture and traditions of all Nordic countries. Classes & activities with this Nordic focus –- including cooking, language skills, literature, and the arts –- are expected to commence in the late Fall of 2013 and be open to all who are interested. Lodge leaders anticipate that it will take 1-2 years before a full program of activities is truly in place, but they will be nonetheless proud as the first few classes & activities begin.
Lodge members celebrated their 12th Anniversary as well as Syttende Mai on Saturday May 11th with great food and fun. Guest speaker for the event was Shirley Fjoslien, a long-time Seattle area resident of Norwegian Heritage who volunteers for the Nordic Heritage Museum. Shirley delighted everyone with a talk about Scandinavian Influences in the Pacific Northwest that included countless informative facts and tales that peaked everyone’s interest – even other long time Seattle area residents!
Members also said farewell at this celebration to the Coupeville Rec Hall, which has been a regular monthly meeting place for several years.
Beginning in September 2013, the Lodge will hold its monthly meeting and celebrations in their new building located at 63 Jacobs Road, Coupeville.