Category Archives: 2013

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.

Coupeville students to practice their History Day presentations March 5th

On March 5th beginning  at 5pm, Coupeville Middle and High School Students will be practicing their History Day presentations in the community meeting room at the Coupeville Public Library.


Nordic Lodge members hear a little about the planned presentations at their recent monthly meeting – from two participatingjsw_k.t students.

Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events is the theme for this year’s National History Day Competition. Coupeville has five entries this year. Three entries are in the senior division; two are in the junior division. Students are working on the following topics (1) Seabees (2) The deinstitutionalization of mental health facilities and how Service Alternatives created a unique service program for those who would have been previously confined to institutions (3) A labor strike by lumber workers in 1917 that led to significant changes in labor rights (4) D-Day ( 5) The Berlin Wall.

Members of the public are invited to attend this program to support participating students in practicing their presentations – and to learn a little history!

Lodge construction is getting closer to completion– rapidly!

jsw_img_6610Insulation is in, dry wall up and taped.  Interior painting is to be done soon.  As soon as these tasks are completed, installation of flooring in the kitchen and restrooms will begin, and cabinets, sinks, toilets, etc. will be put in place.
The Lodge meeting on February 16th will focus on decisions aboujsw_img_6640t colors & patterns for walls, flooring and counter tops—and looking ahead a bit further, exterior colors.  Committees taking responsibility for Lodge furnishings, landscaping, rental policies, and the dedication ceremony will give reports on their activities.
Members have also beenjsw_img_6702 revisiting their ‘dream’ list for this new Nordic Center and looking at  the activities they hope to extend to others in the community later this year.   Scandinavian dance, music, language-learning opportunities, arts & crafts, baking classes and perhaps even a lutefisk dinner are all possibilities !

Work on new Nordic Lodge building moves indoors

Thjs46_IMG_6391e roof is on and the building totally enclosed! Plumbing and electrical are in place as well as the furnace.   Soon, insulation  and dry wall up will be installed.

Lodge members now have new tasks ahead of them — choosing  colors, flooring, and kitchen counter tops; acquiring  furnishings; putting together a landscaping plan that will enhance the visual appearance of their Lodgejs46_IMG_6456 and blend well with the native plantings their site already provides; formulating rental policies & procedures so that the building can be used by others in the community; and planning a Dedication ceremony.

Building construction is expected to be completed in mid-2013 and members look forward to their Nordic Lodge building being a place where all Whidbey Islanders of Scandinavian heritage can celebrate that heritage.

Knot-tyer Roy Chapman will be the speaker at Lodge’s January 19th meeting

Roy ChapmanThe first part  of Roy’s talk will be “Why Knot?” — covering approximately 500,000 years of knotting history. Knotting and cord work may be one of the oldest tools influencing mankind’s spread around the world and even influencing our physical and mental development.

Roy will then turn to  “What Knot?”.– and talk about  the tasks we have asked knots and cords to do for us and how the development of new needs have led to the development of new knots and cordages.

Roy was born on a small farm in rural upstate New York.  His Grandfather worked the farm nights and on weekends teaching Roy the farm tasks that soon became his daily chores. As the farm work ran down his Grandfather worked rope skills, building his skills around the county. Roy and his Grandfather kept hayloft rigs working for folks who still farmed.  When machine balers came into fashion Roy bought a rope making rig to spin salvaged bailing twine into utility rope. Roy and Grandfather roped the freight elevators in the century old stores and warehouses.

After joining the Boy Scouts, Roy mentored boys in their knots and pioneering projects and became an Assistant Scoutmaster. His cousin, returning from the war, gave him his Navy Manual. Other folks gave him various knotting books, farm bureau pamphlets, fishing knot sheets from line makers and for his 16th birthday a friend gave him a coy of  Clifford W. Ashley’s “The Ashley Book of Knots”. The doors to Roy’s knotting world were opened.

Roy was President of the Pacific America Branch of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. He has published 30 articles in Guild magazines and newsletters and has created knots acknowledged to be his own intellectual property.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Coupeville Recreation Hall and Roy’s talk will  begin at approximately 10:15, after a short business meeting.  The general public is invited to attend.