Category Archives: 2014

Orienteering informational program at Nordic Hall on Saturday March 15th

On Saturday March 15th, Bob Forgrave, President of the Cascade Orienteering Club, will be on Whidbey Island to tell us all about Orienteering and how we can get involved in this popular outdoor adventure sport.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Nordic Hall, which is located at 63 Jacobs Rd. in Coupeville.* A short business meeting of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge will precede the program.  All are welcome and families and young folks are especially encouraged to come and hear what Bob has to say.

compass 3Orienteering  involves walking or running while navigating around a course using a detailed map and a compass. The aim is to navigate in sequence between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.  Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds. It’s a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors.  It’s a sport for the whole family!

* Jacobs Rd is a right turn off Highway 20 about one mile south of the intersection of Highway 20 and Main St. in Coupeville.

Author to give talk about an almost forgotten piece of history

LHuntOn March 6th, Linda Lawrence Hunt,  Ph.D. , author of Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America, will be presenting this story  about the incredible walk from Spokane to New York City in 1896 made by  Norwegian immigrants Helga Estby & her daughter Clara to save their family farm, and her own journey in uncovering this almost forgotten important piece of history.

Bold Spirit is based on Hunt’s dissertation and was first published in 2003 by the University of Idaho Press and then by Anchor Books in 2005. It has been honored with the 2004 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the Willa Cather Literary Award, and the Washington State Book Award.

This program has been arranged for by the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge and the Coupeville Public Library.

7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 6th.  Nordic Hall,  63 Jacobs Rd., Coupeville.  The Jacobs Road  is a right turn off Highway 20 about one mile south of  the intersection of Highway 20 & Main in Coupeville.

Norwegian conversation and coffee

A Norsk Kaffe Tid!  Come practice your Norwegian conversational skills in a comfortable and safe environment.  This group, facilitated by a native-Norwegian-speaking member of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge, is now meeting on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 10:00am to 11:30am.   Varying levels of skill in speaking solely in Norwegian are acceptable.  Lodge membership is not required.  Attendance is free of charge, but donations for coffee and use of building will be appreciated.  Nordic Hall, 63 Jacobs Rd., Coupeville.

The Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge hopes to offer additional language learning opportunities in the future.   Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, and Swedish speaking individuals, as well as those who speak Norwegian, are encouraged to contact the Nordic Lodge at if they would like to discuss these possibilities.