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The Nordiska Folkdancers of Seattle will present a performance of traditional dances and music of Scandinavia – Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland – at the monthly Nordic Lodge Meeting on February 17th. Included will be gammaldans (dances common to many regions, such as waltz, polka, etc.) and bygdedans (regional dances, specific to an area or even a single community), all expressions of living traditions which have been evolving for centuries.
Over Nordiska’s 60 years, the group has performed for visiting Swedish, Norwegian and Danish royalty; in concert with illustrious musicians from Scandinavia, such as Gunnar Hahn and Sigbjørn Bernhoft Osa; at special events such as Skandia Midsommarfest, Vasa Park’s Midsommarfest, Ethnic Heritage Council’s Worldfest and Winterfest, Northwest Folklife Festival, UW’s Lucia Fest, Nordic Heritage Museum’s Yulefest and Tivoli festival, Swedish Sesquincentennial programs, Gordon Tracie Music Library events, the Greig Festival, Son’s of Norway, Swedish Club, and Danish Community events; as part of SeaFair’s “Peer Gynt,” Mountaineers’ plays and local orchestra and folk music programs; in community outreach performances at churches, retirement homes, parades.
For more information about this group, visit their website at https://nordiska.weebly.com/. Photo above has been made available courtesy of the Nordiska Folkdancers.
A brief business meeting will precede the performance, which will begin at 12:00 noon. A $10 donation is requested.
The 2018 reading list for the Nordic Lodge’s Bok Klub has been selected! It’s a diverse and interesting list, with something to appeal to just about everyone’s taste. This year’s selections span varied genres – fiction and non-fiction; historical, current day and futuristic stories; crime mysteries and lighter fiction; Vikingtales and history. Through these stories participants will travel the globe from occupied Norway during WWII, Sweden, England, China, Africa, even Minnesota!
Bok Klub meets the second Thursday of the month, ten times a year (taking off the months of July and August), at 1:30 p.m. All members and guests are welcome. The Bok Klub’s goal is to expose participants to a variety of books which are either written by Nordic authors or which pertain in some way to Nordic culture. Books are discussed in a casual manner. The discussions are informal, lively and always friendly! Consider joining us to discuss this year’s titles!
Newly-elected Lodge officers will be installed at the upcoming General Lodge meeting on January 20th. Doing the honors will be Doug Warne, former president of Leif Erikson Lodge, host of the weekly Scandinavian Hour for 58 years and the recent recipient of the St. Olav Medal awarded by King Harald V of Norway for Doug’s distinguished service to Norway.
In addition to the installation of new officers, Camille Richey, a second-year PhD student in the Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington will give a presentation about Finnish painter, Aksell Gallen-Kallela and his important contribution to the construction of the Finnish identity.
A lunch of “frikadeller” red cabbage and potatoes will be served following the program. A $7.00 donation will be appreciated from those wishing to stay for the lunch.