Category Archives: Celebrations

Nordic Lodge member will be the featured artist in the UUCWI Gallery of Art in March & April

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Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge member Lisbeth Harrje will be the featured artist at the UUCWI Gallery of Art in Freeland during the months of March & April.

Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, Lisbeth Harrje moved to the U.S. in 1967.  Living twenty-three years on the East Coast, Lisbeth pursued a career in nursing, taught Danish, and devoted herself to raising her family. In 1990, she moved to Whidbey Island where the natural beauty of the Puget Sound quickly captured her heart.  This has been home ever since.

Lisbeth says that music and art have fascinated and captivated her as far back as she can remember.  This exhibit features her img_2583
portrait paintings done in pastel & pencil.  She paints mostly from photographs, but sometimes from img_25841memory.  In her portraits she aims to define the nuances in a face, looking for elements of expression that fascinate and engage her.  She especially loves the faces of children and the elderly, finding that “painting children is like capturing a whiff of innocence in danger of slipping away” and “painting older people is like being invited into the journey of the life they have lived.”

Lisbeth’s artwork has found homes in Europe, across the States, and a few are even here on Whidbey Island.

The opening reception for Soft Impressions: Portraits in Pastel & Pencil will be held Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.  Anyone interested in viewing Lisbeth’s work is welcome to attend.

UUCWI  is located approximately 2 miles north of Freeland at 20103 State Route 525 – on the west side of the highway. The gallery is located in the building’s entrance foyer. There are no regular gallery hours but artwork can be viewed by those attending events and meetings in the building. Phone 360-221-2189 for possible special arrangements.

Syttende Mai! Hipp, Hipp, Hurra!

jsw_img_0469One again this year thousands of people will line the streets in Ballard on May 17th to watch more than 100 groups – including marching bands, Norwegian-American lodges, drill team, classic cars and much more —  participate in the annual  Syttende Mai parade. It’s an impressive celebration!

Seattle’s first Seventeenth of May celebrationjsw_img_0418 took place in Seattle in May 1889, before Washington became a state in November and before the Great Seattle Fire in June.   More about the history of Syttende Mai may be found at http://www.17thofmay.org/history/

For more information on this year’s parade and other celebratory activities in Ballard visit http://www.17thofmay.org/events/

Other U.S. cities that celebrate in a similar major way include Brooklyn, New York, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Stoughton, Wisconsin.

“Hipp, Hipp, Hurra!

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Nordic Fest on November 14th!

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Syttende Mai!

Want to know what Syttende Mai is all about and have some fun as well?  If you do, the place to go on the 17th of May this year is Ballard, in Seattle. All the information you need to make the most of the day may be found on the  Seattle’s 17th of May Committee website .

jsw_img_0469Last year, about 20,000 people lined the streets there to watch more than 100 groups – including marching bands, Norwegian-American lodges, drill team, classic cars and much more —  participate in the Syttende Mai parade. It was impressive!

Seattle’s first Seventeenth of May celebrationjsw_img_0418 took place in Seattle in May 1889, before Washington became a state in November and before the Great Seattle Fire in June.   More about the history of Syttende Mai may be found at http://www.17thofmay.org/history/

Other U.S. cities that celebrate in a similar major way include Brooklyn, New York, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Stoughton, Wisconsin.

“Hipp, Hipp, Hurra!

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God jul!

This gallery contains 35 photos.

       

A Nordic Christmas party for children

2012 JulefestWhidbey Island Nordic Lodge members are opening their doors to young children in the Coupeville area on Sunday, December 7th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm for a festive celebration of Nordic  Christmas traditions.  There will be singing and dancing to traditional and modern music.  There will be a Mrs. Claus telling stories of nisse and tomte.  Children will play games.  Santa Claus may make an appearance.   All young children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information about this event,  please email Emilly or Dick.

Celebrating the solstice Scandinavian-style

On June 21st a slightly different kind of celebration of the summer solstice took place about a mile south of Coupeville just off Jacobs Rd.  Lodge members and their families & friends gathered together for a midsommarfest – surely the most popular festival in Scandinavia other than Christmas.  A great occasion for Lodge members to celebrate their heritage as well as have a good time!

jsw_img_0873_croppedLodge member Vern Olsen was there with his accordion and Pat McMonagle, well-known folk dance instructor in the Seattle area, was there to teach folks some new dances and join in with them on dances they already knew.  Some folks played Kubb (a game claimed to date back to the Viking age) out on the lawn, others played horseshoes.  All feasted on pølse med lompe accompanied by various side-dishes & desserts and all had a great time!

Highlights of the afternoon were the raising of the maistang (maypole) and a troll trail!

Members arrived a bit early to decorate the maistang, and the raising of the pole about 3pm marked the start of the festivities! (In other countries a maypole is usually raised on May 1st).

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The Troll Trail, featuring rock trolls imagined & created by member Cherie Iverson & a few other troll devotees, took folks around a beautiful loop trail in the forest adjacent to the Nordic Hall.  It was a hit!

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Photos were provided by Marcia Comer, June Fitzpatrick and Joan Gerteis.