On Monday, May 19, the Whidbey Island Lodge turned 13 years of age! To celebrate its birthday – and Syttende Mai as well – the Lodge held a celebratory dinner for members and their families and friends. Good food, music and conversation was enjoyed by all! Monday’s celebration was also the first Lodge birthday & Syttende Mai to be held in the Fritz Cornell Nordic Hall. Construction of the new Hall was completed in June 2013. Thanks go to member June Fitzpatrick for the photos. Hip Hip Hurrah!
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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
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 members and their guests together celebrated their 11th birthday on Saturday, May 12th. A delicious salmon entree along with a wide variety of Scandinavian side-dishes provided by those attending, were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Guest speaker Terry Clayton spoke on the commonalities of the Nordic nations. The talk Terry delivered is available on his website.
The Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge was intituted on May 19th, 2001. Efforts to form a Lodge on Whidbey Island began in 1999, when Sid Iverson began a campaign to identify and assess the interest of Scandinavians on Whidbey Island in having a lodge. As a result of Iverson’s efforts, which included the mailing of 750 postcards inviting people with Scandinavian names to informational and organizational meetings, the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge came into being with 87 initial charter members representing all the Nordic countries.
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Once again the celebrating began in early December (the 10th) and what a good time was had by all! And once again the photos speak for themselves and continue to remind us the heritage we like to share with one … Continue reading