Category Archives: Community Outreach

March 3rd is Coupeville’s Annual History Day Community Night

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National History Day has been providing Coupeville students with the opportunity to become better researchers, presenters, and communicators since 1983.  On March 3rd, students will showcase the work they have completed for the Regional History Day competition to be held at Western Washington University the week of March 7th.

The theme this year – Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History –  has allowed students to choose diverse topics including:  George Vancouver’s exploration into the Pacific Northwest, Edward Jenner and the Smallpox vaccine, Cargo Containerization, and Existentialism.  There will be two documentaries, one exhibit, and one performance at this event.    Students will show how their topics meet of each of the theme components and how they researched.

Audience members help students prepare for their contest in March by providing positive feedback on presentation skills, by asking about research, by asking about theme, and about why the topics are historically significant.

Your participation at this event will be appreciated.  This is a free event, open to the entire community, but donations in support of the program are always welcome and can be made through the Coupeville Foundation for Coupeville Schools and should be marked for History Day.

The Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge is pleased to support History Day for Coupeville students by hosting this event at their Nordic Hall, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. The Hall is located at 63 Jacobs Rd., about one mile south of the intersection of Highway 20 & Main Street [in Coupeville].

4-H kids introduced to home-grown trolls

4-H TrollsThe Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge once again participated in the annual Whidbey Island Super Saturday 4-H event, held this year at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley on February 21st.  Lodge members Emilly McCormick, Ingri Johnson and Cherie Iverson set up tables providing the 4-H’ers with supplies to make Scandinavian rock trolls!  Five students ranging in age from 9 to 14 all arrived ready to immerse themselves in this Scandinavian craft project.  With rocks & shells from the Island, yarn & twine for braiding troll tails and other craft supplies in hand, the adventure began!   The students were reported as amazing, apparently not hesitating for even a second; the hot glue gun was not njsw_emilly_&_cheri_at_rock_troll_4-h_event_(3)ew to any of them and they just took off with their own creative energy, imagination and talent.  Lodge members found it inspiring and pure fun to watch them create their own version of a troll. No longer can anyone  involved in this event look at rock and not see it as a Scandinavian troll!

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.

Nordic Hall Open House Saturday Aug. 24th 1-6 pm

The Fritz Cornell Nordic HallThe 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!

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.

Lodge members help with 4-H Super Saturday

On Saturday February 11th the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge participated in the 4-H Super Saturday held at the Coupeville Middle School. They taught two classes.  The first class was on making Scandinavian heart baskets with  members Carla Birkleland, Emilly MacCormick,  Ingri Johnson, and Lori Hansen teaching.   There were 8 children in this class.

The second class was an introduction to the Scandinavian Troll and was led by Cherie Iverson, Dick Johnson, Ingri  and Lori. There were 12 children in the Troll class.

What fun!