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The Nordiska Folkdancers of Seattle to perform at Whidbey’s Nordic Hall

Norkiska imageThe 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   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.



Nordic Fest on November 14th!

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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.


God Jul!

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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

Lodge Celebrates its 12th anniversary & Syttende Mai

jsw_img_7778_croppedLodge members celebrated their 12th Anniversary as well as Syttende Mai on Saturday May 11th with great food and fun.  Guest speaker for the event was Shirley Fjoslien, a long-time Seattle area resident of Norwegian Heritage who volunteers for the Nordic Heritage Museum.  Shirley delighted everyone with a talk about Scandinavijsw_img_7756an Influences in the Pacific Northwest that included countless  informative facts and tales that peaked everyone’s interest – even other long time Seattle area residents!

Members also said farewell at this celebration to the Coupeville Rec Hall, which has been a regular monthly meeting place for several years.

Beginning in September 2013, the Lodge will hold its monthly meeting and celebrations in their new building located at 63 Jacobs Road, Coupeville.


Julefest 2011

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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

Nordic LodgeTroll Vogn on the road again!

Memorial Day activities  in Coupeville once again honored our military men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country, while providing a festive and fun day for all those who attended.

Amongst the 72 or so Memorial Day Parade entries was, of course, our Nordic Lodge Troll Vogn!  And Liz Berg reported in that the  Troll Vogn and crew were resplendent in this year’s  parade.  Captain Dick Johnson steered magnificently through the rough seas of Main and Front Streets and First Mate Cherie Iverson handled the distribution of the provisions [THE CANDY] with great efficiency. Unfortunately, all the candy stowed on board was still not enough.  “Mateys“,  says Liz, “we’ll need more next year!”

The Troll crew was garbed in the classic Nordic colors and hoisted their flags with great vigor; the barneleikaringen danced with great abandon; and one Lodge member kept all in great merriment with her Norwegian anti-rain dance. [And it worked!]

Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of aquavit was apparently all they lacked.  Maybe next year?