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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

This gallery contains 30 photos.

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?

Film Fests!

For those who simply love subtitles and the flavor of language, there are  lots of  ‘local’ opportunities  this month to take in a wonderful selection of Scandinavian  films!

Here on Whidbey Island our Nordic Lodge is partnering with the Oak Harbor Public Library and offering a showing of 3 Scandinavian films on Saturday, January 22nd, in Oak Harbor – Troubled Water, Fjols til Fjells, and Mother of Mine.

In Seattle beginning Friday, January 7th, at the 3 day long Nordic Lights Film Festival (a  partnership between the Nordic Heritage Museum and  the Seattle International Film Festival) there will be a showing of  some 25 or so contemporary, award-winning feature-length and short films from Scandinavia – including Troubled Water.

Last, though not part of a  film festival, the Clyde Theater in Langley (here on Whidbey) is showing a Swedish film (with English subtitles)  – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest January 14-17.   The Clyde is also offering a free showing of  Millennium: The Story, a documentary about Stieg Larsson, the author of the book on which this film is based  and the last of a trilogy of books and films.

Whidbey’s Scandinavian Film Fest is free and open to the public.

Troll Vogn hits the streets of Langley!

Island County Fair attendees and parade watchers once again realized that there are a good number of Scandinavians on Whidbey Island as our Lodge “Troll Vogn” rolled along in the  parade on Saturday August 21st. Nordic Lodge members, together with the Young Scandia Dancers and Daughters of Norway were greeted with “Hip, hip, hurrahs” and lots of “heiaer”.

Five of the Daughters had the thrill of riding in the famous Troll Wagon –  sharing candy with young parade watchers and cheering the Scandinavians. The weather was perfect for the walkers who trekked the one and one-half  miles –  and the company was even better!

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Music, dancing and games with a Scandinavian accent

Scandinavian folk dance can be learned by jumping in and simply trying it. And at the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge’s Sommerfest/Annual Picnic on Wednesday Aug 4th, that’s exactly what folks, young and old together, did!

Accompanied by Vern Olsen on his accordian and the voices of those prepared to teach both song and dance together, including two members of the Young Scandia Dancers group, Lodge members gathered on the stage of the Pavilion at the Coupeville Town park and danced away! Ring dances tried – successfully I think- included Sma grodorna, Vi äro musikanter, Här är karusellen, and lots of others!

The singing wasn’t to be contained to the dance floor however. A handful of members gathered around the microphone down on the grass where others were relaxing and entertained all with some fun folk songs .

That 1000+ year old Viking game called Kubb, which I talked about in a previous post, was a big hit. Several folks simply couldn’t drag themselves away from it to get up on the dance floor!

Sommerfest on Whidbey–ja!

The Nordic Heritage Museum & Viking Days

21 Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge members & friends were off by chartered bus (Whidbey Seatac Shuttle & Charter) to the Nordic Heritage Museum’s 27th annual Viking Days festival on July 17th — and ya betcha they had a good time! For some, it was their first visit to this wonderful museum and annual event, and the festivities (and edibles such as Swedish meatballs, Norwegian lefse, & Danish æbleskiver) nicely complimented a walk through the museum’s exhibits.

Viking Arts & Crafts – weaving, spinning, woodcarving, cooking –  and live Viking battles were of particular interest to many, and the music on the Nordic Spirit Stage seemed to please all.  The Ravenstead Vikings were also on hand all weekend clad in their authentic costumes,  showing Viking Days visitors all aspects of Viking life in their small encampment.

Particularly impressive within the Museum was the new exhibit Somebody’s Grandma, which will run through September 5th. This exhibit explores themes of heritage and identity through first person interviews on video screens throughout the exhibit rooms, where portrait photographs of those interviewed are also displayed. It takes some time and perhaps demands a return visit to appreciate this exhibit fully, but any amount of time spent viewing it is time well spent. Also impressive as well as being very enjoyable on this special weekend was a performance by Living Voices. This organization ‘brings life to history’ through dynamic solo performances uniquely combined with film and sound that turn history into a moving, personal journey. Performer Rachel Atkins treated us to the story a Swedish family’s immigration to the Pacific Northwest in the early 1900’s through the voice of Julia Berg, one of the young adults in the family. This production –Northwest Passages – was created by drawing heavily on resources available from the archives of the Nordic Heritage Museum.

More information about this great Museum may be found on their website.