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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 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 Scandinavian 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.
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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
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?
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.
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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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!