Category Archives: Meetings

Ebey’s Landing to be topic of program at Lodge’s Sept meeting

kristen griffin photo2Kristen Griffin, Manager of the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve here on Whidbey Island, will be the guest speaker at the September 2015 general membership meeting of the Nordic Lodge on Saturday, September 19th. Her program, titled “Ebey’s Forever” will touch on what makes Ebey’s Reserve such an important and cherished place. She attributes her lifelong passion for heritage to her grandparents, including her mother’s parents who immigrated to Seattle from Norway in the 1920s.

Kristen has been the Reserve Manager since February 2014 and has 25 years of historic preservation and cultural resource experience, including, most recently,  7 years as  the Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Spokane and Spokane County. Prior to that, she worked for a variety of National Park Service units in Alaska and lived on Baranof Island. She was the historian at Sitka National Park as well as the historian and archaeologist for Denali National Park in Alaska.

The Lodge’s Fritz Cornell Nordic Hall is located within the Reserve’s Boundaries.
The meeting opens at approximately 10am.  The program itself will begin somewhere between 10:15 and 10:30 a.m.

Vikings are again the topic for Lodge’s monthly meeting

jse_Jill HeinAt the February 21st meeting of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge,  Jill Hein will present a short power point presentation about her visit to L’Anse aux Meadows, where more than 1000 years ago the Vikings established a base camp at the northern tip of Newfoundland. By being the first people to cross the North Atlantic and encounter indigenous people in North America, they completed the circle of human migration around the world.   A short business meeting will precede the program.
10:00 a.m. Nordic Hall.

Orienteering informational program at Nordic Hall on Saturday March 15th

On Saturday March 15th, Bob Forgrave, President of the Cascade Orienteering Club, will be on Whidbey Island to tell us all about Orienteering and how we can get involved in this popular outdoor adventure sport.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Nordic Hall, which is located at 63 Jacobs Rd. in Coupeville.* A short business meeting of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge will precede the program.  All are welcome and families and young folks are especially encouraged to come and hear what Bob has to say.

compass 3Orienteering  involves walking or running while navigating around a course using a detailed map and a compass. The aim is to navigate in sequence between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.  Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds. It’s a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors.  It’s a sport for the whole family!

* Jacobs Rd is a right turn off Highway 20 about one mile south of the intersection of Highway 20 and Main St. in Coupeville.

Knot-tyer Roy Chapman will be the speaker at Lodge’s January 19th meeting

Roy ChapmanThe first part  of Roy’s talk will be “Why Knot?” — covering approximately 500,000 years of knotting history. Knotting and cord work may be one of the oldest tools influencing mankind’s spread around the world and even influencing our physical and mental development.

Roy will then turn to  “What Knot?”.– and talk about  the tasks we have asked knots and cords to do for us and how the development of new needs have led to the development of new knots and cordages.

Roy was born on a small farm in rural upstate New York.  His Grandfather worked the farm nights and on weekends teaching Roy the farm tasks that soon became his daily chores. As the farm work ran down his Grandfather worked rope skills, building his skills around the county. Roy and his Grandfather kept hayloft rigs working for folks who still farmed.  When machine balers came into fashion Roy bought a rope making rig to spin salvaged bailing twine into utility rope. Roy and Grandfather roped the freight elevators in the century old stores and warehouses.

After joining the Boy Scouts, Roy mentored boys in their knots and pioneering projects and became an Assistant Scoutmaster. His cousin, returning from the war, gave him his Navy Manual. Other folks gave him various knotting books, farm bureau pamphlets, fishing knot sheets from line makers and for his 16th birthday a friend gave him a coy of  Clifford W. Ashley’s “The Ashley Book of Knots”. The doors to Roy’s knotting world were opened.

Roy was President of the Pacific America Branch of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. He has published 30 articles in Guild magazines and newsletters and has created knots acknowledged to be his own intellectual property.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Coupeville Recreation Hall and Roy’s talk will  begin at approximately 10:15, after a short business meeting.  The general public is invited to attend.

Nordic Boatbuilder Jay Smith will be speaker at November 17th Lodge meeting

F. Jay Smith,  Boatbuilder in the Norwegian Tradition, will be the featured speaker at the Nordic Lodge meeting on November 17th at 10am, at the Coupeville Rec Hall. His talk will be: “The Boats of Western Norway 800-1800AD: A Short History”.

Jay is the owner of the Aspoya Boat Shop in Anacortes where he is presently building a 56′ replica of a Viking ship.   Jay went to Norway in the 1970’s as a student where he became enamored of Nordic culture. After college he returned to Norway where he worked in a boatyard and studied Nordic boatbuilding under a master.  Jay has continued to build boats for over 30 years. The ship under construction at present is a replica of a Norwegian Viking ship built at Sognefjord in the 11th C. AD.

Jay is a fascinating speaker, well versed in Viking history. This is a meeting not to be missed!  The general public is invited to attend.

Fred Lundahl will speak at Nordic Lodge meeting Saturday, September 15th

The Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge’s Fall line-up of speakers will start on September 15th with a presentation by Fred Lundahl, owner of “Music for the Eyes” specialty shop in Langley.  His topic will be Scandinavian Experiences of an American Scandinavian. As a retired Swedish American US Diplomat who has regularly visited Scandinavia since boyhood, Fred will have many tales to tell!

A short business meeting will precede the program and refreshments will be available.  Lodge monthly meetings are open to anyone interested in things Scandinavian.

10:00 am,   Coupeville Recreation Hall

Adventures with Norwegian Goats and Cows

At the February 18th monthly meeting of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge, Daughters of Norway member Kristine Nerison Collins shared her  Adventures with Norwegian Goats and Cows!

Kris, a Whidbey Island resident for 37 years, been a very enthusiastic Norwegian all her life.   It all started with the stories her mormor (mother’s mother) used to tell her about where her mother had come from (the Valdres area), reinforced by a few old photos.

Kris visited Norway for the first time with Ed Egerdahl (who for many years taught Norwegian here on Whidbey) in ’99 and was enchanted.  Her dream became to live there to experience the seasons, customs, and to just go more deeply into the culture.  Life finally allowed Kris to do this in 2007, and she was able to spend 9 months there helping a family with their cows   This was very special, because she was able to live on the same exact hillside – almost on the same farm – as her great grandmother had!

Kris equipped herself with Norwegian language skills by taking classes in Norwegian as a second language while in Norway.  She wanted to be able to talk to the old ones about their growing-up years, and read all their books.  She feels that ‘old ones’ are much closer to their past, and thinks some of the traditional ways they had of doing everything has new relevance for us today as we attempt to cultivate more sustainable lifestyles and get back to the land a little.

Kris’ career has  been as an x-ray tech and mammographer.  She boasts of 3 beautiful children and 1 granddaughter.  Kris has been a member of the Daughters of Norway organization for 10 years, and  was a member of the Sons of Norway for 5 years while working in Everett.  Writing and photography are hobbies that she uses to share her travels, and she hopes to write  a book someday telling about the same.  Kris has been to Norway 3 times in the last 4 years, spending 15 months there altogether, and  she is going back in April of this year for 3 more months!  Kris will be returning to her  goat family.

Landscape Photo credit : Photo by Toby Simkin