Category Archives: Programs

“Alt for Norge” adventure!

At the monthly meeting of Nordic Lodge members on Sept. 21st,  one of our Whidbey Island residents will be sharing her story about appearing in the TV show Alt for Norge .


Alt for Norge is a Norwegian reality television series which debuted in 2010 and appears on TVNorge . The reality show features Norwegian Americans participating in challenges relating to Norwegian history and culture, competing to win a reunion with their distant Norwegian relatives.

September is a pot-luck lunch meeting, so be sure to bring a favorite dish. Meeting starts at 11:00am.

The Kensington Rune Stone – Medieval Artifact or Hoax

kensinton runestone

At the monthly meeting of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge on Saturday April 20th, Ted Fosberg, a long time Sons of Norway member, will  share the history of the Kensington Rune Stone which was discovered in Western Minnesota in 1898.  He will discuss its discovery, studies to assess authenticity, and conclusions drawn.  The Stone, dated 1362, has sparked much controversy.

Ted, a retired Chemical Engineer, has been active in Sons of Norway since joining in 1974.  He has held many offices including International President 2006 – 2008.  He is presently Cascade Lodge’s Editor, Scholarship Coordinator and Adopt-A-School Coordinator.  In retirement, Ted’s activities include blacksmithing, welding and gardening, and volunteering as a math tutor at a local high school.  He and his wife, Helen Bjorling Fosberg, enjoy baseball and have visited all the major league baseball parks, and Cooperstown.

Nordic Hall, 11:00 a.m.  The public is invited to this program.


PBY Memorial Foundation President Wil Shellenberger to give presentation on March 16th at Nordic Hall

PBY-Naval-Air-Museum-Front-600x387There is a Nordic connection with the PBY and PBY Naval Air Museum President, Wil Shellenberger, will give a presentation about that connection at the Saturday, March 16th monthly meeting of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge. He will also provide  information and an update on the progress of their museum building project. The presentation will be followed by a traditional St Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner.

PBY Memorial Association was incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in 1999, and in 2000, the group discussed the potential for a museum, started searching for an airplane to buy, and looked for office space and storage where accumulated memorabilia could be stored.  In 2010 they acquired a PBY and then – from 2011 through 2013 – shifted their focus  to creating many historical exhibits and building the strength of the PBYMF as an organization. During this period, an architectural firm was hired to develop a design for a future hangar-style building for the museum. In 2014 all their artifacts, library and administration were moved to a 4500sf rental property on SE Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor.  In January 2015 their PBY was moved to a vacant lot across the street.

Since then the museum has continued to build a reputation as a top- quality small museum and is now looking to the future.  With the architectural drawings commissioned in 2012 in hand they are still seeking a future site for a new, larger hangar style museum that will allow them to expand the scope of their mission to encompass all Naval Aviation throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Come learn more on March 16th – especially about the Nordic connection with PBY’s! The public is invited to this program.

An optional corned beef & cabbage lunch will be served afterwards for a $10 donation.  RSVP’s please!

Danish Troubadour to perform at Nordic Hall March 17th

Danish troubadour

 DONATION OF $10 REQUESTED FOR THE PROGRAM.   LUNCH TICKETS ARE $7.                                                                                                          



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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.


The Ring Road of Iceland

In 2015  Nancy Jewett & Frieda Ellison- two senior, retired women – spent three weeks on a self-driving tour of Iceland. At the Saturday,  March 18, 2017 Nordic Lodge monthly meeting they will share their adventures with those present.  They will tell us tales of whale watching, hiking to see Puffins, horseback riding, kayaking, participating in walking tours, and of general sightseeing. We’ll also hear about the geography and the history of the Ring Road, which was of special interest to them.  (This program was originally scheduled for October 2016 but had to be cancelled due to bad weather.)

All those interested are welcome to attend.  10am, at the Nordic Hall.