Category Archives: Programs

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

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

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JAZZ BAND CONCERT FRIDAY MARCH 2nd

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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 https://nordiska.weebly.com/.   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

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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.

The New Nordic Heritage Museum

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On February 18th  Erik Pihl, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard,  will  speak at the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge about the Museum’s new building,  scheduled to be completed  in 2018. Erik is seeking to hear and learn how the Nordic Heritage Museum might best benefit our community.

The modern 57,000 sq. ft museum and cultural center will be located in the heart of Ballard. The design is organized around a linear “fjord” that weaves together stories of homeland and the Nordic American experience. Bridges crossing the fjord intensify the experience of migration, connecting Nordic and Nordic American exhibits. A vertically-striated zinc skin will wrap the building exterior; inside, fjord walls will be composed of faceted white planes evoking its glacial origins. Along with the core exhibition galleries, active social areas – cafe, store, auditorium and classrooms – will expand the Museum’s capabilities and audiences.  More about the new museum may be found on their website at http://nordicmuseum.org/future.

Anyone interested in this program is welcome to attend.
10:00 a.m. Nordic Hall, 63 Jacobs Rd., Coupeville.

 

Out of the Northwest Passage : March 19th Nordic Lodge program

DSCN7466_564On March 19th at the Nordic Hall just south of Coupeville, you are invited to join Jill Hein and Sandy Dubpernell, via photos & stories, on their voyage Out of the Northwest Passage (eastern Canada and the western coast of Greenland) where they follow the route of the ill-fated Sir John Franklin expedition in the 1840’s  and part of the route taken by the intrepid Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen 1903-1906.

Franklin, in 1845,  tragically lost his 2 ships and 134 men to illness and the harsh elements.

Amundsen and his little ship Gjoa and hardy crew of seven successfully completed the passage from Greenland to the Bering Sea (in 1906) after spending 2 years in Gjoa Haven, which he called “the finest little harbor in the world”. There he learned from the natives about their clothing, their diet and the use of dog sleds for hauling and transportation. What he learned from these people enabled him and his crew on the Fram to be the first men to safely reach the South Pole several years later.

The Northwest Passage landscape is stark and dramatic and geologically unique, the tundra covered with mosses, lichens, tiny brightly colored flowers and trees no more than 4” tall.   Icebergs, sunsets and northern lights are spectacular. Polar bears, arctic fox, muskox and beluga whales are occasionally spotted. In colorful little villages along the way,  hardy ever-smiling Inuit gladly share some of their culture.

The Nordic Hall is located at 63 Jacobs Road, Coupeville.  The program will begin following a short business meeting for Lodge members at 10 a.m.   Anyone interested in hearing about this journey is welcome.