Three members of the Twin Cities Hardingfelelag will perform for us in October. Tor most performances they wear bunad (Norwegian traditional festive costume) and other traditional clothing from the regions of their heritage or from places in Norway with special meaning. The group was founded in 1996 by the master fiddler Olav Jørgen Hegge of Valdres, Norway. He was regarded by many as the leading tradition bearer of the Hardanger fiddle and the dance style from the Valdres valley. He played and danced for more than 40 years.
*Please note that due to limited space, registration for this luncheon is currently being offered to members only.*
Children’s book author, Shelly Boyum-Breen is a native of Brainerd, MN, where she grew up with aspirations of playing professional sports. She spent countless hours on the basketball court, neighborhood hockey rinks and local golf courses. Boyum-Breen received her B.A. from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN in 1997 and her MS in Leadership from Capella University in 2016. She spent five years in the education field, coaching college and high school basketball and tennis. Boyum-Breen then worked with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx organization. Shelly later moved into a sales consulting role serving the Lynx, the New York Liberty and the 10th Anniversary WNBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden.
Together with families, friends, and neighbors, young and old, Norway House’s annual signature Holiday tradition Gingerbread Wonderland returns to the Galleri in all of its cinnamon coziness. You’ll recognize familiar buildings and landmarks from the Twin Cities and beyond, created by friends and neighbors—everyone from your favorite local bakeries and cake wizards, to families and first-time gingerbread baking enthusiasts. All are encouraged to enter their dream cookie creation, regardless of their baking level! So get your friends together to bake, laugh, frost, and celebrate the warmth of the Holiday season—and the oven!
John Munger is a former attorney, he has a masters degree in teaching, he is an experienced non-profit executive, he has created dozens of successful partnerships, and he is a proven entrepreneur. In 2002, after R.T. Rybak came into office and called for a focus on “silent sports,” John started the Loppet Foundation, the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, and the outdoor-oriented programming that forms the core of the non-profit organization. He left his law practice in 2005 in order to lead the organization as its first executive director. The Foundation now hosts numerous major annual events, with over 17,000 participants per year. It has hosted national and international events and has led the effort to revitalize Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. The organization recently completed a $5 Million+ capital campaign and opened its new Trailhead facility. More than 12,000 youth, including more than 10,000 from North Minneapolis, have learned to ski, mountain bike, paddle and generally enjoy the outdoors through Loppet programming. The Foundation receives support from a wide array of corporate and philanthropic partners and is now a $5 million annual operation, with 1,900 members, over 1,000 volunteers, and some thirty full-time and seventy part-time staff members.