Gary Legwold - Lefse King
Gary Legwold is the author of the newly published Keep on Rolling! Life on the Lefse Trail and Learning to Get a Round (which was edited by our own Lakselaget member, Kathleen Weflen). Gary also wrote The Last Word on Lefse and The Last Word on Lutefisk. His fresh look at all things lefse invites readers to travel the Lefse Trail from Wisconsin to Portland, Oregon. His book includes interviews with lefse-making experts, recipes for nouveau lefse cuisine, inspiring stories of the lefse community, and a newly composed lefse song. Even if you've been rolling lefse for years, Gary's presentation will be sure to give you a few new tips as well as keep you entertained!
|Event Date||Saturday, 03 February 2018|
|Event End Date||Saturday, 03 February 2018|
|Cut off date||Monday, 29 January 2018|
Jess Hirsch - Wooden Bowl Turning and Hard Carving
Jess Hirsch of Minneapolis, is an example of a woman who is swimming against the current. She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2013 and is the recipient of the Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship, the Artist on the Verge Fellowship, and the MN State Arts Board Grant Folk and Traditional Craft Grant just to name a few. As a sculptor and craftsperson, she studied under Jim Sannerud to learn traditional bowl turning and hand carving techniques.
|Event Date||Saturday, 06 January 2018|
|Event End Date||Saturday, 06 January 2018|
|Cut off date||Tuesday, 02 January 2018|
Anja, Lori & Per- The Wish Books Family
Meet the creators of The Wish Books! The Christmas Wish, the first book in the series and a New York Times Best Seller, started with photos the family did with their then four-year old daughter, Anja, in Norway. Those photos evolved into a bestselling story book about Anja's magical quest to find Santa with help from a menagerie of Arctic animals. Since then they have published 4 additional books, and collaborated on a merchandise line of plush, puzzles and more. The first three books are optioned for live action movies.
The family will show a 20 minute multi-media presentation about how their book project evolved. It includes voiceovers from Per, Anja and Lori, many slides from Norway, the books and other related images, and videos. Afterwards, Anja will play violin and sing Norwegian folk songs.
Autograph books will be available to purchase, just in time for the holidays!
|Event Date||Saturday, 02 December 2017|
|Event End Date||Saturday, 02 December 2017|
|Cut off date||Monday, 27 November 2017|
Karen Weiberg and the Art of Skinnfell
Every culture has used animal skins for warmth, but Norwegians, since before the Viking times, have made Skinnfell: sheep skins that are sewn together while symbols are printed on the leather side. Karen Weiberg traveled to Norway, with 7 other Midwesterners, to learn more about and make a skinnfell in June 2010. It is a textile and skill that is being revived, just in the nick of time, before it disappears completely. Karen's instructor spent time with an elderly skinnfell maker who traveled from farm to farm making skinnfells for families. Karen will share how she make her skinnfell, as well as Norwegian breeds of sheep, symbols of pagan times, and symbols of Christianity which are used in printing on the skinnfells.
|Event Date||Saturday, 04 November 2017|
|Event End Date||Saturday, 04 November 2017|
|Cut off date||Monday, 30 October 2017|
Kai Robert Presents — A Musical Taste of Østfold, Norway
Trumpeter Kai Robert Johansen, from Østfold County; vocalist Jannicke Heian Frølandshagen from Råde; and pianist Hilde Everløff Andersen from Moss.
Kai Robert has been performing for more than 45 years and is the Midwest’s most beloved Norwegian trumpeter. He has performed on radio and TV, not only in Norway, but throughout Europe and the United States. He will be joined by vocalist Jannicke Heian Frølandshagen, who has performed in a variety of theatrical and musical productions including: cabaret-style revues, humorous vignettes based on real life, and theater productions depicting historical events. This is her U.S.A. debut. Hilde Everløff Andersen is a musician and conductor for several choirs in Østfold. She is not only a masterful conductor, but an exquisite entertainer and pianist in her own right. This is her second trip to the Midwest.
Bring your friends! This promises to be a very entertaining kickoff to our 2017-2018 season!
|Event Date||Saturday, 07 October 2017|
|Event End Date||Saturday, 07 October 2017|
|Cut off date||Monday, 02 October 2017|
|Event Date||Thursday, 14 September 2017|
|Event End Date||Friday, 31 August 2018|
|Cut off date||Friday, 31 August 2018|
Alice O'Brien grew up on Summit Avenue in Saint Paul. The daughter of a wealthy family, she had no need to work, let alone go to war - yet in WWI, she joined hundreds of other women who served as nurses, clerks, drivers and canteen workers in war-torn France. Her letters home "full of breezy gossip and telling detail" were edited and published by her grandniece Nancy O'Brien Wagner. Ms. Wagner is co-founder of Bluestem Heritage, LLC, which does research, program development, interpretive planning, and project management for historical organizations. (source: Minnesota Historical Society)
|Event Date||Saturday, 06 May 2017|
|Event End Date||Saturday, 06 May 2017|
|Cut off date||Monday, 01 May 2017|
Who knew learning Norwegian as a Forestry major would ever be useful to a Swede destined for a career as a cop? Not fellow Lakselaget member Jane Laurence. But as fate would have it, things came together magically. On topics from hostage negotiation to homicide investigation to intelligence analysis for the RNC, her interest and esteem for Nordic culture and methods led to exchanges of knowledge and tactics (in both directions) between Minnesota and Norwegian police for many years. Any career can be invigorated and enriched by sharing experiences with colleagues in other cultures. Jane hopes her presentation will inspire you to reach out and make a connection with a Nordic counterpart!
|Event Date||Saturday, 01 April 2017|
|Event End Date||Saturday, 01 April 2017|
|Cut off date||Monday, 27 March 2017|
The Tiny House movement, which has grown in popularity in the United States in recent years, encourages homeowners to downsize. Financial freedom, a simpler lifestyle, and a reduced environmental footprint are all motivating factors. Kim Kasl’s family, which includes her husband and two children, took that challenge and downsized from a 2,000 square foot home to one that is 267. Come hear more about this family’s unique journey!
|Event Date||Saturday, 04 March 2017|
|Event End Date||Saturday, 04 March 2017|
|Cut off date||Monday, 27 February 2017|
What are runes? What does runic writing teach us about our Scandinavian ancestry? This presentation will provide an overview of the thousands of rune stones existing today, primarily in Scandinavia, but some in North America.
Loraine Jensen is the President and founder of the American Association for Runic Studies (AARS), a nonprofit organization based in Roseville, MN, promoting scholarly research on runes and runic inscriptions in Europe and North America. Jensen became intensely interested in rune stones and runic inscriptions when working as a consultant for the Kensington Rune Stone Park Foundation while living in Alexandria, MN. She is currently an education specialist for the Minnesota Dept. of Education.
|Event Date||Saturday, 04 February 2017|
|Event End Date||Saturday, 04 February 2017|
|Cut off date||Monday, 30 January 2017|