We are a Scandinavian Culture Club who meets Monthly September-May on the 3rd Monday of each month at Ridge United Methodist Church on Columbia Avenue in Munster, IN. 6:30 pm. All are welcome! We enjoy Scandinavian culture by celebrating the holidays, music, language, crafts and history of Scandinavia!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Midsummer at Chellberg Farm
in June 2014
The rain held out until the afternoon so that we could help raise the Maypole at Chellberg Farm and sing and dance. This is always an enjoyable event for Nordik Folk and Nordikids alike set in Chesterton, Indiana at the Dunes.
|Lynda Smith with Nordikids Jaylyn, Ashlyn, and |
Brooklyn Sinwwelski, and Jennifer, Melissa and Kristine Pearson
|The raising of the Maypole|
|Steven Lesko helping raise the Maypole|
|Lynda Smith and Nordikids leading the Maypole Dances|
|Annelise, April & Sofia Nelson|
|Nordikids delighting the crowd with traditional|
Vasa Order of America
District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8
|District Cultural leader and Nordik Folk member|
The District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8 106th Annual Convention and meeting was held May 30 - June 1st at the Chicago Marriott Southwest in Burr Ridge, IL. Delegates from all 19 District Lodges and one Children's Club were on hand to discuss the future of the order as well as celebrate it.
Represting Nordik Folk as delegates for 2014 were: Linnea Ogrentz, Emily Pearson, Shelly Pehlgrim and Kristin Schmal. April Nelson represented Nordikids. Several of our Nordik Folk members who hold District Positions were on hand: Mike Pearson Sr. (Vice District Master), Joella Hultgren (Assistant District Secretary & Valthornet Editor), Lynda Smith (Supervisor of children's & Youth Clubs), Tim Ogrentz (District Cultural Leader), and Herb Smith (2nd Year Auditor).
Along with all of the District Board Member Reports, there is a place for new discussion usually regarding the future of VASA and our lodges as membership continues to dwindle. There was a nice moment during the convention where we divided into discussion groups on the behest of Jubileum No. 755, to share ideas and to ask important questions about membership. These were some of the ideas/observations: Many delegates felt that local lodges needed more cultural events and shorter business meetings. It was suggested that we all ask ourselves why we joined VASA, and what we think would make it appealing for others interested in Scandinavian Culture to join. What can we do within our local lodges to make our meetings, programs and events worthwhile and interesting to our communities?
Distinguished Service Award
|Vice District Master Mike Pearson & Assistant District Secretary & |
Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Joella Hultgren dual member of Svea No. 253 and Nordik Folk 761, received the District Lake Michigan No. 8 Distinguished Service Award for 2014. It was presented to her by our own Past Chairman & Vice District Master, Mike Pearson. Joella has been the Editor of the Valthornet since 2007. She is also the Assistant District Secretary. Joella has certainly provided distinguished Service to Vasa and we congratulate her on her accomplishment. We are lucky to have such a distingushed member in our lodge. She joins Lynda Smith, who received the award at last year's convention.
Vasa Scholarship Awards
|Concordia Language Camp Recipients:|
Melissa and Jennifer Pearson, Harry Ogrentz & Steven Lesko
|District Scholarships: Katie Westlund, Rachel Hannigan, |
Abigail Ogrentz & Emily Pearson
|Grand Lodge Scholarships: Katie Weslund, Rachel Hannigan|
& Abigail Ogrentz
2014/2015 District Officers:
Friday, October 24, 2014
Springfest was a small & intimate event this year as we hoped and prayed for swift treatment and recovery for Nordikid Director, Lynnea Sinwelski, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in late winter. She was a huge inspiration to all as she made it to most of the Nordikid rehearsals throughout her treatment. All of our members in Nordik Folk and Nordikids stepped up to help lighten the load for the Sinwelski family. By keeping the Springfest performance simple, the Nordikids and instructors were able to concentrate on Scandinavian crafts & folk dance during the Spring session. The event turned out perfectly. Ingrid Lesko organized a touching presentation to Lynnea.
District Master, Ed Hultgren and his wife and Nordik Folk Member Joella Hultgren, awarded Nordikids Kristine Pearson and Jaylyn Sinwelski their 5 year membership pins and Brooklyn Sinwelski, John and Astrid Twohy their 1st year pins.
Monday, April 28, 2014
We couldn't ask for a more welcome Easter Sunday this year, with temperatures in the 70s and the sun shining. April always brings a welcome change in weather and season. While our Fall... leading up to Lucia Fest is more formal, Spring events take on a more laid back approach, and it is when we all gladly bring out the Spring Costumes, the floral head wreaths, and dust off the dancing shoes!
Our 4th Business meeting of the year was held on April 21st. You can find the Minutes of that meeting here:
The highlight of the April Meeting was the initiation of John Twohy and Karrie Schwartz of Munster.
Welcome John & Karrie!!!
|Karrie Schwartz & John Twohy|
|Chairman, Mike Pearson Jr. and Treasurer Beth Raddatz|
|Chaplain Janice Tomky|
|Vice Chairman Herb Smith administering the solemn promise of all Vasa members|
Thursday, April 10, 2014
On March 17th, 2014 we had our yearly installation of officers. Our District Deputy, Nancy Hult officiated with the help of her husband, Sten (Past District Chairman). We had a delicious dinner of chicken and many sides provided by our members. Some Swedish, and some Irish in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Nordikids watched a showing of Disney's "Frozen" during our meeting. Congratulations to all of our officers!!!
|Chairman Michael Pearson, Nordik Folk Deputy |
& District Secretary Nancy Hult & Past District Chairman Sten Hult
Harry Ogrentz and Emily Pearson were newly installed into the positions of Assistant Master of Ceremonies (Harry) and Assistant Financial Secretary (Emily)
Friday, March 28, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Nordik Folk Historian / Assistant Secretary Shelly Westlund posted to facebook yesterday all about delicious waffles...so I asked her to write a guest post for our blog. Yesterday was Waffle Day in Sweden; and I realize that this is a day late... but you can always enjoy some waffles!
By: Michelle Westlund
Observed nine months prior to Christ's birthday, Waffle Day commemorates Mary's conception. How did Mary's pregnancy become associated with waffles? This day used to be called Vårfrudagen (our lady day) in honor of the Virgin Mary, and due to dialect corruptions became Våfferdagen, and eventually the modern Våffeldagen. Thus, Swedes enjoy waffles on Lady Day.
Another tale reminds Swedes that migratory birds begin returning to their northern homes around the end of March, and cranes were said to carry sunlight in their beaks. "on Annunciation Day the crane carries light into bed," is a Scandinavian proverb meaning that in early spring, there is enough daylight- making it unnecessary to carry a candle to light one's way to bed. Cranes also brought treats and gifts to children (such as dried fruits and oranges) from southern countries, but oddly enough...no waffles.
Traditionally, the waffles are eaten with cloudberry jam and cream. Glad Våffeldag!
Here is a link of recipes: http://www.swedishfood.com/swedish-food-recipes-desserts/93-waffles