Nordik Folk

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!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Installation Potluck 2/15/15

Nordik Folk No. 761
Installation Potluck
1 pm
February 15, 2015

Westminster Presbyterian Church
8955 Columbia Ave.
Munster, IN

Please share a side dish or dessert!

*email me at to let me know what you're bringing or if you cannot attend.

Minutes of the Meeting January 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Lucia Fest 2014

Lucia Fest 2014

Another successful LuciaFest was had by all on December 7th, at the Wicker Park Social Center in Highland, IN.  The Program was perfect and included  all of our old Christmas favorites.  But the highlight was a resounding rendition of "Let It Go" from the Frozen Soundtrack.  Wow!  Tables of delighted Lucia Fest fans partook in our Scandinavian Raffle, bakeesale & Craft table.  The Glogg was gone and it was a record year in sales for that fundraiser.

Abigail and Harrison Ogrentz

Nordikids 2014


Director, Lynnea Sinwelski & Nordikids

Nordikid Lucia Queen 2014
Kristine Pearson

Lucia Queen, Kristine Pearson receives flowers

Tomten & the little court

Glogg Party!

Glogg Party 2014

        Every year, our lodge gathers  to brew up and bottle the best Glogg in the Midwest which we sell  a Lucia Fest.  It is our biggest lodge fundraisers of the year!  The Smith's host and donate the ingredients...lodge members provide the snacks & everyone gets to help in the process.  


Bryan Tomky & Annelisa Blue

Herb mixing

Revised recipe...

The finished product!

Past Chariman & District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8 Vice Chairman
Michael Pearson Sr.

Minutes of the November 17th, 2014

Viking Festival 2014

Viking Fest (Feast)
November 9

    The Nordik Folk Annual Viking Festival grows and gets better and better every year!  This year, the Pearson Hoard grew bigger, the Viking costumes and shields got more elaborate, and we were able to add new foods to the Smorgasbord and the game of Kubb to the lawn outside.  There was also some fun sword play demos that provided for great photo ops.     
     This all-ages event, open to the public, is a highlight of the Nordik Folk Year.

Viking Pearson & Nordin

Viking Guest Dave Nordin

Henna Schecter working on a Viking beading craft

Nordikids beading

Some of the great Pearson Hoard

l-r Ava Tomky, Kristine Pearson, Melissa Pearson, Jennifer Pearson, Phyllis Kalajian,
& Janice Tomky showing off their Viking Costumes

 Back Row (l-r)Tonia Tomky, Lynda Smith, Annalisa Blue & Zoe, Ava Tomky
Bottom Row (l-r) Ashlyn Sinwelski, Abby Blue, Astrid Twoey, and Jaylyn Sinwelski

Brooklyn, Ashlyn, Abby & Astrid

Lisa Raddatz & new Viking baby, Wren

Viking Tim Ogrentz

Viking Phyllis Kalajian

The sweet table

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Minutes of the October 20th meeting

     The October meeting was held in remembrance of Ruth Elin Swanson Mertes who passed away on October 15, 2014.  RUTH ELIN MERTES MUNSTER, IN Ruth Elin Mertes, age 98, of Munster, IN passed away Wednesday, October 15, 2014. She is survived by one loving daughter, Lynda Ann (Herbert W. III) Smith and one loving son, Mark (Sue) Mertes; loving grandchildren: Lynnea (Jason) Sinwelski, Annalisa (Dan) Blue, H. Winfield (Rachel) Smith IV, and Shelley (Jason) Sontag; loving great grandchildren: Clayton, Jaylyn, Ashlyn and Brooklyn Sinwelski; Kenneth, Abigail, and Zoey Blue, and Arya Sontag; and one loving sister, Doris Park of MN. Ruth was preceded in death by her loving husband Kenneth Peter. The family will hold a celebration of her life at a later date in November. A special thank you to her caretaker angels: Angie, LuAnn and Sherry. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to NORDIKIDS in her loving memory. - 

The draping of the charter, October 20, in remembrance of Sister Ruth Mertes

     Also, at the October meeting, Jim Nelson presented "Scandinavian Immigration to Indiana" to our lodge members.  Jim was born in Rensselaer, In., and recently moved to Chesterton, IN from Indianapolis.  We hope that he and his wife, Irene, will join us in many future lodge events!

Welcome Wren Rosemary Jane Raddatz-Hixson

     One of the original Nordikids and Nordikfolk member, Lisa Raddatz gave birth to our newest Nordikbaby on October 29th, 2014.  We welcome Wren Rosemary Jane Raddatz-Hixson who weighted in at 8lbs. 14 oz!!  Here are some photos of the little Nordik shower we surprised Lisa with.  

Wren Rosemary Jane Raddatz-Hixson

Scandinavian Kraft Klubb

Scandinavian Kraft Klubb met for the first time in October, at Michael's Craft Store in Highland Indiana to work on  Dalamalning and discuss future projects.  Michael's provided a lovely free space with plenty of working room, sink, and great lighting for us to paint away...and the supplies (if we needed them) right at our fingertips.  What a great turnout!  Attending were Lynda Smith, Ingrid Lesko, Phyllis Kalajian, Shelly Pehlgrim, Shelly Westlund, Tonya Tomky, Janice Tomky and Annelise Nelson.