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!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Past Chairman Jewel

Past Chairman Mike Pearson Jr.
receives his Past Chairman Jewel

     It took us awhile to get it to him...but after long last, Chairman Tim Ogrentz pinned Mike with his pin at the September business meeting.  Micheal Pearson Jr. was elected Chairman of Nordik Folk No. 761 for 3 years from 2012-2014. Before that, he served at Assistant Master of Ceremonies from 2006-2008 and also performed with Nordikids Musiklubb for many years.  Mike was initiated into the Lodge on January 29, 2006 as a charter member. Currently, Mike Pearson Jr. is serving  District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8 as a Board Member.
     Mike graduated in 2014 from Purdue University Calumet with a BA in Visual Communications & graphic design.  He minored in advertising. He recently started working for Worldwide Advertising Agency in Chicago as Junior Art Director.  He is very active in our lodge and district.  
    Congratulation to Mike on all of his accomplishments and a huge "tack så mycket" from all of us here at Nordik Folk No. 761.


Culture Program

Viking Weapons

     The September Culture Program was presented by Herb Smith, Michael Pearson Sr., and Michael Pearson Jr. on the 21st after the Nordik Folk Business Meeting. Nordikids joined the lodge for this interesting presentation & demonstration as Herb, Mike and Mike explained the ins and outs of  axes, saxes, swords, bows & arrows and shields. 


Minutes of the Meeting Sept. 21, 2015

September Birthdays

Melissa Pearson 9/6
Jennifer Pearson 9/9
Lisa Pearson 9/9
Les Lesko 9/10
Herb Smith III 9/11
Glenn Hannigan 9/16
Lynnea Sinwelski 9/23
Rachel Hannigan 9/24
Wayne Buwalda 9/26

Ronald Allen celebrating "70"!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

World Cultural Festival-Valparaiso

     Nordik Folk and Nordikids spent this glorious September 19th Saturday participating in the Valparaiso International Center's "World Culture Festival."

     As the only group representing the Scandinavian countries, our Nordic contingent got quite a bit of attention.  Phyllis Kalajian sold her Scandinavian jewelry, Nordik Folk members passed out lodge information and sold various craft items, Lynda Smith shared pepparkakor, Herb Smith wowed in his Viking garb and battle axe, and as usual...the Nordikids entertained marvelously.

     Nordik Folk members at hand:  Lynda and Herb Smith, Phyllis Kalajian, Shelly Pehlgrim, Janice Tomky, Tonia Tomky, Lynda and Herb Smith, Joanne Ortman, Ingrid Lesko, Lisa Pearson, Lynnea Sinwelski, and Annalisa Blue.

Herb Smith (PawPaw), Abby & Shelly in the axe!

Our resident Viking, Herb Smith
A replica of an actual Viking helmet

Great festival crowd!


Lingonberry Jam Band members Andy Johnsen & Jim Nelson

Children's Club Supervisor, Lynda Smith

Mor Mor Lynda getting the grandkids set for their performance

Janice Tomky & Phillis Kalajian working our booth

Friday, September 18, 2015

Scandiavian Craft Club

Scandinavian Craft Night

     Dala horse & Swedish bird felt craft brought  6 of our Nordik Folk out to Michael's Craft Store on September 17 to make lovely felted ornaments: Lynda Smith, Shelly Pehlgrim, Linnea Ogrentz, Jean Oak, Elizabeth Flores and Shelly Westlund.  Each of us left with at least one completed ornament!  
     Thank you to Shelly Westlund for the craft idea, and also to Phyllis Kalajian for donating the ornament stuffing!  
     Our next craft night will be on Thursday, October 22 at 6:30-9 pm.  (craft project to-be-determined)

Shelly Weslund
Lynda Smith
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Shelly Pehlgrim

Jean Oak

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Nordikid Open House

Nordikid Children's Club
Kicks off the 2015-2016

     Sixteen young Scandinavians attended the Nordikid Open House on Monday, September 14th to kick off the new semester.  Supervisor Lynda Smith and Language Instructor Annelise Nelson led the group in language lessons, song review & dance.

     Club Supervisor, Lynda Smith, stepped in as Director for Lynnea Sinwelski, who is recovering from surgery.  Ms. Lynnea will hopefully be back on her feet and directing very soon!

     The group was accompanied by pianist Valery Cook and accordionist Andy Johnsen who will be joining the children's club on September 19th in Valparaiso, IN for their first performance of the season at the World Cultural Festival.

Ms. Lynda teaching the Oxdans to Caleb Lindemulder and Kenny Blue

Ms. Annelise teaching:  Can you say "Hej"?
Ms. Lynda working with the Nordikids

Nordikids:  So happy to be back!

WELCOME To our newest Nordikid:
Viktoria Elin Blue
daughter of Annalisa and Dan Blue
Future Lucia Queen


Genealogy Kick-off

Genealogy & Herb

Join the Genealogy Club!
They meet the
2nd Monday of each month
Ridge United methodist Church
8607 Columbia Ave.
Munster, IN
6:30 pm

 ******Beginners welcome!  This event is open to the community.  It's free!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

August 2015

August News & Events
A huge "GET WELL" to Lynda Smith who underwent surgery late in August and her husband Herb Smith who simultaneously was suffering from a leg infection.  We wish them a speedy, speedy recovery!  


August is the month that we return to our regularly scheduled business meetings.  It had been discussed to do a Kraftskiva, but the planning got away from us with so much going on this summer...not to mention health issues for some of our prominent members.  We did manage to pull off a pretty decent crayfish taste testing at our meeting on August 17th.  Here are the Minutes to that meeting: