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!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Nordic Faire 2016

Nordic Faire

The 2nd Annual Nordic Faire was held on Saturday, April 16th at the Munster Presbyterian Church. There were 167 people in attendance (made up of paid visitors, vendors, performers and Nordik Folk). Performing were Dans Norden of Indianapolis along with members of the Lingonberry Jam Band (Andy Johnson and Jim Nelson).  Harry Ogrentz played his banjo, and Nordikids sang and danced under the direction of Lynnea Sinwelski and Annalisa Blue.  Our pianist was Valerie Cook.

Our Nordic Faire was funded in part by the new District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8 Cultural Enhancement Fund.  With that funding help, we were able to purchase the necessary supplies to throw a proper "Welcome to Scandinavia" and we were able to bring in many community members and families.  Our goal is to make Nordikids and Nordik Folk household names in Northwest Indiana. It is always a thrill when the press comes out to check things out!  Read here:

Planned in large part by Lynda Smith and Phyllis Kalajian,  the Nordik Faire couldn't have succeeded without the hard work of our Nordik Folk Team  who set up (beginning on Friday evening the night before, manned the door, sold raffle tickets, cooked and sold our Scandinavian food, and supervised all of the country tables and craft stations.  It was a joint effort; and while it was a lot of work, we all managed to enjoy the beautiful day. Keep scrolling for all of the photos!
The Welcome Committee:
Harry Ogrentz & Jean Ogrentz 

Nordik Merchandise

Shelly Pehlgrim:  Food Tickets!
Janice Tomky, Jean Oak and Elizabeth Flores-Allen with desserts.

Our beautiful candy seller: Annelise Nelson

Lördags Godis (Saturday candy!)

Warning:  You need sunglasses to look at this photo!
Our Resident Troll: Herb Smith
Wood Carver: Don Johansson
Kristen Lindemulder selling essential oils
& Viking Rune Necklaces


Nordikids gave a wonderful performance under the direction of Lynnea Sinwelski, and danced under the guidance of Annalisa Blue.  As always, they sounded great!  This year they enjoyed and were enhanced by the accompaniment of pianist Valerie Webb and members of Lingonberry Jam Band of Chesterton, IN. as well as Scandilocity and Dans Norden of Indianapolis, IN.

Nordikids Perform

Banjo Bjorne (Harry Ogrentz)

Members of  Scandilocity
and Lingonberry Jam Band 

Dans Norden leading guest in Folk Dance
Elizabeth Flores-Allen


Dans Norden


Our members outdid themselves baking!  Also on the menu were our "open-faced" sandwiches, Swedish Meatballs, potato sausage, and Swedish Pancakes with Lingon.