Vote for Your Favorites in the Sons of Norway Scandinavian Photo Contest!
The July 5th deadline for submitting your photos to the Scandinavian Photo Contest has now ended.
The winning photos will be printed on a deck of Scandinavian playing cards, available for purchase in October 2020. The winners will be selected based by the "People's Choice" voting on the District 5 website, as well as by the District 5 Photo Contest Committee.
You can vote for your favorite “Troll” and 10 of your favorite pictures from July 17-31. Visit the contest photo gallery page, to view all of the 300 photos and write down the numbers of your favorites. Check again before you vote, because the photo gallery is still being updated with photos which came in just before the July 5 deadline. Over half the lodges have submitted entries.
The photo gallery page is: http://www.sonsofnorway5.com/galleries/details/27-District-5-Scandinavian-Photo-Contest
To vote (between July 17-31), you will click on a link from the D5 website, enter your name, your lodge name, the number of your favorite troll picture, and the numbers of 10 other pictures. You will be asked to submit your email, if you want notification when the Scandinavian playing cards will be available for purchase. The winning photos and at least one photo submitted from each lodge, will be placed on the face of each card. Please vote ONLY once.
Velkommen, Detroit Norwegians.
Nordkap Lodge is the Detroit chapter of the Sons of Norway fraternal organization. It serves as a meeting place and social network for
Norwegian and Scandinavian enthusiasts from the entire metro-Detroit area. Nordkap Lodge is a place to celebrate Norwegian culture. It is an all-ages family friendly nonprofit organization dedicated to community service and cultural education. You don't need to be Norwegian to join the Sons of Norway. You just need to have an interest in Nordic culture.
See this modern day 'Viking Funeral'
Have you ever had a close relative pass away and you wanted to celebrate their life in a special way? That was the issue Nordkap member Debra Kraft faced following the death of her father. Debra wanted a hold something like a Viking funeral for her parents, but wondered how to do it. See the creative result Debra and her family came up in this PowerPoint presentation she made at our November 2019 meeting.
Finding Your Norwegian Roots:
Here's a clear explanation about the sometimes confusing naming traditions in Norway (see PowerPoint slides below). Understanding these traditions can be very helpful in searching for your Norwegian ancestors. This presentation was given by Nordkap Treasurer Carmen Collins at our February 20, 2019, meeting.
Another helpful resource is The Norwegian National Archives www.digitalarkivet.no/en. This was demonstrated in January 2019 by Norkdap President Haley Vingsness.
Reviving the Viking Chess Game
The Vikings had a great way to amuse themselves between raids and working on their farms. It was a board game similar to chess called Hnefatafl, which they spread around the world on their travels. Here's the presentation that Connie Hart and her family recently made at our lodge. ,
Living in Norway with "Polar Nights"
What’s it like to live in near total darkness for weeks at a time? That’s what people in Northern Norway grapple with each winter, as the sun barely creeps past the horizon during “Polar Nights.” Nordkap officer Merete Stenersen is a veteran of Polar Nights, having grown up in Tromso, Norway. She shared her experiences at Nordkap's January meeting with the following presentation::
What kind of swords did Vikings use?
Derrick Hendricks provided insight into this question in November when he spoke about "Medieval Weapons and Defenses" and exhibited examples from his collection. (See photo below.) He also helped dispel some myths about what the Vikings wore and how they fought. Here's Derricks presentation:
Norse Explorers Led the Way
Nordic explorers Erikson, Nansen, and Amundsen opened our eyes and our world to greater possibilities and adventures with their heroic achievements. Here is Carmen Collins' fascinating presentation on their lives, presented at the October 2017 Nordkap meeting.
Learn about the Rite of Passage Norwegian Kids Experience
Think American kids go crazy when they graduate high school? See how Norway's grads get their kicks--responsibly--while still enjoying high jinks and fun. This presentation was made by Mary Morehead on April 23, 2017.
The "Open Air Life" in Norway offers benefits here, too
Learn about "Friluftsliv" the Open Air Life that you can experience, too. This presentation was made April 23, 2017, by Mark Eelnurme on behalf of his wife Merete Stenersen.
The Story of Norway's Royal Family
This is a presentation made by Carmen Collins at our January 2017 meeting. It highlights King Harald's recent speeches and the leadership position he has taken on diversity.
The following is a video of the King's speech on diversity. Carmen showed this video at our meeting.
Finally, here is the King's New Year's Speech that Carmen referenced. It was translated by Nordkap member Finn Roed.
Draken Comes to Detroit
This is the story of the replica Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre and how it came to Detroit, thanks to the work of two Nordkap members, Geir Gronstad and Honorary Norwegian Consul to Michigan Dennis Flessland. This presentation was made by Geir at Nordkap's Oct. 23, 2016, meeting attended by Sons of Norway 5th District President Andy Johnsen.
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Connect with Your Heritage Every Tuesday on "Nordic News"
Nordic News introduces you to experts on Nordic and Nordic-American heritage. The show is produced by Mike Palecek, treasurer of the Fifth District Sons of Norway. It begins online every Tuesday at 6:20 PM (Central), 7:20 PM (Eastern).
Last week's "Nordic News" featured Lori Dubczek in, “Norskedalen Norwegian-American Cultural Center.” Lori is Norskedalen’s executive director. Norskedalen is 20 miles southeast of La Crosse WI.
As part of Lori’s talk she told us of the wide range of activities for all ages at Norskedalen and that the hiking trails and some other activities are still open during COVID-19. If you go, call first at 608-452-3424 to make sure they are open and to get road construction updates.
Upcoming "Nordic News"
July 14 - Viking Ship Burial (Debra Kraft, Nordkap-Detroit MI)
July 21 – Erie Canal: Immigrant Gateway to the West (Darrell Wunrow – Fosselyngen-Milwaukee WI)
July 28 –The Viking Ship sailed to the 1893 Columbian Exhibition (Samantha Simera Bamberger)
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The session opens 10 minutes early to give you time to connect. The meeting finishes about 40 minutes later.
You can participate by:
Computer at https://gotomeet.me/SofN-D5
Telephone at 646-749-3112 (access code: 509-077-557)
By iPhone, iPad, or Android tablet/phone: download the GoToMeeting app from the Apple or Google Play Store. Launch the app and enter the meeting code: SofN-D5
You can watch past episodes of Nordic News at: http://www.sonsofnorway5.com/programs/speakers_bureau.php
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