Velkommen, Detroit Norwegians.
Detroit area Norwegians and their friends gather at the Sons of Norway's Nordkap Lodge in Farmington Hills, MI. 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. Here you are not just a face in the crowd--you are a friend. A part of a community. Our members take care of each other. We are 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.
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.
Hosting Steak and Corn Roast at the Swedish Club
Celebrating Midsummer--St. Hans Eve
Bicentennial Celebration of the 1814 Constitution
Nordkap marked the 17th of May and the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution with a celebration at the Swedish Club. Festivities began with a parade and national anthems at the flagpole on the club's grounds (see image at top of page). It was an occasion for young and old to wear their colorful bunads (immediately above), the national dress of Norway. (Both photos by Bob Giles)
NEW DATE FOR JANUARY MEETING!
Sunday, Jan. 29 -- 4 p.m.
Social hour and dinner at the Swedish Club.
The gathering is an important one for our lodge, as our new slate of officers for 2017 will be installed. Among the new officers this year is Cultural Director Carmen Collins who will make a presentation about King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway.
The King and Queen celebrated 25 years as Norway’s Royal Couple last year and will both be celebrating their 80th birthdays this year. Carmen will be drawing on a recent speech made by the King that attracted much attention in the European media for its discussion of diversity. She will also be drawing from the King’s New Year Speech for 2017 and the excellent English translation by Nordkap member Finn Roed.
The meeting at the Swedish Club at 22398 Ruth St, Farmington Hills, will begin with our usual social time at 4 p.m. followed by dinner at 4;30. The meal offered on that January afternoon will be crusty bread and a “hot soup bar” consisting of a Potato Soup and Yellow Pea and Ham Soup promised by members. But there’s always room for more. Please consider preparing your favorite soup to share.
Nordkap Wins Honors from 5th District
Nordkap Lodge takes home top honors from Sons of Norway District 5 biennial convention for "Family Lodge of the Year" for 2014. We also win certificates of "Special Recognition" from the International Lodge, congratulating us on "a year of Fraternal Excellence" -- gold for 2014 and silver for 2015. And Nordkapen newsletter editor Bob Giles is awarded a Certificate of Recognition from District 5 for our Website newsletter.
To see Bob's video of the the Parade of the Bunads at District 5's convention, see https://youtu.be/HyMYSZxVVlk.