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.
Nordkap Bowling a Success!
The 5th District Scholarship Fund was the real winner of the Nordkap Bowling Tournament held March 26 at Luxury Lanes in Ferndale. Some 24 bowlers paid to compete with their fellow Nordkap members and guests, with all monies raised going to the District's Scholarship Fund. Evie Cantrell and Lolly Duus, above, showed off their competitive style.
Our bowlers were encouraged by seven Nordkap cheerleaders, who also contributed to the cause--as did three "Norwegian angels" who wanted to help out but weren't able to attend. .
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.
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)
Sunday, April 23, 4 p.m. –
Lodge meeting at the Swedish Club
22398 Ruth Street
Farmington Hills, MI
Social time 4 p.m. with dinner at 4:30
Dennis Flessland is preparing a traditional Norwegian dish, Fiskegrateng (fish and macaroni in white sauce).
Our cultural program after dinner will be a talk about a phenomenon seen around the 17th of May in Norway. It's called "Russetidz" or "Russefeiring," the traditional celebration for Norwegian high school students in their final spring semester. Nordkap's secretary, Mary Morehead, who participated in this observance as a foreign exchange student in Norway, will be our speaker.
We will also hear about another Norwegian tradition called “Friluftsliv” or outdoor recreation, so highly prized in Norway. Our speaker will be our sports and recreation director Merete Stenersen-Eelnurme, who lived the Friluftsliv life, growing up in Norway.
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.