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.
Making Paper Witches for Midsummer Celebration
These witches fulfill a centuries-old tradition of keeping the bad away by tossing a paper witch into the bonfire on Norway's midsummer celebration on June 23, Sankthansaften. It's a tradition the lodge continues each year. At the April meeting, we made the witches under the tutelage of three experts, Carol Jehle, Sue Schotts and Gladys Baldwin.
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)
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.