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Arne & Carlos Nordic Knitting Conference 2014 Registration is Now Open!

October 3-5, 2014

The 2014 Nordic Knitting Conference — a unique chance to learn from nationally and internationally known knitters and textile artists — will feature Arne & Carlos, Norway’s knitting rock stars, this October 3, 4, and 5. The conference is held every other year, and focuses on techniques and styles inspired by past and present Nordic textile traditions.

Learn more and register online now here.


Saturday & Sunday, November 22 & 23, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Get a head start on your holiday shopping or simply enjoy the atmosphere at Yulefest, the event that offers a taste of a traditional Nordic Christmas.

Find the perfect present for each person on your holiday shopping list by perusing the Nordic-inspired wares of more than 40 merchants. The annual Yulefest Raffle features the grand prize of two roundtrip tickets to Scandinavia aboard Icelandair, in addition to many other prizes! Raffle tickets may be purchased before and during Yulefest at the Museum.

The weekend-long festival presents authentic open-face sandwiches in the Nordic Café; winter treats such as krumkake at Goodies-to-Go, lefse in the Kaffestuga, and Danish æbleskiver and the holiday beverage glögg, a hot spiced wine and the toast of the Bodega!

Scandinavian fiddlers, singers, and folk dancers bring Nordic culture to life, performing on stages throughout the Museum. Young and old alike enjoy free holiday-inspired crafts, activities, and visits with Santa.

View photos from last year's Yulefest celebration on our Flickr page here!

Admission is a suggested donation of $3 for adults, $1 for kids 6 to 11, and kids under 6 are free. Limited parking is available for a suggested donation of $2.

Would you like to volunteer at this fun event? Email our Volunteer Coordinator, Michael Ide, at michaeli@nordicmuseum.org. Thank you!

Concert: The Nordic Romantics - Grieg and Nielsen

Tuesday September 30, 7PM

Natasha Bazhanov, Violin
Chuck Jacot, Cello
Thane Lewis, Viola
Eugene Bazhanov, Violin
David Barela, Piano Marie Birve, Singer

The Novus Project is a consortium of musicians comprised of members of Seattle Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet orchestras, and other talented local musicians. In this concert the group will focus on works by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and Danish composer Carl Nielsen. Swedish soprano Marie Birve will perform Grieg songs with the group.

Cost: $12 members / $14 non-members. Purchase tickets here

Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

Craft School: Woodcarving with Erik Holt

Saturdays, 9:00am-3:30pm

October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 29
December 6, 13, 20

Learn Baroque Acanthus, Rococo and Viking/Dragon styles in this class. Students will concentrate on the fundamental leaf formations of the Acanthus style (see below), working up combinations of the Acanthus curl, or explore the Viking/Dragon style as seen above. Woodcarvers at all levels, beginners to experienced, are welcome in the class. Tool sharpening and basic carving techniques will be covered for beginners. Continuing students will develop their own projects.

Classes are paid for by the month. Visit Instructor Erik Holt’s website for more information about tools and supplies:

Classes start at $45 for members, $47 for non-members.

There are discounts for purchasing multiple classes at once.

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

The Color of Time
Lecture: The Color of Time: The History of Early Photography and Process

Wednesday, October 8, 7PM

Join us for an evening with photographer Tod Gangler. Gangler’s newest body of photographic work is a collection of views and visions of Ballard as it appears in the 21st century. He captures Ballard at all times of day, encompassing various notions of time, from hours to seasons and years.

While in his twenties Tod Gangler received a T.J. Watson Fellowship and moved to Paris. There he learned about early photography and fell in love with the work of his new heroes: Le Gray, Atget, Balus, and Braun. He also saw color carbon prints for the first time. In 1979 Tod Gangler moved to Seattle and began the work of re-inventing and mastering carbon printing. After 20 years of failures and hard work, he has finally succeeded.

In his lecture Tod Gangler will talk about the history of early photography and his own work. This lecture is in conjunction with the exhibit The Color of Time: From Ballard to Dusk to Dawn. The exhibit will be open after the lecture.

Cost: Free, $5 donation suggested. Purchase tickets here:

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Craft School: Rosemaling
Craft School: Rosemaling with Marilyn Hansen

October 10, 17, 18, 25, 26, and 31, 2014

Explore this traditional Norwegian form of decorative folk art, or simply brush up on your painting and design skills. Telemark, Hallingdal and Gudbrandsdal are just some of the regional styles taught in this class. Students paint on a variety of decorative and useful objects. All levels of painters welcome, and taking at least two classes is recommended.

Hansen is an experienced instructor and a member of The Western Rosemalers Association. She is a gifted painter whose work is known and appreciated throughout the United States.

You may purchase supplies from Hansen at the time of the workshop: $10 for a plate; brushes are $6 each; using her paints is $7; color copies are $1

Cost: $33 per session / $35 per session. Purchase tickets here:

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Soup & Cinema: October

Tuesday October 14, 12pm

Enjoy Nordic films and wholesome, nourishing soup for an afternoon at the Museum! Join us as we serve soup for lunch and show a Nordic movie. All movies are in the original language with English subtitles.

Movie: Norway’s Long Flat balls/Lange flate baller
Soup: Pumpkin Soup

Soup & Cinema occurs the second Tuesday of the month at 12:00pm through the fall and winter

Cost:$8 members / $12 non-members. Purchase tickets here:

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Swedish Roots, Oregon Lives
Book Talk: Swedish Roots, Oregon Lives

Wednesday, October 15, 6:30pm

Lars Nordstrom discusses and reads from Swedish Roots, Oregon Lives, the result of his investigation into the oral histories of Oregon Swedes. He will also discuss the organization Swedish Roots in Oregon, an oral history project similar to the museum's Nordic American Voices project.

Cost: Free, $5 donation suggested. Purchase tickets here:

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

From the Front to the West Coast
Craft School: Workshop & Lecture: Caring for Your Heirloom Photographs

Saturday, October 18th, 2:00-4:00pm

Join a member of the Museum’s collections team for a workshop on the care, display, and storage of both digital and non-digital photographs and a behind-the-scenes tour of our photo storage.

Photographs need proper care to survive. Learn the museum’s tricks and techniques for caring for our photo collection and the different ways to safely show or store photographs. In conjunction with the Color of Time exhibition, our curators will show you the different tools and accessories they use on the museum’s photos, and give you tips for adapting them for home use. You’ll get to see the way our curators store the museum collection on a special tour of our storage space.

You will go home with multiple handouts and other useful information on caring for important images.

Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members. Purchase tickets here:

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

 Community Event: Ballard: Best Place Ever
Community Event: Ballard: Best Place Ever

Thursday October 23, 7pm

Join us in a community event celebrating Ballard old and new. Ballard residents, business owners, artists and musicians will gather for a fun evening of talks, music, food and vendors. Local speakers will give short presentations on topics like art, urban farming, beer brewing, and food. Homegrown musicians will entertain and local vendors will offer Ballard related items for sale. This event is in conjunction with the exhibit The Color of Time: Ballard from Dusk to Dawn, photographs by Tod Gangler. The exhibit will be open for a special viewing during this event. Among presenters are artist Matt Bazemore, Urban farmer Jeanene Miller and micro brewer Adam Robbings. Moderator will be Peggy Sturdivant.

Cost: Free, $5 donation suggested. Purchase tickets here:

Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

Moomin Lecture: The Moo-Moo-Moomintrolls of Tove Jansson

Tuesday, November 4, 7PM

UW Professor Lotta Gavel Adams will give a power point presentation of what actually lurks behind the seemingly innocent faces of Tove Jansson's popular Moomintrolls.

$5 suggested donation

RSVP at moominlecture.eventbrite.com

Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

linda Concert: Linda Lundqvist

Thursday, November 6, 6.30PM artist meet and greet, 7PM concert

Swedish-native Linda Lundqvist performs a special acoustic show at the Nordic Heritage Museum. She will perform original material in her signature pop-folk style, as well as covers of current and classic hits. Join us prior to the show for a Meet and Greet with Linda.

Cost: $10 for Museum members, $12 for non-members.

Tickets at concert-lindalundquist.eventbrite.com

Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

mead making
Craft School: Mead Making Workshop

Sunday, November 9, 2-4pm

Make your own mead! Erik Newquist, founder of Everett's Æsir Meadery, leads this hands-on introduction to the art and science of mead-making. You will learn a bit about the history and culture of this drink, then dive into the mead-making process. After reviewing materials and ingredient choices, each participant will get to brew a one-gallon batch of mead. You'll depart with handouts, complete instructions on caring for and drinking your mead, and a tasty gallon of this ancient, yet still popular, drink. Bring your own materials and ingredients or Erik will provide them for a materials fee of $50.

All the materials you need to complete these projects are included with your materials fee.

Cost: $50 for Members, plus $50 materials fee if not brining own; $55 for non-Members, plus $55 materials fee if not brining own.

Register at craftschool-meadmaking.eventbrite.com

Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

Craft School: Nordic Beer Tasting And Drinking Songs

Sunday, November 9,6-8

Nordic Heritage Museum’s Craft School presents a special pre-Yulefest evening of beer and song.
Sample and analyze a wide range of Nordic and Nordic-style beers, including the first tasting of a fresh batch brewed especially for this event. Taste samples of the barley, malt, and hops used to gain a better understanding of the craft of beermaking.

Then, join the museum’s music archivist, Kathi Ploeger, to learn some typical Nordic drinking songs. Learn Helan går; Han skal leve; O, så synger vi; and others. Kathi will share her expertise in the history and culture of Norse drinking traditions.

Cost: $30 for Members; $35 for non-Member.

Register at craftschool-beertasting.eventbrite.com

Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

Soup & Cinema: Our Own Oslo/Okkar Eign Osló

Tuesday November 11, 12noon
Our Own Oslo is an Icelandic romantic comedy. We follow the romantic entanglement of Harald, a forty year old engineer, and Vilborg, a single-mother whose life is out of control. Soup, bread, and coffee will be served.

Cost: $8 for Museum members, $12 for non-members

Tickets at soupandcinema-november.eventbrite.com

Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

Craft School: Woven Christmas Hearts

Tuesday, December 2, 7-8.30pm
Weaving Christmas hearts out of paper is an old Scandinavian tradition. The hearts create a little basket that can be used to decorate Christmas trees or gift boxes, and can be filled with nuts, candy, or other little surprises.

Learn how to make the basic hearts as well as more complex ones from instructor Ingela Wänerstrand who learned this craft from Knut Vaegter, a Danish Christmas hearts expert.

The special paper for the hearts is provided along with coffee and ginger snaps. Bring scissors, pencil, and clear tape — and candy or nuts to fill your little heart basket.

Cost: $18 for Members; $20 for non-Members

Register at craftschool-christmashearts.eventbrite.com

Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

Craft School: Aebleskiver Cooking Workshop

Saturday, December 6, 10am-12:30pm

Aebleskiver (small spherical pancakes) are a popular holiday treat in Denmark--join us for an encore engagement of this popular workshop. In this hands-on class you'll learn how to cook a variety of these tasty snacks. Review the history and culture of the dish; roll up your sleeves and get cooking; then stay for a brunch with all the trimmings.

Cost: $25 for Members; $30 for non-Members.

Register at craftschool-christmascooking.eventbrite.com

Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

Soup & Cinema: Love and Lemons/Små citroner gula

Tuesday December 8, 12noon
Love and Lemons is a romantic comedy about love, friendship and the courage it takes to follow your dreams. Agnes, a chef, decides to risk it all when she is fired and dumped on the same day. She opens a restaurant with her best friend and falls in love with the one person who cannot know who she really is. Soup, bread, and coffee will be served.

Cost: $8 for Museum members, $12 for non-members

Tickets at soupandcinema-december.eventbrite.com

Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

Special Events

Each year, the Nordic Heritage Museum holds three special events in addition to our regular programming.

Mark your calendar for these exciting events, and check back for more information as they get closer!

Viking Days: August 16 & 17, 2014
Nordic Knitting Conference (held every other year) October 3 - 5, 2014
Yulefest: November 22 & 23, 2014
Mostly Nordic: Chamber Music Series and Smörgåsbord: Early in 2015, exact dates to be determined

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