Summer Newsletter 2019

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Read about the upcoming quarter at Portland, OR nonprofit, Nordic Northwest!

FEATURES 03

What is Midsummer?


Learn more about the

Nordic summer tradition

that inspires our annual

festival.

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Donor Spotlight:

Alf & Lili


Read about their life

story and history with

our organization.

Summer 2019

NEWSLETTER

Michelle Bauer


Welcome New

Board Members!

SØREN ANDERSEN

“I came to Oregon in 1982 from

Denmark, where I was born, when

I was 17. I retired last year from

Intel after 20 years and my last role

was Strategy Director for Corporate

Enterprise Systems IT. Before that I

spent nine years in consulting and

systems integration. I am currently

on the Advisory Board for the

Oregon State University College of

Business Supply Chain and Logistics

Management program where I

volunteer and am leading an effort to

build a technology innovation lab. I

am a Limited Partner with the Oregon

Venture Fund and OTBC where I help

to advise Oregon based startup

companies. And, I have a consulting

company called Soren Andersen

Consulting LLC which is focused on

enterprise digital transformation.”

VESA A. VIHAVAINEN

“I’m a Finn, born in Helsinki in

1962, educated in Germany at the

Technical University in Berlin where

I graduated as MS. Econ. in 1988

and then received my MBA degree

from the University of Jyväskylä in

Finland in 1999. I’ve been married

to Heli since 1987 and have four

children, two grandchildren and a

third one is coming this July. I work as

the COO at Sheldon Manufacturing,

Inc. and we have operations also

in Irving, TX. Besides my work life

I write songs and one CD has been

published in 2018 and the next one is

coming in 2019. I was also nominated

as Honorary Consul of Finland for

Oregon in 2017 and have served on

the steering committee of Oregon

Business and Industries since 2018.”

Regatta

Saturday, August 10

SALES GALLERY ANNOUNCEMENT

Throughout the years, Nordic Northwest has grown and created relationships

with many local artists and collectors in the Portland area.

This year, we are very excited to announce a new Sales Gallery at

Nordia House! Starting this summer we will begin showing and selling

collections of art and curated antiques from single artists and owners.

This may include paintings, wood carvings, textiles/weavings, jewelry,

and so much more! This gallery will help celebrate local artists and

preserve both traditional and modern techniques and styles in Nordic

art. Displays will rotate every three months.

INTERESTED IN DISPLAYING AND SELLING ART

OR ANTIQUES?

Contact Kirstie Opel for more information!

Dirk Schulbach

THE ASTORIA REGATTA IS ONE

OF OREGON’S BIGGEST FESTIVALS.

For the past 4 years, Nordic Northwest has been a part of this

Oregon Heritage Tradition by having our famous Viking Ship as a

float in the parade! This year, the 125th Regatta, the float will be

put together with help from the Danish Sisterhood and Danish

Brotherhood to give the ship some Danish Viking flair. The float

is maintained by the Pacific Coast Viking Ship Foundation (Dave

Alford & Judy Gervais Perkiomaki) and each year the Official Lucia

of Oregon court rides the float. For all three years the ship has been

in the parade, the float has been awarded the Grand Land Parade

Grand Marshall’s Award! This parade will take place just as the

Astoria Yacht Club begins their races, and is the culmination of the

weekend long festival.

SCANDINAVIAN OF

THE YEAR CHANGE

This year NNW will move the

NNW SPOTLIGHT

Scandinavian of the Year Award

ceremony from being awarded

annually at the Portland Scandinavian

Midsummer Festival to

being awarded on the Portland

ScanFair stage in December.

HAVE A NOMINATION?

Contact info@nordicnorthwest.org

or call 503-977-0275.

Midsummer

Saturday, June 8

11am – 6pm

Oaks Park

The Midnight Sun

Just above the Arctic Circle, these places can

have months with no darkness from May to

late July. Lands of the Midnight Sun have

become destinations for visitors to Scandinavia.

Instead of setting, the sun dips down towards

sea level. In some towns it lightly touches the

sea before rising again. When the sun sets just

a few degrees below the horizon this is called a

white night.

This is a time of year when many local

attractions and activities are open during the

MIDSUMMER NIGHT IS

THE LIGHTEST NIGHT OF

THE YEAR IN SWEDEN.

Today, it is the time when summer

holidays have just begun and Swedes

flock to the countryside to enjoy fires

and traditional Midsummer food like

herring, potatoes, meat or fish on the

grill and strawberries or other seasonal

fruit and vegetables. Flower crowns

are also a large part of the tradition,

as plants are collected to craft them

and decorate the maypole, which people

dance around as the celebrations

late hours of the night. It is a rare opportunity

to kayak over quiet gold waters or take

a walk over a glacier at midnight. Some say

this extreme sun exposure is needed to sustain

residents through the opposing polar night,

24 hours of darkness, which can contribute

to mental health problems. Light is such an

essential part of Nordic living that many

homes and cabins are built with as much

exposure to natural light as possible. The

central Norwegian town of Rjukan, nestled in

a fjord valley, has even notably installed large

Michelle Bauer

continue. Midsummer is a welcome party for the season but it started

as a celebration for the season of fertility. This is where the focus on

foliage and new growth comes from. Midsummer Eve is traditionally

the best time for love to bloom. Young women are tasked with picking

seven types of flowers to put under their pillow, then they dream of

their future lovers. Because of the magical feel in the air, it is also

a popular time for weddings and christenings. The food and drink

traditions come from the industrial industry, where factory employees

were given a feast of herring, beer and schnapps. It has been the most

celebrated Swedish festivity since the early 1900s.

Portland’s Annual Scandinavian Midsummer festival, an Oregon Heritage

Tradition Day since 2018, is now in its 91st year! Join the League

of Swedish Societies and Nordic Northwest for all of the favorite

traditional celebrations: flower crowns, dancing around the maypole,

delicious food and drink, and more!

BODØ, JOKKMOKK, AND ROVANIEMI ARE ALL

CONSIDERED CITIES THAT NEVER SLEEP.

rotating mirrors on the mountainside to reflect

sunlight back into the town! Nordia House

was also designed based on the Nordic principle

of utilizing natural light. If you look closely,

there are almost no 90 degree angles in the

entire building; the walls are angled in such a

way as to allow the most light possible. As it is

with the polar night, Nordic people continue

to be outdoors no matter the season. The extra

hours of daylight help them, and the many

tourists who flock to see this phenomenon, to

be out and enjoy nature that much more.

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CALENDAR

June

91ST PORTLAND SCANDINAVIAN

MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL

June 8, 11am – 6pm

NEEDLE FELTING WORKSHOP:

VIKINGS & GNOMES

June 22, 10am – 1pm

July

NORDIC HERITAGE NIGHT WITH

THE PORTLAND THORNS

July 5, 8 – 10pm

CONCERT & DANCE: VARELSE

July 21, 6pm

NNW or Norske Runddansere Members: $15

September – October

CONCERT: SVER

September 5, 7:30pm

NNW Members: $30

Oaks Park (7805 SE Oaks Park Way)

NNW Members: $54

Providence Park

Non-members: $20

Non-members: $35

Adults: $8

Non-members: $64

Tickets: $20

Arts for All: $5

(Concert at Nordia House, presented by the Alber-

Seniors & Students: $7

Join Smart Felt creator Sabrina Mauer and create

See the Portland Thorns against the Seattle Reign

Varelse (a local Portland band) is a unique

ta Rose Theater) SVER play epic Nordic folk music

Families: $17

your unique version of a Viking or Gnome in just a

FC! After the game we will be hosting a Q & A with

combination of various traditions, instruments, and

with relentless energy and seductive spark taking

Children 11 & Under Free

few hours! In this introductory class, you can learn

Icelandic player, Dagny Brynjarsdottir. A portion of

histories. Nyckelharpa, fiddle, six-string guitar and

you on a fantastic musical journey guaranteed to

Presented by the League of Swedish Societies and

how to make this freestanding gnome using wool

ticket sales comes back to Nordic Northwest!

various hand percussion instruments come together

excite you. SVER is one of the most acclaimed live

Nordic Northwest. Join your friends and family in

and a felting needle.

to create a groove and sound that is simultaneously

acts in the Nordic folk scene.

SE Portland to ring in the 91st year of this historic,

THE COMPLETE SONGS

old and new. Come for a concert and dance!

regional tradition that occurs each June. Enjoy

NEEDLE FELTING WORKSHOP:

OF EDVARD GRIEG:

NORDIC WINE & PAINT NIGHT

Nordic food, games, entertainment, vendors and

more! Plus, entry includes discounted ride bracelets

FOUR LEGGED FRIEND

June 22, 2 – 5pm

THE MOUNTAIN MAID

July 9, 7:30pm

August

September 13, 7 – 9pm

NNW Members: $25

for the park! It continues to be a fun, family friendly

NNW Members: $54

NNW Members: $20

Non-members: $30

and important day with centuries-old traditions and

Non-members: $64

Non-members: $25

WOODBLOCK TOTE BAG PRINTING

Enjoy a complimentary beverage while you learn

All events are at Nordia House

everyone is invited.

A fanciful unicorn or a fuzzy alpaca, these four

Arts for All: $5

August 18, 12 - 2pm

from master artist and crafter, Joel Henrique! Be

unless otherwise noted. All dates

legged beasts are as fun to make as they are to

Join Laura Loge, sporano, and Knut Erik Jensen,

NNW Members: $15

inspired by Joel’s exhibit Design Play, on display

subject to change.

WORKSHOP: RUNE RING

look at! Learn this shortcut technique for creating

piano, with Northwest Edvard Grieg Society and

Non-members: $20

from July 12 - October 31, 2019.

June 12, 10:00am – 1:00pm

quadrupeds.

Nordic Northwest, as they venture in the mountains

Craft your own printed tote using Scandinavian de-

For more information, visit

NNW Members: $90

to the sæter (summer farm).

signed blocks and acrylic paint with Joel Henriques!

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP &

nordicnorthwest.org

Non-members: $100

NEEDLE FELTING WORKSHOP:

Families welcome. In collaboration with the Design

VOLUNTEER CELEBRATION

Using sterling silver, learn some basic jewelry

BIRCH CANVAS

EXHIBIT OPENING: DESIGN PLAY

Play exhibit (July 12 - October 31).

September 15, 5 – 7pm

All sales are final; no refunds.

silversmithing techniques by texturing and forming

June 23, 2:30 – 5:30pm

July 12, 6:30 – 8pm

Free for NNW Members

sheet metal into a wide band ring. Stamp the Elder

NNW Members: $54

Free & Open to the Public

CONCERT: ABBAGRAPHS

Non-member Guests: $15

Futhark Viking runes in a pattern and leave with a

Non-members: $64

This summer we feature the whimsical art of Joel

August 24, 7 pm

Join us for our annual community celebration at

completed ring.

Wool painting is a technique using wool fibers to

Henriques, focusing on his oeuvre of toys, craft, and

VIP Reception, 5pm

Nordia House! RSVP to info@nordicnorthwest.org.

"paint" a two dimensional design, using a felting

fine art. His paintings will be on display and for

VIP: $60

DANISH BOOK CLUB

needle. This piece will be suitable for framing.

sale! Get a first look and enjoy light refreshments.

NNW Members: $30

FALL FILM COURSE:

June 19, August 21, October 16

Non-members: $35

NORDIC CINEMA

12 – 2pm

CONCERT: NORDIC SINGERS

PICKLED HERRING DINNER

Seattle-based, The ABBAgraphs recreate the pop

Mondays, 7:15 – 9:15pm

NNW Members: Free

June 26, 7:30pm

July 13, 6:30pm

magic of ABBA’s chart-topping, classic pop hits

September 23 – November 18

Non-members: $10

NNW Members: $30

NNW Members: $65

of the '70s and early '80s PLUS hits of the disco

Course Fee:

This group reads book selections & conducts discus-

Non-members: $35

Non-members: $75

era. Think Dancing Queen, Take a Chance on Me,

NNW Members: $100

sions in Danish! The meetings are open to the public

Visiting from Denmark as a part of their national

Join us on the lawn at Nordia House for the 4th

Mamma Mia, Fernando, Waterloo and more!

Non-members: $150

and take place in the MLC Conference room inside

tour, the Nordic Singers will perform a selection

annual Pickled Herring Dinner with Broder Söder!

See them perform at Nordia House for the first

Dr. Birnie received his Ph.D. in German Literature,

of Nordia House. Brunch available to order from

of operatic classics. Save the date to see this

The smörgåsbord will feature herring in a variety

time and enjoy the first concert on the Fogelbo

with a minor in Scandinavian Studies, from UW

the cafe to enjoy during group discussion.

incredible group! Sponsored by the ScanDesign

of sauces, new potatoes with lots of dill, cucumber

Lawn (weather permitting)!

and has since taught Norwegian, Scandinavian

Foundation.

salad and, of course, Swedish Meatballs!

literature and film, and German. This course will

WINE WEDNESDAYS

VIKING KNIT BRACELET

provide an introduction to the origins and devel-

June 19, July 17, August 14, September 18

FILM: SARABAND

WORKSHOP: VIKING

August 25, 3 – 7pm

opment of Scandinavian film over the past 90

5 – 7pm

June 28, 7pm

CHAINMAILLE EARRINGS

NNW Members: $90

years. The focus will be to acquaint students with

NNW Members: $15

Suggested Donation: $10

July 17, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Non-members: $100

the major directors, themes and narrative styles.

Non-members: $20

(Rated R) Join us in viewing this 2003 drama,

NNW Members: $85

With Debra Carus of Elentari Handverk, you’ll use

Enjoy an evening on the Nordia House patio with

Saraband (Sweden) directed by Ingmar Bergman.

Non-members: $95

sterling silver wire, pliers and wooden dowels,

NORDIC NIGHTS AUCTION & GALA

light refreshments! Taste offerings from four local

Professor Tom Birnie will present the film and host a

Learn chainmaille patterns, plus wireworking skills

and create one of the most ancient and lovely

October 5, 5 pm

Nordic wineries, and bottles will also be available

brief discussion following the screening.

to create your own earrings, decorated with stone

chains that dates to Viking times. Once woven, the

Tickets: $150

for sale. More details to come.

and metal beads. You’ll even create your own ear

chain is drawn through a special drawplate that

Enjoy an elegant night at Nordia House full of

wires, using sterling silver wire. Class taught by

compresses and lengthens the weave into a dense,

delicious food and drink, exciting bidding and

Debra Carus of Elentari Handverk.

beautiful bracelet.

more! It is a night not to be missed!

Lisa Oliver

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NNW STAFF

Jodi Lippert

Executive Director

Sassa Carver

Events Coordinator

Christine Beaulieu

Events Support

Minna Lindholm

Rental Coordinator

Laila Simon

Program & Communications

Coordinator

Kirstie Opel

Exhibit, Membership &

Volunteer Coordinator

Doug Webster

Facilities Coordinator

Nate Powers

Facilities Coordinator

Whitman Craig

Facilities Associate

Oscar Hårrskog

Facilities Assistant

NNW BOARD

Mike Nelson

President

John Nelson

Vice President

Sonja Haugen

Treasurer

Grethe Larson

Secretary

Anton Akervall

Søren Andersen

Kim Bergenser

Aase Besson

Dana Bjarnason

Kirsty Dickinson

Bob Evenson

Ross Fogelquist, Emeritus

Greg Jacob

Leah Jørgensen Jean

Katariina Lehtonen

Ralph Tuomi

Vesa Vihavainen

Tim Wahlberg

BRODER STAFF

Colin Dunphy

Executive Chef

David Narlock

Café Manager

Casey Currier

General Manager

COMMUNITY NEWS

Donor Spotlight

Alf & Lili Gregerson

ALF AND LILI LEFT

THEIR HOME COUNTRY

OF DENMARK TWO

WEEKS AFTER THEIR

WEDDING IN 1959.

Despite thinking the decision to move

to America was crazy, Lili’s parents

drove them to the Copenhagen train

station and waved goodbye for what they

thought might be the last time. The couple

had no jobs lined up and no money,

just the desire to start a new life. “We

came with just our bare hands.”

Their pioneer spirit lead them to board

the Queen Elizabeth on the way to

Canada. After landing in New York they

took a Greyhound bus across the country

to Calgary where they lived for five

years before seeking a warmer climate in

the Portland/Vancouver area.

Arriving in Portland while pregnant with

their daughter presented challenges of

finding a new home and work to support

their family. Alf worked graveyard shifts

at the shipyard. After a worker’s strike

threatened time without pay, Alf decided

to seek out tools and equipment to start

his own welding business; he did so

within the month. Because ‘A’s come first

in the phone book, they named the business

‘Advance’ and rented a warehouse in

the Vancouver shipyard. Alf went door

AMC ANNOUNCEMENT

to door to drum up business to get them started.

They were met with many kind individuals

and grew a solid reputation. Lili describes Alf

as, “never wanting to make a big splash,” but

they certainly made ends meet. Alf worked day

and night to support the business, finishing

projects in the day and putting together estimates

in their spare bedroom. Lili also helped

with office work at Advance for a few years.

They owned the business for 35 years.

In the early 1980s, the two were asked by a son

of fellow Danish immigrants to begin attending

meetings at Portland State University to help

support the Scandinavian Studies department.

It was important to Alf and Lili to become

American citizens and Lili attributes this mind

set to their spread set of interests and friend

groups in the Nordic community at large.

After following the progression of Nordic

Northwest, born out of those meetings at PSU

in the 80s, Alf & Lili were pleased to be invited

to attend a NNW board meeting. It was this

gesture that inspired a generous 1 million

dollar donation to the organization.

Nordic Northwest congratulates Alf & Lili on

their Diamond Anniversary - 60 years! Tillykke

Alf & Lili!

Annual Membership & Volunteer Celebration! September 15, 5–7 pm. Every year, since our opening,

we gather at Nordia House to celebrate the members and volunteers of our Nordic Northwest

Community! Your support helps sustain everything we do from programs and exhibits to festivals and

NEW AT NNW

The National Nordic Museum Act

This March, the Natural Resources Management Act was

signed into law, affecting almost every state, including the

maintenance of local parks and new protected land and

water designations.

In Oregon, the habitat for steelhead is conserved: one hundred

thousand acres of land and 200 miles of river! This is one

of the 170 provisions in the law, which is a triumph of conservation

legislation. Attached to this law is a brief bill which

states, “This bill designates the Nordic Museum at 2655 NW

Market Street in Seattle, Washington, as the ‘National Nordic

Museum.’” This bill was sponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell

of Washington and serves as a continuation of Ballard’s

strong Nordic connection. As a national representative of

Nordic culture, the museum will continue to promote local

economic opportunities as well as international relationships.

With their new building, which opened in May 2018, the

Nordic Museum has the opportunity to attract world class exhibitions,

community partnerships and expand their in-house

collections. Nordic Northwest is looking forward to watching

them grow and working with them in the future!

Tillykke, onnittelut, til hamingju, gratulerer, grattis!

(Congratulations)

NORDIC NIGHTS

Nordic Northwest’s annual Auction and Gala has a new name,

Nordic Nights! October 5, 2019 will be a night of celebration

for the Portland Nordic community. Gathering at Nordia House,

Lisa Oliver

CALL FOR COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS:

Are you a member with us and looking for a unique way to be involved?

NNW is looking for members to volunteer for several committees:

Development Committee

Annual Auction & Gala

Help plan NNW’s strategic direction Plan a night of philanthropic engagement,

fun and fundraising all with a

that identifies philanthropy’s role in

accomplishing NNW’s strategic plan Nordic theme

and vision

ScanFair Christmas Market

Facilities Committee

Help with preparation and evaluation

Help plan the maintenance, capital of our annual Christmas market at the

projects and volunteer work projects Memorial Coliseum

to keep NNW’s facilities in top condition

to accomplish its mission

Midsummer Festival

Help plan and execute our annual

Governance Committee

outdoor summer celebration

Enhance the Board’s capacity for

effective governance

Cook & Eat

Have a hand in one of our most popular

offerings; Friday Night Lecture

Program Committee

Grow and help assure the programs Series - ensure quality lecturers at

and exhibits meet NNW mission Portland State University through this

20+ year old program

MEMBERSHIP

Want to be a member of Nordic Northwest?

FINN WARE STAFF

Saara Matthews

Owner

Marjo Northrup

Roberta Lang

Sales Associates

Nordic resources. Join us to gather with friends old and new. We want to show our appreciation and

host an opportunity for staff, volunteers and members to get together. The President’s Award will be

presented alongside remarks from the President of the Board and the Annual Report will be handed

out. Families are welcome; there will be a craft area and lawn games (weather permitting)! We hope

to see you on the 15th.

Nordic organizations, businesses and individuals have a chance

to socialize over great food and drink while supporting NNW’s

cultural mission. Bid on exciting items and packages! Sponsorship

opportunities are available now and donations are being accepted.

Plan to spend a fall night with us!

See mebership levels and benefits at

nordicnorthwest.org/membership

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EXHIBIT & EVENT NEWS

From Sweden to

Oregon Exhibit

FROM SWEDEN TO OREGON: THE

IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE 1850 – 1950

Between 1850 and 1949, only Canada and Germany

surpassed Sweden in Oregon’s foreign born population:

by 1930, one in ten immigrants in Oregon was a Swede.

Who were these immigrants and why did they choose

to leave Sweden? What did they do when they got

here? And why was Oregon the place to go? This is an

exhibition which follows the Swedish immigrants to

Oregon and reveals what became of their lives, hopes,

and dreams. This exhibit is funded in part by grants

from the Swedish Council of America and the Cultural

Coalition of Washington County, as well as generous

donations from Swedish Society Linnea, Harmoni Lodge

#472, and the New Sweden Cultural Heritage Society.

This exhibit has been created and curated over the past

year by Swedish Roots in Oregon, an immigration focused

nonprofit. A special thank you to Exhibit Curator

Rhonda Erlandson and Artifact Curator Ross Fogelquist.

(April 12 - July 8, 2019)

Joel Henriques:

Design Play

This summer (July 12 – October 31, 2019) Nordia House will feature

the whimsical art of Joel Henriques, focusing on his oeuvre of toys,

craft, and fine art. His work explores the connection between visual

and emotional responses to playful, positive, functional design and

how it helps us live more joyfully artful lives.


Joel Henriques is the artist and writer behind the blog, Made by Joel,

and book, Made to Play! As a child, Joel learned how to create crafts

and toys from his Norwegian grandmother by using simple materials

such as walnut shells for bathtub boats, wooden spools for tractors,

and yarn cuttings for latch-hooking. Documenting the crafts he began

to make for his own kids on his Made by Joel blog, Joel found a sweet

spot in the DIY (Do It Yourself) movement by making it excitingly

easy for parents to fashion toys with and for their own kids. Thanks to

the popularity of Joel's blog, Martha Stewart invited him to her show

in celebration of his Made to Play! book release. Side by side, Joel and

Martha made his Scandinavian-inspired dollhouse, catapulting his

reach to design blogs all over the world. Joel currently spends his time

creating illustrations and art projects for kids by working with a wide

array of collaborators including his local public schools, Disney, and

the Portland Art Museum. Joel lives with his wife and three children

in Portland, Oregon.

Lisa Oliver

Nordic Northwest is a nonprofit

organization focused on the five Nordic

nations: Denmark, Finland, Iceland,

Norway and Sweden.

8800 SW Oleson Rd.

Portland OR 97223

503.977.0275

nordicnorthwest.org

info@nordicnorthwest.org

The mission of Nordic Northwest is to

preserve, communicate and celebrate

Nordic culture, heritage and innovation.

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