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The Sons of Norway members in the nation's capital, representing a diversity of background and nationality, share an interest in all things Norwegian and Scandinavian. We trust that all ages will find something of interest -- in our web site and in our lodge. We have around 300 members. Most are from the local area of DC, Maryland, and Virginia, but we also have members from another 16 states as well as Norway, Canada, and Great Britain (many of whom have a connection to the area).   Learn more about us or Join Sons of Norway.  For information on membership, contact Shelley Mitchell (703-815-4367) or vp@norwaydc.org .  For other information, contact Dave Brown president@norwaydc.org .


   
 Lodge Meetings & Events

Summer Picnics at Norway House! 

Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, August 22 

Both at 5 PM 

July: Semi - Brown Bag (bring your own sides & dessert) 


Directions:
http://www.norwaydc.org/directions 3846 Meredith Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030 

We are SO happy that we can hold our traditional summer picnics in per 

son on the expansive back lawn of our lodge. We’re taking the reopening  

slowly: 

In July the lodge will provide grilled burgers and hotdogs, plus soft drinks. Please bring your own  side dishes / desserts so we minimize the sharing of utensils. Tables and chairs will be set up out side but the lodge will be open for restrooms and in the event of rain. Facemasks will be required  inside Norway House. 

In August we may be able to have our usual potluck for sides and desserts — don’t we miss that  bounty?! Watch for an email with details toward the end of July since there’s no August news letter. 




Summer Sale July 17, 5 — 7 p.m. During our picnic on July 17, we'll offer some great bargains from our Festival merchandise: giftware, paper goods, linens, books, sweaters, socks, and more! And nokkelost, which has been frozen to preserve freshness (it works, your Newsletter Editor can attest!). If you can't stay for the picnic feel free to just browse our sale inside Norway House. Facemasks inside the lodge will be required. Hope to see you


Norwegian History Roundtable (NHR)

Do you want to connect with your inner Viking? Do you want to understand the conditions that prompted your ancestors to uproot their lives and go to America? Do you want to appreciate the men and woman who created Norwegian culture? Do you want to experience the trials and triumphs of Norway in WWII? In short – are you interested in Norwegian history? I would like to set up a Norwegian History Round Table. It will offer speakers, debates, field trips, demonstrations of historic crafts, and round table discussions. The round table will be an extended show and tell. You can share a book or magazine, show a historic artifact, alert us to an upcoming event, ask a question, read from an article that you are writing, or suggest some other activities or projects related to our history. The Round Table will be for everyone, from the complete novice to the international authority.   Bill DeRoche
No programs are planned this summer.  Check our Website for more information.    Norwegian History Roundtable


Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)

Genealogy Interest Group Saturday, July 24, 3 PM We will welcome Kristell Benson, the archivist at St. Olaf College in North.field, ND, to our July 24 Zoom meeting, starting at 3 PM. Ms. Benson was formerly the archivist at the Norwegian American Historical Association. The Zoom link will be sent to the GIG mailing list about a week before the meeting. If you are interested in being added to the GIG email list, please email Genealogy@NorwayDC.org. 

The Genealogy Interest Group Website has been updated Genealogy Interest Group 


The Reading Circle

Tuesday, August 17, 7:30 PM The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave 

The selection for August is The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. This gripping novel is set in an isolated Norwegian town in the far north in 1617. It begins with a huge disaster. Most of the men are drowned in a whaling expedition, and the women are forced to take over if they are to survive. They soon develop a strong matriarchal society, which does not sit well with the Church. A well-known witch hunter from Scotland is soon sent to eradicate the supposed evil in this new society. Needless to say, the results of his investigation are chilling. (Think Salem.) The discussion will take place on Tuesday, August 17th. Contact Christine Meloni at reading@norwaydc.org well before the meeting if you plan to attend. We hope to be able to meet in person at Norway House but also make attendance possible via zoom.
The Reading Circle has a new Website Reading Circle Website

Norwegian Language & Conversation

The lodge’s language classes are suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.  When it is safe to meet again, Wednesday evening classes will resume. However, intermediate and advanced language students are invited to join us in an informal Zoom conversation session.  Please contact Katja Jacobsen at  CulturalSkills@norwaydc.org for more information.

 You can also find us on Facebook and YouTube.



Norway House
3846 Meredith Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

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