Washington Lodge of the Sons of Norway


June 7, 2022 Version 1.6a


Lundehund Play Date

Sunday, June 12, 1 PM.

The local Lundehund families invite you to join them at their next puppy play date, on Sunday, March 20th at 1 PM in the backyard of Norway House. If you are interested in learning about the breed, this is a great opportunity to meet the dogs and their families. Those who just want to see Lundehunds at play are also welcome. Please don't bring other dogs. If you are thinking of attending, please RSVP to Karon Plasha, 703-534-6858. Masks will be required. Norway House: 3846 Meredith Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030.

June Library Hours & Festival Food Sale

The Lodge Library will be open on Tuesday, June 7 and during the June meeting (Saturday June 18 5 - 9 PM). Your can check out your favorite books, CDs, LPs, DVDs, and VHS. You can also purchase a selection of Festival food at 20% discount.

Check out the Library section for a complete catalogue of our Library's holdings.

June Lodge Meeting: Potluck Picnic & Presentation
“Between Rocks and Hard Places”
Saturday, June 18
Potluck Picnic, 5 pm in backyard
Program, 7 pm, hybrid lodge/Zoom
Norway House 3846 Meredith Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030

Directions to Norway House

Why do people leave their homes in search of a better life? Look for answers in the dramatic black and white photographs of Knud Knudsen, considered one of Norway’s most important early photographers. He often returned from his studio in Bergen to the village of Tokheim to capture scenes of everyday life. This program focuses on one of Norway’s most important early photographers. Knudsen often ventured to the village of Tokheim to capture scenes of everyday life. Despite the idyllic landscape, his work vividly illustrates some of the factors that led to the high rate of emigration from this region.

Our doors will open at 5 pm for people to arrive and mingle. The picnic will start at 6 in the backyard, with hotdogs and drinks provided by the lodge. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share and consider bringing a lawn chair to ensure we have adequate outside seating.

Then at 7 pm, for those comfortable inside, we’ll join Chris Johnson, CEO of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, IA, via Zoom. Chris will present “Between Rocks and Hard Places: Emigration Through the Lens of Knud Knudsen.” We will offer a Zoom link to the 7 pm program for those not at the lodge.


For more information, please contact Christine Meloni cfmeloni@hotmail.com

June 22, Tuesday 7:30 PM Reading Circle Meeting

Burnt-Out Town of Miracles by Roy Jacobsen

(Facilitator -- Mary-Eileen Earl Manning)


'A compact and compelling novel by an iconic Norwegian writer...[and] thanks to Don Bartlett and Don Shaw's crisp translation, we see it obliquely' - Independent

Set in Finland in 1939, this is the story of one man who remains in his home town when everyone else has fled, burning down their houses in their wake, before the invading Russians arrive.

Timo remains behind because he can't imagine life anywhere else, doing anything else besides felling the trees near his home. This is a novel about belonging - a tale of powerful and forbidden friendships forged during a war, of unexpected bravery and astonishing survival instincts.

The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles is not a novel about war, but about the lives of ordinary people dragged into war, each of whom only wants to find the path back home.

Roy Jacobsen uses the dramatic natural landscape of light and darkness, fire-blazing heat and life-robbing cold to spectacular effect. (Amazon)



Norwegian History Roundtable:
War in Eastern Europe, 1939 and Today

Sunday June 26, 3 PM - Zoom Only

It has been said, “The past is not dead. Actually, it’s not even past.” This seems true today in the war in Ukraine. We will be comparing the current Russian invasion with its invasion of Finland, which began on Nov. 30, 1939. Jorgen Flood has written about World War II in Scandinavia and will help us understand the current situation. The tentative date is June 26, 3 pm (Eastern Time), Zoom only.

Updates will be posted on this page and will be emailed to individuals on the NHR mailing list.

To get on the list, please email Bill DeRoche at Programs@NorwayDC.org

ASA Invitations — Film Club and Midsommar Picnic

Lodge members are invited to join monthly meetings of the film club sponsored by the American Scandinavian Association of DC (ASA). Participants meet by Zoom to discuss at least two movies, which members will have watched on their own prior to the meeting. Films selected are available on Netflix or other popular platforms. The next meeting is June 18, 3 to 5 pm, to discuss Another Round (Druk, 2020) from Denmark, Border (Gräns, 2018) from Sweden and a Norwegian film not yet selected. For more information including the monthly Zoom link email amscaninfo@gmail.com.

Also, ASA and Drott Lodge invite SON members to their annual Midsommar Picnic at Carderock Park on Sunday, June 19, 3 to 6 pm. Midsommar Flyer .

Velkommen to our new Website

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).

For information on membership, contact Shelley Mitchell (703-815-4367) or vp@norwaydc.org .

To Join Washington Lodge Click Here

For other information, contact Dave Brown President@norwaydc.org .

You will have noticed that we have redesigned the website. The new site will provide better graphics and a seamless integration with external web sites such as Facebook and YouTube. It will also allow the special interest groups control over their part of the website. The disadvantage is that we are using two methods of navigation. The brown buttons are used to navigate outside of the main website (the one you are using now) to external website or documents. The tabs (on the black bar above main picture) are used to navigate within the main website.

Hint: When you push a brown button, it will open a new tab on your screen. However, if you close the tab, it will return you to the previous screen.