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Potluck Picnic
Sunday, August 21, 4-7 PM

Norway House, 3846 Meredith Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030

Directions to Norway House

Come relax and get reacquainted at our picnic starting at 4 PM in the backyard of Norway House. Hotdogs, hamburgers and drinks will be provided by the lodge. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share and a lawn chair to ensure we have adequate outside seating. We’ll have some family activities, like kubb (bring the kids or grandkids) and we’ll set up a tent for shade. Come a bit early to play with the Lundehunds.

We will have this event even if it rains.


June Library Hours & Festival Food Sale

The Lodge Library will be open on Tuesday, July 5 and July 19 from 10 AM to 12 Noon. 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.

Finding Your Norwegian Family
Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)
July 23, 3 PM, Zoom

Join us for a Zoom presentation by Liv Birgit Christensen, a professional genealogist with over 25 years’ experience in conducting research in her homeland, Norway, and in helping people find their Norwegian ancestors. Liv is a member of the board of Slekt og Data, the largest voluntary organization for researching family history. She offers a variety of online and in-person presentations and workshops around the world on Norwegian family history research. Liv, with Margaret Helen Strand, used the Covid lockdown to write a “how-to-book” about Norwegian family research for an English speaking audience. The book will be published soon. A Zoom link for the July 23 meeting will be emailed closer to the date.

Email Joel Myklebust at genealogy@NorwayDC.org if you are interested but not already on the GIG distribution.

Two of Liv’s YouTube videos on genealogy are linked on the Washington Lodge website:

https:// sites.google.com/view/Norwegian-genealogy/YouTube-videos

Also, Liv maintains a blog on genealogical research in Norway: https://genealogicalresearchnorway.blog.

Her planned program for July 23t is: Introduction – main websites in Norway Naming practices in Norway How to translate texts and find the translation of Norwegian words Searching the Digital Archives, with examples Submitted by GIG Coordinator Joel Myklebust Genealogy@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 .

Reading Circle, August 16, 7:30 PM
The Half Brother by Lars Saabye Christensen

Lars Saabye Christensen is one of Norway’s most celebrated writers. He has written nineteen novels as well as poetry, plays, short stories, and children’s books. He is best known for his novels, Beatles (1984) and The Half Brother (2001).

The lodge’s Reading Circle will meet at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, August 16, to discuss The Half Brother (Halvbroren). This novel has received the Brage Prize and the Nordic Council Literature Prize. It was also shortlisted for the 2005 International IMPC Dublin Literary Award. Christensen was born in Oslo in 1953 but lived for many years in Sortland in northern Norway. He is half Danish and half Norwegian and holds Danish citizenship.

“The Half Brother is a truly gripping, epic novel, hugely ambitious in scope and utterly compelling, a wonderful mixture of surreal comedy and touching intimacy. In stunning detail and elegant prose, it relates the lives of four generations of a far from ordinary family. It opens on May 8, 1945, when 20-year-old Vera, hoping to celebrate the end of World War II with her mother and grandmother, is brutally raped by an unknown assailant. From that crime is born a boy named Fred, a misfit who later becomes a boxer. Barnum, Vera's other son born several years later, and Fred form a bizarre but special relationship. 'I should have been your father,' Fred tells Barnum, 'instead of the fool who says he is.'

Spanning 50 years, filled with a wonderful galaxy of finely etched characters, and structurally brilliant, The Half Brother has been both a literary sensation and a bestseller wherever it has been published.” amazon

“The life of a family spanning five generations in 20th century Europe, split in half by WWII centering around half-brothers Barnum and Fred growing up together in Oslo, Barnum with his father, Fred searching for his.” Imbd.com

Two interesting video interviews with Christensen are available online:

https://vimeo.com/76322506

https://pantheon.world/profile/person/Lars_Saabye_Christensen

If you would like to join the discussion, contact Christine Meloni at reading@norwaydc.org. This book is quite long, 682 pages, so you might want to start reading it now! You may also watch the Norwegian TV mini-series, Halvbroren, on PBS Masterpiece. The run time is six hours, 2 minutes. Go to www.imdb.com/title/tt1678020/.

Also, the lodge library has the DVD but there’s a chance it could be checked out.


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 .

Norwegian Conversation Sessions

Until we resume weekly in-person language classes at Norway House, our intermediate and advanced students meet by Zoom for informal conversation most Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 PM. If you’d like to participate, please email culturalskills@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.