Washington Lodge of the Sons of Norway


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May 12, 2022 Version 1.5a


Syttende Mai Picnic
Carderock Park, Maryland
Saturday, May 14, 1 — 3 PM

Instead of a monthly Lodge meeting, each May we join other organizations for a picnic to celebrate Syttende Mai (Seventeenth of May), Norway’s Constitution Day. Please join us! There will be food, music, games for the children, speeches, and a parade around the picnic field. Carderock Park is in Montgomery County, Maryland, just outside the Beltway and close to the Potomac River—a lovely spot. Directions

RSVP to https://www.naccma.org/events/syttende-mai-picnic-in-the-park.

Lundehund Play Date

Sunday, May 22, 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 18, Saturday, 7 PM Lodge Meeting

Rocks and Hard Places:

Emigration through the Lens of Knud Knudsen


Chris Johnson, Laurann Gilbertson 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. Despite the idyllic landscape, Knudsen’s work vividly shows some of the factors that led to above-average rates of emigration from this region.


Chris Johnson, Laurann Gilbertson 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. Despite the idyllic landscape, Knudsen’s work vividly shows some of the factors that led to above-average rates of emigration from this region.


Currently we are planning to have both a zoom meeting and a in-person meeting with a Pot-Luck Dinner.

We will provide more information before the meeting.

May Library Hours & Festival Food Sale

The Lodge Library will be open on Tuesday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 17 from 10 AM. to 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.


May 28 Saturday, 3 PM Genealogy Interest Group

Beginning DNA

Beth Sparrow, President, Nebraska State Genealogy Society. In Beginning DNA, we will discuss where you can get a DNA test, why you should or shouldn’t test, what you might expect, what results mean, and a little bit of what to do with the results. I am not an expert on DNA, so I promise I won’t speak “over your head”. This will be good for those who are thinking about testing, and those who have tested but don’t know what to do now.

For more information, please contact Joel Myklebust at Joel.Myklebust@gmail.com

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)



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.