Nordic Celebration and Marketplace - Twin Cities

Celebrate Norwegian heritage at the annual Nordic Celebration and Marketplace on April 15, 2017, at the Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota. The cost for museum members to attend is $60. The cost for non-members to attend is $75. The cost for children 12 and under is $28.

The marketplace features Nordic vendors with wonderful Scandinavian items for sale, demonstrations from skilled folk artists, scholarly chats, delicious treats, and more. The marketplace concludes with a delectable meal and a program about Easter (Påske) traditions in Norway.

Everyone is welcome to this great event! Advanced reservations only. Please reply by April 4 to Karla Brown at, or 563-382-9681.

Schedule of Events

KaffeStue, Nordic Marketplace, and Silent Auction

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Come early for coffee and Norwegian sweet treats and shop, talk with Norwegian folk art demonstrators, bid on silent auction items, and enjoy our scholarly chats!

Marketplace Vendors

(registered as of Feb. 20, 2017)

  • Vesterheim Museum Store—Fabulous Scandinavian accessories and gifts
  • B. E. Nelson Design—sterling silver jewelry
  • Bitz of Wood—handmade/carved woodenwares
  • Buenger Studios—Sámi-inspired jewelry and kits
  • Carole Youngquist—painted wooden pieces with rosemaling and some clothing
  • Christian Haugen—Woodturner
  • Fjordhaven—the book Unni’s Gift, a children’s fiction novel, by Susie Marie Lyback
  • Jackie Carlson—Contemporary glass art and jewelry
  • Nordic Treats—vintage Scandinavian sweaters and the books Real Norwegian East Lutefisk and Real Norwegians Eat Rømmegrøt
  • Norwegian Termite—woodcarving
  • Norsk Wood Works—Acanthus carving, ale bowls, and more
  • Redbone Adornments—carved Viking drinking horns
  • Steller Handcrafted Goods—mittens, hats, and purses made from repurposed Nordic sweaters
  • Uhl-Tide Creations—Must-see woodland and Victorian Santas, as well as felted rosemaling designs on scarves, purses, and wearable art* And more to come!
  • John Yilek—the books History of Norway and Stories of Norway

Book Signings

  • John Yilek, author of History of Norway and Stories of Norway
  • Rose Marie Meuwissen, author of Real Norwegian East Lutefisk and Real Norwegians Eat Rømmegrøt
  • Susie Marie Lyback—author of Unni’s Gift, a children’s fiction novel

Scholarly Chats

9:45-10:30 From Soil to Svalbard: A Seed’s Journey to the Doomsday Vault

Join Zach Row-Heyveld, Vesterheim’s Exhibitions Manager and former Seed Savers Exchange employee, on a journey to the Global Doomsday Vault. Buried in the side of a mountain surrounded by polar bears on an island halfway between Norway and the North Pole lies the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a Noah’s Ark for the world’s food crops. We’ll follow the path of a family heirloom from backyard garden plot to deposit in the Seed Vault 7,000 miles away and explore how the Svalbard Global Seed Vault fits into the complex world of biodiversity preservation.

10:45-11:30 The Power of Silver: Traditional Norwegian Jewelry

Laurann Gilbertson, Chief Curator at Vesterheim, will describe different styles of silver brooches and the beliefs surrounding this powerful metal. For centuries, Norwegians have treasured the beauty of silver, which showed the prosperity of a family and, according to folk belief, could cure sickness in humans and livestock, improve crops, and protect against storms and evil spirits.


12:00 p.m. Chicken crepes with fresh vegetables or vegetarian quinoa stuffed crepes with a roasted tomato/bell pepper sauce and goat cheese. Both options come with a spinach and strawberry salad topped with sunflower seeds; rolls and butter; coffee, an assortment of hot tea, ice tea, or milk; and a Princess Torte dessert. The children’s meal is cheese pizza with a cup of fruit.

Luncheon Program

1:00 p.m. Crime, Camaraderie, and Costumes: Unusual Spring Holiday Traditions in Norway

Rachel Peterson, formerly with Norway House, will share some of the unique ways that Norwegians celebrate spring holidays such as Easter, the May 1st Norwegian Labor Day, and Syttende Mai. Rachel lived in Norway for a decade until 2013.