40th Anniversary Nordic Celebration and Marketplace (formerly Nordic Brunch)
Tap your toes and kick up your heels to the lively old-time Scandinavian music of the popular band Foot-Notes, plus enjoy a gala dinner, artisan marketplace, and Moods of Norway Style Show at the Fortieth Anniversary Nordic Celebration and Marketplace, hosted by the Twin Cities Area Friends of Vesterheim. During the dinner program Steven Johnson, Vesterheim’s Executive Director, will honor 40 years of Twin Cities Area Friends of Vesterheim volunteers. The event is sponsored by Norway House / Jon Pederson, Marlys and C. P. Lindholm, and Dr. Harold and Martha Arneson.
Master of Ceremonies: Stephen Grinna, Vesterheim Director of Development
Special Guest: Gary Gandrud, Honorary Norwegian Consul General in Minneapolis
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Marketplace: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m., followed by the dance
Adults at $60 for dinner and full day of events ($20 tax-deductible),
children 12 and under at $30.
RSVP by April 13.
Contact Stephanie Johnson to make reservations or for more information—(563) 382-9681, or email@example.com.
(To attend the dance only or the marketplace only the cost is $10 each. Please pay at the door.)
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest
5801 Opus Parkway
To take advantage of discounted room rates for overnight stays, call the Marriott reservations desk at 888-887-1681 or 952-935-5500 and mention Vesterheim.
Schedule of Events
3:00 - 6:00 p. m. – You will find beautiful Nordic goods that honor traditions, as well as speak to the present, featuring a variety of artisans and craftsmen, including Vesterheim’s Museum Store.
Throughout the afternoon
Museum Artifact – A Sámi items from Vesterheim’s collections will be featured.
Live Music – Beatrice Hole will play the psalmodikon.
Book Signing – Rose Marie Meuwissen will sign copies of her book, Real Norwegians Eat Lutefisk.
Aquavit! – Free sample of this traditional Scandinavian spirit, compliments of Gamle Ode and Vinocopia.
Coffee Shop – Delicious Scandinavian treats and coffee.
Silent Auction, Raffle, and Door Prizes – Handcrafted artwork, gift baskets, and more.
Displays – “The Story of the Alfred Andresen Company” by Richard Enstad, and "Spring Party Table" with yummy foods, table decorations, and music by Ingebretsen's.
3:30 p.m. – Sámi Reindeer People of Alaska, Exhibition and Tour with Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim Curator, and Michelle Whitehill, Vesterheim Coordinator of Tours to Norway.
4:30 p.m. – Sid, and Other Unbelievable Stories with David Mona, author off Beyond the Sports Huddle: Mona on Minnesota and the co-host of Sports Huddle on WCCO 830 AM.
Gala Dinner and Program
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. – A fabulous meal followed by a brief program with Special Guest, Honorary Norwegian Consul General in Minneapolis Gary Gandrud, plus our unique live auction.
Moods of Norway Style Show
Moods of Norway, the Norwegian company that makes “Happy Clothes for Happy People,” has announced that their newest store will be located at the Mall of America in Minneapolis! During dinner, enjoy this sneak preview of fun fashions from their upcoming collections, which are guaranteed to make you smile. Styles will be modeled by local area Norwegian students.
1) Grilled Sirloin with an allspice cream, almond green beans, and rice pilaf
2) Lingonberry Glazed Pork Loin, roasted root vegetables, and mashed potatoes
3) Grilled Salmon with tomato and dill relish, roasted kale, and smashed potatoes
4) Vegetarian Mushroom Rigatoni with tomato, spinach, and parmesan cheese in a light white wine sauce
All meals served with a cucumber salad on a bed of red cabbage drizzled with a golden beet aioli.
Dinner will finish with white chocoalte raspberry cake for dessert.
Coffee, tea, and water will be available. There will be a cash bar for other drinks.
Dance with Foot-Notes
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. – Tap your toes and kick up your heels to the lively old-time Scandinavian dance music of the popular band Foot-Notes, from Decorah, Iowa. We are excited to bring the Foot-Notes to the Minneapolis area. Their energy, enthusiasm, and incredible musical skill make a delightful show for the whole family and you might be surprised by how much you’ll want to dance. The Foot-Notes, from Decorah, Iowa, are known for their monthly dances at a one-room country school house in Winneshiek County, Iowa. They have been featured as part of the “Masters of Tradition” series at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institution’s Festival of American Folklife on the National Mall, both in Washington, D.C.; Iowa Public Television; Iowa Public Radio; Wisconsin Public Radio; and Norwegian National Public Radio. Band members include Beth Hoven Rotto on fiddle, Jon Rotto on guitar and vocals, and Bill Musser on acoustic bass and vocals.