March/April Newsletter

March/April Newsletter

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Maine Nordmenn Maanedlig Nyheter

Monthly events and activities for March and April 2018Meeting location: Falmouth American Legion, 65 Depot Road, Falmouth, ME 04105


Calendar of Events
*Meetings at the Falmouth Legion unless otherwise noted.
*Your ideas for future programs and activities are always welcome.  Contact Mary Johnson at with your suggestions.

March 1, 1-4 PM – Crafts and Culture

March 1, 5:30 PM – Membership Dinner, Business Meeting & Game Night
5:30  Social
6  Potluck Dinner please bring soup, bread or a dessert to share
6:30  Business Meeting – election of officers to fill Trustee and Social (Program) Director roles (Membership vacant), election of delegate(s) to Dist. Convention, adoption of budget
Game night

March 13, 9 AM – Book Club – Max Manus movie
Herb Hoppe’s home – email Herb for directions, if needed, at

April 5, 1-4 PM – Crafts and Culture

April 5, 5:30 – Program Meeting  – Vintage Cards, Eleanor Andrews
5:30  Social – bring a dessert to share
6 – Program – Vintage Cards

The cards in the presentation will be the ones that Ellie’s grandmother, Erna Gunhilde Nelson, received from friends and family in Norway and the U.S. between the years 1901-1917.

Erna Gunhilde Nelson immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, from Stavanger, Norway, in 1907.  She was only fifteen years old.  At first, she lived with an uncle who owned a bakery in Boston.  Later she was employed by wealthy families in the area.  According to family lore, she once served tea to President Wilson.  Shortly after she arrived in Boston, she began receiving cards from family and friends in Norway and from newfound friends in America.  Erna saved her cards, and by the time she was married in 1917, her collection had grown to over 400.  The cards, the earliest of which are over 100 years old, tell the story of Erna’s life during her first ten years in America.  They were saved in a shoebox and passed from Ellie’s mother to her.  They are now preserved in albums and taken out on special occasions to share with family and friends.  Join us for this special showing!

April 10, 9 AM – Book Club
Book of the month – A Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
Location:  “317 Main” in Yarmouth

Denmark is officially the happiest nation on Earth. When Helen Russell is forced to move to rural Jutland, can she discover the secrets of their happiness? Or will the long, dark winters and pickled herring take their toll?

A Year of Living Danishly looks at where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves.

Save the dates: 

  • May 8, Book Club – Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason, book discussion
  • May 19, Syttende Mai, Gray Animal Park
  • June 12, Book Club – Jar City, movie
  • June 30 & July 7, one of these dates will be a summer picnic in Wells for members and their families

Volunteers are needed for both Syttende Mai and the summer picnic.  Interested members, please contact John Foss at

Fundraising Efforts
Maine Nordmenn needs to raise funds to support the budget and the work of the lodge.  An easy way to help out is to donate refundable beverage containers through the Clynk program.  Bags with stickers will be available at membership meetings.  Pick yours up at the next meeting.

Book Club
Maine Nordmenn book club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Meetings are at 9 AM at “317 Main” in Yarmouth unless otherwise noted.

For February, the club read the novel The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg.  The book club recommends this book – “a good read”; “a page turner.”

In this electrifying tale of suspense, a grisly death exposes the dark heart of a Scandinavian seaside village: Erica Falck returns to her tiny, remote hometown of Fjällbacka, Sweden, after her parents’ deaths only to encounter another tragedy: the suicide of her childhood best friend, Alex.  It’s Erica herself who finds Alex’s body.  Erica is bewildered: Why would a beautiful woman who had it all take her own life?  Teaming up with police detective Patrik Hedström, Erica begins to uncover shocking events from Alex’s childhood.  It’s not too long before one thing becomes very clear: a deadly secret is at stake, and there’s someone who will do anything to protect it.

Committee Updates
Sunshine Committee:  Dorothy Fredriksen would like you all to know that she will be sending birthday cards for the month at one time.

Scholarship Committee:  Ann Parent has been approved by the Board as the new chairperson; taking over for Karen Solberg.

Carolyn Browne is looking for some guidance with the computer program “Family Tree Maker 2017.”  Anyone with experience using this program, please contact Carolyn at

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