November 2018 Newsletter

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Maine Nordmenn Maanedlig Nyheter

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

Nov. 1
1-4 PM – Crafts and culture – bring a craft project to work on while sharing in the camaraderie of fellow Maine Nordmenn members
5:30 PM – Lodge Business Meeting

  • Membership update from President
  • Election of officers – nominations accepted from floor
  • Presentation and adoption of 2019 budget

Nov. 13– Book Club; The Nordic Theory of Everything
9 AM – Handy’s, 367 Main St., Yarmouth

Maine Nordmenn has been accepted to participate in the Norumbega Holiday Scandinavian Fair in MA Nov. 10.  This is a great opportunity for us since our dues do not cover all of the lodge expenses making fundraising a necessary evil.  This event has a great deal of potential for us.

We do need the help of the artists and craftsmen amongst our membership.  Whatever your craft, please consider making a few quality Scandinavian items to donate to this fair.  We could especially use holiday tree decorations, but welcome any handmade Scandinavian items.  If you are willing to make merchandise to contribute to the fair, please contact Cheryl Lunde at or 207-216-4128 or Carolyn Browne at or 207-622-3096.

Please bring any donations to the Nov. 1 meeting.  Thank you!

Fair information:    Plan a day trip with friends or family!
Scandinavian Fair
Saturday, November 10, 10 AM – 3 PM
Acton Boxboro Regional High School, 36 Charter Road, Acton, MA (Hayward Road entrance to parking)
$2 admission (free for children under 16)

  • Café serving Norwegian open-faced sandwiches, waffles, and more
  • Imported goods
  • Handmade items
  • Scandinavian foods
  • Live traditional music performances
  • Book signings by local Scandinavian author
  • Viking magician

Please note that in addition to Maine Nordmenn having a table, Sally Abrahamson will also be there selling her beautiful carvings.

Sally Abrahamson has donated a beautifully crafted, hand-carved gnome (photo below) to Maine Nordmenn.  It will be raffled off as a fundraiser for our scholarship fund.  Tickets are available at Maine Nordmenn meetings.

CALENDARS FOR SALE– great holiday gift!
Maine Nordmenn will have new calendars for sale this year!  The new calendar features a beautiful, large scenic photo for each month – name days, holidays are included. Norway, as well as Sweden, Finland and Denmark will all be available. The cost is $15.00 each.  There is a limited supply so reserve yours today by emailing Rosanne Graef at  They will be available at the November membership meeting.

Maine Nordmenn’s book club meets the 2ndTuesday of the month at 9 AM.  Handy’s in Yarmouth is the new location for the club meeting.  Movies are at different locations and are announced as they come up. Come when there’s a book or movie of particular interest to you.

If any of your contact information changes – i.e. address, email, phone – please notify us at or 207-216-4128.  Thank you!

CLYNK– help raise funds
Recycling beverage containers through the Clynk program is an easy way to assist Maine Nordmenn in fundraising.  To get tags and bags, contact John Foss at   Bags and tags will also be available at our regular monthly meetings.

Dec. 8– Julefest, St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church, 515 Woodford St., Portland; more information will follow as arrangements are finalized.
Dec. 11– Book Club; movie, tbd

PHOTO GALLERY of volunteers working on projects for Norumbega:

Sally’s carving donated as a scholarship fundraiser.
Herb Hoppe carving ornaments he provided for Norumbega.
Mary Wiggin painting gnome panels for Norumbega.
Sally Abrahamson carving ornaments for Norumbega.
Our host Carolyn Browne working on stuffed gnomes for Norumbega with June Kirk.
Faith Garnett making cards for Norumbega.
Join Maine Nordmenn/Sons of Norway or Renew Membership
Not yet a member?  Need to renew your membership?  It’s easy.  Just go to the Maine Nordmenn website at and go to the “join” icon to find the link.
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John Foss, President,