September/October, 2018 – Newsletter

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Maine Nordmenn Maanedlig Nyheter

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

Regular meetings are the 1st Thursday of the month for September-November. and April. The February and March meetings are held on Sundays at 2 p.m on 2/10 and 3/3 respectively.  There are no regular monthly meetings in December, January, and May-August. December is our annual Julefest celebration and in May we celebrate Syttende Mai, Norwegian Independence Day.  Summer events are planned as well.Unless otherwise noted, Maine Nordmenn activities/meetings are at the Falmouth American Legion, 65 Depot Road, Falmouth.
Sept. 6 – Thursday
1-4 PM – Crafts and culture*
Lodge Meeting:
5:30 – Social – bring something to share
6– Program –video Expedition America, a documentary about a modern-day Viking adventure – Draken Harald Hårfagre. Many of you were able to visit the Draken Harald Hårfagre on its recent visit to Portland.  This is its story.  A must-see video!The Draken is a recreation of what the Vikings called a “Great Ship”, and its design and construction draws on a combination of traditional Norwegian shipbuilding skills and archaeological findings.  In April, 2016, the Draken left her homeport of Haugesund, Norway, and set course for America.  This documentary follows the crew of the Draken – the largest Viking ship of modern times – on their epic voyage from Norway to New York City.October 4 – Thursday
10 AM – 4 PM – Crafts and culture
Calling All Carvers: We are working on a carving project this month.  In preparation for selling crafts at the Norumbega Holiday Fair, we are asking carvers to donate this time to carve ornaments and pins.  Our talented carvers, Herb Hoppe and Sally Abrahamson, are providing us with flat “cut outs” to carve and paint.  It’ll be a fun, festive, and productive day.  Please join us.

Lodge Meeting
5:30 – Social – bring something to share
6 – Program

November 1 – Thursday
1-4 PM – Crafts and culture
5:30 PM – Lodge Meeting
December 8 –  Saturday –  Julefest, St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church, 515 Woodford St., Portland; more information will follow as arrangements are finalized
January 3 – Thursday
1-4 PM – Crafts and culture
No regular monthly lodge meeting

February 7 – Thursday
1-4 PM – Crafts and culture

February 10, Sunday
2 PM, Lodge Meeting
March 3, Sunday
2 PM, Lodge Meeting
March 7 – Thursday
1-4 PM – Crafts and culture
April 4 Thursday
1-4 PM – Crafts and culture
5:30 PM – Lodge Meeting
May 18 – Saturday – Syttende Mai, Gray Animal Farm, 11 AM – 3 PM

“ The mission of Sons of Norway is to promote and to preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, to celebrate our relationship with other Nordic Countries, and provide quality insurance and financial products to our members. “

With the mission of the Sons of Norway, Maine Nordmenn designates time on a monthly basis to afford members the opportunity to come together to pursue their craft and share in camaraderie.  There is a meeting from 1-4 PM September-April on the first Thursday, with the exception of December.  In June-August, full day times are scheduled.

Carolyn Browne and Cheryl Lunde also coordinate “crafts and culture” activities periodically throughout the year.  The goal is to afford members who are interested in trying something new to come together to “make one, take one” where members make a product to take home and make one to donate to Maine Nordmenn’s fundraising events.  If you have ideas to share, please contact Cheryl or Carolyn: or

Special thanks to those who made the summer crafts and culture such a success!
Carolyn Browne for hosting us at her home!
Bob Boylestad for working with the rosemalers!
Sally Abrahamson and Herb Hoppe for working with the carvers!
Cheryl Lunde for organizing the making of gnome panels!
Check out the photos in the photo gallery below!

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.

Sally is an award-winning carver!  She is generous in sharing her expertise at our summer crafts and culture venues. Thank you Sally!

HOLIDAY FAIR – November 10
Maine Nordmenn is optimistic that we will be afforded the opportunity to participate in another lodge’s holiday fair; i.e. Norumbega Holiday Fair in MA, November 10.

If you are a crafter or artisan and are willing to make holiday merchandise to contribute to the fair, please contact Cheryl Lunde at or 207-216-4128 or Carolyn Browne at or 207-622-3096.

Maine Nordmenn’s book club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9 AM.  They are in process of looking for a new location to meet so check the notice each month.  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.  Your ideas and input are always welcome.

This is the schedule for 2018-19: (mark your calendar)
September 11 Tuesday 9AM, Handy’s, 367 Main St., Yarmouth
Growth of the Soil:  When it was first published in 1917, Growth of the Soil was immediately recognized as a masterpiece. In the story of Isak, who leaves his village to clear a homestead and raise a family amid the untilled tracts of the Norwegian backcountry, Knut Hamsun evokes the elemental bond between humans and the land.

October 9 Tuesday  movie The King’s Choice, Herb Hoppe’s home, for directions.

November 13 – Tuesday The Nordic Theory of Everything

December 11 – Tuesday movie, TBD
January 8, February 12March 12April 9, May 14June 11– Tuesdays all TBD
The coordinator of the Book Club is Herb Hoppe.  He can be contacted at
A prize-winning book, this was made into a movie that is available on YouTube.  Cheryl Lunde highly recommends that you watch it, if you have access to YouTube.  It’s a silent movie and fascinating to view a snapshot of what it was like to live in Norway in the 1920’s.  Even though I don’t speak Norwegian and was, therefore, unable to read the captions, I found the movie interesting and worth watching.


Election of new officers will occur at the November Lodge membership meeting.  For more information or if you are interested in running for office, contact John Foss at or 207-357-2397.  Also, volunteers are needed for a nominating committee.  If interested, please contact John Foss.

I would like to thank all those people who make the Maine Nordmenn lodge possible. We are only as strong as the volunteers put forth their time, money and energy. As we move forward towards 2019 a number of positions will need to be filled. The shortlist is secretary, councilor, membership, publicity, sports & rec, website updates and program coordinator. If anybody would like to be on the nominating committee, please contact me via e-mail at or call (207)357-2397.
I will be bringing CLYNK bags and tags to all of our membership meetings. Please contact me and I will mail you the CLYNK bags or tags if you are unable to attend a meeting.
The Falmouth American Legion will be holding a yard sale on September 15thwith a rain date of September 22nd. Our lodge has reserved a space for this event. Anybody who would like to get rid of their yard-sale type items could bring them to our September membership meeting or contact me for pick up.
The Zone 2 meeting is scheduled for October 20th in Massachusetts, anybody interested in car pooling, please let me know.
If all goes according to plan the lodge will be having a craft sales table on November 10th at the Norumbega craft sale in Massachusetts. Please contact Cheryl L. or Caroline B for more details.
The format for the JuleFest auction will be changing from a “silent” paper auction to a ticket “bag or basket” auction. We will be looking for high quality new or barely used items. Feel free to bring any items that you may have to our membership meeting or I could pick up. Our goal would be to have roughly 20 good items not the stuff nobody bids on.
At JuleFest this year we will draw the winning ticket for the Santa wood carving that Sally A. donated to the lodge. Tickets will be on sale at all of our remaining events, $1 per ticket or 8 for $5. Contact me if you would like tickets by mail.

Thank you for all your support,

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

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 October & November membership meetings.

Beautiful carving by Sally Abrahamson!
Raffle tickets on sale.
Sally Abrahamson and Herb Hoppe, carvers, at summer crafts and culture
Carolyn Browne graciously hosts summer crafts and culture at her home.  Here is she working on a panel we are making for holiday sales.
Sally Abrahamson
Sharing her talents at summer crafts and culture
Bob Boylestad, (left) experienced rosemaler, assists members at summer crafts and culture
One of the gnome panels made by a Maine Nordmenn member at summer arts & crafts. Inspired by work by Irene Nelson.
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.TUBFRIM– help children with disabilities
Tubfrim is an organization in Norway that resells cancelled stamps and donates the proceeds to help children with disabilities. Sons of Norway and Maine Nordmenn are proud to support Tubfrim in their work to support children in need.You can help:  Simply clip canceled stamps from envelopes, leaving at least a quarter of an inch around the edge. Bring your clipped stamps to a Maine Nordmenn meeting. Carolyn Browne is the chair of this project and will see that the stamps are forwarded to SON.


KUBB Tournament – August 24-26
Karl Livollen is planning to go.  Contact him at or (207)622-4480 (evenings).

  • 2 & 3 Person Teams
  • Double Elimination
  • Special Youth Division ages 8 – 16
  • Pick your teams – Make your reservations
  • Kubb experience is not required
  • Lessons will be given on Saturday morning
  • Family Fun on Saturday Evening

FMI– Contact Pete Hanson

Rosemaling – September 7-9, with Linda Miller
Linda is an award winner at Vesterheim.  Her goal is to spread the craft of rosemaling and keep the culture alive. FMI:  Contact Linda Miller at 203-758-1086 or

Land of the Vikings: 
461 Big Valley Road, Susquehanna, PA 18847
570-461-3500 or

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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Our mailing address is:
John Foss, President, or contact him at (207)357-2397.