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The 7th Annual Nordic Gala was held on Saturday, February 20th at the Heritage Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, MN.

The Icelandic Klub of Fargo-Moorhead coordinated the event this year and the theme was ‘‘Nordic Delights!”

Over 200 people attended the event which featured Scandinavian foods, wine tasting, a silent auction and entertainment.

Many traditional Icelandic foods were featured this year. They were presented at the appetizer tables and also the buffet line. There was also a wonderful dessert table with pönnukökur, vínarterta, kleinur, and other sweet treats. The food is always a highlight of the evening and this year, the food was exceptional. A large viking ship ice sculpture added a striking Nordic touch, and a number of people wore their traditional Scandinavian costumes.

My German husband and I had a great time at the event. He especially loved the desserts. Susan Sigurdson Powers, President of the Icelandic Klub, was very happy with the turnout. For part of the program, she read an excerpt about vínarterta from Bill Holm’s book
 
The Heart Can Be Filled Anywhere on Earth and presented a Northern Lights slideshow with photos by Sigurður Stefnisson. The Oak Grove Middle School Girls Choir sang several selections including an Icelandic folk song. The main entertainment of the evening was opera singer, Mark McLeod. A silent and live auction were held with proceeds being used to support the work of the Nordic Culture Clubs, under the direction of the new director, Lori Paakh.
 
Lögberg-Heimskringla donated several items for the auction and the Icelandic Klub is very appreciative of their support. The Icelandic Klub members involved in this event were: Susan Sigurdson Powers and her husband Tim Powers, Andrea Abrahamson and her daughter, Audri, Jana Abrahamson, Larry Nicholson, Susie Balsdon, Chuck Sorenson, Lon and Diane Volrathl, Russ and Lois Bekkerus, Ima Dinusson, Dennis and Marva Odegaard, Linda Palmer, Jen Holand Nelson, and Connie Olson along with help from members of the other Nordic Culture Clubs.

Each year, the area Nordic Culture Clubs organize this event as a fundraiser for Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival held each June. The Nordic Clubs rotate as coordinators for the event. This year, it was the Icelandic Klub’s turn to be in charge of the festivities. Other clubs in the group include the Red River Danes, Red River Finns, Sons of Norway Kringen Lodge, Saami Circle, and the Swedish Cultural Society.

The 33rd annual Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival will be held June 25 – 27, 2010 at the Heritage Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead; Iceland is the host country. The theme for the festival will be, Nordic ... Naturally!! and will focus on abundant natural resources of the Nordic countries including the people, foods, traditions, and all natural resources. An Icelandic Boys Choir, Drengakor Reykjavikur, will be performing at the event along with other musical entertainment, dancing, style show, parade of flags, Genealogy Resource Room, 5K and 10K run/walk, community wide children’s choir, Taste of Scandinavia including Amma’s Kitchen, and much more.

The Nordic Culture Clubs have a new website: http://www.nordiccultureclubs.org/  Check out the two Facebook pages for “Nordic Culture Clubs” and “Icelandic Klub of Fargo
Moorhead.” Come and be a FAN!

 

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