Uff da! Did you know that Thief River Falls has been named the “Most Norwegian City in America”? In 2012, the mayor of Thief River Falls issued a proclamation declaring the week of May 17th to be Norwegian Heritage Week in recognition of that distinction. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 50% of the city residents are of Norwegian ancestry.
The Sons of Norway Snorre Lodge #70 served as the impetus behind the proclamation and each year plans a week of festivities and activities designed to increase understanding of our Norwegian heritage, arts, culture and traditions. In honor of our Norwegian heritage they have placed uniquely hand carved trolls throughout our city. Have fun trying to locate them all. What a great photo op!
We invite you to join in the Norwegian fun as we celebrate Syttende Mai (Norway's Constitution Day) in Thief River Falls! Here is a list of all of the activities going on during Norwegian Heritage Week, hosted by the Sons of Norway Snorre Lodge #70:
Sat., May 12 – Uff Da Day at Pioneer Village. 1-4 pm. Viking Reenactments, Rommegrat, Escape Rooms, a Viking Costume Contest and a Button Design Contest! $5 adult, $2 children (additional cost for the Escape Rooms.)
Sun., May 13 – Concert by Norwegians Inger-Kristine Riber and Reidun Horvei “Migrasong – the tunes they carried across the sea.” United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. Freewill donation.
Mon., May 14 –Award winning 1948 Movie “I Remember Mama.” NCTC Auditorium, 7:00 pm. Freewill donation.
Tues., May 15 – Dr. Odd Lovoll, history professor and author of many books on Scandinavian immigration, will speak on "Observations on the History of the Norwegian American Experience." NCTC Auditorium, 7 p.m. Freewill donation.
Wed., May 16 – Scandinavian smorgasbord dinner, Zion Church. 5-7:00 p.m. $12 adult, $5 children 12 and under.
Thurs., May 17 – Syttende Mai Open House, Northern State Bank. 10 a.m.-3p.m. Coffee and Scandinavian goodies served by the Snorre Lodge of Sons of Norway.
Fri., May 18 – Old Time dance at the Eagles Hall with the Cathy Erickson Band, with folk dance instructions by Jeanne O’Neill. 7-11 p.m., $7.50, includes lunch.
Sat., May 19 – Author Susan Foote speaking on MN mental institution reform led by Engla Schey, daughter of Norwegian immigrants who settled near Newfolden, MN. TRF Public Library, 10 a.m. Free admission.
Sat., May 19 – “Ole & Lena’s Wedding” comedy theater performance by Change of Pace Productions of Duluth, MN. NCTC Auditorium, 7:00 pm, Tickets: $10. Advance sale tickets can be purchased at Hugo’s Family Marketplace.
Sun., May 20 – “Ole & Lena’s Wedding” comedy theater performance by Change of Pace Productions of Duluth, MN. NCTC Auditorium, 2:00 pm, Tickets: $10. Advance sale tickets can be purchased at Hugo’s Family Marketplace.
For more information, click here or call Sons of Norway member, Jim Strandlie, at 218-686-0205.