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  • Destination Stoughton- A Norwegian Weekend of Fun

    February 4-6, 2022

    The Stoughton Norwegian Summit Group, an informal group of Norwegian themed businesses, groups and organizations, builds a weekend of Norse opportunities around a signature event. The group was organized in 2011 under the leadership of Sons of Norway- Mandt Lodge to bring “all those things Norwegian” together to help promote each other’s events, activities, businesses and organizations. The group helps promote two Destination Weekends each year and of course, all are busy Syttende Mai Weekend!


    Our “featured” event: The Stoughton Norwegian Dancers- Norse Afternoon of Fun 2022

    On Sunday, February 6th, the internationally known Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers will present their annual “Norse Afternoon of Fun” at 1:30 p.m. in the Stoughton High School gymnasium, 600 Lincoln Avenue, Stoughton, WI.  While celebrating their 69th year, the Dancers will present their answer to “cabin fever.” The combination of colorful Norwegian costumes, rousing music, and exuberant Scandinavian folk dancing produces the necessary elements to relieve the “winter-time blues”.  Members of the audience are encouraged to wear their Norwegian bunads or sweaters.  This lively group of dancers will present a program which includes humorous dances, gymnastics, skits and audience participation dances. The program appeals to all ages.  Bring the children and grandparents.  Make your attendance at the “Norse Afternoon of Fun” a family event.  A bake sale featuring Norwegian lefse and desserts is also part of the afternoon activities as well as the announcement of the Community Appreciation Award and 2022 Syttende Mai Royalty.  The admission for adults is $8.00 at the door.  Admission for children under 14 is $1.00.  Admission tickets can be purchased ahead of time for $5 at the Chamber of Commerce, McGlynn Pharmacy, Nordic Nook, Stoughton Lumber or Hanson Electronics.   There will be a Raffle for 23 amazing prizes.  Raffle tickets are available online only at  http://go.rallyup.com/norse2022


    Livsreise, the Norwegian Heritage Center, 277 W. Main Street, Stoughton, WI 53589. Website: www.livsreise.org. On Feb 4 and 5 we will be open our normal hours of 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but will be closed on Sunday, February 6. Livsreise includes interpretations of the immigrant journey from Norway, and features the cultural heritage brought to Stoughton along with sharing stories of individual immigrants. Featured now in our small gallery is an exhibit of paintings by the Norwegian emigrant painter, Herbjørn Nilson Gaustå. He was born in Vestfjorddalen, Telemark, Norway on June 16, 1854. He and his family emigrated from Norway and settled in Harmony, Minnesota in 1867. This exhibit is on loan from the Vesterheim, Norwegian American Museum in Decorah, IA.


    On Saturday February 5 at 1:00 pm Livsreise is hosting a virtual presentation featuring author Margi Preus, who will give a review of her book, West of the Moon. It is adaption of a beloved Norwegian folktale, “East of the Sun and West of the Moon" that was originally collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe,and first published in 1890. West of the Moon weaves original fiction with myth and folktale to tell the story of Astri, a young Norwegian girl desperate to join her father in America. After being separated from her sister and sold to a cruel goat farmer, Astri makes a daring escape. Margi Preus is the New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai and other notable books for young readers, including the Minnesota Book Award winning, West of the Moon, the subject of her presentation for the Norwegian Heritage Center. Margi was inspired to write this book by Norwegian fairytales and the diary her great-great grandmother kept as she emigrated from Norway to America. You can register for this event by going to the Livsreise website www.livsreise.org  and clicking on the news and event tab and find the event for February 5. 

    Finally, as a follow-up to their recent ZOOM lecture about Sami clothing given by Dr. Tom DuBois of the University of Wisconsin, there are two Gakti (native clothing of the indigenous for people of northern Norway, Sweden and Finland) on display along with the accessories for these traditional pieces of clothing.


    Visit our displays on Sunday at Norse Afternoon of Fun


    Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library in Madison – NAGC & NL serves a worldwide audience by building and sharing stellar research collections, publishing useful and popular genealogical materials, and reaching out to all those who seek to know and venerate their Norwegian roots. We have been teaching in-person and virtual classes, providing programs for Sons of Norway and other group meetings, and are open to have people come in for research. Visit http://www.nagcnl.org/


    Sons of Norway-Mandt Lodge- Sons of Norway is a fraternal organization for all ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds for those who have an interest in Norwegian heritage and culture. Visit with us about our events, membership, classes and youth activities. Learn more at http://sonsofnorway5.com/ is our District websit and like us on Facebook: Sons of Norway Stoughton WI. We also will have information about the District 5 Convention in June which will be held in Middleton in conjunction with Sangerfest.


    Celebrate Stoughton 175th Anniversary Events- Learn more about the collaborative efforts to celebrate Stoughton’s 175th Anniversary in 2022! Online interviews, walking tours, events and much more are being planned! Pick up information about the events, sponsorships, and how you can help us celebrate!


    Stoughton Chamber and Visitor Services- Pick up your Stoughton Visitors Map!


    Livsreise, the Norwegian Heritage Center, 277 W. Main Street, Stoughton, WI 53589. Website: www.livsreise.org.


    Edvard Grieg Chorus and Sangerfest 2022- What is Sangerfest? Every two years the Norwegian Singers Association of America (NSAA) hold a Sangerfest (Singers Festival) for the purpose of performing and cultivating the love and understanding of Scandinavian music. Sangerfest 2022 will be held June 16-18, with a Grand Concert that is open to the public at Marriott Madison West Hotel in Middleton WI on Saturday evening, June 18th starting at 7:00 PM. The concert will be performed with over 100 chorus members from throughout the Midwest joined by Brian Leeper, soloist, baritone who is in his 16th year teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches Studio Voice, Meistersingers, and directs the UWW Opera Workshop. Also participating in Sangerfest 2022 is the Middleton Community Orchestra, a Madison area premier community orchestral organization, providing amateur musicians with opportunities to perform high-quality performances of classical music. The program will include choral arrangements of Norwegian and other Scandinavian music and secular and sacred English language selections. Madison’s Edvard Grieg Chorus is the host of Sangerfest 2022, whose goal is to preserve the traditions and share the music Norwegian immigrants brought with them from Norway. We look forward to you joining our Grand Concert June 18th, 2022 in Middleton singing and hearing our love of Norwegian music! Tickets to the Grand concert will be available soon!



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