Sons of Norway hosts “A Sunday Afternoon with Author Eric Dregni”
Sons of Norway hosts “A Sunday Afternoon with Author Eric Dregni” Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge will host author Eric Dregni as he presents “For the Love of Cod: A Father and Son’s Search for Norwegian Happiness”. The Sunday afternoon program will be held at 317 South Page Street, in Stoughton on Sunday, October 3, at 1:00 PM. Eric Dregni is author of twenty books, including Vikings in the Attic, Weird Minnesota, and Let’s Go Fishing! As a Fulbright fellow to Norway, he survived a dinner of rakfisk (fermented fish) thanks to 80-proof aquavit, took the “meat bus” to Sweden for cheap salami with a crowd of knitting pensioners, and compiled his stories in In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream. Norway is usually near or at the top of the World Happiness Report. But is it really one of the happiest countries on Earth? Eric Dregni had his doubts. When his son, Eilif, turned fifteen, father and son decided to go back together and investigate. For the Love of Cod is their droll report on the state of purported Norwegian bliss. From a passion for dugnad or community volunteerism and sakte or “slow,” a rejection of the mad pace of modernity, to the commodification of Viking history and the dark side of Black Metal music that turns the idea of quaint, traditional Norway upside down, this idiosyncratic father and son tour lets readers, free of flyskam, see how, or whether, Norwegian happiness translates. Mandt Lodge is also celebrating Foundation Month so we will have some fun fundraisers at the meeting raising money for the Sons of Norway Foundation! Please contact Darlene Arneson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-873-7209 for more information. Mandt Lodge is handicapped accessible with a lift located on the south side of the building. There is parking on the street, public parking lot behind the Stoughton Senior Center, or in the Livsreise parking lot if their building is closed. We always encourage you to bring donations for the Stoughton Food Pantry! The public is always welcome at Mandt Lodge!