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    Saturday & Sunday, November 22 & 23, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Get a head start on your holiday shopping or simply enjoy the atmosphere at Yulefest, the event that offers a taste of a traditional Nordic Christmas.

    Learn more about more about Yulefest here!


    Craft School: Woodcarving with Erik Holt

    Saturdays, 9:00am-3:30pm

    Saturdays, 9:00am-3:30pm

    November 1, 8, 15, 29
    December 6, 13, 20s, Rococo and Viking/Dragon styles in this class. Students will concentrate on the fundamental leaf formations of the Acanthus style (see below), working up combinations of the Acanthus curl, or explore the Viking/Dragon style as seen above. Woodcarvers at all levels, beginners to experienced, are welcome in the class. Tool sharpening and basic carving techniques will be covered for beginners. Continuing students will develop their own projects.

    Classes are paid for by the month. Visit Instructor Erik Holt’s website for more information about tools and supplies:

    Classes start at $45 for members, $47 for non-members.

    There are discounts for purchasing multiple classes at once.

    Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

    Craft School: Rosemaling
    Craft School: Rosemaling with Marilyn Hansen

    October 10, 17, 18, 25, 26, and 31, 2014

    Explore this traditional Norwegian form of decorative folk art, or simply brush up on your painting and design skills. Telemark, Hallingdal and Gudbrandsdal are just some of the regional styles taught in this class. Students paint on a variety of decorative and useful objects. All levels of painters welcome, and taking at least two classes is recommended.

    Hansen is an experienced instructor and a member of The Western Rosemalers Association. She is a gifted painter whose work is known and appreciated throughout the United States.

    You may purchase supplies from Hansen at the time of the workshop: $10 for a plate; brushes are $6 each; using her paints is $7; color copies are $1

    Cost: $33 per session / $35 per session. Purchase tickets here:

    Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

    MoominLecture: The Moo-Moo-Moomintrolls of Tove Jansson

    Tuesday, November 4, 7PM

    UW Professor Lotta Gavel Adams will give a power point presentation of what actually lurks behind the seemingly innocent faces of Tove Jansson's popular Moomintrolls.

    $5 suggested donation

    RSVP at moominlecture.eventbrite.com

    Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

    mead making
    Craft School: Mead Making Workshop

    Sunday, November 9, 2-4pm

    Make your own mead! Erik Newquist, founder of Everett's Æsir Meadery, leads this hands-on introduction to the art and science of mead-making. You will learn a bit about the history and culture of this drink, then dive into the mead-making process. After reviewing materials and ingredient choices, each participant will get to brew a one-gallon batch of mead. You'll depart with handouts, complete instructions on caring for and drinking your mead, and a tasty gallon of this ancient, yet still popular, drink. Bring your own materials and ingredients or Erik will provide them for a materials fee of $50.

    All the materials you need to complete these projects are included with your materials fee.

    What to bring if you're bringing your own materials:  What is in kits (kits are $50): What everyone should bring (kits or bringing your own everything):
    2 Gallon Plastic Fermenter w/lid 2 Gallon Plastic Fermenter w/lid Notebook
    Airlock 1 Gallon Glass Jug Writing implement
    Cylinder (graduated or non graduated) Airlock Stirring device (ex: long handled wooden spoon)
    Hydrometer Rubber Stopper 1 cup Measuring cup (if you don't want to share)
    thermometer Nylon Straining Bag  
    optional:  Cylinder (non graduated)  
    Specific questions. Siphon Tubing (4ft)  
      Shut off clamp for siphon tubing  
      Racking Cane w/clip  
      Campden Tablets - 25ct  
      Yeast - 3 pks (basic wine yeast)  
      Yeast Nutrient  
      Acid Blend  
      Pectic Enzyme  
      Book - "Winemakers Recipe Handbook"  

    Cost: $50 for Members, plus $50 materials fee if not bringing own; $55 for non-Members, plus $55 materials fee if not bringing own.

    Register at craftschool-meadmaking.eventbrite.com

    Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

    Craft School: Nordic Beer Tasting And Drinking Songs

    Sunday, November 9,6-8

    Nordic Heritage Museum’s Craft School presents a special pre-Yulefest evening of beer and song.
    Sample and analyze a wide range of Nordic and Nordic-style beers, including the first tasting of a fresh batch brewed especially for this event. Taste samples of the barley, malt, and hops used to gain a better understanding of the craft of beermaking.

    Then, join the museum’s music archivist, Kathi Ploeger, to learn some typical Nordic drinking songs. Learn Helan går; Han skal leve; O, så synger vi; and others. Kathi will share her expertise in the history and culture of Norse drinking traditions.

    Cost: $30 for Members; $35 for non-Member.

    Register at craftschool-beertasting.eventbrite.com

    Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

    Icelandic Dinner

    Thursday, November 13th, 6:00 p.m.

    $50 per person

    Join us for a three-course dinner celebrating Iceland and benefiting the Nordic Heritage Museum. Dinner will be prepared by by Chef Alfreð Ómar Alfreðsson.

    This event is co-hosted by Hlynur Gudjonsson, Consul General and Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Iceland and Jon Marvin Jonsson, Honorary Consul of Iceland.

    RSVP online at IcelandicDinner.eventbrite.com by November 7.
    Or contact Kiersten Bowers at kiersten@nordicmuseum.org or 206.789.5707 ext. 24

    Chef Alfreð Ómar Alfreðsson hails from Kopavogur, Iceland’s second largest city where he lives with his wife, Eva, and their three children. Chef Alfredsson trained at the Hospitality and Culinary School of Iceland and has worked with some of the most famous chefs in America and Britain including Markus Samuelson, Daniel Boulud, Charlie Palmer, and Gordon Ramsay, to name a few.

    Soup & Cinema: Our Own Oslo/Okkar Eign Osló

    Tuesday November 11, 12pm
    Our Own Oslo is an Icelandic romantic comedy. We follow the romantic entanglement of Harald, a forty year old engineer, and Vilborg, a single-mother whose life is out of control. Soup, bread, and coffee will be served.

    Cost: $8 for Museum members, $12 for non-members

    Tickets at soupandcinema-november.eventbrite.com

    Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

    Craft School: Woven Christmas Hearts

    Tuesday, December 2, 7-8.30pm
    Weaving Christmas hearts out of paper is an old Scandinavian tradition. The hearts create a little basket that can be used to decorate Christmas trees or gift boxes, and can be filled with nuts, candy, or other little surprises.

    Learn how to make the basic hearts as well as more complex ones from instructor Ingela Wänerstrand who learned this craft from Knut Vaegter, a Danish Christmas hearts expert.

    The special paper for the hearts is provided along with coffee and ginger snaps. Bring scissors, pencil, and clear tape — and candy or nuts to fill your little heart basket.

    Cost: $18 for Members; $20 for non-Members

    Register at craftschool-christmashearts.eventbrite.com

    Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

    Craft School: Aebleskiver Cooking Workshop

    Saturday, December 6, 10am-12:30pm

    Aebleskiver (small spherical pancakes) are a popular holiday treat in Denmark--join us for an encore engagement of this popular workshop. In this hands-on class you'll learn how to cook a variety of these tasty snacks. Review the history and culture of the dish; roll up your sleeves and get cooking; then stay for a brunch with all the trimmings.

    Cost: $25 for Members; $30 for non-Members.

    Register at craftschool-christmascooking.eventbrite.com

    Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

    Soup & Cinema: Love and Lemons/Små citroner gula

    Tuesday December 8, 12pm
    Love and Lemons is a romantic comedy about love, friendship and the courage it takes to follow your dreams. Agnes, a chef, decides to risk it all when she is fired and dumped on the same day. She opens a restaurant with her best friend and falls in love with the one person who cannot know who she really is. Soup, bread, and coffee will be served.

    Cost: $8 for Museum members, $12 for non-members

    Tickets at soupandcinema-december.eventbrite.com

    Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

    Craft School: Nordic Spinning with Judith MacKenzie

    If you would like to share the day with an internationally-known teacher, fiber artist and master spinner, please join Judith MacKenzie for one or more of these hands-on workshops:

    Saturday, March 7, 9:00-4:00, The Gentle Art of Spinning for Lace.

    Sunday, March 8, 9:00-12:00, The Art of Tradition: Spinning for Classic Swedish Tapestry.

    Sunday, March 8, 1:00-4:00, The Art of Tradition: Spinning for Norwegian Coverlets.

    Judith's classes provide a wide-ranging blend of technical and historical knowledge, skill, and invaluable information about the craft of turning fleece into yarn. As well as teaching throughout the United States and Europe, she contibutes regularly to Spin-Off mazagine, has been featured on many DVDs, and has written multiple books, including Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning and The Intentional Spinner. .

    See event registration page for workshop fees.

    Register at judith-spinning-march.eventbrite.com

    Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

    Special Events

    Each year, the Nordic Heritage Museum holds three special events in addition to our regular programming.

    Mark your calendar for these exciting events, and check back for more information as they get closer!

    Viking Days: August 16 & 17, 2014
    Nordic Knitting Conference (held every other year) October 3 - 5, 2014
    Yulefest: November 22 & 23, 2014
    Mostly Nordic: Chamber Music Series and Smörgåsbord: Early in 2015, exact dates to be determined

    Visit our Museum Flickr page for photos from all these great events!

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