Page 5 of 9 FirstFirst 123456789 LastLast
Results 41 to 50 of 89

Thread: Celebrating Germanic Heritage in the U.S.

  1. #41
    Funding Member
    "Friend of Germanics"
    Skadi Funding Member

    Siebenbürgerin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Last Online
    @
    Ethnicity
    German
    Ancestry
    Transylvanian Saxon
    Subrace
    Alpinid/Baltid
    State
    Transylvania Transylvania
    Location
    Hermannstadt
    Gender
    Age
    32
    Family
    Married
    Politics
    Ethno-Cultural
    Religion
    Lutheran
    Posts
    2,663
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    139
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    246
    Thanked in
    137 Posts
    I'm not an American obviously, but how about this Example of Preservation?

    Icelandic Club of greater Seattle



    The Miss Icelands must be of Icelandic Heritage. It is a requirement.






  2. The Following User Says Thank You to Siebenbürgerin For This Useful Post:


  3. #42
    Senior Member Drakkar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Last Online
    Monday, March 12th, 2012 @ 02:42 AM
    Ethnicity
    American
    Ancestry
    Northwest Europe
    Subrace
    Dalo-Faelid w/ Bruenn
    Country
    Other Other
    Location
    Veneto, Italia
    Gender
    Family
    In a steady relationship
    Occupation
    student
    Politics
    Representative Town Meeting
    Religion
    Catholic
    Posts
    626
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    2
    Thanked in
    2 Posts
    In the New England area there are Scandinavian living communities and choirs. There is also a place in Braintree called The South Shore Viking Club. I just heard about it from a Swedish guy I met the other day. We were just talking a little about how the Scandinavian population is all spread out but there are some small pockets of Swedes and Finns. Like most Americans here, my ancestors first moved into a little area with just a few more families of their origin, but then moved away because they wanted to escape the cesspool that the city had become. Certain boroughs of Boston, Lynn, Worcester, etc. were once low crime before others from poorer countries immigrated. You all know the story, so I won't go into detail. Anyway, The Viking Club (Quincy/Braintree line) is kind of like a VFW, but they put on festivals. Unfortunately, they don't have any webpage but I plan to drive over there and check it out. If anyone is interested about it and near there, let me know.

    I'll throw this in too: Plimoth Plantation

    It's pretty cool and a good representation of 17th century English culture.

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to Drakkar For This Useful Post:


  5. #43
    Funding Member
    "Friend of Germanics"
    Skadi Funding Member

    Dagna's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Last Online
    @
    Ethnicity
    Anglo-American
    Ancestry
    Northern German, Scandinavian
    Subrace
    Nordid
    Country
    Norway Norway
    Location
    Norway
    Gender
    Age
    40
    Politics
    Classic Liberalism
    Religion
    Agnosticism
    Posts
    2,097
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    11
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    52
    Thanked in
    35 Posts
    Viking village among attractions at T.O. festival



    Hundreds of people from across the Southland learned about Nordic traditions and food at the Scandinavian Festival on Sunday at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

    The annual event, which also was held Saturday, highlights the traditions and cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway.

    One of the most popular attractions was the Viking village, organized by the Ravens of Oden, a historical re- enactment society based in the San Fernando Valley.

    Members of the group wearing traditional costumes displayed examples of furniture, weapons, clothing and artifacts typical of the Viking era.

    "A Viking was a raider or sea pirate who was very warlike and aggressive, and people are first drawn to the weapons," said Jaan Calteros from Woodland Hills, co-founder of the group.

    "But once they see how they lived, they come to appreciate the type of people they were to be able to till the soil, to hunt, to create the furniture, to sleep in the cold and how hardy they actually were to survive in that age."

    "It's nice to see a realistic portrayal of the Viking, and it kind of leads to a little bit of cultural pride," said Wayne Saddler from Ventura, who is half Norwegian.

    Cathy Bolton traveled from Marina del Rey with her mother, who is Swedish, and her nephews, William, 6, and Phillip, 4.

    "We try to come to this festival every year," she said. "The activities for the kids are a lot of fun."

    Read on.


    Die Sonne scheint noch.

  6. #44
    Funding Member
    "Friend of Germanics"
    Skadi Funding Member

    Dagna's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Last Online
    @
    Ethnicity
    Anglo-American
    Ancestry
    Northern German, Scandinavian
    Subrace
    Nordid
    Country
    Norway Norway
    Location
    Norway
    Gender
    Age
    40
    Politics
    Classic Liberalism
    Religion
    Agnosticism
    Posts
    2,097
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    11
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    52
    Thanked in
    35 Posts
    Scandinavian Midsummer Festival this weekend in Bond Park

    Welcome to midsummer in Estes Park



    Scandinavians will join hands this weekend to celebrate the longest day of the year with a festival of sun, fun, food, flowers and music. Traditional folk dances from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland will be performed by various groups from around the country and spectators will be invited to join in and dance.

    The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival will take place on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in Bond Park, downtown Estes Park. Approximately four to five thousand visitors attended the festival last year.

    Scandinavian Midsummer is a colorful, festive event, which has its roots in the celebration of the summer solstice — the longest day of the year. Festivities center around the Maypole, a 20-foot tall pole decorated with flowers and ribbons. Dancers and musicians encircle the pole with lively music and dancing.

    The festival begins on Saturday around 9:30 a.m. with the raising of the Maypole, followed by a Grand March entrance at 10 a.m. Costumed representatives from each of the Scandinavian countries enter the park, carrying the flag of their country, accompanied by the national anthem of that country played by Ron Tomocik on accordion.

    Attendees have the opportunity to learn simple Scandinavian dances with the performers, dance around the Maypole or on the new wooden dance floor during open dancing each day.

    “There has not been a place to dance besides the grass for a number of years now,” said Cathy Allen, festival chairman. “We have a wooden dance floor for open dancing this year in front of the stage, so folks can choose to dance around the Maypole or on the dance floor.”

    This year’s featured performers will be Lindsborg Folkdanslag, Fjellborg Vikings, the M & M Dancers, Texas Leikarringen, Fjellborg Vikings, the Boulder Scandinavian Dancers, Carnelian and Spelmanslag.

    Carnelian, a new group, will perform on Saturday and the Boulder Spelemannslag will be the featured musicians on Sunday.

    Making their first appearance at the festival, Carnelian is made up two women from Boulder who will play Scandinavian fiddle tunes for the open dancing on Saturday.

    “I heard them in a Boulder coffee house one night last fall and was impressed by their talent and hired them on the spot for this year’s festival,” said Allen.

    Spelemannslag from Boulder are ar group of young musicians who will back up the Boulder Scandinavian Dancers on Sunday.

    The Fjellborg Viking re-enactors are returning for their second engagement at the festival. They will be setting up a Viking tent village with museum quality reproductions of chests, tools, carvings, weapons and armor at the corner of MacGregor and East Elkhorn Avenues. They will be demonstrating various Viking craft and combat skills.

    The Viking tent village will take families back to a time of raids, wars, exploration and cultural change influencing much of Europe, England, Russia and the Americas. Historical re-enactments include demonstrations in textile arts, blacksmithing and carpentry, and in live combat using sword, axe, spear and shield.

    There will be a short church service in Bond Park on Sunday at 10 a.m. with musical accompaniment by several of the festival performers, followed immediately by more music and dancing.

    The Vesterheim Lodge booth will have demonstrations in wood-carving, hardangar and bondesom embroidery, spinning and knitting. There will be Rosemaling and Dalamaling painters who will be showing their woodenwares. Rosemaling is the traditional folk painting of Norway, and Dalamaling of Sweden. Finish folk painting can be seen at the Finlandia booth.

    The park will be filled with vendors selling Scandinavian food, baked goods, decorations and crafts of all kinds. Kristi’s, a new booth this year, will offer decorated, buttery dala horse cookies.

    “We get our Swedish korv (sausages) which are sold in the festival food booth from Yauks Specialty Meats,” said Allen. “They are located in a small strip mall on Main Street in Windsor. They had recently moved from one end of the mall to the other. After the tornado [in May] was over, the other end of the mall (where they had previously been) had all but disappeared. Their shop had windows blown out but they were still able to stay in business.”

    There will be a drawing to win two Icelandair tickets abroad at the raffle tent. Items donated by local merchants and vendors will be auctioned off at the silent auction booth.

    The new sponsors of the Estes Park festival are the Sons of Norway Vesterheim Lodge from Boulder. Prior festival participants, they will offer three booths this year selling more of their popular “riskrem” (chilled Norwegian rice cream pudding flavored with almonds and topped with fruit sauce) and Norwegian waffles.

    Allen, member of Sons of Norway Vesterheim Lodge, commenced operations of the festival this year.

    “I took over running the festival from Colleen Von Bernuth who had the Traditions International butik in Estes Park,” said Allen. “Colleen will be having a booth again this year to continue selling Scandinavian imports from her former store.”

    Midsummer history

    The summer solstice celebration has its origins in pre-Christian practices when communities escaped to the country to spend a relaxing time in nature rejoicing in the long days of summer. Originally a fertility festival, Midsummer celebrations are filled with many customs and rituals, and are considered by Scandinavians to be one of the greatest festivals of the year. Women wear flower wreaths on their heads and many people dress in traditional folk costume as they gather to sing and dance around the festive Midsummer Pole. In Scandinavia, the revelry continues well into the sunlit night.

    For more information, visit www.estesmidsummer.com.

    http://www.eptrail.com/news/2008/jun...end-bond-park/


    Die Sonne scheint noch.

  7. #45
    Funding Member
    "Friend of Germanics"
    Skadi Funding Member

    Dagna's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Last Online
    @
    Ethnicity
    Anglo-American
    Ancestry
    Northern German, Scandinavian
    Subrace
    Nordid
    Country
    Norway Norway
    Location
    Norway
    Gender
    Age
    40
    Politics
    Classic Liberalism
    Religion
    Agnosticism
    Posts
    2,097
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    11
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    52
    Thanked in
    35 Posts
    Bay Ridge Brooklyn Norwegian Independence Day Parade, May 17, 2008











    Die Sonne scheint noch.

  8. #46
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Last Online
    Friday, April 3rd, 2009 @ 10:10 PM
    Status
    Available
    Ethnicity
    Norwegian
    Ancestry
    Maternal: Norway, Paternal: Massachusetts
    Subrace
    I don't know Lundman's taxonomy.
    Country
    United States United States
    State
    Connecticut Connecticut
    Location
    South Glastonbury, Connecticut
    Gender
    Age
    88
    Family
    Single, not looking
    Occupation
    Nothing (retired)
    Politics
    monarchist
    Religion
    agnostic
    Posts
    1,705
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    2
    Thanked in
    2 Posts

    Celebrating Norwegian Heritage in the USA

    At the Syttende Mai parade in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, NY both the US and Norwegian flags have always been displayed. We who celebrate this holiday in this country are AMERICANS who wish to celebrate the independence of their ancestors in Norway by displaying the Norwegian flag alongside the flag of the land in which we now live and of which we are citizens.

    Many of us are members of Norwegian-oriented organisations such as Sons of Norway. I am a Life Member of Sons of Norway and a Past President of Hartford Lodge, No. 474 of Sons of Norway. However, we sons and daughters of Norway are for the most part US citizens. We are mostly, now at least, NOT Norwegians. We are emigrants or descendents of emigrants from Norway who have become or were born US citizens.

    So, why do we call ourselves Sons of Norway ? Because we do not want to be rootless; we don't want to be deprived of our heritage. We try to preserve what we can of that heritage and celebrate it. Nachthimmel is the only person I have ever encountered who criticises us for that effort.

  9. #47
    Account Inactive
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Last Online
    Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 @ 09:44 AM
    Subrace
    Faelid
    Gender
    Posts
    1,479
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    I'm not sure I'd have enough confidence in any festival to attend one that regarded Finns as Scandinavian.

  10. #48
    Senior Member Jute's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Last Online
    Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 @ 11:23 PM
    Ethnicity
    Danish
    Gender
    Family
    Single adult
    Politics
    Patriot, Germanicist
    Posts
    287
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by mischak View Post
    I'm not sure I'd have enough confidence in any festival to attend one that regarded Finns as Scandinavian.
    What are they then? :

    I suppose you will say Danes are not Scandinavian too :p


    Quote Originally Posted by Gorm the Old View Post
    At the Syttende Mai parade in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, NY both the US and Norwegian flags have always been displayed. We who celebrate this holiday in this country are AMERICANS who wish to celebrate the independence of their ancestors in Norway by displaying the Norwegian flag alongside the flag of the land in which we now live and of which we are citizens.

    Many of us are members of Norwegian-oriented organisations such as Sons of Norway. I am a Life Member of Sons of Norway and a Past President of Hartford Lodge, No. 474 of Sons of Norway. However, we sons and daughters of Norway are for the most part US citizens. We are mostly, now at least, NOT Norwegians. We are emigrants or descendents of emigrants from Norway who have become or were born US citizens.

    So, why do we call ourselves Sons of Norway ? Because we do not want to be rootless; we don't want to be deprived of our heritage. We try to preserve what we can of that heritage and celebrate it. Nachthimmel is the only person I have ever encountered who criticises us for that effort.
    I am surprised that there are any Norwegians in Brooklyn.

    Many people do not know that a short 100 years ago, around One Million Americans spoke Norwegian in the home. But just as Gorm wrote, they became "Americans, of Norwegian ancestry" and their grandchildren only spoke English.

  11. #49
    Account Inactive
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Last Online
    Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 @ 09:44 AM
    Subrace
    Faelid
    Gender
    Posts
    1,479
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Jute View Post
    What are they then? :

    I suppose you will say Danes are not Scandinavian too :p
    Why would you suppose that? It seems pretty obvious as to why Finns wouldn't be considered Scandinavian.. the main reason being that the majority aren't of Finns aren't even descended from the same stock as Norwegians, Swedes and the Danish nor do they speak a Germanic language.

  12. #50
    Senior Member Jute's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Last Online
    Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 @ 11:23 PM
    Ethnicity
    Danish
    Gender
    Family
    Single adult
    Politics
    Patriot, Germanicist
    Posts
    287
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by mischak View Post
    Why would you suppose that? It seems pretty obvious as to why Finns wouldn't be considered Scandinavian.. the main reason being that the majority aren't of Finns aren't even descended from the same stock as Norwegians, Swedes and the Danish nor do they even speak a Germanic language.
    That would make them non-Germanic, But where do they live?

Similar Threads

  1. Celebrating Germanic Heritage in Canada
    By Blod og Jord in forum Canada
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: Friday, November 19th, 2010, 04:54 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •