The Friendly Fifth

Cultural Classes

Rosemal Class for Cultural Pin #2 via ZOOM

Session #1:  Saturdays  May 8, May 15, May 22, 2021
9:00 am to 3:00 pm CDT each day with a break for lunch 
Instructor:  Lois Mueller VGM
This class will be taught via Zoom.
Cost: $75 for the 3 days (SON members)
Cost:  For non-SON members:  $100 for the 3 days.
 
This class is open to anyone, but much of it is designed to allow those of you who have earned your #1 Culture Pin to earn the #2 pin.  Those who were not a part of the class for the #1 Culture pin, may take this class as well.  The instructor will teach you at your experience level.   
REGISTRATION DEADLINE is April 26.  This is a short time from now, so register ASAP.  
 
The classes will be based on the SON Guidelines for the second culture pin.
    Day 1:  Review of brush control and brush technique for those who have taken the first class.  For those who are beginners, we will concentrate on learning control and technique.
    Day 2:  Begin to create a design for a 6-8” square or a 8-10” round.  The square or round may be a piece of backgrounded poster board, a piece of canvas or a piece of wood.  Beginners will complete a flower form and begin working with scroll formations.  
    Day 3:   Beginners will complete 1 project ...an 8” plate which will use the brush control and technique, flower forms and scroll formations.  
    To complete the submission for Pin #2: one elective selected from the list provided in the SON Cultural Skill Program information should be completed including photos and unit evaluation.
 
A list of painting supplies will be sent as confirmation of your registration.  You may purchase the items locally and/or from the source that is included with the supply list.  Since you may have some of the items, you need purchase only those items that you do not have.  
I will be painting with acrylics, but am an experienced oil painter which allows you to select the kind of paint that you wish to use and I can assist as needed.  If you already have paint and supplies, you may use them for the class.
 
Your instructor is Lois Mueller.  She has been rosemaling since 1977 and teaching since 1979.  She began teaching at the Technical College in Appleton, WI and now does travel teaching throughout the USA plus a trip to Taiwan and a couple to Canada.  In November 2020, she taught her first Zoom class for the Illinois Norsk Rosemalers Assoc. and since that time has taught for Sons of Norway Dist. 5.
 
Lois received the Gold Medal from Vesterheim in Decorah, IA in 1998.  Since that time she has written 9 rosemaling instruction books. In 2016, she was part of a group that created a new organization called, Rosemaling Coast to Coast.  The reason for the organization was to have a way of sponsoring a rosemaling convention. 
 

IT’S ALL IN THE TELLING – A SHORT PRACTICAL COURSE IN STORYTELLING

District 5 Sons of Norway Cultural Committee announces a new virtual class:

 IT’S ALL IN THE TELLING – A SHORT PRACTICAL COURSE IN STORYTELLING 
Instructor: Joy Bashara
Wednesday evenings, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 2021

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Central time
Cost: $25 Sons of Norway members      $35 all others 

This is a short course being presented using the books NORWEGIAN FOLK TALES, FAIRY TALES AND TROLLS: TUSS OG TROLL, Vol 1 and 2.
The books can be purchased from Astri My Astri Publishing $35.95. www.astrimyastri.com

The course will run for 4 sessions of 60 minutes per session.
Students will have reading assignments from each of the two books. They will practice telling these stories for selected members of their social pod or family and then share experiences with the class.

Joy Bashara is a retired fine arts teacher, a member of Gronnvik Lodge, and has served on the District 5 Board. She has done extensive international travel, participated in a number of professional programs and taught in various places around the world. This rich combination of life experience, formal training and creativity are evident in her storytelling. She has taught storytelling to people of many age groups.

Joy will present basic information on storytelling techniques to use. These are:
Interaction – your listeners have communication with you as you are telling, which causes the story to unfold differently each time told
Word choice is important and sets time, place and character. It is a storyteller’s choice
 Stories are narratives; they vary from culture to culture. They also vary with your purpose –a comedian, a teacher, a historian, a poet, etc.
 Storytellers encourage creativity. You and the listeners are “there” unlike with theatre and the fourth wall.

It is hoped that this will be the beginning of a heartfelt dedication to the folklore of the Scandinavian peoples.

Hardanger Embroidery Class: The Basics of Hardanger Embroidery

Registration Form Pdf
Thursdays, March 4 - April 8, 202 (six weeks)
  6:30pm to 8:00pm central time
7:30pm to 9:00pm eastern time
 
Sons of Norway members $50
 non-members $75
 
 
The Sons of Norway District 5 Cultural Committee has arranged a special Hardanger embroidery virtual class with well-known Stoughton, WI, area teacher, Donna Olson.
 
Donna became interested in Hardanger embroidery in the early 1970s when she and her husband moved to Stoughton, WI.  She learned the craft from descendants of Norwegian immigrants who were preserving the tradition of their families. 

Donna has continued to maintain and celebrate the Hardanger tradition through her teaching, first in the community, then at Madison Area Technical College where she now teaches virtually. She also has taught at seminars for the national Embroidery Guild of America.  That organization honored her last March with a feature article about her Hardanger embroidery work in their magazine.

Whether you are just beginning to do Hardanger embroidery or have a piece started that just never got finished, this class is for you. The class is all about technique, whether on the class project or your own project. The class project is Pattern 750 Small Treasures. It consists of four       6” x 6” doilies of different designs.

In this class you will work through thread count stitching issues, beginning/ending threads, clean back side of doily, various flower styles, weaving/lacing styles and more! 

Working together online face-to-face is a challenge yet showing your work to others and getting the feedback is great.

Judy Ghastin
D5 Cultural Director

Virtual Norwegian Cooking Class

COOKING WITH CONNIE AND THE KITTLESONS

February 15-March 22, 2021 (six weeks)
Monday evenings 6 pm to 7:30 pm central time


Sons of Norway members $25 for 6 classes
Non-members $50 for 6 classes

Registration deadline February 12, 2021

The District 5 Cultural Committee presents experienced Norwegian cooks sharing traditional and
experimental approaches to Scandinavian cooking. Learn the traditions of making lefse and rullepølse
from family heirloom recipes handed down through generations.  Explore modern adaptations of
recipes and learn about cooking styles of generations of the past.  Some featured recipes are Lapskaus,
Troll Cream, Knekkebrød, Viking Bread, Hjerte Vafler, Open Face Sandwiches.


Guidance toward earning the first level Cultural Skills Cooking pin will be offered. Work beyond class
is required to earn an award. Recipes and cultural award program information will be sent to registered
students prior to the first class. The Zoom connection will be sent to registered students close to the
time of the first class.

In addition to recipes provided for the class, two cookbooks are available for purchase.
The Norwegian Kitchen (email judy62ghastin@gmail.com) and Baking the Norway Way
(bakingthenorwayway.com) are available in limited quantity. 

MEET OUR COOKS 
    Connie Aiello has been cooking and baking for as long as she can remember. As a daughter of a
restaurant owner and a home economics teacher, she could always be found in the kitchen
learning traditional ethnic recipes from the skillful hands of family members. For the last 16 years, she
has been honing her skills with traditional Norwegian dishes. Recently, she has been exploring
contemporary Norwegian cuisine.
     Connie currently serves as Vice-President and Cultural Skills Program Director of Nordlyset
Lodge in Racine, Wisconsin. She enjoys teaching, mentoring, and guiding members as they complete
specific cultural activities. She recently mentored a group completing their Norwegian Cultural
Cooking Pin Levels 1 & 2. The group has one more entrée to complete for Level 3. 
     Connie has presented Norwegian cooking at local schools and cultural events. She was honored to
present a Norwegian Cooking Demonstration at Marquette University’s Innovation Kitchen. In August
2016, Connie led a Sons of Norway Youth Heritage Trip to Norway, where they explored the country,
customs, and cuisine. While staying with relatives in Røros, she experienced local traditional foods.
Connie was thrilled to come back home with 100-year-old family recipes!
     Connie is currently an elementary/middle school substitute teacher. She enjoys teaching students at
all skill levels, imparting the tips and tricks of the trade from her parents. Her enthusiastic and easy-
going style inspires everyone to enjoy cooking.

  Nancy and Duane Kittleson carry on cooking traditions from both of their families.  They grew up in
homes with lutefisk, lefse, krumkake (or stryll, depending on who you talk to) and Norwegian coffee.  
   They have been members of Vennelag 5-513 in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin for more than 20 years and
have served in various offices of leadership within the Lodge, have chaired major fundraising events,
and have been delegates to many District and International conventions.  The fundraising events
involved making 10 or 12 rullepølse for many years for the fall breakfast (Frokost), organizing a crew
of 12 or more making and selling about 45 dozen lefse for the Christmas holiday, and teaching at the
lodge annual Norse baking workshop. In addition, Duane has served on the District Five Board as
Publicity Director and as Treasurer.
     Duane is interested in genealogy; Nancy loves Norsk baking and Hardanger embroidery.   The
Kittlesons are proud of their Norwegian heritage and have traveled to Norway three times.  
Judy Ghastin D5 Cultural Director

Rosemal Class for Cultural Pin #1 via ZOOM

Session #1: Saturdays February 20, 27 and March 6
Session #2: March 1-3, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Time:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm CST each day with a break for lunch
Instructor: Lois Mueller VGM
This class will be taught via Zoom.

Cost: $75 for session #1 (3 Saturdays)
and $75 for session #2 (Monday – Wednesday) is a repeat of session #1.
Cost: For non-SON members: $100 for session #1 or session #2.

If you have wanted to earn your #1 Rosemaling Culture Pin, but didn't know just how to get started...now is the time. Everything we will do in the class will be working toward the pin. You should plan to have earned it by the end of the 3 days of class. The classes will be based on the SON Guidelines for the culture pin.
Day 1: Brush control and brush technique
Day 2: Complete a flower form or forms and begin working with scroll formations.
Day 3: Complete 1 project ...an 8” plate which will use the brush control and technique, flower forms and scroll formations.
To complete the submission for Pin #1: 1 elective selected from the list provided in the SON Cultural Skill Program information should be completed including photos and unit evaluation.

A list of painting supplies is included in this registration form. You may purchase the items locally or purchase from me. Since you may have some of the items, you may purchase only those items that you do not have. I will be painting with acrylics, but am an experienced oil painter which allows you to select the kind of paint that you wish to use and I can assist as needed. If you already have paint and supplies, you may use them for the class.

Your instructor is Lois Mueller. She has been rosemaling since 1977 and teaching since 1979. She began teaching at the Technical College in Appleton, WI and now does travel teaching throughout the USA plus a trip to Taiwan and a couple to Canada. In November 2020, she taught her first Zoom class for the Illinois Norsk Rosemalers Assoc. Lois received the Gold Medal from Vesterheim in Decorah, IA in 1998. Since that time she has written 9 rosemaling instruction books. In 2016, she was part of a group that created a new organization called, Rosemaling Coast to Coast. The reason for the organization was to have a way of sponsoring a rosemaling convention.

 Print a Downloadable Registration Form  from here or on the right 

Red Squirrel Virtual Woodcarving Class - offered by James Ray Miller

A three-session class (Feb. 4, 11, 18)
You will learn everything needed to complete the Woodcarving cultural skill pin - Level 1. 

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Course fee is $60 and includes one prepared wood carving blank. 
Max class size is 12. 
Registration Required
Sign up at: http://son-class1.jamesraymiller.com 

VIRTUAL GENEALOGY CLASS

The Sons of Norway District 5 Cultural Committee is pleased to offer an opportunity for you to develop your genealogy research skills while connecting with others from throughout the district who share your interest.

Virtual genealogy classes will be offered beginning this fall.
If you are just beginning your family history research, or have little or no experience with Norwegian genealogical records, this class is for you. Topics covered in the class include common genealogical records for Norwegian and Norwegian-American genealogy, Norwegian naming customs, locating your ancestor’s birthplace in Norway, Norwegian spelling variation, an introduction to DNA testing, and earning the genealogy cultural skills pin.
The first two-day class will be held November 30 and December 1 at 10:00 a.m. Central.
The class will be repeated on January 9 and January 16 at 10:00 a.m. Central.

Class duration is from 10 am to 2 pm central with 30 minutes for lunch.
There can be time to visit informally during lunch.

The special fee for Sons of Norway members for this special class is $125 for the two-day class and includes 30 days of access to on-line genealogy information through NAGC&NL and a copy of the updated “Research Guide for Norwegian Genealogy: For Beginning and Experienced Genealogists” (a $25 value).
Non-member friends may participate by either joining SofN or paying an additional $25.

The instructor for the virtual genealogy classes is Dana Kelly, who serves as Executive Director of the Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library in Madison, Wisconsin.
She has been researching her own family history for nearly 30 years which led her to a Scandinavian Studies degree from UW-Madison where she learned to speak, read and write Norwegian. She has served on the board of directors for the Koshkonong Prairie Historical Society since 2009 and is a member of several Norwegian cultural and genealogical organizations including Sons of Norway, Vesterheim, Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Dane County Area Genealogical Society, and International Society of Online Genetic Genealogists.

To register for the class, give a class as a gift, or request further information, contact Diane Maurer at dmaurer@nagcnl.org Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library 415 W. Main St., Madison, WI 53703 608-255-2224 (w)