Ryan. Also, there will be an outside campfire to make “Scandinavian s’mores.”
Vesterheim’s Kaffistova (a popup café) will offer an á la carte menu of traditional tastes such as varme pølse, soup, lefse and a variety of desserts, including rømmegrøt, julekake and sandbakkeler, from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. at Vesterheim’s Bethania Church.
In connection with the release of the “Frozen 2” movie, catch a Vesterheim objects that inspired the Disney films will be on display for a limited time. Attendees can take advantage of photo ops with life-size cutouts of “Frozen” characters and dress up in “Frozen” character costumes.
Hands-on activities and ornament-making are available at “make-and-take” stations throughout the museum campus. “Try making woven heart baskets,” recommends event coordinator, Martha Griesheimer. “This tradition continues to be part of creating a koseaway lig Christmas for people with Scandinavian/ Nordic heritage on both sides of the Atlantic, so it is one craft activity we offer every year at the Norwegian Christmas event.”
There will be folk-art demonstrations throughout the museum, including woodworking by Harley Refsal, singlade fiber balls by Kate Sterner and Annie Hanson, and wheat-weaving by Beverly Schrandt. Andrew Boddicker will be on hand with his stereoscopes and 3D images from the past.
The weavers and spinners of the Oneota Weavers Guild will be in the Westby-Torgerson Education Center to demonstrate and sell fiber art gifts Friday from 1 to 5 p. m. and Saturday from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m.
Next door to the Westby-Torgerson Education Center at 508 W. Water St., there will be folk-art demonstrations and sales from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. Highlights at this location will be youth demonstrators from Vesterheim’s afterschool youth classes, and a fun take-home
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Decorah-area musicians and
vocal groups will perform throughout the day, including the Decorah Chorale with the Decorah High School Madrigal Singers at 11 a. m.; Northern Lights at 12 p. m.; and the Luren Singing Society at 1 p. m., all in the Bethania Church, with free admission. Touch of Brass will perform at 12 p. m. and local fiddlers at 2 p. m., both in the museum’s Main Building.
Norwegian Christmas is a great time to do holiday shopping. The Museum Store is open from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. and is full of great Scandinavian gifts. From 1 to 4 p. m., author Kathleen Ernst will sign “Fiddling with Fate,” the 10th mystery in her series about museum curator Chloe Ellefson.
This celebration is also a great opportunity to see Vesterheim’s special exhibitions, including “Tattoo: Identity Through Ink,” “Museum Lab” and “Favorite Things.”