Friday, November 6, 2009

Max Manus

One of the best things about working here at Nordic is exposure to some of the best film and media coming out of Scandinavia today. A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to introduce the hilarious (and hilariously terrifying) Norwegian flick Dead Snow at our Northern Lights Film Festival.

Next Thursday we are showing another Norwegian blockbust, but this time the film is a bit more serious. It's titled Max Manus, after a hero of the Norwegian resistance movement during World War II. Manus has written a two-part autobiography about his service on which this film is based. Manus's contribution to the Norwegian resistance was so significant that he was the personal guard of the Norwegian Crown Prince Olav V.

Max Manus (2008, Norway)
Thursday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.

“Max Manus” is a biographic war film based on the real events of the life of Norwegian resistance fighter Max Manus. Manus was one of the pioneers in the Norwegian resistance movement, and was arrested by the Gestapo in 1941. The film was seen by 140,500 people on its opening weekend in Norway, a national record for a Norwegian film. Reserved seating.
Suggested donation: $10. To reserve tickets call 206.789.5707 x10

Friday, October 9, 2009

Saturday is Leif Erikson Day

Join me, the Museum and the Nordic Spirit in celebration Leif Erikson Day this Saturday at Shilshole Bay Marina! The event is sponsored by our good friends at the Leif Erikson International Foundation, who will be hosting a show of classic Nordic cars near the Leif Erikson statue from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Nordic Spirit will be sailing down through the Ballard Locks to moor beside the classic cars!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Norway Day Centennial Celebration!

On August 30, 2009, one hundred years after Seattle’s first Viking-style boat made its debut at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, the Scandinavian community will again host a sizable celebration—the highlight of which will be the dedication of the restored Nordic Spirit. The centennial celebration of Norway Day at the A-Y-P will be held at Fishermen’s Terminal from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

We hope that you will join us for the centennial celebration of Norway Day, as we pay tribute to the rich legacy represented by two boats: the 1909 Viking and the restored Nordic Spirit. Festivities will begin at 1:00 p.m. with music, refreshments, photographs and film footage from the 1909 celebration, and activities for children. At 2:00 p.m., the Norwegian Ladies Chorus and Norwegian Male Chorus will greet the Nordic Spirit on the dock. Special guests, including Senator Ken Jacobsen and Senator Kohl-Welles (who will deliver greetings from Governor Gregoire), will join us in celebrating Scandinavian life in Seattle, Washington, and the Pacific Northwest, and in dedicating the Nordic Spirit.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Ballard Seafood Fest

The Nordic Spirit will be featured at this weekends 35th annual Ballard Seafood Fest! Come find us on Nordic Roe, right by the Ballard Library.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The New Nordic Heritage Museum

Did you know that the Nordic Heritage Museum is moving? Well, after over 25 years in its current home, the Museum is embarking on a journey to build a new facility with the space, location, and stature to engage future generations in learning about the Nordic immigrant experience in the Northwest and Scandinavian art and culture—past, present, and future. Contributions made to the campaign are directed toward acquiring nearly 75,000 square feet of property on Market Street in downtown Ballard and funding the construction of a state-of-the-art building in which the Museums exhibits, programs, and audiences will have the room to grow.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Viking Days!

The Nordic Heritage Museum’s annual Viking Days festival celebrates its 26th anniversary on July 11 and 12, 2009. This eventful weekend offers unique Scandinavian entertainment, food, arts & crafts merchants and real live Vikings only seen in Ballard! Our Taste of Scandinavia will represent each of the five Nordic countries featuring delectable edibles such as Swedish meatballs, Norwegian lefse, Danish √¶bleskiver, and a variety of Finnish and Icelandic goodies. Also enjoy our Traditional Swedish Pancake Breakfast and Famous Salmon Barbeque Dinner.

The Ravenstead Vikings will be on hand all weekend clad in their authentic costumes. They will show Viking Days visitors all aspects of Viking life in their small encampment. Viking arts and crafts such as weaving, spinning, woodcarving and cooking will be demonstrated, and will take you back to an earlier time. The Vikings will also lead discussions about many aspects of Viking life on both Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will also be able to view live performances of Viking battles!

Extraordinary, traditional folk music will be performed both days on multiple stages during Viking Days, including Nordic dance music from TinnFelén, as well as Corky Dragland performing accordion acrobatics. Also performing will be Sammamish Sublimation, and many more!

High quality Nordic crafts will be for sale at an array of merchant booths on site and kids can take part in hands-on crafts, try on Viking costumes and other activities during the festival.

On Saturday, Living Voices will present two unique and stirring presentations combining video and an interactive performer that will capture both your minds and your heart. Come learn what it was like to live in another time and experience the dynamically changing Northwest at the turn of the century. The expansion of the railroad, the discovery of gold, labor struggles, and world war - these are the passages experienced by a young Swedish immigrant and her community. As she interacts with her African, Asian, and Native American neighbors you'll discover the diversity of the American experience.

The very popular Traditional Swedish Pancake Breakfast takes place from 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $6 children, $8 members, $10 non-members.

Our famous Salmon Barbeque Dinner will be on Saturday from 5 pm to 7 pm. Tickets: $10 children, $12 members, $15 non-members.

Ages 21+ can visit our special Valhalla Beer Garden for exclusive music and Nordic Heritage Museum brewed Viking beer!

Admission to Viking Days and the Museum is free, so take advantage of this very special weekend and see what goes on inside the Museum as well as on the grounds outside! Families and all ages are welcome.

All programs are subject to change without prior notice.

For general questions and information, please call 206-789-5707, or visit our website:

See you at the Nordic Heritage Museum!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wooden Boats Festival

Join us at the Lake Union Wooden Boats Festival this weekend, July 4th and 5th. The Nordic Spirit will be joining many other historic wooden boats from the Puget Sound region.

in South Lake Union
Saturday, July 4th and Sunday, July 5th, 2009
10 am – 6 pm daily
Suggested Donation: $5/person; $10/family