Viking Fest 2013
Arnie Bergman, Yvonne Tonnessen -Miss Lister, and Maurice Bergman
Winners of the Scandinavian of the year Award for Viking Fest 2013. Victoria Hofmo, Yvonne Tonnessen, winners - Olav Andersen & George Hansen and on the right Councilman Gentile.
Fastelavn 2013, once again celebrated at the Danish Athletic Club was a great success. As you can see from the photos (coming soon) it was the best year for costumes, from a life-size Oscar Award (the Oscar’s were to be held that evening) to pirates and two of the Marx brothers, Harpo and Groucho. Lois Hedlund regaled us on her ukulele, while Elvis carried a guitar in one hand and a blond in the other.
Bob Carlsen the master of gamesmenship got the crowds up to play. Ellen Lindstrom accompanied with appropriate music such as “Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen.” Frikadeller was eaten by most and Fastelvan Boller by all. This year the later was made by Leske’s. A shout out to Harry who had me come in and do a taste testing as they were new to Leske’s repertoire. I had to gobble fresh cream and custard in flaky pastry. What a chore?
Thanks to Brooklyn Lodge, our co-sponsor and the committee - Charley, Arnie, Sigryn, Ester, Stanley, Lois, Odette, Ingrid and Bob. A thanks Elizabeth for stepping in to assist in the raffle. Hope to see you next year. You will not be disappointed.
Victoria Hofmo, President
Scandinavian East Coast Museum
These are some more of the activities we have recently enjoyed!
Embrace Winter Festival
Come out and "Embrace Winter" while celebrating the arts & cultural treasures of Bay Ridge on Saturday, February 9th from noon to 5:00. Music, dance, history, art, games and crafts inside and outside stores along the Third Avenue between 69th Street & 75th Street.
Get your passport stamped at each activity and win a prize. Both Nordic Deli and the Scandinavian East Coast Museum will be participating. Suggested donation $5.00. This event is brought to you by BRACA (the Bay Ridge Arts & Cultural Alliance) in partnership with the Third Avenue Merchants. For more info see:
CM Gentile talks Brooklyn with Royal Norwegian Deputy Consul General Henrik Width
BAY RIDGE – On an unseasonably cold and snowy Saturday morning in late October, Councilman Vincent J. Gentile joined Royal Norwegian Deputy Consul General Henrik Width along with representatives and natives of the Farsund Municipality of Vest Agder, Norway and the Scandinavian East Coast Museum to finalize the unique “Sister City” agreement between Bay Ridge and Farsund.
Originally scheduled to take place at Leif Erickson Park, the unexpected inclement weather forced the hearty crowd to move inside to the equally apropos First Evangelical Free Church across the street. Many of the native Norwegians in attendance said the weather was absolutely perfect – emblematic of the classic winters in Norway.
“Today we gather to recognize the Farsund Municipality of Vest Agder,” Councilman Gentile began, “a Norwegian town that wears its solidarity with Kings County proudly on its sleeve.”
“In fact, there were so many Norwegians who had come to call Bay Ridge home that native Norwegian author Siri Hustvedt said growing up she had heard so many stories about Brooklyn that she thought “everyone in Brooklyn was Norwegian!”
Approximately 50 people attended the ceremony at the First Evangelical Free Church
Royal Norwegian Deputy Consul General Henrik Width spoke of first coming to America two years ago and going directly to Brooklyn. Victor Samuelsen, a prominent New Yorker who grew up in Farsund, read a letter of support from the Mayor of Farsund, Richard Ivar Buch. Victoria Hofmo, Bay Ridge activist and president of the Scandinavian East Coast Museum, described in detail the area in Farsund known as “Brooklyn Square” where every year they host an “American Festival” which the natives call “The best thing that happened to Farsund since Brooklyn!” with 50s and 60s American music, classic cars, a Norwegian Elvis and lots of old Brooklyn memorabilia on display.
“We have a saying in and round these parts of Brooklyn,” Councilman Gentile said, “in Brooklyn, it’s important to ‘remember where you came from’ and with this signing that the Mayor of Farsund already executed and I am about to sign, we celebrate our two cities and shine a spotlight on the mutual contributions that have vastly enriched all of our lives.”
The agreement, which had been in the works for over a year, became even more significant after the terror attacks in Utøya and Oslo this past summer. To solidify an unbreakable bond, Councilman Gentile had a special Norway sunset maple tree planted in Leif Erickson Park in order to symbolize the roots Bay Ridge shares with Norway and to commemorate the 77 lives lost in the Norway terrorist attacks of July 2011.
A wreath of peace was laid by the foot of the tree at Leif Erickson Park.
For a slideshow of photos of the event,
On Saturday, May 16th The Scandinavian East Coast Museum hosted its annual Viking Fest at Bliss/Owl’s head Park on 68th Street and Colonial Road. The event featured two re-enactment groups, fencing demonstrations, rides, Scandinavian food and crafts.
This year’s performance was entitled, “Touched by the Vikings” and included music and dance from countries that the Vikings either settled, or traded with, from North America to the Middle East, as well as a band from Norway. A great time was had by all!
Also, at the event Councilman Gentile honored Arnie Bergman as Norwegian-American of the Year!