Desert Fjord

Visitors are welcome to attend meetings and events

Velkommen

Visitors are always welcome to join us at meetings and special events. Examples of past and upcoming events are listed below to give you a flavor of what you can expect if you join us. We hope to see you at one or more of these!


Catered meals are typically served at monthly social events. The price varies depending on what is being served, and includes a $5 fee to defray the costs of building rental and speakers, but has typically been between $8 (appetizers and desserts) and $17 (Torsk - fresh cod, with roasted potatoes, vegetables, dessert and beverages). Optionally, those interested in the program and fellowship, but not wanting a meal are welcome to join us for the $5 rental/speaker fee and enjoy a beverage.

2019 Program Schedule

January

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Scandinavian Folk Dancers of Phoenix will perform a variety of Norwegian and other Scandinavian dances. Join in as guests are invited to learn a few steps. Meal: Meatballs, mashed potatoes, green pea stew and dessert

February

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Kate Martinson, retired Luther College professor and Vesterheim volunteer and trustee, will present Sugar Barons of Hawaii: The Norwegian Sugar Cane Story. Meal: Traditional Torsk Dinner.

A little known chapter of the Norwegian-American immigrant story is of the Norwegians who became owners and workers within the exploding sugar cane industry on the island of Kauai in the late nineteenth century. This presentation traces the push and pull factors of their move from the North Sea to the South Seas and the challenges those immigrants faced.

March

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Scandinavian Viking Festival. See details on the Event listing above. Featuring the Stoughton, WI Norwegian Dancers, blacksmith, genealogist, wood chip carver, rosemaling, children crafts and more. Sample and purchase lefse and Norwegian cookies. No meal served. Cookies, lefse and beverage available for purchase.

April

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Easter Traditions in Norway

Nina Poe, a Desert Fjord member from Norway will discuss traditions and practices observed in Norway during Easter and the Spring season. Meal: Ham with Applesauce, Kalrabistappe, Buttered Green Peas, Dessert, Coffee, Tea and Water. Price: Adults $15, Children $7.50. Program and Beverage only: $5


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May

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Celebrate Norway's National Day!

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9 AM – 12 PM

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park 7301 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250

 Join our local Norwegian clubs as we all come together to celebrate 17th of May, or Syttende Mai! This annual potluck brunch event in honor of Norwegian Constitution Day will be full of food, fun, bunader, children's games, and (of course) a traditional 17th of May parade! Bring your Norwegian flags, your good spirits, and a dish to share.

Admission is FREE and open to the public (please just bring a dish to share)

June

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Ice Cream Social and Movie. Richard Bangs: Quest for the Viking Spirit.  A thousand years ago Vikings set out from the fjords of Norway striking fear across Europe. Yet today this ruggedly beautiful country is the home of the Nobel Peace Center, of explorers and adventure travelers and one of the most eco-friendly countries on earth. Bangs’ quest is to discover how such a progressive nation grew from such a violent past—if modern Norway is a result of its Viking heritage or a reaction to it. This time Richard’s adventures take him the length of Norway on a Quest for the Viking Spirit.

Past Meetings and Events

March 2018

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Lt Col Martin Tesli, representing The Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35 Training Program at Luke AFB, presents a history of the Norwegian Air Force, the training program, an overview of the F-35  capabilities, and the importance of this program to Norway and NATO allies.

April 2018

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Dr. Per Aannestad presents a program about how a hydro-electric plant, near a tiny town deep in the mountains of Southern Norway, through its production of heavy water, became an object of destruction by the Allies during WWII.

May 2018

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join us as we celebrate Syttende Mai (17th of May), Norwegian Constitution Day!  The celebration will be held from 9 AM to noon at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. The public is invited to join us for a celebration that includes a parade, food, games and fellowship. Sponsored by Norwegians Worldwide, Phoenix Chapter and Desert Fjord Lodge, Scottsdale Sons of Norway. 

June 2018

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Join us for fellowship, a meal and video featuring "Rick Steve's Norway".

August 2018

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"Picnic in the Pines". Members are invited to travel North to Loomis Lodge in Payson to escape the summer heat of Phoenix and enjoy fellowship and food.

September 2018

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Fellowship, food and video presentation with discussion about the Viking Museum by member, Jana Peterson.