I have learned about an event in January that is really fun and is soooo Norwegian, the 105th annual “Norge Ski Jump Tournament” in Fox River Grove, Illinois. The Junior Olympic Qualifier K70 tournament will be held on Saturday January 30, with other jumps to be held on Sunday.
Three Norwegian jumpers will be in attendance, as well as jumpers from Finland, Poland, Russia and the USA. Check out their website at www.norgeskiclub.com for more information.
I’ll be there covering the event, and I’ll post my pictures and a story here. If you have ever been to Oslo Norway and seen the jump at Holmenkollen you’ll know that the Oslo jump stands out on the hillside and can be seen from all over the Norwegian capital. The Oslo jump is impressive and also has a great Ski Jump Museum that is currently closed while the jump is being renovated, but will reopen by summer of 2010. I had the pleasure of visiting the museum with a family friend who had jumped as a youth back in the 50’s. He commented several times about how much the equipment had changed.
The Chicago Friends of Vesterheim Committee is pleased to announce that their next event will take place on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at the Park Ridge Country Club in Park Ridge, IL. A Nordic Marketplace will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. followed by a Luncheon and Program. The event is by invitation only, but for more information contact the museum.
The sponsors of this site have announced the upcoming “Vinland Seminar” to be held at North Park University in Chicago on October 15-17 2010. The seminar will bring together prominent scholars in Viking Norway history, the Vinland Sagas, and Viking DNA. The seminar will also offer discussions about the history of the Chicago Norwegian and Scandinavian communities, local tours and other activities. More information will be available soon.
If you have an event open to the public that has a Norwegian or Scandinavian flavor let me know and I try to get the word out on this site.