October's meeting of the Music City Vikings Sons of Norway Lodge 5-681 was fun and busy! President Oscar Krosnes opened the meeting and led members and guests in singing the Norwegian and American National Anthems, with music provided by Ken Sersland.
Oscar presented a $200 check from MCV to the First Lutheran Church, to be used for the continued renovation of the stained glass window in the church. The First Lutheran Church is home to MCV meetings. Pastor Pam Smith gratefully accepted the donation for the church.
Board members had also earlier signed a thank you card for Caroline Acree, who had created and continues to update the MCV lodge's new website, musiccityvikings.org. What a girl!
Members and guests were treated to a workshop on Kransekake, the traditional Scandinavian wreath cake, by twin sisters Sharon Lassiter and Sharol Hopwood. Sharon and Sharol provided recipes, tips, history, and more. This traditional 18 ring cake can be made with or without the molds. If preparing the cake without the molds, the rings can be made by rolling out half inch rounds of various lengths and placing them on circles drawn on parchment paper. Those gathered were given an opportunity to roll out dough and also help decorate the pre-baked Kransekake rings. The member-decorated Kransekake was then part of the Scandinavian refreshments enjoyed by all during the break. It was tasty!!
Another treat: Gloria Kleve’s niece Jane Yackley shared stories and photos, from Bergen to Oslo, from her 2011 semester in Norway. Jane lived in Bergen as an exchange student, studying biology. While taking classes at Universitetet i Bergen, she had time to go on many adventures, including a Hardangerfjord fjord cruise, train tours, hikes in the mountains and visiting the Tyssedal Hydroelectric Power and Station Museum. Jane volunteered in the kitchen at a student-run cafe called Kvarteret for two months before returning stateside. Jane was presented a Tusen takk gift for her presentation by her aunt, Gloria Kleve.
Fourteen members and guests were in attendance.