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John Lamb, Published May 15 2013

Several Syttende Mai celebrations Friday in F-M

FARGO – Area Scandinavians will show their true colors on Friday.

Syttende Mai, the 17th of May, marks the 199th anniversary of the signing of the Norwegian constitution.

And Norskis will be able to sink their teeth into their culture this weekend.

• First Lutheran Church, 619 Broadway, Fargo, hosts a Syttende Mai Celebration from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. The Sons of Norway Accordion Band set the festive pace for the luncheon, which features rømmegrøt, lefse and other Scandinavian favorites. Tickets are $10 at the door. (701) 235-7389.

• The Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave. N., Moorhead, puts an interesting traditional twist on the Norwegian national holiday with Pølsefest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event mixes – or wraps – the Norwegian (lefse) around the American (a hot dog) in a celebratory picnic, akin to the Norwegian pølse med lompe (pictured above), a smaller version of lefse rolled around a sausage. These lefse dogs are $2, condiments are available, and beverages and ice cream will also be available. Proceeds benefit the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County. (218) 299-5511.

• Bethany Retirement Living hosts Syttende Mai events at both Fargo campuses, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday. Lefse, sweet soup and rømmegrøt will be available at both spots with Ed Dewald entertaining at Bethany on 42nd (4255 30 Ave., S.) and Leo Kieffer performs at Bethany on University (201 University Drive S., Fargo). Proceeds from the event will be used by the Bethany Auxiliary to purchase items to enhance the quality of life for residents.

• The Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave. N., Fargo, marks the day in a big way, or rather three ways. A torsk and meatball dinner featuring potatoes, vegetable, salads, flat bread, buns, dessert and coffee runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday for $14 for adults, $7 for ages 6 to12. Speaking of the kids, the Kringen Youth get their time to shine at a post-dinner celebration as they present the Norwegian flag. The Kringen Kor, the adult choir, will perform and Verlyn Anderson will offer comments on the day. The evening kicks it up with the accordion band playing from 8 to 10 p.m. (701) 232-9222.


Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533