Upcoming Events in 2017

  • March 23, 2017 (Thursday)
    Waldemar Ager Birthday Party
       Our recent Newsletter announced the wrong time for the birthday party for Waldemar Ager.  Please gather at the Ager monument, Lot 6, Lakeview Cemetery, Eau Claire, at 12:30, not noon.  After a short presentation by Chris Pederson, we will adjourn to the Ager Museum for cake, candles and coffee.
  • March 25, 2017 (Saturday)
         Lise Lunge-Larsen, award winning children's author and storyteller, will present a program of interest to all ages in Eau Claire on March 25, 2017.  Her appearance is sponsored by the Waldemar Ager Association and she will present her program at the L.E. Phillips Public Library at 10:30 AM.
         A reception with the author for Ager Association members only will be held after the program at the Ager House Museum, 514 E. Madison St., Eau Claire. Lise will tour the museum and chat with members about her career and her journey from Norway to Duluth, Minnesota. A light lunch will be served.
         Lise will do a dramatic storytelling presentation of Norwegian folktales and talk about the unique role the folktales have in Norwegian history and culture.
         She has received the Minnesota Book Award, American Library Association ALA Notable Book of the Year, Horn Book Fanfare Book, Riverbank Review Book of Distinction, and the Anne Izard Storyteller's Choice Award.
         Her books include "The Troll with No Heart in His Body"; "The Race of the Birkebeiners"; "The Adventures of Thor the Thunder God"; "The Legend of the Lady Slipper: An Ojibwe Tale"; and "The Hidden Folk: Stories of Fairies, Dwarves, Selkies, and Other Secret Beings".  She has a new book coming out in fall 2017 titled "Seven Ways to Trick a Troll", illustrated by Kari Vick.
         Lise was born and raised in Norway.  She came to the US on a scholarship to attend college.  She planned to return to Norway but fell in love, married and remained in the US where, in addition to teaching at the college level, she has become a well-known storyteller and award-winning author.  She and her husband have three children and live in Duluth, MN where she is know as the "Troll Lady".
         From the introduction to "The Troll with No Heart in His Body":
         "Why do children love troll stories?  Trolls! When I was a child growing up in Norway, just the mention of that word sent chills down my spine.  Trolls were everywhere: in the mountains, in the forests, certainly under bridges, and even in our house.  And, of course, trolls were in the stories--the stories I adored and always begged for.  Now, having been a storyteller for more than twenty years, I find American children also begging for "just one more troll story."
  • May 17, 2017 (Wednesday)
    Syttened Mai Celebration
    The Ager Association, Norden Folk, and Sons of Norway announce the 2017 celebration of
    Syttende Mai. The social hour, dinner, and program will start at 5:30 on Wednesday, May 17, at the Best Western Plus (the same location as last year). Put this event on your calendar. We’re going to have an enjoyable, entertaining evening out. Information about tickets will soon be forthcoming.

    Program:  Viktoria Borgessen (Marilyn McGriff) will present an entertaining program of music and comedy. While playing Scandinavian folk tunes on her nyckelharpa and relating the history and mechanics of the instrument, she may occasionally lapse into telling stories and a few jokes. Any similarity to the late Danish performer, Victor Borge, is purely intentional.
  • July 31 through August 3, 2017
    Third Annual Nordic Summer Camp. Please go here to learn more.