The Norsk Museum in Norway will celebrate its opening day with a home-cooked Norwegian breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Norway Community Building on East 2603rd Road, just off Route 71.
Guests can sample the traditional breakfast menu of Old Norway, including fried kumla and ham, Norwegian waffles with lingonberries, guma, lefse, kringla and coffee. Also available will be samples of modern Norwegian food, such as open-faced sandwiches, fish, hard-boiled eggs and brown cheese.
Tickets for the breakfast can be purchased in advance, by calling 815-343-5070, or at the door.
Cleng Peerson Lodge scholarship winners — Julia Gromm, Katelynn Johnson and Logan Komater — will be presented their awards during the breakfast at 8:30 a.m. After breakfast, guests can visit the Norsk Museum, behind the Norway Store, and see new exhibits.
The Skagerrak Viking Ship again will be on display on the front lawn. In the annex, Lynn Sove Maxson, renowned rosemaler, will demonstrate the art of Norwegian painting. Also, Enger’s Norwegian Gifts, Hardanger embroidery and the Sloopers of America will be on site.
New exhibits include a Norwegians in the Military display, honoring veterans; the work of Norwegian artist Lars Fletre; and Dick Davis’ Viking ship sculpture. On the front lawn, visitors can try the ancient Viking game of Kubb.
The Norsk Museum is celebrating its 45th year. Regular museum hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from June through September. The museum also is available during off-hours and to groups on request.
The museum is looking for Norwegian items of historical significance for new displays as well as more people interested in volunteering as docents and in preserving their heritage. Contact Dave Johnson, Norsk Museum board president, with donations of artifacts or photos to share. Objects with a known local history are of particular interest.
For more information, visit NorskMuseum.org or fb.com/Norsk14.