Sleuthing to Find King Olav with the Scandinavian Club



Ellie Watland

Last year, Pastor Keith E. O. Homstad from Northfield, MN, delighted our January program attendees when he took us on a journey of the Pilgrim’s Way in Norway. Showing slides and giving personal anecdotes, Keith provided a memorable evening. This Jan. 19, he is returning to tell us more about the mystery he alluded to last year—King Olav’s missing icon.

As Keith unwinds the twists and turns of the decades-long puzzle, he will explain how and why icons are made. No doubt, this will be another entertaining and interesting presentation. Homstad is a retired ordained pastor of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), an active preacher and presider, and an enthusiastic writer (painter) of Byzantine-style icons. He has studied with Ukrainian, Russian, and Syrian Antiochian master iconographers and has produced more than 130 icons. (Examples of his work can be seen on “Iconsbypastorkeith” on Etsy.)

The evening begins at 5 p.m. at the Sun Lakes Country Club (25601 S. Sun Lakes Blvd.) with cheese, crackers, sausage, pickled herring, and a cash bar. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. The menu includes meatballs, gravy, mashed potatoes, thin-sliced beets, salad, rolls, and dessert. The program begins at 7 p.m., and the meeting 8 p.m.

This is a catered dinner, so reservations are required and must be made by Jan. 13. Dinners are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Membership is $20. To make a reservation, contact Bruce McCorkle at 480-253-0081 or [email protected] If you make a reservation and are unable to attend, we appreciate your payment, as we are charged for the number of dinners reserved.

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays over, isn’t it time to get out and enjoy a relaxing evening making new friends and greeting old ones at January’s Scandinavian Club meeting? You needn’t be Scandinavian to attend—just have an appetite for a delicious dinner and a desire for an enjoyable evening.