“The Winding Road to Troldhaugen” at the Scandinavian Club

Ellie Watland

The final program of the Scandinavian Club’s 2019-2020 season is March 15 at the Sun Lakes Country Club (25601 S. Sun Lakes Blvd.). To whet your appetite, the evening’s social hour begins at 5 p.m. with crackers, cheese, pickled herring, and a cash bar. A tasty dinner of pulled pork, mashed potatoes, garden salad, coleslaw, dessert, and beverages follows at 6 p.m.

The program begins at 7 p.m. The evening’s entertainment will be provided by a new resident of Sun Lakes (Welcome!), Bruce Folken. Bruce is a native of Austin, MN, the home of Spam and the Spam Museum! He will tell us about his family’s unique connection to Troldhaugen and the Norwegian composer of world renown, Edvard Grieg. He’ll also entertain us with stories about his ancestors who emigrated from Ringebu and Bergen and how they adapted to life in the U.S. It was a long and winding road to get there, but in 2016, Bruce finally made his one and only visit to Norway (so far) when he visited all four family homesteads and met his cousins in Hafslo, Vestre Slidre, Ringebu, and Bergen. Claiming and proving to be in the “Norwegian Phase” of his life, Bruce visited all Sons of Norway lodges in Arizona in 2018.

The annual meeting will be called to order following the program. Officers and board members will be elected, and by-law revisions will be voted on. The meeting will conclude at 8 p.m.

Reservations must be made by Monday, March 9. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. To make a reservation, contact Bruce McCorkle at [email protected] or 480-253-0081. The Scandinavian Club is charged for each reservation. If you have made a reservation and are unable to attend, we appreciate your payment.

We hope to see you at this, our last program until November. All are welcome.