Meetings and Events

This page provides information about:

  • Current, future, and past meetings and other events of interest
  • Annual Høstfest
  • Kitchen Host instructions for monthly Pot Luck luncheon
  • Norwegian Dinner Prayer

​Refer to Newsletters for additonal details.

2017

December 3, 2017 - Sunday   
- Program: Annual Family Juletrefest Celebration 
- 1:00 Tree Trimming  
- 1:30 Pot Luck Luncheon
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting
- Kitchen Hosts:  Polar Star Board  

November 18, 2017 - Sunday - seatings at 4:00 or 6:00 pm
- Program: Annual Norsk Smorgasbord (carry outs available)
- Norway Community Center in Norway, Illinois
- Proceeds support the Norsk Museum BuildingFund
- Advance tickets only; phone 815-343-5070

- Kitchen Hosts:  All Cleng Peerson & Polar Star members  

November 5, 2017 - Sunday - 11:30 am to 3:30 pm
- Program: Annual Norsk Høstfest - Fall Festival
- Kitchen Hosts:  All Polar Star members  
- Taste Traditional Norwegian Food; shop for Scandinavian gifts and jewelry.
- Polar Star Norwegian Choir
- Lefse and Krumkake demonstrations; Norwegian Craft demonstrations: rosemaling, Kolrosing, Jewelry, and knitting.  
- Kitchen Hosts:  all Polar Star Lodge members

October 1, 2017 - Sunday   
- Program: Kolrosing by Jeff Olson  
- 1:30 Potluck Luncheon 
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting   
- Kitchen Hosts:  Jeri Lynn Baker; Sherri & Floyd Andersen 

September 10, 2017 - Sunday   
- Program:   Scandinavian Festival    
- Vasa Park in South Elgin, 10 am - 6 pm 
- Program: Scandinavian Festival Waffle Making - Polar Star Bakery and Flea Market
- All Members:  Start baking (and freezing) your favorite Norwegian baked goods to sell in our booth, and look for Norwegian collectibles at garage sales to re-sell in our "Loppemarked" (flea market). We will be baking Norwegian Vaffler with Lingonberries on site, as well as selling pre-packaged baked goods and Norwegian knit items and collectibles. 

August 7, 2017 - Sunday   
- Program:   The Lindebrekke Scandinavian Experience.
- 1:30 Potluck Luncheon 
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting
Kitchen Hosts:  NEEDED

July 20-22, 2017 (Thur, Fri, Sat)   
- Polar Star Field Trip.
- Norwegian Heritage Center (Stoughton, WI).
- Norwegian American Genealogical Center (Madison, WI)
- Old World Wisconsin.
- Quality Inn and Suites (Stoughton, WI)

- Registration TBD.

July 10, 12, & 14, 2017  (Mon, Wed, Fri) 
- "How to Be a Viking" Childrens' Workshops - Language, Cooking, Games, Music and Stories.
- Attend one, two, or all three sessions.
- Registration TBD.

June 3, 2017 - Saturday   
- Program:   Norway Museum Open House  and Breakfast; Norway Illinois 
- Time TBD

May 1, 2017 - Sunday
- Program:  Syttendemai Fish Boil 
- 1:30 Pot Luck Luncheon
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting
- Kitchen Hosts:  Diana Raimond; Ed Hatteberg; Don Danielson  

April 3, 2017 - Sunday   
- Program:   "Come for Coffee" with guest speaker Inger Langsholt
- Traditional Norwegian Desserts (arrive at noon to work toward part 2 of Tradiional Norwegian Food Culture Medal)

- 1:30 Pot Luck Luncheon  
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting
- Kitchen Hosts:  Frances & Roald Berg 

March 5, 2017 - Sunday   
- Program:   Penny Social  
- 1:30 Pot Luck Luncheon  
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting
- Penny Social:  Bring your treasures for re-sale at the auction!   
- Kitchen Hosts:  Carol Devito; Frank Krawczyk; Sue & Steve Tanda  

February 11-12, 2017 - Saturday & Sunday 
- Norge Ski Club Jump Tournament 
- 100 Ski Hill Road, Fox River Grove, IL 
- Saturday: Junior Olympic Qualifiers 
- Sunday: International Competition 12-4pm
- Contact Nancy Andersen for more details 

February 5, 2017 - Sunday   
- Program:  The Rothheim Family "American Experience".  
- 1:30 Chili Cook-Off Luncheon - Bring your Chili by 1 pm in a crockpot covered with a towel. If not participating in the cook-off, bring something to accomplany chili (cornbread, chopped onions, shredded cheese) or a dessert.  
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting
- Bring a few dozen cookies for the Barnebirke. Be sure to wrap by the dozen and llabel each package. No nuts please. 
- Kitchen Hosts:  Karen Oswald; Frances & Roald Berg    

January 8, 2017 - Sunday 
- Program:  Film about Art Andersen's father's work with poor and destitute immigrants (Norwegian and others) in 1920/1930 Brooklyn N.Y. 
- 1:30 Potluck Luncheon 
- Kitchen Hosts:   Josie & Ben Gehler
 

2016

December 4, 2016 - Sunday   
- Program: Annual Family Juletrefest Celebration 
- 1:00 Tree Trimming  
- 1:30 Pot Luck Luncheon
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting
- Kitchen Hosts:  Barb & Ken Johnson; Nancy & Art Andersen  

November 6, 2016 - Sunday - 11:30 am to 3:30 pm
- Program: Annual Norsk Høstfest - Fall Festival
- Kitchen Hosts:  All Polar Star members  
- Taste Traditional Norwegian Food; shop for Scandinavian gifts and jewelry.
- Polar Star Norwegian Choir
- Lefse and Krumkake demonstrations; Norwegian Craft demonstrations: rosemaling, Kolrosing, Jewelry, and knitting.  
- Kitchen Hosts:  all Polar Star Lodge members

October 2, 2016 - Sunday   
- Program: "Celebrate Lief!" 
- 1:30 Potluck Luncheon 
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting   
- Kitchen Hosts:  Jeri Lynn Baker; Phoebe & Al Bergh 

September 11, 2016 - Sunday   
- Program:   Scandinavian Festival    
- Vasa Park in South Elgin, 10am - 6pm 
- Program: Scandinavian Festival Waffle Making - Polar Star Bakery and Flea Market
- All Members:  Start baking (and freezing) your favorite Norwegian baked goods to sell in our booth, and look for Norwegian collectibles at garage sales to re-sell in our "Loppemarked" (flea market). We will be baking Norwegian Vaffler with Lingonberries on site, as well as selling pre-packaged baked goods and Norwegian knit items and collectibles. 

August  7, 2016 - Sunday 
- Program:  Norwegian Barn Dance with Cleng Peerson Lodge  
- Event with Polar Star & Cleng Peerson Lodges.

July 7,14,and 21, 2016 - Thursdays 
- "How to Be a Viking" Childrens' Workshops - Language, Cooking, Games, Music and Stories.
- Attend one, two, or all three sessions.
- Call Yorkville Public Library to Register:  630-553-4354.

June 22-26 - Wednesday to Sunday
- Sons of Norway District 5 Annual Meeting    
- Hotel Marshfield in Marshfield, Wisconsin
- Contact President Ken Johnson for details. 

June 5, 2016 - Sunday   
- Program:   Midsummer Celebration  
- Location:  Anderson Tree Farm  in Plainfield, IL, on Route 126, west of Route 59, just past Ridge Road., 
- 1:30 Pot Luck Luncheon   
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting
- Kitchen Hosts:  TBD  

May 1, 2016 - Sunday   
- Program:   Preparing for Syttendemai    
- 1:30 Pot Luck Luncheon   
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting
- Kitchen Hosts:  Carol Devito; Frank Krawczyk; Pat Baughman

April 3, 2016 - Sunday   
- Program:   Polar Star Family Tree Fair    
- 1:30 Pot Luck Luncheon   
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting
- Kitchen Hosts:  Vi & Tom Skogen; Doris Pittman

March 13, 2016 - Sunday   
- Sons of Norway District 5 Bowling Challenge  
- Register to represent Polar Star Lodge.
- Contact Sports Director Jerri Lynn Baker for details. 

March 6, 2016 - Sunday   
- Program:  "How to Trace Your Norwegian Roots: A Tale of Success"
   presented by Winnie Stauffer.
- Traditional Norwegian Cooking:  Food preparation 12:00 to 1:30: 
      (Group 1 at 12:00)
      (Group 2 at 12:30) 
      Call Social Director Nancy Andersen  by Feb 29th to reserve your spot. 
- 1:30 Pot Luck Luncheon  
- 2:00 Polar Star Monthly Meeting 
- Kitchen Hosts:  Barb & Ken Johnson; Nancy & Art Andersen  

February 7, 2016 - Sunday   
- Program:   Penny Social  
- 1:30 Pot Luck Luncheon  
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting
- Bring a few dozen cookies for the Barnebirke. Be sure to wrap by the dozen and label each package.  
- Penny Social:  Bring your treasures for re-sale at the auction!   
- Kitchen Hosts:  Karen Oswald; Diana Raimond; Ed Hatteberg    

January 3, 2016 - Sunday 
- 1:30 Potluck Luncheon 
- Program:  “Godt Nytt Å” - Creating Your Family Tree (Unit 5 Genealogy, Part 1) 
- Presented by Brooke Johnson 
- Kitchen Hosts:   Frances & Roald Berg; Josie & Ben Gehler  
 

2015

December 12, 2015 - Saturday 
- Program:  Polar Star Cookie Sale 
- 9:00 am -12:00 Noon 

December 6, 2015 - Sunday 
- Program: Annual Family Juletrefest Celebration 
- 1:00 Tree Trimming
- 1:30 Potluck Luncheon 
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting 
- Kitchen Hosts:  Polar Star Board     

November 1, 2015 - Sunday - Noon to 3:30 pm
- Program: Annual Norsk Høstfest - Fall Festival
- Kitchen Hosts:  All Polar Star members  
- Taste Traditional Norwegian Food; shop for Scandinavian gifts and jewelry.
- Polar Star Norwegian Choir
- Lefse and Krumkake demonstrations; Norwegian Craft demonstrations: rosemaling, Kolrosing, Jewelry, and knitting. 

October 4, 2015 - Sunday 
- Program: "Celebrate Lief!" 
- 1:30 Potluck Luncheon 
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting 
- “Kings of Norway" and a drop-spinning demonstration. Presented by Andrea Ødegaard, who is a Viking era specialist serving as a docent at the Field Museum’s “Vikings” Exhibit in Chicago.
- Kitchen Hosts:  ?????   

September 13, 2015 - Sunday 
- Vasa Park in South Elgin, 9am - 6pm 
- Program: Scandinavian Festival Waffle Making - Polar Star Bakery and Flea Market
- Start baking (and freezing) your favorite Norwegian baked goods to sell in our booth, and look for Norwegian collectibles at garage sales to re-sell in our "Loppemarked" (flea market). We will be baking Norwegian Vaffler with Lingonberries on site, as well as selling pre-packaged baked goods and Norwegian knit items and collectibles.  

August 9-10, 2015 - Saturday/Sunday 
- Polar Star participation in Montgomery Days.    

August 2015 - Saturday - CANCELLED for 2015
- Program: 5th Annual Midsummer Viking Encampment Picnic and Kuub Challenge with Polar Star & Cleng Peerson Lodges.
Leisure Lake Resort, 21900 SW Frontage Rd, Joliet, IL.
10:00 a.m. to whenever.
- 11:00 - Barn (children's) crafts and Kubb open practice.
- Middag Feasting at 12 noon;  Kubb Tournament at 1:00;  Barn games at 1:30.
- Bring root vegetables for the Viking Stew, any viking dish to pass (viking food and recipe ideas), table service, hot dog roasting sticks, viking drinks, viking costumes, swimming gear, & red, white, and blue ribbons for jenta ribbon crowns.
- $4 per person admission to the campground.
- Swimming all day at the pool or beach; hay rides may be scheduled.
Kubb Family Team Registration Form
-  To report the Viking food you'll be bringing, or volunteer to serve on a committee or be on the Kuub Team, contact Barb Johnson or Nancy Andersen (see contact list)     
- Kitchen Hosts:  TBD 


July 19-19, 2015 - Saturday-Sunday  
- Cleng Peerson and Polar Star Norskedalen Field trip  

 

July 2,9,16, & 24, 2015 
- Children's Workshop:  "How to be a Viking".  

 

July 2015 
- No monthly meeting. 
- Visit the Norsk Museum in Norway, Illinois, 1:00-5:00 pm, any Saturday or Sunday, June to September.  
- Sign up to volunteer. Contact Frances or Roald Berg at 630-892-6803 orrberg@aurora.edu
 

June 7, 2015, Sunday  
 Midsummer Celebration at Anderson Tree Farm  in Plainfield, IL.
- On Route 126, west of Route 59, just past Ridge Road.
- 1:30 Potluck.
- Bring picnic table service and a picnic dish to pass..

June 6, 2015, Saturday  

- Norway Museum Breakfast & Craft Show
-  8:00 to 11:00 am
- Community Building
- Norway, IL  

May 17, 2015 - Sunday  
- Syttendemai parade 
- Hodges Park in Park Ridge IL 

May 16, 2014 Saturday  
- Norwegian National League Syttendemai Banquet 
- Barrington, IL 

May 3, 2015 - Sunday 
- Program:  Polar Star Memorial Day. 
- 1:30 Potluck Luncheon 
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting 
- Kitchen Hosts:  Vi & Tom Skogen; Doris Pittman, Pat Baughman.   


April 12, 2015 - Sunday 
- Program:  
Penny Auction (rescheduled from Feb1):  Bring your treasures for re-sale at the auction!  Tickets will be 25 cents each.
- Genealogy. 
- 1:30 Potluck Luncheon 
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting 
- Kitchen Hosts:  Frances & Roald Berg; Josie & Ben Gehler.

March 28, 2015 - Saturday 
- Torsk Dinner  3:30 - 6:30 pm
- Anderson Tree Farm (815-436-2140) 
- Route 126, Plainfield   

March 1, 2015 - Sunday 
- Program:  Cruising Norway.  Diana and Ed Hatteberg will share experiences form their "Hurtigruten" Norwegian Coastal Voyage. 
- 1:30 Potluck Luncheon 
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting 

- Kitchen Hosts:  Norm & Betsy Olson; Ed & Diana Hatteberg.    

February Meeting - Cancelled due to snow
- If you have cookies for the 
Barnebirke, make arrangements to get them to the Polar Star President by February 15th.  Wrap by the dozen and label each package with type of cookie.    
- Penny Auction has been re-scheduled to the April 12th meeting.   
  

January 24-25, 2015 - Saturday & Sunday 
- Norge Ski Club Jump Tournament 
- 100 Ski Hill Road, Fox River Grove, IL 
- Saturday: Junior Olympic Qualifiers 
- Sunday: International Competition 12-4pm

 

January 4, 2015 - Sunday 
- Program: Collecting Norwegian and North American Stamps 
- 1:30 Potluck Luncheon 
- Polar Star Monthly Meeting 
- Kitchen Hosts:  Barb and Ken Johnson
   

Regular Meetings - Polar Star Lodge meets on the 1st Sunday of the month. Our potluck luncheon is at 1:30, followed immediately by a monthly program and the business meeting. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service. When applicable, the Norwegian Literature group and any other Norwegian cultural groups meet before the luncheon.  

    St. Olaf Lutheran Church 
    1233 Douglas Avenue 
    Montgomery, IL 60538 
    Maps/Directions  

Annual Høstfest
Held annually the first Sunday in November.  This year, it will be held on Sunday November 5, 2017.


Kitchen Host Instructions for Monthly Pot Luck LuncheonsAt least two members/families are needed to serve on the kitchen committee for each regular meeting. Join in by volunteering for one time each year.

  • Chairperson needs to contact other members of your committee to complete your plans ahead of time.
  • The committee normally supplies the meat or main dish, and 1/2 gallon 2% milk. All other members are asked to bring a pot luck dish to share.
  • Arrive at hall 1½ hours prior to the meeting time.
  • Set up 6-8 round tables with 6-8 chairs each.
  • Make the coffee (for 50-60 cups: use ½ pound of coffee with cold water). Be sure to start the coffee immediately when you arrive since it takes at least one hour to brew. Coffee is provided by the lodge and is stored in the lodge cabinet - check coffee inventory the meeting before. If necessary, purchase coffee and you will be reimbursed.
  • Provide table decorations according to season. There may be some napkins and placemats in the cabinet in the storage room – check for inventory the meeting before.
  • Set up the buffet table (2 long tables). Arrange the food on the table as it comes in. Include a basket at the front end for donations.
  • Set up an entry table in the hall for the sign-in book.
  • Set up the podium and the three flags in the front of the room. The U.S. flag on the left as you face the podium.
  • After everyone has eaten, wash bowls, dishes, serving spoons, etc. as needed, and clean up the area. Use our lodge dish towels (in storage room).
  • One person from the committee needs to take the dish towels home, wash them, and then bring them back to the next meeting.
  • Return all chairs and table to their proper places.
  • If it becomes inconvenient for you to serve at your scheduled time, please exchange with someone or find a substitute. 
  • For any questions, contact the Social Director.

Anyone who can assist in setting up, serving, or cleaning up, feel free to pitch in. The kitchen committee will welcome your help! 

Norwegian Dinner Prayer

Ì Jesu navn går 
Vi til bords å spis
Å drikke på ditt ord
Deg Gud til ære oss
Til gavn så får
Vi mat ì Jesu navn.
Amen

 

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