We’re excited to announce the Wahlstrom Nordic Workshop April 8–April 10, 2022, at the Beaver Creek Nature Reserve in Fall Creek, Wisconsin! The deadline for registration is March 25.
As always, this year’s program will include Nordic games (with a slight change from our regular winter programming!), woodcarving, weaving, folk dancing, home cooked meals, as well as discussions and presentations about the Nordic region.
Thanks to a generous grant from the American Scandinavian Foundation, we’ll be hosting several additional folk artists to work with you, including bandweaving, folk dancing, rosemaling and various forms of woodcarving, including flat-plane carving.
The registration fee for the entire weekend (which includes food, lodging, and all materials) is $60. If you are only attending one day, the fee is $40. Attendees should pay the registration fee when they arrive at Beaver Creek.
Students will receive free registration this year from the Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest project. However, because of space restrictions, we can only host 75 students, so please register in advance!
ALL ATTENDEES must register using the online form by March 25. We ask that those who register be committed to attending so that other people who may want to attend are not missing out. Please register ahead of time.
Our preliminary schedule is as follows:
Friday, April 8th
9:00–5:00pm Cultural Connections: Languages and Cultures of the Upper Midwest
5:00–10:00pm Arrival & Registration
7:30–8:00pm Introduction to Wood Carving with Dave Winter
8:00–8:30pm Introduction to Band Weaving w/ Valorie Arrowsmith
8:30–9:30pm Nordic American Folklife Films
Saturday, April 9th
9:00–9:10am Welcome & Announcements
9:15–10:30am Tour of Tradition: Artist Panel Presentation with Tara Austin and James Miller
10:45am–12:00pm Intro to A Tour of Tradition with Tara Austin and James Miller
10:45am–12:00pm Band weaving, wood carving, coffee, and socializing
1:00–2:00pm Jerry Revelle Memorial Ax Casting contests
2:00–6:00pm Band weaving, wood carving, coffee, and socializing
2:00–4:00pm A Tour of Tradition: Activity #1 with Tara Austin and James Miller
4:00–6:00pm A Tour of Tradition: Activity #2 with Tara Austin and James Miller
7:00–7:15pm Prizes for ax casting by The Midwest Institute of Scandinavian Culture
7:30–9:30pm Folk dance with Finn Hall
Sunday, April 10th
9:00–10:20am Band weaving, wood carving, coffee, and socializing
9:00–10:20am A Tour of Tradition: Continue working on folk arts projects
10:30–11:30am Keynote: Eric Dregni: Scandinavian influence in the U.S. and historical cross-cultural connections
11:40–11:55am Summary & Planning for next year
12:00pm Lunch, clean up cabins, departure
The Midwest Institute of Scandinavian Culture has the following COVID-19 plan in place for the event (subject to change):
–Proof of vaccination OR
–A negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival (home-tests are accepted)
–Additionally: Masks are optional, but recommended