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Nordic Celebration & Marketplace

  • Minneapolis Marriott Southwest 5801 Opus Parkway Minnetonka, MN, 55343 United States (map)

Tap your toes and kick up your heels to the lively old-time Scandinavian-American music of the popular dance band Foot-Notes, plus enjoy a gala dinner, Moods of Norway style show, and artisan marketplace at the Fortieth Anniversary Nordic Celebration and Marketplace, hosted by the Twin Cities Area Friends of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.

The event will be held Saturday, April 20, at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest, 5801 Opus Parkway, Minnetonka. The Nordic Marketplace, with artisans, scholarly chats by David Mona and Vesterheim staff, silent auction, raffle, and more, will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The dinner and style show will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by the dance.

“For forty years, the Twin Cities Area Friends of Vesterheim have hosted an annual event to honor Nordic heritage,” Mimi Gandrud, from the event planning committee, said. “To celebrate this anniversary, we want everyone to share this fun afternoon and evening of art, food, and entertainment, and help us honor 40 years of volunteers,” she said.

Moods of Norway, the Norwegian company that makes “Happy Clothes for Happy People,” has announced that their newest store will be located at the Mall of America in Minneapolis! During dinner, enjoy this sneak preview of fun fashions from their upcoming collections, which are guaranteed to make you smile. Styles will be modeled by local area Norwegian students.

Foot-Notes, from Decorah, Iowa, are known for their monthly dances at a one-room country school house in Winneshiek County, Iowa. They have been featured as part of the “Masters of Tradition” series at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institution’s Festival of American Folklife on the National Mall, both in Washington, D.C.; Iowa Public Television; Iowa Public Radio; Wisconsin Public Radio; and Norwegian National Public Radio. Band members include Beth Hoven Rotto on fiddle, Jon Rotto on guitar and vocals, and Bill Musser on acoustic bass and vocals.

Tickets for the dinner and marketplace are $60 per adult, $30 for each child, 12 years old and under. Seating is limited. Advanced reservations are necessary and should be made by April 13. To take advantage of discounted room rates for overnight stays, call the Marriott reservations desk at 888-887-1681 or 952-935-5500 and mention Vesterheim. For further information, please contact Vesterheim at 563-382-9681 or, or check the museum’s website at Proceeds benefit Vesterheim.

Through 24,000 artifacts and 12 historic buildings, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, shares the most comprehensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world. This national treasure is also a center for folk-art education, keeping Norwegian-American heritage alive. For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities, and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.

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