Calendar of Events

Call Lodge President, Allen Watrud at 608-772-1969.

Unless noted, all events will be held at the Mt. Horeb Community Center. 107 North Grove Street, Mt. Horeb, WI 53572; 1 block behind Duluth Trading Company.

July 23, 2020

Vennelag at the Mallards game

Vennelag at the Mallards game. Seating in the famous Duck Blind and lots of great ballpark food.

June 23, 2020

Annual Lodge Picnic

Annual Lodge picnic at Brigham Park near Blue Mounds. Bring a guest! The Lodge will provide the usual picnic fare (burgers, brats). Games and talking smart will be in great abundance

May 21, 2020

Syttende Mai

Come enjoy the annual Syttende Mai dinner and celebration

April 30, 2020

Our 'Talent' Potpourri

Come join the fun. Having talent is strictly optional!

March 15, 2020

Lodge Meeting

Lodge meeting featuring a presentation on geneology and discussion of the 2021 trip to Norway.

December 21, 2019

Lefse Sale Fundraiser

The 2019 holiday lefse sale will take place on Saturday, December 21st. This year our sale will be held in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market breakfast at the Evangelical Lutheran Church. We will begin our sales at 8 AM. Please arrive early as the lefse is a popular holiday request. We ask that you limit your order to 2 or less dozen. Tusen takk og God Jul!

December 1, 2019


Jultrefest will be held Sunday December 1st at the Mt Horeb Community Center starting with social Time 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. then potluck luncheon at 1:30 p.m. Following the meal we will have a program from Elizabeth Walker Norwegian teacher and performer. Celebratory dress is encouraged like Bunads and festive wear. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service, beverages will be provided.

November 30, 2019

Breakfast with Santa

The members of Vennelag Lodge welcome the community to their second annual Santa Breakfast. The day will begin with a small breakfast at 8:30 AM. Those with the need for a gluten-free breakfast will have an option. The cost of the breakfast is $5.00.Little ones three and under will enjoy their breakfast for free. The proceeds will help Vennelag Lodge provide scholarships for youth. * Families should bring their cameras to take pictures of their children with Santa. In addition, four holiday crafts will be taught. The items are durable and should last for years. Join us and ring in the holidays!

November 21, 2019

Lodge Meeting

We will be holding a memorial service for members that have passed in the last year.

October 24, 2019

Foundation Night

A light meal served at 6:30 PM with festivities to raise money for the Sons of Norway Foundation following thereafter. Members will bring basketed items for bidding.Some items will be placed on a live auction. Guests are welcome to join in the fun. There is no need to bring a contribution.

November 2, 2019

2019 Norwegian Baking Workshop

Join the members of Vennelag Lodge for their annual Norwegian Baking Workshop. It will be held at the Mt.Horeb Community Center on Saturday, November 2, 2019, beginning at 8:30 AM. The day will open with warm heart waffles and beverages being served. The class has an enrollment cap, and I would encourage anyone who is interested in attending to register early.Further questions may be directed to one of our food chairmen, Ann Walser or Mary Gullickson-Krantz: anncwalser or laffalot

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August 29, 2019

Sandra Brehl

Sandra Brehl will speak at Vennelag Lodge on August 29th. Brehl is a retired educator and is the author of numerous books, both novels and picture books for youth. She is most-known for her trilogy written for younger readers, the Odin’s Promise Series. Although this series is written with upper elementary and middle school youth in mind, they are an enjoyable and quick read for adults, too! The books center around the main character, Mari, who learns to cope with the Nazi Occupation of Norway during WWII.

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August 25, 2019

Parade - Middleton

On Sunday afternoon, August 25th, the S. S. Vennelag will sail the waters thru downtown Middleton, WI for its Good Neighbor Festival. We experienced toasty weather last August, and I would suggest dressing in light-colored, lightweight fabrics. Further information can be obtained from Cheryl Wille-Schlesser, 608-219-4464 or by e-mail:

July 28, 2019

Parade - Argyle

We will be returning the Viking ship to Argyle, WI on July 28th in celebration of the village’s 175th Anniversary. Our ship originally belonged to the Norsemen Supper Club in Argyle before being adopted by Vennelag Lodge. She has sailed many miles since then, but the captain of the ship has informed us that she knows how to reach her home port! Members will need to provide their own transport to Argyle, but we can arrange carpools for those who are interested.

July 25, 2019

Madison Mallards Baseball Game

Lodge members will be attending a Madison Mallards baseball game on Thursday night, July 25th. Tickets for this are $25 per person and include all of the ballpark fare you can eat, a Mallards hat, and bottomless cup of soda. Should you wish to enjoy an alcoholic beverage with your meal, there is an additional upcharge. We'll be sitting in the Duck Blind again. We've got a good number of attendees so far, but there is plenty of remaining space. Let us know so we can include you when we buy tickets. Please make contact no later than July 4th to join in on the fun! Social director, Allen Watrud is handling arrangements. Please contact Allen Watrud,, or call him at: 608-772-1969 for further information.

July 20, 2019


SHARING THE FOOD CUSTOMS OF NORWAY WITH YOU. SERVING FROM 9 AM TO 2 PM. Mt. Horeb Community Center - 107 N. Grove Street (located behind Duluth Trading in the blue building with red trim). Offering Traditional Norwegian Delights at a la carte pricing! Open-face and Lefse Wrap Sandwiches, Almond Cake, Apple Cake, Hot Dogs wrapped in Lefse, Norwegian Meatballs, Lefse, Rosettes, Fry Cakes (Donuts), Refreshing Sweet Fruit Soup, Cherry or Blueberry Parfait, Fresh Fruit Cups, Cucumber Salad, Smørgrøt Porridge (a Norwegian delicacy), Berliner Kranser, Sandbakkels, Krumkake, Rosettes, Many Cookies, Coffee, Lemonade, Bottled Water. Norwegian Bake Sale with Whole Potato Lefse. Arrive Early for Best Availability. *Enjoy LUNCH in our air-conditioned location. For further information, contact Cheryl Wille-Schlesser - 608-219-4464,

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June 28, 2019

Midsommer, the longest day of the year will be celebrated at Brigham County Park! The only fire we can make is in a fire pit! Bring any dried wood you’d like to share and we’ll light up the night sky like the Norwegians do! We can also look for constellations in the night sky. The Lodge will purchase the meats, breads and condiments. Anyone wishing to bring a complimentary side dish, relishes, or chips is encouraged to do so. (A reminder…bring your bug spray!)

May 30, 2019

Join us in celebrating Norway’s Constitution Day! Wear your bunads or other festive clothing. The royalty from the Stoughton Syttende Mai Committee will join us. A luscious potluck meal will be served to begin the festivities. Membership awards will be given.

April 18, 2019

A Madison rosemaler will present her craft to us at the April meeting. Please know that we are meeting one week earlier due to a conflict with using the Community Center space by the senior citizens.

March 17, 2019

It’s a Vaffle Dag! We will have a fun and interactive Lodge meeting that day, with members being encouraged to bring their favorite waffle recipe and samples of their creations. Toppings will be provided for the waffles. We will spend some time getting to know our members better.

February 20, 2019


Dr. Lowell Peterson will join us at 2 PM to share the interesting story of John Dillinger and how he terrorized Wisconsin during the mafia days of the early 1930’s. Dress the part, if you’d like, and wear something representative of that era!

February 20, 2019


Join our Food Chairman Ann Walser and Cultural Director Tiffany Schwoerer as they lead a class in baking delicious Norwegian cookies. Join us at 12:00 noon for this experience at the Community Center, 107 N. Grove Street. We will be making sandbakkelse and krumkaker. While making the cookies, we will take photos and fill out the necessary paperwork needed to qualify for the baking pin. These treats will be served at the luncheon later that day! * Vennelag Lodge supports the efforts of the 5th District and will be helping to bake cookies for the Barnebirkie or children’s ski event in Hayward, WI. Bring the cookies that you have made ahead of time for the Barnebirkie to the meeting! Old-time favorites will be served to the hungry skiers following the race. Due to the concern of allergic reactions, please do not use nuts in your cookies. The race is held in conjunction with the festivities of the American Birkebeiner in Hayward, WI, and it is a noncompetitive race for children ages 3-13. The children’s race will be held beginning at 11:30 AM on Thursday, February 20th. The organizers look forward to nearly 1,000 youngsters participating! Thank you in advance for helping with this project.

December 1, 2018

Breakfast with Santa

The Sons of Norway invites you and your family to Breakfast with Santa! Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 8:30AM - 11:30AM. Senior Center, 107 North Grove Street, Mt. Horeb, WI. Serving Heart Waffles, with gluten free option, juice, milk, and coffee. Featuring: Take your own photo with Santa and Make and Take crafts. $5.00 (kids under 2 free). Proceeds to benefit Masse Moro, The Sons of Norway Youth Heritage Camp. Questions can be directed to Jean Grindle: 608-574-7668 or Cheryl Wille-Schlesser: 608-219-4464.

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November 3, 2018

2018 Norwegian Baking Workshop

Where? Mt. Horeb Community Center, 107 N. Grove Street, Mt. Horeb, WI.

Why? Sharing the culture and customs of the Norse people.

What? Learn to make: Lefse, Rosettes, Krumkake, Rømmegrøt, Æbelskiver, and Sandbakkelse, AND a Surprise cookie.

When? Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Cost? 25.00 per person.

Who? Bring multiple generations of your family. Children 9 and over are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

*Please bring containers to take samples home for your holiday table!

8:30 AM ARRIVAL-Enjoy warm vaffler (waffles) to start your day accompanied by your choice of coffee, milk, or juice.
9:00 AM to 12 Noon-Move through baking stations to learn the techniques of producing each item.

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October 6, 2018

Frokost 2018

Sharing our heritage and culture through food. Everyone is welcome to this Norwegian Breakfast! 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. $15 per person, $6 for children 10 and under. NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED. Carryouts available.

107 N. Grove Street - Mount Horeb, WI
Phone: (608) 220-7565

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September 27, 2018

Alt for Norge: The Resistance in WWII

Jan and Miriam Hansen are from Altoona, in western Wisconsin, where they’ve lived for the past twenty-nine years. Jan emigrated from Norway, from the west coast city of Aalesund, to Chicago when he was a teenager. Miriam, a Minnesota native, grew up in Roseville, north of St. Paul. They met as students at St. Olaf College; they have two daughters, both of whom are teachers. Jan is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Miriam is a former librarian and teacher. Together they’ve been involved with international education, and have taught in several foreign countries. The Hansens have been active in the Ager Historical Association in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It’s from working in the library there that they became inspired to dig further into Scandinavian culture, economics and history. Their power-point program, “Alt for Norge: Norwegian Resistance in WWII” tells stories of the many unsung heroes who quietly defied the uninvited occupiers, as well as some personal recollections from Jan’s boyhood during the occupation of Norway. The program starts with the German attack on Norway in 1940. Two months later the first battle for Norway ended. The Norwegian forces disbanded, and the British forces, the Norwegian government and the Royal Family fled to England. With a government-in-exile established in London, the civil battle for freedom began. The military victory was won by the Allied Forces, but the civil resistance, the ideological victory that sustained the Norwegian population during the long five year occupation, was won by the will of the people.

July 21, 2018

Kaffe Stue

ANNUAL KAFFE STUE-SUMMER LUNCH WITH NORSK SPECIALTY FOODS. Held in conjunction with Mt. Horeb's Art Fair. SERVING BEGINS at 9 AM. Velkommen!

July 20, 2018

1 PM Kitchen Crew arrives to prep foods for the annual Kaffe Stue. 2 PM Table and Chair Crew arrives for event preparation.

June 28, 2018

Vennelag Lodge will celebrate Midsommer at Stewart Lake Park. Kayaks will be available for use. Kubb pitches will be set up for play. A picnic with potluck dishes to share will tempt the taste buds of the attendees. The Lodge will supply meats and veggie burgers, buns, and condiments. Night sky viewing will occur after dark. Bring your telescope! Bug repellant is also highly suggested!

June 10, 2018

The 50th Mt. Horeb Summer Frolic Parade. Line-up is behind the Mt. Horeb Middle School on Lincoln Street. The parade begins at 12 Noon. Wear your bunads or other Norwegian attire.

May 23, 2018

Vennelag's annual high school scholarship will be presented at the Senior Awards Program at Mt. Horeb High School, 305 S. 8th Street, Mt. Horeb, WI 53572. The program begins at 7 PM, and will continue until all scholarships are presented. If you wish to be present, Vennelag's presentation will be near the end of the program that evening.

May 20, 2018

Join us at the Stoughton Syttende Mai Parade! Meet at Mandt Park in Stoughton by 12:30 PM. The parade will roll at 1:30 PM. Dress for the weather. Bring a water bottle and your food of choice. A snack to share would be welcome! Please wear bunads, Norwegian sweaters, or gnome hats. Our goal is to have FUN while celebrating our heritage! Alle er velkommen.

May 17, 2018

Syttende Mai Party

A special party will be held for the Lodge members to celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day. The Norwegian Constitution was signed at Eidsvoll, NO on May 17, 1814. This is earlier than our normally scheduled meeting! Entertainment will be the Ladies of the Fjord, playing traditional Hardanger fiddle music.

April 26-28, 2018

The Annual Vennelag Garage Sale

Bring your priced items to Rita Schraepfer-Derke's home, 205 N. 3rd Street, prior to the sale. Help is needed with sales from Thursday-Saturday afternoon. Assistance is also appreciated with clean-up on Sunday morning at 10 AM. Please call Rita with your availability to help: 608-220-7565. Proceeds will be credited to the 2019 Vennelag Scholarship Fund.

April 19, 2018

Monthly Meeting

Dr. Lowell Peterson will share information of the notorious gangster, John Dillinger. Dress the part! Dillinger's gang ran the wilds of Wisconsin and Minnesota in the 1930's. Don the appropriate attire of the decade and join in the fun! Special guests: Stoughton Syttende Mai Royalty Jodi and Bob Coon and their escort Bev Mansfield.