Calendar of Events

Call Lodge President, Cheryl Wille-Schlesser at 608-219-4464.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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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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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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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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!)