Some Information for our Delegates
There’s much to share here with delegates to our 2022 Sons of Norway District 2 Convention, from convention materials to ideas for how to enjoy our lovely city of Portland, Oregon.
. . . About Your Host City
Before we move on to the nitty gritty of the convention, let’s talk first about how much fun Portland can be and how to get around!
Come a few days early and explore Portland and our beautiful home. We have world class Chinese and Japanese gardens and an hour south of us is The Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon, all of them worth a pleasurable ramble.
And although the pandemic has created hardship for our restaurant scene, as it has everywhere, there has been surprising resilience resulting in a continuing abundance of interesting, delicious and inventive places to eat and drink. Here are several of our favorites to consider:
Grassa • Jake’s Seafood • The Pink Rabbit • Toki Restaurant • Maurice (lunch) • Duck House Chinese Restaurant • Bing Mi Jianbing Food Cart • Mucca Osteria.
Or really . . . . just Google “Restaurants downtown Portland” and let your eyeballs do the walking.
There are SO many good choices at all price points. For instance, our very inexpensive food cart scene is amazing.
Like to shop and don’t want to go far from the hotel? Nearby Cascade Station is only 1.3 miles — a nice walk on a beautiful day, or only a short Sheraton shuttle ride. And remember that Oregon offers tax-free shopping! And while there, you can wander the nearby aisles of IKEA and nom nom nom some yummy Swedish meatballs. Or hop on the Max and ride the Red Line train to downtown, where there are no end of interesting places to shop or dine. Catch it either at the airport or on NE Mt. Hood Avenue, only a twenty minute walk from the hotel. Or ask the Sheraton shuttle driver to let you off at one of the Rail stops.
Travel Portland has provided the following very helpful links:
Tours and Itineraries • Portland Maps • Attractions • Events Taking Place in Portland
If you have a car, visit our Scandinavian cousins at Nordia House, out Oleson Road near Beaverton. They have interesting exhibits, a nifty gift shop full of Scandinavian goods, and the onsite restaurant, Broder Söder, sells a delicious Scandinavian lunch Tuesday through Sunday.
What information do you need as a delegate? Some possibilities:
Hotel Information: Room booking flier with information or go directly to the booking link at the Sheraton.
Transportation Information: Our metropolitan transit service is called Tri-Met (named for the three counties that form the metropolitan area) and a number of alternatives will get you anywhere you want to go, whether it’s by bus, light rail, or train.
Sheraton Shuttle: Maybe you want to get between the airport and the hotel? Or perhaps you’d like to zip over to Cascade Station to shop without having to drive. Take the Sheraton Shuttle, accessible at the Shuttle Desk, just across from the hotel check in desk!
Norse Hall Shuttle to Grieg Lodge for the Host Dinner: On the evening of Thursday, June 2nd, buses will depart the Sheraton Airport Hotel heading to Grieg Lodge for our Viking Encampment Dinner. See you there! Buses will return attendees to the Sheraton following the dinner.
Convention Schedule: The final convention schedule is expected to be posted in early May. Bookmark our site and return.
Viking Encampment Dinner: On Thursday evening, June 2nd, our Viking Encampment Dinner takes place. Viking-era attire is encouraged. The Oslo Lounge will be open for no-host imbibing
Interested in putting together Viking-era garb so as to be properly attired for a Viking Encampment dinner, but not sure what it entails beyond horned helmets (which they didn’t actually wear)? Here are a few websites for inspiration:
What did Vikings Wear? • Scandinavia Facts • Viking Clothing Patterns on Pinterest • Viking Age Clothing
Important Deadlines!!: Convention booklet advertising, space reservation and payment due by April 15 • Registration and Registration Forms must be received by the registration committee by April 30 • Bunad Parade Registration due May 1 • Convention booklet artwork due by May 1 • Cultural Room Submission paperwork is due May 10 • Hotel booking deadline to receive the special rates is May 17.
Forms or Information You Might Need: Available from Sharon Graalum Registration Form (Delegate) • Registration Form (Visitor) • Meal Selection (see Registration Forms)
Other forms, letters, or printed information: Bunad Parade form • Cultural Room Submission forms • Fane How To • Pillowcase Caper • In Memoriam for Convention Booklet • Lodge Cookie Request Details • Map of the Sheraton meeting rooms • 2022 District Lodge Meeting Rules
Newsletter Competition: There will be no newsletter competition this year.