GRIEG LODGE EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Get in Touch with your Inner Scandinavian
Grieg Lodge offers a wide array of cultural and social activities for all ages, with many opportunities to volunteer and get involved. We encourage our members to contribute their ideas for new activities, so things are always happening and evolving at Norse Hall.
We have a very robust program of activities for children and youth. Click the link on the left to learn more.
Please check the calendar section of this site to get information on specific dates and times for all events and activities, or contact us at 503-246-3401.
NORWEGIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES
Planning a trip to Norway? Or maybe you’d like to know how to sing a family lullaby or correspond with a long-lost cousin from the farm your grandfather came from — or understand what the Norwegians are saying about you in the Oslo Lounge at Norse Hall. You decide. We’ll help.
NORWEGIAN LITERATURE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Join us on a Saturday afternoon, when the book discussion group is gathered around the table in the beautiful Grieg Lodge Library to discuss a variety of classic and contemporary fiction and non-fiction works by Norwegians and Norwegian Americans. You can enjoy and participate in the conversation even if you haven’t read the book. Take a seat! Coffee’s on! Remember, you can now search the Grieg Lodge Library catalog online at www.gllib.org
HERITAGE ARTS & CRAFTS
On a periodic basis, Grieg Lodge offers classes and workshops in a variety of traditional Nordic handcrafts including Hardanger needlework, knitting, weaving, bunad making, rosemaling (decorative painting), iron-work and more. Classes are taught by skilled and award-winning instructors in a supportive, hands-on setting. Please contact the lodge for information on current classes. 503-236-3401.
REEL NORDIC FILMS
Explore the rich heritage of contemporary and classic Scandinavian film making (also Scandinavian film artists and themes) at our once-a-month Tuesday evening screenings in the Oslo Lounge. Films are shown in their original language (with subtitles). The first Sunday in November we host our Reel Nordic Film Festival with films shown all day in multiple areas of Norse Hall.
MUSIC EVENTS & CULTURAL PROGRAMS
From Norwegian choral singing and classical concerts to folk music and the latest Norwegian jazz, Grieg Lodge has a long, rich history of music events and programs. Recent events have included concert pianist Knut Erik Jensen, the Norwegian folkdance troupe Leikarringen BUL Kongsberg, the 35-member accordion band Lindesness Trekkspillklub and a Nordic Roots Dance Workshop led by Norse cultural scholar Kari Tauring.
SCANDINAVIAN FOLK DANCING
The group meets twice a month on a Tuesday evening and newcomers are always welcome. Refresh your skills or begin learning in a comfortable, friendly environment.
Enjoy this traditional meal the first Sunday in November. Click the link on the left for specific information and to make your reservation.
MAY 17 – SYTTENDE MAI CELEBRATION & PARADE
Norway’s most important national holiday – May 17 (Constitution Day) – is celebrated here in Portland in a community-wide event that has been sponsored by Grieg Lodge for generations. Join us for authentic Norwegian food, dancing and national dress, Norwegian Fjord horses and a grand flag parade led by local high school marching bands through the Lloyd District. Rain or shine, the event happens on May 17 every year. Click the link on the left to learn more about this year’s program.
Join us the second Saturday of December (in the afternoon) for a traditional Christmas celebration–singing and dancing around the enormous tree in the center of our Ballroom, cookies galore, and a special appearance by Santa. For kids of all ages.
VIKING PANCAKE BREAKFASTS
(generally the second Sunday of the month, except for January, July, August and December) What better way to start the day than with a plate of delicious, all-you-can pancakes? Our popular breakfast also includes sides of eggs, sausages, fresh fruit, applesauce, orange juice, tea and bottomless coffee – all served up with Norwegian charm from 8:30 am to 1:00pm Adults: $7. Children 5-12: $4 (under 5: free). Children’s Nordic story time in the library from 10-11am.
ANNUAL GRIEG LODGE BIRTHDAY BRUNCH
At our April pancake breakfast we celebrate our birthday with a delicious, special brunch, and support the Grieg Lodge Scholarship Fund. The festivities include a raffle and presentation the current year’s scholarship recipients.
NORDIC VS. IRISH TRACK BOWLING TOURNAMENT
It’s an ancient rivalry going back to the Viking age – and a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Put a team together (4-persons) and meet us on the field of battle (Buckman Field) for our urban version of Irish Road Bowling (using the same cannonball equipment). We call it Nordic Urban Track Bowling (aka NUT Bowling), ‘cuz we made it up! All ages welcome rain or shine. Pick a side: are you a fearsome Viking or a darling Leprechaun?
LADIES SOCIAL CLUB
Grieg Lodge Ladies Social Club meets monthly for luncheon and a brief business meeting. A variety of social and cultural events and activities (including lefse making!) are part of the LSC tradition. All members of Grieg Lodge are automatically members of LSC, the oldest and most respected club of the lodge.
LEFSE MAKERS ROLL!
Beginning in September, it’s lefse season at the Lodge. More rollers always welcome. If you’ve got a drop of Nordic blood in you, lefse making is considered an essential skill. So don your apron and join the crew. We roll Mondays every week toward the holidays – and the Lutefisk Dinner! There’s nothing like fresh hot lefse.
TGIFF – THANK GOODNESS IT’S FOURTH FRIDAY!
Join us for our monthly social and bring your friends. The activities vary from month to month, so feel free to call ahead and see what we have planned.
CARDS & GAMES
Sharpen up! The bridge and pinochle groups invite you to test your chops – or learn some. Bridge players meet every Monday and Wednesday evenings. Pinochle fans play on Tuesday afternoons.