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 503-236-3401.
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.
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. Events held at the Hall 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.
Enjoy this traditional meal the second Sunday in November. As we get closer to the end of summer, click the link on the left for specific information and to make your reservations.
MAY 17 – SYTTENDE MAI CELEBRATION
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 local high school marching bands. Rain or shine, the event happens on May 17 every year. Click the link in the sidebar to the left to learn more about this year’s program.
Join us the
second first Saturday of December from 1 to 4 pm 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 July, August, November 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 scrambled eggs, roasted sausages, fresh fruit, applesauce, orange juice, tea, and bottomless coffee – all served up with Norwegian charm. Keep an eye on the sidebar to left for monthly events.
ANNUAL GRIEG LODGE BIRTHDAY BRUNCH
At our April pancake breakfast, we celebrate our birthday with a delicious, special brunch, and at the same time, support the Grieg Lodge Scholarship Fund. The festivities include a raffle and presentation of the current year’s scholarship recipients.
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 buttery lefse, fragrant with cinnamon sugar.
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.