Hovedstad (Austin)

To enjoy, preserve, and promote our Norwegian heritage …

Hovedstad – Capitol City – Austin, Texas

If you are interested in becoming a member of this organization, it is not required that you be of Norwegian descent, only that you will enjoy, preserve, and promote our Norwegian heritage. Become a member today! Print the Membership Form, and mail it in with your annual dues. You can also follow us on Facebook.  Thanks!


The Norwegian Society of Texas-Hovedstad want to say Tusen takk to all who attended Juletrefest 2017!  It was a huge success with over 55 members and guests filling Shepherd of the Hills Fellowship Hall with love and friendship.

Dinner was delightfully delicious!  Thanks to all who brought beautiful desserts and to Janet Merideth for the savory mashed rutabaga.  Randi Parker, Kay Knutsen, Maren Bridges and Anna Marie Leystra did a terrific job decorating tables and tree.  Nisse, Don Gaskin, thanks again for entertaining the children.

Everyone truly enjoyed the magical performance and sing along by talented Owe & Liv Lie-Bjelland.  We will miss them when they return to Stavanger, but hope to see them again at future NST celebrations.

Raffle winners Randi Parker and Carol Stimson went home with the krumkake baker and Sweet Paul autographed cookbook! FUN!  The silent auction was a great success with Carol Finsrud’s Norwegian Barbie being the hot item. Thanks to all for bringing so many Norwegian gifts!

Special thanks to Deborah Holbrook, Vice President and her sister Pam Rabon for planning most of this event and special thanks to Randy and Sherry Lee for their help with taking donations and registering Members.

Clifton Country Christmas Tour – Friday Evening and Saturday December 1-2 in Clifton, TX

The event traditionally kicks off on Friday night with a lighted parade through downtown that is enjoyed by young and old alike. Saturday is a tour Historic Pioneer Homesteads, Churches, and a Norwegian arts and crafts fair at the Heritage Village located in the Armory at Clifton City Park. Those wishing to experience authentic Norwegian cuisine look no further that the Clifton Civic Center, where lunch is served by reservation from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Don’t forget to visit the Cleng Peerson farm as well as the Ringness House museum. The evening typically ends back in Clifton, where visitors may enjoy dinner, drinks, carriage rides, Norwegian folk dancers, and a visit from Santa. To purchase your tickets for Dec 2, 2017, call the Clifton Chamber of Commerce at 254-675-3720 or 1800-344-3720. To see who is going from our chapter, Contact Erik Fossum, at 512-784-1166 or email erik.fossum@norwegiansocietyoftexas.org.

For more information: http://www.visitclifton.org/page/country-christmas.aspx

Syttende Mai – Saturday, May 13th in Lakeway, TX. 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Join us to celebrate Norway’s Independence day at Lakeway City Park!  Games, hot dogs, ice cream and of course a parade march to the anthem of Norway!
Please RSVP to Chapter Vice President, Deborah Holbrook at debholbrook0@gmail.com. Thanks to Deborah for this Koselig invitation!

Suggested donation $3 kids and $5 adults.

Spring Althing at the Norwegian Consulate, Houston, TX – April 22 – 23, 2017
All Eight Chapter of The Norwegian Society of Texas met at the Norway house to discuss business matters and progress. We can expect a new website and online membership payment in the future as well as collaborative online tools with Office 365 becoming available for Chapter Officers. What a great job the Althing board has done and special thanks to the Viking Chapter for hosting!

The highlight of the day for the Hovedstad Chapter was the addition of Christina Moore to the board, filling the position of Secretary. Her Mother, Mari-Anne Moore, was again sworn in with her as Treasurer. With this mother daughter duo, our newly elected Vice president, Deborah Holbrook and sister Pam Rabon who has also been a huge help, we are primed to make this a great year!

The Althing was topped off with a delicious shrimp party hosted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Morten Paulsen, Norway Consul General. The Greenland shrimp were so fresh they brought in a cold front for a pleasant chill to a poolside evening party.

Christina Moore, Mari-Anne Moore, Erik Fossum II, Kay Knudsen and Rita Carlson
Shrimp Party at the home of the Norwegian Consul General, Mr. and Mrs. Morten Paulsen. 


Spring 2017, Althing Business Meeting



Juletrefest 2016 was quite an occasion topped off with delicious desserts brought by our members and the main course, Svinneribbe med svor, mashed Rutabega, Surkal, and potatos cooked by Norwegian Chef, Katrine Nordstrøm. It was so good the Julenisse even came to dine with us thanks to Don Gaskin. And finally, we officiated our Secretary Treasurer, Randy Lee, Elected a New Vice President, Deborah Holbrook—daughter of the previous treasure Yvonne Connell. Special thanks to Randi Parker, Kay Knutsen, Cheryl Christianson, Yvonne Connell, Randy Lee, Mari-Anne Moore and many others.  God jul!

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Sankthansaften 2016:

We had a great time celebrating Sankthansaften in the Austin area with swimming, Lars and Diane’s delicious cooking and finishing it all with a camp fire and history lesson from Randi and Mauren on the ancients who first started this tradition to the way it’s done in Norway today (as we did yesterday!).


Calendar of Events for Hovedstad

Members and friends are invited to come and join our activities throughout the year. Planned events include Syttende Mai (05/17), Sankthansaften (06/24),  Lief Erikson Day (10/09) and Juletrefest (Mid-December).


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2016 Chapter Officers

  • President – Erik Fossum
  • Vice-President – Deborah Holbrook
  • Treasurer – Mari-Anne Moore
  • Financial Secretary – Randy Lee
  • Secretary – Christina Moore
  • Membership/communications – Position open, please inquire

Contact Information

Hovedstad Chapter Norwegian Society of Texas
2057 W. Bridge St.
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Erik Fossum
President – Hovedstad Chapter
(512) 784-1166

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