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Welcome to the Norwegian Society of Texas, Hovedstad Chapter in Austin, Texas! 

We enjoy, preserve, and promote the Norwegian heritage through social events, arts, recreation and more...

You do not need to be Norwegian or of Norwegian descent to participate.

Our established annual events are as follows (2019 dates)...

Syttende Mai picnic (5/18)
Midsommer’s Day-Sankthansaften (6/22) RSVP! 
Leif Erickson Day (10/9)
Juletrefest (12/15). 

Dates are subject to change. 

In addition, we get together more frequently for 
-Happy hours
-Knitting
-Hiking
-Cooking/baking
-Music and film
-and More....

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SANKTHANSAFTEN - MIDSUMMER'S EVE PARTY


THE NORWEGIAN SOCIETY OF TEXAS,
CHAPTERS HOVEDSTAD AND SNORRE....

 

.....CORDIALLY INVITES MEMBERS, NON-MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS TO A TRADITIONAL NORWEGIAN SANKTHANSAFTEN (MIDSUMMER'S EVE). THIS WILL BE A FAMILY FRIENDLY CELEBRATION WITH A BONFIRE, HOT DOGS/SAUSAGE/BURGERS, GAMES, SWIMMING AND FUN! SEE IMAGES OF THE RANCH BELOW....

 

Where: 

Open Arms Ranch4625 Sandy Fork Rd., Harwood TX, 78632

WHEN: 
Saturday, June 22 at 2:00 PM until Sunday, June 23, at 11:00 am.

RSVP:
Register Here!
 

Prices:
Children (5 & under)  FREE
Children (under 13)   $10 per person.
Members                   $15 per person.
Non-Members           $20 per person.
or
Member Family          $50 per family
Non Member Family  $65 per family

Description: 

The event location is a 30 acre ranch located in between Austin and Houston. We'll meet up at the ranch starting at 2:00 pm and celebrate into the night. We'll serve hot dogs, sausage, and burgers around 5:30 pm and start the Bonfire around 7:00 pm. Vegetarian options available. There will be games for children and adults with prizes. Alcohol is permitted, but it will be BYOB. The ranch has a pond if you want to cool off by swimming and relaxing by the water. There is plenty of open land and a small trail system in a forested area of pines to explore.

Accommodations:
The ranch offers FREE lodging accommodations for up to 24 people (minimal private, mostly shared bunkroom; contact hovedstadaustin@gmail.com for questions or to reserve free lodging). Campers or tents can be brought to the ranch (but let us know up front). Hotels are 20-40 minutes away (Bastrop, Lockhart, Flatonia, Gonzales), and it's also possible to drive back home on Saturday evening. Feel free to contact us for advice. 

Breakfast: 
A large breakfast will be served with coffee Sunday morning. We will clean up and leave the ranch around 10-11 am Sunday morning. 

Registration Deadline
Wednesday, June 19 in order to have sufficient time for necessary preparations.

Included in price
Food (hot dogs, sausage, burgers, snacks, desserts, s'mores, breakfast), non alcoholic beverages, plates, cups, utensils, etc.

BYOB:
Alcoholic beverages

Registration:
Click on the event in the Event Calendar and pay by June 19.
Members log in first with Member ID and Password to get Member rates. 
The payment is your RSVP.

History of Sankthansaften:

The celebration of Sankthansaften (aka Jonsok) in the bright summer night before June 24 marks the birth of John the Baptist and also the summer solstice, when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky and turn towards the winter solstice. Midsummer's Eve. The bonfire to expel evil spirits has roots back to the 4th century when Pagan and Christian traditions started to merge into becoming one celebration.

Contacts: 
                                

Austin and Ranch - Brent Sjolseth - President NST Hovedstad 
                                                                             512-280-2732 - hovedstadaustin@gmail.com                       
Houston                     - Halvor Rusdal - President NST Snorre
                                                                             832-812-2764 - hrusdal@gmail.com 




NST Membership: - $25 per person / $30 per family

You can sign up or renew your membership on the NST web page. 
NST memberships are good for 12 months from registration date.

Norwegian Society of Texas Web page






















Tusen Takk
to all of you who attended our 2018 Juletrefest.  It was a great success with savory food and fine fellowship.  It was YOU who made the gathering so much fun!! Thanks to Brent Sjoseth for accepting and being elected President and Erik Fossum accepting and being elected Treasurer. Special Thanks to Mari-Anne Moore for her 4 years as Hovedstad Chapter Treasurer (2014-2018) and Erik Fossum for 4 years as Hovedstad Chapter President (2014-2018).

Turgoose Jazz Trio (http://rachelturgoose.com) was outstanding!  Thank you Erik Fossum and Lisa Westerbeck for making it happen!
It was wonderful to hear Randi Parker, Carol Stimson, Erik Fossum, Lydia Fitzmaurice, & Maren Bridges sing Christmas Carols along with the band!

Special thanks go to:
Pam Rabon for her hours of enthusiastic help with so many of the event details.  She also printed name tags / programs and provided all the beverages.
Celeste Holbrook for her energetic support.  She picked up all the food,  helped me unload and reload my car. Rolled 75 napkins with red ribbon. Basically, anything I needed help with.
Randy and Sherry Lee for collecting dinner admission, membership dues, raffle money and silent auction money. Randy also shared some interesting info on St Lucia’s Day.
Sherry Lee for setting up the silent auction table.
Don Gaskin for once again coming as our Nisse !
Randi Parker and Kay Knutsen for providing children’s treats for Nisse.
Kay Knutsen for putting up the flags and providing Norge tourist guides.
Randi Parker, Anna Marie & Mike Leystra, Maren Bridges for the handmade table decorations.
Leila Tackett for the LED candles.
Yvonne Connell for reciting the lovely prayer.
Lydia Fitzmaurice for wearing her exquisite Bunad and explaining the specific details.
Everyone who brought silent auction items!
Marne Olson for donating the beautiful Norwegian sweater to the Raffle.
Janet Merideth for donating the special dog collar/leash and embroidered pillow cases to the Raffle.
Ella and Zoe Holbrook for helping Randy Lee with the Raffle drawing!  It was a huge success!!
Everyone who brought the delicious desserts, mashed potatoes and rutabaga !!
Marne Olson for the mountains of delicate Krumkake & Rosettes.
The Sunde Family for the exceptional Kranskake !  Again !!
Pam Rabon, Celeste Holbrook, Randi Parker, Kay Knutsen, Anna Marie & Mike Leystra, Maren Bridges, Randy & Sherry Lee for the amazing “set up in an hour” and amazing “clean up in an hour”
You guys are a MACHINE !!







Slideshow
Hovedstad - Syttende Mai 2014








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2019 Chapter Officers

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

Contact Information

Hovedstad Chapter Norwegian Society of Texas
2314 Westrock Dr.
Austin, TX 78704


Brent Sjolseth
512-280-2732


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