Anne Grimdalen Lodge #34
Founded: February 22, 1987, Cupertino, CA
When: Second Saturday of month at 9:30 am (Lodge does not meet in July)
Where: Oliver Ruud Community Center at Sunny View, 22445 Cupertino Road, Cupertino, CA
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Located in the San Francisco's South Bay Area, our members come from San Mateo County, the East Bay, and all the way to Monterey County. Social time with coffee and treats begins at 9:30, followed by a business meeting and heritage program. Guest speakers bring their expertise and love of Nordic culture, enriching our knowledge and ties to our Scandinavian roots. Members can join two interest groups: Rosemaling and Hardanger embroidery. Our members also enjoy the camaraderie of participating in craft sessions throughout the year to prepare for our annual Julbutikk. This year, after a program on Quilting in Norway, each Lodge member designed a quilt square with a favorite Nordic symbol or scene, which was assembled into a beautiful work of art, a legacy of our friendship and shared love of our heritage.
Anne Grimdalen lodge offers members San Francisco's South Bay area and further, from Los Altos all the way to Monterey County, a place to share and enjoy Nordic heritage. Social time with coffee and a smorgasbord of treats begins 9:30, followed by a meeting and program. Guest speakers bring their expertise and love of Nordic culture and traditions in interesting and unique programs. Members can also join three interest groups: Rosemaling, Hardanger embroidery, and a Writers Group. The Writers Group was founded in 1997 and has yielded four published books and numerous short stories of the Norwegian-American experience captured for future generations. Our members also enjoy the camaraderie of participating in various Lodge craft sessions throughout the year to prepare for our annual butikk and other fund-raisers.
Recent programs have included:
- The Primstav: the Ancient Norwegian Calendar Stick
- The Scandinavian Children's Books of Artist/Author Jan Brett
- The History of Quilting in Norway (w/ a collection of authentic Norwegian quilts)
- The Vikings of Vinland
- Bunad Attire: A Fashion Show of Traditional Costumes
- Along the Peer Gynt Road (a musical travelogue)
- Norway's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Heavy Water Sabotage at Vermoerk: The Heroes of Telemark
- A Brief History of Norway Through Its Stamps
- Famous Norwegians in California
- Seven Notable Norwegians Before Munch
- Hand-bell Christmas concert by St. Olaf College Alumnae
- Lodge Anniversary Celebration - February
- Syttende Mai Party
- Rose Garden Picnic - August
- Julbutikk and Luncheon - December
Sisters in Bunads
The lodge was named for a noted sculptress Anne Grimdalen, born in 1899 in the Telemark region of Norway. She is most famous for the three colossal sculptures which decorate the facade of the Oslo City hall and figures on the large fountain adjacent to that site. In addition to her sculptures based on historic themes, her figures of animals and Norwegian people are famous and well-loved.