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Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Lost Viking Hoard

Good morning,

Sometimes you just have to do something different on a Saturday afternoon.  We are charter members of Sons of Norway in our area.  About twelve years ago I got a phone call from a lady trying to start a lodge and we couldn't pass up such an outstanding offer to help.  We met some very nice people and although we don't get to see them often since we travel so much, we do enjoy the time or two we see them each year.   And, I am the webmaster of our Sons of Norway lodge web site so I guess I am still pretty involved. I can do my webby duties from afar while we are traveling.  ;)

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you may remember my post about the swim party last summer where we had much too much good food and great fun with the kids including our Shark Boy at a member's pool. 

But, I digress...
For the meeting last Saturday at the IHop (ooooooh, I Hooooop) we were pleased to have Ed Vallette, Leader of The Lost Viking Hoard as our speaker. 
Ed and his wife were there to tell us all about the Ashville Viking Festival that will be held April 30 - May 1, 2011.
Ed brought a great Power Point Presentation to show us how much fun it was to go into the forest (ok, a park in Ohio) to live as a Viking for a couple of days. 

Seriously, there are many, many things for the kids and adults at the festival to learn about life during the times of the Vikings.  We saw pictures of many crafts being demonstrated which I would love to see in person.  Sadly, we will be out of town this year at the time of the festival or we would go.  What a photo op it would be!
 We all not only enjoyed meeting Ed and his wife last Saturday, but spending time with friends of many years.  I got pictures of everyone there except the server and me.  That's me behind the camera.
 In addition to the Viking Festival activities I asked Ed if he had ever had any encounters with the law while dressed in his Viking garb.  The answer was, "oooh, yes...."  It seems there was more than one event, but the one he told us about was when he was driving a rented van of about ten folks dressed as he is dressed in these images when they were pulled over at 2 AM returning from an event in Maryland.  They weren't ticketed, but there sure was lots of explaining to do about who they were and where they were going.

So, that's what we did last Saturday afternoon.  It was fun and I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the pictures, too.  If you're in Ohio at the end of April, beginning of May you may want to put the Viking Festival on the activity list.





~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Have a loveliest of weekends, Lois xxxxx

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I learned something new. The Sons of Norway sounds like great fun.

Anonymous said...

That was a fun post. I had no idea there was a society for Vikings! Great costumes!! Sounds like a very fun group!! ...debbie

EG Wow said...

Hehe! I can just imagine the surprise on the officer;s face when he saw the Viking behind the wheel. :))

Judy said...

I would love to have been there to see the officers face. This sounds like a neat event to attend.

Beth said...

Should be 'Sons and Daughters of Norway' :-) What a fun post, and what a fun time. History of any kind is fascinating to me, especially when you can personally relate to it.


Montanagirl said...

Great post, Lois! Have a great weekend.

Ann Nichols said...

This looks like so much fun!
Just wanted to let you know that Edward is doing much better!! Thanks for your prayers and good wishes for him!

Sailor said...

Wow beautiful post. I was always fascinated by the Vikings stories.
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Marit Johanne said...

How fun! I enjoyed reading this. It would have been fun for a Norwegian to go to a festival like that too :)