Valley group’s dinner marks Norway’s Constitution Day

The St. Croix Valley Syttende Mai Society hosts its 38th annual banquet May 17 in observance of Norway’s Constitution Day.

In Norwegian language, Syttende Mai means “17th of May,” when the Norwegian Constitution was adopted in 1814. The day is sometimes referred to as “Norway’s Fourth of July.”

Headlining the entertainment will be the Newcomers Quartet, presenting a variety of music and humor in their Scandinavian style. They will perform songs that were written to describe the experience of their ancestors coming to a new land, with all of the excitement and nostalgia involved. They remember the times when their relatives were filled with hopes and dreams.

The Newcomers group is Carol Sersland, who sings many songs reminiscent of Anne Charlotte Harvey of Snoose Boulevard fame; Art Bjorngjeld on the accordion and singing a few dialect numbers which take a humorous view of Scandinavians in a new culture, and Char and Bruce Bostrom on fiddle, nickelharp, moonharp and vocals. The group offers an evening of great music and humor.

The event is at the Lowell Inn Event Center at 102 North Second St. Activities begin with a 5 p.m. social hour featuring appetizers such as herring and cheeses. A dinner of traditional Norwegian foods is served at 6 p.m. and the program follows.

The event is open to the public but reservations are needed. Attendees are asked to bring a sampling of their favorite Scandinavian cookie or treat. For reservations, call Ruth Ranum at 651-439-7643. Admission is $28 per person.