Public welcome at annual Syttende Mai celebration

The St. Croix Valley Syttende Mai Society will hold its 42nd annual observance of Norway’s Constitution Day on Wednesday, May 17, at the Lowell Inn Event Center. The event center is at 102 N. Second St. in downtown Stillwater.

In Norwegian “Syttende Mai” means “17th of May,” which is often thought of as that country’s “Fourth of July.”

Some say comparing it to USA’s Independence Day is appropriate because Norway’s Constitution, adopted in 1814, was patterned after the American Constitution.

Activities will begin on Wednesday, May 17, social time at 5 p.m. A dinner of traditional Scandinavian food will be served at 6 p.m. On the menu are entrees of codfish and meatballs.

Dinner will be followed by a program featuring hardanger fiddle players Marybeth and Curt Stull. Marybeth has a bachelor of violin performance degree from Illinios Wesleyan University. Curt attended Hamline University and holds a master’s degree in music education.

The banquet is open to the public, and there will be a silent auction.

Reservation are being accepted until Saturday, May 13. Admission is $30 per person.

Info: call Roger at 651-439-9423 or email [email protected]