The 21st annual Scandinavian Christmas Boutique will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 23, at Fox Valley Technical College in Waupaca.
The event draws people from many parts of the state and will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There is no entry fee.
The technical college is located at 1979 Godfrey Drive, off of State Highway 54/22.
The Scandinavian Christmas Boutique will showcase the college’s rosemaling, wood carving and stained and fused glass classes.
Upon arrial, each person will receive a free gift, created by the rosemaling students to wish all “Velkommen.”
Rosemaling teacher Juel Krueger will have her students present traditional Norwegian art, which decorates a wide variety of wooden objects.
There will be painted plates, ornaments, cutting boards, plaques, trinket boxes and more.
Several students will demonstrate rosemaling throughout the two-day event.
Norwegian rosemaling dates from the 1700s and is painted with oils.
Instructor Kay Durrant and her students will present what they have learned in the FVTC woodcarving classes.
Flat plane and relief carved items will be on display.
Items available will include plates, plaques, ornaments, Santas and small figurines.
Demonstrations will include small figure carving, chip carving and woodburning.
Mary Beisner, who teaches stained and fused glass classes at FVTC, along with her students, will demonstrate lamp work beading.
They will have a display of window hangings, ornaments and a variety of gift items.
At various times during the day, other Scandinavian demonstrations will include the preparation and baking process for lefse, how krumkake crispy cookies are made on a special iron, Norwegian weaving on a cradle loom, Hardanger open-work embroidery and crocheting.
Complementing the Scandinavian specialties will be baked goods, incuding rosettes, sandbakkels, fattiman and julekake, alongside jams, jellies, breads, cookies, preserves and candy.
Jewelry, mittens, scarves, sweatshirts, handwork, towels, doll clothes, woven rugs and Christmas decorations are some of the handmade items which will be available.
There will also be ethnic books, cookbooks and trolls from Norway.
The Kaffestue Cafe will offer fresh pieces of lefse, coffee, cocoa and tea.
The “smorbrod” open-face sandwiches, “fiskesupp” fish chowder, “varme polse” hot dog served in a lefse wrap and “rommegrot” warm cream pudding will be available for lunch.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, “A Small Group of Woodwinds” will play popular songs and Christmas carols.
For a sneak peek of the event, go to www.facebook.com and enter “ascandinavianchristmasboutique” in the search box.
Those who attend the Christmas boutique should drive around the technical college and use the back entrance to the school. The building is handicap accessible.