Iola to celebrate Taste of Norway
Hosted by the Iola Historical Society, the free event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic Village complex, located at 210 Depot St., just west of downtown Iola.
Taste of Norway provides visitors with samples of Norwegian pastries, as well as demonstrations on how they are made.
Members of the Northland Church will explain and demonstrate how to make lefse, fry cakes, krumkaka, sandbuchels, rosettes and fattigmand.
Martha Cook and Bob Stamstad will be continuously demonstrating how to make lefse, while the other cooking demonstrations are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The pastries, lefse, fry cakes, cookie, and other homemade baked goods will be available to purchase, while supplies last.
"Taste Of Pastry" samples with coffee will also be available for $1.50.
The Lost Arts Fair brings artisans to the Village showing how things used to be done, ranging from rosemaling (Linda Kasten), blacksmithing (Clinte Danke, a.k.a. Rusty Anvil), yarn spinning (Claire Nordness), jewelry making (Patty Kirschner), sewing (Elizabeth Yeder), rugweaving (Gerry Johnson), beekeeping (Leonard Halverson), among other lost arts.
Children's activities will take place in the replica vintage one-room schoolhouse, sponsored by the Sons Of Norway's Norskeland Lodge 5-580 of Iola.
Dubbed "The Troll's Workshop," children will make crafts (a Viking ship and troll masks), listen to Norwegian tales, sing Norwegian songs and decorate and eat a cupcake treat.
The children's program lasts 45 minutes to an hour. Each new session starts on the hour, starting at 10 am.
In addition, the Sons Of Norway will have a hands-on area featuring vintage tools such as ice hooks; hay fork; rail spikes; potato and corn planters; feed basket for horses, a kid's buggy, saws and other implements used by early settlers.
The Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce's Fall Gift & Craft Show includes vendors selling home-made caramels, framed artwork and pictures, custom jewelry, crafts, baby blankets, ponchos, aprons, kitchen towels, etched glassware, totes, bags, purses, original design natural-colored wood, handcrafted pins, magnets, standing sculptures, and Victorian soaps.
At press time, there were still a few open vendor spots. Contact Mary Schwartz at email@example.com for availability.
There will be a raffle for a handmade quilted wall hanging, called "Depot," made by Caroline Adams.
Raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5.
Proceeds go to the restoration of the historic Iola & Northern Railroad depot, which is closed during renovation.
The quilt will be on display at the First National and Premier banks in Iola.
Tickets are available at the banks, at the Millstone At Iola Mills, from Historical Society members, and at the Taste of Norway event.
The drawing will take place at 2:45 p.m. at the end of the event.
Iola Historical Society docents will provide information on the historic buildings on the grounds, which include the Helvetia Town Hall, a replica of Iola's first fire station, one-room schoolhouse replica, a circa-1920s log cabin, used locally by hunters, and a vintage caboose.
The society's museum will also be open during the event.
It contains native American artifacts, vintage Norwegian immigrant items, the Stromberg violin collection, and many other items of local history, including one of Lee Nelson, Iola's "Humble Hero."
Nelson was a B-17 bomber pilot who flew missions over France and Germany in World War II, and his autobiography published by the Iola Historical Society is available for sale at the event, along with other local history books.
David Drake, of Milwaukee, will play stringed instruments and sing 19th-century folk songs about Wisconsin logging camps and a few Norwegian folk songs.
He will be dressed in vintage pioneer costume.
Gary Larson will show a video, "A Trip Through Norwegian History," in the Society's museum building at 210 Depot St.
The film runs approximately an hour, and will be shown every hour starting at 10 a.m.
The Iola Lions will hold a brat fry, which includes their Iola Lions Jumbo Hot Dog, with an option to have it placed in lefse rather than a bun.
The Lions will also be collecting used eyeglasses and hearing aids with a donation drop-box located at their booth.
The Iola & Rural Fire Department will hold its annual free fire extinguisher check, usually held at the Iola Fire Department, at the 1901 vintage Iola fire station at the Iola Historic Village.
Department personnel will check and service personal handheld fire extinguishers to be sure they are current for use and insurance purposes.
The replica station contains Iola's first three pieces of firefighting apparatus, dating from 1913, 1926 and 1942.
The department will also have one of their current fire trucks on hand.
Vintage farm tractors owned by members of the 2-Cylinder Tractor Club will also be on display.
For more information on the event, go to www.iolahistoricalsociety, www.ischamber.com or visit the Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce on Facebook.
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