This Week In Ballard

TODAY! Wednesday April 8:

Ballard Chamber Monthly Luncheon
Rays Boathouse
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Central Ballard Residents Association
Ballard District Council Meeting
Seattle Public Library Meeting Room in Ballard

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, April 9:
Central Ballard Residents Association
Monthly Membership Meeting (all who are interested are welcome)
5350 Tallman Ave. Conference room A. First floor, main Swedish Hospital 
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, April 10: 

Sticks & Stones Art Exhibit Party

5402 22nd Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107

(Free beer and wine for those of age)

7:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Moisture Festival (last weekend before closing)
Hale’s Ales Palladium, the Ballard brewery warehouse is converted into a Spring-time spectacle of local magic, acrobatics, burlesque, comedy, fresh beer and pure fun!
Shows at: 7:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
General Admission: $20

SATURDAY, April 11:

Nordic Heritage Museum
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
COST: $60

Ballard ArtWalk
Downtown Ballard
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Moisture Festival (last weekend before closing)
Hale’s Ales Palladium, the Ballard brewery warehouse is converted into a Spring-time spectacle of local magic, acrobatics, burlesque, comedy, fresh beer and pure fun!
Shows at: 7:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
General Admission: $20

Celebrate Christmas Nordic Style At Yulefest This Weekend

YulefestFor the last 37 years, Ballard’s Nordic Heritage Museum has ushered in the holiday season with Yulefest, its celebration of Nordic Christmas, with traditional Scandinavian music, games, food, and much more. This year’s event is taking place this Saturday, November 22, and Sunday the 23rd at the museum, and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.

Warm up with a glass of the traditional Scandinavian hot mulled wine known as gløgg (or glögg if you are Swedish), and munch on Danish ableskiver pastries, Norwegian krumkake waffle cookies, lefse, and authentic Nordic-style open-faced sandwiches. Scandinavian folk dancers, singers, and fiddlers will keep the crowd entertained between bites, and more than 40 merchants will be selling Nordic-inspired goods, providing a great chance to pick up some unique Christmas gifts that you won’t find in your average store. And don’t forget to buy a handful of raffle tickets as some great prizes will be up for grabs, including the grand prize of two round-trip tickets to Scandinavia aboard Iceland Air!

This event is completely family friendly, and there will be a visit from Santa as well as craft projects to keep little ones entertained. Tickets are $5 (kids 12 and under are free), and admission is free for Nordic Heritage Museum members. If you would like to volunteer at the event, fill out the online volunteer form here, or e-mail volunteer coordinator Michael Ide at michaeli@nordicmuseum.org.

Ballard Viking Day’s Starts Saturday!

It is once again time for the annual Viking Days at the Ballard Nordic Heritage Museum this Saturday & Sunday August 17-18. This annual event will feature authentic food, live music, and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy. Each day starting at 9:00 am there will be a Swedish pancake breakfast followed by a full day of activities lasting until 5:00 pm. 

Along with the various Nordic themed food items, they will also feature authentic music and dance from different local groups. For kids they will have low cost craft stations set up as well as the Nordic Spirit ship available to take pictures with.

For a complete schedule about this Ballard tradition, please visit their website here.

Ballard’s Annual Viking Days is Back!

It is once again time for the annual Viking Days at the Ballard Nordic Heritage Museum on August 17-18. This annual event will feature authentic food, live music, and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy. Each day starting at 9:00 am there will be a Swedish pancake breakfast followed by a full day of activities lasting until 5:00 pm. 

Along with the various Nordic themed food items, they will also feature authentic music and dance from different local groups. For kids they will have low cost craft stations set up as well as the Nordic Spirit ship available to take pictures with.

For a complete schedule about this Ballard tradition, please visit their website here.

Celebrate Norwegian Heritage Day and Run the Leif-to-Leif 5K in Ballard

Couldn’t get enough of the St.Paddy’s Day Dash, but still a traditional Ballardite at heart? Lace up your red, white, and blue running shoes and warm up for the Leif-to-Leif 5K Run/Walk this Saturday, March 24th. The race goes from the Leif Erikson Lodge to the Leif Erikson statue at Shilshole Marina and back. Check-in begins at 8am and the race starts at 9am. For more information, please visit the Leif Erickson Lodge website. It’s all a part of the Norwegian Heritage Celebration taking place in Ballard.

If running isn’t your forte, you can still honor Norwegian Cultural and Heritage Day. The Leif Erikson Lodge is hosting numerous family-friendly activities to participate in, including a Taste of Norway. Starting at 10am, you can sample traditional Norwegian cuisine, such as pickled herring, krumkake, smorbord (open faced sandwiches), rommegrot (cream porridge), and more. Kids can enjoy arts and crafts, and even dance to the traditional Norwegian music, provided by the various choirs and bands. For more information, please visit the Norway Embassy website here.

Embrace your inner Norwegian (whether truly or honorary) and stop by the Leif Erikson Lodge on Saturday, March 24th. Festivities will go from 10am – 4pm. Admission is free. It will truly be an event honoring the culture of the people who settled Ballard and made it what it is today.

Indulge your Inner Scandinavian at the Nordic International Film Festival

Yar, Ballard vikings. There’s a way to indulge your Scandinavian selves this weekend. The Nordic Lights Film Festival is happening from tonight to Sunday. You have the opportunity to see 9 feature-length films and a package of short films from January 6th – January 8th. If you see all of them, you might find yourself craving lingonberries, running out of butter, and wanting to shop at IKEA.

So, what can you expect at the 3rd annual NLFF? Unfortunately, no Ingmar Bergman. But, there is a slew of fantastic Scandinavian directors out there, so don’t fret. The Oscar and Golden Globe-winning Denmark movie, “In a Better World,” will be playing. Additionally, “When the Pepper Blossoms” will be presented at the festival; it is about Swedish emigration to Brazil at the turn of the century. Visit the NLFF website to see the full list of movies playing this weekend.

Price-wise, it’s $10 for each individual screening. Or you can purchase a festival pass for $50. There’s also a few discounts. Go here for more info. All films will be shown in SIFF cinema at the Film Center. I repeat – the Nordic Lights Film Festival is NOT being shown in lil’ Scandinavian, Ballard, which would be the rational location. In case you don’t know, the SIFF Cinema Film Center is located in the Seattle Center’s Northwest Rooms, between the Key Arena and the Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Ballard’s Cultural Center Fundraising for its New Home

Although Oslo is over 4,000 miles away, the Nordic countries have a major impact on the identity of Ballard. Although some say Ballard is losing its appeal, the former fishing village honors its Scandinavian history regularly. It is very much a part of being a Ballardite. To recognize its origins, Ballard’s Nordic Heritage Museum will be moving and expanding, becoming a more prominent symbol of downtown Ballard. The Nordic Heritage Museum will be in its fundraising stage for the next six months, as it raises money for the $55 million construction of its new museum and cultural center at 2600-2800 Ave and NW Market St. in Ballard, according to the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.

Expected to be completed in late 2014, the new Nordic Heritage Museum will highlight the past and present of Scandinavian history, as it morphs into a neighborhood hub west of 24th. Looking at early conceptual designs, the future neighborhood hub will resemble a fjord and feature exhibit space, an auditorium, event space, classrooms, a Nordic classroom, and more. It will be three-stories high and occupy 65,000 sq. ft, linking the retail center of Market St. with the business area of Ballard and the Ballard Locks. What I’m especially happy to hear is there is a Finnish native on the architect team, who specializes in Scandinavian design. Staying consistent with Scandinavian design, the new Nordic Heritage Museum will also have sustainable elements.

With the right planning, the Nordic Heritage Museum can have a very positive impact on Ballard. As the only pan-Nordic museum in the United States, it has the potential to be a tourist attraction, as well as an educational center. With all the real estate construction and changes happening in Ballard, it’s nice to know that Ballard isn’t forgetting its roots.

Embrace your Inner Ballardite at the Annual Yulefest

I’ve only been a Ballard resident for five years. Every once in a while, when I stand in the shadows of the new residential developments, I forget who originally settled Ballard: The Scandinavians. So, it’s great to have museums, like the Nordic Heritage Museum, especially when it holds Nordic celebrations. This weekend, the Ballard museum is hosting the annual Yulefest, according to the Ballard News-Tribune.

The Yulefest is a museum tradition and a fantastic event for the holiday season. There will be Scandinavian musical performances, with fiddlers, dancers and more. For the kids, there will be lots of crafts and activities, as well as a visit from Santa. The fest will also offer traditional Nordic food, including traditional Scandinavian sandwiches, krumkake (a Norwegian waffle cookie), lefse (a Norwegian potato flatbread), and the popular hot, spiced wine, glögg, as well as Nordic beers.

Yulefest is this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. For more information, check out the Nordic Heritage Museum website. Stop by for some Ballard fun. Skål!